Metro Parks Nature Adventure Camps

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Many parents are starting to think about summer programs: One of the area favorites for so many children and parents are the Nature Adventure Camps at Columbus Metro Parks. These are one-week camps that offer a variety of nature experiences to keep kids busy and happy outdoors in the summer months. The programs are offered by grade, so choose the grade your child will have just completed, not the one they will enter in the fall. Most programs run 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Thursday with a short day Friday, ending at 12:30. Programs for the smallest children may be half-days all week, check the Metro Parks website for full details about which parks offer which camps and to register. If you’re interested, register soon, as camps fill up fast!

2017 Metro Parks Nature Adventure Camps

Peek-a-Boo and Nature Too

Preschool – Ages 3-5, kids must be toilet trained but are not Kindergarten ready
Camp will include games, crafts, stories, short walks, creeking, and more. Activities will be a mix of indoors and outdoors.
June 19-23 at 8:30am-11:30am or 1:00pm-4:00pm Mon-Fri
July 10-14 at 8:30-11:30am or 1:00-4:00pm Mon-Fri
Fee $75.00

Nature and Me

Grade K, for those who have completed Kindergarten
Explore the different classes of animal such as mammals, birds, and fish with games, crafts, stories, short walks, creeking, and more. Activities will be a mix of indoor and outdoor.
June 12-16 at 8:30-11:30am Mon-Fri
June 26-30 at 1:00-4:00pm Mon-Fri
Fee $75.00

Creature Features

Grades 1-3, for those who have completed grades 1, 2, or 3
Kids compare their own skills to those of animals at running, jumping, flying (not really), balancing, and even staring! A smell scavenger hunt, tag, high jump, creeking, fishing, hiking, and a cookout are all included at most camps.
June 12-16 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
June 19-23 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
June 26-30 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
July 17-21 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
July 24-28 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
Fee $130.00

Metro Parks Explorers

Grades 4- 6, for those who completed grades 4, 5, or 6
Day trips to different parks to climb a rock wall, fishing and archery, GPS fun, and a day at Battelle Darby Creek exploring the water and animals who live there, and a day at Slate Run Living Historical Farm. Transportation, swimming, hiking, and a cookout at most parks are included.
June 12-16 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
June 19-23 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
June 26-30 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
July 10-14 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
July 17-21 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
July 24-28 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
Fee $145.00

Blast from the Past

Grades 4- 6, for those who completed grades 4, 5, or 6
An introduction to old-fashioned games and crafts. Make your own butter, use Indian symbol rocks to tell a story, win a potato sack relay race and more. Creeking, hiking, fishing, and a cookout are included.
July 31-August 4 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
Fee $130.00

Teen Adventurers

Grades 7- 9, for those who have completed grades 7, 8, or 9
Teens combine volunteer work with outdoor fun. Volunteer work includes activities such as painting picnic shelters, tables, and benches; litter clean-up of waterways by canoe; and other activities as needed. The fun stuff includes backpacking through Clear Creek, kayaking Scioto Grove, and climbing the rock wall at Scioto Audobon. Fishing, creeking, and making a walking stick are also included.
July 17-21 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
July 24-28 at 8:30am-4:00pm Mon-Fri
Fee $115.00.

GRANDcamp and Me

Grades 1-5, for those who have completed grades 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5
Grandparents and grandchildren register to attend TOGETHER, and participate in Creature Feature hands-on activities. Creeking, archery, and a cookout are included.
July 10-14 at 9:00am-noon Mon-Thurs, 9:00am-1:00pm Friday
Fee $40.00.

Please note: The dates and times were correct and available at time of publishing, but weather, budgets, and facility availability DO affect Metro Park schedules, so please check with the Metro Parks through the link provided for up-to-the-minute information before making your plans. Thank you!

Spring Break Camps for Columbus Kids

spring break camps for columbus kids

Are you looking for spring break camps for Columbus kids? School holidays can be an obstacle for parents who can’t take the time off work to match school schedules. Central Ohio offers many options to match the interests and budgets of local families. Luckily, we’ve collected a great list of local camps that keep kids busy and happy so parents can work worry-free!

    1. COSI
      Everyone’s favorite science museum has camps for every school holiday, including spring break. Camps are full-day week and include two daily snacks and all supplies. Campers must pack their own lunches. Camp weeks are available for most local school districts’ calendars. Spring break camps this year are all about space! For grades K-5, sessions organized by age group.See website for pricing, schedule, and ages.
    2. Columbus Metro Parks and Rec Center Camps
      Columbus Metro Parks offer a variety of camp programs for spring break. The Cap4Kids website has a list of the parks and links to the various offerings. They also have links for Dublin Rec Center, Worthington Rec Center, and the Jewish Community Center, all of which offer spring break camps for kids! Choose a facility or park near you, and explore your options.See website for pricing, schedule, and ages.
    3. Columbus Zoo School’s Out Camps
      In the past, Columbus Zoo has had spring break camps that include a full day of exploring the zoo and animals, snacks, and a tee-shirt. Campers should bring a lunch and wear close-toed shoes and play clothes. In the past, single day camps were available for grades K-2, and two-day camps for grades 3-5. No full weeks have been available in previous sessions. At publishing time, the spring break camps were not yet listed on the website, so be sure to check the website for exact details about dates, times, and cost.
    4. The King Arts Center
      The King Arts Center offers Spring Break Camps with a Black Arts Movement theme. The week available is the Columbus City Schools spring break week. As of time of publishing, the camp is not yet currently listed in their programming. Use the link to check the website, or call the Arts Center directly. No information available as to ages or cost. 614-645-5464
    5. McConnell Arts Center / Thurber House
      Thurber House is holding a Spring Break Writing and Arts Camp for grades 4-6 at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. Campers will create crazy characters, wonderful worlds, and then bring their stories to life with art. Campers need to pack a lunch and bring their creativity, all other tools will be supplied. Camp runs March 22-24 for three days only…so this camp is a perfect choice to combine with a single-day program for Monday and Friday of that week.
    6. OSU Sport Camp
      Does your kid love sports and games? This may be the camp for them. Held at the Rec Center on campus, you can register your child for a single week of spring break for 1-5 days March 28-April 1. Campers must pack their own lunches and wear close-toed shoes and play clothes. Ages 5-12.$31 per day for members, $38 per day for non-members.
    7. SportsOhio Field Sports Camp
      Whether you choose a single day, a week of half-days, or a full week of full-day camp, there’s a ton of fun to be had at this SportsOhio spring break camp! Three weeks are available, which match most school districts’ schedules, and you and your camper can choose which activity themes are interesting, or go for the whole week and experience all of them. Includes snacks, tee-shirt, and merchandise, campers must pack a lunch.$99 for single day, $175 for a half-day week, $310 for a full-day week.

 

The information above was correct as of the publishing date. Weather and other issues can cause changes, however, so please use the provided link to check websites or contact the venue directly to ensure accuracy before you make your plans.

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