Summer Camps in Hillsborough County
iD Tech Camps
Held at the University of South Florida
Tampa Summer Camps, 1-888-709-TECH (8324)
Gain a competitive edge! Ages 7-17 create iPhone apps, video games, C++ and Java programs, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs held at the University of South Florida, the University of Miami, Rollins College, Emory, Stanford, Princeton, and others. Small classes for ages 7-17 in a fun and challenging setting. Also 2-week, Teen-only programs held at Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and others: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy.
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Get NAUI open water certified during this scuba camp for ages 12-15. Ages 10-14 can participate in travel camps, enjoying snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and tubing around Tampa Bay. On location 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. Register online!
Berkeley Summer Programs
4811 Kelly Road, Tampa
www.berkeleyprep.org/summer ● 813-885-1673
With more than 100 activities, there is something for everyone and every age at this top Hillsborough County private school. Children can explore diverse interests or a singular passion. There are full- and part-time sessions in a variety of areas, including sports, science, academics and fine arts. Try programs such as Juguemos en Español, Science Magic and Just Art. Register online!
Big Cat Rescue Cool Cats Camp
12802 Easy St., Tampa
www.bigcatrescue.org/kids-camp ● 813-323-3265
Ages 8 to 15 can explore the great outdoors with 100-plus big cats of every size, color and “purrsonality.” While participating in educational activities on the 55-acre campus, campers will meet lions, tigers, leopards and other felines and learn about animal habitats, diets, adaptations and conservation. Interactive learning opportunities include diet preparation, scavenger hunts and keeper demonstrations of feedings and behavioral training with the cats.
Busch Gardens Adventure Camps
3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa
www.buschgardens.org ● 888-800-5447
Camps include resident camps that marry the best of the park’s offerings into multi-day, sleep-away programs for students in grades four through college. Day camps — single-day to weeklong — provide campers in prekindergarten through ninth grade with hands-on, educational experiences with animals and the outdoors. One-night sleepover camps are perfect for groups and students in first through 12th grade who are looking for enriching up-close encounters with amazing animals as well as fun crafts and activities.
3909 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa
www.bayshorechristianschool.org ● 813.839.4297, Ext. 344
This day camp for 3 year olds to rising sixth graders is a fun, safe, Christian camp chock full of activities, shows, swimming, sports, the arts, music and field trips. Check out the school’s website to see pictures from last summer’s program and download forms to register your camper! Camp runs June 3 through Aug. 9.
12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa
www.corbettprep.com ● 813-961-3087
Campers can try their hand at archery or broadcasting in the morning and dabble in painting or French cooking in the afternoon. More than 60 half- and full-day camps ensure everyone has a great time. Academic camps include math, science, reading, writing and technology. Chinese, French and Spanish language camps available. Camps run June 17 through Aug. 2. Free morning drop-off at 7:15 a.m. After care (3-6 p.m.) and bus transportation available for a fee.
www.campinvention.org ● 630-431-7754
This nationally acclaimed, weeklong summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades one through six is free to schools and organizations nationwide. The program’s top priority is to provide quality enrichment programming in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Local schools host the program and the week’s hands-on activities are led by local teachers to ensure a safe learning environment. Go online to find a camp near you.
19501 Holly Lane, Lutz
www.campseal.net ● 813-229-7946
This aquatic camp program for ages 4-12 will offer weekly themes that center on a variety of activities, including swim lessons, recreational swimming, outdoor sports, indoor games and arts and crafts. Each child will receive personal attention from the professional camp staff. Before and after care available. Register for the whole summer or individual weeks.
727 W. Cass St., Tampa
www.tampaprep.org ● 813-251-8481
Academic and enrichment courses cater to the student who wants to strengthen existing skill sets or advance to another level. A coeducational, sports and fine arts curriculum provides structured activities for students entering first through eighth grades. Robotics courses from basic building skills to programming available.
Carrollwood Day School
1515 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa
www.carrollwooddayschool.org ● 813-920-2288
For campers entering first through 12th grade, each weeklong camp session has its own theme. Full-day camps are $200 per week, beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 4 p.m. daily. Register online!
