It’s hard to believe that it’s time to start planning for the summer. Where does the time go? The bay area has lots of great summer camps to choose from and it can be daunting to investigate them all. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you find the programs that best suit your child’s personality or needs.
Academy of the Holy Names
3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa
The academy offers Summer on Bayshore from June 13 through July 22. The six-week program includes Camp Jaguar, a weekly camp for preschoolers through fourth grade campers, as well as a variety of individual week sessions for pre-k through 12th graders in technology, sports, arts, enrichment and review. High school credited courses also are available. Choose from full and half-day sessions.
Aqua Camps at the Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Get open water certified in the aquarium’s scuba camp for ages 12-15. Kids age 10-14 can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and tubing around Tampa Bay. Camps for ages 6-9 include science experiments, field trips and the opportunity to see live animals. AquaTots and AquaKids programs for 3-6 year olds include crafts, games and live animals.
Art Institute of Tampa
4401 N. Himes Ave., Suite 150, Tampa
Open to high school juniors and seniors, the summer studio workshops are designed to stoke creativity in a hands-on, collaborative environment where students can learn from experienced, creative professionals. If your child is interested in a career in the culinary arts, design, media arts or fashion, you’ll want to consider this program.
Berkeley Preparatory School
4811 Kelly Road, Tampa
Spend a fun-filled summer at Berkeley Prep. Activities include swimming, karate, painting and sculpting, rock climbing, soccer, chess, golf, football, tennis, singing and dancing and more. Students also can earn academic credits online. Camps, available to all ages, are June 6 through July 29.
Busch Gardens Adventure Camps
Are you wild about whales, taken with tigers and crazy about roller coasters? Then, take an unforgettable journey behind the scenes during a Busch Gardens Adventure Camp. You’ll meet some of the amazing animals and make friends who love animals as much as you do. Stay for a day or a whole week.
Cambridge Christian School
6101 N. Habana Ave., Tampa
813-872-6744, Ext. 228
Cambridge Christian is a college preparatory school serving prekindergarteners through 12th grade students. The school is committed to teaching from a Christ-centered worldview, pursuing excellence in academics, athletics and fine arts.
3909 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa
Sponsored by Bayshore Christian School, children age 3 through sixth grade can enjoy a summer packed with Jesus-filled fun. Camp is from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 6 through Aug. 5. Registration begins April 4. Tuition is $175 per week.
12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa
With half-day and full-day camps available, campers can learn about literature, become a Lego engineer, shoot hoops and dabble in painting. Certified teachers act as lead counselors, providing a fun and supportive environment. Camp is June 13 through July 29 with free morning extended care from 7:15-8:15 a.m. After care is available from 3-6 p.m. as well as bus transportation.
19501 Holly Lane, Lutz
Serving children ages 4-12, each camp week will center on a theme. Your child will enjoy a variety of activities such as swim lessons, recreational swim, outdoor sports, indoor games, arts and crafts and more. The professional camp staff will help campers develop their imagination and individual abilities while enhancing their self-esteem.
Carrollwood Cultural Center
4537 Lowell Road, Tampa
The Arts Make You SmART is set for June 13 through Aug. 5. Campers will enjoy a fun-filled summer filled with creativity. E-mail email@example.com with your name, address and phone number to receive a summer camp brochure.
Carrollwood Day School
1515 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa
CDS summer camps and enrichment programs are for campers entering first grade through 12th grade. The weeklong sessions begin June 6 and end Aug. 1. There is an array of camps, from sports to art to robotics, costing $150 or $250 a week. Contact Camp Director Donna Holyman at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Summer is the perfect time to catch up or even get ahead in a difficult subject or develop serious study skill techniques. Club Z!’s “Learning Built to Last” comprehensive study skills program can teach students how to listen, read and study better. Plus, the tutor comes to you.
Florida Academy of Performing Arts
402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon
Inside the Music Showcase store, parents can choose from full- and half-day sessions. Musical theater students perform on a professional stage as well as make sets and costumes. Acting classes cover character development, stage presence, creative movement and improvisation. Other programs include computer music, rock band, rockestra, mini-musicians, group guitar and group violin classes.
