VBS Round-Up – Greater Kalamazoo Vacation Bible Schools 2017-06-06T15:45:55+00:00

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by Robin B 

Our Vacation Bible School Guide for 2017 is here! 

We’ve done the digging and found some amazing Vacation Bible Schools in and around Kalamazoo this summer.

VBS programs typically last several days and include games, crafts, snacks, and Bible activities. See below for a full listing including dates, location, cost, and other information.

As always, please double check with the organization or church prior to making your final plans. Ages for those who can attend VBS vary by church. Also, be aware that there are registration deadlines for the VBS that you are interested in as well as costs. You’ll want to register as soon as possible.

Know of a VBS not on our guide? The VBS coordinator at your church can email Robin@KZOOkids.com with the location, date, time, theme, description, ages, cost, and registration info. Also, please provide direct weblinks so our readers can get more info.

We’ve also highlighted a few non-traditional camp / family-camp options as well!

June 2017 Vacation Bible Schools


LOCATION:  Centerpoint Church

DATE: June 19-22

TIME: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

THEME: Adventure Camp

DESCRIPTION:  Kids can learn skills in sports, music, dance, arts, and more from Centerpoint experts.

AGES:  Completed kindergarten – 5 grade

COST:  $20

REGISTER:  Registration booklet available online. Completed forms and payment can be mailed or dropped off at the Church. Last day for registration is June 1st, no exceptions.

NOTES: Registration fee includes a t-shirt, snacks and supplies. The camp wraps up on Thursday night with a free Family Fun Night – food, music, games and activities.


Photo courtesy of Centerpoint Church

LOCATION: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church 

DATE: June 19 – 23

TIME: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

THEME: GO FISH – Victory! You’re invited to the ultimate pep rally! When you are on the winning side you can’t help but make some noise!

AGES: 3 years old through 6th grade

COST: none

REGISTER: Online, registration open


LOCATION: Milwood United Methodist Church

DATE: June 19 – 23

TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Dinner served at 5:30 pm)

THEME: Growing Through Relationships

AGES: Kindergarten through 5th grade (completed)

COST: $25 per child; A $23 scholarship is available to the first 30 children who register.

REGISTER: Registration form available online, or call church office 381-6720


LOCATION: Westwood United Methodist Church

DATE: June 19 – 23   (June 22 7:00 pm performance, June 23 cookout for families/staff)

TIME: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

THEME: Table for Five…Thousand!”  A Summer Musical experience. Join us for a different kind of VBS this year!  Here’s a chance to be in a performance, putting on a musical of the story of Jesus Feeding the 5,000.  Music, singing, drama, and choreography.  Rehearsals will be each morning, with craft and games for younger ages as well.  Snacks and performance t-shirts included.  Our last day will include a cookout for attendees, their families and the whole staff.

AGES: 5 years thru 12th Grade

COST: none

REGISTER: Register ONLINE or call 269-344-7165 for more information.


LOCATION: Friendship Wesleyan Church (1285 102nd Ave., Plainwell)

DATE: June 19 – 23

TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

THEME: Passport to Peru – Immerse kids in this vibrant culture where they discover God’s good gifts for us all.

AGE: 4 years old – 5th grade

COST: None

REGISTER: Register ONLINE or contact the Church office 269-685-9491

LOCATION: Prairie Edge Christian Reformed Church

DATE: June 19 – 23

TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

THEME: GO FISH – Victory! You’re invited to the ultimate pep rally!

AGES: 4 years old through 5th grade

COST: none

REGISTER: Call 269-327-1570 to register

LOCATION: Southridge Reformed Church

DATE: June 26 – 30

TIME: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

THEME: Camp RidgeKidz – “GR8R” [Greater]

DESCRIPTION:  Hang out with us during Camp RidgeKidz for daily fun in games, songs, Bible stories, crafts, a snack, all while growing closer to God.

AGES: Children must have completed one year of preschool (or formal daycare) and be 3 years of age and potty-trained to attend. 5th grade grads are the oldest grade that may attend.

