This organic farm and nature preserve offers workshops and classes for children, farm tours, summer camps and family programs.
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Has nearly 2,000 acres of plant collections, gardens, hiking trails and natural areas for people to explore. They offer summer day camps, homeschool programs and workshops for young children. Scholarships are available.
7770 Jacksontown Road Southeast, Newark, Ohio 43056
(740) 323-2355 or Toll-free (800) 443-2937
Serves high school juniors and seniors from public schools in Franklin County. Students of the humanities program pursue in-depth research projects, engage with the local arts community and earn high school credit. Founded by the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio.
First Congregational Church
444 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University (OSU) supports children in the Columbus community whose parent has cancer, by providing a free summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem is operated by student volunteers and serves approximately 150 campers ages 6-16 every year.
PO Box 3501, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, family needs assistance, reentry programs, counseling services, drug treatment, crisis intervention and more. Visit the website for a detailed description of their services.
510 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
COSI offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps; and career exploration, homeschooler and teen tech studio workshops. They offer a special “Family Access Membership” that is available for families who get WIC, Ohio Directions (EBT) or Ohio Medicaid.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents, including year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages throughout Central Ohio and information about choosing quality child care. They also assist people who operate home-based childcare.
78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222 or (855) 302-4453 or TTY (800) 750-0750
Offers kid and teen theatre classes and summer camps. They provide actors of all experience levels a safe place to grow and strengthen their performing skills.
1000 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Offers many programs for youth, including a week-long summer overnight program at OSU for high school students, poetry workshops, computer classes and a science club. Programs are designed to provide students with an appreciation for African American culture. Financial help is available, and many of the activities are free.
905 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Provides free after school programs for elementary and middle-school aged youth, programs including academics, enrichment activities, and health and fitness. The ASAS Columbus program serves at several Columbus City School locations (specific schools are listed on their website as they change from time to time).
1743 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221
ASAS Columbus: columbusasas.org
ASAS Ohio: asasohio.org
Allows individuals to find camps that are accredited by the ACA. Families can search for a camp according to age, location, activities, special needs, cost and more.
5000 State Rd 67 North, Martisnville, Indiana 46151
Girls State is for teens entering their senior year of high school who are in good academic standing and want to learn how government works, develop leadership skills and practice good citizenship. The week-long program is offered every summer to more than 900 girls across Ohio.
PO Box 2760, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
Boys State is for teens entering their senior year of high school who are in good academic standing and want to learn how government works, develop leadership skills and practice good citizenship. The program is offered every summer to more than 1200 boys across Ohio.
PO Box 8007, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Offers themed camps, including outdoor safety, flying animals and nature-based art for students entering grades 1 to 5. There is also a leadership skills program for students entering grades 6 to 8. Week-long, day sessions are available at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, and scholarships are available.
505 West Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Full and half-day summer camps for children ages 5 to 13 are available to help children learn ballet, tap, modern jazz, yoga, improvisation, music and more.
322 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Full-day and half-day camps are available during the summer for children ages 4 to those entering grade 9.
165 North Parkview Avenue, Bexley, Ohio 43209
The community-based program matches children ages 5 to 14 with an older Big Brother or Big Sister friend. The school-based program in Franklin, Union and Delaware counties allows students to meet once a week at their school with a mentor who can help them reach career and academic goals. In Franklin County, they reach out to Spanish-speaking youth and families through their Hispanic Mentoring Program.
1855 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Offers week-long, overnight programs during the summer for children ages 6 to 14. The camp is in Hocking Hills. Reduced fees are available for children enrolled with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
1855 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Offers a low-cost outdoor leadership program for Franklin County youth ages 9 – 12. Based at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park just west of downtown Columbus, Bold Columbus provides fun and educational experiences, including group challenges, leadership training, team games, nature education, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking and more.
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, Ohio 43119
This program serves 17 counties in central Ohio and includes around 35,000 youth members. It builds on the strong traditions of youth and community service, including cub scouts for boys ages 7 to 10, boy scouts for boys ages 11 to 18 and venturing for boys and girls ages 14 to 21. They offer year-round camping opportunities.
807 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(800) 433-4051 or (614) 436-7200
Serves youth ages 6 through 18 from across the city. For a low cost, the nationally-acclaimed Club provides members with access to after-school and summer programming oriented around three pillars: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character & Citizenship. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities, and mentoring.
