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Today's Family Magazine 2019 Summer Camp Guide

Feb 17, 2019 05:48PM
How to choose a summer camp your kids will love and youll approve

How to choose a summer camp your kids will love and you'll approve

Whether you're looking for enrichment for your child or a way to keep your child occupied and supervised while you work, there's a summer camp out there that's just right for every family. Read More » 

What type of camp will your child like

What type of camp will your child like?

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9 benefits of sending teens to camp

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2019 Listing of Summer Camps

Be sure to tell them you learned about them in Today's Family!

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 Runner's World, Tennis Camp, Music Makers, NE Ohio Adventure Week, The Drone Age, 3D Odyssey, Gym Class Heroes, Bakers & Makers, and E-Sports Camp.  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 Road, Chagrin Falls
(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! (Camper to counselor ratio 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!

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 5–12 (your child must have completed kindergarten and know how to cut with scissors).  Each week of camp revolves around a specific theme and different mediums are explored each day of the week.   Themes include: Deep Space Sparkle, Fiesta!, Summer Sweet Treats, and Animal Planet, 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 piece

Camp Ho Mita Koda
14040 Auburn Road, Newbury
(440) 739-4095
Camp Ho Mita Koda is a coed summer camp for kids and teens with Type 1 diabetes.  Located in Newbury, their overnight and day camp programs welcome boys and girls in grades K–11 for one-week sessions. Founded in 1929, Camp Ho Mita Koda is the very first and oldest operating summer camp in the country for kids with T1D!

Camp Ho Mita Koda’s strong camp community, diabetes management curricula and traditions allow each camper the opportunity to gain independence within a healthy, active program.  Each day offers a variety of programs supporting skills development and decision-making that builds self-confidence.

Surrounded by friends and a world class staff, every camper learns to ‘stretch’…spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Self-assured in these new skills, campers come away with a strong foundation for living their best life, increased capabilities and newfound independence in managing their own personal T1D journey.

Camp Whitewood
7983 S. Wiswell Road, 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
Horses are the reason that so many young ladies attend the Can-Do-It Farm Summer Horse camps which begin on June 16th, with Advanced week, and continue for 6 weeks.  Jumping week, Fun and Games week, New Skills week, Cross Country riding week, and Show week. If your camper wants to ride and learn about horses for an entire week, Can-Do-It Farm is the perfect place. The cost is $1,100 per week. Horses, lessons, tack, room and board, safety helmets,  and free board for your horse if you have one.  If you do not, a horse will be supplied for you at no cost during your stay. 

Established in 1975, this is a private, home-based riding camp. 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 with 10 maximum campers each week. Ride horses, meet friends who love horses, and make memories that will last forever! Reservations necessary. Forms and information available on website.

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!  Sessions begin June 10 running through August 10. Chose one to seven weeks.
  • Themed camps for ages 3–8 such as Sleeping Beauty, Peter & the Wolf….
  • 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.
  • Adult and children individual class options also available.
Placement class available for experienced dancers ages 10 and older.

Call for more information at 216-295-2222 or visit their website at

Cleveland Metroparks Summer Day Camps
There's something for everyone at Cleveland Metroparks Summer Day Camps!  Enjoy hikes in nature, experience animal encounters or learn to golf! 

Nature Camp:  Hikes in nature, creek walks, crafts, kayaking and games are some of the activities your child may participate in at Cleveland Metroparks summer day camp.  Ages 3–15.  Registration opens March 19.

Zoo Summer Day Camp:  Nature play, crafts, activities and animal encounters are all part of the experience at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo summer day camp.  Ages 5–14. Registration now open.

Golf Summer Day Camp:  Golf lessons, golf etiquette and fun, on-course experiences are all part of Cleveland Metroparks golf camp. Camps take place at Seneca and Washington Golf Courses.  Ages 8 –17.  Registration now open.

Visit to find the right camp for your child.

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 begins in August.

Children have the opportunity to take part in activities including computer, cooking, art, music, science, sports, crafts, swimming in on-site pools, and field trips such as the zoo, laser tag, and museums to name a few.  Cooks prepare breakfast, lunch and snacks every day (Monday–Friday).  On days away from the center, students experience cookouts and picnics at area parks.

