Please note that this post is from 2011.
This post is super long and for a great reason…. We are some lucky families here in Cincinnati. Just browse through this list of camps and see all of the amazing camp offerings for your kids this Summer. No matter what your child likes, there’s sure to be one or a few that will meet your needs and their desires.
If you know of a camp not listed below, please post it in the “comments” section.
ANDERSON PARKS – ANDERSON
A nice variety and selection of camps will be offered. It looks like dates and times are still being worked on. Check their website for any updates.
BAKER HUNT – ART CAMPS – COVINGTON, KY
Three sessions of Camp Da Vinci, each unique, will explore the role of art in our daily lives while investigating the genius of Leonardo DaVinci. Activities will include drawing, painting, sculpture, kite-making, cooking, masks, nature projects, exercise and gardening, all mixed in with a big dose of imagination! Camp Da Vinci combines both inspiration and perspiration. Visit The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center’s web site for more information: www.bakerhunt.com
In addition to Camp Da Vinci, Baker Hunt offers a wide range of classes for both youth & adults. Summer session includes youth classes ranging from “The Young Architects” to “Art & Performance— Deep Sea Diving”. Make it a Summer to Remember!!
BANANAS DROP-IN JUMP & PLAY – LIBERTY TWP.
“Finally Summer Camp programs for EVERY Child and Interest. We have carefully designed our programs to engage, challenge, & develop children physically, artistically, socially, and mentally. Our programs focus on these core fundamentals.”
Camps are held for four days and are either two hours or four hours. Several choices on themed camps.
No prices listed, call 777-9200 for more information.
BEHRINGER-CRAWFORD MUSEUM – DEVOU PARK, COVINGTON
Grand Discovery Camps : Grandparents* and Grandchildren can enjoy summer time activities together! Come spend time with each other and participate in crafts, games, skits, songs and snacks. Minimum number of participants is 7 pairs.
Junior Grand Discovery Camps are for ages 4 – 6
Senior Grand Discovery Camps are for ages 7 – 10
Cost: Museum Members $40 per couple Future Members $50 per couple $10 for each additional participant adult or child *Children can be accompanied by any adventurous adult!
June 20 – 24, 2011- Senior Curator Program – Ages 11 – 15 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Campers return to Big Bone Lick State Park to excavate at a real archaeology site. They will learn archaeology history, how-to prepare and excavate a dig site and clean and classify artifacts. Plus have a whole lot of fun! Do YOU have what it takes to dig into history this summer?
Cost: $175 Members $225 Future Members
1600 Montague Road-Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky 41011 www.bcmuseum.org
Contact: Regina Siegrist (859) 491-4003 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museum’s offerings are available to all persons without regard to ethnicity, gender, creed, national origin, age, or disability.
THE CARNEGIE – CAMP CARNEGIE -COVINGTON, KY
Camp Carnegie: Adventures of an Underdog takes children on an artistic journey that has them exploring the world of art with programs in live performance, character design, dramatic exercises, writing and more. Open to children ages 7 -15, Camp Carnegie includes five, three-week sessions throughout the summer and children may register for more than one session. Cost is just $10! Registration opens soon. Check the Carnegie’s website for details www.thecarnegie.com.
CAMP BLUE FISH / TINY TRACKERS – BLUE ASH
Both Camp Blue Fish and Tiny Trackers are held in the Nature Park behind the City Offices.
“Our diverse day camp offers participants from 4 years old to 11 years old a well-rounded experience in the day camp setting.
A healthy variety of daily activities are coordinated with a theme of the week. Activities include group sports and games, arts and crafts, outdoor adventures, water activities, and other social events. (Severe weather moves the campers inside the Recreations Building.)
Each week offers new and different activities such as “Wacky Visitor Wednesdays” and “Field Trip Fridays” to family-friendly locations.
No two weeks are the same! A sure bet that will keep your child happy and enthused about camp!”
Tiny Trackers is a half day camp for kids ages 4 & 5 and is held from 9 am – 12 p.m. There are two one-week sessions available. Cost is $50 per child with a limit of one session per child.
Camp Blue Fish is a full day camp for kids 6 – 11 and is held from 9 am – 3 p.m. There are five one-week sessions available. Cost is $100 per child with a limit of two sessions per child.
There is no before or after care available, but there are classes during late afternoon that might just fill the gap. If your child is in camp and is signed up for a late afternoon class, the counselors will bring them from camp to their class.
Registration is based on residency – Residents and members can register in person on 4/9, non-resident/non-members can register in person starting 5/9.
(Personal note – my kids have been attending these camps for the past three Summer’s. I have been very impressed with the counselors, leaders and the overall program. My kids LOVE Camp Blue Fish – it’s a highlight of their summer every year.)
NOTE: If your camper has special needs, you will find that the City of Blue Ash makes reasonable accommodations consistent with the ADA. Please contact us at 745-8643 to assess the situation and explore potential accommodations.
For more information call Joan Wells, Youth Programs Coordinator at 745-8643 or email her at email@example.com.
CAMP CHABAD – CLIFTON
“From morning line-up of songs and cheers, through each day packed with fun activities, campers savor every minute of every day at Camp Chabad. Our camp, accredited by the American Camp Association, is the ideal blend of dynamic programming, nurturing counselors and good values. Children are carefully placed in groups by age and grade level. This ensures each child gets individualized attention and supervision and makes certain that all the children participate in programming suited to their level of development
From June 29 -August 7 Camp Chabad offers children 20 Months -13 years of age fun-filled days surrounded by the warmth and friendship which makes CampChabad so special. Campers enjoy a wide range of exciting activities and field trips in a warm and vivacious atmosphere. Activities are taught by professional coaches and instructors who introduce campers to new programs and enhance their abilities with favorites. The focus of every program is to build the camper’s confidence in him or herself.”
