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Choosing the perfect camp for each child in the family

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Listing of Summer Camps

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Andrews Osborne Academy
38588 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby
(440) 942-3600
Andrews Osborne Academy is offering a variety of summer camps for rising 3rd graders through rising 8th graders.  Camp offerings include sports, cooking and woodcrafts, drone science, artistic challenges, music makers, and Spanish language activities.  You can choose the perfect camp for your child!

This coeducational, independent, college preparatory day (pre-kindergarten through 12th) and boarding (7–12) school has a 300-acre campus and is truly a global village with some of the best and brightest students from down the street, across America, and around the world. 

With a student-teacher ratio of just 6 to 1, students are active participants in their education and are prepared for college...and the world! Each year, 100% of their graduates gain acceptance to four-year U.S. colleges and universities.

Students have vast opportunities to explore both in and out of the classroom, discover leadership abilities through the entrepreneurial and public speaking programs, and participate in extracurricular activities, all while excelling academically with a rigorous curriculum.
To learn more about summer camps or the school, call or visit their website.

Animal Camp
Hosted by Rising River Farm
6618 Chagrin River Rd., Chagrin Falls
[email protected]
(440) 463-3146
Animal Camp is a unique farm day camp experience for kids ages 5–13.  Since 2006 they have honed an interactive, self-directed experience for children.

Kids enjoy and learn about farm animals (horses, goats, bunnies, chickens, dogs, and cats), participate in horseback riding, crafts, and an end of week trail ride.

They offer 10 individual (Mon-Fri) sessions, either all day (9 am–4:30 pm), or half day (9 am–12:30 pm).  Campers are welcome to participate in one or multiple sessions.  Kids participating in the all day camp spend the afternoons playing games, crafting, and cooling off in the Chagrin River, which is shallow and located on the property.

They feature “Feed-em-Friday” where kids are permitted to bring carrots to feed the animals. 

All activities are supervised by experienced counselors, many of whom are Animal Camp graduates! (Typical ratio camper to counselor is 4:1)

Horseback riding helmets are provided, closed toe shoes, water bottle, snack or lunch (as appropriate) are required.  Please email Krista with questions.  Like Rising River Farm on Facebook to stay up to date!

Beachwood Recreation

25325 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood
(216) 292-1970
Want a happy camper?  Sign-up for one of the city of Beachwood’s five summer day camps. Conveniently located, extremely economical and filled with art, sports, games, swimming, field trips, plus special themed events.

Enroll now for up to seven weeks. Beachwood Recreation offers a fun-filled camp experience for children ranging from K through grade 8. 
  • KIDZ Camp for K, 1 and 2
  • Bison Camp for grades 3–6
  • Sports Camp for grades 4–8
  • Youth Theatre Camp for grades 2–8
  • Teen Adventure Travel Camp for grades 6–8
Beachwood residents may register now and enjoy early bird savings until March 9.  Starting Sunday, March 11, nonresidents may begin to register.  Before-camp care starts as early as 7 am and after-camp child care concludes at 6:15 pm daily.

Beachwood Recreation also offers over 40 one-week specialty camps – perfect for specific interests and talents.

Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio

7537 Mentor Avenue,  #17, Mentor
(440) 571-5201
At Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio in Mentor they offer Art Camp during the summer, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm, or 9 am to noon, or 1 pm to 4 pm.  You can enroll for five full days or five half days per week.  Children must be between ages of 6–12 (your child must have completed kindergarten and know how to cut with scissors).  Each day/week of camp revolves around a specific theme and medium which they will explore with your child.   Some themes include: Art Around the World, Enchanted Forest, All About You!, and The Masters, just to name a few.

Your child will create one to three pieces of artwork each day using but not limited to the following mediums; clay, pottery, glass fusing, and mosaics pieces.

Camp Whitewood
7983 S. Wiswell Rd., Windsor, OH
(440) 272-5275
[email protected]
For over 75 years, Camp Whitewood has been committed to fostering a safe, fun, engaging, and positive environment for children to learn and grow.  Their goal is to provide the highest quality summer camp experience at an economical price. 

At Camp Whitewood, they believe every child should be given the opportunity to experience the magic of camp.  As an American Camping Association accredited camp, Camp Whitewood is held to highest national standards for camping.  Camp Whitewood is a safe and welcoming place for all children and they constantly strive to be a bully-free zone.  Any child can attend Whitewood, regardless of 4-H membership.

Their day camp is the summer adventure for children ages 6–11. Give your young adventurer the chance to experience everything camp has to offer without spending the night.
Call today to schedule your personal tour or speak with the camp registrar.

Can-Do-It Farm
Summer Horse Camp For Girls
2279 E. Union Road, Jefferson
(440) 858-2244
[email protected]
Horses are the attention of this summer camp for girls ages 8–18 who really love horses.  If your camper wants to ride and learn about horses for an entire week, Can-Do-It Farm is the perfect place.  They are offering six weeks of camp from June 10 through the end of July, and the cost is $1,100 per week.

