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Now is the time to plan for an active, engaging summer. We’ve rounded up a variety of camps— from sleep-away options to sports camps to fun on the stage— to provide something your child is sure to enjoy.
2323 W Bancroft St, Toledo
419-531-1618 | sfstoledo.org
St. Francis de Sales is gearing up for another great summer of camps. Each year, coaches and faculty members build upon previous years’ instruction to enhance campers’ experience. This year’s camps include Graphic Design Camp, Baseball Camp, Cyber Camp, Music Camp, Football Camp, Robo Camp, and much more! SFS camps allow students to explore their interests while encouraging them to “be who you are and be that well.” You can find more details online.
Camp dates: June 10-July 20
Camp times: Varies depending on the camp
Ages: For students entering grades 4 through 9
Children’s Discovery Center
Hosted by the Children’s Discovery Center, Camp Discovery is a program designed to help children learn and grow during the summer months. This year, campers will have the opportunity to explore games from a unique perspective using the STEM educational approach. They’ll explore the design of video games and create their own coding, test the structural integrity of Jenga and learn comprehensive drawing and painting techniques used in game creation. At the end of the summer, children will have the opportunity to create and showcase their own game concept during the Arts and Games Festival.
Camp dates: June 3-August 16
Camp times: Full day camps, with care provided from 6:30am-6pm
Ages: Kindergarten graduates through 4th grade
Other: Campers attend weekly field trips. Children’s Discovery Centers also have their own private recreation campus with a pool. Sibling discounts are available.
The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-5721 | toledozoo.org
If your kids love animals, they’ll love the camps the Toledo Zoo offers this summer. There are 20 different topics covered over nine weeks of camp. Summer Safari Camp is a great way for children to explore the Zoo while learning about nature, animals and conservation. Once the Promedica Museum of Natural History opens, the Zoo will also conduct special camps that explore venom, prehistoric animals, and the animals of Ohio.
Camp dates: June 3-June 28; July 8-August 9
Camp times: M-F 9am-noon or 9am-3pm
Ages: Half-day camps for ages 4-5; full day camps for ages 6 to 15
Cost: Half Day: $135 members; $160 non-members and Full Day: $185-$300 members; $235-$350 non-members
Other: Bring a lunch and good walking shoes, and dress for the weather. The Zoo provides two camp shirts, a daily snack, and a water bottle.
Wood County Park District
18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green
419-353-1897 | wcparks.org
Make the most of summer with nature, heritage and adventure at Wood County Park District. The park district is offering a variety of nature and farm camps to keep your children engaged in the great outdoors. Nature camps are filled with nature, active adventure, outdoor skills and more. Farm camp gives campers the experience of life on a 1930s farm.
Camp dates: June 10-July 26
Camp times: 9am-noon and 1-4pm
Nature Camps: Trail Tikes, ages 5-6; Explorers, ages 7-8; Discoverers, ages 9-10; Adventurers, ages 11-12; and Voyagers, ages 13-15
Farm Camps: ages 7-8, ages 9-10, and ages 11-12
Other: Wear clothes for adventuring!
Toledo Lucas County Police Athletic League Community Services Station
2145 N. Cove Blvd, Toledo
419-936-3444 | toledopal.com
The Toledo Lucas County Police Athletic League (Toledo PAL) offers a variety of sports skills camps all summer long. Participants can choose from golf, soccer, basketball or baseball camps. There is also a one-week Crime Scene Investigation camp which will focus on hands-on activities with actual Toledo Police Department crime scene investigators. These camps are free for children entering third grade through age 18. Hurry— registration is already open!
Camp dates: Camps run one week in length, from June 10-August 16
Camp times: Camps are half-day: 9am-noon or 12:30pm-3:30pm
Ages: Entering 3rd grade to age 18
Cost: Free! There are no residency or income restrictions.
Other: Choose only one camp per child, either morning or afternoon session.
Maumee Valley Country Day School
1715 S. Reynolds Rd, Toledo
419-381-1313 | mvcds.org
School may be out for summer, but the learning doesn’t stop at Maumee Valley Country Day School. With a full, fun schedule of camps and classes offered for students in grades 1-12, you may have trouble deciding which ones to attend! From sports camps to STEM options, to musical classes and cooking camps, and everything in between, summer activities are varied, engaging and seemingly endless! Plus, care is available before camp from 7:30-9am and after camp from 3:30-5:30pm.
Camp dates: Weeks of June 17 & 24; July 8, 15 & 22
Camp times: Half day: 9am-noon or 12:30-3:30pm; Full day: 9am-3:30pm
Ages: Grades 1-12, depending on the camp
Cost: Fees range from $139-$299
Register: mvcds.org or 419-381-1313 ext. 175
Other: Be sure to review the complete list online.
