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CAMP-A-PALOOZA is Greater Cincinnati’s most talked about summer camp experience! Why? Four words: Kids First Sports Center. . .108,000 square feet of kids sports heaven! Imagine a summer camp taking place in the country’s largest children’s activity center with exceptional instruction in the most popular children’s recreational pursuits:

  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Karate
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Cheer
  • Yoga
  • Trampoline & Tumbling
  • Fencing
  • Abrakadoodle art classes

But that’s just the beginning! We also feature over an acre of outdoor fun created especially for the kids of Camp-a-Palooza:

  • Rock climbing wall!
  • Mini golf course!
  • Two story climbing playground!
  • “Slip n’ Slide Mountain” giant water slide!
  • Horticultural planting station!
  • Covered pavilion for lunches and crafts!
  • Enclosed Dodge Ball Court!

Every day is a themed, non–stop, in and outdoor adventure. From morning drop–off to evening pick–up, you’ll experience crafts, talent shows, water slides, sports instruction, science experiments, agricultural projects and more!

Hey! What about lunch? Pizza Mondays and Chick-Fil-A Fridays - 2 kid favorites! During the week, we will be working with local restaurants and doing some in-house cooking with the kids to provide some fun lunch opportunities. We will be grilling out, doing taco bars and much, much more! **We are conscious of many food allergies, but if your child has a severe (life-threatening) food allergy, we do recommend that you bring their snacks and lunches. A lunch discount will be provided. Please contact the Camp Director with any severe food allergy questions.

Speaking of adventure, our weekly field trips are famous for combining excitement and learning! A quick bus ride and we’re at the Newport Aquarium or the Zoo or the Cincinnati Museum among other top kid-spots in the city. Check out our latest online brochure for details and destinations.

And we’ve even thought about the needs of working parents. Camp-a-Palooza provides “Before Care” so campers can be dropped off as early as 7:00am or “After Care” where campers can stay as late as 6:00pm to accommodate their parent’s busy commute.


Ask any camper! Camp-a-Palooza counselors are special people chosen for their compassion and love of children. And they’re just plain fun! The majority of camp staff are college–bound to college graduates. All are deeply committed to the care and development of each and every camper. We don’t cut corners in our training. Camp-a-Palooza counselors are American Red Cross CPR and Standard First Aid certified and attend courses in Character Development and Leadership Training.


Kids First Sports Center Camp-a-Palooza

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Week 1: May 30-June 2 - Animal Planet Week
Week 2: June 5-9 - Amazing Race Week
Week 3: June 12-16 - Wild, Wild West Week
Week 4: June 19-23 - Harry Potter Week
Week 5: June 26-30 - Color Wars Week
Week 6: July 3-7 - Party in the USA Week
Week 7: July 10-14 - Cruise-A-Palooza Week
Week 8: July 17-21 - Taste of Cincinnati Week
Week 9: July 24-28 - Star Wars Week
Week 10: July 31-Aug. 4 - Disney Week
Week 11: Aug. 7-11 - Survivor Week
Week 12: Aug. 14-18 - Bon Voyage, Summer Week


$303 per week - ALL INCLUSIVE!
(That means great field trips, lunches, snacks, gymnastics and trampoline instruction, basketball and yoga classes, weekly Kona Ice, arts and crafts, in-house entertainment, inflatables, pottery pieces.. everything is included!)
$73 daily rate available (2 day minimum per week - doesn't have to be consecutive days)


  • 9am-4pm weekdays

Extended Hours:

7:00-9:00 am "Wake-Up" Session
$45 per week/ $10.00 per day (Includes AM Snack)

8:00-9:00 am “Half Wake-Up” Session
$25 per week/ $5 per day

4:00-5:00 pm / “Half Wind-Down” Session
$25 per week/ $5 per day

4:00-6:00 pm "Wind-Down" Session
$45 per week/ $10.00 per day (Includes PM Snack)


Sibling Discount: Each additional sibling receives 20% off tuition. First child pays full fare.