Glazer Children’s Museum
110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
Camp Connect welcomes children from age 4 through fifth grade. There’s a full spectrum of fun and educational themes for every age, from science to art to history. Camps will run for nine weeks starting in mid-June. Space is limited.
10205 Anderson Road, Tampa
Join in the fun of gymnastics, swimming, games, races, obstacle courses and ball. Enjoy a pizza party every Friday. All instructors are trained and the camp director is a USA Gymnastics safety certified director. Boy and girls ages 4 and older are welcome.
Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa
Zoo School is headquarters for 100 weeklong camps for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Campers can learn about nature, science and the animal kingdom while hiking through the zoo, exploring behind-the-scenes and cooling off in the water play areas. Adventure camps include animal encounters, keeper talks, educational shows, games and crafts. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended care available from 7-8:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. for an additional fee.
4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
Experience a summer filled with excitement, adventure and science when you sign up for one of MOSI’s camp programs. MOSI offers more than 140 project-based science, technology and engineering camps for preschool through high school students.
Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy
15906 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa
Serving children ages 3 to 10, camp themes include Tangled, American Girl and Willy Wonka theater. Daily activities include arts and crafts, dance, theatrical movement and games. Each camp ends with a Friday performance.
Northdale Lutheran Church and School
15709 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa,
The church offers a variety of summer activities, including a soccer camp from June 20-24 and Vacation Bible School from July 25-29. The school, established in 2000, serves kindergarteners through eighth graders.
1010 N, W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa
The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts offers more than 80 camps and classes for prekindergarteners through adults in dance, theater and music. Camps begin in June and include musical theater, on-camera acting, vocal arts, ballet, and music camps for orchestral musicians, rock ‘n’ rollers and jazz enthusiasts. Arts sampler camps provide a taste of music, dance and theater in one action-packed week.
Police Athletic League of Tampa Inc.
1924 W. Diana St., Tampa
Rice Psychology Group
3802 Ehrlich Road, Suite 310, Tampa
It’s summer camp for your brain. Participants will receive individualized computer-based cognitive training to improve attention and focus, self-control, working memory, processing speed and conceptual reasoning. High school students wanting to improve memory and speed for college entrance exams should consider the program. Classes are Monday through Thursday with two sessions, June 20 through July 14 and July 18 through Aug. 11. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon, 1-3 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Seffner Christian Academy
11605 U.S. 92 E., Seffner
Seffner Christian, accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Southern Association of Colleges and School, aims to provide a challenging educational program based on the principles of God’s word.
Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water St., Tampa
Dig, dance and paint your way through Tampa’s past beginning June 27. Uncover artifacts during archaeology adventures, brush up on your flamenco moves and practice your Spanish with Viva Tampa and paint your masterpiece during art infusion. Designed for children ages 8 to 11, camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended care available for an additional fee. Pre-registration is required.
Tampa Parks and Recreation
3402 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa
The city of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department offers a nine-week camp filled with friendship, adventure and fun. Available at 25 community centers across the city, children will enjoy sports, arts and crafts, games and more.
TaeKwon-Do Center of South Tampa
3617 Henderson Blvd., Suite C, Tampa,
Spring and summer camps are offered to help your child stay active. They’ll burn off energy, learn discipline, take field trips and have lots of fun.
Tampa Preparatory School
727 W. Cass St., Tampa
Tampa Prep is a coeducational college preparatory school for students in grades six through 12. Summer programs include academic courses for credit, enrichment opportunities and Camp Terrapin, a sports and fine arts camp for students entering first through eighth grades. New this year is robotics. Learn more during an open house April 30.
Academy at the Lakes
2220 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes
Summer at the Lakes invites children age 3-14 to enjoy a summer of adventure, sports, creativity and friendships. Academy’s staff of teachers and counselor assistants plan lots of activities for the campers, ensuring there’s never a dull moment.
