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Today's Family Magazine 2020 Summer Camp Guide

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?

It can be overwhelming to figure out what type of summer camp would be a good fit for your child. Hopefully, the following descriptions will help you make the right choice. Read More » 

9 benefits of sending teens to camp

9 benefits of sending teens to camp

Maybe you don't think your teen needs summer camp. In addition to working, cutting lawns, etc., why not send them off for a week or more of summer fun and learning this year for a break? Read More » 

2020 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 camp offerings beginning in June.  Go to their website to register and learn more. You can choose the perfect camp for your child!

This coeducational, independent, college preparatory day, prekindergarten (ages 3 and 4) through 12th, boarding (7–12), and post-graduate 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!

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 the school, call or visit their website.

Animal Camp
Hosted by Rising River Farm
6618 Chagrin River Road, Chagrin Falls
(440) 463-3146
[email protected]
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!

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 the ages of 5–12 (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.

Children 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 Carl
8054 Calvin Road, Ravenna
(330) 315-5665
Kids need camp. Today, like never before, teens and preteens are under tremendous pressure.  Self-doubt, peer pressure, substance abuse, self-injury and a myriad of harmful voices nag at kids every day.  Even kids who have a strong support structure face obstacles. Camp Carl provides opportunities for children and students to pull away and get a breather—to catch a vision for the bigger picture of their lives.  Kids need experiences that will challenge them and give them worth, direction, belonging, perspective, significance, connection and love!   They believe LOVE matters most!

As one of Ohio’s leading Christian camps, each summer Camp Carl provides 2,200+ children and students with the opportunity to discover their God-given purpose and potential, experience incredible adventures, foster relationships that could last a lifetime, and not just hear the Gospel but experience the Gospel through their staff.  They hire over 110 thoroughly trained college students so that your camper will be surrounded by the finest young Christian role models that colleges around the country have to offer.  Check them out!  Their open house will be Saturday, May 23 from 1–4 pm.

Camp Whitewood
7983 S. Wiswell Road, Windsor, OH
(440) 272-5275
[email protected]
2020 information coming soon!  Check back on February 25!
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.

Cleveland City Dance
Home of City Ballet of Cleveland
13108 Shaker Square, Cleveland
(216) 295-2222
You will love watching your child’s eyes sparkle as their passion is nurtured in engaging and inspiring camps and classes.  Classes for ages 3 and up develop confidence, poise, technique and friendships. Teachers are patient and experienced in these small classes encouraging dancers to do their personal best.

Register early for a magical and exciting summer!  Sessions run June 8 through August 8.  Choose one to seven weeks.
  • Themed camps for ages 3 to 8 such as Winter’s Ball, Peter & the Wolf, Adventure of Mother Goose….
  • Camps for ages 8 and up including preprofessional, work on mastering technique with friends in ballet, jazz, modern, conditioning, choreography and classical variations, dance history, guest speakers and more.
  • Extended day options at no
  • additional charge.
  • Adult and children individual class options also available.
Space is limited so call early for more information at (216) 295-2222 or visit their website at

Cleveland Play House Summer Academy
(216) 414-7111
Registration is now open for Cleveland Play House Summer Academy running June 1 – July 17, 2020.  They have exciting programs for young people ages 4–18, ranging from creative drama to musical theatre!  Excite creative potential, and nurture your child’s passion for the performing arts!

For more information email [email protected] or call (216) 414-7111.

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 and have fun!  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!

Double Deuce Farm
11653 Girdled Road, Concord
(440) 796-6532
[email protected]
Does your child love horses and ponies?  Double Deuce Farm has the camp for you!  Sign up for one of their camps and your child will have fun while learning all about horses.  Boys and girls, ages 6 and up are encouraged to register.  Camp dates are June 22–26, July 13–17, July 27–31.  9 am–3 pm. 

All levels of riders are welcome from the very beginner to experienced riders.  Camp includes two mounted riding lessons each day, along with ground lessons, crafts, and a visit from an equine professional.  They conclude the week with a pizza party for the kids and a camp T-shirt is provided. 

Check out their website for details about mini camps and additional information about weekly riding lessons.

