Louisville's Ultimate SUMMER Camps Guide 2016!

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Looking for the perfect place to send the kids when school is out this summer?  Here is our extensive list to help you make a decision on the perfect one that fits all your needs!  



Places we love


b2ap3_thumbnail_aak_20160225-203322_1.jpgAll About Kids

Camp-A-Bunga is for children ages 4 and up!  Weekly activities include gymnastics, swimming, dance, cheerleading, martial arts, outside play time and a different theme each week.  Our focus is on fun and fitness!  Camp includes lunch and an afternoon snack. 

DATES/TIMES:  May 26 - August 9 at the Louisville location and June 6 - August 12 (tentatively) at the Oldham County location.  Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm with early drop off and late pick up options available.

COST: 1 day: $55 / 2 days: $110 / 3 days: $160 / 4 days: $205

Full week: $225. Full days only (no half days). Pre-registration required (no longer accept walk-ins).

WHERE: Louisville - 2531 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville, KY 40299/ OC: 6400 Crestwood Station, Crestwood, KY 40014

TO REGISTER: http://www.allaboutkids.cc/Louisville/camps.php



b2ap3_thumbnail_loucon_20160225-203336_1.pngCamp Loucon

Camp Loucon camps are based around core values of being God-Centered, Neighbor Driven, and Growth Focused, meaning everything we do is geared to point our campers to God, to reach every individual where they are, and to share God's love and message. This 679 acre camp sits on the beautiful Loucon has tons of opportunities for rising 2nd graders all the way up through seniors in high school. At camp, your child will get to experience genuine community as they forge new friendships and work together with other campers through the week.  They'll learn what it means to be a disciple of Christ and gain knowledge and skills to help them bring those truths back from camp.  We've also got plenty of activities and opportunities for your camper to grow in self-confidence and learn how to be a leader. Each camper is unique and we’re striving to make camp an expression of that truth.  No matter what your child’s interests, Loucon has it covered.  We have opportunities for everyone.  Art, sports, zip lining, wilderness survival, music and water skiing are just a small list of the ways campers can customize their experience at Loucon.  No matter what activities your child experiences, they’re sure to encounter Christ in a real and life changing way!

DATES/TIMES:  Pricing & dates vary by camp experience. 

COST: Pricing & dates vary by camp experience. 

WHERE: Nolin Lake in Leitchfield, Kentucky just off the Western Kentucky Parkway.

TO REGISTER: www.loucon.org - 270-242-7160 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



b2ap3_thumbnail_CK_Logo_PMS.gifCamp Creation 

The Camp Creation Program creates memories and lasting friendships.  As well as fun-filled adventures, Camp Creation will be involved in an assortment of service projects to help out in the community. Camp Creation always begins with the end in mind.  Our job is to help all of the children to understand they are special and wonderfully made, and to believe they have amazing abilities within themselves.  Throughout the summer the children will be doing fun, interactive activities promoting literacy, writing, and learning.  These activities will help them retain what they have learned throughout the school year.


Dates/Times: 6 am - 6 pm while school is not in session May-August

Cost: $185 per week for full time, part time is available as well

Where: Creation Kingdom 9990 Linn Station Road Louisville, KY 40223 conveniently located off of 64 and Hurtsbourne Way 

Register: www.creationkingdom.com - 502-272-9600


b2ap3_thumbnail_idtech.jpgiD Tech Camps

This summer, encourage the awesome in your child! At iD Tech Camps, students ages 7-17 can learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, model 3D characters, and more! These weeklong, day and overnight summer programs are held at prestigious campuses nationwide, including University of Louisville-Shelby Campus, Xavier University, Butler, Purdue, NYU, Stanford, and more.  iD Tech summer courses are inclusive of every skill level and learning style. Tech-savvy instructors teach curriculum in small groups of just 8 students per instructor—guaranteed—so both beginners and advanced students can learn at the perfect pace. Campers make new friends, learn foundational STEM skills, and enjoy long-term benefits that extend beyond school, college, and future careers.

