The days are getting longer and the weather is slowly
becoming warmer, which means summer break will be here soon. Looking for a fun way to keep your children engaged, entertained, and educated during those months away from school? We’ve
compiled our summer camp guide, a list of local camps that are sure to make this summer a memorable one.
Toledo Zoo Summer Safari Camp
2 Hippo Way, Toledo. 419-385-5721.
Age ranges, times, dates and prices vary. See online for more information.
Summer Safari Camp. Toledo Zoo Summer Safari Camps begin June 4 and run through August 17. Prices, ages, and camp themes vary.
Most kids only dream of spending a full week at the Zoo, but fortunately for children in Northwest Ohio, the Toledo Zoo offers a huge variety of camps featuring fun games and activities, live animal visitors and cool crafts. Camps are divided by age: 4-5 year olds (9am-noon, $135 for members and $160 non-members), 6-10 year olds (9am-3pm, $180 for members and $230 for non-members), experience camps for 6-10 year olds (9am-3pm, $195 for members and $245 for non-members), experience camps for 11-15 year olds ($300 for members and $350 for non-members), and fishing camps for 9-10 year olds ($300 for members and $350 for non-members). In addition, Encore! week offers individual, themed classes each day to give kids 6-10 years old a unique experience.
Each camper receives two t-shirts per week, a water bottle and daily snack. Before and after camp care is available at an additional cost. 2018 topics for 4-5 year olds include Born to Be Wild where campers learn about Zoo babies and Movin’ & Groovin’ which focuses on the many ways animals get around! Topics for 6 -10 year olds include Zoo Olympics, Animal Detectives, Rainforest Rangers and Wild Artist. Another fun option for older kids (8-14) is Fishing Camp, where campers visit local ponds, go on a Lake Erie charter and even participate in a fishing derby! Older kids (ages 11-15) can also spend time working as Junior Zookeepers, venture out with Zoo biologists for a hands-on project in Conservation Explorers or even try out the Aerial Adventure Course and spend the night in the Aquarium during Leaders of the Pack! There truly is something for everyone at Toledo Zoo’s Summer Safari Camps! Please visit toledozoo.org/summer-camps for more information and registration. Children may be signed up for one or more camps.
Camp Fire Office: 305 W. Hardin St. 419-422-5415.
Camp Glen: 6580 S. Township Road 131, Tiffin. 419-447-7459.
Camp Glen Resident Camp: June 24-29. Youth entering grades 3rd-6th. $350 (Scholarships are available).
Camp Glen, which has been serving Hancock and Seneca County youth since 1959, will offer an overnight camp with supervision 24 hours a day. Most camp programs offer a focus area, called a “trail,” with activities related to the topic. Campers will choose their “trail” and spend mornings with other campers within their age levels. Transportation from Findlay is available. Spots are limited and must be reserved in advance by 6/22/2018. Please call the Camp Fire office to reserve a spot.
Camp Glen Day Camps: Youth entering grades K – 6th. June 25-29, July 9-13, and July 16-20. $145 per child.
Campers can enjoy all the benefits of going to a Camp Fire camp during the day at Camp Glen, while returning to their home each night. Campers can choose to include one overnight stay on Thursday night. Transportation for campers from both the Findlay area and Tiffin area is provided to Camp Glen from the Camp Fire Office or campers have the option to be dropped off at Camp Glen by a parent or guardian. Scholarships are available. Contact the Camp Fire Office for more information.
Camp Wo-he-lo 2018: Ages 5-12 | $115/child (scholarships available).
Week 1 | Fun & Fitness: June 4-8
Week 2 | Decades Week: June 11-15
Week 3 | Super Hero Week: June 18-22
Week 4 | DIY Week: July 23-27
Week 5 | Space Week: July 30-August 3
Week 6 | Animal Week: August 6-10
(8am drop off | 5pm pick up | all weeks)
Camp Fire’s Wo-he-lo Camp will be a five day ( Mon-Fri) fun-filled camp loaded with excitement, learning, and new experiences. Staff will be offering six separate themed weeks throughout the summer, so pick your favorite theme, or come to all six! Each themed session will focus on fitness, arts and crafts, science experiments and team building, while also building lasting friendships and meeting community civil servants. Each camper is responsible for bring a sack lunch. Snacks will be provided. Transportation is provided to and from activities throughout the week.
Project H.O.P.E. Summer Camps
6645 TR 215, Findlay. 419-469-0415.
$125, with scholarships available. Noon-5pm.