Established in 1975, this is a private, home-based riding camp where girls are assigned a horse of "their own" for an entire week. Riding lessons 2x per day.  English or Western -- trail riding, riding lessons, dressage, training sessions, beginner lessons all the way to jumping lessons and a special Hunter Pace week at the end of the summer.  Beginners through advanced riders are welcome. 

New this season, campers can bring their own horse at no extra cost if they’d like.  Only 10 campers each week.  Ride horses, meet friends who love horses as much as your camper, and make memories that will last forever! 

For information call 440-858-2244 or email [email protected]

Cleveland City Dance

Home of City Ballet of Cleveland
13108 Shaker Square, Cleveland
(216) 295-2222
Nurture your passion and talent with inspiring classes for children and adults.  Experience the joy of dance and building friendships while also developing confidence, mastery of skills, poise, self-esteem, and social skills.  Guaranteed individual attention in small classes with patient, energetic and experienced teachers. Opportunities include visits to museums, guest lectures and performances!

Register early for a magical and exciting summer!  Three-week session begins June 11 and five-week session begins July 9.
  • Magical Princess/Prince Camps for ages 3 to 8.
  • Nutcracker Workshop prepares dancers for City Ballet of Cleveland’s Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker.
  • Camps for ages 8–21 mastering technique with friends in ballet, pointe work, jazz, modern, conditioning, choreography and classical variations, dance history, career talks and more.
Placement class available for experienced dancers ages 10 and older. 

Creative Learning Child Care Center

36100 Portage Drive, Eastlake
(440) 954-9548
Register your child for summer camp up to 12 years old!

Creative Learning Childcare Center is busy planning an active summer camp full of fun outdoor activities, excursions, and discoveries.  Their themed-based programming will include art, drama, science experiments, reading fun, games and much more!  Some of the themes include travel, dinosaurs, water fun, space and carnival!

They are situated on a two-acre property with special, customized playgrounds for every age group. Each day children are provided a balance of active and quiet activities along with a hot, nutritious lunch and two healthy snacks.  Children from many schools in the area attend their camp.  Your child will likely know a friend in their program, but will also meet some new friends, too!

Creative Learning Center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am until 6:30 pm.

Creative Playrooms Montessori & Child Care Centers

Solon: (440) 248-3100
Independence: (216) 524-8008
Maple Heights: (216) 475-6464
Parma: (216) 898-9520
Strongsville: (440) 572-9365
Westlake: (440) 835-5858
The summer camp program at the six Creative Playrooms Montessori and Child Care Centers lets children grow physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically.  A full-day program that offers a comprehensive curriculum for ages 4–11, the Creative Playrooms summer camp calendar runs from the start of summer vacation in June and ends when school commences in August.  Children will take part in activities including computer, cooking, art, music, science, sports, crafts, swimming in onsite pools, and field trips such as the zoo, laser tag, and museums to name a few.

Their cooks prepare breakfast, lunch and snacks every day (Monday–Friday).  On the days away from the center, they will have cookouts and picnics at area parks.  Creative Playrooms is a local, family-owned and operated business for over 50 years.  In addition to their summer camp program, they offer daily care for younger children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old.  Call now to reserve your spot.

Cuyahoga Community College
(216) 987-3075 (option 1)
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Summer Camps are designed for children ages 4–18.

Camps run June 4–August 3, 2018 and range in cost from free to $500.
Whether your child is a young performer or a budding engineer, Tri-C Summer Camps will help them grow and realize their full potential. Experience basketball, engineering, film, fitness, leadership, performing arts, music or technology.

There are more than 30 camps to choose from in Brunswick, Cleveland, Highland Hills, Parma, Warrensville Hts. and Westlake.

En Pointe Danse
516 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls
(440) 247-5747
En Pointe Danse will be offering summer sessions and dance camps from June 18–August 11.
Classes will be offered in ballet, tap, creative movement, and modern dance for ages 3 through adult.

Princess Camp for ages 3–7 include creative movement, pre-ballet and tap age appropriate activities based on various ballet princesses. Students will create their own costumes and scrapbook for the week. Dancers will present an informal showing at the end of each session.
Classes for ages 8–18 will include ballet, modern/jazz, pre-pointe, variations, strengthening and core work.

Adult tap and ballet classes will also be offered.  Two-week session June 18–29 and five-week session July 9–August 11.

Falcon Camp
Carrollton, OH
(800) 837-CAMP
Recognized throughout the midwest as Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959, Falcon Camp has been chosen as a “Top Ten Camp in USA” and selected as the “Coolest Camp in Ohio.” 

