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.
St. Paul’s Church
218 E. Sandusky St., Findlay. 419-422-4131. stpaulsfindlay.org
6-8:30pm. July 15-19. 3 years old – completed 4th grade. Free
At Rolling River Rampage, children are invited on a white-water rafting adventure to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! Along the river, children discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise, and that they can trust God to be with them through anything. Relevant music, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation and memorable Bible stories will help kids know that God is always with them as they ride the rapids of amazing grace! Register online or by calling the church office.
Reading Rocks at the Findlay Hancock Library this Summer
By Laurie Pressel
Put reading high on your family’s list of summer activities! The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library can make it happen. The library’s SummerREAD is designed to encourage and incentivize reading for the whole family.
“Libraries Rock” is the theme for the 2018 SummerREAD. The program runs from June 1 until July 28. Monday, June 4 is the official kick off day for the program and special activities are planned at the main library the entire day. Children, teens and adults can sign up for the program at any time. Parents can even sign up babies and toddlers too young to read and track the number of books they read to them. Every child who registers for the summer reading program receives a free book.
Once you sign up for the program, start tracking the number of books you read. You set your own goal—from one book to 100 books or more. You can even turn it into a family competition! Each time you visit the library, simply report the books you’ve read and be entered into weekly drawings for awesome prizes. The library is also planning special programs for all age levels at the main library throughout the program. One special family program takes place on June 20, at 7pm under the skylight in Adult Services. The Spoon Man, a musical comedian, will be performing his “totally clean act, he never uses dirty silverware.”
For more information and a specific listing of SummerREAD activities, visit the library’s Website: findlaylibrary.org.
Hancock Historical Museum
422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay. 419-423-4433.
9am-12pm. June 26-29. Ages 7-12.
While agriculture is still one of the largest industries in Hancock County, many of us are now several generations removed from the farm. How does our food get to the grocery store shelf or our dinner table? Campers are invited to explore our farming roots!
They’ll learn the science behind our soil and water, plant and tend a garden, learn the many different uses of herbs we can grow at home, prepare and enjoy basic farm-to- table cooking, meet some of the animals on the farm and raise their own barn. They’ll also visit two Hancock County farms to compare life on the farm today to how it was 100 years ago. The camp will be facilitated by Findlay City Schools educators. Space is limited and reservations are due by June 20.
Black Swamp Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
2100 Broad Ave., Findlay. 419-422-4356. blackswampbsa.org
July 23-27 & July 30-August 3.
Grades 1-5 (1st graders only come Wednesday-Friday).
$55 until June 23, or $70 after June 23. $25 for 1st graders.
This community camp at Camp Berry is offered to both boys and girls. There will be limited free busing available to and from camp each day. Adults/parents are welcome to attend to enjoy the experience with their child. Participants have the option to bring a sack lunch every day or have lunch provided for the week for $15 (in addition to registration costs). Activities will include: swimming, fishing, boating, handicrafts, STEM, hiking, nature, shooting sports and a visit from the Toledo Zoo. Staff to Camper Ratio: a den chief ratio of 1:15, and additional staff at each program area.
St. Michael the Archangel Parish
750 Bright Rd., Findlay. 419-422-2646. Findlaystmichael.org
9am-12pm. July 16-20.
Vacation Bible School. A Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer…with Amazing Angels & Super Saints. Get onboard Cat.Chat Airlines and take-off on a Radical Ride around the world. Buckle up as you prepare to learn some awesome lessons about prayer and how to put it into action!
Snapology of Findlay
6425 Township Road 246, Findlay. 419-701-9529.
Snapology believes that children are meant to learn through play! When children are actively engaged in hands-on, interactive learning activities, their creativity flourishes! They offer a variety of themed programs such as Pokemania and Space Wars, Animation, S.T.E.A.M. focused programs and Robotics. There is something for everyone! Camps will be held at Owens Community College in Findlay.
Dates: June 4-7, June 11-14, July 9-12, July 16-19 and August 6-9, 9am-12pm or 1-4pm.
Cost: $110 with a $10 discount for multi-camps
Staff to camper ratio: 1:10 along with a teacher’s assistant
Heartstring Melodies Music Therapy Services
219 Liberty St., Findlay. 567-429-1909. heartstringmelodies.com
Camps cost $40-$60, with a staff to camper ratio of 1:6.
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Music Explorers: This music therapy group designed for individuals of all abilities to make live music, explore instruments, learn dances, sing along to songs and participate in a music game or craft all while focusing on social skills and being creative with peers. Campers are encouraged to sign up for more than one week as a different theme will be explored each week. 8:30-10am & 10:15-11:45am, Tuesday-Thursday. May 29-August 10. Age 4 to young adults.
Tiny Tunes: This early childhood music therapy group designed for parents and caregivers to make music and bond with their young children. Young children will explore instruments, movement, and singing through developmentally appropriate music experiences. Friday mornings. May 29-August 10. Newborns to age 4 (with parents).
Instrument Camps: Groups will focus on learning a specific instrument, including piano, guitar, drumming and percussion, ukulele, songwriting and recording. 12:30-1:45pm, Tuesday-Thursday. May 29-August 10.
1 Amazing Place
207 E. Foulke Ave., Findlay. 419-420-0424.
May 25-August 10. K-5th grade.
The goal of Camp Noah at 1 Amazing Place is to keep kids busy all summer having fun and learning at the same time. Kids will swim at Riverside Park twice a week, go on inexpensive field trips and guest speakers come in. Kids will plant and take care of a garden all summer, and they get to eat what they grow! There will be weekly themes and full week or three days per week enrollment is available. The staff to camper ratio is 1:18.
Cory Rawson Soccer Club
401 W. US 224, Findlay. 419-722-2295.
The Cory Rawson Soccer Club offers a 3 vs 3 soccer tournament at Mt. Cory Park in Mt. Cory, Ohio.
Dates: June 2, 9am-4pm.
Cost: $75 per team
Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay. 419-423-2787.
Summer Opera Camp: 9am-3:30pm, July 16-27. Ages 11-18. $200 (scholarships available). 1:10 staff to camper ratio.
Participants will immerse themselves in singing, dance and theatre in this two-week summer intensive experience during which they will mount a fully staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. G&S provides the perfect introduction for young singers into the world of opera. Each day starts with a vocal warm up integrated with physical movement to wake up voices and bodies, followed by theatre improvisation games designed to encourage the development of ensemble. The rest of the day will be spent learning staging and music of “Pirates” in small group sessions, ending with their full ensemble learning choreography for the group numbers in the production. Each participant is expected to bring a nutritious lunch Monday through Friday.
Broadway in Your Backyard Performing Arts Camp: July 9-13, with all campers in an end of camp performance on Friday, July 13. Grades 1-3: 8:30am-noon. $80 per child, and $70 for each additional family member. Grades 4-12: 8:30am-3pm. $160 per child, and $135 for each additional family member.
Enjoy a week of fun with Youtheatre at Broadway in Your Backyard! During this week-long day camp, campers will work with local teaching artists as well as participate in a Q & A with a professional Broadway Music Director and Broadway performer to learn about the performing arts while staging a showcase production for the community to enjoy. In addition, campers will participate in age-appropriate performing arts workshops such as creative dramatics, acting, movement, music, improvisation and theatre games led by local teaching artists. Each camper in Grades 4-12 should bring a nutritious lunch Monday-Thursday.
Scholarships available. Campers who sign up for both camps will receive a discounted cost of $300.