2012 Summer Camps

Summer Camps 2012 is here! Summer Camps 2012 is here! (think Steve Martin jumping up and down.)

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.

Only camps who either provided their Summer Camp information to us or who had a website page with information on a Summer Camp have been included. We’ve tried to verify all of the information. If you see something that needs to be corrected, changed or added, please leave us a comment.


Here’s a link to their website.

Camps are held at Rockwern Academy, 8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236

Camps are for ages 3-9 and run from either 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm. The cost is $150 per camper  (check or cash only). Checks should be made out to: The Art Spark

There’s nine weeks of camp starting the week on June 11 and going through the week of August 13. Each week has a different theme.

You can enroll on-line or give them a call at 513-936-8333.


6 week Summer Camp only $65
Classes begin June 19 and run through August 2. There will not be a class the week of the Fourth of July.
Media Mishmash
Explore paint, clay, watercolor, charcoal, and more. Each week, a different art medium will be used.
Tues and Wednesday (wed is sold out) – Ages 5 – 12 9:30 – 11am

Master Discovery
Make your own Pollock, draw like Leonardo and paint like Van Gogh.
In this step by step class you will learn all about he Masters and their skills! 
Thursday – Ages 8-13 9:30 -11am


Here’s a link to their website.

Summer Classes start on June 13th.  Unfortunately, that’s all of the information I have. To find out more, check their website or call them at 859-431-0020.


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Ages 4-8 (divided into age groups) –  Ballet and creative dance;  Create costumes and sets; Live music and rhythm; and  Friday performances

Camp is held Monday – Friday 9:30am to 12:30pm; Cost is $185/ week + $15 registration

There are three weeks of themed camps:

  • Disney Friends – June 11 – June 15
  • Peter Pan – June 18 – June 22
  • Stars on Broadway – June 25 – June 29

Registration form is available online. If you have any questions, please give them a call at 513-520-2334.


Here’s a link to their website.

Camp Manatee camps will take place from 1-3:30pm, Monday through Friday. All camps will have a “showcase” activity on Friday, so daily participation and attendence are suggested.  No refunds will be given for days missed.  Cost is $125 per camper, which includes all supplies, a daily smoothie jr. snack, and a Camp Manatee tee shirt!

Themes vary by week, check it all out online here.


Here’s a link to their website.

If you’ve never been to Brazee Street Studio, you have missed out on one of the coolest places in town for adults. If you haven’t taken your kids yet, well, then they’ve missed out on one of the coolest places for kids in town. This Summer, The Brazee Street Studio School of Glass (SOG) is offering a nice variety of fun filled camps.

Check out the list below for dates, times, themes, ages and costs — all of which vary based on the camp. Registration is on-line.

Relief Casting Workshop

Monday-Tuesday June 18-19, 2012 — 10:00am-3:00pm each day — $120

Bring in objects that inspire you, and we’ll create them in glass! Explore two methods of relief casting in this jam-packed two-day workshop. Work with sand, plaster, and clay to build the likeness of your favorite things then transform them into one-of-a-kind glass artworks. Ages 9-12

Space is the Place

Monday-Friday June 25-29, 2012 — 10:00am-3:00pm each day — $295

This is the week to create your own planet. Who lives there? How do you get there? Is it cold? In this “spacey” week, we will answers these questions and many more as we create what may be out there. Using various forms of glass and techniques, planets, inhabitants , and more, will begin to emerge in this new place. Ages 6-9

Radical Robots

Monday-Tuesday July 2-3, 2012  — 1:00-4:00pm each day AND July 7 1:00-2:00pm — $60

A new spin on a Brazee favorite- create a robot in glass! Ever imagine a robot to solve all your humanly problems? Draw your robot, test your ideas, and build your robot in glass using a variety of Bullseye glass materials. Learn to assemble your robot with wire on the following Saturday, July 7th, from 1-2pm. Ages 9-12

Super Self-Portraits

Thursday-Friday, July 5-6, 2012 — 1:00-4:00pm each day — $60

Express yourself in glass! Create a self-portrait with multiple layers using a variety of Bullseye glass materials. Explore the effects of 2 kiln firings, while showing your true colors in your self-portrait. Ages 9-12

Eco-Friendly Camp

Monday-Friday, July 9-13, 2012 — 10:00am-3:00pm each day — $295

Wait- Don’t throw that away! Glass bottles, magazines, newspapers, plastic containers… We can make that into art! Learn how to transform everyday rubbish into functional art. We will create everything from sketchbooks, and juice cups, to totes, glass magnets, and more in this eco-conscious camp. Ages 12-18

Under the Sea

Monday-Friday, July 16-20, 2012 — 10:00am-3:00pm each day –$295

Explore the deep, learn about the world under the sea, and create your favorite fishy friends. Use a variety of glass materials and techniques to create a series of artworks inspired by the ocean and the creatures who live there. Ages 6-9

Drawing With Glass Workshop

Monday-Friday, July 23-27, 2012 — 10:00am-3:00pm each day — $295

Turn your photographs, images, and imaginings into glass art! Throughout the week you will be introduced to a range of materials and techniques to get your images and drawings into fused glass. This workshop is perfect for the student looking to add glass as a new medium to their portfolio, the budding photographer, or any student that loves to paint or draw. Ages 12-18

Friendship Bracelets

Monday-Friday, July 30- August 3, 2012 — 2:00-4:00pm each day — $150

Create tokens of friendship your besties will love! Explore different methods of knot tying to create your own friendship bracelets, then add glass and polymer clay beads of your own design to make your bracelets one-of-a-kind. Ages 6-9

Let’s Eat

Monday-Friday, July 30- August 3, 2012 — 10:00am-3:00pm each day — $150

You’ll be eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner using one-of-a-kind glass dishes that you created! Use a variety of glass materials to make a plate, bowl, drinking glass, and more. Ages 6-9

Dream Catchers

Monday-Wednesday, August 6-8, 2012  — 10:00am-3:00pm each day — $150

Make your own fused glass dream catcher to hang over your bed, and bad dreams will be long gone. Use a variety of Bullseye glass materials and techniques to create glass art inspired by dream catchers of the Ojibwa people- personalized by you! Ages 6-9

Self-Portraits in Glass

Monday-Friday, August 13-17, 2012 — 10:00am-3:00pm — $295

Pablo, Frida, Vincent, Chuck (Close), Andy – to name a few. Artists from the beginning of time have painted self portraits. What about in glass? Using various techniques in glass kiln forming , we will learn about various artists and create our own selves based on their techniques, and some of our own that we discover along the way. Ages 9-12

Preserving Nature

Monday-Friday, August 20-24, 2012 — 10:00am-3:00pm each day — $295

Do you like birds, insects, and plants? If you could make them a perfect environment, what would it look like? This camp will focus on constructing projects that help make surroundings better for our wildlife friends. Lets work together to create worm farms, birdbaths, feeders, planters, and more. Ages 6-9

If you have any questions, be sure to give them a call at 513-321-0206.


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“We have 4 weeks of our week-long half day camps on the schedule for 2012!  These are the two different camps we’re offering:

Space Adventures Camp
Inspired by NASA and Star Wars (TM), our Space Adventures Camp is packed full of models that will make your imagination blast off!  Each day, campers will learn about real-life space exploration and build models of LEGO® bricks related to the NASA space program. In addition, the day includes group games, challenges and more! Bricks 4 Kidz Space Adventures Camp provides the spark for imagination and creativity to take off on an adventure that’s out of this world!

June 11-15: Lakota Family YMCA
June 25-29: Mason Community Center

Amusement Park Camp
Get your ticket to ride at Bricks 4 Kidz very own Amusement Park! Campers will build a new ride each day, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock. Then they will take what they have learned to design their own thrills and challenges. Motorized models maximize the action and the fun. Each camp day includes carnival- themed games, group challenges, model building and more.

July 16-20: Lakota Family YMCA
July 23-27: Mason Community Center

At all Bricks 4 Kidz camps, campers will make their own custom mini-figure that they will use during the week and take home on the last day of camp.”

You can attend either a morning session from 9am-12pm or an afternoon session from 1pm-3pm.

Registration opens in March and will be directly through the Y or the Mason Community Center.  Membership to the Y or the MCC is not required to participate.  Cost varies by location. Stay tuned for more detailed information.


Here’s a link to their website.

Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Visual Arts Day Camp for ages 5 through 12.

Classes arranged by age groups, morning and afternoon class topics are geared to Campers’ ages. Classes have supervised lunch and recess together.  Campers may enroll in any or all weeks.

Six separate weeks:  Full day (9am – 4:30 pm) $245/week; Half day $155/week — (Morning, drawing and painting – 9 am – 12:15 pm) or (Afternoon, sculpture – 1:15 pm  – 4:30pm). Before and After care available – $35/each/week

Camp Art Academy topics by week:

Week 1    June 11 – 15    Connecting to Art Basics
Week 2    June 18 – 22    Art and Design
Week 3    June 25 – 29    Art Inside/Out, Close Up/Far Away
Week 4    July 9  – 13    The Art of Craft
Week 5    July 16 – 20    Look & Listen & Create
Week 6    July 23 – 27    Cartooning

Call 562-6265 or email commed@artacademy.edu for information and class descriptions. Register by phone, 562-8748 or on line


Here’s a link to their website.

