You could ship your kid off to a summer-long Camp Anawanna-style retreat, or you could keep them close-at-hand (but busy!) in one of these local programs.
1. Women Writing for a Change
Girls and young women from 4th – 12th grades are encouraged to speak out through the power of writing. Offerings range from one day workshops to full week day camps, with sessions broken up by age.
2. Kennedy Heights Arts Center
Clowning, fiber arts, movie-making, fashion, and photography are just a few of the arts related day camps for kids aged 5-13. A bonus for working parents: extended day care is also available.
3. Bricks 4 Kidz
Designed for kids 5-13, Bricks 4 Kidz camps are inspired by popular movies, video games, architecture, engineering, and technology. Themes include: Angry Birds/Bad Piglet, Jurassic Brick Land, Bricks 4 Girlz, and Mining and Crafting.
4. Cincinnati Parks Outdoor Skills Camp
At LaBoiteaux Nature Center, kids aged 10-14 get an introduction to outdoor survival skills like first aid, fire starting, and shelter building, plus activities like canoeing and fishing. Includes an overnight campout.
5. Active Bodies, Brilliant Minds: Yoga & Creativity Camp
Open to children aged 4-12, each of two full-week sessions focuses on yoga, dance, storytelling, creative games, mindfulness, art, self-esteem, and leadership. Camp runs 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and includes a free vegetarian lunch. 513-432-4887.