The 2019 Cincinnati & NKY guide to Summer Camps is brought to you in partnership with Great Parks of Hamilton County. With a variety of day camp options, children age 2-17 are sure to find a camp that they will love! Get your kiddos outside, learning and having fun this summer with camp choices that focus on nature, adventure, farm life, fishing and horseback riding. Camps are held in various Great Parks across the Cincinnati area,
including Sharon Woods, Winton Woods and Lake Isabella.
Cincinnati Ballet's Kids Dance Camp
June 1st - 5th; June 8th - 12th; July 27th - 31st
Cincinnati Ballet’s Kids Dance Camp is a creative exploration of dance, music and art through beloved stories for students ages 4 – 8. Each week-long experience explores an overall theme through age-appropriate ballet classes and activities led by professional faculty. Students in each camp are divided into groups based on age.
During summer 2020, Kids Dance Camp celebrates the Summer of Dreams as we venture over the rainbow and under the sea to explore favorite story ballets including The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid.
Through the integration of dance, visual art, story, choreography and music, young dancers embark on a multi-sensory tour of their week’s designated theme while delving into their own creativity. Introduction to ballet and creative movement allows students to build movement vocabulary, coordination, and strength while working toward a culminating performance for parents and loved ones. Daily crafts take students beyond the studio to create costume pieces, dance props, and other accessories that inspire artistic expression and imagination.
For campers ages 4-8 years old.
The Summit Country Day School Summer Camp
June 3rd - August 9th
The all-day programs at The Summit are fresh and packed full of fun for all children, preschool through grade 8.
The Traditional Day Camp services ages 3-6 for nine weeks of summer (Monday-Friday 9a-4p) with each week hosting a theme and one field trip. Your children will be all smiles as they explore the arts, take cooking lessons, get outdoors and unplugged, make movies, go treasure hunting and much more. Extended Day will be offered beginning at 8 am and again after camp, from 4-5 pm.
Children in grades 1-8, have a menu of choices to ‘Pick Your Fun’: including Robotics, Laffalot, Service Camp, Sports, and much more. You won’t believe how much fun can be packed into one summer!
“My youngest loves the traditional day camp with the weekly themes. My middle child enjoys robotics and STEM camps and there are plenty to choose from to keep him busy. This year my high school kid will take the ACT prep college essay class to be ready for his college applications. The Summit has exceptional programs that my children really enjoy and at a good value compared to other summer programs.” – Beth, camp parent
Greenacres Summer Camps
June 15th-August 7th
Summer camps at Greenacres offer fun for every personality. Whether it’s an art camp for your budding Picasso, horseback riding for your animal lover, a farming experience for your green-thumb, or a survivalist camp for your young adventurer, there’s a Greenacres camp that will fill your child’s summer with joy and memories. Each camp is tailored to be age appropriate and led by a caring and professional staff.
“The staff is incredible. For each of these camps, my kids have benefited from staff who are welcoming, high-energy, and very knowledgeable. I like the way in which the staff truly respect the kids and inspire the kids to learn more.” – camp parent
Open to campers age 5-17 years old.
Coerver® Ohio Soccer Camps
June 8th - August 6th
Developing Players & Changing Lives Since 1984!
The Coerver® teaching method provides a safe, educational environment which strives to develop skills & soccer moves, as well as encourage creativity and confidence in play. The camps prioritize good sportsmanship and respect for all in an environment that makes soccer FUN to practice and play.
“My son had absolutely loved every second of this camp. He has made new friends, improved his soccer skills, and gotten great instruction from great coaches.” – John, parent
Open to competitive soccer players ages 5-15.
- Cincinnati Camp Dates
- June 8-11 & June 22-26
- July 13-17, 20-23 & 27-31
- August 3-6
- Dayton Camp Dates
- June 15-19
- July 13-16
- Columbus Camp Dates
- June 22-26
- July 6-10
June 1st - August 7th
If you’re looking for a fun, immersive and interactive summer arts experience for your kids, look no further than CCM Preparatory! Summer attractions include a wide variety of programs in Music, Dance and Theatre Arts for students to discover hidden talents, make friends and explore new skills. From intergenerational multi-arts camp and ballet bootcamp, to the popular musical theatre camp, students of all ages will have the opportunity to explore their artistic interests in a relaxed, welcoming environment.
“I absolutely loved my time here. I met some of the most amazing people who share the same passion I have. I also learned SO much from my time here!” –CCM 2019 Camp Participant
Open to campers age 4-17 years old.
