As the temperatures get warmer and the end of the school year draws closer, chances are many parents' thoughts turn to how their children will spend all that free time this summer.
Here are some answers.
This year's listing of summer camps offers a wide variety of choices. With camps for dancers, pet lovers, scientists and mathematicians, writers, football players, computer wizzes and those who love modeling, there's probably an offering that will please your child and you.
Gateway Academy. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17-21. $200 before May 17; $225 after. Design, build and test solar cars, marshmallow launchers, bridges, and more.
STEM Design Camp. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24-28. $200 before May 24; $225 after. Each student will design a playhouse to be considered for construction for the 2014 Woodford County Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Raffle. Students will learn to use Autodesk Revit, an architectural design program from the makers of AutoCAD, to design a playhouse, create building plans and produce realistic renderings.
Art from the Heart—The Arts Camp at NorthEast Christian Church. 8:30 a.m.-noon June 17-21. Rising grades 1-6. Music, drama, puppets, visual arts. NorthEast Christian Church, 990 Star Shoot Pkwy. $59. Info: (859) 299-1251, Ext. 234, Ncclex.org.
Fayette Summer Art Workshop. 8 a.m.-noon June 3-6 and 10-13. Lafayette High School. Grades 9-12. $35 materials fee. Students must submit audition pieces April 8-May 3. Info: Jason Sturgill, Lafayette High School Art Department, 401 Reed Ln.
Kids' Clay Camps. Ages 6-11 and 12-15. Half-day camps: 9 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. during June and July. $150 per camp. 825 National Ave. Info: LeAnne Ash, (859) 389-9681, Kentuckymudworks.com.
The Louisville Visual Art Association Summer Art Camps. Ages 8-18. June 10-Aug. 2. $120-$220. LVAA is offering 10 full-day, one-week camps for elementary and middle school students; one half-day, one-week camp for middle school students; and two half-day, one-week studio workshops for high school students. Elementary and middle school camps will be at LVAA@Clifton Center; high school camps will be at Kentucky School of Art in downtown Louisville. The camps will integrate visual art, drama and music. Info: (502) 584-8166, Ext. 100, Louisvillevisualart.org/summercamps2013.html.
Providence Montessori School Camp with the Arts. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (drop-off begins at 8 a.m., pickup ends at 5 p.m.) Ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-12. June 17-28: Milestones, or July 8-19: Age of Aquarius. $380 per session. Info: Sue Martin, (859) 255-7330, Ext. 43; email@example.com, Providencemontessoriky.org.
Kids Fun Arts Workshop. 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., June 10-28. Ages 4-8. Dance, music, art, drama and Spanish. Week 1: Africa; Week 2: Magical Creatures; Week 3: El Mundo. $110 week, $200 two weeks, $290 three weeks.
Summer Intensive. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 8-26. Ages 7 and older. Conditioning, ballet, modern, pointe, variations, world dance, dance education, choreography. Days and prices depend on level.
Summer Ballet Classes. June 10-July 26. All ages. Baby ballet, creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet and adults, Suzuki guitar, Suzuki violin, piano and voice.
Fairy Tale Camp. Rapunzel (Mon., Wed.), The Princess and the Frog (Tue., Thu.). 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. July 29-Aug 3. Ages 3-6. $60.
Dance Camps: Ages 3-6 years, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3-7, Wizard of Oz; June 10-14, Beauty and the Beast. $170 week, $300 both weeks.
Junior Ballet Intensive: Ages 7-12. 10 am.-3 p.m. June 17-21, 24-28. Designed for students with a minimum of two years ballet training. $270 week, $500 both weeks.
Intermediate to Advanced Ballet Intensive: 4-9 p.m. June 3-28. $270 week, $500 two weeks, $750 three weeks, $1,000 full program. Designed for students with a minimum of five years ballet training. Placement class required: 4:30-6 p.m. May 31 at KBT studio; $10 per student.
Ballet Master Class. 5-7 p.m. May 13-17. Ages 11 and older. $100 week.
Ballet Summer Intensive — Junior. 9 a.m.-noon June 3-14. Ages 7-10. $125 week.
Ballet Summer Intensive, Intermediate/Advanced. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 3-14. Ages 11 and older. $300 week.