10, 11 & 12 Weeks: Attend 9 full weeks of camp, and the 10th and 11th full week is 50% off and the 12th full week is 60% off!

Early Bird Registration Special:

    Register by 3 full Weeks or 6 partial weeks by Friday, March 10 and receive:
    - Camp-A-Palooza Waterbottle, Bag & Sunglasses
    - Extra Youth Camp-A-Palooza t-shirt

Bring A Friend Program: Your child can bring friends with them to camp and both families will reap the benefits!

Here are the details:

1. The friend must be a new camper to Kids First Camp-A-Palooza, not necessarily Kids First. If they take a class together and you invite them to camp because they've never been to our camps before, they are considered a "new camper".

2. Both campers must attend the same week and each will receive $50 off! ($25 off partial camp weeks)

3. The "Bring A Friend" offer can be used multiple weeks but must be a 'new friend' each week. (i.e. You could attend all 12 weeks and bring a new friend each week to try out camp and receive $50 off each week of camp! Each friend would receive $50 off their week of camp also!)

4. Bringing multiple 'new friends' in a week is not $50 off for each friend. Only one "Bring A Friend" discount is applicable each week.

5. Sibling discounts are applied after all other discounts are applied.

6. Only applicable on day camp programming, not venture camps or "specialty camp only" campers.

How does it work?

It's easy! When the NEW camper is signing up, they will put the current camper's name in as their LEAD SOURCE. There is a spot to mark "Current Camper" and they can enter the current camper's name. Once we have both the new and current camper signed up, we'll apply the discounts! That's it!

Specialty Camps:

*No sibling discounts applicable*

May 30-June 2: Minecraft Mania Camp (Junior Tech Academy) - Polish up your Minecraft skills in this fun Minecraft class. Build a Minecraft Mask. Improve your RedStone circuit skills. Learn how to use NBT tags. Obtain server skills using WorldEdit. Play Hungergames against your classmates. All equipment provided.

Ages 6-10: 9:00 am-12:00pm - $150 FULL!
Ages 9-14: 1:00-4:00pm - $150 FULL!

Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) - $300 FULL!

June 5-9: Video Game Design Camp - Mario Style Platformer (Junior Tech Academy) -  Learn how to build a side-scrolling game in Scratch by making your own Mario-like platform game. Learn the basics of Parallax Scrolling and design your own fun jump & collect game.  Besides basic programming principles such as loops and conditionals, this class introduces the concept of lists. Take your work home at the end of camp.

Ages 6-10: 9:00 am-12:00pm - $160 FULL!
Ages 9-14: 1:00-4:00pm - $160 FULL!

Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) (M-F) - $315 FULL!

June 12-16: Artsy, Crafty WOW Camp! (Abrakadoodle) - Let’s get crafty! Join us for this DIY (Do It Yourself) Craft Camp where students explore cool, interesting crafts from around the world, develop new craft skills and get creative juices flowing! Each day is jam-packed with FUN activities like bowl making, weaving, and nature-inspired crafts. This make-it and take-it camp is a big “WOW” in the world of crafts.

Ages 5-7: 9:00am-12:00 pm - $190
Ages 8-12: 1:00-4:00 pm - $190

Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) (M-F) - $340

June 26-30: Great, Big, Messy Art Camp! (Abrakadoodle) - Oh, go ahead and make a mess! That’s what this camp is all about – messy art and creative imagination-expanding experiences! Everything we do is messy: sticky spaghetti designs, paint that fizzes and POPS, messy portraits that match our own messy faces, squeeze art and African mud painting! These happy creative experiments spark our imaginations. So come mess with Abrakadoodle, winner of “the best art class to bring out your child’s inner Picasso!”

