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Cincinnati summer camps where kids can play sports, act in theatre, learn to swim, become an artist or engineer, make new friends and more!

 

 

Since the end of the school year is near, now is the time to start looking for Cincinnati summer camps for children. Structured activities in the Queen City allow kids to make friends outside of school, gain more self-confidence, manage new situations involving teamwork and develop a sense of independence through supervised camp activities. Learned skills from camp programs have been known to help children with their schoolwork and other social situations.

 

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The compiled list of Cincinnati summer programs below will educate, entertain and exercise your child. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a camp in the Eastside, Westside, Downtown or up North. Camps are offered half or full days. Everyone will be able to find an age-appropriate camp that fits their child’s needs from preschool to high school-aged children. Most camps run from June through August. 

*Please be sure to verify all dates, costs and hours with the camps. Always check for extended care early drop-off and late pick-up options, financial assistance, and deadlines.

Summer Camps that accept vouchers

Summer Day Camp at the YMCA
Location:        Multiple locations, please check the website for details
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               5 to 12
Dates:              May to August
Cost:                $147+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       Yes
Hours:             9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy building confidence, discovering strengths and learning new skills such as swimming, running, playing and exploring nature in an encouraging environment.
513-362-9622

 

Summer Camps for Ages 3+

Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Center Dance & Creativity Camp
Location:       8222 Monon Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45216 (Hartwell)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               2.5 to 10
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $89+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            Hours Vary
Summer campers will enjoy dancing, arts and crafts projects, and loads of fun!
513-494-6526
Directions

 

Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature Summer Camps
Location:        Multiple locations, please check the website for details
Eligibility:      anyone within age requirements
Ages:               3 to 14
Dates:             June to August
Cost:               $75+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:             Vary
Summer campers will enjoy daily hikes, games, live animal encounters, experiments, and projects to remain active all day.
513-321-6208

 

Wyoming Fine Arts Center Summer Camp
Location:        322 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming, OH 45215 (Wyoming)
Eligibility:      anyone within age requirements
Ages:               3 to 18
Dates:             May to August
Cost:               $175+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:             Vary
Summer campers will enjoy camp themes of Lego, Art, Bugs, Space and more.
513-948-1900
Directions

 

Summer Camps at CCAC
Location:        2728 Short Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219 (Clifton)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:                3 to 18
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $150+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            Vary
Summer campers will enjoy unleashing creativity with visual arts and music camps.
513-497-2860
Directions

 

Summit Country Day Summer Camps
Location:        2161 Grandin Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (Hyde Park)
Eligibility:      anyone within age requirements
Ages:               3 to 17
Dates:             May to August
Cost:               $190+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:             Vary
Summer campers will enjoy camp for up to nine weeks with different themes that influence games and crafts.
513-871-4700
Directions

 

 

Summer Camps Ages 4+

Envision Children Academic Summer Enrichment Program (ASEP)
Location:        Taylor Elementary (Colerain) and Struble Elementary (White Oak)
Eligibility:       The child must attend an elementary school in the Northwest School District
Ages:               4 to 11
Dates:             June to July
Cost:               free, 100% covered this year!
Scholarships: No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy reading and math instruction, fun activities, and more.
513-772-5437

 

Summer Camp at the J (Mayerson JCC)
Location:        8485 Ridge Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45236 (Amberly)
Eligibility:      Anyone within age requirements
Ages:               4 to 14
Dates:             June to August
Cost:               $350+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:            9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy the simple pleasures of summer from swimming lessons and archery to arts and crafts, camp values, and color wars.
513-761-7500
Directions

 

Cincinnati Museum Summer Camps
Location:      Multiple locations, please check the website for details
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               4 to 14
Dates:             May to August
Cost:               $225+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy science, technology, history and the arts through creative activities and games
513-287-7001
Directions

 

 

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Zoo Summer Camp
Location:        3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220 (Avondale)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               4 to 14
Dates:             May to August
Cost:               $130+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy the Zoo, experience nature, and discover the excitement and wonder of animals.
513-559-7767, option 4.
Directions

 

Camp Wave Aquarium Summer Camp
Location:        1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071 (Newport)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               4 to 15
Dates:             June to August
Cost:               $220+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy meeting sharks, penguins, and stingrays up close while exploring aquatic wonders.
859-815-1422
Directions

 

Imago Earth Center Camps
Location:        700 Enright Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205 (East Price Hill)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               4 to 15
Dates:             June to August
Cost:               $105+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:             9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy the summer with fun-filled weeks of exploration, hikes, games, arts and so much more.
513-921-5124
Directions

 

My Nose Turns Red Circus Camp
Location:        10500 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241 (Evendale)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               4 to 16
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $125+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:             9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summer campers will be challenged to walk on the wire, balance on the rola bola, build human pyramids juggle and more.
859-581-7100
Directions

 

