Challenge Island - Where Engineering Meets Imagination

LEAP Challenge Island

LEAP Challenge Island

For Grades K-5

LEAP is pleased to again offer an exciting afterschool program at several TCAPS elementary schools. Challenge Island Northwest Michigan is owned and run by Renee Allen.

About the Program

Challenge Island is a cross-educational STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) enrichment program for kids. They are currently the #1 STEM/STEAM Franchise (Entrepreneur Mag) and are completely unplugged with no digital technology or Legos. Children are taken on unique "island" adventures where they work in collaborative groups (island tribes) to take on high-level thinking challenges on real world issues using only the materials in their treasure chest and their creativity.  

Kids experience all five aspects of STEAM–science, technology (invention & innovation), engineering & the engineering design process, language arts, creative design, and mathto successfully complete challenges on real world issues. Always a ton of fun while also increasing their soft skills / life skills in communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, flexibility, sociability, initiative, leadership, and perseverance through difficulty. Challenge Island is dedicated to ensuring a brighter future for our kids and our communities by helping you prepare your child to succeed in the 21st Century and beyond. 

All programs are run by a certified Challenge Island teacher and as needed, also a Challenge Island assistant teacher. All Challenge Island teachers and assistant teachers are background checked, trained, and certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED for Adult and Child. 

Programs are offered by school location. Kids are placed in groups with others of the same grade level and/or those close to their grade. Groups are determined after enrollment has closed.

Spring Enrichment – Amusement Park Island©

April  May 2020 – 8 Weeks

Buckle your seatbelts for Challenge Island's® action-packed Amusement Park Island©. You and an island tribe of friends will create thrill rides galore at exciting destinations like Roller Coaster Cliff, Zipline Zone, Catapult Cove, Bubble Springs, and Rocket Heights. Amusement Park Island© promises to be the hottest ticket around! You and your tribemates will work together to create exciting rides and overcome epic challenges using only the materials in your treasure chest and the power of your imagination. Full STEAM ahead!

Spring 2020 Locations/Dates/Times - 6 Schools

Central Grade Elementary School

  • Mondays: April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 1
  • Time: 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Willow Hill Elementary School

  • Mondays: April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 1
  • Time: 3:45 PM - 5:05 PM

Long Lake Elementary School

  • Tuesdays: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:20 PM

Eastern Elementary School

  • Tuesdays: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:20 PM

Cherry Knoll Elementary School

  • Thursdays: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Time: 3:40 PM - 5:00 PM

Westwoods Elementary School

  • Thursdays: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Time: 3:50 PM - 5:10 PM

Island Participation Fee

  • $143 for the 8-week island; which includes eight 1-hour & 20-minute sessions, all five aspects of STEAM, all materials, and take-aways.
  • Programs run once-a-week for eight weeks.
  • Registration allows for half payment made at registration and remainder paid halfway through the program.
  • Spring registrations will be accepted up through Friday, March 20th, 11:59 PM.
  • Reduced fees are not available for this program.
  • In the event school is closed, no LEAP activities will be held per TCAPS policy. There is no guarantee of a make-up date in the case of inclement weather. Missed sessions will be made up if schedules allow (including Challenge Island schedules/school room schedules/TCAPS LEAP schedules). Challenge Island will make all efforts to make up sessions where possible.


  • Registration is through the Challenge Island Northwest Michigan’s secured website. All information is secured and only for Challenge Island use in the safety and security of the participants.
  • Parents log in to a secured site and hold on to ID and password for registration in future programs as well (Afterschool, Summer Day Camps, Challenge Island Junior (preschool), Kids Night Out!, and Family Night Events). 
    • If you have forgotten your password, follow prompts to set a new password.
    • If you have forgotten your ID, email Renee ( ) and she can give that to you.  
  • Multiple-Island Discount** – If your child is registered in more than one Challenge Island afterschool program within the same school year, receive a 10% discount on the 2nd and 3rd island enrollment. If it is your second time registering for a program with the 2019-2020 school year, register and pay the minimum amount. The amount will be adjusted, and you will be notified by email that the balance is ready for payment.

  • Multiple Child Discount** – If you have more than one child from the same household enrolled in the same Challenge-Island afterschool program, you will receive a 10% discount on additional kids. 

    **The Multiple-Island discount cannot be combined with the Multiple-Child discount. Challenge Island will apply the discount that is most advantageous for your family.

External LinkRegister for Challenge Island here. Then, in the top right corner, click on ‘Register Now’ to be connected to the event list to choose from.