Open Ballet. 9:30 am. Sat., May 19-July 27. Ages 4-6, $10 class.
Open Ballet. 5:30-7 p.m. May 7-July 26. Ages 11 and older. $15 class.
MAD (music/art/dance) Camp. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 8-12, Red, White & Blue; July 15-19, Broadway Lights; July 22-26, Urban Adventure; July 29-Aug. 2, Peace, Love & Art. Ages 4-10. 171 Market St.. $210 week. Info: Hope Soch, (859) 233-3925, firstname.lastname@example.org. Lexingtonballet.org.
The following academic camps are offered at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. Second St. Rising grades 6-8. $70 per camp. A reduced price of $25 per camp is available for students who receive free/reduced lunch. Register for all camps by June 20. Info: (859) 254-4175, Ext. 27, CCLL1@carnegiecenterlex.org, CarnegieCenterLex.org.
TV Production: And You're on in 3 ... 2 ... 1... . 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 8-12.
Kentucky Imaginarium: Creating a Folk Tale for the Stage. 1-5 p.m. July 8-12.
Urban Agriculture: Farmer for a Week. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 15-19.
Mystery Writing: Detectives in the Making. 1-5 p.m. July 15-19.
Carnegie Comics: Telling Adventure Stories Through Graphic Art. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 22-26.
Fashion Design: Get the Look! 1-5 p.m., July 22-26.
Transylvania University Introduction to Java Programming. June 9-14. Residential camp. Rising grades 8-12. Register by May 1. $355.
Transylvania University Advanced Computer Camp — iPad App Development. June 16-21. Residential camp. Rising 9-12 grades. Register by May 1. $375.
Tiny Chefs in Training, Food Kapers. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24-28. Ages 4-5. $225.
Little Chefs in Training, My Lemonade Stand. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 29-Aug 2. Ages 5-7. $275.
Jr. Chefs in Training, Road Trip in the USA. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 10-14, July 22-26. Ages 8-10. $275.
Sr. Chefs in Training, KY Farm to Table. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17-21, July 1-5. Ages 10-15. $300.
Jr. & Sr. Chefs in Training, Cook Like a Food Network Star. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 3-7, July 15-19. Ages 8-12. $300.
Teen Camp, World's Best Foods. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 8-12. $300.
Ballet and Play. Ages 3-5, 9-10:30 a.m. $42.
Ballet levels I and II. Ages 6-11. 9 a.m.-noon. $83 new students.
Ballet levels III-VI. Ages 12-18, 1-5 p.m. $110 new students. Minimum 2 years' dance required, Sessions include ballet and modern technique, choreography, pointe variations, nutrition, fitness, staging, costuming, music, ministry and Bible study.
Everyday Summer Program. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. June 3-Aug. 2. $185 week. Registration $75, materials $50.
Summer Sonshine Fun Program. 9 a.m.-noon. July 8-26.
Kindercamp. Ages 2-6, $180 week, minimum four-week attendance; half-day campers $160 week with pickup by 2 p.m. Year-round preschool children $155 a week.
Junior/senior camp. Ages 5-8/9-11, $180 week without lunch; $210 week with lunch.
Grad camp. Ages 12-14, $225 week, overnight travel involved; $245 week if session is split; $350 week of travel week.
Camp Catapult. Ages 10 and older. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $195 week.
Teens & Tools. Ages 10 and older. 1:30-5:30 p.m. $225 week.
Jr. Apprentices. Ages 6-9. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ($195 week), 1:30-5:30 p.m. ($225 week), 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ($395 week).
Wrestling Robots. Ages 10-13 and 14-18, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $325 week.
My Project/My Plan. Ages 12 and older. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $275 week.
Classic Camp. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. June 3-7. Ages 10-14 $325. Campers will have daily horsemanship lessons in the mornings with varying activities in the afternoons, including challenge course, zip line, canoeing, fishing, hiking, back country cooking. Register by May 27.
Adventure Camp. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. June 17-21. Ages 10-14. $325. Camp includes riding, vaulting, trail riding and horse training in the morning. Afternoon activities include challenge course, zip line, canoeing, fishing, hiking, back country cooking. Register by June 10.