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 15–August 14.
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 preballet focusing on beginning ballet vocabulary, balance, coordination, and musicality.  Students will also create their own costumes and scrap book 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 6–17 and July 20–July 31.

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 two weeks.

Adult ballet and tap classes will also be offered.

For more information call (440) 247-5747 or visit their website at

Fairmount Center for the Arts
8400 Fairmount Road, Novelty
(440) 338-3171
Ages 3 through 15 years can participate in a multitude of art forms sure to spark their creativity, including dance, music, theatre and visual arts camps.

Half-day, full-day, one-day and one-week options are available between June 1 and July 31.  Weeklong, full-day camps for ages 5–10 and early childhood arts camps for ages 3–5 introduce campers to all the art forms. 

Camps are led by professional faculty, include outdoor explorations, lunchtime, and a Sharing Day program for family and friends at the end of each week. 

Half-day specialty camps explore specific art forms such dance, musical theater, ceramics arts, nature arts, Castles and Sand camp and MORE! 

Need to drop your camper off early?  Fairmount provides supervised care from 8–9 am free of charge.  For complete camp info and to register, call (440) 338-3171, email [email protected] or visit

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.  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 creative art therapies.

Geauga Park District Summer Camps
(440) 286-9516
Geauga Park District is prepping for its 8th annual Adventure Camps in its 25 parks!
This summer, campers will get to kayak Lake Kelso at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve – a location that can only be explored with a park naturalist – as well as hike, geocache, bike, build/launch model rockets, explore, fish and more.

Week-long camps for youth entering grades 5–7 are the weeks of June 8, July 6, July 13, July 27 and August 3.  The week of June 15, a Junior Naturalist Camp will direct special focus to streams, lakes and forests.

For teens entering grades 8–10, week-long experiences are the weeks of June 15 and July 20, both with archery and high ropes! Plus, single-day “X-Treme Adventures” are July 9 (kayaking), July 16 (high ropes) and July 23 (biking).

Registration begins March 20 at (440) 286-9516 or Also see website for fees and more details.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Camp Ledgewood and Camp Timberlane
Peninsula, OH and Wakeman, OH
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio resident camps are a unique program opportunity that gives girls a powerful experience in independence, social character, and outdoor exploration, all within a safe and supportive environment. All girls ages 5–17 are welcome.
They offer multiple locations for resident and day camp opportunities. Their wide variety of activities include swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, archery, air riflery and out-of-camp trips.

Camp Ledgewood also offers high ropes, challenge course, and zipline programs that are built on their property. The new Chickadee Program Center at Camp Ledgewood features a discovery kitchen and FabCab, which gives girls the resources to explore a commercial kitchen and the engineering design process! 

They pride themselves on giving your girl a unique experience for her to live and grow. 
Opportunities for high school students.  Financial aid available. ACA accredited.

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.  

Great Day Child Care Learning Center
2471 Hubbard Road
(440) 428-5993
14810 Madison Road (St. Rt. 528)
(440) 632-1832
Great Day Child Care Learning Centers provide the highest quality child care services to families in both Madison and Middlefield, and surrounding cities. 

Their staff is trained and certified in: CPR, first aid, communicable disease & child abuse recognition so you can rest assured they are in good hands. 

In addition, the caring and compassionate environment will help your child to grow and have fun interacting with friends while learning new skills every day.

They offer a summer program for school age children kindergarten to 12 years of age.  The large outdoor fenced in area gives kids a chance to play with their friends and enjoy the summer weather.

The weekly themes, special guests, like Jungle Terry, and water days, will give your child something to look forward to all summer. 

Visit them online or give them a call for more details. 

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland
(216) 621-2400
Help your kids ‘Stay Curious’ over summer break with engaging, hands-on fun at Camp Curiosity! Kids make new friends, and memories, while they build STEM skills!     

Camp Curiosity features more than 30 new camps, offering amazing new challenges and unforgettable adventures for kids in preschool through eighth grade.  This year, in addition to its core camps at the Science Center, Camp Curiosity will expand across northeast Ohio and are sure to bring a camp close to you!

Camps begin June 1 at the Science Center.  Neighborhood camp locations will be announced soon.