Dinner is served every Wednesday through the Manna Cafe’. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday the Open Shelter provides dinner and other emergency needs. Call for serving times. They also provide holiday assistance, emergency assistance, and host their Heart of the City CDF Freedom Schools’ summer program.
501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Camp Architecture is a summer camp for central Ohio youth ages 8-18, which introduces them to the world of architecture and design through hands-on activities, field trips, walking tours, presentations by professionals and imaginative games.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Camp Corral is a free summer camp for military children ages 8 to 15. Priority enrollment is given to children of wounded, disable or fallen servicemen and servicewomen. The camp is a week-long helps kids learn new skills, build character and make new friends while enjoying the outdoors. Complete their online application for enrollment or call the hotline below for more information.
801 North West Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
This summer camp is a free, week-long, overnight grief camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Camp Lionheart is full of regular summer camp activities such as swimming, hiking, games and crafts, while incorporating structured grief group counseling sessions with trained, licensed professionals. The camp takes place at Camp Otyokwa in Hocking Hills.
Administration Office: 1016 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Camp Location: 24799 Purcell Road, South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152
Offers overnight camps, day camps, family camps and grief camps. Camp Wyandot in Hocking Hills is the site for many programs, but other programs are located near Columbus.
1890 Northwest Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
The Global Health Odyssey Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, presents this academic day camp in Atlanta for students who will be high school juniors and seniors. Campers learn how the CDC safeguards the nation’s health and learn about careers in public health. The program is free, but campers must pay for their own lunches and transportation.
1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30333
Central Community House is a neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
COLA is a 6-day leadership development experience for rising high school juniors and seniors in central Ohio. The free program is offered annually during the summer. All eligible students are encouraged to apply.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Offers low-cost summer camps for students in grades 3 through 5.
4099 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
Holds a number of summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) camps throughout the Columbus, Ohio area for kids 7-14 years old.
10143 Royalton Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133
Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Represents 16 natural area parks with more than 200 miles of trails in central Ohio. Go online to find the location nearest you and find out about upcoming programs (including special programs for preschoolers and homeschoolers), events and or summer programs.
1069 West Main Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 891-0700 or (614) 508-8000
Offers week-long day camp programs in academics, arts & sciences, and athletics. There are many weekly sessions to choose from, starting in June and going through August. There are programs for Pre-K through 12th grade, including before and after care options, as well as courses for high school credit. Programs are very diverse and include themes such as skateboarding, coding, fashion design, sailing, ice hockey, languages, drones, musical instruments and many more. Participants do not have to be Columbus Academy students. They also have a “Family” division that includes Caregiver and Young Child, Grown Up and Child, and Adult/Senior classes that meet once a week at convenient times for all.
4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Offers vocal instruction and music education to young singers in Central Ohio ages 5-18. Financial aid is available to students who currently qualify for free or reduced school meals. Contact directly for costs and payment plan details.
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers theatre classes, summer camps and private lessons for kids and teens. Private lesson subjects include: Acting, Voice, Dance, Flute and Piano.
512 North Park Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
Offers support services for families, with classes at different sites throughout Franklin County. They have free GED prep and ESOL classes for adults, and basic skills literacy classes for adults, as well as vocational training programs for adults (like nursing). They also offer low-cost online adult classes.
270 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Creative Summer Workshops are a series of intensive workshops for youth in grades 1 through 12, offering quality art instruction taught by arts professionals. They also offer Saturday Morning Art Classes, which provide art and design education to children in grades 1 through 12. Scholarships are available.
60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides excellent programs for Columbus high school teens who are interested in leadership and international issues. Students collaborate with community groups and businesses to learn skills in areas such as interacting with the media, making legislative change, direct social service, event planning, speech-making and more.
51 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
The Columbus Learning Cooperative is a holistic alternative to the traditional school environment. Participants (ages 10 to 18 years old) register as home school students and then meet with our mentors to determine their unique education plan, with no high-stakes testing, no standardized curriculum, integrated age levels and a flexible schedule. They work with students in the self-directed learning model.
731 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
The Columbus Metropolitan Library has 23 branch locations throughout Columbus, Ohio where you are able to. Examples of all their free services include: adult learning and GED classes, technology training, ESOL, adaptive services, research and consumer tools, Storytime, Ready for Kindergarten classes, summer reading club, homework help, Reading Buddies and more.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Camp Montessori is for grades 1 to 6 and includes local field trips, special guests, and private morning swimming lessons at the Eastmoor pool. The Children’s House Summer Program is for ages 3 to 6. Two sessions are available with all-day or morning options.