Presented by Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy (DTA)

This camp will be a full day camp that includes a variety of activities and free time, but mainly: Dodgeball, Waterguns, and Taekwondo. Your kids will come home and say simply, “That was Awesome!”

Camp will be held at DTA (next to ACE) and Memorial Park (next to the Senior Center) in Independence. Campers will walk on the sidewalks behind KROGER to go back and forth between the park and DTA. In the event of RAIN, all activities will be moved to DTA.

Camp is open to boys and girls between the ages of 5 – 11. ” ” ” *4yr olds that are taking class at DTA may also attend*

DATES: July 23rd (M), 25th (W), 27th (F) Drop Off from 8-8:30am / Pick Up from 3-3:30pm (Please note: Participants will be invited to an event on Sunday the 29th (1-5pm) as well)

Cost of Camp: The registration fee is $100 for the first child, and $60 for each additional child (if registered before June 30th)

For more information and a registration form, give them a call at 859-356-9976.


Here’s a link to their website.

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 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 MONDAY 4/9, non-resident/non-members can register in person starting 5/9.

For more information call Joan Wells, Youth Programs Coordinator at 745-8643 or email her at jwells@blueash.com.


Here’s a link to their website.

“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 25 -August 3 Camp Chabad offers children 3 years -12 years (this is a change!) 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 and LUNCH IS PROVIDED!

You can save quite a bit by registering prior to March 31. A list of fees can be found here.


Here’s a link to their website.

“Coney Island is pleased to offer Camp Coney, a day camp program that offers a unique approach to summer “edu-tainment” by providing fun, entertaining sessions filled with valuable learning opportunities!”

Friday Fun Camps are held, of course, on Friday’s from 9:30am – 12:00pm. Cost is $38 or $28 for passholders. Each Friday is a different theme and is directed at various age groups. Included in the camp offerings is something called “Goo-ology Camp” and it involves Chocolate  baseball. I have no idea what that is, but it sure does sound like a blast!!!!

Multi-Day Camp are five day camps are held three different weeks during the Summer. Each week has it’s own theme. Dates, costs, ages and time varies.

You can see a complete list of camps here.

For more information, give them a call at 513-232-8230.


Here’s a link to their website.

This is a camp run in a home in Oakley and is for one week. Here’s some information from their website:

“We will do many crafts each day and play fun activities such as obstacle courses and races! This camp costs only $100 for the whole week of fun, friends, and crafts. We will be accepting a total of 32 girls this year.”

This is all of the information we have. Please email campfun4all@yahoo.com for more details.

CAMP INVENTION – Multiple Locations 

Here’s a link to their website.

Last year, we found only one offering for Cincinnati from this National Camp System. This Summer, there will be camps held all over the city.

“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!”

Special Early Bird Discount:
Save $25 for each child registered by March 30th.

Family Discount:
Families that register 3 or more siblings will receive $50 off, per child.

Dates vary by location – here’s a list:

Batavia Middle School – 800 Bauer Ave., Batavia, OH 45103 – 6/18 – 6/22

Caywood Elementary School – 3300 Turkeyfoot Rd., Edgewood, KY 41017 – 6/18 – 6/22

Dater Montessori School – 2840 Boudinot Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45214 – 6/11 – 6/15

Freedom High School – 6035 Beckett Ridge Blvd., West Chester, OH 45069 – 6/18 – 6/22

Lebanon Junior High – 160 Miller Rd., Lebanon, OH 45036 –6/11 – 6/15

Little Miami High School – 3001 East US Highway 22 and 3, Morrow, OH 45152 – 6/18 – 6/22

Loveland Intermediate School  – 757 S Lebanon Rd, Loveland, OH 45140 – 6/11- 6/15

Milford High School – 1 Eagles Way, Milford, OH 45150 – 6/18-6/22

Montfort Heights Elementary School – 3711 W Fork Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247 – 6/11 – 6/15

North Avondale Montessori School – 615 Clinton Springs, Cincinnati, OH 45229 – 6/25 – 6/29

Oakdale Elementary – 3850 Virginia Ct., Cincinnati, OH 45248 – 6/18 – 6/22

St. James the Greater School – 6111 Cheviot Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247 – 6/18 – 6/22

Taylor High School – 36 Harrison Ave., North Bend, OH 45052 – 6/25 – 6/29


This is an outdoor camp located near Winton Woods. They do not have a website, so give them a call at 513-931-2196.  I have heard amazing things about how much fun this camp is!


Here’s a link to their website.

Information for 2012 camps are not yet available. Check back at their website or call them at (859) 817-9702.


Here’s a link to their website.

“Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own unique power to fight for good. This summer, Camp Carnegie students will explore the quirkier side of superheroes, unveiling new characters complete with bizarre super powers, endearing flaws and goofy costumes. Move over Superman, and prepare to witness the tales of some of the funniest and most heartwarming superheroes to hit the stage of the Otto M. Budig Theatre!

Camp Carnegie workshops include six, four-hour sessions where students will write, design and create an original show that will be performed live in the Otto M. Budig Theatre. Every student will be given the opportunity to shine through performance, behind the scenes or both. Camps cost only $10!!!!

Workshop Session Dates

  • Session 1 (1pm – 5pm): June 4, 5, 6 & 11, 12, 13
  • Session 2 (1pm – 5pm): June 18, 19, 20 & 25, 26, 27
  • Session 3 (8:30am – 12:30pm): June 20, 21, 22 & 27, 28, 29
  • Session 4 (1pm – 5pm): July 18, 19, 20 & 25, 26, 27
  • Session 5 (8:30am – 12:30pm): July 30, 31 & August 1, 6, 7, 8
  • Session 6 (1pm – 5pm): August 6, 7, 8 & 13, 14, 15

Call Education Associate, Angelina Caliguri-Schrand at (859) 957-1939 to secure your child’s spot today or you can find a registration form here. 

All workshops cost just $10!


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Camps for 2012 have not yet been finalized.  Check their website for any updates.


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To see the Summer programs, select the Locations tab, then select “Summertime Extended Learning” and input your location. Camps are held at various schools around town. The site doesn’t give a great deal of information, but the camps last all Summer with weekly field trips and lots of fun. The camp run at the Montgomery Elementary school has been recommended to me by several parents.

Check the site for exact times, costs and location.


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Camp is held at Summit Country Day School from  June 11-15.

There’s a choice of three different camp offerings:

Chess Camp – Ages 5-15 • All Abilities

USA Chess is the largest and premier chess camp organizer for children in the United States. Our staff  is comprised of the finest children’s chess instructors in North America. Campers experience chess instruction and play in a fun filled environment designed to improve their skills whether they are interested in casual or competitive chess. Program includes a mix of classroom instruction and practice sessions. Instructors use a variety of teaching tools including demo boards, worksheets, stories and historic games to keep class time interesting. During snack/practice time campers play each other and practice the concepts learned in class.

Introductory Video Game Creation Program – Ages 8-15 • Introductory & Intermediate, PC Based

Starting with basic commands, campers will be taught in a step-by-step progression how to build a game that they design. Camp begins with an introduction to Game Maker software including adding rooms, building walls, adding backgrounds, warping to new levels, music, sound effects and many other great techniques. The first few days focus on programming basics and by late week the children are well on their way to creating their own unique game. At the end of camp each child is provided access to our custom download site. From this site they can  download GameMaker LITE software, their games, our custom walk through guide and resource folder. Campers can continue to develop their games and create new ones as well.

Video Game Creation- The Sequel
Ages 8-15 • Introductory-Intermediate, MS Windows

In the spirit of Mario, Sonic, Samus and other legendary video game stars, comes our newest camp offering. Campers use Game Maker software to create side-scrolling, platform game with running, jumping, falling, climbing, blasting, and enemy stomping! Students will incorporate real world physics like gravity and friction, while plotting out head scratching mazes for themselves and other avid gamers to solve. Actual programming techniques will be used to create power-ups and saved game data during the journey. Each camper’s game will be a unique adventure programmed entirely by him or her!  Additionally campers receive access to our custom download site featuring thousands of games.

Morning sessions are from 9am-12pm; Afternoon sessions are from 1pm-4pm; or attend all day 9am-4pm.




AM or PM Session



All Day Session


1/2 Day Chess & 1/2 Day Computer


Two 1/2 Day Computer


Tuition includes chess board & pieces, camp t-shirt, trophy, scorebook, certificate with group photo and work folder.


Here’s a link to their website.

“Offering 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 for 2012 are still being finalized.

Contact Summer Camp Director: Casey Reed at reed@cmhschool.com or 513-683-4757


Here’s a link to their website.

