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    It might not seem so close, but summer will be here before you know it. Here's your handy-dandy guide to kid's camps, activities and classes in Louisville, Kentucky for summer 2016. This list originally appeared in Louisville Magazine's March 2016 issue. 
    AAOC Gallery 104
    104 East Main St., La Grange, KY 40031
    Brenda Marks, 222-3822
    Children’s Art Classes
    What: Four (2 hours each) children’s art classes for those interested in different art forms. Instruction will include bookmaking and design; clay; clocks and jewelry; painting and drawing. The specific class date for each art medium is listed on our website at or call Brenda Marks. Fun art creations for children to create and enjoy or give as gifts.
    Dates: July 6, 13, 20, & 27; 10 a.m. to noon
    Ages: Kindergarten and older
    Cost: $10 per class
    Camp Invention
    Locations throughout the Louisville area
    (800) 968-4332
    Invent now
    What: Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Discounts are available.
    Dates: Weeklong sessions beginning June 13. Check our website for dates and locations
    Ages: Entering 1st through 6th grade
    Cost: Pricing begins at $220
    Camp Loucon
    8044 Anneta Road, Leitchfield, KY 
    Registrar: Bridget, (270) 242-7160
    2016 Summer Camping Schedule
    What: Loucon is a safe, fun faith-filled camp where our loving staff points campers to God, reaches them on their level, and helps them grow. Day camps can be combined with a morning and afternoon camp to make a full day of camp with supervised lunchtime. Most camps run for one week each.
    Dates: Throughout June & July and our summer listing can be found at
    Ages: Entering 2nd grade through 12th grade
    Cost: Costs vary per session

    PGA Junior Golf Camps at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club
    What:The PGA Junior Golf Camps offer first-in-class PGA instruction ensuring your child learns from the best. Welcoming kids ages 6-17 and of all ability levels, your child will learn in a safe and supportive environment. Through the use of innovative teaching techniques designed to keep kids engaged and motivated, we cover golf’s fundamentals -- we just do it in a way which ensures kids have fun!
    Dates: Camps begin June 6th, with weeklong sessions running throughout the summer.
    Ages: 7-17
    Costs: Camps start at $295
    Contact: 888.PGA.PLAY
    Creation Kingdom
    9990 Linn Station Road
    Sheri Foster, 272-9600
    Camp Creation
    What: Camp Creation creates memories and lasting friendships. Along with fun-filled adventures, children will be doing fun, interactive activities, service projects, promoting literacy, writing and learning while keeping their minds active.
    Dates: May 24- August 16
    Ages: 5-12 (it is preferred that they have completed kindergarten, other programs available for younger children)
    Cost: $93-$185 per week depending on how many days attending. There is a 2-5 day option.
    Crocus Academy Fegenbush
    4314 Norfolk Drive
    Brenda Hagan, 458-8110
    Summer Camp I:  Super Heroes
    Summer Camp II:  Dinosaur Dig

    What: Come join us for summer fun!  We will explore the Super Hero within us and dig for scientific discovery about dinosaurs and fossils.  We offer Bible-based teaching themes with a maximum child to staff ratio of 8:1.
    Dates: Summer Camp I: June 6-24; Summer Camp II: July 5-22. Half-day and full-day options are available.
    Ages: Fully toilet-independent to kindergarten. Approximately ages 3-5.
    Cost: $65 per week for half day, $125 per week for full day. Registration fee: $30 per camp
    Derby Dinner Playhouse Performing Arts Academy
    525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN 47129
    Tina Jo Wallace, (812) 288-2632 ext. 132
    Summer Musical Theatre Camp
    What: A one-week performing arts camp exploring drama, music and dance. Working from Broadway musicals, the camp culminates in a final sharing on the Playhouse stage.
    Dates: Five one-week sessions to choose from:  July 5-9 (Because of the July 4th holiday, camp Tuesday through Saturday with camp on Wednesday.), July 11-16, July 18-23, July 25-30, Aug. 1-6. Camp is Monday through Saturday with no camp on Wednesday
    Ages: 7-17
    Cost: $175 includes camp t-shirt
    Dreamz Dance Company
    8603 Citadel Way, Ste. 108
    Tonya Boehnlein, 493-2558
    “Summer Fun” Dance Camps
    What: Half-day dance camps for boys and girls ages 5 and up. Learn multiple styles of dance; crafts and lunch provided. No previous dance training necessary.