Creative Playrooms is a student-centered childcare provider serving the Cleveland area for over 50 years.  In addition to summer camp programs, Creative Playrooms offer daily care for younger children ages 6 weeks to school age.  Call now to reserve your spot!

En Pointe Danse
516 E. Washington Street, Chagrin Falls
(440) 247-5747
En Pointe Danse will be offering summer sessions and dance camps from June 17–August 16.
Classes will be offered in ballet, tap, creative movement, and modern dance for ages 3 through adult.

Princess Camp:  Princess Camp for ages 3–7 will include pre-ballet focusing on beginning ballet vocabulary, balance, coordination, and musicality.  Students will also create their own costumes and scrapbook for the week.  Dancers will present an informal showing at the end of each session.

Summer Intensive: This program is designed for the dancer ages 10 and older who would like the opportunity to continue to develop their dance education and training over the summer.  Classes include ballet technique, conditioning, and advanced skills.

Two 2-week sessions July 8–18 and July 22–August 1

Classes for ages 8–10:  For the dancer looking to maintain their dance technique during the summer.  Classes include ballet, modern/jazz, strengthening and flexibility. Classes meet three times a week for 2 weeks.

Adult ballet and tap classes will also be offered.

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.  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 summer class schedule featuring camps, classes, workshops and private instruction in music, visual arts, 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.  Activities include art, science and garage band.  IEP goals are targeted.  Formal social skills lessons are incorporated into hands-on learning experiences.

Camp dates are July 8–12, July 15–19 and July 22–26, 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
What’s new with Geauga Park District’s 7th annual Adventure Day Camps?
Campers will use new fishing poles, go fishing and hiking at Big Creek Park, and go biking from Headwaters Park to discover the newly-paved section of The Maple Highlands Trail to Middlefield.

Camps happen in weeklong form for youth entering grades 5–7 the weeks of June 10, July 8, 15, 29 and August 5.  The week of June 24, a Junior Naturalist Camp will also explore waterways, forests, wildlife, astronomy and more.

For teens entering grades 8–10, weeklong experiences are the weeks of June 17 and July 22.  Both include the popular high ropes course fun at Claridon Woodlands.  Plus, single-day “X-Treme Adventures” will be July 1 (the all-new Wilderness Skills), July 2 (Kayak Challenge), July 3 (Natural History) and July 5 (Adventure Day, including high ropes).

Registration begins March 20 at  or 440-286-9516.  For details, visit

The Goddard School
7645 Fredle Drive, Concord Township
(440) 350-1333

The Goddard School’s summer camp curriculum teaches STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) through exciting and fun experiences for your child every day!  They offer a broad range of programs and mini-camps to pique the interest and curiosity of every child.

Introducing STEAM concepts early on helps young learners develop a strong foundation for their future education and a passion for STEAM learning.  Integrating the arts into all their summer camp programs allows children to have fun while developing essential creativity and innovation skills.

The founding principle of The Goddard School’s curriculum is that children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun.  This principle informs every aspect of their summer camp to foster play-based learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. 

They’ve created a variety of camps so your children can find a program they will absolutely love.

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland
(216) 621-2400
Help your kids ‘Stay Curious’ over their summer break with engaging, hands-on fun at Camp Curiosity! Their camp structure is completely revamped for 2019 with all new themes at three convenient locations, including their new east side satellite location at Gilmour Academy. 

Camp Curiosity offers amazing new challenges and unforgettable adventures for kids in preschool through high school.  From chemistry to physics and robotics to engineering, campers will see how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are part of their
everyday lives.  Science Center summer camps offer the perfect combination of problem-solving, critical thinking, excitement and fun!

Camp Curiosity summer sessions begin June 3 at Great Lakes Science Center and Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, and June 17 in Westlake.

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 weeklong, full- and half-day opportunities to learn, create, and explore.  Camp topics include science, the arts, world language, leadership, culinary, Lego, technology, and mythology.

Hawken Performing Arts focus on practical skill-building and experiential learning, these joyful and unique weeklong immersions will take students on stage, into the TV studio, out into northeast Ohio, and even to the heart of New York City.

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 three to six years: two 3-week sessions, beginning June 10.

For elementary children ages six to 12 years: one 3-week session, beginning July 8.
Morning and after-care are also available.