979 South James Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227
(614) 231-3790, ext. 22
Offers a host of activities, such as drawing, art programs, family programs, musical performances and free admission to the museum during the summer months.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Publishes a directory of summer camps in the Columbus area every year. Go online to see their most recent list of summer camps.
7801 North Central Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Is a violence reducation program offered to youth ages 14-21, living in zip codes 43207, 43203, 43223, and 43211 evening activities. The recreation centers located in these zip codes are open until 10 pm to keep the youth occupied with arts, educational and recreational activities. Gang and violence mediation and intervention are also provided.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers academic programs and a safe place to learn and play after school and during the summer for a very low cost. Children can get homework help, tutoring and a nutritious snack and/or hot meal. They also offer anger management, substance abuse, violence prevention and recreation and enrichment activity (like field trips, drama and art) programs are offered.
Offers City of Columbus middle-school youth, ages 10-15, the opportunity to gain real life skills by working on projects and attending exciting events that will guide them towards becoming positive leaders in their communities. They meet different people and see different places throughout the city. Participants will need to be recommended by their principal, assistant principal or teacher in order to be considered.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
The School’s Out summer program allows children ages 6 to 14 to take part in a variety of fitness activities all day, Monday through Friday, at 4 recreation centers in Columbus. This program is open to residents of Columbus that meet certain income guidelines, for a very low cost. It is designed to meet the needs of working parents.
Offers a wide variety of summer camps for children. Go online to look at their comprehensive list of programs.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Provides high school students the skills and motivation needed to complete an education at a college of their choice. The Upward Bound program at Columbus State Community College is available to income eligible students attending Mifflin High, East High, West High and Linden McKinley STEM. Upward Bound has a 100% college placement rate.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
The Columbus Urban League (CUL) is a community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. There initiatives fall under six categories:
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Their elementary and middle school youth programs include: Young Ambassadors for Peace (YAP) an anti-bullying, violence prevention and leadership development program for schools and a summer day camp. CND’s programs for older youth focus on leadership development, job readiness, secondary education and employment opportunities. Their high school youth programs include: a job readiness program titled Future Opportunities Created for Urban Students (FOCUS), intergenerational mentorship, an annual historically black college and university tour and a violence intervention program titled Application for Purpose Pride and Success (APPS). CND offers emergency support services on a case-by-base basis, parenting services and addiction counseling for adults.
Columbus has parks and recreation centers throughout the city and surrounding areas. Click below to find local programs in your neighborhood.
Sponsored by George Washington University and the Department of Defense, this program places gifted high school students who are at least 16 years old with an interest in science and math in the Department of Defense laboratories for an 8-week period over the summer. Participants are awarded an educational stipend of $2000 and are assigned a scientist or engineer as their mentor.
Offers after school and summer programs for youth ages 8 to 17. The free program includes life skills education groups, homework help, computer lab, tutoring, fitness and recreation, art, music and dance programming and meals provided. They also have a teen pregnancy prevention group called, My Best Self, serving high-risk boys and girls, ages 11 to 18, in local schools throughout Franklin County.
Drama Kids offers drama programs, classes and summer camps. It is open enrollment during most of the year, but primarily serves the Olentangy Local School District.
8917 South Old State Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Offers schools day off events, spring break and summer camps for kids of all ages. Programs are available for kids with special needs as well.
5600 Post Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Offers spring break camps and summer camps. Special needs accommodations are available as well.
5600 Post Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Offers free programs for high school juniors and seniors at more than 15 school districts in central Ohio, including job training, career programs, college prep classes, GED classes, ESOL training and help finding a job. They also offer free summer camps for students in grades 6 to 8 explore career options.
Nationwide Children’s Empower is a six-week recreation and wellness program open to all adolescents grades 6-8. Sessions take place twice per week for 90 minutes after school at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. Each week is filled with activities to help your middle-schoolers navigate changes in the world, from staying active and coping with stress, to dealing with complicated relationships and fostering healthy relationships. Activities range from social games, group and team challenges, safe supported discussions, community outings, scavenger hunts, swimming and more. Visit their webpage or call directly for details.
150 W. Main Street, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 685-4348 or (614) 685-6345
Provides several services to the Ethiopian community in central Ohio, as well as African, Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants. Services include after school programs and mentoring, youth leadership opportunities, college preparation and summer programs for youth. They provide ESOL services for adults as well.
Offers career development service to teenagers preparing for success in the workforce, adults looking to further their careers and middle school students developing leadership skills that will propel them to successful careers. They also offer life coaching to help graduates along their career paths.