Junior High and High School: June 9-10.
Ages 5-11: June 23-25 and July 12-15.
For the past ten years Project H.O.P.E. camps have given children the opportunity to deal with stress, take charge of thoughts and attention level, and increase self-esteem, coping and leadership skills. Campers ride horses and engage in team building exercises all while having loads of fun such as trail riding, arts & crafts, and horseback relay races. No riding experience is required. Open to all children. Camps include lunch, snacks and helmet use. The staff to camper ratio is 1:2 or 3.
Awakening Minds Art
515 S. Main St., Findlay. 419-302-3892.
Age ranges, times, dates and prices vary. See online for more information.
Awakening Minds Art offers a variety of programs throughout the summer so everyone can have one AMA-zing summer! Children, teens, and adults of all ages and abilities will enjoy Extraordinary Animals, a class focused on education, socialization and skill building (Wednesdays in June and July, 9:30-10:30am) and creating Pet Portraits, a chance to paint your furry friend (June 23 and July 28, 12-1:30pm). Toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-6 will enjoy story time, exploring their sense, and creating an art project based off a book during Sensory Explorers (Fridays in June and July, 9:30-10:30am). Special needs children ages 6-18 or similar ability levels can explore art in a fun, safe and encouraging environment during TRI the Arts, a unique program being offered by Awakening Minds Art, The Arts Partnership and Heartstring Melodies Music Therapy Services for children with special needs. Grades 5-12 can study Printmaking (July 9, 11, 16 and 18, 12:30-1:30pm) and Self-Portraits (July 23, 24, 30 and 31, 10-11am). Grades 4-12 will combine visual art and writing during Creative Writing/Illustration (July 31, August 2, 7 and 9, 5:30-6:30pm). Some classes require registration. See online for more details.
Lakeview Pool & Tennis Club
15701 Lakeview Parkway, Findlay. 419-422-8565.
A day at the pool could be like Summer Camp everyday at Lakeview Pool & Tennis club. Lakeview Pool & Tennis Club is a luxurious resort quality recreation complex with two tennis facilities, full basketball court, sandlot volleyball court and a large upscale swimming pool with a 160’ waterslide. Their fun and innovative facility also features interactive water features, beach entrance, whirlpool hot-tub and deluxe bath house. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy!
Family memberships for this fun and relaxing recreational center are surprisingly affordable. Take advantage of their “early bird special” if you join before May 15, 2018 and get additional savings. Membership is open to anyone regardless of where you reside! Normal pool hours are 12-8pm Sunday-Friday and 11am-8pm Saturday.
The Center for Autism & Dyslexia
7430 Timberstone Dr, Findlay. 567-525-4487. centerforautismanddyslexia.com
Ages preK-12th grade. 9am-3pm, Monday-Thursday.
June 11-29 and July 9-26.
The Center for Autism and Dyslexia doesn’t believe in “one size fits all.” The Center offers comprehensive individualized programs to help children with autism and other learning disabilities achieve a higher quality of life through small classroom sizes, high staff-to-student ratio, as well as on-site therapy programs led by a highly educated and trained staff. This summer, summer camp options include exciting programming to continue enhancing social skills through academic and recreational therapy programs for children who are looking to learn how to make friends and interact within a community setting through structured activities and educational programs for those in need of some extra skills help, social skills, transitioning, along with fun leisure community outings.
Please RSVP by May 18th to 567-525- 4487. Parents are responsible for transportation. The total cost to cover both sessions per child will be $2,500 and will require commitment to attend both sessions.
Autism Awareness in April
April is National Autism Awareness month and the Center for Autism and Dyslexia has planned autism friendly events and self-advocacy activities all month to increase understanding, acceptance and support for Autism Awareness in our community.
April 2nd – “Light it up Blue Day” They will be handing out autism stickers to their students and staff to wear. Community members and parents are invited to stop by all month long to pick up an autism pin and sign a puzzle piece for display in our window to declare their acceptance and support of autism.
April 9-13 – We Will Have Spirit Week
Students/staff will represent the colors of the Autism ribbon during Autism Spirit week by wearing royal blue on Monday, red on Tuesday, yellow on Wednesday, light blue on Thursday and all four colors on Friday.
April 16-20 Students will be working on a self-advocacy project to help build confidence and their work will be displayed in the school on Friday April 20th.
The Center for Autism and Dyslexia closes out Autism Awareness month with a Mayoral Ceremony at 1pm including a balloon release followed by a student talent show, art display and concluding with an ice cream party.