Falcon offers a beautiful lakefront setting, talented staff and wide variety of activities.  Boys and girls ages 6–16 choose their own schedule within a general framework and daily activities are separate with planned coed events.  Horseback riding, sailing, swimming, riflery, crafts, tennis, drama, archery and much more.

Falcon has a strong reputation for making sure a camper’s first overnight experience is very positive.  The noncompetitive environment is inviting to new campers while their awards system challenges more experienced campers.  The 1:4 staff/camper ratio allows individual instruction and attention.  Most of all it’s great fun!

Falcon has a special intro program for campers ages 6–10.  ACA accredited, many references available.  Falcon is an outstanding opportunity for fun and learning.

Fine Arts Association Summer Camps
38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby
(440) 951-7500
The Fine Arts Association has camps for everyone who loves the arts!  There are camps for the littlest campers at age 3 through high school grads.  Camps range from one week to six weeks long, both full- and half-day. 

Offerings include theatre, visual arts, multi-arts and dance camps for all ability levels.  New this summer is the Mark Wood Rock Camp for string players and singers and yoga as a performing art.  If your camper needs to arrive early or stay late, Fine Arts offers before- and after- camp care, included in the price for several camps.  Check out all of FAA’s summer camps, classes and workshops!  Call to receive a camp brochure or summer class catalog with complete offerings in music, visual art, theatre, dance and music and art therapies.

FIT Camp
Summer Social Skills Therapy
(Friendship In Teams)
Located at Ratner School in Pepper Pike
(216) 292-7370
FIT Camp is a fun, dynamic social skills camp designed for children ages 3–18 with mild deficits in social or communication functioning.  Campers may be on the autism spectrum, have ADHD, or be undiagnosed.  FIT Camp includes peer role models in every group.  FIT Camp is a highly structured, schedule-driven program that offers 30 hours a week of social skills therapy.  There are high staff-to-student ratios, which give campers a great deal of attention from many highly trained professionals.

Small groups of campers rotate through the activities, which are well planned and presented, with considerable attention to transitions and scheduling.  IEP goals are targeted.  Formal social skills lessons are incorporated into hands-on learning experiences.

Camp dates are July 9–13, July 16–July 20 and July 23–27, 9 am–3 pm daily with before- and after-care available.  Campers can attend one, two or all three weeks.

Geauga Park District Summer Camps
(440) 286-9516
Info coming soon!
“Camp is exceptional.”  “It was fabulous.”  “Counselors were great.” “Rated over 9,000.”
Geauga Park District’s 6th annual summer camps include everything from biking and kayaking to fishing and sending rockets high into the sky.  Plus, this year’s adventures expand to the new Claridon Woodlands, serving as a base camp for all biking days and the older campers’ high ropes challenge!

Camps come in weeklong forms for youth entering grades 5 through 7 the weeks of June 25, July 9, July 16, July 30 and August 6; Junior Naturalist Camp also takes place the week of June 11.

Weeklong experiences for teens entering grades 8 through 10 are the weeks of June 18 and July 23. Single-day X-Treme Adventures for the older kids will also be held July 2 and 5 (kayaks) and July 3 and 6 (high ropes).

Phone-in registration begins March 20 at (440) 286-9516.  Check for fees and details.

Great Summer Science Day Camps
Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland
(216) 621-2400
Help your kids ‘stay curious’ over the summer with engaging, hands-on fun at Great Summer Science Day Camps!  The Science Center offers more than 120 camp sessions with a variety of themes at three different locations.  Camps begin June 5 at Great Lakes Science Center, June 12 at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, and June 19 in Westlake. 

Science Day Camp offers amazing new challenges and unforgettable adventures for kids in pre-K through high school.  Kids make new friends and memories while they build skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  The camps are accredited by the American Camp Association so you can be assured that your camper will enjoy a safe, quality experience with camp instructors who are science professionals, teachers and college students with documented experience working with children.

Register by March 8 and receive an early bird discount.  Discounts are also available for multi-week registration and siblings.

Camps sell out quickly, so register soon.  For more information and to register call 216-621-2400 or visit

Hawken Summer Programs

In Gates Mills and Lyndhurst
(440) 423-2940
Hawken Day Camps provide a variety of exciting activities led by experienced professionals.  Campers spend their summers learning new skills and building friendships, all in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment.  Camp offerings include Hawklings (ages 4–5), Boys or Girls Day Camps (prekindergarten – grade 5), Boys Sports Camp (grades 4–8), and Girls Lifetime Adventure Camp (grades 4–8).

Passport Camps offer week-long, full- and half-day opportunities to learn, create, and explore.  Camp topics include science, the arts, world language, leadership, culinary, Legos, technology, and mythology.

Hawken Travel Camps offer campers ages 10–14 the opportunity to take week-long trips around the country, visiting exciting locations.

Hawken Athletics Camps offer skill-driven instruction in a variety of sports and provide young athletes the opportunity to hone their skills, improve team play, and learn from the best.