Summer Camps Ages 5+

YMCA Camp Kern Summer Camp
Location:        5291 OH-350, Oregonia, OH 45054 (Oregonia)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               5 to 16
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $330+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:             Vary
Summer campers will enjoy swimming, nature, archery, rock climbing, waterfront, riflery, arts and crafts, drama and more!
513-932-3756
Directions

 

YMCA Camp Ernst Summer Camp
Location:       7615 Camp Ernst Rd, Burlington, KY 41005 (Burlington)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               6 to 15
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $628+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:              Vary
Summer campers will enjoy the outdoors and make great friends at this fun summer camp.
859-586-6181
Directions

 

Camp Joy Summer Camp
Location:        10117 Old 3 C Hwy, Clarksville, OH 45113 (Clarksville)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               5 to 17
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $350+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:             Vary
Summer campers will enjoy healthy challenges from living in cabins to tackling high rope courses while making new friends.
937-289-2031
Directions

 

Taft Museum of Art Summer Camp
Location:        316 Pike St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               5 to 18
Dates:             May to July
Cost:                $160+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy painting, sculpting, and drawing.
513-241-0343
Directions

 

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Kids First Camp-A-Palooza Summer Camps
Location:        7900 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249 (Sharonville)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               5 to 12
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $358+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy swimming, gymnastics, dance, taekwondo, soccer, basketball, volleyball, cheer, yoga, trampoline, tumbling, and more.
513-489-7575
Directions

 

Greenacres Summer Camps
Location:        Multiple locations, please check the website for details
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               5 to 17
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $125+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            Vary
Summer Campers will enjoy programs that each offer a unique way to explore all that Greenacres has to offer.
513-898-3262

 

Cincinnati Sports Club Summer Camps
Location:        3950 Red Bank Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227 (Fairfax)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               5 to 12
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $140+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy swimming, ninja sports, field trips and more.
513-527-4000
Directions

 

Kennedy Heights Arts Summer Camp
Location:        6546 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45213 (Kennedy Heights)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               5 to 13
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $157+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:            9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy exploring visual arts, dance, music, video/digital media and theatre.
513-631-4278
Directions

 

iSpace STEM Summer Camp
Location:        Ross Middle School (Ross) and ISpace (Evendale)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               5 to 18
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $290+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:            9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy thinking and working like real engineers, scientists, designers and developers through cool projects, hands-on activities.
513-621-5786

 

Summer Camps Ages 6+

Cincinnati Reds Baseball and Softball Summer Camps
Location:        Multiple locations, please check the website for details
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               6 to 14
Dates:              May to August
Cost:                $395+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy learning baseball and softball skills while having a great time!
1-855-846-7337

 

STEM Mania Summer Camp
Location:        11223 Cornell Park Dr, Blue Ash, OH 45242 (Blue Ash)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               6 to 14
Dates:              May to August
Cost:                $260+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy structured crime scene investigations, kitchen chemistry, explosives, sustainability, robotics, circuitry, and more.
513-857-3366
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Heritage Village Museum Summer CampLocation:        11500 Lebanon Rd Sharonville, OH 45241 (Sharonville)Eligibility:      Any child within the age requirementsAges:                6-15Dates:              June-JulyCost:                $175 for Museum Members, $195 for non-members, $5 discount for siblingsScholarships: NoHours:             9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Summer campers will discover the past and learn how kids lived in the 1800s through games, crafts, toys, food, songs, and hands-on activities.513-683-9484
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Playhouse Theatre Summer Camps
Location:        Multiple locations, please check the website for details
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               6 to 17
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $200+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy programming influenced by unique, book-based themes, designed to build confidence and strengthen communication skills.
513-345-2242

 

Summer Camps Ages 7+

The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati Summer Camp
Location:        4015 Red Bank Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227 (Fairfax)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               7 to 14
Dates:              May to July
Cost:                $250+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will focus on music, dance, drama, or all three. All levels are welcome.
513-569-8080
Directions

 

KUUMBA Summer Enrichment Program
Location:        10050 Woodlawn Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45215 (Woodlawn)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               7 to 13
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $450+/ per 6 weeks
Scholarships: No
Hours:             8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy inspiring curiosity and creativity through hands-on, curriculum-aligned learning.
302-660-4750
Directions

 

Tech Summer Camps
Location:        Multiple locations, please check the website for details
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               7 to 13
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $259+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy learning game design, robotics, coding and more.
1-800-595-3776

 

Ensemble Theatre Junior Summer Camp
Location:         1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202 (OTR)
Eligibility:       Any child within age requirements
Ages:                7-15
Dates:              July
Cost:                $675/ per 2 weeks
Scholarships: Available but limited
Hours:              9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer campers will focus on acting fundamentals and promotes self-confidence, communication, and teamwork.
513-421-3555

 

 