Dates/Times: June 13th- July 15th; 1 week sessions from 9am - 5pm

Cost: See website for details

Where: Held at University of Louisville- Shelby Campus

Register: www.iDTech.com - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 888-709-8324



b2ap3_thumbnail_J-Summer-Camp.jpgJCC Summer Camp

Experience the magic of JCC Summer Camp where there is something for every child. JCC Summer Camp offers traditional camp for children 2 years through 9th grade with arts & crafts, sports, free swim, swim lessons and more!  Children 2 years old receive private swim lessons twice a week, children 3 and 4 years old receive group swim lessons three times a week and children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade receive group lessons daily.

Specialty camps are also offered which include: Soccer, Theatre, Dance, Lego, Cooking, Art and more. All specialty camps enjoy a daily swim.  We believe that all campers can participate, all campers can succeed and all campers can make a new friend. Our Yachad program integrates children with special needs fully in our regular program. We also offer a special unit for preschoolers transitioning into Kindergarten. The beautiful JCC campus includes two outdoor pools, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, as well as indoor gymnasiums, auditorium and more! Visit our website or call for additional information.

Dates/Times: June 6-August 5 9 a.m.-4 p.m., extended options available

Cost: Varies

Where: 3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205

Register: www.jcclouisvillecamp.org - 502-459-0660



Week of Code Summer Camp – Kentucky’s #1 Coding Camp for Kids!b2ap3_thumbnail_WOC_header.jpg

Awesome Inc U’s Week of Code Summer Camp is Kentucky’s #1 Coding Camp! If your child likes technology or enjoys playing games like Minecraft, this is for them!

By the end of the week, each student will have built at least one web page, app, and video game using programming languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Arduino w/ C++, and Unity 3D w/ C#. The camp is kept small to ensure everyone gets focused attention and learns at their own pace. More than just coding - Week of Code boosts creativity, logical thinking skills and brain power! In addition to programming time inside, campers will interact with our upbeat team for unplugged activities and games. Week of Code uses technology to develop real-world leadership skills. a blend of computer programming, problem-solving, and teamwork!


Awesome Inc U is offering an incredible discount on their popular coding camp for Mommy Nest readers! Use this special link to save $230.00 off the regular camp price!


Dates: Mon, June 20th - Thurs, June 23rd  (Louisville) – Save $230.00!

Tues, July 12th – Fri, July 15th (Lexington) – SOLD OUT!

Tues, Aug 2nd – Fri, Aug 5th (Lexington)

Location: Warp Zone - 612 W Washington St, Louisville, KY 40202

Cost: Mommy Nest readers can save $230.00 by using this special link! (Early-bird price + Mommy Nest discount: $395! regular price: $625)

To Register: Week of Code

For more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 502.802.5972




b2ap3_thumbnail_LVALogoFullNameBlack--for-web.jpgLouisville Visual Art

Louisville Visual Art offers a wide variety of camps for ages 7-14.  Painting Lab focuses on the young artist who needs the time and space to experiment with the wonders of paint. Creature Feature is the class for your child if they like to experiment with multiple media such as paint, plaster, gauze and air-drying clay! Intro to Photography will teach participants the art and skill of photography.  Stop-Motion Camp is an imaginative course that will introduce students to the exciting world of stop-motion animation through a collaborative adventure in story telling. Sequential Art is an innovative summer camp is ideal for students who want to learn what it takes to write and draw comic books and graphic novels.

Dates/Times:  Painting Lab - June 13 – 17, Ages 7-12

Creature Feature - June 20 – 24, Ages 7-12

Intro to Photography - July 11 – 15, Ages 7-10 / July 18 - 22, Ages 11-14

Stop-Motion Camp  - July 25 – 29, Ages 7-10 / August 1-5, Ages 11-14

Sequential Art - June 27 - July 1, Ages 7-10 / July 4 - 8,  Ages 11-14

* All camps run from 9:00am-4:00pm with the option of adding extended hours to make the day from 8:00am-5:00pm.

