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Camp-A-Palooza Camps

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Thanks for a great summer!

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2020 Summer Camp Brochure


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


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.

If you know someone that you feel would be a great fit for our staff, please encourage them to apply! We typically hire staff beginning in February thorough April. For more information, click here. 


Week 1: June 1-4 - Splashing Into Summer (Field Trip: Castle Skateland)
Week 2: June 7-11 - Around the World (Field Trip: Carillon Historical Park)
Week 3: June 14-18 - Game Show Mania (Field Trip: The Web)
Week 4: June 21-25 - Wildly Creative (Field Trip: Cincinnati Museum Center, K-2nd Gr. & Camp Kern, 3rd-7th Gr.)
Week 5: June 28-July 2 - Sport Exploration (Field Trip: Newport Aquarium)
Week 6: July 5-9 - Mad Scientist (Field Trip: COSI)
Week 7: July 12-16 - Ninja Warrior (Field Trip: The Beach Waterpark)
Week 8: July 19-23 - Movie, Action, Adventure Camp (Field Trip: Entertrainment Junction, K-2nd Gr. & Scene75, 3rd-7th Gr.)
Week 9: July 26-30 - Color Wars (Field Trip: LaserKraze)
Week 10: August 2-6 - Camp-A-Palooza Summer Festival (Field Trip: Kings Island)
Week 11: August 9-13 - A Camping We Will Go (Field Trip: Cincinnati Zoo)
Week 12: August 16-20 - Sailing Off Into the Sunset (Field Trip: Coney Island)
+ Kona Ice comes to camp every Friday!
+ Field trips may be rescheduled/cancelled based on availability and state guidelines. In cases of cancellation, alternate field trips or instructional classes at Kids First will be scheduled. No refunds will be offered on the basis of field trip cancellation. 


No add-on surprise costs! Includes all field trips, lunches and sports classes! All inclusive!

  • Times: 9am-4pm weekdays

Extended Hours:

7:00-9:00 am "Wake-Up" Session
$10 per week/ $5 per day (Includes AM Snack at 7:45am)

4:00-6:00 pm "Wind-Down" Session
$10 per week/ $5 per day (Includes PM Snack at 5:00pm)


Camp Only Participant
  • $358 per week
  • $85 daily rate (2 day minimum per week)
The Kids First Family Administration Fee is not required for day camps.



(Only one primary discount can be used per week)

  1. Every third full week attended is 25% off! Attend three full weeks, and your third is 25% off! This discount is automatically applied on your 3rd, 6th, and 9th full week.
  2. Bring A Friend DiscountBring a friend to a full week of camp (non-sibling, new to Camp-A-Palooza) and receive $50 off each.
  3. 10th, 11th and 12th full weeks attended -Attend 9 full weeks of camp? The following discounts apply:
    10th full week: 40% off
    11th full week: 50% off
    12th full week: 60% off

(Can be applied to any week in combination with a primary discounts)

1. Sibling Discount -  First child pays full fare.

20% off second child’s tuition.
30% off third child’s tuition.
40% off fourth child’s tuition.
No sibling discount greater than 40% off.

2. Early Bird Discount - (These discounts apply to campers who are currently enrolled in Kids First classes OR who sign up for camp by March 7, 2021. Each camper may use one of these discounts; they cannot be combined)

$25 off full week rate 

Specialty Camps: Experience Hands-On Learning!

*No sibling discounts applicable*

Camp-A-Palooza Specialty Camp Programming offers half-day camps for those wishing to expand their knowledge in a specific area or discipline including technology, science, art, among others!

These half-day specialty camps can be done stand alone or combined with our full day Camp-A-Palooza programming for working parents or just for a full day experience!

June 7-11: Artblast! STEAM Camp - Provider: 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!

9a-12p (K-3rd gr.)
1-4p (3rd-7th gr.)

$197 (Specialty Camp Only)
$375 Full Day (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza)
June 21-25: The Artsy Craftsy WOW Camp - Provider: 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.

9a-12p (K-3rd gr.)
1-4p (3rd-7th gr.)

$197 (Specialty Camp Only)
$375 Full Day (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza)


June 28 - July 2: Variety is the Spice of Life Camp - Provider: Children's Enrichment Program Alliance - Variety is the Spice of Life Camp:  Join CEPA (Children’s Enrichment Program Alliance) for the week to experience everything from learning some Spanish, creating pottery, learning about animals and so much more!  Cool Critters, Enriching Kidz, QSA (Quickness, Speed & Agility), Star Glazers and World of Spanish introduce children to lots of interests in one week!  Variety is the Spice of Life Camp is a great opportunity to pinpoint areas for future focus and have loads of fun in the process!

9a-12p (K-7th gr.)