Hershey is accepting applications starting March 22.  Contact the school at 440-357-0918 or [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
This summer will be busy at Horizon Learning Center in Mentor. The school-agers 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.

Jump Start! Gymnastics
23700 Mercantile Rd., Beachwood
(216) 896-0295
The USA Gymnastic Team paved the road to Rio!  Get ready to tumble to Tokyo in 2020 at Jump Start Gymnastics!  JS offers gymnastic camps for ages 4–16, boys and girls, and all levels of experience, recreational to competitive. 

Gymnastic camp at Jump Start 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.  At Jump Start Gymnastics they coach and teach all levels of new, experienced, or competitive gymnastics.  Jump Start Gymnastics's philosophy is that gymnastics is for everyone and a great base for physical fitness and every sport a child is participating in. 

Lake Erie Ink: A Writing Space for Youth
2843 Washington Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
(216) 320-4757
Splash into creativity all summer long!  Their weeklong, half-day camps offer creative young people the chance to express their thoughts and visions through a wide variety of programs.  Campers also have the chance to play on the fabulous, oversized playground located right outside the door.  Programs are low-cost, and scholarships and sibling discounts are available.

For Kids
  • Comics
  • Creature Creations: make wacky characters and tell their story
  • Community Connections: take field trips in the neighborhood
  • Young Novelists
  • Writing in 3-D: create sculptures with your poetry and stories
For Teens
  • Comics and Zines
  • Explore and Express: take field trips throughout Cleveland
  • Writing the River: see the Cuyahoga through a new lens
  • Screenwriting: create your movie on the page
They also continue the Summer Teen programs such as Teen Writers and Open Mic.
For more information and to register visit

Lake Metroparks Summer Day Camps
(440) 358-7275
Join Lake Metroparks as they prepare for another fun-filled and adventure-packed summer camp season!  Whether your child is 4 or 16, 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.

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!

At new camps offered this summer, campers can experience the connection between nature and literature, discover the wonders of the universe, explore different types of engineering, and learn the science behind archaeology.  They can also learn more about the fantastic living animals that surround us in our parks and backyards and provide plenty of opportunities to be outside and active.

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!

Lakeland Community College
College for Kids
7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland
(440) 525-7301
College for Kids is one of the best summer camps to keep young minds busy
Lakeland’s College for Kids, now in its 34th year, is a fun, academic-based summer camp that offers hands-on activities in science, art, music, recreation, math, creative writing and good citizenship. The camps provide:
  1. Convenient drop off/pick up times.  Drop off is 7:30 a.m., pick up can be as late as 6 p.m. which is great for working parents.
  2. An academic setting.  All programs are expertly developed by credentialed staff to be age appropriate and fun!
  3. Many options.  There are eight-week and four-week options as well as five days a week (M–F) or three days a week (MWF) to meet the needs of working parents.
Camp fee includes before- and after-care, lunch, two daily snacks, field trips and all supplies.  Request a brochure at 440-525-7301 or online at

Laurel School
Lyman Campus: One Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights
Butler Campus: 7420 Fairmount Road, Russell Township
(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 Drobots Company 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, Ohio. The beautiful 150-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 Ropes Course, spectacular fields, tennis courts, creeks and trails for exploring.  

Register online at Questions? Contact the Summer at Laurel Office: [email protected]

Lawrence School's Lions Leap Summer Program
1551 E. Wallings Road, Broadview Heights
(440) 526-0717
Looking for a head start on the new school year?  Worried about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee?

Their four-week, Lions Leap summer program provides children entering grades 1–6, and those repeating kindergarten , Lawrence School's same proven methods offered during the academic year in a fun and supportive environment. Through this half-day program, children are able to experience academic success, learn valuable organizational skills, and learn new strategies that can be carried into the new school year.

Highlights include:
  • Reading, writing and math instruction all taught with a
  • multisensory approach.
  • Class sizes that are small, highly structured, and non-graded.
  • Organizational skills and strategies that are embedded in the learning process.
  • Frequent breaks for outdoor activity and social engagement throughout the morning.
The Lions Leap summer session runs from June 12–July 10 (8 am–noon) at Lawrence Lower School campus in Broadview Heights. Tuition is $1,000.

