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Summer camp options abundant for Louisville kids [Family & Parenting]
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School is out for some area students, and will be soon for the rest.

So what are you going to do with your kiddos this summer while you're at work?

Summer camp options abound in the Louisville area. So no matter what your child is interested in, there's sure to be a camp that fits the bill.

Theatre Camps

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company: June 11-15. Half-day sessions for grades 1-8. Younger students will participate in story dramas; older students will learn the basics of improv. All students will develop acting skills in voice, body and imagination. Cost: $150 for 1st student; $115 for siblings.

Encore Youth Theatre Camp: Ages 5-15. Two-week long sessions culminating in a musical theatre performance. Campers spend the mornings rotating in drama, music and dance classes. Afternoons are spent rehearsing for the show. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Honk! and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will be performed. Cost: $365

Walden Theatre Summer Academy: Ages 8-16. Three-week sessions from 9-3pm each weekday. June 4-Aug. 4. Cost: $495. One week art and imagination camps also available for students 5-11.

Science Camps

The Louisville Science Center:  11 weeks of camps for kids Pre-K through 8th grade. Various themes are offered, including LEGOs, Magic, Mythbusters and Zombies. Cost: from $200/week for non-members

The Louisville Zoo: Weeklong camps from June 4-Aug. 10. Grades 1-9. Cost and themes vary.

Louisville Nature Center: Nature study, hikes and hands-on learning via the Beargrass Creek Nature Preserve in Louisville. Scholarships are available for students ages 4-12. Cost: from $115 per week for non-members. Topics include Harry Potter, Bugs, Art and more.

Sports

Louisville Skating Academy’s Ice Skating Camp: For beginners ages 3-13. No skating experience necessary. June 18-22. Cost: $175

Kentucky Gymnastics Academy: half or full day programs for ages 4 & up. June 4-Aug. 17. Tumbling, Arts and Crafts, Gymnastics and open gym. Cost: $153 for 5 full days.

Challenger British Soccer Camp at YMCA:  Various weeks throughout the summer for kids ages 3-16. Cost: $45-176 per week.

Hwang's Martial Arts Camp:  June 4-Aug. 17. Drop off 7:30-9 am; Pick up 5-6 pm. Campers may register for multiple weeks. Four Louisville area locations. Taekwondo classes daily; Field trips every Tuesday and Thursday. Cost: from $129 per week; field trips require additional fees.

General/ Specialty Camps

Nature Camp at Historic Locust Grove: June 25-29 for students ages 6-12. Students will experience, hands-on, what life was like in the 18th century. Cost: $195

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft-KidArt Camp: Half or full day sessions for students grades K-6. Camps run June 11-Aug. 3rd; one age group per week. Focus on Clay, Fiber, Printmaking and Graphic Arts. Cost: $100 half day, $200 full day (per week).

Frazier History Museum: Week-long camps, 9am-4pm, for kids grades 1-8, June, July, and Aug. 6-10. Cost: $185. Extended camp hours available for additional fee.

Metro Parks Community Center Camps: Offering 8 weeks of summer camps (June 4-July 27) at various community centers, 8am-6pm. Camps focus on fitness, the arts, the environment and education. Camp weekly fees range from $50-$95, plus a one-time $20 registration fee.

Jewish Community Center: Ages 20 months and up; offered most weeks from June 4-Aug. 10. Various themes include dance, horseback riding, sailing, basketball, theatre, art and more. Cost varies. Extended day available for additional fee.

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Before landing in the Possibility City, Michelle toured the country performing in various regional theatres. Having been there and done that, she can honestly say that Louisville's cultural opportunities are second to none.

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