Summer Camps Ages 8 through 10+

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Power Basketball Camp
Location:         3250 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH, 45207 (Walnut Hills)
Eligibility:       Kids entering the 2nd – 7th grade in Fall 2022
Ages:                8-12 years old
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                Free
Hours:             9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Christian sports camp offers high quality sports instruction, inspiring young campers to grow both spiritually and physically.
440-623-1622
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Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp
Location:        6865 Drake Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243 (Indian Hill)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:                8 to 18
Dates:              June
Cost:                $395+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            Vary
Summer campers will enjoy theatre camps open to all levels of experience and interests. This year’s shows are Matilda and Legally Blonde.
513-813-7990
Directions

 

 

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Theatre Summer Camp
Location:        1195 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:                9 to 18
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $295+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:             9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy creating comedy and clowning, monsters, magic, chills, thrills, sleuths, and spies.
513-381-2273
Directions

 

Seven Hills Academic Readiness Program (SHARP)
Location:        4500 Redbank Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227 (Madisonville)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               10 to 14
Dates:              July to August
Cost:                $300/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Hours:             9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summer campers will engage in fun and challenging learning activities across subject areas, explore The Seven Hills School arts programs, experiential learning, and athletics.
513-728-2454

 

 

 

Summer Camps for junior high/high school-aged students

Breakthrough Cincinnati
Location:       Multiple locations in Cincinnati
Eligibility:     Rising 6th and 7th graders
Ages:             11 to 13
Dates:            June to July
Cost:              Free
Hours:           8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Summer campers will be energized to enter college with confidence with the help of near-peer mentors. For over 25 years, BTC has provided a space for transformative growth with fun, hands-on, socially-just experiences.
513-204-9139

 

Ursuline Academy Dance CampLocation:       Ursuline Academy (Blue Ash) Eligibility:     All are welcome! No dance experience necessary!Ages:              11 to 14Dates:             July Cost:               $95 (includes a free t-shirt!)Scholarships: Available but limitedHours:             9 a.m. to NoonSummer campers will learn a fun dance routine with pom-poms from current Ursuline high school students513-377-5676
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Illuminate Leadership Conference at Northern Kentucky University
Location:        Louie B Nunn Dr, Highland Heights, KY 410992 (Highland Heights)
Eligibility:      anyone within age requirements
Ages:                11 to 14
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $900+/ per 6 days with room and meals
Scholarships: No
Hours:             All Day
Summer campers will learn through interactive workshops, excursions, and keynote speakers.
513-421-2300
Directions

 

Cincinnati Architectural Mentoring Program
Location:         5470 Aronoff, Cincinnati OH 45221 (Clifton)
Eligibility:       Rising 8th and 9th grade student
Ages:                12-15 years old (based upon grade level)
Dates:              July
Cost:                $75 per student
Scholarships: Available upon request
Hours:              8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer Campers will enjoy a five-day immersive architect camp experience followed by a project exhibition, presentations and graduation celebration on Saturday.
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Ensemble Theatre Technical Theatre Summer Intensive
Location:         1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202 (OTR)
Eligibility:       Any child within age requirements
Ages:                12-16
Dates:               July
Cost:                $295/ per week
Scholarships: Available but limited
Hours:              9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer campers will enjoy diving into more advanced performance topics including improv, acting, audition technique, character development, script analysis, and more.
513-421-3555
Directions

 

 

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Girls Rock Cincinnati Summer Camp
Location:        3301 Price Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205 (East Price Hill)
Eligibility:       Girls and gender-variant youth
Ages:                12 to 18
Dates:              July
Cost:                $0-150 (sliding scale)
Scholarships: No
Hours:             10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Summer campers will take part in camp activities focused on using creative arts as a vehicle for social change, with opportunities to build skills in instrumental music, vocals, songwriting, and visual arts.
[email protected]
Directions

 

Cincinnati Ballet Dance Summer Camp
Location:        TBD
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements who passes auditions
Ages:                12 to 18
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $530+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Hours:            Vary
Summer campers will enjoy an entrance into intensive summer training in a fun and nurturing environment for young, aspiring dancers.
513-562-1111

 

Ensemble Theatre High School Summer Intensive
Location:         1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Eligibility:       Any child within age requirements
Ages:                13-18
Dates:               July
Cost:                $295/ per week
Scholarships: Available but limited
Hours:              9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer campers will explore costumes, props, lighting, sound, set design, and stage management while fostering skills intrinsic to technical theatre, including ingenuity, resourcefulness, teamwork, and creative problem-solving.
513-421-3555
Directions

 

 

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Ok Cincinnatians! Now that you have an idea of available summer camps for kids, be sure to pay attention to registration deadlines. Many camps are first-come, first-serve. So, sign your child up quickly! Enroll now, don’t wait to register! Be sure to check the camp’s website for brochures, information on camp counselors and camp staff, first-day information and more!

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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

11 comments

  1. I love this list of valuable summer information all in one place. I will be sharing with my friends! Thanks!

  2. Hello my name is Michele. I have a 9 year old son, who likes dinosaurs and loves Legos. I really want him to get involved in a summer camp. Could someone respond. Please and thank you

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