The Cincinnati Summer Camps Guide 2021

Welcome to the Cincinnati Summer Camp Guide! We hope this list will be of assistance as you’re searching for a great summer camp for your littles (and perhaps the not-so-littles) this summer.

Our list contains all kinds of Cincinnati Summer Camps: STEM camps, summer camps for teens, theater camps, art camp, overnight camps, and much more. There’s even a summer camp that centers around horses!

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Do you know of any Cincinnati Summer Camps that we don’t have on our list? Shoot us an email.

IMPORTANT: Links are supplied for each camp. Be sure to click through on the camp of your choice to get the most up to date information (links provided below).

Art Workshop Summer Camp

Location: 3130 Wasson Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45209
This is a place for kids to create and explore all aspects of art, to exercise their imaginations and generate ideas. Kids create and make their own masterpieces with Drawing, Painting, Clay and Pottery Wheel. Every week is some thing new and exciting.

Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Summer Camps

Location: 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
Join The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati for our themed summer camps! Enjoy a variety of themes for ages 6-14! Focus on music, dance, drama, or all three! All levels welcome.

Cincinnati Art Museum Summer Camp

Location: 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
The Cincinnati Art Museum is the place for summer fun and creativity. Jump into art with eight weeks of exciting projects, gallery games and more! Explore a different theme each week with activities taught by skilled museum educators. Designed for children ages 6–12. Convenient before- and after-care available. 

Cincinnati Ballet Kids Dance Camp

Location: 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214
Cincinnati Ballet is your ticket to summer adventure! Kids Dance Camp is a creative exploration of dance, music and art through beloved stories. Each week-long experience explores an overall theme through ballet classes and activities led by professional faculty. Students ages 4-8. Placement based on age. Former dance experience not required.

Cincinnati Country Day School Summer Camps

CCDS Day Camp offers children (ages 18 months through entering grade 6) a summer of creative and unique opportunities that promote growth and encourage discovery in an environment that instills a strong sense of self. Their beautiful 62-acre campus boasts indoor and outdoor learning spaces that promote exploration and collaboration, offering endless possibilities for learning, creativity, and imagination.

Cincinnati Museum Center Summer Camps

Locations: Cincinnati Museum Center, Blue Ash Rec Center, Cincinnati Observatory
Explore science, technology, history and the arts through creative activities and games at Cincinnati Museum Center’s fun and educational Museum Camps. Whether there’s a day or a week off from school, there’s a camp for that.

Cincinnati Parks’ 2021 Summer Day Camps

Location:  Various Cincinnati Parks locations
Economical, educational & fun! Camps include daily hikes, games, live animal encounters, experiments and make & take projects to keep campers active all day.

Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s CAMP CRC

Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s CAMP CRC Summer Day Camps information does not appear to be current (as of 2-18-2021) but I want to keep the listing here so that you can check it out over the next few months.

Cincinnati Reds Baseball and Softball Camps

Location:  Various locations throughout Greater Cincinnati
2021 still appears to be determined but you can sign up for updates on their site (as of 2-18-21)
Kids will come to camp that have never played ball before and kids will come to camp that may someday play at Great American Ball Park. Camps are a mix of one part competition, two parts fun, one part friend building and five parts instruction. A camp concoction that is magical with positive reinforcement and encouragement.

Cincinnati Zoo Summer Camps

Location: 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
Explore the Zoo, experience nature, and discover the excitement and wonder of animals! Hikes in the Zoo, visits from Animal Friends, crafts, train rides, animal shows, and so much more make Summer Camp a jam packed week to remember! Please register children according to the grade they will enter in the fall.

Clifton Cultural Arts Center @ Short Vine – Summer Camps

Location: 2728 Short Vine Street, Cincinnati Ohio 45219
Clifton Cultural Arts Center presents a brand-new slate of exciting summer camps. You’ll have the opportunity to sign up for your choice of Visual Arts Camps or Music Camps.

Classroom Antics Summer Tech Camps

Location:  Various locations throughout Greater Cincinnati
Offering multiple weeks of exciting STEM-focused summer camps throughout the Cincinnati area for kids and teens ages 7-13.

Drake Planetarium Summer Camps

Location: 2020 Sherman Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Programs combine science, technology, engineering, and math in ways that encourage kids to actively discover and examine concepts for themselves. Drake Planetarium inspires a lifelong passion for learning and teach kids creative problem-solving skills, teamwork, persistence, and follow-through in a fun learning environment.

Fitton Center for Creative Arts Summer Camp

Location: 101 S Monument Ave., Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Grow. Become. Shine. Bring the arts out of you by bringing them to you. Kids don’t receive art time at school. Get them into a structured art environment to give them that exposure.
Website (current page is for 2020 – watch for updates)

Gorman Heritage Farm Summer Camp

Location: 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, Ohio 45241
Gorman Heritage Farm offers a variety of summer day camp sessions on their 122-acre historic farm, forest and fields.  The farm is the landscape, as you care for farm animals, harvest fresh foods, play games, and explore this hidden gem. You will never want to leave!

Great Parks of Hamilton County

2021 appears to be virtual only / check for updates
Location:  Hamilton County Parks throughout Cincinnati

Greenacres 2020 Summer Program

Location:  varies by camp
Each program offers its own, unique, way to explore all that Greenacres has to offer. Get creative outdoors with Arts in the Natural World, be a trailblazer in Outdoor Adventures, or experience Greenacres after dark at Night Camp. A Greenacres camp will fill your child’s summer with unforgettable experiences and are tailored to be age appropriate.