COST: none

REGISTER: Online registration opens May 22 through June 22

RELATED: 2017 Summer Camp Guide 

LOCATION: St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church 

DATE: June 19 – 23

TIME: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

THEME:   Build on the Rock

AGES:   4 years old through entering 8th grade

COST:  none, donations accepted

REGISTER:  Call the Church office at 269-327-4980

LOCATION: Haven Church 

DATE: June 26-30

TIME: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

THEME: Maker Factory – Created by God, built for a purpose

DESCRIPTION: Imagine a world where kids become curious inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God.

AGES:  For kids 3 years-old (by 9/1/16) through 5th Grade (completed in 2017)

COST: $10 (scholarships available)

REGISTER: online or stop in the Church office during business hours. Payments can be made by check (made out to “Haven Church”), cash or online. Registration OPEN until June 19th.

NOTES: Busing/transportation available with limited routes. Haven Church is offering several other adventure camps this summer – Art Camp Jr., Farm Camp. Visit their website for detailed information.

LOCATION:  Agape Christian Church in partnership with Grace Harbor  (VBS location: 609 Cherokee Street, Kalamazoo)

DATE: June 26 – 30

TIME: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (doors open at 5:15 p.m.)

THEME: Maker Fun Factory – Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God

AGES:  4-year old through 5th Grade

COST:  none

REGISTER: Register online. For more details contact (269) 385-5772 or email srudd@agapecc.com

LOCATION:  Kalamazoo First Assembly of God (KFirst) 

DATE: June 26-29*

TIME: 6:00  pm – 8:30 pm

THEME: Maker Fun Factory – Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God.

AGES:  Kindergarten through 5th Grade   *Pre-school age attends June 26-28 (not June 29)

COST:  none

REGISTER: online

LOCATION:  Cherry Creek Community Church 

DATE: June 26 – 30

TIME: 2:00  pm – 5:00 pm

THEME: Maker Fun Factory – A world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover that they’re lovingly created by God, and built for a purpose!

AGES:  Open to Grades K-6 (based on grade for 2017-2018 school year)

COST:  none

REGISTER:  Register online, contact the Church at 269-327-9090 with any questions.

LOCATION:  Mattawan Community Church and ReCAST Church of Mattawan 

DATE:  June 25 – 29

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

THEME:  GO FISH – Victory! You’re invited to the ultimate pep rally! When you are on the winning side you can’t help but make some noise!

AGES:  Pre-school (age 3 by June 25th and potty-trained) through 5th Grade

COST:  none

REGISTER: Register online until June 22. Registration allowed the day of the event; plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early.

LOCATION: Trinity Lutheran Church 

DATE: June 25 – 29

TIME: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

THEME: Passport to Peru

DESCRIPTION: Immerse kids in this vibrant culture where they discover God’s good gifts for us all. A fun week of games, snacks, Bible stories, and songs

AGES: preschool – 5th grade

COST: none

REGISTER: Register online or contact the Church office at 269-344-6181

LOCATION: First Congregational Church (345 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo); Co-hosted by First United Methodist, First Presbyterian and St. Luke’s Episcopal Churches

DATE: June 26 – 30

TIME: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

THEME:  God’s Garden/God’s City

AGES: preschool – 5th grade

COST: none


LOCATION:  Valley Family Church 

DATE: June 26 – 29

TIME: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


DESCRIPTION: Start your kid’s summer off with a SPLASH! It will be 4 fun packed days that your child won’t forget! Some of the activities will include: A Water Park with inflatable water slides and even a foam pit to jump into, an inflatable park with a 70 ft. inflatable tropical obstacle course to run through and a ropes course to climb on, a sports corner with ultimate dodgeball and more, crafts, exotic animals, sno-cones, cotton candy and so much more! All of this plus a t- shirt for only $99 if you sign up before May 28th.

AGES: 5 – 13

COST:  $99 (after May 28th, the cost is $139)



Photo courtesy of Centerpoint Church

July 2017 Vacation Bible Schools

LOCATION:  St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church  

DATE: July 17 – 21

TIME: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

THEME: Earthkeepers : Adventures for Creation Care Kids

DESCRIPTION: Join us as we introduce children and their families to our obligation as Christians to care for all of God’s creation (including people and the rest of nature).

