Louisville Summer Camps for Kids

Art camps, science camps, sport camps and more.

The scheduled last day for the Jefferson County Public School academic year is in June. If you are looking for summer day camps, you are in luck. There are camps for every interest in and around Louisville.

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Camp Shakespeare

Although it is a theatre camp, the staff of Camp Shakespeare has added classic summer camp experiences into the mix. For example, participants learn camp songs, go on field trips and have scavenger hunts. There are half day or full day opportunities for the younger campers, ages 7 and up participate in full days. This camp would make an ideal pairing with a family trip to see Shakespeare in the Park.

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Hwang Martial Arts

Learn basic Taekwondo and go on occasional field trips to the zoo, pools and parks. A summer camp designed to teach life skills while making friends and having fun in a positive environment, Hwang's appeals to the sporty set.

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iD Tech Camps

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Code, game, create! At iD Tech Camps held at the University of Louisville, students ages 7-17 code apps, design video games, mod in Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce movies, and more. Kids meet new friends and gain a competitive edge for school and future STEM careers. Call 1-888-709-8324 to register.

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Camp J

A spot to play, make friends, and swim in the pool, Camp J offers up a rounded day camp experience. It's a fun way to start the day and prep kids for the entertaining activities and stories that will be shared throughout the day.

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KidArt Camp at KMAC

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft offers week-long summer camps for elementary and middle school aged children. At KidArt Camp, a different art medium is introduced each day. Paint, fiber, mixed media and more will all be covered. There is also a Clay Camp, focusing on ceramics. Kids in middle school can try out the Blackacre Camp, an opportunity to spend time with artists in the Blackacre Nature Conservancy. For the younger set, KMAC offers half or full day options.

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Historic Locust Grove

There are different camps, like Shakespeare and History camps. These week-long camps give children the opportunity to explore how things were created long ago. Sign up for one or all three.

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Louisville Nature Center

Summer camp at the Louisville Nature Center includes games, guided hikes and exciting hands-on learning. Campers, ages 6-12, investigate the wildlife and habitats of the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, a 41-acre forest that serves as an outdoor classroom. There are a limited number of scholarships available, contact LNC for details.

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Metro Parks and Recreation

Several community centers of Louisville Metro Parks offer summer camps. The programs are designed for ages 6-12. There is one teen camp offered, too. Fees vary and financial aid is available.

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Parklands of Floyds Fork

With classrooms and Beckley Creek Park, campers learn through hands-on science investigations in and near the great outdoors. There are camps for children in grades k-6, each with different themes. Parkland members receive a discounted camp price and campers are to bring their own lunch, snack and bottle of water each day.

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YMCA Summer Camps

Each year, the YMCA of Greater Louisville offers a variety of camps. There are camps devoted to sports and science, others offer field trips to the Louisville Zoo and much more. Added bonus: chances are there is a YMCA camp close to home. With locations offering camps for elementary aged children, and even a few for teens, chances are you can find a camp that interests your child and wouldn't require a lot of commuting.

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