Kids First Sports Center Camp-A-Palooza

Location: 7900 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
CAMP-A-PALOOZA is Greater Cincinnati’s most talked about summer camp experience! Why? Four words: Kids First Sports Center. . .108,000 square feet of kids sports heaven! Imagine a summer camp taking place in the country’s largest children’s activity center with exceptional instruction in the most popular children’s recreational pursuits.

MumLuft&Co. Dance Camp

Location:  8222 Monon Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45216
A full-day camp that teaches children to move creatively, cooperatively, and confidently! Children will learn dance, make props and “scenery” to accompany their dances, and prepare for a Friday afternoon performance for parents!
Website (2021 dates aren’t up yet, as of 2-18-21)

School of Rock of Mason Music Camps

Location: 55 Reading Rd #1, Mason, Ohio 45040
School of Rock Mason, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Camps help advance musical skills, build confidence, create great friendships – and are just a blast!

Summer Camp WAVE at Newport Aquarium

Location: One Aquarium Way, Newport, Kentucky 41071
Get ready to dive into the deep and make some waves with Camp WAVE! This is a day camp experience for students who have completed grades K-8 held at Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY from 8am-4pm (new times for 2021). There is an optional after-care available from 4-5pm. Camp WAVE is the only camp around where campers have the chance to meet sharks, penguins, and stingrays up close while exploring aquatic wonders. From cruising alongside Antarctic penguins to celebrating innovations in science and engineering, there’s something for everyone this summer at Camp WAVE!

Taft Museum of Art Day Camp

Location: 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Get creative at the Taft this summer! Whether you’re thinking about becoming an artist or just like to have fun creating art, the small classes and experienced teachers will make this a summer to remember.

West Chester Academy of Music and Dance Summer Camps

Location: 8107 Market Place Dr., West Chester, Ohio 45069
Choose from music, dance, art, and gymnastics. Camps are filled with artistic learning, crafts, a snack, character building, and more with a Special Performance the last day of each camp.

Wyoming Fine Arts Center Summer Camps

Location: 322 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, Ohio 45215
Offering both in person camps and online camps for you to pick your comfort level. Onsite camps have a strict policy for participation due to the conditions of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  They have made adjustments to summer camps for the safety of your children and our staff.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Camps

Location: Various YMCA locations throughout Greater Cincinnati
Campers are able to explore creativity, teamwork and leadership in a wide range of physically active programs that influence lifelong healthy living. Camper build an interest in community with experiences in local and global cultures, where campers gain an appreciation for others different from themselves.

7 thoughts on “The Cincinnati Summer Camps Guide 2021”

  1. If you have a tween, 5th-8th grade, check out the Miami University Regionals – STEAM Studio. Summer 2019: June 17 – July 26:
    Welcome to the S.T.E.A.M. Studio- a chance to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in real life while having fun, making friends and creating summer memories at nationally recognized Miami University Regionals campuses! Each week of camp is centered around a common themed to provide unique hands-on opportunities to imagine, design and bring your ideas to life while experiencing traditional and not-so-traditional summer camp activities! From robotics and game creation, to environmental exploration and DIY art, you will see all areas of STEAM come alive!

  2. I am looking for a camp for a 13 year old African American Boy who has some learning difficulties but is interested in sports, art and dance. First, I only see white children in the picture, second the cost is prohibitive.
    I took a pottery class in Oakley last summer during a children’s summer camp there. About 98% of the children were white, and all appeared to be fairly affluent. No doubt they have had other opportunities for enrichment and knew how to take advantage of this one as well. This young man probably would have loved it but I think he would have felt intimidated and out of place.
    I think he might like the Zoo program as well. He’s fantastic with animals. And it’s time for him to explore and picture his future. The cost is $265 for one week.
    It seems the majority of camps are designed for affluent, suburban children who have already had some experience with STEM, theater, etc. and know they are good at it or want to do more.
    Even if this young man was offered a scholarship, he would be the only one, or one of a few, who wasn’t “like’ the others, possibly racially as well as economically. It seems the only camps available to kids who live in underprivileged areas is a traditional Parks or YMCA camp. While his everyday life is limiting due to poverty, lower quality schools, and lack of resources, enrichment programs, which could give him a leg up, don’t seem to have a place for this young man due to the clientele the summer camps cater to.
    Thank you for the chance to give feedback.


  4. My child turns 4 in August. Is there any for her age? She needs something with kids while preschool is out!

  5. I am looking for camps for my 4 girl (will be 5 in July)( love dancing, singing) and my 7 year old boy (8 in july)( love science) They both love the outdoors. We have little income and looking for something they can do.

  6. I second Jane Payne’s comment. Mother of introvert,Black girl, new 13 so she just missed her last opp with friends that she made in crc and ymca camps. They were predominately BIPOC, so she didn’t feel out of place. Her only obstacles were getting outside of herself. She is a performing arts student and loved the idea of some of these options but mom knows all too what what she will experience in those space where she can’t identify with people around her. I received vouchers last year and the years before, but if the plan is to move out of poverty there is no step ladder that allows for a successful transition. I have increased my income and no longer qualify for assistance so the out of pocket pay is insane! The cost and accessibility for ALL children certainly don’t have DIVERSITY EQUITY NOR INCLUSION at the fore.

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