Summer Programs for Children

Our summer activities for children are fun, educational and always creative. Sign up early for these popular programs!

Summer Groovin’

Grand Rapids Campus
654 Davis Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

This summer the FLPC is offering music therapy groups for children with special needs. Groups will use fun and motivating interventions to work towards therapeutic goals such as social interaction and communication. Parent participation is welcomed!

Groups will meet eight consecutive weeks beginning the week of June 11. (No session July 2)

Two age groups offered:

  • young kids: ages 5-9 meet 1:00 – 1:45
  •  teens: ages 10-17 meet 2:00 – 2:45

Cost: $160 for the program, partial scholarships are available. Contact Sandy Koteskey at to enroll or for more information.

Carriage Driving Horse Camps

Lowell Campus
11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell, MI 49331

Summer horse-driving camps and classes are offered for children and adults ages 7 and up. Beginners and experts alike are welcome.

Morning classes and evening classes are offered.

Week of June 15 (AM & PM)

Week of June 22: Special Needs Class (AM only)

Week of June 29 Parade Preparation (AM only) at Jennifer’s Farm

Week of July 20 (AM & PM)

Week of July 27 (AM only)

Week of August 3 (AM & PM)

NOTE: The week of June 29 preparation for the 4th of July Parade in Ada will be held at Jennifer Groters’ Alvadar Farm (6325 Rickert Rd, Saranac, MI 48881) as well as all evening classes.

COST: $300/person for 5 days

Contact Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE at 616-897-7842 ext.345 or email for information.

Please click here for registration forms.

Summer Experiences for Children

Lowell Campus
11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell, MI 49331


Drawing Animals (ages 10-14)
June 16, 18, 19 9:30 – 11:30 am
Join teaching artist Kathy Bechtel to explore what is involved in drawing amazing animals in their natural habitat.  Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE will lead a barnyard excursion and a trip on the wildlife trails. Register.

Comic Book Hero Making (ages 10-14)
June 16, 18, 19 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Have you ever imagined what your own Comic Book Hero might look like or what special powers they possess?  Create a superhero of your own straight out of your imagination. A hike around the Center might give hints for your setting. Register.

Painting Flowers Workshop (ages 10-14)
July 7, 9, 10 9:30 – 11:30 pm
Learn how to create beautiful flower artworks in this three day class by searching  out the many beautiful flowers around the Center to use in our creations. Children will learn a variety of art skills as they learn how to make flowers look real! Register.

Children need to dress for the weather and wear masks. Social distancing will be practiced.
Cost: $95
Please contact Kathy Bechtel at or call 616-897-7842 for more information.


Native American Art (ages 8-12)
June 24 – 26
Join us as we explore and create works of art in the Native American Tradition. We will work with beads, wood, colored sand and reeds to create artistic and practical works of art for the participants to take home and share. Register.

Life on the Trail (ages 9-12)
July 29 – 31
Come celebrate the Historic Oregon Trail. Experience the largest voluntary migration in history, through reliving the lore, games, food and music of the pioneers. Register.

Butterflies in the Prairie (ages 6-9)
August 5 – 7
Not only are butterflies beautiful and delicate creatures but they play an important role in our world.  Come learn to identify and understand the life cycle and importance of this most interesting pollinator in our reclaimed prairie eco spot. Register.

Campers need to dress for the weather and bring a sack lunch.

When: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Lowell Campus, 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell, MI 49331
Cost: $132 (covers all supplies)
Contact Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE at or call 616-897-7842 for more information.