Summer Trek, Grades 1-7

School breaks for summer, but for Summer Trek students, learning never stops! Summer Trek engages students in activities to discover the world around them.

Each week kids have the opportunity to work on theme projects, swim at the Spring Lake Park High School pool, join special-interest clubs and participate in a weekly field trip or special event. Breakfast and lunch are provided by Spring Lake Park Schools Nutrition Services. An afternoon snack is also served by our child care staff. There is no additional charge for the meals or snacks. Children may still bring a bag lunch or snack if they prefer. 

Student painting a picture

Who:  Summer Trek is open to children who are age 6-12 years, entering grades 1-7

When:  Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 23, 2019

  • Program hours:  8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (participants break into home-room groups by age/grade for daily activities)
  • Drop-off:  6:30 - 8:30 a.m.
  • Breakfast served:  8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch served:  11:00 - 12:15 p.m.
  • Pick-up:  4 - 6 p.m.

Where:  Park Terrace Elementary School, 8301 Terrace Road, Spring Lake Park

Flexible Scheduling:  Full-time or part-time options. Pick your days throughout the summer. Learn more in the program rates section below.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Afternoon Snack:  Breakfast and lunch are provided by SLP Schools' Summer Food Program, Monday through Thursday. A bag lunch and beverage from home will be needed on Fridays.  Friday breakfast and all afternoon snacks are provided by the Summer Trek program.

Questions:  If you have any questions about Summer Trek or registration, please contact us at 763-600-5000

Registration: Once you complete the online application you will be put on a "pending approval status" until Community Education staff can review it. Your credit card will not be charged until your child is confirmed in the program. Once you are approved, you will receive an email confirmation and your credit card will be charged.

Registration for our summer program opens on Friday, March 1. Our spaces fill quickly. Do NOT wait to register if you would like a spot in our program. Current families will receive priority from March 1 through April 1.

Starting on or about March 15, registrations will be reviewed in the order that they were received by our online system. In order for a registration to be processed, all Community Education program balances must be paid in full. Accounts with a balance overdue will not be processed.

Our Child Care programs have a limited number of full-time and part-time spots. Upon confirmation by our registration staff that there is a spot for your child, the registration will be processed and the registration fee will be collected. Registrants will receive an email confirmation that the registration is complete.

Registration for school-year 2019-2020 also opens on March 1. Register early to avoid a wait list. Our sites do fill up.

Program Details

Frequently Asked Questions

Should my child eat breakfast before Summer Trek? Do I need to send a lunch and snack?

Breakfast and lunch are provided by SLP Schools' Summer Food Program, Monday through Thursday. A bag lunch and beverage is needed for lunch periods that occur off-site on field trip days. A bag lunch and beverage from home will be needed on Fridays. Friday breakfast and all afternoon snacks are provided by the Summer Trek program.

What do I need to know about field trip days?

Each week a field trip or special event is scheduled. Students should wear their fieldtrip shirts on these days. See Summer Trek Dates and Themes below. Bag lunches will be needed for lunches that occur off-site on field trip days.

Should I send sunscreen with my student?

Please apply sunscreen on your child in the morning before arriving. As of November 1, 2018, our program was Certified by the Minnesota Department of Human Services as required by new federal laws.  Under Certification requirements, we cannot apply sunscreen for your child without written permission and a labeled bottle of sunscreen from home.  Please send a labeled bottle of sunscreen for your child and complete a Non-prescription Medication permission slip to give us authorization to apply it.

Will my child need extra clothes or shoes?

If you think it may be needed, please make sure your child has a change of clothes (underwear, shorts, shirt and socks) in their bag in case of accidents or spills. Also make sure your child has tennis shoes or enclosed sandals each day. Flip flops and backless sandals can be dangerous on the playground and in the gym.

What else should I send with my student?

We suggest you send a water bottle, labeled with your child's name, each day.

Will my child get time to rest during the day?

Each day there is a designated personal time where students are encouraged to rest their bodies, relax, read a book, work on puzzles and do Summer Bridges Academic activities. 

Can my student bring games or toys to Summer Trek?

Summer Trek does allow students to bring toys from home if they are labeled. If your child wishes to bring a DS, iPod, etc. Summer Trek staff does limit the amount of playtime and does not allow sharing of games or devices. Trading is not allowed at Summer Trek, so please leave Pokemon cards or any other type of trading cards at home. Any items brought from home are the student's responsibility to manage and keep safe and secure.