    Dates: Camps will run in June, July and early August (3 days per week) with different themes each session. Please visit our website for more information and specific days/times
    Ages: Boys & Girls 5 and up
    Cost:  $55 per day or $150 for all three days
    iD Tech Camps
    University of Louisville- Shelby Campus
    (844) 788-1858
    Code, Game & Create at the World’s #1 Technology Camp!
    What: At iD Tech Camps, students ages 7-17 can learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, model 3D characters, build websites and more.
    Dates: One week camps, June 13-July 15
    Ages: 7-17
    Cost: $799-$899 per session
    JCC of Louisville
    3600 Dutchmans Lane
    Betsy Schwartz, 459-0660
    JCC Summer Camp
    What: A variety of camps for all ages. Traditional camps include daily swimming, sports, art, field trips and more. Specialty camps include sports, LEGO, dance, theatre, art and more.
    Dates: June 6-August 5
    Ages: 24 months-9th grade
    Cost: $211-$325 per week
    Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana
    James W. Robinson Junior Achievement Center for Freedom of Enterprise
    1401 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard
    Anna Sawyer, 561-5437
    JA BizTown Camp
    What: JA BizTown Camp gives campers the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in a job and run their own business.
    Dates: June 20-24, June 27- July 1, and July 11-15; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Ages: 9-12
    Cost: $195/week
    Kentucky Association for Academic Competition
    St. Catharine College, Springfield, KY
    John Bennett, 223-0088
    Governor’s Cup Academic Camps
    What: To enhance student success both in the classroom and in academic competitions like Governor’s Cup, KAAC offers academic camps for both middle grades and high school students.
    Dates: High School: June 14-17; Middle School: June 21-24
    Ages: 12-19
    Cost: $385
    Kentucky Country Day School
    4100 Springdale Road
    Arron Davis, 814-4329
    Summer Stretch
    What: Come have a wonderful summer on our beautiful campus. Summer Stretch campers choose between academic, sports or arts-related opportunities in a caring, fun environment. 
    Dates: Begin June 6 and go through the week of August 12
    Ages: Entering junior kindergarten through 12th grade
    Cost: Varies by camp. Details on website.
    Kentucky Humane Society
    Main Campus, 241 Steedly Drive
    East Campus, 1000 Lyndon Lane
    Valerie Merrifield, 515-3149
    Lifelong Friends Camp
    What: Campers are immersed in pet care, animals and nature via hands-on activities, demonstrations, games, crafts, skits and more ­— learning compassion while having fun.
    Dates: Eight one-week sessions starting June 13
    Ages: 6-12
    Cost: $185 to $200 per week
    KMAC Museum
    715 West Main Street
    Sarah McCartt-Jackson, 589-0102
    KMAC Art Camps
    What: Campers explore new techniques and materials while creating art projects to take home. Camps include clay and sculpture, imagination art, outdoor studio and more!
    Dates: 1-week sessions throughout June & July, divided by age group
    Ages: 5-14
    Cost: $220 full week, $110 half day, plus 10% discount for KMAC Members.
    Kentucky Science Center
    727 West Main Street
    Kasey Brown, 560-7156
    School’s Out Science Camp
    What: Want a fun, hands-on experience for your kids? School’s Out Science Camps offer exciting educational experiences for children in grades Pre K-10! Join us for unique topics designed to inform, engage and entertain!
    Dates: Week-long experiences from May 30-August 5 with pay-by-day camps on August 8 and August 9 at Kentucky Science Center.
    Ages: Pre K -10
    Cost: $195-300
    Los Monitos Language Company
    Asia Institute, 1244 South Third Street
    Sara Silva, 893-0933
    French Detectives, French Cooking, Spanish Cooking, Spanish Explorers, Chinese Time Travelers, Los Artistas, International Spy Camp, High School & College Spanish Immersion
    What: Engaging and adventurous full-day camps that make foreign languages and cultures fun and relevant through crafts, media, food, games and travel. Camp t-shirt included.
    Dates: Eleven one-week camps from June 20–August 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Ages: 6-12 plus high school/college-age immersion camps
    Cost: From $162-$189 per week
    Louisville Classical Academy
    2005 Douglass Boulevard
    Camp coordinator, 228-7787
    Explore Ancient Greece & Rome!
    What: Fun and educational halfday summer camps exploring ancient Greece and Rome through mythology, Olympic games, art, and hands-on science. Limited to 18 campers.
    Dates: June 2016, please visit website for details
    Ages: 7-12
    Cost: $95
    Louisville Equestrian Center
    Taylorsville, KY
    Louisville Equestrian Center, 477-0830
    Horsemanship Day Camps
    What: Join us on an adventure — horses, fun, riding, crafts and friends.  For the first-time rider to the experienced equestrian, with unique programming. Small Fry, Pony Princess, Games and so much more! Louisville Equestrian Center offers Horsemanship Summer Camps throughout the summer!