Camp is held at the Campus Recreation Center at UC
CAMP INVENTION – CAMP SPARK – WITHAMSVILLE
“Unleash the creative genius in your child! Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure in creativity. Led by local teachers the program nurtures children’s innate sense of curiosity. Children will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate and create – all while having tons of FUN!”
This is part of a national camp system. Camp is for children entering Grades 1 – 6. Camp is held at Withamsville Tobasco Elementary from June 27 – June 30 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Cost is $215.00.
Register on-line by March 30 to get a $25 discount (use code RERD) or call Michele Millikan at 800-968-4332 for more information.
CAMP WILDBROOK – FOREST PARK
This is an outdoor camp located near Winton Woods. They do not have a website, so give them a call at 931-2196. I have heard amazing things about how much fun this camp is!
Camp for 2011 has limited openings to current 4th, 5th and 6th Graders.
Dates are June 20 – July 29 and cost is $1272 for the six week program. Camp Wildbrook also offers bus transportation for an additional $209 for all six weeks with pick up locations in Amberley, Blue Ahs, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Mason, Montgomery and Wyoming.
CANTEBURY HILL – UNION
Learn all about horse back riding at Cantebury Hill – ages 6 and up. After riding, campers get to go swimming, hiding, have scavenger hunts and more. Camps run from 9 am – 4 pm. There are four one week sessions for $325/per child per week.
You can reach them by phone at (859) 817-9702, (859)663-5292 or you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS – WYOMING
CHILDREN’S MEETING HOUSE – LOVELAND
“Children’s Meeting House Montessori School Summer Camp offers a week of fun through a variety of activities! We have specially trained teachers and naturalists that will expose the children to a wealth of hands on experiences, utilizing some of the beautiful 300 acres surrounding our school. These camps will allow the children plenty of creative time in our Art Shack to further explore their experiences through nature related projects. Help to create a nature loving child or send your nature loving child for a week with us!”
Camps run during the month of July and are available as half day options (8:30 – 11:30 am) for $105/week or full day (8:30 – 3:30) for $199/week
Contact Summer Camp Director: Casey Reed at email@example.com or 513-683-4757.
CINCINNATI BALLET – DOWNTOWN & BLUE ASH
Two camps are offered:
Kids Dance Camp – ages 4 to 8 years
“Combine physical fitness and artistic expression. Introduce your child to the fascinating world of ballet. Children learn the basics of ballet, from technique to costuming, through enduring classic ballets. Each week offers a different theme. Classes encourage students’ creativity, coordination, flexibility and strength. Our professional faculty members teach age-appropriate technique, and at the end of each week of camp, the young dancers perform scenes from Princess and the Pea, BeatrixPotter, Nutcracker and Cinderella, wearing costumes they create during craft time.”
Young Dancer Program – ages 9 to 12
This program is designed to build the strength of serious young dance students through an intense and focused schedule of ballet classes with a supplementary focus on modern, jazz and other dance disciplines. There are two tracks to this program: one for students not yet on pointe and one for those who have danced for one year on pointe. Track A will introduce students to pointe work slowly and thoroughly while Track B will help to further strengthen and refine their foot work. Students will be challenged to reach new levels of technique and artistry though detailed instruction focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of individual students in a nurturing environment.
Camps are a few hours a day for one week sessions. See the brochure for dates, times, prices and locations.
Call 562-1130 to register or for more information.
CINCINNATI BASEBALL SCHOOL – MASON
“Cincinnati Baseball School offers baseball & softball instruction for players of all ages and skill levels, from the first-time player to the college and pro prospect. In addition to private lessons, team workouts, and coaches training, CBS offers week-long summer camps from June through August.”
As of publication date, no further information is available, call 602-5133 for information.
CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY – INDIAN HILL
Cincinnati Country Day Schools in Indian Hill offer an extensive Summer Camp Program. From their website: “Summer Programs are located on Cincinnati Country Day School’s beautiful 62-acre campus. The campus features expansive athletic fields, woods, two gymnasiums, a 25-meter 6-lane swimming pool, a performing arts theater, an all-weather track, tennis courts, three multi-age playgrounds, a climbing wall, and dining facilities.”
CCD Summer Programs includes day camps as well as a variety of academic, arts, and athletic courses. Plan to spend the summer, a week, or even a day participating in our summer fun!”
Camps and classes are based on age – I counted 63 different offerings covering every imagineable thing – math, reading, writing, art, sports, foreign languages, drama, cooking and the choices go on and on.
If you’re looking for just a day camp and not specific subjects, Country Day has those as well. They offer a Kiddie Camp for children 18 months – 36 months which runs for two separate four week sessions. Activities will include learning centers, outdoor exploration, creative arts, cooperative play, cooking, music and movement, water activities, wading pool, and special visitors. You can choose half day or full day with after care available.
Camp Country Day is for older children – ages 3 – 6th Grade and runs in eight weekly sessions between June 15 and August 2. Weekly activities include cooking, crafts, organized games, swimming, team building activities, enrichment programs, and special visitors. Key academic components are fostered through daily activities. Campers from 3 to 5 years of age in the traditional and Montessori camps will participate in on-site programs presented by Circus Mojo in addition to weekly enrichment in yoga and Spanish. Campers in grades K-6 will participate in off campus trips to the Coco Key Water Resort, Newport Aquarium, Mini Golf, Madison Bowl, Cincinnati Zoo, Roller Skating, Ice Skating and a Cincinnati Reds Game at the Great American Ball Park.