Below is a sneak peek of summer camp themes, but check out the website for more information on when specific camps are offered.
- “Once Upon a Time” Storytime Ballet (ages 4-8)
- Suzuki Strings (ages 5-12)
- CCM Grand (ages 8-13 and grandparents)
- Jazz Academy (grades 9-12)
- High School Arts Immersion (One and two-week options available)
Summer Aventure Club
May 24th - August 13th
Get ready for a world of discovery in the Primrose Schools Summer Adventure Club. New adventurers and old friends power up imaginations with fun experiences and exciting activities like building robots, creating digital art, taking on engineering challenges and playing sports. Each of the 12 weeks holds new adventures, learning experiences and super field trips. Tuition includes all field trips, before and after care, snacks, hot meals, water bottles, and a camp t-shirt. Contact the Primrose School of Symmes directly for more information.
One of the things we love about this camp option is how flexible the schedule is – while camp runs from 9 to 3:30, extended hours of 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. are included at NO EXTRA COST. You can really make this one work for you and your summer needs? Do you work full time? No problem, sign your little one up for the entire summer!
This camp is open to children who have completed kindergarten through age 12.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Summer Camp
May 25th - August 14th
Explore the Zoo, experience nature, and discover the excitement and wonder of animals! Hikes in the zoo, visits from animal friends, crafts, train rides and so much more make a zoo summer camp a jam-packed week to remember!
Full Day Camps: 9:00am-4:00pm. Please pack a lunch. Topic is the same each week.
Half Day Camps: 9:30am-12:00 noon, 1:00pm-3:30pm. Two topics alternate weekly.
Before or after care available for full-day camps. No before or after care available for half-day camps.
“Y’all do a great job of educating on all levels and getting the kids up close to animals they might never get the chance to. My son wants to be a zoologists because if this program!” – Camp Parent
This camp is open to children Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Please register children according to the grade they will enter in the fall.
Classroom Antics Summer STEAM Camps
June 8th - August 10th
It’s the ultimate STEAM camp experience!
Classroom Antics camps spark creativity by allowing kids to use their imagination and create. Kids are introduced to fun challenges and have opportunities to gain new insight into STEAM subjects, instilling confidence within each camper as they learn. The camps cover a wide area of interests like LEGO robotics, stop-motion animation, computer programming, video game design, Minecraft coding, science, engineering, and video production. Classroom Antics prides themselves on evolving kids from technology consumers to technology creators.
“He thought he would just be ‘learning’, not actually building robots and programming video games! He was mentally stimulated, excited about going, and sad when they ended!” – Amy, parent
Open to campers age 6-13 years old.
12-student classes for individualized attention.
1:1 student to equipment ratio for maximized learning.
Kids in the Kitchen
Weekly Sessions Available; June 8th - July 24th
Ages 5-7: Let’s get ready to cook! Young chefs attending these sessions will learn basic cooking terms, gadgets, measuring, mixing and how to follow a recipe. This camp includes a tasty snack upon arrival and hands-on instruction from the culinary team, plus they get to eat what they make! (Seriously, we kinda wish we could go to this!?!) $225
Ages 8-15: This is a highly creative camp with the chance to develop technique based on age and skill level. Chefs will be split into two groups (8-11 and 12-15) on mother sauces, knife cuts, flavor profiles, micro greens vs herbs, and incorporate all of those learned skills to create a signature dish. They’ll practice making vinaigrette, pastas and a variety of cooking techniques – baking, sautéing, poaching, braising and grilling. (Basically, you’ll never have to cook again!). Lunch is included. $325
“My 13 year old daughter had a blast and learned a ton. This week-long Culinary Camp was well run – great staff and chefs. Hoping they add additional camps in the future. Well worth the money!” – Tonia, parent
Open to campers 5-16 years old.
Great Parks Day Camps
Multiple Camp Sessions Offered | June 3rd - August 8th
Hands down, one of the best things about raising a family in Cincinnati is the access to the amazing park system from Great Parks of Hamilton County. Every summer, the programming at Great Parks becomes even more robust than usual and they introduce a variety of summer camp options for our kiddos, ages 2-17.
***Mom Tip*** There is nothing that says you can’t choose more than one, which makes Great Parks Summer Camps an amazing option for those who need several week-long options or who have multiple kids with varied interests.