Cincinnati Art Museum Summer Camp runs weekly June 11-August 10 and is designed for children ages 6-8 or 9-12.  Our camp offers children a unique opportunity to learn about our collection through many different avenues. Campers will spend time in the galleries as well as the studio exploring various mediums. Our goal is to create an environment that will excite, inspire, and challenge each camper so that they leave with a better understanding of all aspects of art; art making, art history, and art looking.
The Art Museum is conveniently located in Eden Park which allows us to include outdoor art and games in our agenda. We also have a weekly visit from Happen, Inc.  who does a performance based off of our weekly theme. We close out each week with an Art Show which celebrates our campers’ accomplishments and invites friends and family to come do the same.
More information about our camp, including weekly themes, can be found on our website.
Camp 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ($175 family level members and above/ $225 non-members)
Before Care 8:00-9:00 a.m. ($6/camper/day)
After Care 4:00-5:30 p.m. ($10/camper/day)


Here’s a link to their website.

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: Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Princess and the Pea, Beatrix Potter. One Week: $175; Any Two Weeks: $320; Any Three Weeks: $435; All Four Weeks: $520

Blue Ash Location
June 11-15: 10:30-1:30, Alice in Wonderland
June 18-22: 10:30-1:30, Aladdin

Downtown Location
July 23-27: 9:00-12:00, Princess and the Pea
July 30- August 3: 2:00-5:00, Beatrix Potter

Young Dancer Programages 8 to 11

Dancers will begin their day with ballet class and focus on strength, flexibility, and proper ballet technique. Conditioning will be incorporated to focus on a young dancer’s physical needs and development.  Students will build on the fundamentals of learning how to use their turnout, intrinsic foot muscles, and abdominal muscles to prepare and stabilize their bodies for more complex movements.  Tuition: One week: $295; Two weeks: $590

Blue Ash Location
July 9-13: 10:30-2:00
July 16-July 20: 2:00-5:30

Young Dancer Programages 10 to 14

Young Dancers grow into serious students of ballet by strengthening their bodies and developing technique. This program is a rigorous balance of dance styles and intensive pre-pointe work. Participation in Young Dancer Program prepares students for that pivotal moment in their dance training – that moment when they master the dedication and commitment to achieve the dream of a life of dance. Tuition: Two weeks: $610; Four weeks: $1020

(If you are not a current academy a student, please call 513.562.1130 to schedule a placement class to ensure  you are placed in the appropriate program. Placement for all students is at the discretion of the Dean. This program also accepts students who do not reside in the Cincinnati area, however, housing is only provided for the camp at the Downtown location.  Please call 513.562.1133 for more details on housing for this program.)

Blue Ash Location
June 11-15: 2:00-6:30
June 18-22: 2:00-6:30

Downtown Location
July 23-27: 12:30-5:00
July 3-August 3: 9:00-1:30

Call 562-1130 to register or for more information.


Here’s a link to their website.

“The Cincinnati Baseball School has served the West Chester, Mason, and Tri-State area well for 23 years. CBS offers the area’s number one camp for boys and girls, attributed to our unique approach of teaching fundamentals while having fun. Our aim is that all campers will be the best they can be.

R. G. Foster developed the concept of “System Baseball,” an innovative method focusing on the mechanics of the game and the development of each body motion necessary to play it properly. The approach includes stretching, hitting, fielding, throwing, baserunning, pitching, catching, and infield & outfield techniques.

Camp Fees for the 2012 Cincinnati Baseball Camp Summer Season remain $145.00 for the first week, and $90.00 for any additional week. Groups of five or more pay $120.00 for the first week, then $75.00 for any additional week. Each camper receives a Camp T-Shirt, as well as prizes, improved play, and lasting memories.

Summer Camps are conducted at our new location — Grace Baptist Church in Mason.”

Boys & Girls (Fast Pitch) Ages 5-18

Camp sessions begin on May 30th, and occur weekly, Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For working parents, we offer Early Drop-off at 8:00 a.m. and Late Pick-up at 5:00 p.m.

2012 CBS Summer Camp Schedule:

Week 1 May 30-June 3 Week 7 July 11-15
Week 2 June 6-10 Week 8 July 18-22
Week 3 June 13-17 Week 9 July 25-29
Week 4 June 20-24 Week 10 Aug. 1-5
Week 5 June 27-July 1 Week 11 Aug. 8-12
Week 6 July 4-8 Week 12 Aug. 15-19

Call 513 602-5133 and ask for the “Website Discount” and pay only $120 for a week of camp. Groups of five or more pay only $100. Spaces are available for all remaining weeks. Or register online here. 


Here’s a link to their website.

“Don’t miss circus summer camp!  Circus summer camp is a great way for your kids to have a blast, stay active, and learn performance!  Held this summer at Newport on the Levee offer a way for kids of the same age group to interact and make new friends, all while learning some very cool circus skills!  Circus camps take place in June, July and August. For more information about the class sessions, other locations and times, please call our offices at (513) 400-3868, or send us an email at CincinnatiCircus@yahoo.com.

 June 11 – 15th  9:30am – 2:30pm
At Newport on the Levee in their Locomotion space.  Aerial Acrobatics, Juggling, Unicycling, Balloon Making, Tight rope walking, balancing props, performance and lots more!  Pack a lunch. Cost is $150 for the week. INCLUDES A FREE FLYING TRAPEZE CLASS!
 August 6th – 10th 9:30am – 2:30pm
At Newport on the Levee in their Locomotion space.  Aerial Acrobatics, Juggling, Unicycling, Balloon Making, Tight rope walking, balancing props, performance and lots more!  Pack a lunch. Cost is $150 for the week. INCLUDES A FREE FLYING TRAPEZE CLASS!”

Here’s a link to their Summer Camp Brochure.

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.

CCDSummer 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 – Kindergarten 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 – Grade 1 – 6th Grade and runs in six weekly sessions between June 11 and August 3. Camp Country Day provides a unique learning experience which fosters the key academic areas through enriching daily activities.  Weekly activities include science, technology, cooking, crafts, organized games, swimming, team building, and off campus trips.

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 summer@countryday.net.


Here’s a link to their website.

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.

“GROW IT, COOK IT, EAT IT, and HAVE FUN! This summer the Cincinnati Horticultural Society will offer two-hour classes on how to grow your own food, cook, and make nature-related crafts, all while getting some fresh air! Children will also pot a plant to take home!”

Cost is $15 per child/ $14 for Symmes Township Residents.

This is all of the information we have right now. You can give them a call at 513-677-2799 or check back at their website.


Here’s a link to their website.

Museum Center offers six weeks of themed camps that have something for everyone! Each week your child will experience hands-on activities as we explore our museums and watch a film in our OMNIMAX Theater. It is an experience they will look forward to year after year.

Camps are held Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are available to children ages 7-12 years old. $200 for Members and $225 for non-Members. Before and after-care is available. Check out our Super Saver deal, which offers three weeks of camp for $550 for Members and $625 for non-Members! NOTE: Does not include Harry Potter I or Harry Potter II. Member registration opens on February 1! Non-Member registration opens March 1! Register by calling (513) 287-7021.

Go Green!  June 11-15
Help CMC do our part to stay green by learning what being “green” means! We will look at the science behind being green, and what CMC does to help the environment.

Myths and Legends  June 18- 22
Did Atlantis really exist? Who was King Arthur? The world is full of interesting and exciting myths and legends. Join us for the week to explore what exactly is fact or fiction.

Artist in Residence June 25-29
From painting to ballet and everything in between this camp will explore everything art. Campers will get to create, design, and experience both new and old art techniques.

Harry Potter I   July 9-13
Tired of being a muggle? Join Cincinnati Museum Center’s Harry Potter Camp I to find out what school is like in the wizarding world!

Harry Potter II  July 16-20
Get ready for your second term at Hogwarts! Study up on muggles, herbology, divination, astronomy, and even more in this action packed camp.

Note: This camp is open to all. You DO NOT have to participate in week one to partake in this camp.

Super Scientists!  July 23-27
Calling all science sleuths to explore the exciting world of science! In this STEM based camp we will be examining energy, constructing simple machines, and exploring the worlds of chemistry and physics.

Be sure to give them a call at 513-287-7000 with any questions.


Here’s a link to their website.

“CincyNature Camps offer week-long, nature day camps for children and teens ages 3 through 15.

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.

There’s lots of neat choices that can be found here: 

Times vary for each camp. Prices of camps varies based on whether you’re family are members or not and also vary depending on which camp you select.

Camp registration can only be done on-line.  If you have questions, give them a call at 513-831-1711.


Here’s a link to their website.

“A brochure with full details is on our website  for reviewing prior to registering. Most camp titles are repeated annually but activities are new for your child each year! Voted “Best in the City” by you and Cincinnati Magazine!  Economical, educational and fun!”