Hawken Summer Studies Program, open to public and private school students, is a six-week program of credit and enrichment for students entering grades 6–12.

Hershey Montessori School
Concord Campus • 10229 Prouty Road
Huntsburg Campus • 11530 Madison Road
(440) 357-0918
Hershey Montessori School is offering the following full and half day summer camps:
  • For children ages 3–6 years: four, two-week sessions, beginning June 11.
  • For elementary children ages 6–12 years: two, two-week sessions, beginning June 11.
Morning and after-care are also available.

Hershey is accepting applications at this time.  You may contact the school at (440) 357-0918 or email [email protected] for additional information and an application.

Horizon Child Development Center

1050 E. 200th Street, Euclid
(216) 481-3830
2285 Columbus Road, Cleveland
(216) 344-3000

Horizon Child Development Center offers a quality learning environment for children ages 6 weeks to age 13.  Academically, their center provides developmentally age-appropriate experiences for infants through school-age children. 

Their curriculum is research based and Step Up To Quality approved.  Each classroom includes qualified teachers that are knowledgeable and facilitate a learning environment. 

The Horizon CDC summer program stimulates enthusiasm through a variety of educational programs, piano lessons, and field trips that inspire learners.

In addition, the center provides nutritional meals which include breakfast, two snacks and a hot lunch for all students.  The center also provides infants formula and stage I and stage II infant food. Part- and full-time enrollments are available, and the center is now accepting vouchers.  Registration is free.  Open Monday thru Friday, 6 am to 6:45 pm.

Horizon Child Development Center
8303 Tyler Boulevard, Mentor
(440) 205-8420
1050 E 200th Street, Euclid
(216) 481-3830
This summer will be busy at Horizon Child Development Center in Mentor. The schoolagers and preschoolers will be offered piano lessons, yoga, karate, and S.T.E.M.- based activities such as robotics.  Children will also participate in sports camps and field trips to the Mentor Civic Center, Great Lakes Science Center and other fun places.

Horizon CDC features free preschool for qualifying 3- and 4-year-olds.  This program is offered from 9–11:30 am Monday through Friday following Mentor Public School’s calendar, and is available through a grant from the Ohio Department of Education. Horizon is the only center in Lake County Qualified for this service.

Academically the center provides age-appropriate programming for infants through school-age kids.  The curriculum is based on Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program and each classroom includes experienced teachers who are encouraged to add their own special touches to the Learning Program.

Tuition includes, breakfast, two snacks and a hot lunch for all students.  They even provide formula and jar food for the infants.  Part-time or full-time enrollment is available, and vouchers are accepted. 

Insight Learning & Wellness Center, LLC
Michelle Martin, Ed.S.
25901 Emery Rd. Ste. 112, Warrensville Heights
(216) 765-4470
Zen & the Arts Camp For “All” Kids Including ADHD, ASD, LD
Get the most for your child – Physical & Mental Strength – non-competitive, with a main focus of building friendships, confidence and self-control. 

Directed and instructed by Michelle Martin, ED.S., school psychologist.  Dates:  July 30–August 10, 2018 (Monday–Friday). Ages: 6–12

Zen Arts Camp will help your child build resilience with yoga, mindfulness, energy psychology, nature, art and also healthy habits for eating and thinking.  Small class size, behavior modification built in, social skills curriculum, special teaching methods to improve feelings of success.  Campers learn Tae Kwon Do for solid strength and achieve more “Zen” with research-backed methods such as “tapping” acupressure points and specific breathing techniques.  

Added bonus!  Campers also have anti-bullying lessons, visual arts lessons and a wildly popular “River Nature Day.”  Daily themes such as "friendship," "leadership," "gratitude" and "honesty" are woven into camp lessons to help children learn concentration, problem-solving skills improving their school performance.

Jump Start! Gymnastics
23700 Mercantile Rd., Beachwood
(216) 896-0295
The USA Gymnastic Team paved the road to Rio, now get ready to tumble to Tokyo in 2020!  Gymnastic Camp at Jump Start!

Gymnastics is a great way to explore and experience gymnastics for the first time, learn new skills, or build a solid competitive base for next season.  They coach and teach all levels of new, experienced, or competitive gymnastics.  Their philosophy is that gymnastics can be for everyone, is a base for physical fitness health, and great athletics no matter your sport of choice. 

Take advantage of the registration special:  Campers enrolled March 15 through March 17 receive $25 off each paid camp registration.

Lake County History Center
415 Riverside Drive, Painesville Twp.
(440) 639-2945
Camp directors - bring your campers to visit the Lake County History Center.  Parents - request that your child’s camp plan a visit! 

