Summer Camps in Pinellas County
Admiral Farragut Academy Engineering STEM Camp
501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg
www.farragut.org ● 727-384-5505, Ext. 258
The program combines two of our nation’s outstanding educational organizations, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation and Project Lead the Way. Designed for students entering grades 7, 8, and 9, these one-week camps have proven to be fun and inspirational for young engineers.
163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg
www.americanstage.org ● 727-823-1600, Ext. 201
Discover the difference that theater can make in your child’s life! The camp provides enriching experiences in a positive and inspiring environment that enhance a child’s communication skills, confidence and creative expression. All experience levels are welcome. The staff is comprised of working theater professionals.
Belleair Parks and Recreation
918 Osceola Road, Belleair
www.belleairrec.com ● 727-518-3728
The Belleair Parks and Recreation Department offers eleven weeks of pure fun. These weeks will fly by and your children, ages 6-12, are sure to come home with great stories and lasting memories. We offer a traditional camp and specialty camps from sports to art, and fishing to martial arts. There is a camp for everyone. Our goal is to offer a variety of activities with an emphasis on safety, relationship building and FUN!
1551 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor
www.campcubber.com ● 727-781-6343
Give your rising kindergartener through eighth grader a fun-filled summer in a safe, family friendly environment. Activities include music, art, computers, sports, reading, creative play, science and field trips. A ministry of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church.
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.
Canterbury School of Florida
Two locations in St. Petersburg (Snell Isle and Shore Acres)
www.canterburyflorida.org/summer ● 727-525-1419
The school’s summer programs offer opportunities for campers to explore interests, strengthen skills, make new friends and have fun in a safe environment. Full- and half-day programs are available for ages 4-10 as well as full- and half-day themed camps for ages 4 to adult. Themed camps include athletics, archery, cake decorating and mud therapy. Sign up for one week or the whole summer!
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage
www.seewinter.com ● 727-441-1790
Get your camper ready to have fun in the sun as he embarks on a coastal learning experience. Enjoy half- or full-day weeklong camps featuring Winter, snorkeling, scuba diving in sea grass beds and sand flats, kayaking through local estuaries, meeting and greeting rescued animals and discovering marine creatures in their natural habitats.
Delphi Academy of Florida
1831 Drew St., Clearwater
www.delphifl.org ● 727-447-6385
This camp offers swimming, art, pottery, sports camps, theme parks, field trips and overnight trips. Children ages 2-17 welcome. Eight-week camp offered with a four-week minimum. Camp runs June 24through Aug. 16.
Dunedin Fine Art Center
1143 Michigan Blvd.
www.dfac.org ● 727-298-3322
These art camps offer fun, creative, cognitive experiences for ages 4½ to 14. Activities include drawing, painting, drama and dance. Attend the open house from 6-8 p.m. April 27 to learn more.
Eckerd College Waterfront Program
4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg
www.eckerd.edu/waterfront ● 727-864-8288
Classes offered include sailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, saltwater fishing, children’s marine discovery, exploring marine life, little mariners watersports, and exploring watersports for ages 5 to 17. Weekly camps run June 3 to Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon and/or 1-4 p.m. All watersports equipment and life jackets are provided. Each student receives a camp T-shirt, sports bottle, class photograph, certificate of completion and snacks. Register online!
Explore the Shore
1603 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach
www.montessori-by-sea.org ● 727-360-7621
Children ages 3–6 years will explore sea birds, seashells, fish and water transportation during this four-week camp. Each week includes beach play and exploration, arts and crafts and cooking. Camp is led by a certified Montessori teacher. Enroll for one week or all four. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (June 17 – June 28 and July 8 – July 19). Cost is $150 per week, with a $50 registration fee.
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
Gold Medal Camps
6564 44th St. N., No. 804, Pinellas Park
www.goldmedalgym.net ● 727-515-5796
These half-day, day and weeklong camps are for aspiring gymnasts ages 6 and older. Children will work with professional staff and a camp director with more than 40 years’ experience. Early drop off and late pick up available. Classes and sessions are by appointment only. Space is limited.