Ages 5-7: 9:00am-12:00 pm - $190
Ages 8-12: 1:00-4:00 pm - $190

Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) (M-F) - $340

July 5-7: Favorite Apps & Video Games: Young Rembrandts Drawing Camp - Art is all around us, including phones and online! We will learn illustration and coloring techniques inspired by popular video games. Artwork is inspired by pixel block characters, plants, zombies and much more! If you child loves to game and draw, they will have a blast putting their own personal touches on some of these favorites. Students will have an incredible portfolio to show off at the end of camp. No experience is needed. All supplies included. Come draw with us!

K-2nd Grade: 9:00am-12:00pm - $150
3rd-7th Grade: 1:00-4:00pm - $150

Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) (W-F) - $295
Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) (M, W-F) - $315

July 10-14: Dabbling in Science Camp! (Scientific Mayhem) - Calling all scientists!  Prepare to become biologists and explore some icky, yet fascinating creatures.  Find your inner physicist and follow in Sir Isaac Newton's footsteps while we discover forces and energy.  We will even get to make miniature roller coasters.  Put on your lab coat and become a chemist while we learn about laboratory equipment and conduct chemical experiments.  We may have the chance to blow something up...This camp will allow your child to explore various types of science to discover their scientific passion.  We will create a little bit of Mayhem and have a whole lot of fun all week long!

K-2nd Grade: 9:00am-12:00pm - $165
3rd-5th Grade: 1:00-4:00pm - $165

Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) (M-F) - $320

July 17-21: ARTBLAST! STEAM Camp! (Abrakadoodle) - Calling all boys and girls who have a creative, curious mind and like to explore! Learn about how Science is an inspiration for many artists. Boost your imagination while you play and paint with magnets, explore robotic sculptures and Technology. Develop your Engineering skills and design your dream house! Create Artistic Math puzzles and much more while you ignite your creativity. Join us on the Abrakadoodle® STEAM art venture and have a blast while you play games, make new friends and create art in innovative ways!

Ages 5-7: 9:00am-12:00 pm - $190
Ages 8-12: 1:00-4:00 pm - $190

Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) (M-F) - $340

July 24-28: (AM Session) Augmented Reality App Development Camp (iDap Academy) -Campers will take the next step in mobile application development to create an augmented reality application incorporating geo location, QR codes, video , and immersive interactivity.  The application will be a mobile quest through time.

Ages 10-16: 9:00am- 12:00pm - $165

Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) (M-F) - $320

July 24-28: (PM Session) Marvel Comics! Video Animation Movie Production Camp (iDap Academy) - Campers will learn video special effects to create their own super hero short movie.  Put yourself in your favorite scene or learn special effects editing techniques using Adobe After Effects and move beyond the green screen this summer at Kids First.

Ages 8-12: 1:00pm- 4:00pm - $165

Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) (M-F) - $320

July 31-Aug. 4: Mad About Movies! Art Camp! (Abrakadoodle) - You will LOVE this camp if you love movies and the kooky characters, animations and illustrations in them....from minions to dinosaurs to out of this world environments! Marvelous movies and art together make for some movie madness! Campers learn how movies are made, tell movie stories and recreate favorite movie characters! Explore animation, storyboards, movie music, games and more while making new friends and exploring creative abilities.

Ages 5-7: 9:00am-12:00 pm - $190
Ages 8-12: 1:00-4:00 pm - $190

Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) (M-F) - $340

August 7-11: Mindstorms Battlebots (Robotics Camp) (Junior Tech Academy) - Design and build your own LEGO Mindstorms Battlebot, then battle against your classmates. Learn how to program LEGO Mindstorms. Learn various useful mechanisms that will improve your bot’s skills. Then prepare for battle!

Ages 8-14: 9:00 am-12:00pm - $160
Ages 8-14: 1:00-4:00pm - $160

Full day: 9:00am-4:00pm (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza) - $315

Venture Camps:

Our Venture Camps are for the young field trip enthusiast! Explore more of Cincinnati’s best field trip locations including a full day at Kids First Sports Center’s Camp-A-Palooza with 4 field trips per week! Every Friday is a day of fun, sun and Kona Ice at Kids First with Monday through Thursday spent traveling to hot spots around the Queen City!