SafeSplash + SwimLabs Swim School
1510 Spring Meadows Dr. #D-100, Holland
419-370-2801 | safesplash.com/locations/holland
Specializing in providing swim lessons for children (and adults!) of all ages and abilities, SafeSplash + SwimLabs Swim School Holland helps all students attain their swimming goals. The curriculum is structured around safety, fun, progressive skills, the four basic swimming strokes and competitive techniques.
Camp times: Mon: 4-7pm; T, W, Th: 9:30-11am, 4-7pm; Sat: 9am-noon
Other: See online for special Grand Opening discounts.
1 Discovery Way, Toledo
419-244-2674 | imaginationstationtoledo.org
No need to worry about the summer slump thanks to camps at Imagination Station, which offers STEM camps for kids ages 6-13 with four themes per age category. Whether you participate in Pirate-ology, Young MacGyver or Cardboard Creators (just to name a few— find the whole list online), your child will have fun while learning loads of cool stuff!
Camp dates: Camps run weekly, beginning June 3, at BGSU and the University of Findlay. Beginning June 10, camp locations change to Imagination Station.
Camp times: Full day with extended day from 8:30am-5:30pm.
Ages: Micro Molecules Camp, ages 6-8; MacroMolecules Camp, ages 9-13
Cost: $175/week for members; $200/ week for non-members
Other: Campers need to bring a packed lunch. Don’t forget your SPF!
Flying Change Farms
6635 Whiteford Road, Ottawa Lake, MI
734-854-6405 | flyingchangehorsefarm.com
Your child can learn the basics of horsemanship in a safe and fun environment
Camp dates: Weeks of June 10, 17; July 1, 29 and August 6
Camp times: 10am-2pm
Ages: 5 years and older
Other: Discounts available for multiple kids or multiple sessions. Wear jeans and bring your boots!
9241 Secor Road, Temperance, MI
734-856-2402 | huntersrunmhja.com
Spend time outside enjoying 61 acres at Hunter’s Run Summer Camp. Kids will enjoy the safe, fun environment while receiving top quality equine training. Camp includes a daily riding lesson, horse care, crafts and games. On the final day of each session, campers can showcase what they’ve learned through an exhibition intended for friends and family.
Camp dates: June 12-August 15
Camp times: 9:30am-2pm daily, with two, three and four-day camps available
Other: Discounts offered for returning campers or families with multiple enrollments. Extended care is also available.
Heather Downs Country Club
3910 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo
419-385-0248 | heatherdowns.com
Heather Downs Country Club is offering a Junior Golf Academy and Junior Golf Camp to teach children and teens ages 18 and under everything they need to know about the game of golf. The Golf Academy teaches about clubs, short game, chipping and putting, as well as rules of golf and course etiquette. The Junior Golf Camp teaches kids the necessary skills to play the game.
Camp dates: April 27-May 5; June 8-29; July 13-Aug 3
Camp times: Ages 10 and under: 8-9:30am; Ages 11 and up: 10-11:30am
Ages: 18 and under
West Side Montessori
7115 W. Bancroft St, Toledo
419-866-1931 | montessoritoledo.org
The fun and learning doesn’t stop during the summer at West Side Montessori. Here, the school partners with organizations and small businesses for a unique presentation, hands-on demonstration or a full-blown event that provides a one-of-a-kind experience. With half-day and full-day options available for ages 13-months to 10- years, there really is something for everyone. This summer’s camp theme is “Create Your Own Adventure.”
Camp dates: June 5-August 3
Camp times: Half-day and full day options
Ages: 13-months to 10 years
Cost: Varies depending on the week.
Other: Bring a bagged lunch.
YMCA of Greater Toledo
419-729-8135 | ymcatoledo.org
With numerous locations throughout the area, the YMCA is a perfect pick for summer camps. This year’s schedule boasts a wide variety of sports and specialty camps, as well as day and overnight camps.
Camp dates: Varies depending on camp and Y location.
Camp times: Half day, full day and overnight options available. Times vary depending on the camp.
Ages: Camps open to kids ages 3-18
Cost: Varies by branch and by camp.
Register: ymcatoledo.org or your local Y. For overnight summer camps, visit ymcastorercamps.org or call (517) 536-8607.
Other: Some camps require a swimsuit, others a bagged lunch.
Special instructions for each camp can be found online.
