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Planning for child care? Consider summer camps and special programs

UK does not endorse any of these camps or special programs. We provide these listings to support parents with up-to-date information on participating camps to assist with child care planning. If you are a vendor and would like your camp included, please click here.

AdventureServe's Adventure Day Camp

Location: 709 E Main St, Wilmore, KY 40390
Cost:
$290 Lunch & Snacks Provided
$90 Deposit to secure spot, balance due 1 week before camp.

NA
Jr. Camp: Rising 4th-5th Graders
Sr. Camp: Rising 6th-8th Graders
Jr Camp: June 6-10
Jr Camp: July11-15
Sr Camp: June 13-17
Sr Camp: July 25-29

8:30am to 4:30pm
www.AdventureServe.org/Adventure-Day-Camp

Students get the opportunity to learn outdoor adventure skills and put them into practice. Learn climbing, caving, canoeing, camping skills, orienteering, and more!

Brice Burton
Brice@AdventureServe.org
6062190412

Aviation Camps of Kentucky

Location: Aviation Museum of Kentucky
4029 Airport Road
Lexington, KY 40510
Cost: $239.00
10-17 years old
June 6-7, 9-10, 13-14, 16-17, 20-21, 23-24
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
www.aviationky.org

Day camp over two days offering experiences in all areas of aviation. The camp includes a flight in a light aircraft with a licensed flight instructor.

Bob Jones
bobjones@aviationky.org
8507589141

BDC Summer Debate Camp

Location: University of Kentucky Campus
Cost: $250
Ages 10-18 are permitted to attend the BDC Summer Debate Camp.
June 20th - 25th, 2022
10 AM - 4:30 PM
https://bluegrassdebate.org/debate-camp/

During the week, students will learn the fundamentals of leadership, argumentation, persuasive writing, research, and public speaking. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about current events from the experts that study them. Through a variety of fun activities, lively discussions, and practice debates, students will become more critical thinkers and confident public speakers.

Katie Humphries
katiehumphries@uky.edu
330-623-2702

Bluegrass HorseAbility and Camp Creative

Location:
Bluegrass HorseAbility: Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH), 4185 Walt Robertson Road, Lexington, KY 40511

Camp Creative: onsite with Creative Beginnings Child Care, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504

Cost:
$250 per week for Bluegrass HorseAbility

$200 per week for Camp Creative

Bluegrass HorseAbility: school age special needs children (kindergarten through high school)

Camp Creative: post-kindergarten through 9 years old

Approximately May 31-August 5. Camp schedule is based on the Fayette County Public Schools schedule.

Bluegrass HorseAbility (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Camp Creative (7 a.m.-6 p.m.)

https://cardinalhill.org/

Bluegrass HorseAbility focuses on providing enriching activities for children with special needs. The camp is run in conjunction with Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) and provides therapeutic horse time for each child.

Lloyd Bonse
lloyd.bonse@cardinalhill.org
859-246-8811

Camp Co-op 2022

Location: 3564 Clays Mill Rd.
Cost: $20 registration fee
$100 for 4-day camp
$200 for 8-day camp
Ages 3 - 8 years
3 sessions (2 weeks each):
June 6-16
June 20-30
July 11-21
Morning camp: 2 days per week, Monday and Wednesday/Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon
Afternoon camp: 4 days per week Monday through Thursday, 1-4 p.m.

www.coopschool.org

Camp Co-op is a creative, half-day camp incorporating many hands-on activities in art, nature, cooking, music, drama and literature which can be explored at varying levels by children at different stages of development. Each session has a theme, but there is always time for lots of free play, for reading a book in the shade or for examining an interesting plant on our wonderful playground.

Heather Simpson
info@coopschool.org
859-276-6350

Camp Redwood

Location: 166 Crestwood Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
Cost:
To be determined
Ranges from $200 to $350 depending on camp option, half day, full day, extended day

Rising preschool (age 3-5) through rising 6th grade
June 6-July 29, Monday-Friday
No camp on July 4
7:30 a.m.-3:30p.m., with extended option to 5:30 p.m.
www.redwoodcoop.com/extended-day-programs/camp-redwood/

Camp Redwood offers an outdoor, hands-on, discovery-driven, fun and engaging summer camp experience! Making memories and building friendships will be the focus of our weeks as we move through exciting weekly camp themes as well as specialty camps.