The Little Gym of Shaker Heights
20707 Chagrin Boulevard, Shaker Heights
(216) 752-9049
Have you ever met a Kid-osaurus or attended a royal ball?  If not, keep reading and let the adventures begin!

The Little Gym offers a summer full of fun and excitement with a variety of themes including Dinosaur Adventures, A Royal Renaissance and Pajama Party.  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 3–9 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!

Call (216) 752-9049 or email [email protected] for more information.

Lost Nation Sports Park
38630 Jet Center Drive, Willoughby
(440) 602-4000
Aviators Basketball Summer Session
• J�une 10 – July 17; Registration deadline: June 1, 2019
• Games played on Sunday afternoon and Monday & Wednesday nights: (5:40, 6:30 & 7:20 PM)
• 10-game season
• 6 Divisions:
  • Boys 7/8 grade competitive
  • Boys 7/8 grade rec
  • Boys 5/6 grade competitive
  • Boys 5/6 grade rec
  • Girls 7/8 grade rec
  • 9–12 grade rec: players only, no coaches. Teams will designate a team captain to manage game and personnel.
• Team fee: $535
• �Individual fee: $66

Mike Moran Basketball Camps
  • Session #1: June 17–21
  • Session #2: June 24–28
  • Weeklong program (M–F)
  • 9:00 am–3:15 pm 
  • Weekly tuition is $185.  Get $15 off if you register before May, 15, 2019. 
  • All campers receive a T-shirt and basketball.

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 2019 summer program.  They have degreed teachers in 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 a 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 – 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 online 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 gymnastics, 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
Sponsored by the Junior Women’s Club of Mentor
Garfield Elementary/Memorial Junior High
7090 Hopkins Road, 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 four, five and six years old.

The program is presented by the Junior Women’s Club in partnership with the Mentor fire and police departments along with the Mentor Public Library and the Mentor Public Schools.
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 June  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 visit and download the form.

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 are the oldest running basketball camps in northern Ohio, with over 40 years of operation.  It has always been able to boast 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 Moran Camp 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–3:15 pm.  Over the years it has been acclaimed by many newspapers and organizations as the top basketball camp in the area!   This year there are two all new All-Sports camps, June 17–21 & June 24–28 at John Carroll University!

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

Orange Community Education & Recreation
32000 Chagrin Boulevard, Pepper Pike
(216) 831-8601
Orange Community Education & Recreation presents a summer of fun featuring a wide variety of camps for kids ages 2–14. 

Camps are held at the Orange Schools campus, which includes a kid-friendly outdoor leisure pool with a slide and waterfalls, groomed sports fields, playgrounds and hiking trails.

Offered weekly, June 10–August 2. Before- and after-care available.

Offerings include:
  • Early Childhood Camp for children ages 2–5 who have not entered kindergarten.
  • Orange Lions Camp, a traditional day camp for campers currently in grades K–5.  Outdoor activities, games, swimming, arts and crafts, field trips and more.
  • Middle schoolers Extreme Adventures Camp.
  • Stagecrafters Theatre Camp- Grades K–8.  Singing, acting, dancing while learning theatre techniques. Field trips, special guest artists, late nights, outdoor adventures and a performance.
  • Broadway Buddies theatre program for campers with special needs.
  • Art camps for young artists in grades 2–5 and 6–8.
  • For sports enthusiasts in grades K–8, Football, Volleyball, Basketball other specialty camps.
Register by April 15 and receive a $25 discount.

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

Each week, campers take adventures to local parks, pools and attractions.  On Fridays, campers have the opportunity to attend field trips to exciting destinations like the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Fun N Stuff, Pioneer Waterland and more!  Kids ages 6 to 14 can enjoy activities including games, swimming, nature exploration, playground time, crafts and more!

Visit for complete camp details or call 440-392-5912 to register. Painesville City resident rates are $110/ per week and nonresident rates are $120/per week.  A $5/per week sibling discount is available.  Camp times are weekdays 8am–
4 pm with extended drop off and pick up times available.  Summer Camp runs May 28 through August 2.  Sign up now to reserve your spot or pay by the week!

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. 
Art Camp runs the week of June 24 for ages 11 through 16 and the week of July 1 for ages 7 through 10.  Youth get elbow deep in paint, clay and other mediums as they create original works of art. 