Classic Jr. Camp. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. July 8-12. Ages 7-9. $325. See Classic Camp description above. Register by July 1.
Trail Survival Camp. July 22-26; includes an overnight. Ages 10-14. $375; includes one breakfast, lunch and dinner. Campers will learn about trails, whether riding on a horse, hiking or biking. Campers will spend a night in rustic cabins, learn how to build a fire and other survival skills. Register by July 15.
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., June 3-Aug. 2. Half-day pick up is noon-12:30 p.m., full-day pickup is 5-5:30 p.m. 440 W. Short St. A variety of camps available for pre-K (all children should be potty trained), grades K-2 and grades 3-5. All full-day campers should bring their own lunches. Snacks provided. Half-day camps $97.50 members, $107.50 non-members; full-day camps $195 members, $215 non-members. All camps require $50 non-refundable deposit. Info: (859) 258-3253, email@example.com, Explorium.com.
Hospice of the Bluegrass
Both camps are for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the past two years. $30 per child, $35 per family. Sponsorships available. Info: (859) 277-2700, Hospicebg.com.
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Parks and Recreation
Online registration at Lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=1417 for all camps (except ESP/REAL) begins at noon April 23 and will be open until 8 a.m. April 25. Walk-in registration for remaining slots will be noon-5 p.m. April 25 at Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper St. Online registration reopens at 5 p.m. April 25 for remaining slots.
To register online, a user ID and password must be obtained before the online registration dates. An email address also is needed. It can take up to three business days for a user ID and password application to be processed.
To register, go to Lexingtonky.gov/newuser. Info: (859) 288-2980, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artkids. Ages 7-12, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. July 8-12, 15-19 or 22-26. Tates Creek Recreation Center, 1400 Gainesway Dr. $100 session. Info: Amber Luallen, (859) 288-2925, email@example.com.
Camp Kearney. Two-week camp at Jacobson Park. Ages 6-12, 7:30 am.-5 p.m. June 10-21, June 24-July 5, July 8-19 or July 22-Aug. 9. $125 session. Info: Anessa Snowden, (859) 288-2928, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Center Camps, Castlewood and Kenwick. Ages 6-12, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 3-14, 17-28, July 1-12, 15-26. $50 session. Info: Angie Green, (859) 288-2953, email@example.com.
ESP Summer Fun Camp. Grades K-5. 7:15 a.m.-6 p.m. June 3-July 26. $40-$65 activity fee. $100 week for one child, $180 week for two children, $240 week for three children. Apply by May 17. Info: Katelyn Kearns, (859) 288-2929, kkearns2lexingtonky.gov.
REAL Fun Summer Camp. Rising grades 6-8. 7:15 a.m.-6 p.m. June 3-July 26. $50-$100 activity fee. $100 week for one child, $180 week for two children, $240 week for three children. Info: Katelyn Kearns, (859) 288-2929, kkearns2lexingtonky.gov.
Kiddie Kapers & Co. Dance Camp. Dance Babies, ages 3-6, 8:45 a.m.-noon June 10-14, 17-21, 24-28. Dance Kids, ages 7-15, 1-5 p.m. June 10-14; 7:30 am.-6 p.m. June 17-21 and 24-28. $50 half-day sessions, $100 full-day sessions.
Tennis and Swim Camp. Ages 6-14. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3-14, 17-28, July 1-12 and 15-26. Shillito Park. $125 session. Info: Cornell Burbage, (859) 288-2917, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Therapeutic Recreation Fun Camp. Youth and young adults with disabilities, ages 5 and older. Castlewood Park Camp, ages 5-12. Woodland Park Camp, ages 13-21. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10-21, June 24-July 5 and July 8-19. $200 session; $100 session for free and reduced lunch participants. An adult camp will be offered at McConnell Springs for ages 22 and older, June 10-21 and June 24-July 5. Info: Anessa Snowden, (859) 288-2928, email@example.com.
Living Arts & Science Center
Prima Volta. 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 5-12. $100.
Debut Orchestra. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Grades 5-10. $205.
Chamber Music. 1:15-5:40 p.m. Grades 6-college. $235.