1925 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg
www.greatex.org ● 727-821-8992
These camps stimulate learning and imagination with themes from Nano Science to Kitchen Chemistry. Days are filled with experiments, exploration, arts and craft projects, movement activities and team projects. Designed for emerging kindergarteners through fifth graders, weeklong camps are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with full-day care from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Junior Archaeologist Summer Camp
Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive, NE
http://awiare.org/?p=585 ● 813-396-2325
This summer camp is designed for children with a strong interest in prehistory and history as well as learning how early people interacted with their environment. Campers will learn about the importance of archaeology and will gain understanding about early natural resources that were necessary for life in the Tampa Bay region. Highlights of the camps include guest experts, tour of an archaeological site, hands-on archaeology, lab analysis, pottery making, atlatl adventure, and earning the certificate of Tommy the Tortoise, Junior Archaeologist.
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!
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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.
Largo Cultural Center
105 Central Park Drive, Largo
www.largoarts.com ● 727-587-6751
Two new three-week theater day camps, Aladdin Jr. and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., will help campers develop audition skills, solo and ensemble voice, choreography, prop and scenic design. It will all culminate in a final performance to showcase the campers’ skills and talent. Camps start on June 10 and July 22. Also this year, the Technical Theater Production Camp will teach scenery, rigging, audio, video and lighting skills and students will apply what is learned to a final sound and lighting extravaganza. Camp starts July 22. Scholarships and before and after care 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.
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!
Ruth Eckerd Hall – Summer Arts 2013 at Hoffman Institute
111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
www.hoffmanperformingarts.org ● 727-712-2706
Give your child a summer in the spotlight at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Hoffman Institute. Performing arts classes and camps are available for ages 3 to 18. Parents will save money with special discounts, save time with our convenient lunch program and save on stress knowing that their child is in a safe, cool and creative environment. Tuition assistance is available. Deal:1. All themed dramatics classes during our first week, June 11 – 15, are 25% off ($165 versus $220). Enroll in three or more one-week classes and receive 10% off each class.
Shorecrest Summer Programs
5101 First St. N.E., St. Petersburg
www.shorecrest.org ● 727-522-2111
Camps are open to the public and serve more than 2,000 campers each summer. Academic, enrichment and recreational camps are offered for ages 4-18 throughout the 11 weeks. The full- and half-day sessions include sports, theater, engineering camps, video game design, arts and driver’s education. Register on a weekly basis. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with before and after care available.
St. Paul’s Summer Programs
1600 St. Paul’s Drive, Clearwater
www.st.pauls.edu ● 727-536-2756
Whether it’s the Knights Discovery Camps or one of the numerous specialty camps, including music and instrumental, parents can make their child’s summer more interesting and enriching. Help your kids discover themselves this summer!
Tampa Bay Skating Academy
255 Forest Lakes Blvd., Oldsmar ● 813-854-4010
27001 U.S. 19, Countryside ● 727-723-7785
Have a cool time on the ice through camps for 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.
Tampa Bay Watch Estuary EDventures
3000 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde
www.tampabaywatch.org ● 727- 867-8166, Ext. 246
Does your child have an interest in marine science? Sea Monkeys is a camp is for kids ages 6-8 and offers an introduction to the marine environment. Tampa Bay Discovery camp is for kids ages 9-14.
The Y of Greater St. Petersburg
Youth and teens will experience indoor and outdoor games, field trips and activities that will help them grow in spirit, mind and body. The Y helps young people build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting memories!
The Y of the Suncoast
Various North Pinellas locations
Youth and teens will experience indoor and outdoor games, field trips, and activities that will help them grow in spirit, mind, and body! The Y believes that good self-esteem and character development makes happy campers and the Y gives young people the tools to enjoy a summer of fun and friendship in a positive, safe environment.
Other Pinellas Camps
All Star Baseball and Softball Summer Camp
St. Petersburg, 727-528-3186, www.allstarindoortraining.net
Weekly camps covering all aspects of baseball and softball including hitting, pitching, fielding and situational baseball. Ages 6 and up. $135/week, T-shirt included. June 15 to Aug. 14, weekly sessions (some breaks). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Extra care available.