- Grades 3-7 only; 8th-9th graders email Megan at
- Venture Camps depart for most field trips around 9:15-9:30am; some leave as early as 8:00am!
- Includes all lunches, transportation and field trip fees!
- No sibling discounts applicable.
- Minimum of 20 children must register to hold the program

June 5-9: Science Sleuths
Discover a world of fun with four science-based field trips and exploration in space, science and ecosystems!

Mon. June 5 - iSpace Space Base Simulation
Tues. June 6 - CoSi Center of Science and Industry (Bus will leave at 8:15 am)
Wed. June 7 - River Explorer Porgram @ Nisbet Park
Thurs. June 8 - Cincinnati Nature Center

Monday-Friday: 9a-4p - 3rd-7th grade - $300.00

June 19-23: Earth, Wind, Water & Sky High Fun! 
Each day introduces a new element of earthly and sky high fun from Kings Island, Coney Island, Paintball Country and SkyZone!
Mon. June 19 - Kings Island
Tues. June 20 - Coney Island
Wed. June 21 - Paintball Country
Thurs. June 22 - SkyZone

Monday-Friday: 9a-4p - 3rd-7th grade - $350.00
Have a KI season pass? Take $25.00 off!
July 10-14: Water Lovers!
This is a week perfect for your little water lover! We'll be visiting several area waterparks, both indoor and outdoor, and trying out wake boarding right here in the Queen City!

Mon. July 10 - Kings Island: Soak City
Tues. July 11 - Wake Nation
Wed. July 12 - Splash Cincinnati
Thurs. July 13 - The Beach Waterpark

Monday-Friday: 9a-4p  - 3rd-7th grade - $375.00
Have a KI season pass? Take $25.00 off!

July 31-August 4: Thrill Seekers!
If your child loves adventure, this is the perfect week for them! Laser tag, gaming, racing, roller coasters, and much more!
Mon. July 31 - Laser Kraze
Tues. Aug. 1 - Dave & Busters/ Full Throttle Indoor Racing
Wed. Aug. 2 - Kings Island
Thurs. Aug. 3 - Scene75

Monday-Friday: 9a-4p  - 3rd-7th grade - $375.00
Have a KI season pass? Take $25.00 off!

My Time, My Way Program

For 7th-12th graders!

My Time, My Way™ is a fun, interactive and individualized student time management program by Simple Better Solutions®. My Time, My Way™ is as it sounds. Each student will learn key time management concepts. They will learn how to adapt each concept to create their own individualized time management plan.

This is an interactive and individualized student time management plan. Students will learn via a series of fun, engaging and simplified exercises and activities. Each session will focus on one element of time management. The course is designed so that each session builds on the learnings from the previous session. These are the steps that will be followed during each session.

Step 1.  Dara Fairman, Founder/CEO Simple Better Solutions® will provide a brief overview of the concept.

Step 2.  The students will absorb the concept in small groups via an age-appropriate case study or activity.

Step 3.  Each student will create an individualized plan for the element learned and Dara will provide support and assistance to each student as he/she creates the individualized plan.

Step 4.  Dara will briefly summarize the learnings and provide an overview of the next session.

Each student will receive a binder to store the learnings from each session. At the end of the 10 sessions, each student will possess a binder that will house his/her individualized time management action plan. Each student's binder will be different because each student is different. The plans will be individualized and actionable.

This is a 10 session program. Each session is 60 minutes.

Tax Information

If more than one party is sharing program payment responsibilities for child/children and for tax purposes, you need the tax statement to reflect separate payments made by each party, you must communicate this in advance. Separate billing accounts can be set-up upon registration. We cannot separate accounts to reflect payments made by different parties for a child/family after your child starts the program.