AGES:  3-years old (potty-trained) through 5th Grade

COST: $20 per child / $50 max per family by June 26th. Registration received after June 26th $30 per child / $75 per family maximum charge.

REGISTER: Registration form available online or at the Church office.

LOCATION: Portage United Church of Christ 

DATE: July 10 -13th

TIME: 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm

THEME: Hero Central VBS

DESCRIPTION: Take kids on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God!

AGES: Children who have completed their first year of preschool (and potty-trained) through those entering 5th grade are invited to join us.

COST: none

REGISTER: Pre-registration is required. Deadline for registration is July 2nd. Register online.

LOCATION: Lighthouse of Prayer 

DATE: July 10 -13th

TIME: 5:30 pm- 8:00  pm

THEME: Ready to Stand Worship Camp

DESCRIPTION: This year at Worship Camp we’ll dive deeper into the book of Daniel. We’ll explore worship in the light of some of kids favorite Bible stories, encouraging them to go deeper and further into prayer and worship than they even thought was possible.

AGES: Children entering Kindergarten to Entering 6th grade

COST: none

REGISTER: Register via Facebook event

LOCATION: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 

DATE: July 10 – 14

TIME: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

THEME: World Music – get hands-on with instruments, sing songs, and make friends at this downtown Kalamazoo program.

AGE: Preschool program for children ages 3-5 and a children’s program for children ages 6-12.

COST: $125

REGISTER: Visit the Facebook page for more information. To register call 269-345-8553.

LOCATION:  Berean Baptist Church 

DATE: July 10-14th

TIME: 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m.

THEME: Action Day Camp: Over the Moat – Drawbridge to the King (Bible lessons, songs, crafts, games, off campus “fun trips”)

AGES:  Children who have completed Kindergarten, have not entered grade 6, and will be at least six years old by December 1, 2017, may attend.

COST:  $75

REGISTER: Register ONLINE or download a copy of the REGISTRATION FORM

NOTES: Register by June 5th to guarantee t-shirt size

LOCATION: New Apostolic Church 

DATE: July 17 – 21

TIME:  5:00 pm – 7:45 pm

THEME: Maker Fun Factory – A world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover that they’re lovingly created by God, and built for a purpose!

AGES: 4-14

COST: None (donations accepted, not required)

REGISTERonline or call 269-655-5860

August 2017 Vacation Bible Schools


LOCATION:  Hope Reformed Church 

DATE: July 31 – August 3

TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

THEME: Group’s Rome: Paul and the Underground Church. Step back in time with the Apostle Paul and experience what life was like in first-century Rome!

AGES:  Age 3 –  entering 6th Grade

COST: none

REGISTER: Register by phone at 269-349-9788 or ONLINE.


LOCATION:  North Park Reformed Church

DATE: July 31 – August 3

TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

THEME: Paul and the Underground Church. Families step back in time at Rome, exploring the life of the apostle Paul and the underground church. Kids and adults participate in a memorable Bible-times marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig in to Roman eats, visit Paul while he’s under house arrest, and collect Bible Memory Makers to remind them of God’s Word.

AGES:  Preschool – 5th Grade

COST: none

REGISTER: Register online or call the Church office 269-345-6718


LOCATION:  Vicksburg United Methodist Church 

DATE: August 14 – 18

TIME: 9:00 am – 11:50 am

THEME: Maker Fun Factory – A world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover that they’re lovingly created by God, and built for a purpose!

AGES:  Pre-K through 5th Grade

COST: none

REGISTER: Contact the Church at 649-2343.


Springhill Day Camp – SpringHill partners with Churches to offer day camps. Camps include small group Bible teaching, high-energy large group sessions, and adventure activities such as archery, bungee trampoline, camp songs, climbing wall, crafts, & more. Camper ages and week length may vary by location.

Southridge ChurchFamily Camp  August 18 – 20 – Additional Information and Registration available HERE

Michigan Area United Methodist – Summer Camp Guide. Explore a variety of children & family camping options offered during the summer in Michigan. Visit the website for additional information. Beautiful camps, campgrounds and retreat centers to help you relax, recharge and renew your relationship with God.

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