Artzy Kids at the Suntan Arts Center
St. Pete Beach, 727-367-3818, suntanart.org
Classes in 2-D, 3-D, wearable and recycled art. Ages 5-15. Extra care available. Suntan Arts is located at the Don Vista Cultural Arts Center, 3300 Gulf Boulevard.
Bayside Gymnastics and Cheerleading
Clearwater, 727-592-9232, baysidegymnastics.com
Thematic camps including art activities, games, gymnastics instruction, open gym and more. Ages 5-13. $125/week or $30/day. Half- and full-day, morning and afternoon start times. EC free.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
St. Petersburg, 727-893-7326, www.stpete.org/boyd/daycamps.asp
The preserve offers five different camps in one-week intervals in various age groups, all with a focus of educating children about nature. All camps are $100 for friends of Boyd Hill and $120 for non-members and are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
Tarpon Springs, 727-453-6800, www.brookercreekpreserve.org
Nature day camps. Ages 7 to 11. $125/week.
St. Petersburg, 727-209-1418, www.foodies.net
Hands-on camp teaching the proper use of cooking utensils, cooking techniques, nutritional values and kitchen safety. Ages 8 and up. $290/week. Snacks prepared by campers with ingredients provided by Foodies. Each day, campers bring home an entree for four and an accompaniment to be prepared at home.
1350 Court St., Clearwater
For students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, Camp Crusader campers enjoy daily structured activities. Each week the camp has a distinct theme, exciting events and special visitors. Throughout the week campers will participate in arts and crafts, swimming and offsite field trips that will add to the camp experience. Camp is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended day until 6 p.m.
Clearwater, 727-736-1494, http://www.jccsuncoast.org/CampKadima
Six weekly camps, offered by the Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center of Clearwater and the JCC of Pinellas County of St. Petersburg, feature such programs as swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, drama, music and dance fitness and yoga activities and circus arts and tumbling. Grades: entering kindergarten to eighth grade. Early bird fees available through April 17. Members of the Jewish Community Center get a discount (go to the camp Web site for details). Extra care available and free bus transportation to and from both JCCs. There also is free extra care at both transportation sites. There is a $100 per child non-refundable camp deposit that will be applied toward camp fees.
Clearwater, 727-669-1914, www.myclearwater.com
Sports, games, activities, arts and crafts, field trips and more. Kindergarten to eighth grade. $80-$120/week, discounts with play pass or recreation card. T-shirt included. June 8-Aug. 21, weekly sessions. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Countryside Recreation Center.
St. Petersburg, 727-526-8212, www.grace-lutheran.com
A Christian camp with emphasis on social awareness and spiritual growth. Activities include music, art, community service club, daily chapel and Vacation Bible School. Ages 3 to sixth grade. $140/week, includes snacks and T-shirt.
Creative Clay Inclusionary Summer Arts Camp
St. Petersburg, 727-825-0515, www.creativeclay.org
Each camp explores different aspects of Art Around the World using different materials as professional artists work with kids of all abilities. Weekly camps for children ages 6-11 at the Cultural Arts .
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.
Dunedin Fine Art Center
1143 Michigan Blvd.
Studies show that children who study art do better in all of their studies. DFAC summer art camps offer fun, creative, cognitive experiences for children ages 4-1/2-14. Activities include drawing, painting, drama and dance. Attend the open house from 6-8 p.m. April 27 to learn more.
JMAC Kids Summer Camp
Clearwater, 727-430-3902, www.JMACkids.com
This camp features martial arts, gymnastics, swimming, ice cream, field trips and more. Ages 3-young 5, $135; kids starting kindergarten up to age 12, $125; discounts available for family membrs. Hours 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with extended care available.
J Park Tae Kwon Do & Hapkido Center Summer Karate Camp
Clearwater, 727-796-7233, afterschoolkarate.com
The program offers daily martial arts, games, trips to local parks, outings such as swimming, bowling, the movies, Chuck E. Cheese, Celebration Station, as well as various educational field trips including MOSI, the Dali Museum, the Clearwater Aquarium and more. Children grades kindergarten to fifth.