NatureCamps in the Parks  — Children ages 5 (who have completed Kindergarten) – 12
Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 3:00pm
* Fee: $60 City resident, $70 non-resident

Held entirely outdoors, campers participate in active fun centered around an “Olympics” theme daily. Children  are divided into groups by age and given t-shirts to add their own personal touches. The Friday cookout is a popular activity at camp. To ensure room for everyone, please register for no more than 2 of the camps below:

Burnet Woods (Clifton) – June 11 – 15
French Park (Amberley Village) (3 sessions) —   June 18 – 22  / July 2 – 6 (no camp on 7/4)  ($50 City residents, $60 non-resident) /  July 16 – 20
Ault Park (Hyde Park) (3 sessions) —  June 25 – 29  / July 9 – 13 /  July 23 – 27
Stanbery Park (Mt. Washington) – July 30 – August 3

Discovery Days in Parks (Ages 3½ – 5) — 
Children must have turned 3 by Jan. 2012 and be toilet trained.
Monday – Friday, 9:45 – 11:45am
* Fee: $40 City resident, $50 non-residents

Each day features a different aspect of the “Senses” theme. Campers enjoy hikes, active games, crafts, songs, puppets and more. As much as possible, children are placed into appropriate age groups. Program repeats; register for ONE session only.

Burnet Woods (Clifton) – June 11 – 15
French Park (Amberley Village) (3 sessions)  — June 18 – 22  / July 2 – 6 (no camp on 7/4)   ($30 City residents, $40 non-resident) / July 16 – 20
Ault Park (Hyde Park)  (3 sessions)  —  June 25 – 29  / July 9 – 13 / July 23 – 27
Stanbery Park (Mt. Washington) – July 30 – August 3

California Nature Center  — 5400 Kellogg Ave near Calif. / Anderson Twp
Preschool Nature Camp (ages 4 – 5)
10:00am  – 1:00pm; Register for only 1 session.
Session 1: June 25 – 29 (Mon. – Fri.)  OR                    Session 2: July 23 – 27 (Mon. – Fri.)
Fee: $60 City resident, $70 non-resident

Campers will use all 5 senses to experience and learn about nature. Each day will have its own theme.

Nature Detectives (ages 6 – 8, post Kindergarden) 
9:30am – 3:00pm, Register for only 1 session.
Session 1: June 11 – 15 (Mon. – Fri.)                               Session 2: July 16 – 20 (Mon. – Fri.)
Fee: $60 City resident, $70 non-resident

Unlock mysteries of nature with a new topic daily.  Campers will visit each of the habitats in the preserve.  

Wigwams, Wagons and Waterways (ages 7 – 9)                                    
9:30am – 3:00pm, July 2 – 6 (Mon. – Fri., no camp 7/4)
Fee: $50 City resident, $60 non-resident

Live like a Native American, pioneer and river explorer through games, hikes and a pioneer style potluck on Fri.

Nature Art and Theater (ages 7 – 9)                             
9:30am – 3:00pm, July 9 – 13 (Mon. – Fri.)
Fee: $65 City resident, $75 non-resident

Campers create costumes and practice for the Friday nature-themed performance. Outdoor fun too.

Just Around the Riverbend (ages 10 – 13)                 
*9:30am – 3:00pm, June 18 – 22 (Mon. – Fri.)
Fee: $65 City resident, $75 non-resident

A water based adventure camp that includes games, two days of canoeing, exploration of our local watershed and attendance at the Paddlefest Kid’s Expo at Coney Island. *Different schedule on 6/21 for Paddlefest day.

Skillz Quest Camp (ages 10 – 13)                        
*9:30am – 3:00pm
July 30 – August 3 (M-T-W, Overnight Thurs. – Fri.)
Fee: $60 City resident, $70 non-resident

Fire and shelter building, foil cooking, and canoeing are just a few of the outdoor skillz enjoyed at this camp.  *Overnight Hours: Thursday from 7 pm to Friday 9 am

For additional information, email: Dianne.wente@cincinnati-oh.gov or call 513-321-6208 ext. 11.


Here’s a link to their website.

As of publication date, this camp has not been confirmed. Information provided is from 2011. Please e-mail summercamp@cinciplay.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.”


Here’s a link to their website.

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 feeding, animal shows, train rides, a 4-D theater experience (except 4-5 year olds), live animal encounters, games hikes, and so much more! Full day camps cost $210/wk for members and $225/wk for non-members. Before and after care are available for an additional cost.

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 $100/wk for members and $115/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 on-line.  Give them a call at 513-281-4700 with any questions.


Here’s a link to their website.

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!”

Information is from 2011. Please call Circus Mojo at 1-800-381-TADA.


Here’s a link to their website.

Spend an exciting week at the Clifton Performance Theatre where specialists in acting, singing and dance will lead campers through the process of putting on a real show! Together we’ll prepare a fantastic performance, sometimes even designing costumes and helping to build sets. No experience necessary and no auditions needed to join. All that is required is curiosity and the desire to have fun in a creative, non-competitive environment. After a week of working together, campers will perform a classic Broadway-style musical or show for their family, friends, and the Clifton community. Many scripts are all-original or newly adapted to allow young actors with a wide range of skills and experiences to enjoy as much stage time as possible.

All sessions have a mandatory casting session which will occur a few weeks before the first rehearsal; the dates are listed below. If you are unable to bring your child in for the casting session, please contact CPTCincy@gmail.com to schedule another time to come in.

Monday – Friday: Camp runs from 9a-3p. (Early drop off: 8:30a. Late pick-up: 3:30p)
Saturday: Call time 3:30p, Show at 7p
Sunday: Call time 12:30p, Show at 3p

  • Week 1: Robin Hood (Monday, June 4 – Sunday, June 10)
  • Week 2: Br’er Rabbit (Monday, June 11 – Sunday, June 17)
  • Week 3: Pinocchio (Monday, June 18 – Sunday, June 24)
  • Week 5: Robin Hood (Monday, July 9 – Sunday, July 15)
  • Week 6: Br’er Rabbit (Monday, July 16 – Sunday, July 22)
  • Week 7: Pinocchio (Monday, July 23 – Sunday, July 29)
  • Week 8: The Wizard of Oz (Monday, July 30 – Sunday, August 5)

It’s hard to figure out, but it looks like the cost per camp is $185 and you can sign up on-line. For information, give them a call at 513-861-7469.


Here’s a link to their website.

Welcome to CompassQuest 2012: Summer Games, the Summer Camp program for The Compass School.  This program is designed for children who have completed Kindergarten through the age of 12.  This year, our campers will enjoy a fun-filled week-by-week adventure celebrating the Olympics, travel, and summer fun!  Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts & crafts, food, games, and more.  What could be more fun than weekly visits to the swimming pool with your friends and entertaining field trips related to the theme-of-the-week?  We’ll also enjoy guest speakers, shows, recreation, sports, and more.  Looking for a fun and exciting way to spend your summer?  The Compass Quest 2012 Summer Camp program is the place to be!

First week of Camp is June 4 and final week ends August 17th. Camp is from 8:30am to 4:30pm and costs $205 per week.

You can see the camp brochure here or give them a call at 683-8833 for more information.


Here’s a link to their website.

“Coming to a Creativities Summer Camp, means taking a step back in time. Kids use their own two hands to make things again. They get dirty in the garden, the clay, or the paints, and discover “the art and pure joy of making things.”

Creativities is far more than an art camp.  It’s a place where play is powered by imagination and supported by all the fabrics, paints, wood, paper, clay, sand, glues and tools you can imagine. We’ve added themes for fun, but in every camp, children will build their own adventures by building, sculpting, stitching, painting, cooking, gardening and playing like they live on a farmstead where everything is made by hand.  Our staff-to-child ratios are unusually small allowing us to capture every teaching moment and provide a loving environment in all of our camps.

All Camps run Monday – Friday (except Memorial Day Week) 9:00 am to noon. Please send your child with a snack. Sign up for either the 5-6 age group, or the 7-9 age group.”

There are 10 weeks of camps – with a different theme each week. Costs varies depending on the camp chosen.

Camps for older kids will be up on their website soon.

Call 513-272-1500 for more information or to register.


Here’s a link to their website.

“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!”

Camps are held Monday-Thursday . Times and locations vary. A list of camp offerings can be found here.

Camps are $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents.

Call 513-701-6958 for more information.


Here’s a link to their website.

Date: July 16-20 ; Ages: 5-14; Cost $209/wk

This chess camp is for students with some experience at chess. No absolute beginners. The students for this camp have to have learned chess with other chess teachers or coaches for at least six months or three-month group lessons with Coach Jay Mao. The purpose of this chess camp is to build a solid foundation and prepare students for chess tournaments.

Location: 9918 Escort Dr., Mason, OH 45040

Contact Jay at 614-891-0017 or jjmal11@gmail.com for more information.



Here’s a link to their website.

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!  Registration is by mail – complete this form  and mail it to:

Drake Planetarium & Science Center
2020 Sherman Ave.
Norwood, Ohio 45212

For additional information on their Summer Camps, please call 513-396-5578.