What better way to explore summer than with crafts, games, and music?  The History Center can custom design an adventure for your camper that will introduce them to the childhood of yesterday so they can see what it was like to be a child during the pioneer days. 
Summer is the time to learn some of the games of the past.  Children will play various lawn and table games of long ago.  Games will vary, but may include croquet, bocce ball, graces, jacks, tag, and sack races.  Have a picnic lunch on the 8-acre site.  Let kids see what it was like to be “unplugged” as they spend a day filled with laughter while making memories.

Lake Metroparks Summer Day Camps
(440) 358-7275
Join Lake Metroparks for another fun-filled and adventure-packed summer camp season!  Whether your child is 4 or 15, they have a summer day camp experience for them!  A week in the woods, at the beach or on the farm is a great way for kids to explore the natural world. It is proven that being outdoors and experiencing nature is beneficial to our health.  Children who have direct access to nature are better learners, have increased attention spans and have lower stress levels.

At new camps offered this summer, campers can discover new skills in archery, to build campfires, create shelters and provide plenty of opportunities to be outside and active. They can also explore nature, experiment with science projects and discover what it takes to rehabilitate wildlife.

Lake Metroparks offers extended care for many of its camp offerings. Sign up for a camp today and let Lake Metroparks help your children have fun in the parks this summer!

Laurel School
Lyman Campus: One Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights
Butler Campus: 7420 Fairmount Road, Russell Twp.
(216) 455-0154
Laurel’s summer offerings include opportunities for girls and boys in preschool through grade 12, including art, science, theatre, academic courses, sports and adventure programs.  In addition, Laurel has partnered with the Cleveland Museum of Art, Heights Youth Theatre and Great Lakes Science Center to take advantage of the expertise these organizations have in delivering high-quality programs for campers.

Flexible one-week sessions with half- or full-day options, shuttle service between campuses, lunch, plus before- and after-camp care, make this an ideal camp for parents and campers alike.

Laurel’s Lyman Campus is conveniently located in Shaker Heights.  The beautiful 140-acre Butler Campus is situated in Russell Township featuring a 1,600-square-foot magic tree house, state-of-the-art fitness center, a Project Adventure High Ropes Course, spectacular fields, tennis courts, creeks and trails for exploring. 

Register online at  Questions? Contact the Summer at Laurel office: [email protected] or (216) 455-0154.

Lawrence School Summer Programs
Broadview Heights & Sagamore Hills
(440) 526-0717
Get ready to learn, explore and play this summer at Lawrence School!  Their carefully constructed programs are designed for students of all grade levels and offer children the opportunity to have fun, make friends, sharpen skills, get active and dive deeper into their interests.

Worried about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee program? Lawrence Lower School programs were created to help students in grades K–6 develop strong foundational skills for future academic success, gain valuable organizational competence, learn new strategies that can be carried over into the new school year, and have fun!  All three camps – Alphabet Adventures (emergent literacy), Lions Leap (academic enrichment) and Cubs Camp (day camp) – are held over a four-week period from June 11 to July 6.

The Little Gym of Shaker Heights
20707 Chagrin Blvd.
(216) 752-9049
“This week we are going to be secret agents and our code name is "Gym’s Bond!"  Are you ready to complete your secret mission?”  

The Little Gym offers a summer full of fun and excitement with a variety of themes including Slumber Party, Animal Adventures and Secret Agent “Gyms Bond.”  Their specially developed curriculum combines physical fitness, imagination and creativity giving your child the opportunity to learn and grow all while having serious fun!

Half-day and full-day camps are available for kids ages 3 to 9 years old.  They offer flexibility to match your schedule that is difficult to find anywhere else.  Choose the days and weeks that fit your needs. Camps run Monday through Friday. Sign your children up for one day, multiple days, several weeks or the whole summer!

Lost Nation Sports Park
38630 Jet Center Drive, Willoughby
(440) 602-4000
Mike Moran Basketball Camps
With 30+ years of coaching andcamp experience, Mike Moran (former head basketball coach at John Carroll) and his staff of high school and college coaches run a top-notch weeklong basketball camp for boys and girls ages 6–14 years old.  There are two (2) one-week sessions: June 18–22 & June 25–29.  Weekly tuition is $175.  Program hours are M–F from 9:00 am–3:15 pm.  Call Mike Moran at (440) 338-8092 or LNSP at (440) 602-4000, ext. 225 for details.

Cleveland Soccer Academy Summer Camps
July 2–5 hosted by English Club Queens Park Rangers from London, England July 31-August 4 by United States Men’s National U18 head coach Omid Namazi.  All camps directed by Ali Kazemaini.  For more info call Coach Kaz at (440) 221-0810 or visit online at

Luv, Learn-n-Laughter Child Development Center
2603 Riverside Drive, Painesville
(corner of Vrooman & Rt. 84)
(440) 354-9515
Luv, Learn-n-Laughter is now enrolling children ages 6 to 12 for their 2018 summer program.  They have degreed teachers in all classrooms and provide breakfast, lunch and snacks.