We know your children will love being able to get outside this summer and learn about canoeing, archery, survival (among other adventure camp options), nature, farm life, fishing, and even horseback riding!
“My daughter attended the “Growing Up a Farm Kid” summer camp at Parky’s Farm for two years in a row. She absolutely loved it and still asks to go back! It was the perfect amount of time and so engaging. She learned so much about the animals and the farm. We even made our own butter and milked a goat! I would recommend this camp to anyone.” – Allison, parent
Camps are held in various Great Parks across the Cincinnati area, including Sharon Woods, Winton Woods and Lake Isabella. All camps are drop-off unless otherwise indicated. The versatility in location, as well as dates, make Great Parks Summer Camps a summer mom win as well!
Kids First CAMP-A-PALOOZA
May 28th - August 16th
CAMP-A-PALOOZA is Greater Cincinnati’s most talked about summer camp experience! Why? Four words: Kids First Sports Center…108,000 square feet of kids sports heaven! Imagine a summer camp taking place in the country’s largest children’s activity center with exceptional instruction in the most popular children’s recreational pursuits: swimming, gymnastics, dance, karate, soccer, basketball, volleyball, cheer, trampoline & tumbling. But that’s just the beginning!
We are fairly certain your kiddos will go crazy for over an acre of outdoor fun created especially for the kids of Camp-a-Palooza, which features a rock climbing wall, two-story climbing playground, a 70 foot “Slip n’ Slide Mountain” giant water slide, horticultural planting station, an enclosed dodgeball court, and a covered pavilion for lunches and crafts.
We’ve never signed our son up for anything at Kids First before, and I really wasn’t sure how he would do in a setting that wasn’t specifically designed for kids with special needs, but I’m so glad we tried it! He really struggles when he doesn’t have a routine, and breaks can be pretty tough. This year, though, was awesome – thanks to camp.” – Parent
Open to campers Kindergarten – 7th Grade.
Before Care available as early as 7am and/or aftercare as late as 6pm
June 3rd - August 17th
Art Workshop offers some of the most creative art camps in Cincinnati! This is a place for kids to create and explore all aspects of art, to exercise their imaginations and generate ideas. Your kids can dive into all things Harry Potter in Wizards Unite!, or satisfy their inner gamer without the screen in Gamer’s Adventure! This year, there are 4 half day options available for the younger 4 and up crowd as well: Princesses, Knights and Unicorns, Animals, Birds and Creatures, and Make it in Clay Camp.
“The pottery wheel camp has been a personal favorite of my daughter for four years in a row now. Every student (ages 6 and up) gets their own pottery wheel for the week to explore the joy and skill of throwing, and learn glazing techniques. She thinks it’s so cool that she gets to create pottery on a wheel, just like professional artists do!” – Sarah, parent
Before and after care available!
June 3rd - August 16th
This is one summer camp sure to cure the potential for summer boredom!
Summer camp at The Art Spark gives your child the opportunity to use their imagination to brainstorm, plan, and design unique art projects. Each week of camp offers new and exciting themes designed to SPARK imagination. Throughout the summer, you may find your child sculpting macarons, and making chef costumes for the Art Spark bake-off challenge-or he/she could be learning the technique of screen printing to show off a new custom tote, t-shirt, or scarf. Whether your child loves outer space, the ocean, volcanos, slime, mermaids, or just wants to learn new techniques in art – he/she can find it at Art Spark!
This is the cutest studio! Thank you so much for keeping our little ones engaged and entertained as they explored their creativity.” – Parent
Enroll your child to watch the magic unfold this summer as they paint, draw, sculpt, and build from their imagination!
Open to campers ages 3-12 years old.
Half day and full day camp options available.
iD Tech Camps for Kids & Teens
June 10th - July 26th
At iD Tech, students learn to code, design video games, produce videos, design Fortnite-inspired levels, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs that instill in-demand skills and embolden students to shape the future.
“Worth the investment. This isn’t day care, this is an instructional camp. Our two girls have enjoyed the camps and have made great friends there.” – Camp parent
Open to campers age 7-17 years old.
- iD Tech Camps (weeklong, co-ed)
Kings Hammer Soccer Club Summer Camps
June 10th - August 1st
Are your kids looking to improve their game this Summer?
Whether your child plays for Kings Hammer, an outside club, or no club, we encourage you to check out all the summer camps they have to offer! KHSC Camps are designed for players of all levels who want to learn and improve their fundamental soccer skills in a fun and encouraging environment.