Amanda Phillips
aphillips@redwoodcoop.org
419-799-0968

Camp Shalom

Location: Temple Adath Israel/JFB
124 N. Ashland Ave
Lexington, KY 40509
Cost:
$275/week*
$50/Early or Late stay per week or $100/week for both
*Discounts available for early registration through 3/31/22, UK Employee discount, sibling discount

10% UK employee discount
Ages 4-15 years
Groups for Pre-K and Kindergarten through Rising 8th Graders
Rising 7th and 8th graders can participate in the LIT program for the same fee and learn valuable skills!

July 11-29th
July 11-15 - Superhero Week
July 18-22 - A Dive into the Sciences Week
July 25-29 - Sports Week/Color Wars

Camp is from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
7:30-8:45 a.m. Early Stay for additional fee
4- 5:30 p.m. Late Stay for additional fee

https://www.jewishlexington.org/get-involved/camp-shalom/

Activities are geared to encourage unity, fun and learning. Woven throughout the day, universal values are incorporated into activities through the lens of Jewish traditions, ethics and learning by focusing on Jewish principles. Campers will participate in art classes, weekly swimming trips, field trips, special guest speakers, games and much, much more!

Most importantly, Camp Shalom offers our children an opportunity to be with other children, creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Children from all backgrounds welcome!

Susan Voglesong
susan@jewishlexington.org
859.268.0672 ext. 204

Canoe Kentucky

Location: 100 Cove Spring Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
Cost: $85.00 per student
9 year olds through 14 year olds
June 15, 2022
June 29, 2022
July 13, 2022
July 27, 2022
August 3, 2022

Drop off 9:00 AM
Pick up 3:00 PM
https://www.canoeky.com/youth-day-camps

Each program will include an adventure exploring while engaging in a fun environmental education activity. Youth will spend time paddling each program day, weather permitting.

Barb Cornett
barb@canoeky.com
502-227-4492

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/Softball Camps

Location: Lexington Christian Academy
450 W Reynolds Rd, Lexington, KY 40503
Cost: $395
6-14 boys and girls
July 4 - 8
9am to 3pm
www.reds.com/camps

Official Camp of the Cincinnati Reds. 30 hours of instruction, full Reds uniform, 4 Reds tickets and a VIP trip to Great American Ball Park where kids will meet a player

Tim Rappe
trappe@reds.com
513-258-2998

CREATE Studio

Location: 212 Woodland Ave, Lexington KY 40502
Cost: $175 for Half Day, $300 for Full Day
10%, Use the code UK2022
4-11 years
June 6 - August 5
Half Day: 9 a.m.-noon
Full Day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Early Drop off: 8 a.m.
Late Pick up: 5:30 p.m.

www.createstudioky.com

Camp CREATE is full of playful experimentation of art processes and materials. We encourage individual expression and imaginative exploration of each child's artistic ideas. Please join us for a fun-filled summer!

Sydney Cox
info@createstudioky.com
859.429.1594

Cut and Paste Craft Studio

Location: 3330 Partner Place, Ste. 156, Lexington, KY 40503
Cost: $45-$180
Ages vary, however, we have camps for kids as young as 5 and as well as tween and teen nights for older kids.

June 1-August 8
We offer half-day camps both morning and afternoon.
www.cutandpastecraftstudio.com

Cut & Paste Craft Studio offers summer camps for creative kids. We'll work with paint, clay, paper, wood and more to create fun masterpieces all summer long.

Laurie Evans
info@cutandpastecraftstudio.com
859-223-0114

Dr. Kim's Taekwondo

Location: 3601 Palomar Centre Drive
Cost: $250
Ages from 4 to 15
June 6 through July 29
Regular hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Early drop-off 8 a.m.
Late pickup 6 p.m.

tigerkimtkd.com

We teach martial arts, self-defense, character development skills, weekly themes, fun activities and field trips every week.

Tiger Kim
Tigerkimtkd@yahoo.com
859-333-5882

InnOVATION Arts Academy Summer Camps

Location: Arts Place
161 North Mill Street
Lexington, KY
Cost: 1 week full day: $275; 1 week half day: $150
2 week full day: $500
Jungle Book Kids
Half days: 3-5 years
Full days: entering 1st-7th grades

13 Jr (pilot musical with iTheatrics)
Full days - Entering 6th- completed 12th Grade

Jungle Book Kids: July 18-23

13 Jr: July 25-August 7
Full day 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Half day 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
www.innovationarts.org

Join us for a fully produced musical theatre production, crafted especially for your student's age and learning ability. Students will learn singing, acting and dancing from professional teachers who love kids! Students do not have to have previous experience to attend. Casting takes place during the first day of camp.