There is just so much available here. Options and prices are varied, so instead of listing them all here, please be sure to check out the CCDS Camp Brochure.
If you have questions about these camps, you can call CCDS at 979-0132 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CINCINNATI HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY – SYMMES TOWNSHIP
This is only two hours once a week, but I didn’t want to leave it out in case you have a budding cook in your family.
“Every Thursday, from June 24 through August 19, on the grounds of the historic Meade House in Symmes Township, the Horticultural Society will offer a two-hour respite built around the theme of “GROW IT, COOK IT, EAT IT, HAVE FUN!”
Children will learn about food and where it comes from, cooking, plus international activities and crafts all while getting some fresh air.
- WHAT: Nine weeks of summertime fun!
- WHERE: Meade House, 11887 Lebanon Road, Symmes Township
- WHEN: Every Thursday morning, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 24 through August 19
- WHO: Children between the ages of 4 and 10 (must be accompanied by an adult)
- HOW MUCH: Each class will cost $10 per child; $9 for Symmes Township residents
- HOW DO I SIGN UP: Click here, fill out, and mail the registration form”
CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER AT UNION TERMINAL – QUEENSGATE
Spring Break camp – Egypt: Land of Mysteries. Kids 7-12 can immerse themselves in history with all things Egypt- mummy making, an archeological dig, a trip down the Nile on our 5-story OMNIMAX screen, a special visit to our new exhibit, Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, and so much more! The camp runs from March 28 through April 1 and the perfect way to learn while having fun! The cost is $200 for Members and $225 for non-Members. Campers can register by calling 513.287.7021. Additional information can also be found on our website: http://www.cincymuseum.org/Day-Camps/
Summer Camps – “Summer break means learning and fun at Cincinnati Museum Center. Children between the ages of 7 and 12 can immerse themselves in their favorite topic for an entire week! Summer Day Camps run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. Need before & after care? We’ve got you covered! We offer before and after care for each camp. Before care begins at 7:30 a.m. and after care runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m.”
Camps run from June 13 – July 22. Each week is a different theme
Camp Prices: Members: $200; Non-members: $225
Before Care: Members: $5 per day; Non-members: $10 per day
After Care: Members: $10 per day; Non-members: $15 per day
*Sign-up for before and after care at the time of day camp registration.
To sign up, call the Museum Center at (513) 287-7021 to make your reservation. (There’s also a Super Saver rate if you register for three camps – not all camps are eligible, see website or ask when you call.)
CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER – MILFORD
“CincyNature Camps offer week-long, nature day camps for children and teens ages 3 through 16.
Camps take place from June through August at Cincinnati Nature Center’s two sites: Rowe Woods in Milford and Long Branch Farm & Trails in Goshen.
Children will challenge their minds and bodies while using their imaginations and creativity in a natural setting. Each camp offers unique, age-appropriate activities that expose children to new and exciting outdoor adventures in a safe and friendly environment.
Fresh air, hands-on activities, close encounters with animals and plants, and increased knowledge of the natural world help build confidence, generate excitement, and teach children about the environment. “
Various week long camps are offered depending on age – some are half day and others are full day. Cost varies depending on camp selected and on whether or not you are a member.
Camp registration can only be done on-line.
CINCINNATI PARK DISTRICT – VARIOUS LOCATIONS CITY OF CINCINNATI
Summer Camps are held at various Cincinnati Parks around the city. Dates, campers ages, locations and times are available on their website. There was no information provided on the cost of camps.
Call Dianne Went at 321-6208 ext. 11 with any questions.
CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK – MT. ADAMS
As of publication date, this camp has not been confirmed. Information provided is from 2010. Please e-mail email@example.com for information.
“Are you on the hunt for something engaging, educational and entertaining for your young theatre enthusiast this summer? Each summer the Playhouse offers classes for students from first grade through high school.
Students entering grades 1 and 2 are offered a two-hour creative dramatics program with a single instructor throughout.
Students entering grades 3 and up take two weeks of half-day camps consisting of three classes. These include a class in acting and two other drama-related activities (such as improvisation, stage movement, stage combat and television acting). All classes are taught by working theatre professionals with extensive experience working with young people. The final day of camp culminates with a demonstration for an audience of family and friends.”
CINCINNATI ZOO – CORRYVILLE
The Cincinnati Zoo offers both full day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and half day (9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 pm to 4 pm) camps. All camps run Monday through Friday.
Full Day Camps include a summer camp T-shirt, snacks (campers pack lunch), giraffe and lorikeet feeds, animals shows, train/tram rides, a 4-D theater experience (except 4-5 year olds), live animal encounters, games hikes, and so much more! Full day camps cost $205/wk for members and $220/wk for non-members. Before and after care is available.
Half Day Camps include a summer camp T-shirt, snacks, live animal encounters, games, hikes, animal feeding opportunities, keeper talks, and so much more! Half day camps cost $95/wk for members and $105/wk for non-members.
Camps run for 12 weeks during the Summer Break. Kids are put into groups depending on their age (which then determines the theme of the camp).
Registration for camp is done here on-line.
CIRCUS MOJO – LUDLOW, KY
Have a child who wants to be in circus? Or maybe they just need something high energy. A Circus Mojo camp might fit the bill for them (and you!). “Circus Mojo is a circus arts program that teaches juggling, hat tricks, partner acrobatics, plate spinning, tight-wire walking, ball and stilt-walking, and character development through theatrical clowning. In this multidimensional class, combining humor, grace, and athleticism, students are encouraged to conquer doubt and learn a variety of skills in a non-competitive environment. The last class will culminate in a finale performance, where everyone will show their mojo!”