Costs: $230 - $280

Where: Camps are all held at LVA @ Clifton Center.

Register:  http://www.louisvillevisualart.org/camps-workshops



b2ap3_thumbnail_mvsc.pngSummer Soccer Camps at Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex

Since 1980, Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex has been Louisville's Leader in Recreational Sports! At MVSC, we strive to develop players within appropriate age training environment with the goal of achieving their full potential.  Most importantly, MVSC is a place where children of all ages can come and enjoy themselves while developing the sport-specific skills necessary to take their game to the next level. Currently, MVSC is hosting its Youth Recreational Soccer Sessions and gearing up for a Summer of fun! Louisville's leader in recreational sporting activities has Summer Camps and programming for children between 3-13 years of age. MVSC is the place to PLAY FOR LIFE all year round for children and adults

Dates/Times: Camp is offered weekly throughout summer with times options between 9am-4pm

Costs: Varies by camp option

Where: Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex, 3000 Mellwood Avenue, Louisville, KY 40207

Register: www.MockingbirdSoccer.net




School’s Out Science Camps at the KY Science Ctr b2ap3_thumbnail_MommysNest_camps2016_7.5x4.625.jpg

Want a fun, hands-on experience for your kids? School’s Out Science Camps offer exciting educational experiences for little scientists! Join us for unique topics designed to inform, engage and entertain!

Dates/Times: May 30 - August 5

8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
 8 A.M. to 9 A.M.
 4 P.M. to 5 P.M.




Standard Theme: $195/$220


*Specialty Camps: $245/$270


STEAM Academy: $275/$300


Where: 727 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202


Register: http://kysciencecenter.org/kids/camps/schools-out-science-camps/





Highly Recommended

b2ap3_thumbnail_wyp_20160225-214754_1.jpgWhet Your Palette Art Camps

Who knew art could go in so many directions? We’re going to build our own lightsabers and use the Force in our Star Wars - The Art Awakens Camp! We’ll be making wild sock comfort creatures, fanciful fairy & elf houses and dragons from nature’s supplies, Mine(your)craft art, fluttering butterflies, pocket themed ponds, and multi-dimensional paper worlds. And - returning for a second year! - we’re going to get down and dirty with our super popular and ever-expanding Messy 2 - Return of the Splat Camp! Our talented staff will guide your young artist to discover a world of possibilities in our Anchorage Art House with seven dedicated art rooms, shaded patio, and Japanese garden. We’ll use everything  to who knows what to create wonderful artworks all while expanding our artful minds learning about famous artist associated with each camp. Camps offered for ages 4 - 12 years.

Dates/Times: 4 camps weekly through summer, beginning June 6th. M-F. 10-12:30 & 1:30-4. (Full-day with Early drop-off, Late pick-up, and Lunch-stay options available.)

Cost: $90 per camp

Where: The Art House in Anchorage, 1415 Evergreen Rd, Louisville, KY 40223

Register: In person or www.WhetYourPalette.com



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Our Musical Theatre Camps are the perfect combination of a traditional camp experience with all of the fun activities mixed in with fun and excitement in singing, dancing and acting. We offer two camps:


CMPI Broadway Bound Kids Camp @ Classic Melodies
 July 18th-22 M-F 9-3p.m.
CMPI Broadway Bound Overnight @ Cedar Ridge Camp
July 24th-30th


CMPI Broadway Bound Kids $149 includes Lunch
CMPI Broadway Bound Overnight $399  includes 3 meals a day


CMPI Broadway Bound Kids @
Classic Melodies
1191 Hillview Blvd #6
Louisville, KY 40229
CMPI Broadway Bound Overnight
Cedar Ridge Camp
4010 Old Routt Rd
Louisville, KY 40299

Register: www.classicmelodies.org



Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetariumb2ap3_thumbnail_logo-Gheens_fullcolor.png

Hands-on, engaging activities build inquiry and problem solving skills that are invaluable life tools. Kids delve into individual and team projects that make science fun. There are three sessions of Space Adventure Camp for kids entering grades 2-4, two sessions of Space Engineering Camp for kids entering grades 5-6 and one session of Space Engineering Camp for kids entering grades 7-9.