Many parents claim camp expenses on their taxes or get reimbursed through flexible spending or child care reimbursement accounts. If you need the Tax ID number for any reason, please email Megan at It can also be found in your Parent Handbook.

LIT - Leaders In Training Program

The Leaders in Training Program is a leadership development program designed to provide teens with the skills and knowledge to interact and communicate successfully with individuals and lead groups of all ages.

For complete information, click here >>

For more information or specific questions on Summer Camps or LIT, please contact Megan Smith -


Addressed to Megan & Kaitlin -  I just wanted to take a moment to let you both know what an incredible experience Daniel had this summer in the LIT program.  He developed skills, refined others and learned a lot about himself during the 6 weeks he was an LIT.  Daniel had only positive things to say about the people, the program, the choices and activities.  Kaitlin, your approach with the teens was ideal and Daniel had a great deal of respect for you.  He felt comfortable talking with you if he had any concerns or suggestions and was sure his voice was being heard.  He was part of true team and loved being a role model for the younger campers. Daniel is looking ahead and wants to complete the CIT program in the future, possibly another year of LIT too! 
We want to thank you both for providing such a quality experience for young teens.  There are few programs that offer everything a young teen needs and the LIT program is a gem.  By combining instruction & education, opportunities for fun, spending time with peers, giving back to others and mentoring younger campers, you have created an inspiring blend.  Thanks again for a wonderful summer!  - 08/26/2014 -

I wanted to thank you overall for what a great job you've all done to put this camp together.  My daughter usually takes a while to warm up to new things, but she LOVED her first day at camp.  She couldn't stop talking about all the activities and can't wait to see what's next.  I can't tell you what a relief it is to know that she is happy, trying new things, and in great hands. ~S.Z.

I wanted to let you know how much my son has enjoyed his time at Kids First this summer.  He will be back for some more fun next summer! I also wanted to say thanks to you and your team for accommodating my older son (with some special needs) as well.  I really appreciate the opportunity for him to be involved, though he is hard to persuade to participate in some things, it still means a lot to him and me that he can come. ~S.A.

Cooper really enjoyed the time he's had a camp.  I just wanted you to know that your counselors have been amazing.  Cooper had a particularly great time with Cullan and Eric.  He talked non-stop about how much fun and how awesome they were.  This was his first time attending anything like this, so thank you so much for making this such a fantastic experience. Thanks again for such a wonderful experience!!  We look forward to attending again next summer!  smiley~K.B.

Department Leader

Megan Smith

Megan grew up in Milford, OH and currently resides in Sharonville, OH.

Megan joins Kids First after 6 years with the YMCA, the last two years with the ME Lyons YMCA in Anderson, Ohio where she served as the Family Life Director, overseeing day camps, before and after school programs, preschool and enrichment programs. After graduating college, Megan spent a year and half working as the Marketing Director for the Florence Freedom Professional Baseball Team in Florence, KY where she handled all marketing and media relations and directed 2 major concerts for the band STYX and country music artist Dierks Bentley.

She graduated Cum Laude from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration. She played basketball at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio for one year and at MSJ for two years where she was voted to two All-Tournament teams. She forewent playing her senior year to begin coaching high school girls basketball at Clermont Northeastern High School in Batavia, Ohio where she coached for 2 seasons. Megan coached at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy for two years and now utilizes her basketball skills for the Ronnie Grandison Basketball Academy inside of Kids First working as a basketball coach!

A native Cincinnatian, Megan enjoys attending Reds games and Cincinnati sporting events, but is also an avid Tennessee Lady Vols basketball fan.

Megan is most excited about revamping the Kids First camp experience, and progressing campers from day camp through the new LIT program, and through their many years after Kids First as successful, thriving adults. Her goal is for camp to be a fun and exciting place for kids to be, a place where our former campers want to come back and work, a place where parents feel safe to send their child, and a place that everyone talks about sending their kids to!

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