NoiseMakers’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Summer Camps
St. Petersburg, 727-345-7472, www.noise-makers.org
Campers will learn the basics on how to play guitar, drums, keyboards, bass, ukulele and more. There will also be interactive games, song writing, music reading, instrument making and lots of listening to music from around the world. Each session will end with a concert on a local stage. Ages 5-12. $225/week, includes T-shirt, musical instrument, class photograph, CD of child’s own music and more. Four weekly sessions between June and August. Half-day, mornings.
Palm Harbor Parks & Recreation Summer Camps
Palm Harbor, 727-771-6000, www.phrec.org
Many programs are offered for various age groups throughout the summer including Abrakadoodle Art, Winning Inning All-Sports, Hurricane Basketball, Mad Science, Lacrosse, Winning Inning Baseball, EuroStar Gymnastics Conditioning, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Hockey, RAM- Reading and Math, Tennis, Shamrock Soccer, Fishing and Simply Kayaking. Prices vary.
Science Center of Pinellas County
Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First St. N.E., St. Petersburg, 727-522-2111, Ext. 173, www.shorecrest.org
Serving over 2,000 Tampa Bay area campers each summer, all of Shorecrest’s camps are open to the public. Shorecrest offers more than 60 enrichment camps for ages 4-18. The full and half-day sessions include sports, theater, robotics, academics, arts and driver’s education. Eleven weeks of camp run from June 4 through Aug. 17. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with before and after care available.
St. Pete Beach Summer Enrichment Program
St. Pete Beach, 727-363-9245, www.stpetebeach.org
General camp includes arts and crafts, field trips, sports, free play and more. Specialty camps available in basketball, art and skateboarding. First to sixth grades.
St. Petersburg Country Club Junior Golf, Tennis and Summer Fun Camps
Professional golf and tennis instruction and organized play. Summer Fun Camp involves swimming, organized games, in-house field trips, arts and crafts. Ages 5-18. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost $150 per week per child, must be club member. Summer-only memberships available. June to August.
St. Petersburg Kidzart Summer Camps
Designed for both experienced and novice artists, projects include marbleizing, clay, scratch art, sand art, 3-D projects, copper tooling, collage, watercolor, chalk and oil pastels, charcoal drawings and more. Pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade. Cost varies by location but typical elementary camp is $165/week and pre-K camp is $100/week. Weekly sessions throughout summer. Elementary camps are either 9 a.m. to noon or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-K camps are 9:30-11:30 a.m. Exra care available.
St. Petersburg City Theatre
St. Petersburg, 727-866-2059; www.splt.org
Each camp consists of daily classes in Acting, Voice and Dance, taught by area professionals in the Theatre Arts as well as rehearsals for a FULL LENGTH “Broadway” Musical production. Each “Theatre Camp” will culminate in the production of a full-length musical play. The “Audition Camp” will culminate in a Musical Revue featuring “Scenes & Songs” as well as Monologues from favorite Broadway shows. Age 7-14 for camps. Extra care available.
Summer Marine Adventures
St. Petersburg, 727-895-7437, www.pieraquarium.org
Thematic camps in marine science including sharks, sea-science exploration, water art, marine mammals, floating adventure and marine multimedia. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 6-13. $185-$250, includes afternoon snack and T-shirt.
St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Summer camps
Fun, engaging and memorable school vacation camp. Grades 1 to 9. $679-$724 for 11-week session, includes breakfast and lunch. Recreation centers throughout St. Petersburg.
Summer Peace Camp at Happy Workers Children’s Center
St. Petersburg, 727-894-5337, www.happyworkers.org
Educational camps in the arts, cultural arts, diversity, literacy, peace and the environment. Ages 6-11. $50/week, scholarships available. Breakfast, lunch and snacks provided.
Sunscreen Film School Summer Camp
620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 727-420-0566, www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com
Campers will learn to craft stories, write screenplays and render them into a completed movies. At the end of camp, participants will see their films screened for a live audience. Subjects include writing, directing, cinematography, acting, lighting, sound and more. Ages 14-18. Studio@620.