Pop Star Camp, June 10 through June 14,  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 in July for ages 4 through 15.  Explorer’s Camp, July 15 through 19, is for those new to theater; Junior Camp, July 22 through 26 is for the younger child ages 4 through 8.   The Master Class Camp is for those with some theater experience and also runs the week of July 22.

To register or for more information, call RRCAA at 440-428-5913 or visit

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 1–6 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 that extend music, art, science, and outdoor skills into Cleveland’s wealth of cultural sites, including camping under the stars.

Shaker Rocks Rock Climbing Camp
3377 Warrensville Center Road, Shaker Heights 
Summers are for fun, adventure and climbing. Shaker Rocks, Cleveland’s newest indoor rock climbing gym located in the Van Aken District, is offering one-week rock climbing camps for children entering grades 1–8.  Kids who have energy to burn will have fun-filled days packed with top rope climbing, bouldering, slacklining, team-building games, and much more.  New climbers will learn the fundamental skills of climbing while experienced climbers can take their abilities to the next level on more challenging terrain.

Campers will come away with a feeling of accomplishment and a hunger for overcoming new challenges. All camps include rental gear, day pass, and snack.  Each weekly camp runs M–F half day (9–12), full day (9–3) or extended day (9–5).

Register at www.shakerrocks  For more information email [email protected]

Snapology of Cleveland
3365 Richmond Road, Suite 238, Beachwood
(216) 990-8988
Snapology of Cleveland offers exciting day camps at their Discovery Center in Beachwood and other partner locations!  Your kids will love their fun and educational summer offerings!

Campers will enjoy learning about robotics, STEAM, and building with LEGO® bricks while making new friends, and having tons of fun!  Half- and full-day options available with before- and after-care complimentary with full-day enrollment. Sibling discounts too!

Call (216) 990-8988 for more information or visit their website to enroll at  Email them at [email protected] with any questions!

Summer Manufacturing Institute (SMI)
Held at Auburn Career Center
8140 Auburn Road, Painesville
Connecting STEAM from your child's classroom  to the future!  SMI is a weeklong, hands-on summer day camp held at Auburn Career Center in June for kids entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall.  Scholarships available.  One week is just for girls and the other 2 weeks are coed!

For more information, go to

Brought to you by Alliance for Working Together  (AWT), Auburn Career Center, Ohio Means Jobs Geauga County, and the office of Senator Sherrod Brown.

Summer Wind Stables
11770 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland
(440) 729-1849
Summer Wind Stables offers a coed day camp with horseback riding and swimming from June 3 to August 16.  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 on-site 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 Road, Hunting Valley
(216) 831-2200 
University School camps combine fun activities with a truly educational experience! This year’s programs include many NEW enrichment camps, along with their popular sports clinics and day camps. Held at their Shaker Heights and Hunting Valley campuses, US camps are led by experienced teachers and coaches. They offer camps for preschool-age kids through high school-age students.

Their Super Summer Preschool Camp is specifically designed to engage prekindergarten boys in a creative and stimulating environment.  US Boys Day Camp is the place where your son will experience teamwork, sportsmanship, athletic and nonathletic skill-building, and pride in a job well done.  New this summer is a Coed Day Camp offered at the end of camp season.
Summertime is all about exploring, and US offers a wide variety of specialized camps, including rocketry and space, outdoor adventure, engineering and design, coding and
electronics, music and songwriting, theater and studio art, entrepreneurship and debate.
Summer programs run between June 10 and August 9. 

Learn more at

Valley Art Center
155 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls
(440) 247-7507
Summer fun at Valley Art Center, June 17–August 17, ages 6–16.  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 the basics of digital photography in Photography Camp with Tessa Dicker.  In Mudwumps Pottery Camp, kids 6–8 will learn how to make masterpieces from messy mud with Joan Rusek.  During It’s NOT Just A Drawing Class, students will be led on a colorful journey through drawing, painting, and collage under the guidance of Deb Pinter.

Pottery All About with Brigitte Fiorille combines handbuilding and wheel throwing into fun ceramics classes for teens. 

See for more information and the full lineup of available camps.

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.  Camp opens June 10 and is open all summer (except for July 4) 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.