Seven different one week sessions will be offered this Summer for children age 7 through 97. The cost is $150 per session. To find out times of the camps please call Circus Mojo at 1-800-381-TADA.
FUNique opportunity ~ Circus Mojo is Partenering with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in offering a Circus Camp FUNraiser… IF people sign-up for Circus Mojo Summer Camp and use the CCHMC-MOJO promocode online or download a special CCHMC-Registration form and mail it in $20 of the camp fee will be donated to CCHMC Child Life Dept.
COMMUNITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL – WEST CHESTER
Summer Camp is for children ages 3-6 years old. Camp runs from 9:00am-11:00am Monday-Friday
The children will spend one hour in the Montessori classroom, enjoy a group snack, then head outside for water play, community visitors and special art projects. Camp runs for four one-week sessions (mid-June through mid-July).
Cost is $75.00/week – contact Jamie Minniear at 513-777-0808 for more information.
THE COMPASS SCHOOL – DEERFIELD TWP.
Camp is available for children who have completed Kindergarten through age 12. Camps begin the week of June 6 and end the week of August 19. Cost per week is $200.
There are various theme’s available. Call 683-8833 for more information.
CORNERSTONE MONTESSORI – HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY
Theme camps are offered by the week beginning with the week of May 31 and going through August 12. Camps runs from 8am-3pm ($150 week or $35 day) with after camp care available for $8 hour (or $75 weekly) until 5pm. These camps are good for ages 3 -13. For more information on the theme for each week visit their website or contact Anna at (859)491-9960.
DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP SUMMER CAMPS
“Deerfield Township offers a variety of summer camps to meet your child’s needs. Each camp is designed around a weekly theme. Campers will explore the outdoors, unleash their creativity, and release their energy! They’ll enjoy fun games, sports, crafts, nature exploration, and more!”
Three different age groups of camps are offered:
1st – 5th Graders – Camps run the week of June 20 through the week of August 15. Camps are Monday – Thursday from 9am – 12pm. Cost is $30/wk Residents (registration begins 3/1) and $35/wk Non-residents (registration begins 4/1). Camps are held at various locations based on the theme, check website for details.
5 Year Old – Kindergartners (2011-2012 School Year) – Camp is offered two weeks during the Summer – week of July 25 or week of August 8. Camp is held at Cottell Park, Monday – Thursday 1:30- 3:30 pm. Cost is $30/wk Residents and $35/wk Non-residents.
5th – 7th Grader – Camp is offered two weeks during the Summer – week of July 11 or week of July 18. Times are Monday – Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Cost is $30/wk Residents and $35/wk Non-residents.
Call 701-6958 for more information.
DINSMORE HOMESTEAD – BURLINGTON
Does your child enjoy the outdoors? Does your child like the simple pleasures of creative play and history? Then this is the camp for your child! This year we will be using the history of the Dinsmore family as a jumping-off point for activities & recreations like a 19th-century county fair & election, a pirate treasure hunt, a steamboat journey with tales of Mike Fink, a turn-of-the-century visit to the World’s Fair, and the chance to create an early Hollywood movie. Fun is guaranteed for all!! This camp is for boys & girls who have completed Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, & will last from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Dinsmore will provide snacks every day & lunch one day. There will be two session of camp:
1st Session: June 20 – June 24 2nd Session: June 27 – July 1 For more information & to register, please contact Cathy Collopy at (859)586-6117 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Dinsmore Homestead is located 6.5 miles west of the Burlington Courthouse on KY 18, & is full of history, nature, and good times. Cost: $85 for members $100 for non-members
Miss Julia’s Camp for Young Ladies
Does your daughter enjoy nature? Does she wish she could jump into a time travel machine & go BACKWARDS? Then this is the camp for her! This year we are “Celebrating the Past through American Holidays.” She will paint & prepare her own canvas floor covering, decoupage a memory box, make a St. Valentine’s Day pocket purse, celebrate Decoration Day, tell stories, and have a Christmas party – ALL IN JUNE!!!
This camp is for girls 10 – 14 years old & will last from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Dinsmore will provide snacks every day & lunch one day. Camp will be June 13 through June 17. For more information & to register, please contact Cathy Collopy at (859)586-6117 or email@example.com The Dinsmore Homestead is located 6.5 miles west of the Burlington Courthouse on KY 18, & is full of history, nature, and good times. Cost: $85 for members $100 for non-members
DRAKE PLANETERIUM & SCIENCE CENTER – NORWOOD
Do you have a budding scientist? Then check out the camps at Drake Planeterium. Camps are offered in both the morning and afternoon – by choosing one am and one pm, you can schedule an all day camp! Check out the options, dates, times and prices here.