They offer a fun variety of inside activities such as computers, skee ball, arts & crafts, ceramics, science and cooking projects.  Outside activities include spectacular playgrounds, scavenger hunts, summer Olympics, and a carnival.  Every week your child will experience fun field trips such as bowling, miniature golf, skating, etc.

They also have weekly special incoming events with bounce houses, magician, karaoke, and much more. They are also enrolling for their infant, toddler, and preschool summer programs.  Call today to enroll your child for a summer experience that they will never forget!

Math Monkey
26801 Miles Road, Cleveland
(440) 914-0060
Summer is for monkeying around and summertime at Math Monkey is always a great adventure.  Math Monkey invites your child to spend summer learning while they are having fun.  Summer classes include:

Propel Math Enrichment classes – Level appropriate math learning one afternoon per week for 10 weeks.

Tech camps  - Introductory programming classes from Java and C# for Minecraft to Hour of Code and Lego Robotics.  STEM adventures to challenge young minds.  Mornings or afternoons for a week at a time.

Late summer STEAM and Back-to-School weeks are to prep kids for the coming school year, half days for a week each. See class descriptions and schedules at  

Mentor Recreation Department

(440) 974-5720
Register online!
The City of Mentor Recreation Department is a leader in providing fun, safe, local, and affordable summer camps for children to learn, grow and play.  With more than 100 summer day camps offered, kids can participate in traditional day camps, sports camps and discovery camps.

New skills are developed through sports camps such as flag football, gymnastics, hockey, soccer, basketball, track & field and volleyball and allow kids to get comfortable, learn the rules and try something new.

Discovery Camps allow children to explore the world through innovative camps such as Nature Craft 1.6, X-treme Science Challenge Camp, and Grandparent & Me Camp for kids and their grandparents.

Traditional day camps such as Civic Center Day Camp, Operation Outrageous Fun, Garfield Play Camp and Kid Quest Camp are available for young people ages 4 through 14.

Mentor Safety Town

Held at Memorial Junior High
Hopkins Road in Mentor
Safety Town is an awareness program to teach young children safety while providing parents with peace of mind.  The program includes classes on fire safety, stranger danger, drugs and an outside mini town with instructions on pedestrian/traffic/bike rules.  Registration is open to children ages 4, 5 and 6 years old.

The program is presented by the Junior Women’s Club of Mentor in partnership with the Mentor Fire and Police Departments along with the Mentor Public Library and The Mentor School System.

This successful program in safety and education for Lake County children is directed and taught by caring and experienced local state board teachers.

Safety Town is offered for two weeks in the summer and each session is five days in either the morning or afternoon.  An evening class will be added this summer.

Forms are available at the Mentor Public Library or download the form at  Send your questions to: [email protected]

Mike Moran Basketball Camps
Held at Lost Nation Sports Park and John Carroll University
(440) 338-8092
The Mike Moran Basketball Camps is the oldest running basketball camp in northern Ohio.  This is the 40th year of operation.  It has always boasted about having the most experienced staff of coaches.  All the instructors are successful college and high school head coaches.

Because it is always well-attended, participants will be working with other players of their same age group and ability level.   The Mike Moran Camps has always stressed the teaching and drilling of fundamentals.  It is truly a camp designed for young players who want to improve their skills and be able to play competitive basketball.  

The camp runs all day, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am until 3:15 pm.  Over the years it has been acclaimed by many newspapers and organizations as the top basketball camp in the area!  

Because of their popularity, Mike Moran Camps fill up quickly.  Take advantage of the early registration discount and secure your sons or daughters a spot this summer!  Call (440) 338-8092, for a free brochure!

The Music Settlement

11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland
(216) 421-5806 x100
The Music Settlement at University Circle offers unique and inspiring camps for ages 3 to adult in June, July, and August.

Camps for kids: Preschool camps (ages 3–6), Music Safari (ages 4–10), and Camp Create (ages 6–12).

Music camps for tween & teen singers & instrumentalists: Piano, Rock & Popular Music, Broadway Basics, Orchestra, Chamber, North Coast Winds, & Jazz.

New: two-day Cello Boot Camp for teens and adults.
Inclusion opportunities are available for campers with disabilities.

SAVE 10% on camp: Enroll online before April 1 and save on camp enrollments.  

Also this summer: Arts for the Young, Suzuki Camp & Intro to Suzuki, summer private lessons, and music therapy.  Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify. Sort summer classes by age & enroll online at

Noreen Londregan School of Dance

750 Beta Drive, Mayfield Village
(440) 449-0240
Noreen Londregan School of Dance  has been educating children in the art of dance for 60 years.  Children and adults are invited to enroll in a six-week dance program in all phases of the performing arts.  The session begins Monday, June 18.  Competition classes are also available for children with dance experience who look forward to more stage performances.