Dates/Times: M-F, 9 AM – 4 PM

Cost: Planetarium family members (http://louisville.edu/planetarium/members) receive a $50 discount on the $200 registration fee.

Where: 106 W Brandeis Ave, Louisville, KY 40292

Register: http://louisville.edu/planetarium/kids/summercamps



SkyCamp at Sky Zone Louisvilleb2ap3_thumbnail_Sky-Camp_V2-page-0.jpg

SkyCamp is the perfect way to combine FUN and fitness! It is five, half days of instructor-led activities, age appropriate SkyRobics, open jumping, Ultimate Dodgeball & Volleyball, all incorporating the fun and excitement of Sky Zone! Daily arts & crafts and snack also provided! Have fun, make new friends and start flying!

Dates/Times: 6/20-6/24 & 7/11-7/15 - 8a-12p

Cost: $140 or $115 if you sign up before April 1

Where: 2671 Technology Drive, Jeffersontown, KY 40299

Register: www.skyzone.com/louisville or 502-909-3500



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Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players camps & performances delight & challenge kids aged 3-18 to engage their confidence & imaginations. No experience necessary. The Summer Academy program offers kids work on the play Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a crazy tale of golden tickets and an eccentric candy genius. Students get the experience of rehearsing & performing a play complete with sets, props, & costumes. In the Pre-School, Art, & Imagination sessions children expand storytelling foundations or explore their inner Picasso. Pre-K camps give young kids their 1st theatrical experience! Skill-Building camps hone theatre skills in a range of offerings, from 3-week Shakespeare Intensive or Teen Acting Intensive to Audition Skills, Scene & Song Study, & more to come!

Dates/Times: Various courses run various weeks, see website

Cost: Cost varies based on camp and session

Where: 1123 Payne St. Louisville, KY 40204

Register: waldentheatre.org | 502.589.0084 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



Other Great Choices



A one-week performing arts camp for students ages 7 to 17 exploring drama, music, and dance. Taught by Derby Dinner theatre professionals and focusing on creative dramatics and scenes, songs, and dance from Broadway musicals, the camp culminates in a final sharing on the Playhouse stage.

DATES/TIMES:  (5 Weeks to choose from)  July 5-9; July 11-16; July 18-23; July 25-30; Aug 1-6; 9am to 3pm M/T/TR/F/S

COST: $175

WHERE: 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN, 47129

REGISTER: www.derbydinner.com/classes or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Kentucky Shakespeare

Camp Shakespeare creates opportunities for children and teens ages 4-18 to explore the theatre arts through imaginative play, visual arts, movement, storytelling, language, and more!

DATES/TIMES:  June 6-July 30 - Monday-Friday and Drop-Off Begins at 8:30am and Pick-Up ends at 4:15pm.  * No Camp on July 4th.

COST: Various costs based on camp and dates, see website

WHERE: Main Campus-Louisville TBD

Locust Grove-Louisville

Liberty Hall-Frankfort

Sayre School-Lexington

REGISTER:  www.kyshakespeare.com



The Louisville Ballet School

Summer Dance Programs

DATES/TIMES: June 20th-July 22nd - One-week sessions for ages 3-8 and Two-week sessions for ages 8-16 

COST: Varies with age group and program length

WHERE: 4121 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40207   

REGISTER: http://www.louisvilleballet.org/DanceSchool/ - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Uptown Art Louisville or New Albany

You can register for just one day or all 18 between both locations! Each day will include a painting project on a 16x20 canvas and a craft. For more info on projects, paintings, and to register, visit either the Louisville or New Albany location calendars!

