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    Disclaimer: Short of getting them all revved up and them dumping them back on their parents, I know nothing about dealing with children. But these Louisville-area camps seem like good places to stick 'em this summer. And if it turns out I don't know what I'm talking about--and there's a good chance that's the case--All Things Louisville has an exhaustive list of area camps.

    Los Monitos
    June 22-July 31
    1860 Melwood Ave.
    Usted no quiere a sus hijos a ser ignorantes y hablan un solo idioma, ¿verdad?(Translation: You don't want your children to be ignorant and just speak one language, do you?). Los Monitos in the Mellwood Arts & Center is offering summer camps throughout June and July. Some of the classes delve into Spanish art, music and cooking as well, so you can train your little Velázquez to flamenco dance and make pulpo a la gallega. (Spanish help via Google translate, as I'm one of those monolingual ignoramuses.)

    Speed Museum
    June 1-August 7
    2035 S. 3rd St.
    Knowing that Hunter S. Thompson hailed from Louisville, it seemed logical for the city to have a Speed Museum. Turns out it's actually "Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum with over 13,000 pieces in its permanent collection" and not a tribute to the long and distinguished history of amphetamines. And, as it is the former, you can feel comfortable sending your kids to any of itsassortment of summer art camps.

    Frazier Museum Summer Camp
    June 15-July 17
    829 W. Main St.
    Travel through time, follow pioneers west or explore science this summer at Frazier Museum's camps. Prices are $175 for non-museum members and $155 for members.

    Summer Chess Camp
    July 23-July 31
    Kentucky Country Day School
    USA Chess is offering morning, afternoon and all-day sessions for "coeds ages 5 through 16" (I'm guessing they meant to say was that the camp was for boys and girls). Costs range from $250 to $425, and the camp is for beginners through advanced chess players.

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