Noreen and her daughter, Colleen, have introduced thousands of children to the world of dance.  Special attention is given to preschool and school-age children to be sure they are taught correct dance techniques and terminology.  Children's classes  must be taught with enjoyment and encouragement.  Their progressive program begins with the preschool level to the pre-professional level.

All teachers are certified by exam through the National Organization of Dance Masters of America.  Noreen is also a member of the Cecchetti Council of America, an organization dedicated to maintaining the standards and techniques of ballet training.

Colleen and Noreen are excited about their Gala Recital performance to be held at Cleveland Heights High School on June 15 & 16.  Call or visit website to register.

Orange Community Education & Recreation Summer of Fun!
32000 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike
(216) 831-8601
Contact: Youth Department (216) 831-8601 ext. 5101

Excitement is in the air this summer as Orange Community Education & Recreation presents a summer of fun featuring a wide variety of day camps, enrichment camps, art camps, theater camps and sports camps for campers from preschoolers to teens.  All camps are close to home on the Orange Schools campus, which features a kid-friendly outdoor leisure pool with a slide and waterfalls, groomed sports fields, playgrounds and hiking trails.

Registration for summer camps continues up to one week prior to the camp start date or until filled.  Register online at, or visit the Pepper Pike Learning Center on the Orange Schools campus, 32000 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike.  A payment plan for all is available for camps priced $99 or more.

A complete listing of summer camps and spring and summer classes is available online.

Painesville Recreation Summer Camp
(440) 392-5912
Come explore Lake County!  For over 25 years, Painesville Recreation Summer Camp has offered unique and exciting camp activities that allow campers to have fun, learn, and grow.

Each week they will take adventures to local parks and on every Friday, campers have the opportunity to attend field trips to fun and exciting places like The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Fun N Stuff, Pioneer Waterland, and other area attractions!  Their campers will be able to enjoy activities including gym time, board game time, field games, swimming, nature exploration, disc golf, small and large group games, playground time, elective activities, and so much more!

Visit their website for complete camp details or call 440-392-5912 to register.  Resident rates are $110/ per week. Nonresident rates are $120/per week.  Camp times are from
8 am–4 pm.  They offer AM care and PM care if needed as well.

Rabbit Run Community Arts Association
49 Park St., Madison
(440) 428-5913
Kids of all ages can discover hidden talents all summer long in fine arts camps available at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association in Madison.  

Youth Art Camp runs for one or two weeks in June and July.  Campers, ages 7 to 16, get elbow deep in paint, clay and other mediums as they create original works of art.  

Pop Star Camp, June 11 through June 15,  gets youth ages 5 through 10 up and moving as they learn to sing and dance like their favorite pop star.  

For theater buffs, three theater camps are offered the last two weeks of July for ages 4 through 15.  Explorer’s Camp is for those new to theater; Junior Camp is for the younger child ages four through eight, and the Master Class Camp is for those with some theater experience.

Call or visit their website for more information.

Rainbow Connection Learning Center
6312 Center Street, Mentor
(440) 255-7655
For over 30 years, Rainbow Connection Learning Centers have been providing comprehensive childcare for children aged 6 weeks to 11 years.

The school-age summer camp program is a full-time activity-based program for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade.  Each day the students begin with a field trip to many different locations such as parks, museums, sporting venues and more.  

Most afternoons are spent at one of the Mentor pools. The first two weeks of the program include swimming lessons at Civic Center Pool. There is a one-time activity fee of $250 which includes the cost for all field trips throughout the summer. A Mentor pool pass must also be purchased.

Registration begins on April 1, 2018 and spaces are limited.  Please call for more information or stop in to see a schedule.

Red Oak Camp
9057 Kirtland Chardon Rd., Kirtland
(440) 256-0716
Ropes course and climbing.  Horseback riding and swimming. Canoeing and fishing.  Science and nature.  Whatever your camper's passion, you will find it at Chincapin and Red Barn day camps, and at the Red Oak overnight program!  

For 71 years, they’ve provided the perfect summer place for kids to unwind and connect to nature.  They have all of the traditional camp activities like archery, hiking, arts and crafts, and sports too, plus opportunities for campfires and overnights. New to their program this year, they’ve added a guided tree-climbing activity for the campers.

At Red Oak, they have activities that excite, delight, and inspire! Camp sessions begin June 11 for children ages 6 through 15.  

They are located on 87 beautiful acres in Kirtland, a stone’s throw from Cleveland.  With transportation offered from Pepper Pike, Red Oak Camp is the perfect choice for your campers this summer.  ACA accredited.

Ruffing Montessori School Summer Ruffing It
3380 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
(216) 321-7571
Summer Ruffing It (SRI) offers dynamic camps for children ages 18 months–15 years old.  Earth-friendly activities take place in a L.E.E.D building with gardens, playgrounds and the adjacent Shaker Lakes.  They are small, professionally staffed, well designed and operated.