Camp Connect at Glazer Children’s Museum
110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, downtown Tampa
www.glazermuseum.org ● 813-443-3861
Welcoming ages 4-10, there is a full spectrum of fun and educational themes for every age. Camps will run all summer starting June 10. Space is limited.
The Enchanted Kingdom of the Arts at Carrollwood Cultural Center
4537 Lowell Road, Tampa
www.carrollwoodcenter.org ● 813-269-1310
Once upon a time in a far off kingdom princes and princesses ruled. Their kingdom was no ordinary kingdom for it was enchanted with beautiful artwork, music, dancing and voices joined together in perfect harmony. The princes and princesses decided to call their land The Enchanted Kingdom of the Arts.
Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp
13040 Gandy Boulevard North, St. Petersburg
www.fantasyfishingcamp.com ● 813-244-4682
Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp is a specialized day camp that allows campers to learn and fish with some of the best professional fishing guides in the area. Our hand-picked guides are excellent for teaching and fishing with kids. There is a 3:1 camper to guide ratio. Camp days are filled with 4+ hours of guided inshore fishing followed by lunch underneath the tiki hut at the marina. Boating safety lessons, conservation seminars, fishing clinics, casting tournaments, and cast net classes are a few examples of the learning experiences that take place after lunch. A slideshow recap and awards ceremony close out each camp day. All fishing and lessons are given by our professional guides. This unique day camp is one your child will never forget! Space is very limited so sign up soon. Session A: June 10th – 14th (9am – 4pm) -please inquire about future sessions. What’s included: Guided fishing and lessons, t-shirts, lunch, and sponsored awards and gifts
Girls With Confidence Summer Camps
Girls With Confidence is offering three awesome camps this June. Our Summer camps are for girls in 1st-8th grades and the focus is on building strong interpersonal skills and positive self-esteem and confidence. Girls With Confidence is a fun and safe place where girls can be themselves and learn to love themselves from the inside out. Girls can choose from one of our three camps- Cool Confidence Camp, Girls “Rock” With Confidence Scrapbook Camp and GoGirlGo Camp. Early registration (ends May 20th), Sibling & Multi-camp discounts available. Girls love our workshops and camps- check us out.
The Goddard School
Various Tampa locations
Energetic teams of teachers plan developmentally appropriate activities to instill a lifelong love of learning. Children are exposed to science and nature, arts and crafts, drama, cooking, manners, computers and technology, literature and language, music and movement, sports and games, and special visitors that provide exciting learning opportunities in a safe and secure environment.
Hillsdale Summer Camp
6201 Ehrlich Road, Tampa
www.hcatampa.org ● 813-964-5735
Learning can be fun this summer. Children ages 2-12 will enjoy hands-on activities, arts and crafts, field trips, fun with science, music, math and drama.
History Adventure Camps at Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water St., Tampa
www.tampabayhistorycenter.org ● 813-675-8960
Your children can dig, craft and build their way through the past! Open to ages 7-11, the camps, led by experienced educators, include games, music, literature, splash park fun and interactions with historians and other experts. Themes include: Go Green (June 17-21); American Girls (July 8-12); Build It! (July 22-26); and Archaeology Adventure (Aug. 5-9).
iD Tech and iD Teen at the University of South Florida
www.internaldrive.com ● 888-709-8324
Build apps, video games, programs in C++/Java and more during weeklong (day and overnight) programs for ages 7-17 at the University of South Florida. Space is limited.
Just 4 Kids
2001 Pine Lake Drive, Tampa
www.just4kidstampa.com ● 813-915-9895
Children are placed in groups according to age with 12 to 15 children per adult. The groups rotate through centers in each of the themed rooms to ensure a variety of activities throughout the day. The facility includes an indoor playroom, an arts and crafts room, a game room, a mini-movie theater, an indoor gym and an outdoor playground. Camp is 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday starting the first full week of summer vacation.
These age-specific, kid-approved camps add up to a summer of discovery and fun for preschool to school-age children. With field trips, activities and camp themes, including Gravity Galore and More, Featured Creatures and The Wondrous World of Food, your kids are bound to have the best summer yet!
Calling All Kids Ages 5-12: Get Ready For A Not So Bummer Summer! Sign Up Now for Summer Camp at La Petite Academy!