DATES/TIMES: various dates throughout June and July, 10am-2pm daily (doors open at 9 AM, drop off no later that 9:45), pick up 2:15.

Louisville Camps: June 7,9,21,23 July 5,7,19,21

New Albany Camps: June 14,16,28,30 July 12,14,26,28

COST: $50 per day - Class Price includes materials for the painting and project with lunch (cheese pizza and choice of water or Capri Sun) served in between.

WHERE: Uptown Art Louisville, 2458 Bardstown Rd, Louisville KY 40205 or Uptown Art New Albany, 426 Bank St, New Albany IN 47150

REGISTER: Uptown Art Louisville or Uptown Art New Albany or call 502-595-8873



Ballard High School Field Hockey
Field Hockey Camp, grades 2-9

June 1- Ballard players will provide fun games and techniques to improve players’ skills. June 2- UofL field hockey players will help with defense/offense techniques and skills. June 3- Bellarmine field hockey players will help with offense and defense drills *Division 1 goalie Sadie Reynolds will be helping out goalies on skills and techniques.

DATES/TIMES:  June 1-3 (rain make day June 4)

     Grades 2-6 - 9am - noon

     Grades 7-9 - 6pm - 9pm

COST: $100

WHERE: Ballard High School's Chilton Field - 6000 Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, KY 40222

REGISTER: https://www.facebook.com/BHSFH/?fref=ts or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Louisville Nature Center

Drawing Animals From Life - Two afternoons will be spent sketching at the Louisville Zoo. Ages: 11 to 17

DATES/TIMES: June 6-10 - 1pm-4pm

COST: Starting at $110

WHERE: 3745 Illinois Ave., Louisville, Ky. 40213

REGISTER: http://www.louisvillenaturecenter.org/summer_camps.aspx - 502-458-1328


Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

Nature Camp for rising 1st graders to rising 6th graders

DATES/TIMES: Session I-June 14 to 17; Session II-June 27 to 30 - 9 am to 2 pm

COST: $155 for 1st child and 2nd child, $135 for each additional sibling.  10% discount for ‘Friends’ of the Preserve

WHERE: 12501 Harmony Landing Road, Goshen, KY 40026

REGISTER: www.KYNaturePreserve.org - Patty Bleau 502-228-4362 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Even More Choices

Abigail Academy

Bellarmine Baseball Camps 

Boshart Stables

Boy Scout Camps 

Bright Horizons

Camp Hi-Ho

Camp Invention

Camp Kenzie

Cedar Ridge Camp

Chance School Summer Under the Trees



Earth & Spirit Center (St. Agnes) - Camp Nature Odyssey

Frazier Museum

Gary Plock's Tennis Camp at Glen Oaks Country Club

Girl Scout Camp

Good Garbage

Hwang's Martial Arts

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Kentucky Science Center

Lions Camp Crescendo

Los Monitos Language Camps

Louisville Classical Academy

Louisville Equestrian Center 

Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation

Louisville Skating Academy 

Louisville Zoo

Maiden Tribe Summer Camp for Girls 

McClanahan School of Irish Dance

Montessori School of Louisville 


Passionist Earth & Spirit Center

Primrose School of East Adventure

REDs Baseball and Softball camps 

Sacred Heart School for the Arts

Second Presbyterian Church Smiley Camp 

Speed Art Museum

StageOne Family Theatre DramaWorks Camps

St. Luke's Preschool Camp

St. Francis Summer Camps

Sullivan Culinary & Baking and Pastry Arts Camps 

The Kentucky Humane Society

Tutor Doctor Virtual Summer

University of Louisville Suzuki Summer String Institute

White Mills Christian Camp 

Wiley Brown Basketball Summer Clinics 

YMCA Camp Piomingo

YMCA Summer Day Camps at various locations