Here’s a link to their website.

Held at Jolly Park in Alexandria, KY. One on one, step by step coaching into the trees. Safety and complete instruction. Includes: tree climbing and other fun nature activities; getting in and out of hammocks (frog chairs!); monkey play and scavenger hunt in the trees; rappelling; hanging upside down; spidering out of trees; and learn to surf branches.

Camp is either July 21 or July 28 from 11am-2pm. Cost is $37.00 – call for possible $27 special at 859-635-0320 and ask for Shelley.


Here’s a link to their website.

Join Endeavor Learning Center for a summer of “Learning from the Ground Up.” Put on your hard hat and grab your gardening tools as we head into a fun-filled summer!  Our exciting hands-on program connects young learners to nature with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.

We will be putting our STEM skills to work as we construct a hay bale greenhouse, using straw and mud, with the help of architect, Greg Phillips (SMP Construction).  The kids will be able to participate in all levels of designing the greenhouse from the planning, to the creating of blueprints, and the actual construction!

Some of the exciting programs we have planned include visits from Bricks 4 Kidz, Raptor Inc., iSPACE, and Cool Critters Outreach.  Every week the children will enjoy Spanish, Gardening Day, Water Day, and plenty of time exploring our 6 acres of play areas and nature trails.  Daily activities include composting/recycling, sports, crafts, music, and more!
Camp begins on June 11th and runs through August 13th.  The weekly cost is $190 plus a supply fee.  This includes lunches prepared by our personal chef who only uses fresh, local, and natural ingredients (no preservatives, artificial colorings, no artificial flavorings). Healthy a.m. and p.m. snacks are also provided and all milk that is served is organic.
Space is limited! Summer Camp registration ends on June 1st, 2012.  To enroll or for additional information contact us at 513.754.8284.


Here’s a link to their website.

In previous years, Fairfield has offered a wide variety of camps. Information for 2012 is not yet available on their website. Check back with them often for updates or give them a call at 513-867-5308


Here’s a link to their website.

CAMP CREATIVITY 2012 – Registration now open!

“Spend your Summer with the Arts!

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts presents Summer Camp Creativity, a perfect destination for creative and artistic children!  Watch their talents shine as they jump into camps that focus on visual art, music, photography, dance, drama or creative writing!  Camps are held from June – August, 2012.  Receive $10 off by registering your child for more than one camp or signing two siblings up for camp.

Camps start the week of June 18!

Youth Art Camps (ages 7-12)

Teen Art Camps (ages 12-18)

New!  Little Artists Camp (ages 4-6)

Guitar Camps (ages 7-18)

Kids Music Camps (ages 4-6)

Creative Writing Camps (ages 12-18)

Musical Theater Camps (ages 7-18)

For more details, dates, times and to register, visit www.fittoncenter.org or call 513-863-8873 ext. 110.


Here’s a link to their website.

“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 – 15.  Camps run 9:30-2:30. There are extended camp options available July 18-22and July 25-29 and half-day options available July 5-8 . Prices vary on the camp chosen – Cost: $55-$180 for members (you can buy a family membership at registration for $50), $85-220 for non-members.  A brochure with everything you need to know is available online.  You can give them a call at 513-563-6663 with any questions.


Here’s a link to their website.

Camps begin the week of June 11 – August 3. There’s a wide variety of camps to choose from including Equine Center Camps. A list of available camps can be found here.

New this year will be on-line camp registration. This goes live at Noon on March 3rd. No direct link is currently available.  Call 513-891-4227 with questions.


Here’s a link to their website.

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 3-14 (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 – each camp has its own specific registration link.


Here’s a link to their website.

Day camps are available for ages 6-12 (children must have completed Kindergarten) and run Mon-Fri, 9am – 3:30 pm.

Camps cost $150/wk for Members and $175/wk for Non-members (sibling discounts are available). Before and after camp is available for a daily fee of $15 (arrive as early as 8am and stay as late as 5:30pm)

Three camp sessions are available:

June 18-22 OR July 23-27 Pioneer Camp

Pioneer Camp: Campers will spend 5 fun-filled days learning old-fashioned skills and more about the life of kids in the past. Featured activities include: cooking in the hearth kitchen, lots of hammering and nailing, sewing skills, songs, games and much more!

July 9-13: Doll Camp

Doll Camp: Dolls have been made for thousands of years in different forms and with different materials. During this week, campers will see a variety of dolls made throughout history and make a few of their own! Daily activities will involve learning about some of our favorite storybook dolls and their time periods througout the history of the United States. Campers can bring their favorite doll with them to camp each day.

You can print a registration form here or call 513-563-9484 with any questions.


Here’s a link to their website.

This camp offers four Summer Experience camps for teens ages 13-18 (Culinary/Hospitality; Archaeology; Fire, Police and Emergency Services; and Rock-n-Roll).  These camps are fun and the experience looks great on a resume or college application.  Hocking College is giving away a free week of camp through May 25, 2012.  Interested teens just need to like Hocking College’s Summer Camp Experience on Facebook and post why they want to attend the camp.

The camps are held on June 25 to 29, 2012. Summer Experience Camp runs from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, with a cost of $300 for the week for residential attendees and $100 for the day camp option.  Visit www.hocking.edu/summercamp or call 740.753.7055 for more information.


IMAGINATTIC – KENWOOD – no camps for 2012


Here’s a link to their website.

“Once again we invite you to to join us for fun weeks filled with exploration, nature, crafts + creations, games, and friends old and new! We have two weeks of our traditional nature camp, two adventure camps, a Native American Camp and a Farm Camp! Explore below to learn more about each kind of camp, the prices, times, and a brief description about camps. Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at (513) 921-5124”

Camps begin on June11 and run through August 3. Camps are Mon-Fri with various themes and costs.

All information can be found here or you can register online here.


Here’s a link to their website.

“Fuel your child’s curiosity as they participate in fun activities, make new friends and explore a variety of STEM topics such as robotics, rocketry, space exploration, engineering and more. iSPACE camps are a surefire way to ignite young minds and spark creativity.”

Camp options, times and costs are determined by age. Options can be found here.

Registration is available online.

Call 612-5786 for more information.


Here’s a link to their website.

“The summer is exciting at Kennedy Heights Arts Center! Join in the fun by participating in one of our creative art camps for youth ages 5-13.

Date/Time: June 4-August 10; 9:30-2:30 Monday-Friday

Location: 6546 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213

Description: Summer camps at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center start in just one month!  There is a variety of one-week and two-week art camps for youth ages 5-15 from June 4 to August 10.  Students may choose from camps that include: painting, sculpting, quilting, sewing, dancing, acting, songwriting, photographing, gardening and more.  Special themes vary from pirate adventure to animal safari to improv comedy.   

Camps run from 9:30am to 2:30pm each day.  Registration is now open for our 2012 sessions.  As always, scholarships are available for those in need.  Interested public should visit www.kennedyarts.org or call 513.631.4ART (4278) to register or speak with a staff member about any questions.  Fun volunteer opportunities are available for youth ages 14 – 18.

Contact: 513-631-4ART (4278)


Here’s a link to their website.

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 $247/wk which included lunch, a t-shirt, camp bag and a field trip weekly.

Each week has a different theme – view them here.

You can also pay for day camps – there’s a two day minimum for $59/day (and these don’t have to be consecutive days but must be in the same week).

You get discounts for registering siblings and for attending all of the camp sessions

Preschool Workshops are camsps  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 $173/wk or $41 daily. Your little gal or guy gets “in-house field trips” and a weekly theme as well. Get the details here.

Direct any questions to Drew Ross at 513-489-7575 or dross@kidsfirstsports.com.


“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 or give them a call at 513-313-2076.


Here’s a link to their website.

We apologize for the length of this one – all information was sent into us and it can’t be found on their website (at least not at time was published).

“LOL offers two weeks of workshops – June 18 – 22nd and July 16 – 20. Two hour classes are offered in the AM and PM – pick and choose to make a day camp. All day workshops are $160 per week (one morning and one afternoon session) or half day workshops are $90 per student (choose either a morning or afternoon session). A list of workshops available is listed below (most require an additional materials fee).”

SESSION I — JUNE 18th–22nd


Explosions, Collisions, and Other Things that go BOOM!! (Ages 9-11)
Instructor: Diana Mattson/ Materials: $15
This is a fun-filled camp that is returning for another year. We’ll have new rounds of exciting building activities and experiments to foster creativity and curiosity. Do you want to design a rocket that will soar over 100 feet in the air? What happens when you mix Mentos and soda? How far can you launch a marshmallow? How do you change the color of a candle flame? We will safely explore these questions and many more.  

Making Things From Duct Tape (Ages 8-11)
Instructor:  Becky Flanagan/Materials: $15
There is no limit to the useful or whimsical things we can make from (duct) duck tape! We will begin with basic skills and build up to multi-step creations. Beginners and experienced tape creators will be challenged since every project can be customized. Plain colored tape and all tools are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their favorite patterned tape to personalize projects. Specialty patterned tape is found at craft stores, and major retailers like Walmart and Target. In addition campers should bring a used, washed, dark colored tee shirt with them the first day of camp. This camp is guaranteed to get them stuck on duck tape!