Register by February 29 for a $20 off early bird discount. Register by May 1 and receive $10 off the price.  Discounts are also available for multi-week registration and returning camp alumni. Members always save $20 per camp.

For more information and to register call (216) 621-2400 or visit

Greater Cleveland Cross Country Camp
(440) 290-0185
The Greater Cleveland Cross Country Camp is geared for the beginner to the advanced runner, who is looking to have a better focus pertaining to the fundamentals of cross country running and conditioning to obtain maximum benefit.

Through group runs, guest speakers and group activities, each runner will leave with a positive attitude, tools to become an improved runner, and a better understanding of running.

This is the 17th annual cross country camp and will be held Tuesday, July 28 through Saturday, August 1 from 8 am until 12:15 pm at Shore Middle School in Mentor.  The last day is a cross country race for all campers based on grade level.

The camp is open to boys and girls kindergarten thru 12th grade. The Greater Cleveland Cross Country Camp is organized by Mentor High School boys and girls head cross country coach, Bill Dennison, with the support of other local cross country coaches and college runners.  They hope each camper leaves with the love and passion that the staff at the Greater Cleveland Cross Country Camp has.  

Hathaway Brown
19600 North Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights
(216) 320-8789
[email protected]
At Hathaway Brown, the fun doesn’t stop when the school year ends.  In addition to the flagship Broad Horizons day camp, the school offers a host of athletics, academic, and adventure programs each June, July, and August, many of which are coed. Choose your own adventure at HB this summer and create a full itinerary of learning and fun designed just for you.

New this year: Tiny Trailblazers for children ages 3–4.  With programming available June 8–August 14, each week will have a theme based on a children’s book. Led by early childhood teachers, children will enjoy engaging academic programming and fun nature-based outdoor play.

HB offers flexible scheduling to meet busy families’ needs. Visit or call (216) 320-8789 to learn more and register today.

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 summer 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 Innovation Camps for students ages 7–12, housed inside the new two-story Innovation Lab on the Lyndhurst campus, offer access to this world-class design space where students can learn valuable skills like coding, woodworking, laser cutting, and 3D design with their trained and experienced faculty mentors. 

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.

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.

Hospice of the Western Reserve
Together We Can Grief Camp
(216) 486-6838
Nature provides the healing backdrop for a summer camp for children ages 6–13 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Together We Can, offered by Western Reserve Grief Services, takes place August 4–6, 9 am to 3 pm, at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland.

Children explore their feelings through art, music and sharing with other kids who have also experienced the death of someone they love. Led by grief support specialists from Hospice of the Western Reserve, the camp is a “safe zone” where kids feel comfortable interacting in a supportive environment. They also have plenty of time to enjoy swimming, rock climbing, archery and kayaking in the afternoon.

Registration for Together We Can at Red Oak is due by July 8.  For more information, call (216) 486-6838. Camp applications are available online at

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 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, and West End 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.

Lake Erie College Therapeutic Riding Center
George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center
8031 Morley Road, Mentor
(440) 375-8000
Come ride at the Lake Erie College Therapeutic Riding Center, Lake County’s only PATH Int’l premier accredited facility!

Children ages 8–14 years old with special needs can experience the joy of riding, grooming, and caring for horses during their horsemanship lessons.  Students participate in a variety of fun and creative mounted activities to increase their confidence, improve physical strength, and develop problem-solving skills.  Building relationships with their classmates, volunteer team, and equine partners fosters independence, improved language skills, and better impulse control.

Students receive a personal evaluation to determine if the program is right for them. Lessons begin in June and run through August.

Learn more about their therapeutic riding program at

*Volunteers ages 14 and up with or without horse experience are needed to support the riders in the program. To learn how you can help, visit

Lake Erie Ink: A Writing Space for Youth
2843 Washington Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
(216) 320-4757
Lake Erie Ink Summer Camps kick off June 8th and run through July 31.
Their weeklong, half-day camps offer young people the chance to express their creativity in a range of forms.  From comics and ‘zines to screenplays and novel writing, there is something for everyone!

Their camps are low cost, and they offer scholarships and sibling discounts.