PO Box 245, Brice, Ohio 43109
Offers a variety of faith-based programs for youth, including personal tutoring, music, sports and youth mentoring.
3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
Day and overnight summer camps in Hocking Hills are offered for children in grades 1 to 12. They also offer a family camp in September.
3777 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a botanical landmark and cultural attraction featuring plant collections and gardens, seasonal art- and nature-based exhibitions, and an array of educational opportunities and special events for visitors of all ages.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Visit the special needs section of CAP4Kids to find out about after school programs, camps and recreational opportunities for youth with special needs.
Day camps in Gahanna are available for children ages 5 to 12 during the summer. They also have financial scholarships available.
200 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Helps girls build strong self-esteem and learn skills such as financial literacy, teamwork, respect for the environment and appreciation of the arts. Girl Scouts is open to girls ages 5 to 17. They also offer overnight and day camps for both members and non-members.
1700 WaterMark Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 621-7042 or (614) 487-8101
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Offer free adult education classes (like GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer lab) with free childcare services and transportation, community engagement programs, health and wellness programs and services, and youth programming (like after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, internships and career exploration).
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207 (Only adult education and workforce development)
Provides summer recreational, educational and fitness programs for children of all ages.
1515 West Goodale Boulevard, Grandview, Ohio 43212
Faith based, non-profit organization based in Columbus’ Hilltop community. Some of their programs include Hilltop teen club, teen free store, basketball at their gym, their no-cost Westside CDF (Children’s Defense Fund) Freedom School, mentoring program, produce distribution, free legal clinic and more.
1665 Harrisburg Pike, Columbus, Ohio, 43223
Offers before and after school programs for children in grades K to 4 in the Grove City area. They also offer part-day and full-day summer programs and outdoor activities which are open to all children in grades K to 6 in the Southwestern City Schools district.
4035 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Has many classes and programs throughout the year at their outdoor water park, recreation center, parks and athletic fields.
7370 Groveport Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
Children and teens can learn about homeownership, outreach, construction and become involved in their local communities.
3140 Westerville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
Offers summer week-long day camps for children ages 6 to 12. They also have a variety of programs for children and families throughout the year.
3800 Veterans Memorial Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Engage 9-15 year-old boys of color from zip codes 43206 or 43207 whose families earn 200% of poverty or less. Offer fun, healthy safe experiences during the school year and throughout the summer, building academic, career, artistic, and physical strengths. Many activities overlap with Columbus Urban League initiatives, placing the young men in summer internships, hands-on digital learning opportunities, drug, alcohol and violence prevention activities and other initiatives based upon their individual needs.
33 West Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Offers a tuition-free program youth jazz lab, focusing on listening, learning and performing jazz. They also provide classes, workshops, summer programs and group performances.
734 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Through its programs and services, the JCC provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts, featuring festivals and fairs centered around books, films, and fine art; teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more. At the JCC there is something for all ages.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Offers many after school programs for grades K to 12. All programs teach money management and business skills. Programs are offered throughout central Ohio, including Franklin, Licking, Fairfield and surrounding counties. College scholarship opportunities are available to students who have participated in Junior Achievement programs.
68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Dedicated to supporting youth ages 12 to 20 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and questioning. They offer a range of programs and activities, all of which are free, including discussion groups, social activities, leadership training and support for gay-straight alliances.
603 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers year-round soccer camps and health education for at-risk boys and girls ages 4 to 18. The cost is free, including uniforms and equipment.
340 North 20th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
An online summer camp directory that connects people with camps in the U.S. and worldwide. Camps are organized by category, including sports, academic, adventure, religious, arts and special needs.
909 North Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, California 90245
Offers a visual and performing arts summer camp for children ages 5 to 12. Limited financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
867 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 645-KING or (614) 645-5464
Offers language classes, basic computer classes, citizenship classes, immigration services, employment services, housing assistance, basic living needs, after school programs for youth ages 5-13, Lao events and more.
1160 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
LEAD is a STEM education and financial literacy organization serving Franklin and Delaware County 3rd – 12th grade students. They offer programs including STEM clubs, leadership training, STEM camps, mentoring, as well as the E-STEM Chapters, which give K-12 grade students an opportunity to be exposed to STEM and business concepts to gain high positions in Corporate America, or to become entrepreneurs. Some services are free. Scholarships are available.
PO Box 361061, Columbus, Ohio 43236
Offers week-long horseback riding day camps for children ages 6 to 15 of all different skill levels (beginners to advanced riders). They also offer after school and winter programs.