Design Squad Jr. (Ages 6-9)
Instructor:  Tiffany Hanford/ Materials:  $15
Each day we will focus on a new hands-on design challenge.  These challenges will expand their knowledge of science and how things actually work.  Sample projects include a kickball machine and a crane.

The Magic Within (Ages 7-12)
Instructor:  Lonna Kingsbury /Materials:  $15
You’ve heard about Hogwarts.  You know about Waverly Place.  Now join fellow students at our very own Leaves of Learning to discover The Magic within YOU!   The folks from Kingsbury Productions are coming to Leaves of Learning to share their magic. Each day students participate in learning how each of us controls our magic through such fun activities as Charms, Herbology, Potions and Care of Magical Creatures.  Learn all about practical magic beginning with learning the practical Ps such as Practice, Politeness, Possibilities, and many, many more.  Come, be sorted.  Make wands. Enjoy your edible potions as you share plenty of positive projects in preserving your magic.  Showcase your knowledge for parents at Friday’s reception.

Hands-on Archaeology (Ages 9-12)
Instructor:  Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland /Materials: $15
In this introduction to archaeology, students will piece together cultures created by classmates as they participate in a simulated dig. Each team of archaeologists will learn how to grid a site, maintain field records, and use a working hypothesis to draw conclusions about the unknown culture to which the artifacts belong. How do archaeologists put together the clues to the past? Let’s dig in together to find out!

Blogging Basics (Ages 13-16)
Instructor:  Lindsay Dewald
Blogging Basics is a creative class geared towards students interested in writing and digital + social media.  We will research topics, work with various layouts, learn about formatting, produce content, and create our very own blogs!  Blogging has become a popular platform where self expression, inspiration and personal passions are able to come to life. Lets create!

1:00 – 3:00 PM

 Making Things From Duct Tape (Ages 8-11)

Instructor:  Becky Flanagan/Materials:  $15
There is no limit to the useful or whimsical things we can make from (duct) duck tape! We will begin with basic skills and build up to multi-step creations. Beginners and experienced tape creators will be challenged since every project can be customized. Plain colored tape and all tools are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their favorite patterned tape to personalize projects. Specialty patterned tape is found at craft stores, and major retailers like Walmart and Target. In addition campers should bring a used, washed, dark colored tee shirt with them the first day of camp. This camp is guaranteed to get them stuck on duck tape!

Design Squad (Ages 10+)
Instructor:  Tiffany Hanford/ Materials:  $15
We will spend the week working on hands-on design challenges.  These challenges will test and expand both their knowledge of science and physics and their creativity.  Sample projects include a hovercraft, a spacecraft ready for landing, and a buzzer.

The Artist Within (Ages 7-12)
Instructor:  Lonna Kingsbury/ Materials:  $15
Discover the Artist Within!  Yes, it  all starts with ART. Discover-from the very beginning-the who, the what and the why art is important for all of us.  Discover where it all began.  How did we first begin to communicate?  Know how we’re all a part of Art. Join fellow art lovers and explorers as you travel throughout time to sample our blending of arts.  Share your gifts.  Do you love to write?  Do you love to paint?  Do you love to act out?  How about a song or two?  Or are you just not quite sure?  Allow Kingsbury Productions to share their love of art as you find your artist’s voice.  Learn about how and why art began, how preserving our stories of the past ensures our future.  Plenty of daily hands-on art to continue your journey as you color our world.  Showcase
your talents for parents at Friday’s reception.

Summer Book Cooks  (Ages 6-8)
Instructor:  Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland /Materials:  $15
Let’s mix up some fun with reading and recipes! Each day we’ll read a picture book together followed by time to prepare a simple recipe connected to the story. Beginning readers will develop literacy skills in a meaningful way as they follow simple directions with words and illustrations to prepare their culinary delights. We’ll use decoding skills, high frequency words, and comprehension strategies as we read and cook. Students will learn basic kitchen skills and safety. They will collect their recipes throughout the week to create their own literary cookbook to take home. If you have taken Book Cooks during the year, don’t worry; these will be all new books and recipes!

SESSION II – July 16th-20th

10:00 a.m. -12 noon

Explosions, Collisions, and Other Things that go BOOM!! (Ages 9-11)
Instructor: Diana Mattson
Materials: $15
This is a fun-filled camp that is returning for another year. We’ll have new rounds of exciting building activities and experiments to foster creativity and curiosity. Do you want to design a rocket that will soar over 100 feet in the air? What happens when you mix Mentos and soda? How far can you launch a marshmallow? How do you change the color of a candle flame? We will safely explore these questions and many more.

Design Squad Jr (Ages 6-9)
Instructor:  Tiffany Hanford
Materials:  $15
Each day we will focus on a new hands-on design challenge.  These challenges will expand their knowledge of science and how things actually work.  Sample projects include a kickball machine and a crane.

Spy Ware / Where / Wear (Ages 7-12)
Instructor:  Lonna Kingsbury/Materials:  $15
Campers join our own Lonna Kingsbury from Kingsbury Productions to become Special Agents as they hunt for clues utilizing their own gifts of deduction.  This week, find out if “X” really does mark the spot, how to crack the code, secrets of how to blend in, and what it takes to be a spy in the world today. Use invisible ink, camouflage, and many other tricks of the trade to complete a mystery presentation for your friends and family.

Hoop Yourself Healthy & Happy (Ages 8+)
Teacher: Terri Burch/Materials: $15
During this class we will be using hula hoops that you get to keep and learning over 25 amazing hoop tricks.  We will exercise our way through Miss Kellee’s super-hip, full-body, hula hooping workout. We will also be playing hoop games.  Be sure to wear gym clothes and gym shoes.  Girls, please put your hair up. Everyone, bring a water bottle.   We’re going to Hoop Ourselves Healthy and Happy, so come on and get your hoop on!

Blogging Basics (Ages 13-16)
Instructor:  Lindsay Dewald
Blogging Basics is a creative class geared towards students interested in writing and digital + social media.  We will research topics, work with various layouts, learn about formatting, produce content, and create our very own blogs!  Blogging has become a popular platform where self expression, inspiration and personal passions are able to come to life. Lets create!

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Design Squad (Ages 10+)

Instructor:  Tiffany Hanford
Materials:  $15
We will spend the week working on hands-on design challenges.  These challenges will test and expand both their knowledge of science and physics and their creativity.  Sample projects include a hovercraft, a spacecraft ready for landing, and a buzzer.

Invention Camp (Ages 7-12)
Instructor:  Lonna Kingsbury
Materials: $15
Discover all the who, what, where, how and whys early humans shaped our world.    Learn about their first discoveries of travel and communication. Consider the importance of transportation, simple and complex machines, and all the great inventors of our time. Who knows, maybe you will invent the next great machine!  Create your own civilization and all that goes with it.   From language to transportation, currency, and the tools you will use to build your civilization from the ground up.

Clowning Around (Ages 7+)
Teacher:  Terri Burch/Materials:  $15
During this class students will study the history and art of clowning and the power of laughter.  Over the course of the week, they will learn how to juggle and create their own clown characters, faces, costumes, and routines.  The class will culminate with a performance for friends and families.  We are going to Laugh Ourselves Silly, so come on and get your clown on!

For more information or to register, contact the school at 513-697-9021.


Here’s a link to their website.

“Little Songbird Music Studio in Florence will be hosting three summer camps this year centered around nature and music.

The first will be called “Nature’s Trail”. Children will explore bugs, clouds, trees and more through songs, crafts and games. This camp is open to 4-7 year olds. The second is called “The Seashore Sings” for 5-8 year olds, where children explore the sounds, creatures and plants of the seashore. Finally, we will be hosting a keyboard camp for 7-9 year olds towards the end of the summer to give children a jump start for piano study.”

More information, including prices and dates will be on their website in the next couple of weeks. You can reach them by phone at 859-547-8765.


Here’s a link to their website. 

“Children ages 5-12 can join the Mad Scientists for our 2012 Science “Camps” at multiple locations in the TRI-STATE AREA

School has been over just a couple weeks and your school age child says, “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” Consider a fun, hands-on Mad Science program to harness their energy and keeep them in the “academic swing” during the long lazy days of summer!

Children will enjoy a variety of hands-on activities and engaging demonstrations. They will bring home “make and take” projects each day for additional learning and experimentation.”

Each camp runs half-day (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm),  full-day 9am-4pm with the option of before and after care starting at 8am ending at 5pm (*for an additional fee). Campers can range in age from 5 to 12 years of age.