Kids (Grades 2–5)
  • Comics
  • Tiny Creatures & BIG Creatures: Build creatures and tell their stories
  • Young Novelists: Dedicate a week to write your story
  • Community Connections: Discover unique stories in your community
  • Masquerade in Nature’s Kingdom: Create art and stories in this hands-on camp with artist, Robin VanLear of Parade the Circle.
Teens (Grades 6–12)
  • Write the River: Meet downtown at CPL to discover the stories of the Cuyahoga River
  • Comics & ‘Zines
  • Screenwriting: Write and film your movie
  • Comedy Club: Develop and deliver a good joke
  • Explore & Express:Travel the city to explore the landmarks we see
Drop-in Teen programs happen all summer long.  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!  They have a summer day camp experience for children ages 4–16!  A week in the woods, at the beach or on the farm is a great way for kids to explore the natural world.

Lake Metroparks day camps are fun, entertaining, educational and affordable!  Extended care hours for before and/or after camp hours are offered for certain camps.

Preregistration is required to participate in Lake Metroparks Day Camps and extended care offerings. Register at or call (440) 358-7275.

NOTE: Lake Metroparks has a new registration software system. This system requires all customers to create an account login, username and password in order to access program registration. To create a new account, visit  If you need assistance, please call registration 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday at (440) 358-7275.

Lakeland Community College
College for Kids
7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland
(440) 525-7301
Lakeland’s College for Kids is a fun, academic-based summer camp with hands-on activities in science, art, music, recreation, math and more!  Programs are designed to be fun, promote curiosity and a desire to learn.

Now entering its 35th year, here are the top three reasons so many families choose to send their kids to their college for summer camps:
  1. �Drop off early – pick up late: Drop off as early as 7:30 am. Pick up as late as 6 pm.
  2. Academic setting:  All programs are expertly developed by credentialed staff to be age appropriate and fun!
  3. Options:  Eight-week and four-week options available with choice of five days a week (M-F) or three days a week (MWF).
Camp fees include supplies, lunch, two daily snacks and convenient before and aftercare.
These classes fill quickly.  Request a brochure today!

Call (440) 525-7301, or online at

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 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!

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 7 – July 15; Registration deadline: June 1, 2020
• �Games played Sundays 3–9 pm and Mondays and Wednesdays 5–9 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
Register online or in person!

Mike Moran Basketball Camps at LNSP
Open to boys and girls ages 6–14
Session #1: June 15–19
Session #2: June 24–26
Week-long program (M–F)
9:00 am–3:15 pm.  Weekly tuition is $185.  Early registration discount.  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 2020 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!

Mandel JCC
(216) 831-0700 ext. 0
J-Day Camps
Camp Wise

Learn new skills, develop confidence and gain self-esteem, all while having a blast at Mandel JCC camps.  By the end of summer, campers will have gained independence and made lifelong friends!

Whether it’s on the lake, in the pool, on stage or on their Ninja warrior obstacle course, there’s a place for everyone at J-Day Camps!  Sign up for as many weeks as you like and with free community busing and free towel service, The J makes summer easy!

Camp Wise is where memories are made.  Campers participate in a range of activities including archery, high ropes course, canoeing, horseback riding and arts.

Located on 325 beautifully wooded acres with its own private lake, it’s no wonder campers call Camp Wise the Home of Happiness!

For details on all of the Mandel JCC’s camps, visit, or call at (216) 831-0700 ext. 0.

Mentor Safety Town
Ridge Elementary School
7860 Johnnycake 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 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 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 camps at both Lost Nation Sports Park and John Carroll University!

Take advantage of the early registration discount. Visit their new website for easy registration.  Call (440) 338-8092 for a free brochure!

Orange Community Education & Recreation
32000 Chagrin Boulevard, Pepper Pike
(216) 831-8601
Every day is a day for adventure as Orange Community Education & Recreation presents a summer of fun featuring traditional day camps, enrichment camps, art camps and sports camps for children ages 3–14, June 8–July 31.  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.

The Open Door Extended Camp program provides before and after-camp care for campers currently in grades Kindergarten through grade 5.

Register for camps at, or in person at the Pepper Pike Learning Center on the Orange Schools campus, 32000 Chagrin Blvd.  Register by April 15 and receive $25 off the listed price for every camp.