Mary Joy Nelson
innovationarts.lex@gmail.com
859-489-2683

JM Feltner 4-H camp

Location:
380 J.M. Feltner Road
London, KY 40744
We bus from Fayette County to and from the camp.

Cost: $250
Ages 9-15 campers
Teen leaders 16 and up

July 25 to 29

http://fayette.ca.uky.edu/content/4-h-youth-development

Camp facilities include a dining hall, a multipurpose building, shelter house, nature cabin, deluxe cabin with storm bunker, country store for souvenirs and snacks, and a swimming pool with waterslide and rock wall. A 1 ½ acre lake provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing, paddle boating and pond studies in nature class. The camp offers facilities for archery, riflery, football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and hiking.

Manda Clark
amanda.clark@uky.edu
859-257-5582

Kentucky Elite Swim Camp

Location: Lancaster Aquatic Center
Cost: TBA
12 to 18 years old
3 weeks in June, Monday to Thursday
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
 

Elite camp for the competitive swimmer!

Bridgette Alexander
bridgette.alexander@uky.edu
859-257-7944

Kentucky Women's Soccer Summer Youth Camp

Location:
Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex, 570 Wildcat Ct, Lexington, Kentucky 40502

Cost: $250
20% for employees
5-13 years
June 6-9, 13-16, July 18-21
9 a.m.-noon daily (registration and drop-off 8:30-9:00 a.m. daily
 

The girls only soccer day camp provides an opportunity to focus on fundamental skill instruction in a fun setting. The camp boasts an excellent coach-to-camper ratio and will features individual skill development and small-sided games. Campers will have the opportunity to work with UK Soccer players and coaches. It is a great opportunity to learn more about soccer while having a fantastic experience.

Michele Dalton
ukwomenssoccer@uky.edu
859-257-6225

LCT's Summer Theatre School 2022

Location: 418 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507
Cost:
PlayMakers: $215
Performance Workshops: $230

Extended Care: $12/day or $55/full week

PlayMakers: 5-8 years
Performance Workshops: 8-16 years, depending on the class

Week-long classes (Monday-Friday), between May 31 and August 6
PlayMakers: 9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Performance Workshops: 9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., depending on the class

We will also be offering Extended Care from 8-9 a.m. and 3:45-6:00 p.m.

https://www.lctonstage.org/theatre-school/classes-workshops/

Step onto the stage at Lexington Children’s Theatre’s Summer Theatre School where your student will get to be part of creating their very own play! These award-winning day camps have sessions available for a wide variety of ages and interests.

Rhonda Bell
education@lctonstage.org
(859) 254-4546 x226

Leeds Center for the Arts

Location: 37 N. Main St.
Winchester, KY
40391
Cost: $350 for two week day camp.
Ages 7-18
Musical Theatre Intensive: June 6-17, 2022. Performance on June 17 at 7:00 PM.
Aristocats Kids Performance Workshop: June 20 - July 1, 2022. Performances on July 1st and 2nd at 7:00 PM.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. No camp on weekends.

www.leedscenter.org/education-and-outreach/spark

Musical Theatre Intensive: High-caliber dance, as well as vocal and acting training all culminate into a fully staged production.
Aristocats KIDS Workshop: Everybody wants to be a cat! Join us for two weeks of fun-filled singing, dancing, and acting, while working to put on a fully staged production of Aristocats Kids!

Ellie Miller
contact@leedscenter.org
859-744-6437

Lexington Tennis Club Tennis Camps

Location: 410 Redding Rd.
Lexington, KY 40517
Cost:
5-day camp: $200
3-day camp: $120
Early drop-off: $10 per day or $30 per week (advance registration required for early drop-off)

Ages 6-10
5-day camps: June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25
3-day camps: June 1, July 6

Camp hours 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Early drop-off (8 to 8:50 a.m.)
https://ltctennis.com/

Campers are introduced to all tennis strokes and scorekeeping through drills and games that help develop hand-eye coordination, balance and agility. Pool time and other fun activities included.

Dee Jones
dee@ltctennis.com
859-272-4546 Ext 252

Life Adventure Center

Location: 570 Milner Road, Versailles, KY, 40383
Cost: $425 before May 1
$475 after May 1
8-15 years old
July 6-10
July 13-17
Early drop off: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Camp: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pick up: 5-6 p.m.

https://lifeadventurecenter.org/

Our open enrollment camp is an annual favorite – your camper will have fun while doing a wide range of activities, from our extensive challenge course to horseback riding, archery, canoeing and more!