Available camps are:

1. June 25th -28th Morning session 9am-12pm Crazy Chemworks / Afternoon Session 1pm-4pm Let’s Blow Stuff Up ….Safely

2. July 23rd- 26th Morning Session 9am-12pm Secret Agent Lab / Afternoon Session 1pm-4pm Secret Agent Lab  (topics from morning are not repeated in the afternoon session)

3. July 30th- Aug 2nd Morning Session 9am-12pm Did You see that??? / Afternoon Session 1pm-4pm 3..2..1… Blast off!

Camps cost $150/child for half-day sessions or $20 for full day. Multiple child and early registration discounts are available.

Registration is online here. You have to also complete a medical form.


Here’s a link to their website.

Summer Dance Camp for Kids with Contemporary Dance Theatre and MamLuft &Co. Dance. Camp runs the week of  August 6-10th from 9 AM till 3 pm,. focusing on the creative, active and healthy practices of modern dance. For ages 5-10, this camp will teach modern dance, ballet, yoga for kids and much more!


Here’s a link to their website.

Weekly camps are held from June 18 – July 23. They’re still working out the details so check back to their website. A list of camps an be found here.


Here’s a link to their website.

Mason offers 11 weeks of Summer Camp.

“Summer camps at the Mason Community Center present a world of opportunity!

From summer camps that focus on one activity for a week or two to others that present a new theme in a familiar format each week, there’s something to look forward to for the summer.

Camps are available for preschoolers through teens.

Younger campers will enjoy sport camps, our popular half-day weekly Camp Little Feet, or all-day Summer Fun Camp. Campers 12 and up can enroll in our Counselor in Training program or take a special sport camp. Extended hours for selected camps provide added convenience for parents who have a longer day and wish to drop their children off early or pick them up late.”

Dates, ages, themes and cost varies depending on the camp and where you are a member, resident or non-resident.

To find out more about the camps call the City of Mason at 513-229-8500


Here’s a link to their website.

“11 weeks of FUN! June 4 – August 17, 2012 – Drop off as early as 7:30 am and pick up as late as 6pm.
Our camps are great for working parents who want a safe, fun place for their kids! All camps are open to the public! You do not have to be a member to sign up!”

There are various themes and various sessions of camps. You can check all of them out online or call Camp Director Matt Miller, 513.722.7258.


Here’s a link to their website.

Teaming up with Media Bridges Cincinnati, Miami’s Voice of America Learning Center has created a special two-week video academy for aspiring Spielbergs ages 8-18. The academy lets students gain media and digital literacy and builds confidence in their creative abilities as they watch their own creations take shape. The collaboration brings Media Bridges programming to Butler County for the first time. The Academy is supported by grants from ArtsWave, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./US Bank Foundation, and FOTOFOCUS.

Working closely with Media Bridges production specialists, participants have a hands-on opportunity to work in multiple aspects of video production, creating their own videos while learning about the process, the technology, and working together. At the end of each week, family and friends are invited to a special viewing party to see the newly created works. Each camp listed below will offer three hours of programming per day for five days. The cost is $200 per week and class sizes are limited to 15 students to facilitate personal interaction with instructors. For information and registration, visit www.mediabridges.org/education/muohio-voa/.

Animation Week, July 9-13, Ages 8-13, 9am-noon OR Ages 14-18, 1pm-4pm: Students produce their own short animated films; learn about stop-motion, traditional and computer 3D animation, script writing, storyboarding, whiteboard animation, LEGO & 3D modeling/animation, and miniature set building; and explore and discuss animation and animated films.

Video Production Camp, July 16-20, 9am-noon, Ages 8-13Students produce their own short movie; take part in pre-production, script writing, storyboarding, lighting, sound, and other aspects of production; learn the basics of video production and storytelling; and explore the different genres of film and video, including news-gathering, video journalism, independent film, TV show  production.

Classic Horror Movie Camp, July 16-20, 1pm-4pm, Ages 14-18In the tradition of Karloff and Freddie Krueger, students will produce their own short horror movie; learn the gory details of horror film production; engage in script writing, storyboarding, lighting, sound, make-up, special effects, and mixing fake blood; explore and analyze horror films, and have in-depth discussions about the genre.

The Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC), established in 2009, strives to extend its public service and educational programming and to develop new programs reaching underserved sectors of the population in the area. From its inception, the VOALC, with the support of its active community-based volunteer board, has been a community resource for arts programs, including rotating art exhibitions, a film series on cinema comedy classics, and a Rookwood Pottery exhibition, among many others.

Media Bridges exists to empower diverse communities to effectively utilize the power of media. Individuals and organizations can share their talent, their viewpoints, and engage their community in a way that otherwise would not be possible. Media Bridges provides classes and training and loans out equipment, library style, so that members of the community can create their own media productions.


Here’s a link to their website.

Camps start on June 11 and end August 24. Each week is a different theme. Camps run Mon-Fri (times are Mon-Thurs 1pm-4pm and Fri 9am-12pm). You can check out the themese on-line.

Give them a call at 513-777-1100 for prices and more information.


Here’s a link to their website.

“My Nose Turns Red Theatre Company exists to educate the public about the clown in culture, increasing the audience awareness of the art form,  and to provide communities the opportunity to celebrate the experience.”

Camps are for kids 4yrs and up (including adults!). Camps are held all summer in various locations around town. Check it all out here

Check their website or call 859-581-7100 for more information or to register.


Here’s a link to their website.

Northern Kentucky University offered quite a few summer sports camps in baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ softball, and girls’ volleyball for grades 3 through 12 last year. Their website is still showing information for 2011. Hopefully, the camps will be back this Summer. Check their website for any updates..


Here’s a link to their website.

  1. Heather Mitts Soccer ProCamp
  2. Jay Bruce Baseball ProCamp
  3. Jordan Shipley Football ProCamp
  4. Marvin Lewis Football Procamp

No other information is available for these camps. Please check the website for each camp for updates.


Here’s a link to their website. 

“Welcome to Jump-N-Art, where the arts are alive and hopping. Now kids can explore both their creative side and their bouncing side in one amazing camp. Kids spend part of their time laughing, bouncing and playing games and part of their time exploring their inner Rembrandts. They’ll also have lunch, snacks and experience other awesome activities. So make your next camp, Jump-N-Art, at Pump It Up!” Each week at Jump-N-Art Summer Camp will have a unique theme that has not yet been determined.

Camp is held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30am – 2:30pm. The cost is $129.00 per child with sibling discounts available.

Session #1– June 19, 20 & 21
Session #2 — July 17, 18 & 19
Session #3 — August 7, 8 & 9

Please call 513-829-7867 for complete details on registering your child.


Here’s a link to their website.

Pleasant Vineyard Ministries offers quite a few week long resident camps. Camden, OH is a bit northeast of Oxford, do completely doable. Offerings include an Aqua Camp, an Art Camp, Catholic Youth Camp, CREW, Drama Camp, Digital Photography Camp, Explorers Camp, Girls Basketball Camp, Horsemanship Trip, Jr. Staff, Leaders in Training, Mythbreakers, Nascamp, Paintball Camp, Paintball Xtreme,  Rez Classic, Rez Select, Rock Climbing Camp, Scuba Camp, Urban Outreach and Video Gaming Camp.

Complete details including age of campers, dates, details, and costs can all be found by looking at this link.

If you have questions, please give them a call at 937-452-3347.


Here’s a link to their website.

Science Discovery Camp is a fun filled week of hands on science for girls and boys going into grades 1-9. Campers may choose to attend one program (1/2 day) for a week or as many as four different programs and attend all day for both weeks.

Camp is offered the week of 6/11 – 6/15 or 6/18 – 6/23.

The cost is $110 for a half day program for one week. (8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and/or 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.)

The camp is held at Montessori Academy of Cincinnati at 8293 Duke Blvd. Mason, Ohio 45040 (near P&G).

Call 513-459-8729 with any questions. Registration information will be available online in March.


June 18 – August 10

Here’s a link to their website.

“For starters, the Seven Hills Summer Program shares many of the same aspects as our school – it’s hands-on, adventurous, energetic, creative, and offers a full spectrum of activities, from 3-D computer modeling and physical science to a Mammoth Cave camping trip and interior design.

We invite children of all ages – from three to eighteen – onto our campus over the course of the summer to pursue their interests and discover new ones. Our small groups and seasoned staff – many of whom teach full-time at Seven Hills – provide individual attention and support to your child as she explores, climbs, constructs, and learns her way through summer.

You can sign up for one week or sign up for all nine. Either way,  you can be sure that summer isn’t the same at Seven Hills.”

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 $25 a week, lunch can purchased.)

You can find all of the amazing offerings by looking at their brochure or give them a call at 513-728-2380.


Here’s a link to their website.

“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.

Camp runs all Summer. Call (859) 426-7777 or email StephanieGregg  for details.


Here’s a link to their website.

“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.  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 a national camp – please go to the website,  and click on the search button at the top right. There’s 12 different camp offerings in the Greater Cincinnati area.


Here’s a link to their website.