    Dates: Throughout the summer
    Ages: 3-15 years
    Cost: Check out website, email or call for info
    Louisville Nature Center
    3745 Illinois Avenue
    Judy Gardner, 458-1328
    Drawing animals from life
    What: We will learn special drawing techniques for eye/hand coordination and draw from a variety of mounted and live animals at LNC.
    Dates: June 6-10, 1-4 p.m.
    Ages: 11-17
    Cost: Members $120, non-members $135
    Louisville Writing Project, University of Louisville
    Louisville, KY
    Aretha Whaley, 609-4269
    WRITE Camp
    What: Special focus on developing pieces to enter in the Scholastic Writing Awards competition.  Grades 7-12 students (and teachers) are invited to attend one or both weeks. 
    Dates: June 20-24 & June 27-July 1, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Ages: Entering grade 7 through 12
    Cost: $100 before June 1; $150 after June 1
    Louisville Zoo
    1100 Trevilian Way
    238-5358 (Zoo Education)
    What: TeensConnect at the Louisville Zoo offers kids in grades 7-8 an exciting weekly opportunity to explore the zoo in a new way. Learn how the zoo and others around the world work to save endangered species, and what YOU can do to make a difference for these magnificent animals!
    Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5,12,19, 26
    Ages: 7th-8th grade
    Cost: $43 Members; $49 Non-Members
    Safari Day Camps 
    What: Spend your summer at the wildest camp in town! All zoo camps include zoo walks, large animal presentations, attraction rides, and up-close encounters with live animal ambassadors. Campers can enjoy a wide range of exciting camp topics for every grade level, every week of summer, and with our extended hours and convenient car line drop-off service, there’s no reason not to make this summer zoo-mazing! 
    Dates: June 6 – July 29 (weekly)
    Ages: PreK – 7th grade
    Cost: $215 Members; $245 Non-Members
    Meredith-Dunn School
    3023 Melbourne Avenue
    Ashley Ward, 456-5819, ext. 212
    Summer Academic camp
    What: Meredith-Dunn School offers an innovative approach to summer school for students completing Kindergarten through Grade 5. Our program is designed to fit your child’s individual needs.
    Dates: Module #1: Reading & Writing — June 20-July 8.
    Module #2: Math — June 20-July 8
    Ages: Completing kindergarten-5th Grade
    Cost: $50 registration fee, plus $450 per module
    3600 Chamberlain Lane, Suite 138
    Carol James, 384-3866
    MINDS-IN-MOTION Summer Camp
    What: A unique, fun blend of gymnastics, balance exercises and NASA technology, all focused on strengthening the brain’s ability to process and organize information.
    Dates: Summer Camp 1: June 6-July 1; Summer Camp 2: July 5-August 1
    Ages: Preschool-High School
    Cost: Varies depending upon age
    Montessori School of Louisville
    10263 Champion Farms Drive
    Arts, Culture and Science Camp - Early Childhood
    What: MSL’s interactive camp guides children through a new experience each week. Weeks include science, visual arts, Spanish, geography and music. 5-day, 3-day, full- and half-day available.
    Dates: June 6 - August 5 (no camp the week of July 4th)
    Ages: Ages 3 years through children entering kindergarten.
    Cost: Varies
    Camp Invention - Elementary 
    What: Camp Invention offers programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program presents essential STEM concepts through the most creative hands-on activities.
    Dates: June 6-August 5 (no camp the week of July 4th)
    Ages: Entering 1st grade through entering 5th grade.
    Cost: 5 full days, $200 per week; extended care, $10 per day

    Oldham County Schools Arts Center,
    7105 Floydsburg Road, Crestwood, KY
    Heidi or Leslie, 241-6018

    Summer Camps 2016
    What: Whether your child loves theatre, painting, pottery, crafting, ballet, playing classical music or jamming in a rock band — we offer the best camp experience.
    Dates: June 13–August 5, half-day camps can be combined with a morning and afternoon camp to make a full day of camp with supervised lunchtime. Most camps run for one week each.
    Ages: zero - 18
    Cost: Over 30 half- or full-day camp combinations. Prices range from $75  to $175 for half-day camps
    River Cities Community Sailing Program
    Carrie Gaulbert Cox ParkGaulbert Cox Park
    Roger Kennedy, 899-1311
    What: In a week novice sailors become competent sailors. Youngsters 10- to 17-years-old learn to harness the wind and go where they want. In a fun but challenging environment youth become skillful sailors brimming with self-confidence and self-reliance.