Psssst! Hey, kid! Yes, you! How are you going to get the most fun out of summer? La Petite Academy’s got you covered! Join us for our Not So Bummer Summer to experience up to nine completely different summer camps- with great field trips! Each week we’ll feature a fun-filled theme, from outdoor adventure to cooking to drama and much more! There’s plenty of fun for younger kids, too! Call (866) 561-3413 to find a school near you.
Mary Jo’s Sizzlin’ Summer Camps
15906 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa
www.mjpaa.com ● 813-969-0240
Experience a summer of dance (ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, acrobatics), acting, musical theater, voice and music for ages 3 and older. The weekly themes include Princess and Pirates, Beach Bash, Dancing Divas & Dudes, Tampa’s Got Talent, Movie Moves and In the Jungle! Register online. Sessions are June 18-29 and July 9 through Aug. 3.
MOSI Science Summer Camps
4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
www.campfun.org ● 813-987-6000
What do launching pumpkins, designing video games, explosions, slime and fashion design all have in common? They are just part of the MOSI Summer Science Camp adventure waiting for you. Summer Science Camp is June 11 through Aug. 17. MOSI offers science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM, camps for preschoolers to high schoolers. There are half-day, full-day, technology, travel and residential camps, with certified teachers for all programs.
Music, Art and Cursive Handwriting Camps
www.TampaPiano.com ● 813-978-1771
Music Showcase and The Florida Academy of Performing Arts
402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon
www.faopa.org ● 813-490-2787
Ages 5 and older can learn to sing, act or play an instrument! Camps include Musical Theater, where students sing and act on stage, make costumes and sets and perform before a live audience. Also join the GLEE show choir, acting classes, commercial, TV, film, group guitar, group violin, toddler and voice over classes as well as Rock Band. Half- and full-day camps available.
Painting with a Twist
Locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties
www.paintingwithatwist.com ● 813-839-2409
Participants age 7-14 will learn about various visual artists and cultures and paint their own daily masterpiece inspired by the artist/culture of the day. Program developed by certified elementary art instructor. Paint, brushes, canvas and lunch provided. Local artist will give step-by-step instruction. Cost is $40 per day per child or $175 per week per child.
1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa
www.patelconservatory.org ● 813-222-1002
Offering more than 70 camps and classes in all areas of dance, theater and music for all ages and experience levels, weekly classes for ages 3 through college are held Monday through Friday on afternoons, evenings and weekends. Save 10% on select camps and classes when you register on or before April 6. Restrictions apply.
Primrose Schools – Passport to Adventure!
Camp offers field trips, creative activities, sports, and fun adventures to help explorers play, laugh and learn their way through an unforgettable summer. Choose specific camp weeks or join a location all summer long. Enter online for a chance to win a $1,000 American Express Travel gift card!
Pro Martial Arts Karate Kamp!
10027 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
www.promartialarts.com ● 813-252-3955
Packed full of activities to keep your camper busy, participants will build confidence, character and self-esteem while learning self-defense and enjoying healthy snacks, crafts, movies and more. Parents are invited to demonstrations at the end of the week to see what the new martial arts masters have learned all week.
THE Shot LAB by Marvin Harvey
730 S. Sterling Ave., Tampa
www.marvinharvey.com ● 813-374-2503
Internationally renowned for 30 years of training amateur and professional athletes, including Club Teams and National Teams. This elite program takes players of all skill levels. A year round program: 3-Essential Skill-Sets (shooting, passing, and dribbling) that every player needs to have a successful high school, college or professional career. Programs include basketball aptitude, run-jump-shoot training, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 team training and basketball specific coordination training.
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Summer Camp
Picnic Island, 7404 Picnic Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33616
www.WhatSUPSouthTampa.com ● 813-999-6414
Make It a Summer To Remember!
Children ages 9-14 come enjoy lots of fun activities at the beach this summer! Camp will include paddle boarding, snorkeling, swimming, beach games, eco-tours, yoga, water safety, races, contests, and much more. Every Friday we will celebrate the end of the week with a cookout at the beach. Counselors are skilled, knowledgeable and very experienced as well as WPA and CPR/AED certified.