Look for their summer camp guide, available online at, and in hard copy at the Pepper Pike Learning Center and local libraries.

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 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 the Painesville Recreation office at (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 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. with extended drop-off and pick up time available.  Summer Camp runs May 26 through July 31.  Sign up now to reserve your spot!

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 22 for ages 11 through 16 and the week of June 29 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 15 through June 19, gets youth ages 5 through 10 up and moving as they learn to sing and dance like their favorite pop star.  

For theater buffs, two theater camps are offered June 8 through June 12.  The camps delve into all areas of theater including drama, music, dance and stage craft.  Explorer’s Camp for youth ages 7 to 15 is for those new to theater and Junior Camp is for the younger child ages 4 through 8.  

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

Red Oak Camp
9057 Kirtland Chardon Road, Kirtland
(440) 256-0716
Ropes course and climbing, horseback riding and swimming, canoeing and fishing, science and nature.  Whatever your campers’ passions, they have it at Chincapin and Red Barn day camps, and at the Red Oak overnight program! 

For over 70 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 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 8 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–grade 8.  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.
  • A Summer To Grow On: ages 3–6 features indoor games, cooking, art and outdoor activities.
  • Creative Arts & Sciences: grades 1–6 offers choice in S.T.E.A.M. activities from which students create personalized schedules.
  • Extreme! SRI!: Grades rising 7th–rising 9th features field trips extend music, art, science, and outdoor skills into Cleveland’s wealth of cultural sites, including camping under the stars.
Ss. Robert and William School
Home Away From Home Summer Camp
351 East 260th Street, Euclid
(216) 731-3060

Ss. Robert and William is excited to offer teacher-led summer programing for students this summer!

Their Home Away From Home Summer Camp will provide students with a nurturing, educational, and fun environment for the summer months. Each week will feature a different theme, with activities and crafts related to the theme. Camps will run from June 1 to August 21.  Before- and after-care are available.

Home Away From Home is available for students entering 1st through 6th grade in fall 2020. Registration is required.  Register for 6 or 12 weeks and receive special bulk pricing!  Early bird pricing is available until April 1.

Their Sports Camp will run Tuesday–Thursday from June 2 to July 30.  Basketball, volleyball, soccer, and football camps are available. Sports camps are open to students entering 1st–8th grade in fall 2020.  Registration is required.

Find out more about their camps at

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)
Lake and Geauga
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 in June for students entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall.  Scholarships available.  One week is just for girls and the other two weeks are coed!
For more information, go to  

Brought to you by Alliance for Working Together  (AWT) Foundation, Auburn Career Center, OhioMeansJobs Geauga County, and the Office of U.S. 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 8 to August 15.  The instructors are full-time teachers who have been with them for years. 

Camp features two to 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!

Summer 2020 programs include many NEW enrichment camps, along with their popular day camps and sports clinics.  Summertime is all about exploring, and US offers many specialized camps, including rocketry, outdoor adventure, engineering and coding, songwriting and theater, entrepreneurship and debate, LEGO and Minecraft, and digital film, video, and photography.

Their one-, two- or three-week Preschool Day Camp engages prekindergarten boys in a creative and stimulating environment. Themes include Blast Off, Coding Fun, and Watch it GO.

US’s six-week Boys Day Camp is the place where boys experience teamwork, sportsmanship, athletic and non-athletic skill-building, and pride in a job well done.

Their Coed Day Camp is offered at the end of the camp season.

Sports Camps are for beginning athletes looking for an introduction to a sport, or for student-athletes wanting to take their talents to a higher level.

Summer programs run between June 1 and August 14.  Learn more at

Valley Art Center
155 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls
(440) 247-7507
Art is an adventure!  Summer camps run June 15–August 14.  Valley Art Center is the hub of the visual arts in the Chagrin Valley, providing local communities with art classes, art exhibits and fine art shopping for almost 50 years.

Visit their website for more details on camps and other classes!

West Geauga Recreation Council
Summer Day Camp
(Located adjacent to the West Geauga Middle School)
[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 8 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, volleyball, wrestling, and basketball.