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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 on the Eastside, Westside, Downtown or up North. Camps are offered half-day or full-day. 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.

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*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.

 

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Summer Camps for Ages 3+

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
Vouchers:        No
Hours:             Vary
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 17
Dates:             June to August
Cost:               $75+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:             Vary
Your camper will enjoy camp themes of Lego Art, Space, Superheroes, Fairies, and more.
513-948-1900
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:             June to August
Cost:               $180+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:             Vary
Campers enjoy camp for up to nine weeks with different themes that influence games and crafts.
513-871-4700
Directions

 

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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
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Your camper will enjoy reading and math instruction, fun activities, and field trips.
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:               $325+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Vouchers:        No
Hours:            9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Campers will enjoy the simple pleasures of summer from swim lessons and archery to arts and crafts, camp values, and color wars.
513-761-7500
Directions

 

Cincinnati Museum Summer Camps
Location:        1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203 (Queensgate)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               4 to 14
Dates:             June to August
Cost:               $60+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy science, technology, history and the arts through creative activities and games
513-287-7001
Directions

 

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:               $120+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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:               $95+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Vouchers:        No
Hours:             9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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
Vouchers:        No
Hours:             9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Youth will be challenged to walk on the wire, balance on the rola bola, build human pyramids juggle and more.
859-581-7100
Directions

 

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Summer Camps Ages 5+

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.
Enjoy building confidence, discovering strengths and learning new skills such as swimming, running, playing and exploring nature in an encouraging environment.
513-362-9622

 

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
Vouchers:        No
Hours:             Vary
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:               5 to 15
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $628+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Vouchers:        No
Hours:              Vary
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
Vouchers:        No
Hours:             Vary
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:              June to July
Cost:                $240+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Vouchers:        No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy painting, sculpting, and drawing.
513-241-0343
Directions

 

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
Vouchers:        No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            Vary
Enjoy programs that each offers their own 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 16
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $140+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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
Vouchers:        No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of one-week camps for youth exploring visual arts, dance, music, video/digital media and theatre.
513-631-4278
Directions

 

iSpace STEM Summer Camp
Location:        Ross Middle School (Ross) and Rockwern Academy (Kenwood)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               5 to 18
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $290+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Vouchers:        No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy thinking and working like real engineers, scientists, designers and developers through cool projects, hands-on activities.
513-621-5786

 

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Summer Camps Ages 6+

Cincinnati Art Museum Summer Camp
Location:        953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Eden Park)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               6 to 12
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $220+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy diving into art with summer camps packed with exciting art projects, gallery games, and more!
513-721-2787
Directions

 

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
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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:                $245+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy structured crime scene investigations, kitchen chemistry, explosives, sustainability, robotics, circuitry, and more.
513-857-3366
Directions

 

The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati Summer Camp
Location:        4015 Red Bank Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227 (Fairfax)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               6 to 14
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $215+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:        No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of themes for ages 6-14! Focus on music, dance, drama, or all three. All levels welcome.
513-569-8080
Directions

 

Art Workshop Summer Camp
Location:        3130 Wasson Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209 (Hyde Park)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               6 to 18
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $175+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy creating masterpieces with drawing, painting, clay and pottery wheel.
513-406-4009
Directions

 

Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Center Dance & Creativity Camp
Location:       8222 Monon Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45216 (Hartwell)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               6 to 10
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $214+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy dancing, arts and crafts projects, and loads of fun!
513-494-6526
Directions

 

Playhouse Theatre Summer Camps
Location:        Playhouse in the Park (Mt Adams) and Mason Community Center (Mason)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               6 to 17
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $200+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Vouchers:        No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy programming influenced by unique, book-based themes, designed to build confidence and strengthen communication skills.
513-345-2242

 

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Summer Camps Ages 7+

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
Vouchers:        No
Hours:             8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy inspiring curiosity and creativity through hands-on, curriculum-aligned learning.
302-660-4750
Directions

 