FAIRFIELD SUMMER CAMPS – FAIRFIELD
“The Parks and Recreation Department offers an exciting summer of Day Camp for children 6 to 11 years old. Summer Fun Camp is offered Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm with extended camp hours available. Our excellent staff includes certified school teachers and college students. A staff-to-child ratio of approximately 1 to 10 will be maintained. Planned activities will consist of challenging and fun crafts, cooperative games and contests, swimming at the Fairfield Aquatic Center, hiking and nature activities. Field trips are an integral part of the camp program, with trips such as the Cincinnati Zoo, museums, roller skating and Reds games. Camp is held, rain or shine, with rain-day activities planned. Campers are dropped off at the Parks and Recreation Community Arts Center located at 411 Wessel Drive and picked up at the Fairfield Aquatic Center on Augusta Blvd. Each child will receive a Summer Day Camp shirt. Children should bring a sack lunch and drink.” 7am – 6pm is $130/resident – $145/non-resident
Summer Adventure Camp
The Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department will again have “Adventure Camp” for kids between the ages of 11 and 15. The camp will be offered 4 Days a week, Monday through Thursday. The program will offer exciting trips and Park/Community projects. Cincinnati Reds game, Sun Lite Pool, Omnimax, Bowling, canoeing, and many other adventures will be part of the fun. Campers are dropped off at the Grange Hall located on Joe Nuxhall Way formally known as Forest Lake Lane and campers will be picked up at the Fairfield Aquatic Center on Augusta Blvd. 7am – 6pm is $105/resident – $120/non-resident
Fairfield also has absolutely tons of specialty and themed camps –dates, ages, times and cost varies on what you choose.
FUNKE FIRED ARTS – HYDE PARK
(From FUNKE) FUNKE FIRED ARTS OFFERS one of the best summer art camp selections that you’ve ever seen! What makes it great? Our teachers are art education professionals who teach kids how to make creative projects that are awesome, fun and educational (but don’t tell the kids!) As a matter of fact, we (Funke Fired Arts) were named the Best in Art Education in the Urban Living section of Citybeat 2009. Our camp director, Nancy Kopp has just received an award from the NAEA (National Art Educators Association) for excellence in lesson planning. AND we offer a HUGE variety of art topics including, clay, pottery wheel, painting, sculpture, drawing, papier mache, jewelry making and cartooning. Our popular art camps have been in the Cincinnati area for 16 years but this is only our second year in Hyde Park. We offer camps for children as young as 6 years and a couple of special camps for little ones age 4 and 5. And for those parents who are working or on the go, we also provide before and after camp care. For details, descriptions and prices, click here.
GORMAN HERITAGE FARM – EVENDALE
“Farm Camp Description: Be a farm kid! Camp activities include: interacting with barnyard animals, doing farm chores, collecting eggs, feeding goats, exploring the woods, garden fun, cooking with farm food, games, hiking, crafts, music and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking & science. You will never want to leave!”
There are weeklong camp sessions running throughout the summer for children ages 4 – 12. Prices vary on the camp chosen. A brochure with everything you need to know is available on-line.
GREENACRES FOUNDATION – INDIAN HILL
“Our goal is to combine a fun atmosphere with the subtle learning that lasts a life time, learning to appreciate what is around us. Regardless of age, the mysteries of life surround us every day and when we appreciate those mysteries our lives are more fulfilled.”
Greenacres summer camps focus on various mysteries from the environment, to food, to music. Each camp pulls back the curtain to reveal some of the science while encouraging appreciation of the wonders of the world. Our leaders are gifted in making sure that your child has a wonderful experience while developing a life-long appreciation for the world around us. No matter the subject, Greenacres campers return home transform.”
Camps start the week of June 13 and go through the week of August 1. Each week of camp offers a different selection of themes based on Grade. Times and cost are based on the camp selected.
Camp sign up takes place at Green Acres on March 5 from 1-4pm. Call 891-4227 with questions.
HAMILTON COUNTY PARKS – VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Camps are held at various park locations throughout Hamilton County Parks. Some camps are three-days, some are five-days and there are even two-week camps.
There is definitely something for everyone and for ages 4-14 (not all camps are open to all ages). These camps seem to be geared towards outside activities – if your child likes to explore nature, get wet and discover things in the world around them, I think they would enjoy going to any of these camps.
Prices and camp times vary depending on the camp chosen. Most camps have a regular price and an early bird special price – you get a discount by registering by March 31st so get busy and plan ahead!
Registration is on-line and there is a specific link for each camp.
IMAGINATTIC – KENWOOD
“What is Summer Camp like at The Imaginattic? For Adventure/Explorer/Sibling Camps it’s an amazing journey into the world of Imagination. Each week, campers encounter a bare studio and a creative challenge. After a group brainstorming event, the young artists have 4 days to design and construct an imaginary world of adventure and inspiration. We will paint murals, build props, sculpt artifacts, create inventions. On the 5th day, we go on an adventure in our new world. We celebrate our hard work and ingenuity … and follow the inspiration to create even greater works of art that capture our week’s experiences. The Fine Arts Camps are a more skill-based exploration of ideas and art media.”
Camps run Monday through Friday from 9 am – 12pm or from 1pm – 4pm. The first week of camp is June 20th and the last week of camp starts on August 1.
While each week has a different theme, “the same theme is offered in the morning camp and the afternoon camp. Each theme is also offered for Adventurers (4-6 yr olds), Explorers (6-8 yr olds) and Siblings (4-9 yr olds). We have two studio spaces this year, so all age groups will meet together for brainstorming and other Creativity Challenges, and then move to their individual studios to carry out their creative plans, and build an Adventure Room. On Friday, we will share all of our hard work!”
There is also a few offerings for kids 8-11.
Camp is held at the Rockwern Academy in Kenwood.
Tuition is $150/wk. To register or for more information call 984-4222. (I’ve heard wonderful things about these camps and am told they fill up quickly!)
IMAGO – PRICE HILL
“Once again we invite you to to join us for fun weeks filled with exploration, nature, crafts + creations, games, and friends old and new! This year we offer 6 weeks of our traditional weeklong daycamps, as well as two weeks of special bonus camps, and back is the Aftercamp for those that want to maximize their camp experience.”