$280 (Specialty Camp Only)
$410 - Full Day (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza)

July 12-16: Bug Me! Creepy Crawler's Camp - Provider: Abrakadoodle - You are being bugged! This Creepy Crawler’s Camp is all about bugs, reptiles, nighttime adventures and the teeny tiny world of insects. We’ll create bug habitats, design mazes, and participate in creepy crawler races while learning about bug and reptile characteristics. Join Abrakadoodle for this buggy camp filled with insect art, mini-worlds and creative learning experiences!

9a-12p (K-3rd gr.)
1-4p (3rd-7th gr.)

$197 (Specialty Camp Only)
$375 Full Day (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza)


July 19-23: Harry Potter STEAM Wizards Camp - Provider: Cincy STEM Lab - Calling all Potterheads! Get on your broom & bring your capes for the best Harry Potter STEM experience this year! Campers will explore the fundamentals of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) by making potion slime, butter beer and more. 

9a-12p (2nd-6th gr.)

$225 (Specialty Camp Only)
$405 Full Day (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza)


July 26-30: Going Green! Camp - Provider: Abrakadoodle - Green kids care about the environment and we do, too, at Abrakadoodle! Our Green Kids create French Santon statues inspired by peasants from the Provence region of France. They’ll produce CD art in the style of Piet Mondrian, Chilean Rain Sticks and Tiffany Lamp sculptures all while learning about fine artists such as Renoir, Gustav Klimt and Georges Braque. Each work of art is a masterpiece made with recycled materials that both decorate our world and help to keep our environment clean! There are also creative games and activities.

9a-12p (K-3rd gr.)
1-4p (3rd-7th gr.)

$197 (Specialty Camp Only)
$375 Full Day (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza)


August 2-6: Summer Surfing Art Camp - Provider: Abrakadoodle - Summer is the best time for catching rays and waves while having a summer blast of FUN! This camp transports us to a virtual tropical paradise where we'll create the perfect wave, design fish that may look a little like Uncle Harry, make and fly airplanes towing a message, create watercolor seascapes like artist Heather Brown and more. We will be serenaded by beach music while we play seaside games and join in super summer adventures! This salute to summer includes ten art and creativity projects along with a boatload fo FUN by Abrakadoodle. Surf's up! Come and catch this summer wave!

9a-12p (K-3rd gr.)
1-4p (3rd-7th gr.)

$197 (Specialty Camp Only)
$375 Full Day (Specialty Camp & Camp-A-Palooza)

 Venture Camps

Designed for the young field trip enthusiast! Explore Cincinnati’s best field trip locations including a full day at Kids First Sports Center on Friday!

+ Grades 3-7 only
+ Includes all lunches, transportation and field trip fees!
+ No sibling discounts applicable!

July 12-16 - Thrill Seekers! - For the child who loves roller coasters, video games, extreme wipeouts, dodgeball, laser tag and more!

Mon. July 12:  Kings Island
Tues. July 13:  Horseback Riding
Wed. July 14:   Wake Nation
Thurs. July 15:   Scene75

Monday-Friday: 9a-4p - 3rd-7th grade - $475

+ Included in our camp price!
+ Pizza Mondays
+ Various Restaurants - Wednesday’s
+ Chick-Fil-A Fridays

Lunch menus will be available in May 2021. Our Tuesday and Thursday lunches are from our in-house cafe, Book Bums. Past lunches have included: tacos, sloppy joes, BBQ sandwiches, spaghetti, chicken nuggets, fish sticks & mac-n-cheese.

Lunches will include:
+ An entree
+ 2 side dishes
+ Drink

Food Allergies & Lunch Discounts
Children with severe (life-threatening) food allergies or picky eaters are recommended to bring their own snacks and lunches. A lunch discount will be provided. Please contact the Camp Director with any severe food allergy questions. No alternative lunches will be provided.
What To Bring Each Day
+ A swimsuit and towel every day!
+ Comfortable clothes for active camp events
+ Shoes appropriate for running, jumping and hiking
+ No open-toed shoes please!
+ Waterbottle (labeled with name)
+ An extra change of clothes

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 Julie at

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 Julie Halusek - 513-489-7575 |


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.  Your approach with the teens was ideal and Daniel had a great deal of respect for your staff.  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

Julie Halusek

Julie will be overseeing our camp department as well as coordinating the Virtual Academy that will be beginning for Kids First families at home.

Julie joins the Kids First team after serving at the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati for the last 10 years and Mercy Healthplex in the years prior. She graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. She has worked in the recreation field for the last 20 years running sports, camps, aquatic, fitness and membership programs.

Julie is happily married to her husband of 18 years and they have three sons, ages 15, 11 and 9. They all three enjoy playing sports including lacrosse, soccer and baseball. Her children were participants in Tumble Bees when they were little. Julie says, "I love the memories that we made at Kids First. I want to be a part of making memories for other children and their families."

Julie also said, "I want to make summer camp a great experience for kids and parents. I want kids to walk away learning something new and wanting to come back each day excited to be here. I want them to have a friend and feel welcome each day at camp." We are so happy to have Julie joining our team! When you see her for the first time, stop and say hello! smile

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