2620 Fisher Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Provides a faith-based summer camp in Gahanna for Kindergarten through 6th graders in Franklin County. Tuition varies per group, and is based on full-time vs. part-time.
425 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. Services include:
1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Provides non-traditional K through 12 schooling for bright students with learning difficulties such as ADHD and dyslexia in central Ohio. They also offer free parent seminars, free early reading screenings, assessment, private tutoring and summer school. They have financial aid and tuition loan programs as well.
9555 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
MIT offers a 6-week overnight, academic enrichment summer program in Massachusetts for talented minority high school students who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. Selected students have housing, meals and activity costs covered and only have to pay for transportation to and from MIT.
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Offers a range of free and low cost classes for children, teens, adults and parents of infants and kids of all ages and abilities.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
This free summer program targets gifted high schoolers interested in careers in medicine and research. Previous students have enjoyed success enrolling in Ivy League institutions and obtaining scholarships.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
This free program exposes high school students to the scientific method and careers in medical research during the summer. The program is also available online.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Volunteens work in many areas, including the information desk, gift shop, sibling clubhouse, clinic waiting rooms and in office settings. Teens must be 14 and in high school to participate, and opportunities are available during the school year and summer.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Provides competitive research summer internships to high school students age 16 and older interested in science and engineering. Students are paid a stipend, and the internships are offered at several locations throughout the U.S.
1818 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Contains comprehensive information for providers and professionals about after school care.
2760 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Provides a week-long summer program that gives high school students from around the state a unique, hands-on experience with business at Ohio Dominican University. Limited financial aid is available for those who qualify.
1572 West First Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
Offers a variety of educational programming for children and families throughout the year, such as family workshops, summer camps, teen workshops, holiday gift-making workshops, spring break mini-camps and more.
1665 West Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43212
Offers several free services to the Hispanic community including:
100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Offers spring and summer camp programs at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village. Each camp is one week long and programs are geared toward kids ages 6-14 years old.
Ohio History Center & Ohio Village
800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 297-2300 or (800) 686-6124
Works with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses and better communities in Ohio. Many programs fall into four categories, including;
LiFEsports is a free youth development program dedicated to serving economically disadvantaged children in the Columbus community. Their programs include a sports summer camp for youth ages 9 to 15, a youth leadership academy preparing youth ages 15-18 for college and future careers and community-based sports clinics throughout the year. Transportation is free to all campers via buses.
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210
Offers several community sports and recreation programs and summer camps for youth year round. They also offer adapted recreational sports programs to serve children with disabilities year round.
337 West Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Provides high school students the skills and motivation needed to complete an education at a college of their choice. The Upward Bound program at Ohio State University encourages first-generation and/or low income college bound 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools to apply for admission.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Offers several camps for children in grades 1 through 12. Topics covered include career exploration (medicine, engineering, technology), sports and foreign languages.
281 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Offers summer day camps, group programs and tours, workshops, career exploration and skill-building programs in a wildlife education center setting through internships. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service obligations or learn more about animal-related professions.
6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
Supports military kids through activities and programming specifically targeted to youth of the guard and reserve. Programs include camps for youth and teens, family workshops and free days at the zoo. Most programs are free or for a very nominal price. Programs are open to all Ohio military members.
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Their website has a list of local summer camps for gifted and talented students.
PAST offers summer and after school programs and one-time events that focus on design thinking, problem solving, collaboration, exploration and development in science, technology, engineering, math and business. Scholarships available for those who qualify. They also help schools and districts develop learning strategies.
1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
Offers a variety of summer programs and classes.
100 Lockville Road, Pickerington, Ohio 43147
An intensive, 10-day summer seminar for high school students from low-income backgrounds who have at least a 3.5 GPA and an interest in journalism. The cost is free, including travel costs to and from Princeton. Check web site for more details.
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544
This non-profit settlement house provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the south side area of Columbus. Their services include adult education and workforce development, early education child care, youth and family services, in collaboration with community partners (like Boys & Girls Club, Lutheran Social Services, Ohio Benefit Bank, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, Flex High, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Offers a variety of programs for children (starting at age 2), teens and families.
7232 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
This free program focuses on academic achievement in the areas of math and reading for students in grades 1 though 8. Program participants receive tutoring, proficiency test preparation and personal development during the school year and summer.
Offers free service learning programs to schools with students ages 8 to 14 years old and through family programs for youth ages 5 to 14 years old. Their programs provide positive outcomes for students in areas of critical thinking, research and observation skills, civic engagement, leadership and teamwork.