As of this writing, no information was listed for 2011. Call (513) 921-5124 for more information.
ISPACE – SHARONVILLE OR FLORENCE
“iSPACE invites you to sign on as a crew member and take part in an incredible summer experience. Ignite your imagination as you build and program LEGO® robots, discover the “ups and downs” of living and working in space, experience the thrill of building and launching radical rockets, encounter exciting LEGO® engineering endeavors, and more!”
Camps run Monday – Friday and are offered as a half day (9am – 12pm) for kids entering Grades K – 1. The cost is $175/wk. Full day camps are for kids entering Grades 2 – 10 . The cost for full day is $225/wk.
Camps begin the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 8. There are various themes to choose from.
Two weeks are available to take in Florence, Ky.
Call 612-5786 or 612-5769 for more information.
JERSEY PRODUCTIONS – DOWNTOWN
Jersey Productions has opened registration for our 2011 Camp Jersey Summer Programs, four different programs for students ages 6-20! This year will be our fifth annual Camp Jersey Summer Program along with Camp Jersey Intensive, Camp Jersey Kids and our new auditioned program, Jersey Junior Company. All camps are held at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Downtown Cincinnati. Registration and scholarship forms as well as more information is available on our website,www.jerseyproductions.org.
KENNEDY HEIGHTS ART CENTER – KENNEDY HEIGHTS
At time writing this, no information for 2011 is available. Check their website or call 631-4278.
KIDS FIRST – BLUE ASH
CAMP-a-palooza at Kids First offers 11 weeks of fun for your child this Summer. Every week has a different theme. Camp is for children grades Kindergarten through 7th Grade. Times are 9 am – 4pm with before and after care available for an extra fee. The cost is $233/wk which included lunch, a t-shirt, camp bag and a field trip weekly.
You can also pay for day camps – there’s a two day minimum for $54/day.
You get discounts for registering siblings and for attending all of the camp sessions.
ImaGYMnation Kids Station – is camp for potty trained children age 3 – Kindergarten. Just like the regular camp, there are weekly themes. Camps are from 9 am – 1 pm. Cost is $163/wk or $37 daily.
LAFFALOT SPORTS CAMP – VARIOUS LOCATIONS
“The Laffalot Camp concept introduces a variety of sports, games and activities in a fun packed day. Activities include pillo pollo, flag tag, floor hockey, scavenger hunts, volleyball, soccer, dodge ball, crazy ball, kickball, and much, much more!
The camps are designed to develop teamwork, encourage friendly competition, good sportsmanship, as well as build whole body coordination.”
Camps are held throughout Greater Cincinnati – Hamilton County, Butler County, Clermont County, Warren County, and Kenton County. Most camps are either solely for boys or girls. To find exact camps offered, times, locations and costs, please click on one of the links above.
MAD SCIENCE – OAKLEY
Some of the camps run by Mad Science just sound cool – you’ll get to blow things up, cracks some codes and do some basic chemistry. Camps are offered for ages 5- 12 as half day or full day. Half day is $140 and full day is $20. Before and after care is available.
MAYERSON JCC – AMBERLY VILLAGE
“Camp at the J provides a fantastic combination of exciting activities and adventures, where life-long friendships are formed and new skills are learned. Our fantastic campsite includes a large outdoor playfield, an indoor waterpark and a heated outdoor pool. Each bunk has its own hut, and campers of all ages will enjoy the multi-faceted playground. Our expert camp staff lead top-notch arts and crafts, music, drama, sports, and nature activities. And the whole camp comes together for weekly celebrations and special events.”
You can choose one week, three week or six week camps and ages 18 months through 10 years. You can pick different themes which will determine the cost, etc. . Check it all out here.
MIKE JOHNSON VOLLEYBALL CAMPS AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY – CINCINNATI
Volleyball is a fun sport for all! Xavier head volleyball coach, Mike Johnson and his staff invite you to attend one or more of our summer volleyball camps at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University. We will be offering a youth camp for ages 2nd grade-8th grade, an overnight and all skills camp for ages 7th grade and up, and a setter/hitter camp for all ages! Check out our website to register and/or get more information: www.mikejohnsonvolleyballcamps.com
MONTESSORI ACADEMY OF CINCINNATI – MASON
At the time or writing this, no information was available for 2011 Summer Camps. Check their website or call 398-7773 for more information.
MY NOSE TURNS RED – COVINGTON
My Nose Turns Red (MNTR) Youth Circus is pleased to announce their Two-Week Intensive Summer Circus Camp with special guest coaches Nozomi Yoshida, teaching German (Gym) Wheel and G-Ball gymnastics and Jesse Alford, teaching unicycling and juggling. The two-week intensive is open to youth 8 – 18, July 11-22, at Emanuel Community Center, 1308 Race St. Cincinnati, OH. The camp will culminate in a public performance on Friday, July 22 at 7 pm. Check their website or call 859-581-7100 for complete details.
NKU NORSE – HIGHLAND HEIGHTS
Northern Kentucky University is offering summer sports camps in baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ softball, and girls’ volleyball for grades 3 through 12 in most camps. To find out dates, sports and times, please check out the link (no information was listed for the cost of the camps).
PROCAMPS – CHAD OCHOCINCO FOOTBALL CAMP – MONTGOMERY
Camp Chad Ochocinco is for boys and girls ages 7 to 14. The cost is $185. Time and dates were not finalized at the time of this writing. Check the website for up-to-date information.
SCIENCE DISCOVERY CAMP – MASON
“Why Science Discovery Camp?