Little Explorers: ages 18 months–3 years for Ruffing enrolled students only.

A Summer To Grow On: ages 3–6 features indoor games, cooking, art and playground activities.

Creative Arts & Sciences: grades 1–5 offers choice in S.T.E.A.M. activities from which students create personalized schedules.

Campamento Mundo Hispano: grades 1–6 is a Spanish immersion camp where students speak Spanish and enjoy summertime fun. Learn games, songs and traditional dances; cook and eat dishes; play soccer.

Extreme! SRI!: grades 7–8 features field trips extend music, art, science, and outdoor skills into Cleveland’s wealth of cultural sites, including camping under the stars.

Summer Wind Stables
11770 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland
(440) 729-1849
Summer Wind Stables offers a coed day camp with horseback riding and swimming from June 4 to August 17.  The instructors are their full-time teachers who have been with them for years.  They have two–three groups each week divided by ability level.  The advanced group can jump proficiently, and may have show experience.  They also have beginner groups that have never ridden before.  SWS has 15 school horses for a wide variety of ability levels.  Campers ride twice each day for an hour or more each time.  They also have a hands-on ground lesson.  

Each camper has their own horse for the week, and learns total care of that horse.  Parents are invited to join them each Friday for a performance.  Campers and regular students will also receive a discount in the onsite tack shop.  They also have year-round lessons, horse training, boarding and leasing of their horses, so you can stay all year if you like.

University School
Kindergarten to Grade 8
20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights
(216) 321-8260
Grades 9 to 12
2785 SOM Center Rd., Hunting Valley
(216) 831-2200 
University School Summer of Adventure (June 11–July 27) offers more than 80 boys and coed camps and courses, including 22 new enrichment and sports camps and academic courses such as Virtual Reality, Quarterback Clinic, Superheroes in Literature and Film, plus many camps in their brand-new maker space, STEAMworks.

Camps are led by experienced US faculty and coaches.  Day camps and sports camps teach skills, foster sportsmanship, build confidence and create friendships.

US offers more than 20 enrichment camps, where kids can explore rocketry and space, outdoor adventure, engineering and design, music and song writing, theater and studio art, entrepreneurship and debate. Preschool boys can enjoy an exciting one- to three-week day camp designed to engage 4-year-olds in a creative and stimulating environment.
Visit website for descriptions, dates and times. Extended day options are available.

Valley Art Center
155 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls
(440) 247-7507
Summer fun at Valley Art Center, June 18–August 10, ages 4–16.  Explore fundamental art experiences including drawing, painting, pottery and traditional camp crafts.

World Arts, Music, and Culture is a multimedia camp for ages 6–8. Participate in different cultural traditions each day.  

Kids 10 and older can learn printmaking using natural objects with ink and paper in Monoprinting Our Environment with Deb Pinter.

Trashion Jewelry, co-taught by Kim Mettee and Kate Oulton, is an opportunity for youth 11 years and older to upcycle trash into fantastic original adornments, wearable art, and concept pieces.

Pottery All About with Brigitte Fiorille combines handbuilding and wheel throwing into fun ceramics classes for two age groups from 8–15.

West Geauga Recreation Council Summer Day Camp
Located adjacent to the West Geauga Middle School, Chesterland)
[email protected]
Days of fun with old and new friends are what await you at WGRC camp.  There is so much to do!  Take advantage of their day rate and let the kids get a feel for what camp is about. Be prepared, they will want to come back.

WGRC Day Camp is for children entering kindergarten through 8th grade.  The campground is on 15 wooded acres with a covered pavilion, heated swimming pool, volleyball court, soccer field, basketball courts, arts and crafts pavilion, and playgrounds. 

Daily activities include arts and crafts, sports, hiking, swimming (under supervision of licensed lifeguards), special guests, and entertainment.  The camp is registered with the Ohio Department of Human Services and maintains a 6-10:1 ratio of children to counselors.

The camp operates from June 11 through August 17 from 9 am–3 pm. Before- and after-care are available. 

WGRC also offers Learn to Swim for all ages, year-round soccer, wrestling, and basketball!

Lake County YMCA
(440) 354-5656
At the Y, they value the unique personalities and potential of every child and teen.  Summer camp creates an environment where kids are encouraged to explore and discover new things, cultivate friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.

The Lake County Y Central, East End, West End, Perry Child Care and Outdoor Y offer a variety of summer day camp and adventure camp experiences for preschoolers and children ages 4–14.   Through hands-on experiences, children gain self-reliance, a love of nature and develop attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of camp songs, crafts, swimming, sports, talent shows and meaningful friendships.

Overnight camp allows teens to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  New specialty sports camps, led by former professional athletes, expose kids to new athletic challenges and develops their skills.  Join the Y for an exciting summer experience.

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