    Dates: Half-day beginning, intermediate, advanced and beginning racing camps; and full day beginning/intermediate and intermediate/advanced camps run June 6-August 5, 2016. For details on when camps meet, see the schedule on our website.
    Ages: 10-17
    Cost: $99 to $300
    Sacred Heart Academy    
    3175 Lexington Road
    Mary Gordon Stough, Assistant Athletic Director, 893-9353,
    Summer Athletic Camps
    What: Championship coaches and experienced athletes host camps for girls in basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball. Online registration and schedule on website.
    Dates: June and July
    Ages: Girls entering grades 4-9
    Cost: $110 per camp
    Sacred Heart School for the Arts   
    3105 Lexington Road
    Tiffany Underhill, 897-1816
    Summer Arts Camps and Classes
    What: Programming includes CosPlay Camp, “Gleetastic” musical theatre, dance intensives, bookmaking, fabric/textile art, “Drama 4 Change,” music appreciation, instrumental ensembles, multidisciplinary camps and much more!
    Dates: June and July
    Ages: Boys and girls ages 4-18
    Cost: Varies by camps/class
    Spencerian College   
    Louisville, KY | Lexington, KY
    Charmaine Powell, (800) 264-1799 
    Med Camp 
    What: From scrubbing in on mock surgeries and practicing first aid to running lab samples and reading x-rays, you’ll experience what it’s like to work in the healthcare field.
    Dates: June 12-17
    Ages: High school juniors and seniors
    Cost: Louisville: $495 with housing; $300 without housing. Lexington: $395 with housing; $295 without housing
    St. Francis School   
    11000 US Highway 42, Goshen, KY 40026
    Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director,
    St. Francis Preschool Day Camps
    What: Half-day camps for preschoolers with weekly themes. Each session will include Splash Days. Options for early morning care available.
    Dates: June 6-24
    Ages: 2-5 years (must be 2 by first day of session)
    Cost: $150-$225
    St. Francis Summer Camps 
    Erika Schneider, Director of Summer Programs, 795-3488 
    What: Full and half-day camps for ages K-8th grade. Specialty camps in glass art, pottery science, musical theater, Legos, Minecraft and more.
    Dates: May 31–July 15
    Ages: Entering K through 9th grade
    Cost: $150-$225
    St. James School
    1818 Edenside Avenue
    Paula Rich or Ellie Herbert
    St. James
    What: Comprehensive day care. Activities include crafts, swimming and field trips.
    Dates: May 31-July 29
    Ages: 3-years-old to 6th grade
    Cost: $170/child per week
    StageOne Family Theatre
    Lincoln Performing Arts School
    930 E. Main Street
    Linsey Gessner, 498-2442
    DramaWorks Camps
    What: Comprehensive day care. Activities include crafts, swimming and field trips.
    Dates: June and July
    Ages: 4-18
    Cost: Varies by camp. Early-bird, multi-booking and family-pass discounts available
    Sullivan College of Technology and Design
    Louisville, KY
    Heather Cunningham, 213-8226
    The Studio
    What: Bring your ideas to life using the latest technology in one of five camp tracks: computer forensics, web development, robotics, graphic design or interior design.  
    Dates: June 12-17
    Ages: High school juniors and seniors
    Cost: Computer Forensics & Robotics:
    $595 with housing; $400 without housing; Web Development, Graphic Design and Interior Design: $495 with housing, $300 without housing
    Sullivan University  
    Louisville, KY | Lexington, KY
    Lauren Gold, 413-8539 
    Culinary Camp and Baking & Pastry Arts Camp  
    What: Pursue your passion at one of the nation’s finest culinary schools. Choose from Culinary Camp, Baking & Pastry Arts Camp, or Advanced Culinary Camp (for students with at least one year of culinary training).  
    Dates: June 12-17
    Ages: High school juniors and seniors  
    Cost: $850 with housing, $650 without housing
    Sullivan University College of Pharmacy  
    Louisville, KY 
    Pharmacy Camp  
    What: Experience the world of pharmacy as a potential career path with hands-on labs, behind-the-scenes visits to pharmacy facilities, tips on applying to pharmacy school and more.  
    Dates: July 31-August 5
    Ages: High school classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 
    Cost: $495
    Sullivan University & Dale Carnegie Training Kentuckiana
    Louisville, KY 
    Heather Cunningham, 213-8226 
    Impact Camp for Future Leaders      
    What: Ambitious high school students looking to make their mark on the world will learn the secrets to success from top leaders and participate in Dale Carnegie professional development training.  