In today’s society, science and technology are rapidly becoming more and more a way and a fact of life. Science is our future. Students need to gain an appreciation and a love for science. Science is now part of the state proficiency tests. One of our goals is to get campers excited about doing and experiencing science in a hands-on environment. Campers will use the discovery approach to learning and find out how enjoyable science really can be.
Girls and boys can enjoy a fun filled week with science, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, CSI, dinosaurs, earth science, general science, math, model rocketry, physics, space exploration, and things that fly.”
I’m not sure if there’s two or three weeks of camp as the website states both, but it looks like there is a week of camp is 6/13 – 6/17 and 6/20 – 6/24. The cost is $110 per week per program. I believe a program is either 8:30 – 11:30 am or 12:30 – 3:30 pm – you can combine programs to make an entire day camp. Camp is for kids in Grades 1 – 9.
Check the website for complete details or call Dave Traxler at 489-8729.
THE SEVEN HILLS SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM – MADISONVILLE
“Our summer program at Seven Hills is a thriving extension of the larger school experience. Summer at Seven Hills is in its 29th successful year. For nine weeks every year, we’re proud to offer enrichment programs on our Hillsdale Campus that challenge and delight students from age three through eighteen. Imagine your three-year-old spending his or her morning constructing solar system artwork and the afternoon enjoying free-spirited water play with friends. Consider your nine-year-old child’s excitement when he or she comes home with a great new recipe shared and cooked with our own award-winning chef. Think about the look on your child’s face when he or she finds out about going on outdoor expeditions to the Little Miami River, King’s Island and The Beach Waterpark with Seven Hills faculty members.”
Camps are available for children ages 3 to 18. Prices and camp times vary depending on session/theme chosen. Campers are divided according to their ages. (Here something I liked – for an extra $20 a week, campers can purchased – I’ve looked at the School’s menu during the academic year and it’s AMAZING food.)
Registration is on-line.
SILVERLAKE – CRESCENT SPRINGS
“Don’t let TV be a staple of your children’s time off! Silverlake camps are a clean, safe, quality alternative to children staying home alone or with a babysitter. Camp programs help youngsters learn the value of cooperation, gain confidence and achieve personal growth. Silverlake camps offer a summer of fun and lessons for a lifetime.”
They offer Sports Clinics, enrichment activities (like cooking, dance, archery, etc), field trips and add ons.
SKYHAWKS SPORTS CAMPS – VARIOUS LOCATIONS
“Skyhawks Sports youth sports camps are committed to providing a Safe, Fun, and Skill-focused experience for kids between the ages of 3 and 12. We are a national youth sports camp company with local camps in over 500 communities. Skyhawks offers 12 different sports: Soccer, Baseball, Flag Football, Basketball, Tennis, Lacrosse, Golf, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Track & Field, and a special Multi Sport camp where kids get to sample three different sports. Youth summer camps range from 45 minutes to 6 hours per day and offer instruction in all skill levels, from introductory to advanced.
Skyhawks Sports is proud to be the leader in youth sports since 1979 and maintains a proven safety track record. Under the expert care of our sports camp coaches, kids not only learn individual, sport-oriented skills, but also develop personally and socially, learning teamwork and building character and life skills through sports.”
Because this is national camp – please go to the website, click on the age of your child (top right) and then click on the sport you are interested in. You’ll be able to search to find a camp close to you.
SUMMER DANCE CAMP – MAMLUFT&CO – COLLEGE HILL
MamLuft&Co. Dance and Contemporary Dance Theater, two Cincinnati modern dance non-profits, have teamed up to provide a summer day camp. The camp focuses on the creative, empowering, expressive, active, and healthy practices of modern dance.
Dates: Memorial Day Week, Tuesday, May 31 to Friday, June 4 (9am-3pm) with a showing/open house on Saturday, June 5 (10am-12pm) Extended care available 8am-9am for no additional charge, 3pm-6pm for only $15 per day per child. Prices: Regular registration is only $230. Early registration by April 30 is $200. Discounts for siblings, too (at only $160 per additional sibling). Regular and early registrations include a t-shirt!
Located in the historical College Hill Town Hall, Contemporary Dance Theater’s headquarters, located just north of Northside amongst a playground, splash park, ball park, tennis court, and basketball court. Registration and more information at www.mamluftcodance.com/summer. Please visit this website, call (513) 494-MLCo, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding the camp.
SUNROCK FARM – WILDER
If you child wants to learn more about farm animals, then Sunrock Farm Day Camps might be just the ticket. Located in Northern Kentucky, Sunrock Farm is fun for everyone – “Milk a goat, work with horses; bottle feed baby animals; wash a pig; gather eggs and cuddle chicks; lead and brush young farm animals; help with farm chores; plant and harvest grains/vegetables; have fun with crafts and food projects; explore the woodlands and creek; participate in games and music; plus much, much more!”
They offer six different sessions for children ages 5-11 that run from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm for $195 (or extended camp from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm for $325).
There’s also camps directed towards younger kids. “PreK camp is for children ages 4 to 5. PreK Camp gives a gentle introduction to farming, incorporating stories, music and crafts with animals, gardening and exploring. Parents who have older children attending farm camp have the option of increasing their PreK time to 2:30 each day with a $15.00 / day extra cost.” There are four different sessions and base cost is $150 for a three day camp.”
Finally, they have some great options for your older children- ages 12-15. There are three different themed camps that run from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm at a cost of $225 per session.
SYCAMORE SUMMER THEATRE CAMPS – MONTGOMERY
Two camps are offered:
Camp Broadway Musical Theatre Camp – This is a two week camp running from June 13-24 (Mon- Fri). It’s for current 3rd-8th Graders, takes place at the Sycamore High School from 9am – 3pm and costs $300.