“I can say this was an awesome experience for my kids. They enjoyed their first soccer camp and can not wait to start their season. I would highly recommend Kings Hammer SC Camps.” – Jaime, parent
Open to campers age 4-14 years old.
- Camps are run by experienced KHSC Directors and staff coaches.
Farm Camp at Tikkun Farm
June 10th - August 9th
Spend a week on a working farm immersed in experiences that nourish body, soul, and spirit.
Campers begin day with yoga and drum after lunch. They will get to meet Spike the Alpaca (mayor of the barnyard) and his alpaca friends. They will feed chickens and collect their eggs. They even prepare their very own crockpot meal and take it home to feed their family (#momwin). Children will be able to express themselves with art and creative writing, learn about other cultures by cooking and eating food from their countries, plant vegetables, then care for and harvest them. They will have opportunities to play games in a diverse community with refugees, children, and youth from many cultures, learn about Fiber Arts and create something of their own. Add in the chance to learn bird communication from a naturalist, and how bees collect pollen for a truly one-of-a-kind, summer experience!
“Our daughter really had a life-changing, great time while participating in this camp experience. She learned soooooo much – she shares with us all the different topics she learned. I just wanted to say thank you for exposing our daughter to something different.” – Camp parent
Open to campers in preschool – 9th grade.
Gorman Heritage Farm
June 3rd - August 7th
If you haven’t discovered this peaceful haven in the heart of our city, you are missing out!
Gorman Heritage Farm is the perfect place for children to have serious fun while learning all about the natural world, local food systems, and sustainable farming. In our opinion, these day camps are the perfect way for your child to spend the summer. Each week includes learning about and caring for farmyard animals, exploring and hiking beautiful woodland trails, discovering the joys of gardening, and enjoying the many rewards of being on the Farm. Gorman Heritage Farm Summer Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association. Accreditation is a parent’s best evidence of a camp’s commitment to health and safety. Learn more HERE.
“My kids learned so much – they were engaged, excited and also educated! The best part was that I saw the camp staff interacting with my kids and that made the kids feel special and was really cool. Best camp we’ve ever done. However you select your camp staff – well done. Very impressive young men and women.” – Camp parent
Open to campers 3-13 years old. Camp offerings and themes vary weekly, so make sure you check the website for full details.
Perfection Gymnastics Summer Camp
May 28th - August 14th
More than just gymnastics- this 10 weeks of Summer Camp features exciting new themes that help shape each week into an adventure of indoor and outdoor fun! (Much better than spending all summer watching screens, right mamas?!) Discover new worlds through games, crafts, activities and, of course, gymnastics- it’s what they do best! Come for one day or the whole summer- it’s up to you!
“Camp was so fun! I love the inflatables and my gymnastics got so much better. I can do my back handspring by myself now! My coaches were so nice and we did lots of fun experiments and activities.” Camper
Open to campers 4-15 years old.
La Casita Summer Spanish Camp
May 28th - August 16th
Summer Spanish Camp is a 12-week adventure! Children will learn about the culture and traditions of a different Spanish-speaking country each week in a full immersion setting. They will prepare food, perform traditional dances, and learn about famous people and events from each country- and so much more! Not only will students have a blast, but they will improve their language skills in the process.
“We went to Saturday Spanish camp and my son absolutely loved it! He came home very excited singing the Spanish songs and shared his art project of the Eclipse! We stayed for the play date afterwards to involve my two-year-old. She too enjoyed the activities and my husband and I learned a thing or two about the language while being fully immersed! We will be back!” Camp parent.
Open to campers 5 and up.
Amazing Summer Arts & Music Camps
June 3rd - August 2nd
Whether your kids love Fashion or Video Games (Minecraft anyone?),Daniel Tiger, Theatre Design or even Robots there are so many fun opportunities! For music lovers there’s beginning guitar, orchestra camp, rock n’ roll plus songwriting!
Offering 39 different camps, taught by master-teachers in a charming historic 1922 home in the heart of beautiful Wyoming! These camps are low-key but high-fun, designed for kids to explore their creative side through either a morning, afternoon, or combination of both sessions, for a full-day experience.
“I loved the high-quality camps, held in a beautiful old Wyoming house that made me feel like I was gifting my children with the magic of what I remember childhood summers used to feel like growing up. The instructors are engaged and enthusiastic about their craft and the variety is a great way to let your kiddos try out music, fine arts, performing arts, and more!” – Sarah, parent.