“The Summit Country Day School’s Summer School and Day Camp experience is called “Summit Summer Exploration.” We offer an exciting summer experience with three distinct summer programs on our Cincinnati campus which will help your child continue learning over the summer. Our programs provide a wide range of opportunities and experiences to broaden learning and sharpen skills while being fun at the same time.

Summer Montessori (ages 3-6) is designed to allow children to continue their academic progress of the school year into the summer for a year-round Montessori education. Montessori sessions are available to current Summit families. We can also accept a limited number of children who attend other Montessori programs and are looking to extend their Montessori education into the summer months (pre-acceptance interview required).

Day Camp (ages 3-8) features weekly themed camp sessions with an educational foundation serving children 3 to 8 years old. Each week has a different topic which is designed to explore academic content with a fun, hands-on approach. Half-day and all-day sessions are available.

Summer School (ages 0-adult) includes a variety of educational, enrichment, and sports classes for all age groups.”

Check each section for themes, dates, times and prices.

Registration is online here. 


Here’s a link to their website.

If your 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 seven 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 – this is only available for two weeks 6/11-6/15 and 7/16-7/20).

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.

Give them a call at 859-781-5502 for more information. A registration form is available online.


Two camps are offered:

Camp Broadway Musical Theatre Camp – This is a two week camp running from June 11-22 (Mon- Fri). It’s for current 3rd-8th Graders, takes place at the Sycamore High School from 9am – 3pm and costs $300 if received by 6/23 – after that date cost increases to$320.

Instruction in singing dancing, acting and improvisation with a performance of a Musical on the afternoon of 6/22

Young Actor’s Workshop Drama Camp  – This is a one week camp running from June 11-15 (Mon-Fri). It’s for current 1st – 8th Graders, takes place at Sycamore  High School from 9am – 3pm and costs $175 if received y 6/23 – after that date cost increases to$195.

Instruction in acting, movement, voice and improvisation with a performances of plays for each group on Friday afternoon 6/15

For more information or to register e-mail the Camp Director, John Whapham at whaphamj@sycamoreschools.org.


Here’s a link to their website.

“R.E.C. Kids Summer Camp is in its’ 7th year here at UC! In 2011, we saw our largest enrollment in the history of R.E.C. Kids Camp. This year, we are excited to offer some new weekly themes (as well as our long-time favorite themes).

Our camp has a variety of different activities such as sports, arts & crafts, climbing, swimming, games, team building, Friday special events, and much more!”

Age – 5-12 who are at least enrolled in Kindergarten.

Dates – there are 10 different sessions running from June 11 and ending on August 17, 2012

Time – camp is from 9am-4pm with pre and after care available

Cost – Members $160/non-members $190 (before and after care is additional/discount for siblings)

All of the weekly themes can be found here.

You can see the typical day schedule here.

Register here.

For more information  feel free to contact Drew Salvador, Camp Coordinator, at 513-556-0603.


Here’s a link to their website.

“CCM Prep is excited to announce its lineup of 2012 summer workshops here on the CCM campus (see below). In addition to these programs, we will be offering camps for younger students at the UC Blue Ash campus.  NEW this year is our adult theatre arts camp hosted by the Sycamore Senior Center!

Our highly skilled and talented faculty lead all the workshops and camps. Guest instructors include CCM faculty, CSO musicians, area performers and specialists. You can be assured of the highest quality of teaching throughout our program.”

Options include Dance, Music and Theater Arts – age, cost, date and other requirements can be found on the website or by looking at their brochure.

For more information, give me a call at 513-556-2595.


Here’s a link to their website.

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).


Here’s a link to their website.

Wake Nation offers 3-day summer camp sessions for kids ages 8 to 16 years old. Children will learn how to wakeboard and water ski in a fun, supportive environment from our experienced and professional staff. Whether your child is just learning how to wakeboard or is on his or her way to becoming a pro, our staff will give each camper the attention and encouragement he or she needs to ensure that they have a great experience at Camp Wake Nation. So get your kids off the couch this summer and get them enrolled in the coolest camp in the Country.

Your kids will love our new water play inflatables!

 Price: Each three-day session is $300 for season pass holders and $325 for non-season pass holders

There’s nine available sessions:

Session 1 | June 5 – June 7 | 10AM to 3PM

Session 2 | June 12 – June 14 | 10AM to 3PM

Session 3 | June 19 – June 21 | 10AM to 3PM

Session 4 | June 26 – June 28 | 10AM to 3PM


Session 5 | July 10 – July 12 | 10AM to 3PM

Session 6 | July 17 – July 19 | 10AM to 3PM

Session 7 | July 24 – July 26 | 10AM to 3PM

Session 8 | July 31 – August 2 | 10AM to 3PM

Session 9 | August 7 – August 9 | 10AM to 3PM

To register for camp or to get more information, please call (513) 887-9253 or email us at info@wakenation.com


Here’s a link to their website.

Little Explorers Ages 4-5 years old – Summer Camp Grades K-6 – Tween Camp Grades 7-8

“A summer of endless activities, fun guaranteed! Each day is packed with cooperative games, contests, challenging crafts, nature activities, and swimming at the Family Aquatic Center. Weekly field trips (usually Thursdays) to places like the ropes course, museums, Kings Island, Cincinnati Reds games, and more. Jan Fresh, Camp Director, has a staff which includes certified teachers and college students. Camp is held every weekday, rain or shine, with rainy day activities planned. Held at the Recreation Center June 11 through August 17.”

Call 513-821-5200 for information.


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 
Camp Creekwood
(513) 791-5000
Gamble-Nippert YMCA 
Camp GNY: Guiding and Nurturing Youth
(513) 661-1105
Campbell County YMCA
Camp Hoopla
(859) 781-1814
M.E. Lyons YMCA
Camp Pride
(513) 474-1400
Clermont Family YMCA
Camp Timber Trails
(513) 724-9622
Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA 
Day Camp in the Pines
(513) 521-7112
Clippard YMCA
Camp Littlecreek
(513) 923-4466
R.C. Durr YMCA 
Camp Outback
(859) 534-5700
Carl H. Lindner YMCA
Camp Carl
(513) 241-9622


Here’s a link to the camp brochure.

“Camp Arrowhead is designed to provide campers with a variety of experiences in a well- supervised camp setting. Each week will include a special theme with a field trip that corresponds with the weekly theme. Each day camper will participate in recreational activities including: arts & crafts, science & nature, drama, weekly camp newspaper, target sports, indoor & outdoor sports, a daily reading program and swimming.

Children are grouped by the grade that they will be going into in the Fall. Optional swim lessons and specialty ½ day camps are also offered as part of their day.

Camp Arrowhead is a great way for children to make life long friends while being active for the summer. Grades 1-7”

Both day and ½ day camps are available. Give them a call at 513-779-3917.


Here is a brochure on Camp Ernst. 

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 $505 for Y members and $585 for all others per week and is for children ages 6-15.


“Fist-time campers ages 5-9 can try this exciting 24 hours of camp fun to see if a week-long Camp Ernst experience is right for them! They’ll stay in a cabin with counselors, eat camp meals, and experience a sampling of awesome Camp Ernst activities. Arrival is 7:00pm on the first day, and we’ll close with a campfire ceremony to which parents are invited at 7:00pm on the second day.”


Here is a brochure on Camp Kern.

An additional resident camp option is Camp Kern which is north of Cincinnati and run by the YMCA of Dayton.  Camp Kern is for ages 7-14 (with some specialty camps for ages up to 16).

Camp Kern offers theme camps for the regular resident camp sessions – Main CampRanch CampSpecialty Camps,Kern Expiditions. Dates, cost and miscellaneous information varies depending on which camp you choose.

Two special camps of interest are these:

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 $265

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 $315


Here’s a link to their website.

“Just Announced Summer Camp 2012 Themes!

Just Chillin’, La Mia Italia!, I Love Chocolate, My Compliments to the Chef, Vive La France, The Local Bakery, Restaurant Secrets, Cooking Americana, Secret Ingredient Camp, and Best of Summer!”

Prices, themes and dates will vary. Please call 549-CHEF for more information.


 When not blogging for Family Friendly Cincinnati, you can find Karen writing at her personal blog, Little World After All.

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    Camp Details:
    Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays throughout July (7/11, 7/13, 7/16, 7/18, 7/23, 7/25, 7/30, 8/1)
    Ages: 4-8 11:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (includes lunch*)
    Ages: 9-12 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (includes snack*)
    Cost: $150/child for the 8-class session
    • Please discuss any food allergies during registration
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  19. Julie Straub says

    Does anyone know of any camps Tues (May 29) – Fri (June 1)? I am a teacher and have a 3 and 6 year old, they will be out….I will not. I am having a hard time trying to find something for them to do for that week between school ending and most summer camps starting. Ideas???

  20. Sue Griffin says

    Wow what wonderful camps! Please let me know how I can list my amazing camp here. We have been running it since 2009. It is operated by two sisters who are certified school teachers. We focus on academics with a lot of fun and unique activities. We would like to be included in this listing.

    Student Enrichment Educational Program
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