Stephen Collins Foster Music Camps. Grades 5-12. Eastern Kentucky University, Foster 101, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond. Early bird discount for registering before May 1. Non- refundable deposit of $75 required. Scholarships available. Info: (859) 622-3266, firstname.lastname@example.org, Fostercamp.org.
Middle School Band/String/Vocal/Piano I. June 9-14. $395 resident, $275 commuter.
Piano Camp II. June 16-22. $395 resident, $290 commuter.
World Percussion Camp. June 16-22. $395 resident, $290 commuter.
High School Band/String Camp. June 16-28. $655 resident, $375 commuter.
High School Vocal Camp. June 23-28. $395 resident, $275 commuter.
Reverse. June 2-6. Current grades 8-12. $270. Overnight service camp with partner agencies such as SeedLeaf, Habitat for Humanity and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.
Power Kids Day Camp. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10-13. Ages 5-8, $135.
Accelerate: June 23-28. Current grades 5-9. $270. Overnight middle school camp.
7/11. July 28-Aug. 2. Ages 7-11. Overnight elementary camp.
Camp units by entering grade level for pre-K-grade 1, grades 2-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-7 (group also has option of visiting Camp Livingston in Bennington, Ind., between sessions for a sleep-away experience), grades 8-9. Rising 9th graders may apply to counselor-in-training program. All units 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fri. Extended day program until 5:45 p.m. Mon.-Thu.. Session 1: July 29-Aug. 2. Session 2: Aug. 5-9. Gesher overnight: Aug. 2-4. $160 week if registered by June 7, $180 week after June 7; $40 week for extended day program, $75 for Camp Livingston overnight. Info: (859) 268-0672, Jewishlexington.org.
Elementary Week. June 2-7. Grades 1-5.
Middle School Week. June 9-14. Grades 6-8.
High School Week. June 16-21. Grades 9-12.
First Chance (for kids too young to stay a full week). Ages 4-8. 4:30 p.m. June 26 through lunch June 28.
Day Camp. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 29. ages 3-6. $100.
Sports Camp. Ages 6-12. June 13-19. Traditional Christian camp experiences with an emphasis on sports.
Music and Art Camp. Ages 6-14. July 1-7. Traditional Christian camp experiences with instruction in aspects of music and art.
Camp for blind and vision impaired children. Ages 6-15. July 1-5.
Camp for deaf and hard of hearing children. Ages 6-15. July 1-5.
Camp for children in foster care or in custody of grandparents. Ages 6-11 (level of care 1-3). July 8-12.
Camp Heart to Heart. Ages 5-12. July 8-12. For children who are living in the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
Boys varsity, JV and freshman team camp. June 3-5 and 6-8. $160 day camp, $180 overnight camp.
Boys overnight/day camp. July 15-18. Ages 9-16. $175 day camp, $250 overnight camp.
Boys and girls day camp. June 10-13. Ages 7-14. $100 half day, $195 full day.
Elite Academy. June 10-11. $350.
Elite Academy Plus. June 6-8. $450.
Wildcat Golf Academy. July 9-12. Overnight, $695.
Wildcat Golf Academy. July 9-12. Day camp, $625.
Grades 5-8. 9 a.m.-noon July 1-3. $80.
Grades 9-12. 8 a.m.-noon Mon., 12:30-4 p.m. Tue., Thu., July 8-11. $130 by July 1, $140 after.
Junior High Camp. Grades 5-8. July 7-9. Overnight (depart July 12) and day camps (9 a.m.-7 p.m.). Register by July 5. $240 resident, $210 commuter.
High School Camp. Grades 9-12. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. July 10-12. Register by July 7. $240 resident, $210 commuter.
YMCA offers a variety of camps, including drama, preschool, Lego, sports, arts, outdoor, science and more. Camps are at the locations: Beaumont YMCA, Bar-Y Outdoor Camp, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, High Street YMCA, Jessamine County YMCA, Lexington Traditional Magnet School, North Lexington YMCA, Scott County YMCA, Y-Zone Enrichment@Tates Creek Christian Church. Registration is ongoing. Info: Jennifer Hubbard, (859) 226-0393, Ymcaofcentralky.org or visit any YMCA branch location to register or get information.