Summer on Bayshore
3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa
www.holynamestpa.org ● 813-839-5371
This open enrollment program from Academy of the Holy Names runs June through July and includes Camp Jaguar, a weekly themed day camp for ages 3 through fourth grade as well as a variety of individual week sessions for prekindergarten students through 12th graders in technology, sports, enrichment and arts studio. Full- and half-day sessions available. Register online!
Summer Saints Day Camp
2101 South Hubert Ave., Tampa
www.smeds.org ● 813-258-5508
This year’s camp will include weekly field trips, camp carnival, waterslide and Wet ‘n Wild Day. Children in kindergarten through fourth grade will have a chance to explore their creativity through an arts and crafts program or burn up some energy on the sports field. Sessions: June 3-7, 10-14, 17-21 and 24-28. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a cost of $250 per session.
4518 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa
www.sydneysschoolhouse.com ● 813-835-4591
This summer program specializes in meeting the needs of each child. With low student/teacher ratios and social and play skill, your kids will learn through music, arts and crafts, theme days, fitness and exercise.
Tampa Elite Soccer Camps at UT
401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
www.tampaelitesa.com ● 813-323-3933
Camps are held on the 100-acre University of Tampa campus with the goal of laying a foundation of individual and team skills with an emphasis on individual player development. Campers are grouped by age and ability. Other camp activities will include indoor soccer, sand soccer and swimming.
Tampa Parks and Recreation
The city’s nine-week camp is available at 25 community centers. Children will enjoy sports, arts and crafts, games and more.
www.tampaymca.org ● 813-224-9622
Summer camps focus on nurturing the potential of children and helping them grow in spirit, mind and body. Fun and friendship are encouraged and young people build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting memories. Camps are offered at 10 YMCA locations and at several program sites.
ZooCamp at Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Slight Ave., Tampa
www.lowryparkzoo.com ● 813-935-8552, Ext. 268
This summer, the Zoo School is headquarters for more than 100 week-long camps for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Kids and teens 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, crafts and more.
Other Hillsborough Camps
Ballerina Princess Camps
The Dance Center
161 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon
Ballerina Princess Camps are week-long sessions set for July and include a daily ballet class. Camps will focus on their own princess ballet — Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or Nutcracker — and have daily age-appropriate activities, including arts and crafts. The first 50 dancers registered get a free ballerina princess T-shirt. Class size is limited.
12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 (Shriner’s Auditorium at USF)
“Being You” is Beautiful…. BeYOUty Camp is the ultimate self-esteem camp just for young girls! This camp is specifically designed to empower girls ages 8 years old and up…. It’s 5 days of life-changing fun. From the minutes the camp starts, it is everything “GIRL.” From celebrity speakers to fun self-esteem building activities, girls discover who they are in a healthy, safe, and productive environment. Girls learn about what makes them beautiful, including the beauty of helping others. Supported by two non-profit programs, the Teen Edge and Shriners Hospitals for Children, every girl will have the opportunity to earn 5 to 10 hours of community service that week, too! Plus, all the proceeds from the camp will benefit the Teen Edge’s Grounded-4-Life Program and help sponsor Shriners patients during the camp.
1731 East Seventh Ave., Tampa
This day camp, open in June, will expose your children to everything Italian. They’ll explore culture through music, games and more. Space is very limited.
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.
1619 W. Snow Circle, Hyde Park Village
KidzArt is a fun and dynamic drawing-based program that encourages discovery and self-expression in a safe environment! The summer camps are designed to provide each student with a unique experience that nurtures their individual creative spirit while building friendships, gaining artistic understanding and – most importantly – having fun!
Nature Discovery Camp
2950 E. State Road 60, Plant City
Explore the 400 acre English Creek Preserve and discover the true wild Florida! Campers in grades two through five will enjoy hands-on activities, hikes, games, crafts and field exploration. Sixth through eighth graders will split their time between field studies and a fully supplied science lab as well as building an underwater ROV! All camps include an off-site field trip. Transportation is available from Tampa and Brandon for an additional fee.
Stageworks Summer Theater Camp
1120 E. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
www.stageworkstheatre.org; (813) 251-8984
Learn about theater from the bay area’s Stageworks Theatre this summer. Campers will perform in a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie Junior. Camp is open to students 8th – 12th grade. Performance dates are July 27, 28 and 29.