5415 Post Oak Blvd., Wesley Chapel
27830 Summergate Blvd., Wesley Chapel
Discovery Point child development centers offer a variety of summer camps for ages 5 through 12. In addition to themed weeks, children participate in field trips, arts and crafts and more. Camps are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Kids R Kids
1540 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel
What do healthy food, the arts, sports, inventions and adventures have in common? Get ready for 10 weeks of fun as your kids discover the incredible talents and interests within them.
Pasco County Parks & Recreation
During the 2011 summer camp program, campers ages 5 to 13 will enjoy games, sports, arts and crafts, field trips, movies, guest speakers and special events. Space is limited!
3200 58th Ave. S., St. Petersburg
Camp at Alegria runs all summer for children ages 2 – 8 with half day, school day and before and after care available. Children must bring their lunches and can be signed up by the week or for the summer. Each week, campers will learn about authors and illustrators. The children also will do craft projects and make class books.
Brain Balance Achievement Centers
4022 Tampa Road, Suite 6, Oldsmar
This summer program serves kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia and ADD and ADHD. Pre-enrollment assessments are done in April with three sessions weekly starting in May. The 12-week program includes sensory-motor work, academic stimulation and nutritional support.
1551 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor
Enjoy activities in a safe, family-friendly environment at this Christian summer day camp run by Palm Harbor United Methodist Church. Starting June 13 and going through Aug. 18, activities will include arts and crafts, music, computer lab, science, drama, sports plus three weekly field trips or on-site activities. The camp welcomes kindergarteners through eighth graders. Registration starts March 21. Campers can buy lunch or bring one. Activities run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free extended care from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Canterbury School of Florida
Hough Campus: 1200 Snell Isle Blvd., St. Petersburg
Knowlton Campus: 990 62nd Ave., St. Petersburg
Summer programs at Canterbury offer children the opportunity to explore interests, strengthen skills, make new friends and have fun in a safe environment. Serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade full- and half-day camps and before and after care are available. Sign up for a week or the summer. Camps are held on both campuses and subjects include fine arts, crafts, sports, writing, marine studies, drama, model rocketry and academic for-credit courses.
Your kids will enjoy camp in Clearwater while building positive character. Activities include sports, field trips, crafts and more. Full and half day programs available for kids grades 1-8.
1831 Drew St., Clearwater
Set for June 27 through Aug. 19, campers will participate in an extensive arts and crafts program, which includes pottery. Elementary and middle school students can participate in sports camps, robotics, filmmaking, woodworking, swimming, music, sports and more. There also will be plenty of field trips to local attractions.
Dunedin Fine Arts Center
1143 Michigan Blvd.
Studies show that children who study art do better in all of their studies. The DFAC’s
summer art camps offer fun, creative, cognitive experiences for children age 4-1/2
to 14. Activities include drawing, painting, drama and dance. Attend the open house from 6-8 p.m. April 29 to learn more.
4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg
Adjacent to Boca Ciega Bay, the school provides the perfect environment for learning watersports. Classes offered include sailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, saltwater fishing, marine discovery and marine life. The camps for ages 5-17 are June 6 through Aug. 5, with half-day classes from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. Equipment and life jackets are provided. Each student also receives a camp T-shirt, a sports bottle, a class photograph and a certificate of completion.
Hoffman Performing Arts Institute
1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
Affliated with Ruth Eckerd Hall, Summer Arts 2011 at the institute is a multidiscipline
arts camp with classes in creative dramatics, dance and music, jazz and theater performance. Children ages 3-18 are welcome. Sessions are June 13 through Aug. 13 and cost $135-$575.
Holy Family Catholic School
250 78th Ave., St. Petersburg
Since 1956, Holy Family has provided students with a quality Catholic education. It will offer an eight-week summer program that starts June 13. Campers will enjoy field trips, arts and crafts, recreational activities and more. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Largo Cultural Center
105 Central Park Drive
Rock out this summer. Children ages 8-13 can register for a 3-1/2 week musical theater camp, Jungle Book Kids. The camp is June 9-25 with performances on June 24 and 25. Students ages 12-18 should check out Camp Rock The Musical. Based on the hit Disney movies, the 3-1/2-week camp are July 18 through Aug. 6 with performances on Aug. 5 and 6.