We are also offering several full and partial scholarships this session! Please let us know if you are interested in taking one of our scholarship spots!

Kathy Miller
kathy@lifeadventurecenter.org
859-873-3271

Lions Camp Crescendo Inc.

Location:
Lions Camp Crescendo Inc.
PO Box 607
1480 Pine Tavern Road
Lebanon Junction, KY 40150

Cost: No Charge, however donations are gratefully accepted.
6-15 yrs.
July 4-8
July 17-22
N/A
www.lionscampcrescendo.org

Recreational overnight camp for children ages 6-15 years old who are vision impaired, hearing impaired, in foster care, kinship care or affected by HIVAIDS. We have 4 camps to serve these children. Background checks performed on staff who are age 18 and up. Community service hours are provided.

Billie Flannery
wibblesb@aol.com
502-264-0120

Newton's Attic STEM Day Camps

Location:
Newton's Attic
4974 Old Versailles Road
Lexington, KY 40510
(next to Bluegrass Airport)

Cost: $225-$265 for a half-day week
Waive early drop off and late pick up fee. When registering for early drop off and/or late pick up, use coupon code UK2022 at checkout.
1st-12th grades
May 31-August 12
• Early drop off starting at 7:30 a.m. and late pick up until 5:30 p.m. by request for a small fee.
• 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. standard drop off and pick up window.
• Full-day camps: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
• Half-day mornings: 8:30 a.m.-noon
• Half-day afternoons: 1-4:30 p.m.

www.NewtonsAttic.org

Newton's Attic offers half-day and full-day hands-on, project based STEM day camps for 1st through 10th graders in the areas of robotics, 3D printing, drones, chemistry, computer coding, engineering, rocketry, aerospace, catapults and more!

Dawn Cloyd
Office@NewtonsAttic.com
859-368-7334

Pre-College Academic Experience in Math and Science

Location: 400 East College Street
Georgetown, KY 40324
Cost: $700.00
14-18 years
June 12-24
Residential
https://www.georgetowncollege.edu/paems

A residential two-week program in mathematics and science for highly-motivated students entering their sophomore, junior or senior years of high school.
Classroom and laboratory experiences are complemented by field trips to science-related destinations such as the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the University of Kentucky MacAdam Student Observatory, and a full-service equine hospital.

Tracy Livingston
tracy_livingston@georgetowncollege.edu
502-863-7978

Spindletop Hall AllSports Camp

Location: 3414 Iron Works Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
Cost:
Spindletop members $200
Non members $265
CIT Camp
Members $200
Non members $265
Early drop off $15 for first child in family $10 for each after
Late pick up $15 for first child in family $10 for each after

Children age 6-13 for AllSports Camp
Children age 14-15 for Counselor in Training Camp

June 20-24
June 27-July 1
July 18-22
July 25-29
August 1-5

Camp Hours 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Early drop off 8-9 a.m.
Late pick up 4:30-5:30 p.m.

www.spindletophall.org/allsports-camp

Sports camp for children with a large number of activities. Basketball, swimming, tennis, pickleball, volleyball, soccer, games, golf, ninja and crafts. Very busy schedule. Lunch and snacks provided.

Jack Ebel
jackdebel@gmail.com
859-351-9126

Sullivan University Summer Camp

Location: Sullivan University, Louisville
Sullivan University, Lexington
Cost:
Culinary and Advanced Culinary - $895
Baking & Pastry and Advanced Baking & Pastry - $895
Med Camp - $495

$50 off with Promo Code Camp50
High School (must have completed freshman year)
June 12-17

www.sullivan.edu/summercamp

Sullivan Camp is a fabulous hands-on opportunity for your high school student to make friends and memories while exploring culinary, baking and pastry or medical careers by working with our knowledgeable instructors during day, and participating in various fun activities in the evenings!

Amy Collins
acollins@sullivan.edu
502-609-9341

The Academy Gymnastics and Sports

Location: 949 National Avenue, just off Richmond Road and Winchester Road.
Cost: Varies based on the number of weeks attending. Averages $150/week
10% military and/or UK discount
4-12 years old gymnastics, cheerleading, and all sports camps run simultaneously. Very close to campus, and fun for all kids, BOYS and GIRLS. Celebrating our 22nd year of summer camp fun.

