2023 Northern Kentucky Summer Camps

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School’s out, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t places where kids can keep their learning muscles activated in healthy and fun ways. Check out these summer camps and activities to keep everyone engaged throughout the season.

COV Camp

If you’re a Covington resident and you need something to do, you’re in luck. The city’s department of parks and recreation as well as Covington Independent Public Schools, have partnered to bring this free day camp to all Covington kids aged 7 through 12. Activities will include games, sports, crafts, guest speakers and academic enrichment activities.

The camp will run from 12 noon to 4 p.m., June 4 through June 9. To sign up, visit the city’s RecDesk sign up page. Spaces are limited, and registration will close after June 4.

Depot Days

Kenton Public Library and the City of Erlanger will start their annual Depot Days activities beginning June 6 at Railroad Depot Park in Erlanger. Depot Days will feature stories, games and activities for the whole family. Kids get free lunch provided by Erlanger and Elsmere school staff.

Depot Days will occur every Tuesday and Thursday in June and July beginning June 6. For more information about Depot Days, visit the City of Erlanger’s Facebook page.

Camp Wave

The Newport Aquarium holds Camp Wave every year to engage elementary students in activities related to marine biology and science. “Camp WAVE is the only camp around where campers will meet sharks, penguins, and stingrays up close while exploring aquatic wonders and earth’s incredible natural diversity,” the aquarium’s website says.

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Camp Wave is available for students in kindergarten through grade 5 and will take place at Newport Aquarium and Newport on the Levee classrooms from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 5 to August 4. Grades 6 though 8 can attend a career camp from June 26 to June 30. Discounted pricing is available for yearly pass holders.

For more information visit Newport Aquarium’s website.

YMCA Camp Ernst

The YMCA’s Camp Ernst, located in Burlington, hosts a variety of summer day and overnight camps for multiple age groups.

“Camp Ernst hosts campers who enjoy top-notch counselors and make friends, doing a wide variety of activities including our ropes course, 100 ft. water slide,… archery, horseback riding, and much more,” says Camp Ernst’s website.

Shorter weekend camps for the whole family are also available. For more information, visit Camp Ernst’s website.

Circus Mojo

Circus Mojo is a summer camp that instructs kids in the circus arts, including “juggling, trapeze, gym wheel, hat tricks, partner acrobatics, plate spinning, tight-wire walking, ball and stilt walking and character development through theatrical clowning.”

Circus Mojo is open to students aged 8 through 17 and will occur in two sessions, one from June 19 to 23 and then again from July 31 to August 4. Sessions occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a 2 p.m. show for friends and family on Fridays. For more information and to sign up, visit Circus Mojo’s Eventbrite page.

Five Seasons Kids Club

Five Seasons Sports Club offers three and five-day day camps for ages 4 to 13 from May 30 to August 11. Each week features a different theme. Themes include “animal safari,” “race through space,” “superhero academy” and “pirate adventure.” Activities include tennis instruction, swimming and crafting activities.

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Fees are paid on a weekly basis, and discounts are available for Five Seasons members. View this flyer for more information. To register, visit Five Seasons’ sign up page.

Adventure Days on the Farm

Put on by Benton Farms in Walton, Adventure Days on the Farm is an annual summer camp dedicated to teaching kids about farm life as well as modern agricultural and veterinary science through hands-on activities.

“We get to learn the chores of the farm with taking care of all the furry animals! We learn to fish, have horseback riding lessons, team building games, learn archery, walk the calves and goats, sheep shearing, snuggle the baby goats and so much more! We promote leadership and growth with our kids for their future involvement in agriculture and vet science,” Benton Farms’ website reads.

Camp sessions are offered in two-day blocks from June 15 to July 14. Ages 5 through 13 can participate. To learn more, including how to register, view the camp’s information packet.

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