Open to campers 3-17 years old.
Several half-day and full-day camps run each week. Due to great enrollment and strong community support, camp costs have remained the same for the 4th summer, making this one of the most affordable summer camp options around!
Cincinnati Reds Baseball & Softball Camps
May 27th - August 9th
What kid wouldn’t be thrilled with the chance to attend the official camps of the Cincinnati Reds?!? These week-long camps may just be the best baseball/softball camps in America. Each camper receives four Reds tickets, full uniform, VIP trip to Great American Ball Park and will even get to meet a current Reds player.
“My oldest son did Reds Camp a few years ago and loved it. Last year, my little guy was finally old enough and had a spectacular time. We are a Reds family for life and the amazing camp experience is why.” – Parent
Open to boys and girls, ages 6-14 years old.
Monday – Friday 9a-3p
Locations vary, see list below for details:
- May 27-31 (Beechwood HS, NKY & Reds Youth Academy, Cincinnati)
- June 10-14 (Loveland HS, Cincinnati)
- June 24-28 (Harrison HS & Summit Country Day, Cincinnati)
- July 15-19 (Milford HS, Cincinnati)
- July 29-Aug 2 (Mason HS, Cincinnati)
- Aug 5-9 (St. Xavier HS & Reds Youth Academy, Cincinnati)
Whimsical World of Wonder Art Camp
July 8th -12th & July 29th - August 2nd
What child wouldn’t love a week of creating whimsical creations!
Your child will enjoy creating several pieces using different mediums. such as pottery, scratch art, dragon eggs, adventure boxes, and more. Each day will be dedicated to a different project and at the end of the week, there will be an art show for our special guests (that’s you, parents!) to show off the week’s creations.
“I’ve sent my child several years in a row, It is a great camp for kids to express their artistic side!” – Parent
Open to campers ages 8-12.
Snack and drinks included each day.
Camp runs Monday-Friday, 930a-1230p
Mini University Summer Camp
June 3rd - August 9th
Mini University provides an amazing summer camp experience!
Offering three off-site field trips per week, all meals are included in tuition price (cross that off the to-do list!), and sports clinics that come to the center are only part of what makes this a great option for summer! Your child will also get to go swimming once a week at Miami’s Rec center and visit Oxford’s Lane Library for read-aloud story and exploration time! Add in “flex scheduling” for the #momwin, where parents can choose any 5 weeks (at minimum) or they can attend the entire summer!
“Mini University takes a very thorough approach to child care. The environment and curriculum is well thought out. I greatly appreciate the safety and security of the center. Breakfast and lunch are well thought out and planned to not only be nutritious but filling. Everything is done in a way that promotes growth both intellectually and physically.” – Parent
Open to campers Kindergarten – 10 years old.
Camp runs 7am-6pm Monday through Friday.
Early bird registration ends April 15th!
Chess Plus Summer Camp
June 10th - July 26th
This unique summer program is designed to engage kids in fun memorable activities and enhance critical thinking. Chess Plus Summer Camp features fun and engaging chess activities in the morning session and a more hands-on program in the afternoon session. This combination is truly amazing and keeps your child very engaged and full of excitement.
The Afternoon Session comes in 3 flavors:
- Engineering (STEM): In this intro to engineering program, campers will be broken up into groups of 2 to 4 and have a blast with robotic creations, SNAP circuit building, legos and much more.
- Active Party: Your child will learn a lot of new activities that give them a great workout while having fun, including Zumba, dance (salsa and more), agility training, gaga ball and even have a Fortnite dance-off.
- Wicked Fun: Learning through games is how this party goes. Family fun games, movies & popcorn, RC vehicle racing and more. Your child is sure to learn new games and make new friends at this non-stop party!
“Our daughter has asked about chess before but we always felt a full day of chess would be too much, with these three intriguing afternoon sessions it wasn’t hard to find something she liked. We are very excited to have her learn chess and also get some STEM education with the Intro to Engineering afternoon session.” – Holly, Parent
Open to campers 7-14 years old.
Summer Camp Resources
First comes camp registration and then comes packing camp lunches!
We hope to ease some of that burden by providing you some ideas. Each idea meets a different need and will provide you with some different ideas of lunches to pack.
Overnight camp feels like a rite of passage.
After hearing rave reviews about the YMCA Camp Kern experience, I decided to take a risk and let go of control (because, yes, that is what it felt like to me) for one week out of the summer and see what would happen.