    Dates: July 11-15
    Ages: High school juniors and seniors
    Cost: $495
    The de Paul School
    1925 Duker Avenue
    Brian Archibald, 459-6131,
    de Paul’s 2016 Summer Program     
    What: de Paul offers students with learning differences/ADHD remediation or strengthening of academic skills in a comprehensive and engaging way. Afternoon enrichment camps are also available.
    Dates: June 20-24, June 27-30, July 11-15, and July 18-21
    Ages: Entering kindergarten through completing 8th grade
    Cost: $450 for Math or Language Arts Camps, Enrichment Camp costs vary by program
    The Gardner School
    9401 Mill Brook Drive
    Jeni McNickle, 412-3088
    Camp Gardner
    What: Camp Gardner offers a fun and flexible summer camp including classes, imaginative and active play, outdoor games, fun weekly themes and more! Offered for kids 6 weeks-6 years.  Full time and part time scheduling.
    Dates: June – August
    Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years old
    Cost: Varies by age
    The Parklands of Floyds Fork
    Beckley Creek Park
    Get Outside! Summer Camps at The Parklands
    What: Engaging, discovery-based investigations into gardening, art, paddling, hiking, biology, bugs, mud, and aquatic life — all in Louisville’s newest public park system.
    Dates: Camps offered June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, July 18-22, July 25-29, August 1-5
    Ages: Each week includes one camp for campers entering K-3 and one for 4-6 graders
    Cost: $210 for members/ $235 for non-members (Memberships available at Use code “EARLYBIRD” to save $15 through May 6.
    Walden Theatre / Blue Apple Players
    1123 Payne Street
    Isaac Spradlin, 589-0084
    Summer Academy, Art & Imagination Camps, and Skills Workshops
    What: Theatre-intensive camps and workshops offer activity, creative fun, performance opportunities, and skill-building in 1-3 week sessions that build confidence while engaging imaginations.
    Dates: Sessions of the 3-week Summer Academy begin May 30; June 6, 13, & 20; and July 5, 11, 18 — each culminates in public performances. All other one- two- and three-week camps and workshops available May 30-August 5.
    Ages: 3-18
    Cost: $125-$495 (varies by camp/workshop selected)
    Waldorf School of Louisville
    8005 New LaGrange Road
    Julia Kimbro, 327-0122
    Early Childhood Summer Camps
    Led by long time Waldorf early childhood teachers, children will have ample time to experience both play-based learning and time outdoors in a media-free environment complete with healthy snacks, stories and songs. 
    Dates: Weekly from May 30-July 29
    Ages: 4-9
    Cost: $245 per week
    Grades Summer Camps
    Children are offered a variety of artistic camps (singing, theatre, fiber arts, metal and woodwork) to traditional summer camp activities, games and Woodlore in a media-free enviorment.
    Dates: Weekly from May 30-July 29
    Ages: 6-15
    Cost: $245 per week
    Whet Your Palette
    1415 Evergreen Road
    Whet Your Palette
    What: Learn art around the world. Pixelate like Minecraft. Make Star Wars lightsabers. Make Messy Camp. Create fairy dragon houses, butterflies, pocket ponds and 3D paper worlds.
    Dates: Up to 4 camps weekly through summer beginning May 30, Mon.-Fri., 10-12:30 p.m. & 1:30-4 p.m.
    Ages: 4-12
    Cost: $90 (Early drop, late pickup and full day also available)
    YMCA of Greater Louisville
    YMCA Camp Piomingo
    Otter Creek Outdoor Recreational Area in Brandenburg, KY
    What: At YMCA Camp Piomingo, your child will learn new skills, enjoy nature and gain confidence. Activities include swimming, archery, horseback riding and arts and crafts.
    Dates: One-week and two-week overnight camps and equestrian camps run from June 5 to July 30.
    Ages: 6-16
    Cost: Varies. Financial assistance is available
    YMCA Summer Day Camps
    Over 30 locations throughout Jefferson, Bullitt, Clark, Floyd & Oldham Counties
    What: Let’s turn off the screens and turn up the fun! Summer unplugged at the Y will be filled with friends, field trips, swimming and adventure.
    Dates: Weekly camps run all summer long. If school is out, we have a camp for you! Come for one week or the whole summer.
    Ages: 4 -15 (Floyd & Clark County also offer camps for 3 year olds)
    Cost: Varies. Financial assistance is available. Register online by May 4 and save $10!
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