This year my parents are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary; a miracle in today’s society. Usually, they have a big party but this year they have decided to go on an Alaskan cruise (did I mention I’m a little jealous?). I’m so happy that they get to have this grand adventure to celebrate their milestone. But… it does leave me with a huge problem: What am I going to do with Jack a whole week this summer? After attending all day school for a year I’ve decided he is finally old enough to go to summer camp. After doing a lot of research, I realized my life would be so much easier if someone had made a list of all the camps with a link that I could just click on, so I made one!
Adventure awaits for you little at YMCA camp. This has a special place in my heart because I always went to a Y camp and even to Camp Piomingo when I was older. The Y serves all ages from 5-teen, has the most locations and best variety, and you can get a discount for being a member. “Summer is the time for great adventures! At the Y, our campers will go on exciting field trips, play games, stay active and discover a sense of accomplishment and belonging. One week or the whole summer, kids will have fun, build confidence and make friends in a safe and enriching environment.”
The Zoo hosts camps for kids aged pre k to sixth grade. If you have an animal lover, this is the place. Each week has a different animal theme and adventure, and the children will have a close encounter with an animal each day. I’d be down with everything but the bugs.
At the Parklands camp, “Kids ages 5-12 learn by exploring at our full week, discovery-based summer camps. Using The Parklands Outdoor Classroom, campers dig into the areas of biology, gardening, insects, art and beginner paddling!” Sounds like a super amazing time for kids to explore the great outdoors, and get a little messy.
Camp Hi Ho
If your child is more of a free spirit, this is the place. “It’s true, campers are not told which activities to participate in, or for how long. If your camper loves fishing and swimming, why force her to do arts & crafts? Yes, we do encourage all campers to give everything a try because it’s all fun, safe, and healthy; but we don’t force them to participate in activities they have no interest in.” I don’t think Jack would do well here at his age, but it would definitely be fun for older kids.
Maybe your’s is more of the indoor type? Don’t worry, there is a place for them, too. “Give kids the gift of learning through play! At Snapology of Louisville, children will be guided through hands on activities using things they already love: LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology. Ideal for children ages 1-14, kids will have so much fun in our classes, camps and parties that they don’t even realize they’re learning!”
If you want your little to continue learning during summer, check out STEAMPunk camp. “Campers not only learn important STEM skills, but also make really cool stuff. Classes include: maker projects and circuitry, video game design, stop motion animation, robotics, film, coding and more!”
All About Kids
When Jack was little I used to take him here all the time to their open gym. Its a great place for kids to tumble, bounce and just run around, and they have a great camp, too! “At All About Kids, camps are high-energy, all-day fun that’s far from ordinary. Don’t worry about your kids sitting around and watching TV all summer – here they’ll interact with other children, play games, learn skills and enjoy different camp themes each week. Our caring staff will nurture your child through days and weeks of camp fun! Each day features swimming (ages 6 and up), Open Gym, instructed classes with our staff, arts and crafts and more!”
Hwang’s Martial Arts
“Do you have your own little kung-fu panda? The Hwang’s Martial Arts All Day Summer Camp is an enriching solution to your summer needs. They will be immersed in exciting activities that teach respect and self-discipline. It’s not just another sports camp – it is a holistic approach to self-improvement. Your child will be challenged physically & mentally in fun and unique ways. Learn from the best this summer at the home of Olympic Medalist, Grandmaster Jung Oh Hwang.”
I have to be honest: Some of this research I didn’t do myself, instead I copy and pasted. Since I’ve never sent Jack to summer camp before I don’t have experience with most of these. But all of these camp sound amazing and I know your littles will be happy at anyone of them! I hope this is helpful to those of you still looking for a camp. Leave a comment if your kids have been here before and let us know what they are like.