Tech Summer Camps
Location:        Multiple locations, please check website for details
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:               7 to 13
Dates:              June to August
Cost:                $250+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Vouchers:        No
Hours:            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy learning game design, robotics, coding and more.
1-800-595-3776

 

Ensemble Theatre Junior Summer Camp
Location:         1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Eligibility:       Any child within age requirements
Ages:                7-15
Dates:              July
Cost:                $675/ per 2 weeks
Scholarships: Available but limited
Vouchers:        No
Hours:              9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Unleash your child’s creativity with this fun 2-week camp that focuses on acting fundamentals and promotes self-confidence, communication, and teamwork. Camp culminates in a virtual production of The Super Non-Heroes by Taryn Temple shared with family and friends. Workshops and topics include performance techniques, improv and acting, movement and stage combat, audition skills, and more!
513-421-3555

 

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Summer Camps Ages 8 through 10+

Summer Camps at CCAC
Location:        2728 Short Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219 (Clifton)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:                8 to 15
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $150+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            Vary
Enjoy unleashing creativity with visual arts and music camps.
513-497-2860
Directions

 

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 to July
Cost:                $395+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            Vary
Enjoy theatre camps open to all levels of experience and interests. The 2021 Summer Camp show lineup is Disney Frozen Kids, James & the Giant Peach, and Rock of Ages.
513-813-7990
Directions

 

Cincinnati Ballet Dance Summer Camp
Location:        TBD
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements who passes auditions
Ages:                9 to 18
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $390+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            Vary
Enjoy an entrance into intensive summer training in a fun and nurturing environment for young, aspiring dancers.
513-562-1111

 

Women Writing for a Change Summer Camp
Location:        6906 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236 (Silverton)
Eligibility:      Young women, non-binary, and trans youth of all genders within grade level
Ages:                9 to 18
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $195 – $270
Scholarships: Yes
Vouchers:       No
Hours:            Vary
Our week-long summer camps combine the art of writing and other modes of artistic enrichment to enhance self-esteem and build skills in creative self-expression. Programs are designed to help strengthen participants’ authentic voices and develop their ability to speak out through writing and community-building.
513-272-1171
Directions

 

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: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:             9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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:                $250+/ per week
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:             9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Engage in fun and challenging learning activities across subject areas
Explore The Seven Hills School arts programs, experiential learning, and athletics.
513-728-2454

 

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Summer Camps for junior high/high school-aged students

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:              July
Cost:                $600+/ per 6 days with room and meals
Scholarships: No
Vouchers:       No
Hours:             All Day
Enjoy this residential enrichment program where students will learn through interactive workshops, excursions, and keynote speakers.
513-421-2300
Directions

 

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
Vouchers:       No
Hours:             10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Camp activities are focused on using creative arts as a vehicle for social change, with opportunities to build skills in instrumental music, vocals, songwriting, and visual arts. No experience needed!
girlsrockcincinnati@gmail.com
Directions

 

Ensemble Theatre Technical Theatre Summer Intensive
Location:         1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Eligibility:       Any child within age requirements
Ages:                12-16
Dates:               July
Cost:                $295/ per week
Scholarships: Available but limited
Vouchers:        No
Hours:              9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Enjoy diving into more advanced performance topics including improv, acting, audition technique, character development, script analysis, and more. This summer camp culminates in a showcase performance for family and friends on the final day.
513-421-3555
Directions

 

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
Vouchers:        No
Hours:              9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This one-week intensive explores costumes, props, lighting, sound, set design, and stage management while fostering the skills intrinsic to technical theatre, including ingenuity, resourcefulness, teamwork, and creative problem-solving.
513-421-3555
Directions

 

Ohio River Foundation Student Conservation Leaders Summer Camp
Location:        Nisbet Park (Loveland) and Avoca Trailhead (Plainville)
Eligibility:      Any child within age requirements
Ages:                15 to 18
Dates:              June to July
Cost:                $100+/ per week
Scholarships: Yes
Vouchers:        No
Hours:             9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy fishing, hiking, wading, sampling, observing and engaging in restoration activities in our Ohio River watershed.
513-460-3365

 

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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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  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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