16 Orchard Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries offers programming and connects families facing suburban poverty in Hilliard (Ohio) to resources. Programs include a free summer lunch program, a free Family ESL Program including ESL classes for adults and academic support for children, a legal clinic, a monthly job readiness clinic, winter coat store and more. Visit the website for the location of each program.
As a local theater company, they offer various arts education programs throughout the year for youth ages 8 to 21.
503 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides a variety of services for Somali youth and adults.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
After school programs, summer programs, youth employment programs, tutoring and early childhood care from ages 6 weeks old to 4 years old are provided for at-risk youth living in the Linden area. They also have a Choice Food Pantry, community garden, bike loan program, Christmas gift programs and family services.
1500 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
This program is an annual no-cost STEM program that prepares high school students to earn their Associate of Science degree at Columbus State Community College.
600 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5541 or (614) 287-5353
Offers year round math and coding classes, STEM workshops, tutoring in math and all day and half-day summer camp classes.
7227 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provide various services including, a community soup kitchen, tutoring, dental clinic, school supply giveaway, summer youth programs, Christmas Toy Chest giveaway, food pantry, vision and eye clinic, and healthcare with the Mt. Carmel Mobile Medical Coach.
Physical Address: 888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6341, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Provides free programs to teens at COSI, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, WOSU@COSI, and Transit Arts to allow them to discover or pursue their interests by connecting them with mentors, digital and cultural resources, and each other. Open studio, one day workshops, drop-in hours and scheduled events give the teens hands-on experience and professional supervision.
Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Offers week-long summer technology experiences to elementary and middle school students. Scholarships are available. They also have Techie Clubs, which introduce elementary students to technology and typically meet weekly throughout the school year.
6600 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
A comprehensive portal listing connections to STEM learning and fun opportunities throughout the country. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities help youth develop critical thinking, working with others, and problem solving skills, enhance creativity, and engage in an investigative process.
Offers several creative writing summer camps for children entering grades 2 through 8. Scholarships are available as well.
77 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers free workshops for youth ages 12 to 21 in performing, visual, writing, or media arts through the Central Community House. Transit Arts is an open studio with access to equipment and supplies, they offer opportunities to perform and exhibit artwork throughout Columbus and more.
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
The weekly school-based mentoring program pairs Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff and Grandview Heights teen mentors with children enrolled in the after school programs in the Upper Arlington and Grandview Heights school districts. They award at least two college scholarships each year to volunteer teen mentors and also offer several summer camp opportunities.
3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
Offers a variety of camps, classes and activities for youth of all ages and interests, with sports, arts, science and fitness offerings.
3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
Provides homework help, creative arts, dance and sports after school and during the summer to youth in grades K to 8. Some transportation is available. The program runs Tuesdays through Thursdays and is free for families with a low income.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Offers a wide range of fun and challenging summer and after school programs for grades Pre-K to 12. Course offerings include chess, yoga, robotics, music, cooking and more.
3650 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(877) 517-7883 or (614) 457-7883
Provides a wide variety of programs for children, teens and adults, including aquatics, recreation, sports and special needs programs.
350 North Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Provides some classes and events for people living in the Whitehall area.
402 North Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43230
The Women in Engineering (WiE) program at The Ohio State University offers a variety of engineering events and programs focused on outreach for middle school and high school girls.
2070 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Offers many year-round programs for youth.
345 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
YMCA provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
Full Facility Branches
Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)
YMCA Administrative Offices: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides opportunities for academically talented first generation students with demonstrated financial need. Student scholars receive pre-college preparation through college advising, academic coaching and mentoring, college planning tools and resources and more.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43210
Program Administration: (614) 292-4884
Columbus Program: (614) 688-4240
Provides summer overnight programs for talented high school girls interested in science and technology. The program offers talented students the opportunity to work through science and engineering challenges using cutting-edge research technologies.
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
The YWCA Kids Place serves the Westerville, Gahanna and New Albany school districts. The programs are offered within the elementary school buildings, offering easy transition for the students. Morning and afternoon programs are offered in Westerville and New Albany. In Gahanna, they offer afternoon programs. The hours are dependent upon each school district but all programs are completed by 6:00 p.m. Students from the ages of 5 though 12 years old are eligible and the program costs are dependent upon the needs of the family. There is a registration fee per family, per school year. Click here to register, or call the YWCA administrative office directly for child care costs.
65 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215