Program Rates

Summer Trek Rates for 2019

Full Time Care

Part Time Care

Part Time Care

Grades 1-7

  • Full-day 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Minimum of 43 days
  • $38 per day

Grades 1-7

  • Full-day 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • 25 to 42 days
  • $42 per day

Grades 1-7

  • Full-day 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Less than 25 days
  • $55 per day

Grades 1-7

  • School-day 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Minimum of 43 days
  • $35 per day

Grades 1-7

  • School- day 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • 25 to 42 days
  • $39 per day


No extra fees for program events/field trips. These planned activities are included in your tuition fee.

Your child's home-room group may also offer optional trips that might require a small amount of spending money.

Registration into our Summer Trek program will require a minimum of nine days. You will be able to change your selected dates until one week in advance of care each week.

Weekly Activities

F.R.E.S.H. Skills - Ribbons & Medals

Students can participate in activities to earn merit awards in five areas:

  • Fitness activities to improve health habits, flexibility, strength, coordination and endurance

  • Respect activities to identify feelings, demonstrate trust, and develop communication and conflict resolution skills

  • Expression activities to engage with music, art and drama

  • Safety activities to learn about hazards such as electricity, fire, water, traffic, poisons and weather extremes

  • Helping hands activities to develop awareness of community needs, empathy for others, and to experience satisfaction in doing for others.

Scholar’s Medal

Using materials from Summer Bridge Activities series of workbooks, Summer Trek staff encourages students to keep using their academic skills throughout the summer. With these activities, participants continue to use the reading, writing, math and language skills they worked so hard to obtain during the school year. Students can earn our Scholar’s Medal by completing these academic enrichment activities.


Most Tuesdays and Thursdays we will walk to the Spring Lake Park High School pool for recreational swimming.

W.O.W. (Wheels on Wednesday)

We will also enjoy several “Wheels on Wednesday” events by blocking off the parking lot to ride our wheels! Your children may bring their bikes, scooters, rollerblades or anything with wheels!


Summer Trek

Summer Trek Dates and Themes

Summer Champions

Anyone can be a champion! With our "Summer Champions" weekly themes, students will engage in activities throughout the summer to reflect on the qualities that make one a champion and the lessons we can learn from champions of sport, games, performing arts, business and more. In addition to these activities, we will challenge our minds and bodies to grow stronger with academic enrichment activities, outdoor games, on-site events and field trips* to exciting, fun sites.

June 10-14 – American Ninja Warrior – Field trip on Friday to Elm Creek Park (grades 1-7); bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. and returns about 2:30 p.m.

June 17-21 – Master Chef Junior – Field trip on Wednesday to Rainforest Cafe (grades 4-7) with bus leaving at 8:45 a.m. and returning about 12:00 p.m.; Field trip on Friday to Way Cool Cooking School (grades 1-3) with bus leaving at 11:45 a.m. and returning about 3:30 p.m.

June 24-28 – Double Dare – Field trip on Friday to Crayola Experience (grades 1-2) with bus leaving at 11:30 a.m. and returning about 4:00 p.m.; Field trip on Friday to Fun Lab (grades 3-7) with bus leaving at 12:30 p.m. and returning about 4:00 p.m.

July 1-3 – Deal or No Deal – Aqua Beast Water Slide on-site Tuesday (grades 1-7)

July 8-12 – The Masked Singer – Field trip on Friday to Highland Park Aquatic Center (grades 1-3) with bus leaving at 12:00 p.m. and returning about 4:15 p.m.; Field trip on Friday to Cascade Bay (grades 4-7) with bus leaving at 11:30 a.m. and returning about 4:15 p.m.

July 15-19 – Jeopardy – Field trip on Wednesday to St. Paul Saints game (grades 1-7) with bus leaving at 11:45 a.m. and returning about 4:30 p.m.

July 22-26 – Shark Tank – Field trip on Thursday to Sea Life (grades 4-7) with bus leaving at 9:15 a.m. and returning about 12:30 p.m.; Field trip on Friday to Roseville SeaQuest (grades 1-3) with bus leaving at 9:30 a.m. and returning about 12:15 p.m.

July 29-August 2 – Minute to Win It – Field trip on Friday to New Vision Theater to see Toy Story 4 or The Lion King (grades 1-7) with bus leaving at 9:00 a.m. and returning about 12:30 p.m.

August 5-9 – America's Got Talent – On-site event on Tuesday to see Dazzling Dave Yo-Yo Master (grades 1-2); Field trip on Wednesday to Circus Juventas (grades 3-7) with bus leaving at 9:00 a.m. and returning about 12:15 p.m.

August 12-16 – Survivor – Field trip on Friday to St. Louis Aquatic Park (grades 1-3) with bus leaving at 9:45 a.m. and returning about 3:30 p.m.; Field trip on Friday to Bunker Beach (grades 4-7) with bus leaving at 12:00 p.m. and returning about 4:00 p.m.

August 19-23 – The Amazing Race – Summer Celebration on-site Thursday

*Subject to change based on availability