All summer long until Fayette County Schools resume
7:45 a.m.-6 p.m.
www.theacademylex.com

Gymnastics, cheerleading, and all sports camps offered each week, all summer long. Spring break camp as well!

John Ireland
lexgym@aol.com
859-361-3217

The Bright Spot

Location: 153 Patchen Drive, Unit 55, Lexington, KY
Cost: $175 for half day, $350 for full day, $10 a day for extended day
5-12 years
July 11-29
Options for half day (9 a.m.-noon), full day (1-4 p.m.) and extended day (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

www.thebrightspotky.com

Camp Invention will have campers learning about inventors, inventions, and the engineering design process to create their own invention for our final showcase; Camp Imagination will have campers immersed in a world of whimsy where we’ll explore great imagineers and let our own imaginations run wild; and Express Yourself Camp will have campers exploring art, dance, drama, and music as a mode of expression. They will explore how other artists use different media and then will develop their own ways to express themselves through different modes.

Angie Madden
angiemadden@thebrightspotky.com
859-523-1009

The Cathedral Domain

Location: The Cathedral Domain
830 Highway 1746
Irvine, KY 40336-8701
Cost: $515 per week session. Scholarships provided upon request
7.5% of fee
After 1st grade through High School graduation
June 12-July 30

www.cathedraldomain.org

The Cathedral Domain began operations in 1913 and is an accredited camp through The American Camp Association. We offer traditional camp programs in week long sessions by age.

Andy Sigmon
asigmon@diolex.org
1-606-464-8254

The Lexington School - Summer Programs

Location: 1050 Lane Allen Road
Lexington, KY 40504
Cost: Cost varies depending on program. Please ask for more details.
Camp Curiosity is for ages 3 years old to fifth grade.
The Learning Center Summer Program is for first through eighth grade.

Camp Curiosity starts the week of June 6 and runs through July 15.
The Learning Center Summer Program starts the week of June 6 and ends the week of July 1.


 

Camp Curiosity:
FUN LEARNING captures the mind and exercises the whole child. Your camper will learn actively and in a way that makes them excited to come back to camp every single day. That’s what teaching CURIOSITY is all about!

The Learning Center Summer Program:
The Learning Center Summer Program is designed to support students going into grades 1 - 8 with foundational academic skills in language arts and math. Students do not need formal academic testing in order to attend this program.

Jonathan Herrington
jherrington@thelexingtonschool.org
8592780501

The Little Gym of Lexington East Summer Camp

Location: 3101 Richmond Rd Suite 309
Lexington, KY 40509
Cost: $30-$35 per day
3-10 years old
June 6th - August 5th
1:00pm - 4:00pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
https://www.thelittlegym.com/lexingtoneast/parties-camps#camps-anchor

Join our camps for themed weeks and fun adventures each day for your child. Camp consists of games, free play, craft, snack, and themed activities for ages 3-10 year olds.

Kendra Johnson
tlglexingtoneastky@thelittlegym.com
(859)266-2266

The Week of Code Summer Camp by Awesome Inc

Location: Awesome Inc
348 E Main St.
Lexington Ky 40507
Cost: $449
$150 off
9-16 years old
June 6-9
June 13-16
1-5 p.m.
12:30 p.m. early drop off
www.awesomeinc.org

What if your child spent their summer learning to make apps instead of playing them? This camp, designed for 9-16 year old students, introduces the fundamentals of coding. Students will create websites, mobile apps, and video games all while having fun with our energetic team. 

Stephen Ruh
learn@awesomeinc.org
859-960-4600

YMCA of Central KY

Location:
The Y offers camp at the following locations in Lexington:
Beaumont Family YMCA, 3251 Beaumont Centre Circle
North Lexington YMCA, 381 W Loudon Avenue
Whitaker Family YMCA, 2681 Old Rosebud Road
Maxwell Elementary, 301 Woodland Avenue
Brenda Cowan Elementary 4801 Athen Boonesboro Road
Bar Y Outdoor Adventure Camp 5757 Versailles Road

Cost: $160 for members and $185 for non-members
5-12 years
All Summer
May 31-Aug 5
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
www.ymcacky.org

Summer is a time for kids to be kids. And Y day camp is the place to make each precious summer day a great one for every kid. Each day, Y campers develop skills, self-confidence, new friendships and a sense of belonging – all while having tons of fun in a safe environment led by caring Y staff.

Kathryn Cook
kcook@ymcacky.org
859-367-7324

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