Young Actor’s Workshop Drama Camp – This is a one week camp running from June 13-17 (Mon-Fri). It’s for current 1st – 8th Graders, takes place at Sycamore High School from 9am – 3pm and costs $175.
For more information or to register e-mail the Camp Director, John Whapham at email@example.com.
Camp Session Dates June 14-16 (application due May 31) | June 28-30 (application due June 14) | July 5-7 (application due June 21) | July 19-21 (application due July 5) | August 2-4 (application due July 19)
More information can be found at the website: www.teallakefarm.com under the Pony Camp section. Early registration discounts available until May 31 and sibling discounts available all summer.
UC – REC – CLIFTON
“Our mission is to provide your child with an exciting, well-rounded recreation experience. R.E.C. Kids Camp is structured to emphasize your child’s development and education while promoting healthy lifestyles among school-age children.
Additionally, campers go on a variety of field trips. Each week has a different theme to keep the summer fun. Arts & crafts and other activities are coordinated with the theme of the week. Sign up for one week or the whole summer!”
Camp runs from mid-June to mid-August – 9 one-week sessions. Camp is from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. Each week has a theme – arts and crafts, swimming, health and wellness and field trips are incorporated into each weekly camp. Cost for members is $160/wk – $190/wk for non-members. Late pick-up is also available.
UC – CCM COLLEGE CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC – CLIFTON
“Explore, discover and experience your hidden talent! Our programs are designed to provide the finest arts education led by CCM Preparatory artists and educators, without leaving the city.”
There are many choices and options available. Something really neat is that you can turn the CCM half day camps into full day camps because CCM is working with UC Red Kids Camp to make up the other half of the day. This is great if your child loves the Arts, but you need a full day program. Talk about being family friendly – Way to go UC!!!
US BASEBALL ACADEMY – VARIOUS LOCATIONS
This is a national camp and there are several sessions for the Cincinnati Area. Click on this link, scroll down to Ohio and look for camps in Cincinnati and surrounding communities (I noticed one in Milford as well a few in Cincinnati).
WHISTLE STOP CLAY WORKS – SUMMER CLAY CAMPS – LOVELAND
Children ages 8 – 13 will have the opportunity to learn the art and craft of clay while having fun and exploring their creativity! Classes are small, with a maximum of 12 students per class. Students receive both group and individual instruction at their own level. Register now as camps begin on June 6th. Get the details
YMCA – VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Each YMCA listed below has a day camp – the costs varies on which location you choose. Each location has their own list of camps and activities. By clicking on the link, you’ll be connected to that YMCA’s camp brochure with specific dates, camp descriptions, times, prices and everything else you should need to know.
All camps offer before and after care options.
|Blue Ash YMCA
|Kenton County YMCA
|Campbell County YMCA
Camp Melrose Place
|Clermont Family YMCA
Camp Timber Trails
|M.E. Lyons YMCA
|Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA
Day Camp in the Pines
|Carl H. Lindner YMCA
|R.C. Durr YMCA
Camp GNY: Guiding and Nurturing Youth
|Richard E. Lindner YMCA
The YMCA also has a resident camp at Camp Ernst in Northern Kentucky (children go and stay 24 hours a day for a one week period). The cost is $580 each week and is for children ages 6-15.
An additional resident camp option is Camp Kern which is north of Cincinnati and run by the YMCA of Dayton. Camp Kern is neat because they offer “mini” camps for your younger kids – get’s their feet wet to heading off to camp when they’re older.
First Camp – For ages 5-7. This is the perfect opportunity for first time campers to get acquainted with the magic of camp life under the careful and constant supervision of specially chosen counselors. Campers will spend Monday and Tuesday participating in day camp programming. Activities will include arts and crafts, the nature center, sports, swimming, and adventure games. On Wednesday, campers will pack their bags and move into a YMCA Camp Kern cabin for two nights of residential camping. Campers will have the opportunity to experience canoeing, nature hikes, Camp Kern’s indoor climbing wall, campfires, and group games. Cost is $250
Taste of Kern – For ages 7-9. Find out everything YMCA Camp Kern has to offer in this program specially designed for first-time campers. Spend three days enjoying the amazing activities of camp including canoeing, arts and crafts, rock climbing, nature hikes, and much more. On Thursday, pack your bags and head back to camp for two nights of intense fun! Spend Thursday night under the stars experiencing a traditional camp out complete with s’mores. Friday night is just as fun with a TOK slumber party unlike any celebration you’ve been to before! Taste of Kern follows a modified schedule: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are spent at Camp and campers return home each evening. Campers are dropped off Thursday morning and spend two nights at Camp. Check out is on Saturday morning. Cost is $300
Camp Kern offers theme camps for the regular resident camp sessions – Main Camp, Ranch Camp, Specialty Camps,Kern Expiditions. Dates, cost and miscellaneous information varies depending on which camp you choose.
YOUNG CHEF’S ACADEMY – CAMP CAN-I-COOK – MASON
“Camp Can-I-Cook® is the place to be during special times of the year. Each camp consists of a three-hour session for three, four or five consecutive days. Campers will get to experience new tastes and learn to prepare some basic recipes from various cuisines “with a twist”. Each camp takes on a personality of its own. With themes such as Summer Treats to Beat the Heat, The Great Kitchen Mystery, “Party at Pennsylvania Avenue” and “Gadget Madness for the Independent Chef™”, you never know what to expect next!”
Prices, themes and dates will vary. Please call 549-CHEF for more information.