Forte Music School
3208 W Sylvania Ave
419-4540-0070 | fortemusic419.com
With more free-time available, summer is a great time to learn to play an instrument. At Forte Music School, lessons are available for all instruments and all ages. Your child can start playing during the summer and then continue lessons throughout the school year…and maybe for life!
Class dates: Lessons and open enrollment are available year-round.
Class times: 30-minute lessons are standard and can increase in time
Ages: 4-years and older
Register: ForteMusic419.com or 419-540-0070
Sylvania STEM Center
3315 Centennial Rd, Sylvania
Sylvania STEM Center is offering a variety of camps to ignite wonder and spark interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. With camps like Exploratory STEM, LEGO WeDo Robotics, Building Your Own 3D Printer and Underwater ROV Exploration, it’s sure to be a summer of learning and adventure!
Camp dates: June 3-August 2
Camp times: Varies—camps range between 2-3 hours
Ages: Entering grades 1-12
Cost: $125-$325, depending on the camp
2738 Shetland, Toledo
419-841-3320 | rosenbloomsfarm.weebly.com
For their 18th year, Rosenbloom’s Farm will offer a fun and safe learning environment that allows campers to discover rural life. Participants will get the full “farm experience” by caring for animals, participating in crafts and games, and spending time in the garden. All of the farm’s animals (horses, llamas, goats, donkeys, bunnies, snake and more) are friendly and love interacting with children. Camp groups are relatively small, so be sure to register early. Camps run the week of June 24 and July 22 and 29.
Country Lane Tree Farm
2535 N Bolander Rd, Genoa
419-461-1298 | countrylanetreefarm.com
Looking for a hands-on camp experience where your child can experience life on the farm? Country Lane Tree Farm offers a Horse/Pony Camp or Farmer Camp. Kids will assist in day-to-day animal care (for goats, pigs, llamas, cows), learn about nature, butterflies and insects and even help plant the pumpkin crop. There’s also plenty of time for activities like hay climbs, water balloon play, crafts, scavenger hunts and more.
Camp dates: June 5-August 2
Camp times: two, three and five-day camps available. All camps are from 9:30am-1pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 5-12
Cost: $70-$250, depending on the camp
Other: The Farmer Camp is new this year. Tuition includes a camp t-shirt and pizza party on the last day of camp. Find all the details online.
Mini Motions Dance Center
2437 Tremainsville Road, Toledo
419-473-0999 | minimotionsdance.com
If “movement” is your child’s middle name, consider signing them up for summer camp at Mini Motions Dance Center. Your young dancer will learn dance and tumbling, offered at a variety of levels. There is no registration fee for the summer programs and Mini Motions provides ballet and tap shoes when applicable.
Class dates: July 8-25
Class times: Morning and evening sessions are available.
Cost: $65, ages 2-3; $75-$80 ages 4-12
Other: Find the full class schedule online.
Multiple locations throughout the Toledo Area
800-968-4332 | invent.org/camp
Camp Invention®, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, is where children build 21st-century skills and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations. Campers in grades K-6 will question, brainstorm, collaborate and invent! Local educators will lead the innovative, hands-on STEM activities that build collaboration and creative problem-solving skills. Visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10).
Grove Patterson Academy, June 3-7, 9am-3pm
Toledo Christian School, June 10-14, 9am-3:30pm
St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy, June 24-28, 8am-3:30pm
Cost: Varies by location
Summer Comic Book Camp
Art Supply Depo, 29 South Saint Clair Street
419-720-6462 | artsupplydepo.com
No matter their artistic ability, your child can create their own illustrative masterpiece this summer. This camp will explore the many methods used to create a comic book. Students will be guided in a 4-week exploratory process where they will learn the different aspects of writing, drawing, and producing a comic book.
Camp dates: June 11-14; July 23-26
Camp times: 11am-1pm
Other: Students will need to bring art supplies, including a sketch book, mechanical pencil and eraser and colored markers. You can find the complete list online.
Sylvania Area Family Services
5440 Marshall Road, Sylvania
419-882-8415 | sa-fs.org
Your kids can spend their summer days having fun outdoors, learning new things and meeting new friends at Sylvania Area Family Services Summer Day Camp. Each one of the nine weeks of camp includes themed weeks: Inventors Workshop, Lego Week, Fun and Fitness week, Backyard Science Week, Camp Miakonda Week, Water and Wheels Week, Heroes Week, Outdoor Adventure Week and Camp Rewind Week.
Camp dates: June 10 – August 9
Camp times: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Ages: Entering grades 1-6.
Cost: $75 registration fee, $50 weekly camp fee.
Register: Registration packet must be turned in by June 3. Call 419-882-8415 or visit sa-fs.org.
Other: Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided each day.