New Horizons Country Day School
2060 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor
New Horizons offers fun for school-age children through field trips, swimming, movies, games, activities and arts and crafts. The weekly themes for the eight-week program includes outdoor arts, game show week, life is a ball, flight fantasy, Harry Potter week, adventure island, home improvement and make a splash.
1600 St. Paul’s Drive, Clearwater
Saint Paul’s School offers a variety of camping experiences for preschoolers through middle schoolers. Specialty camps include fine arts, cooking, recreation and baseball. New this year for students in grades two and up is Sciensational workshops featuring robotics, crime scene investigations and an Egyptian dig. Sessions run weekly from June through mid-August.
Tampa Bay Skating Academy Summer Camps
255 Forest Lakes Blvd., Oldsmar
27001 U.S. 19, Countryside
Have a cool time on the ice this summer. Ice skating camps are offered to beginner and intermediate level skaters ages 6-12. Daily camp sessions include on and off ice instruction, arts and crafts, catered lunch and supervised on-ice free time. There also are camps for experienced skaters, including a hockey camp in Oldsmar and a figure skating camp in Countryside.
Temple B’nai Israel
1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater
At Temple B’nai Israel’s ECC Summer Camp, children will enjoy fun activities under the supervision of an experienced staff. The facility boasts three playgrounds and ample indoor play space for rainy days. Each week, campers will enjoy crafts, cooking, drama, Judaics, music, story time, sports and science activities as well as a weekly celebration of Shabbat and special theme days.
The Dalí Museum
One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg
The junior docent program is offered to children ages 8 to 12. Participants are trained in a one-week class, where they will learn about the museum collection. The program concludes with a public reception where the children conduct tours, sharing their knowledge of Dalí and his paintings with the public. The camps are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 11-16 and Aug. 1-6. Dali members pay $125, while nonmembers pay $175. The fee includes supplies, snacks, prizes and a T-shirt. Participants must bring a lunch.
Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First St., St. Petersburg
727-522-2111, Ext. 173
Offering more than 60 enrichment camps for ages 4-18, Shorecrest camps are open to the public. The full- and half-day sessions include sports, theater, robotics, academics, arts and driver’s education. Camp is June 6 through Aug. 8. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with before and after care available.
This nationally acclaimed weeklong summer enrichment program is for students in grades one through six and is free to schools and organizations nationwide. It aims to provide quality enrichment programming in the fields of science, mathematics, history and the arts. Local schools host the program and local teachers lead the hands-on activities. Visit the website to find a location.
This five-week summer program provides a customized education with intensive help for learning and motivational problems in children in grades four through 12. High school students can earn SACS-approved credits. The program is offered at locations in Lutz, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park and Riverview.
The Goddard School
Two bay area locations
The Goddard summer program exposes children to science and nature, arts and crafts, drama, cooking, manners, computers and technology, literature and language, music and movement and sports and games opportunities in a safe environment. Children march in playground parades, learn about creepy crawlies, send letters to pen pals and enjoy splish splash days.
Campers will participate in a myriad of field trips and activities, including games, music and sports. Children also still will be learning as well through the school readiness program.
Get in on the fun with your child during these classes for newborns through age 5. Program includes six 45-minute classes, two CDs, parent guide/ DVD and an illustrated songbook. Classes are being offered in South Tampa, Sarasota and the St. Petersburg area by Allisongs for Tots. In Citrus Park, Clearwater and St. Petersburg classes are being offered by You and Me & Music Together.
Summer camps at the YMCA focus on nurturing the potential of children and helping them grow in spirit, mind and body. Summer camps are offered at YMCA locations across the Tampa Bay area and at several schools. Offerings include full day, half day and specialty camps.