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The Best Performing Arts Summer Camps in Tampa Bay: Theater, Music, and Dance Camps

Summer camp is a wonderful time to introduce your child to a new activity or even focus more on a beloved hobby like the performing arts!

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A summer on stage whether it’s through dance, music, or acting is a great way to help boost your child’s self confidence as they tap into their inner star. We’ve pulled together some of the best performing arts summer camps in Tampa Bay from our 2022 Summer Camp Guide.


Academy of the Holy Names Summer on Bayshore

3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa 33629
813-839-5371; holynamestpa.org/summer

Fun-loving kids ages 3 and up may choose from themed day camps, STEM, sports and enrichment camps at Academy of the Holy Names’ Summer on Bayshore! From Legos to lacrosse and cooking to coding, there is something for everyone. Full and half-day weekly sessions run from June 6 – July 22 and include complimentary extended care.

Cost: $160 (half day) to $375 (full day specialty camps)
Dates/Times: Weekly June 6 – July 22, 9 a.m. to noon or 4 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K3 to grade 9; Coed


Barrett School of Music 2022 Summer Camps

3902 Henderson Blvd., STE 208-355, Tampa 33629
813-999-2829; musicschoolintampa.com/music-summer-camps-in-tampa

Barrett School of music offers something for everyone! Younger students can try out several different instruments as beginners. Or for our orchestra students, our string chamber ensemble will prepare them for seating auditions in the fall. Maybe your student is into writing their own music, so grab a spot in our Music Creation Camp. And don’t forget our Musical Theater Camp for trifecta training! Your kids will love a week with Barrett School of Music.

Cost: $115-$295
Dates/Times: July 11-15, 18-22 and 25-29, times vary
Ages: 4-17, Coed


Berkeley Preparatory Summer Programs

4811 Kelly Road, Tampa 33615
813-885-1673; berkeleyprep.org/summer

With over 120 camps and classes on a beautiful 80-acre campus, Berkeley has an enormous summer catalog of swim lessons, tech camps, fine arts, baseball, chess, volleyball, football, LEGO, basketball, rock climbing, skateboard design, reading skills, lacrosse, tennis, debate, math review and so much more! There’s something for everyone at Berkeley Summer Programs!

Cost: prices vary per camp
Dates/Times: June 6 – July 29, times vary *Extended care available
Ages: 4-17, Coed and single sex camps


Camp IDS at Corbett Prep

12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa 33618
813-961-3087; corbettprep.com/campids

Ace your audition with tips from a professional vocalist. Cook like a chef. Train with conditioning coaches. Play chess, race robots, try calligraphy or code apps – with more than 100 half- and full-day camps, CAMP IDS has something for everyone! Weekly sessions run June 13-July 22. Students entering PreK3-8th grade will find engaging options in STEAM, sports, academics, arts and recreation. Take field trips across Tampa Bay or enjoy archery, canoeing, fishing and outdoor games on Corbett Prep’s lakeside campus. Free morning drop-off at 7:45 a.m. After-care from 4-6 p.m. ($75) and bus transportation available for a fee.

Cost: $135-$350/week
Dates/Times: June 13-July 22, Half Day 8:30 a.m. to noon or 12:30-4 p.m.; Full Day 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages: PreK3 – grade 8, Coed


Camp CUBBER at Palm Harbor UMC

1551 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor 34683
727-781-6343; cubber.org

Provide your child with the best summer possible in a safe, family-friendly environment. Weekly campers enjoy a field trip and special onsite activity plus daily activities like science, art, creative writing, reading, music, game room, active play and much more! It’s almost too much fun to fit into one summer!

Cost: $160-$170/week + one-time registration fee
Dates/Times: June 6 – July 29; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. *free extended care 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ages: Rising K-8, Coed


Camp J at the Tampa JCC on the Cohn Campus and the Bryan Glazer Family JCC

13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa 33625 
522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa 33606
813-264-9000; jcccohncampus.com/camp and bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com

Camp J offers a variety of specialty camps and a traditional day camp experience. Campers enjoy art, sports, daily swim, music and dance, gaga, archery, canoeing, woodworking, zip lining and ropes course, field trips, overnights and more! Our goal is for each child to have a meaningful and memorable summer camp experience.

Cost: $275-$365/week
Dates/Times: June 6 – July 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Extended care available
Ages: Entering grades K-10, Coed


Carrollwood Cultural Center Summer Arts Camp

4537 Lowell Road, Tampa 33618
813-922-8167; carrollwoodcenter.org/camp-activities 

At the Carrollwood Cultural Center, artistic expression, belting it out, busting a move and getting into character are all encouraged! Through art, music, dance and drama, campers 4-10 will explore a different theme each week, while campers ages 11-13 use the theme to create an original staged production.

Cost: $200-$525
Dates/Times: June 6 – Aug. 5, M-F, 9 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. depending on the age *Extended care available
Ages: 4-13, Coed


City of Largo Summer Camps

201 Highland Ave., Largo 33770
727-587-6720; largocamps.com

The City of Largo Summer Camps offer full-day and part-day options for ages 5-18 starting in May. Campers will have the chance to go on field trips, play sports, create art, learn about nature and more! The Central Park Performing Arts Center also offers Theatre Camps for kids ages 9-18 who are interested in theatre and performing. Are you over 18 and interested in summer camps? We are offering cooking and art camps for adults! Visit LargoCamps.com to learn more about all our offerings.

Cost: $25-$450
Dates/Times: May 31 – Aug. 5, Weekly, Times Vary
Ages: 5-18; Coed


Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay

1490 N. Belcher Road, Suite H, Clearwater 33765
727-461-0098; danceandcircusarts.com   

Our Circus Summer Camps include aerial silks, trapeze, acrobatics, aerial hoop, Spanish web (rope), stilt walking and juggling. What will you experience? Absolute fun, hard work, exhilaration, getting stronger, achieving better flexibility, making new friends and mastering amazing skills you never thought you could do. Come run away to the Circus with us this summer!

Cost: $275-$350/week, *Family/Friends and multi-week discounts
Dates/Times: June 13 – Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Age: 5-8 and 9-adult, Coed


FL Drama Kids of Hillsborough County

3315 S. Bryan Road, Brandon 33511
813-489-5899; dramakids.com/fl6

When school is out, drama is in! Campers will bring fun and engaging themed week-long camps to life through improvisational and scripted acting activities, crafts and more. Perfect for all experience levels. Join Drama Kids for immersive and skill-building Workshop Camps or flex those acting muscles and join our full team of professional musical theatre instructors for a Take 2 Performance Academy Camp. Children of all ages can jump into a summer camp experience that ignites their imagination!

Cost: $269-$299 1-week camp; $549 2-week camp
Dates/Times: June 6 – July 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., M-F
Ages: 5-17, Coed


The Florida Academy of the Performing Arts

Music Showcase: 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon 33511
813-490-ARTS; faopa.org

Music Theatre, Music and More, Rock Band, Broadway Boot Camp (featuring a Broadway artist) and more! Music and More camps are themed weekly experiences and let campers explore instruments, singing, dancing and art. Music Theatre camps meet for 2-3 weeks and involve singing, dancing, acting, character development and performing live shows with costumes, props and set design. Rock Band teaches students how to play in a band with a live showcase at the end of the week. Come join us!

Cost: Varies
Dates/Times: June – August, full day and half day options
Ages: 5+, Coed


Florida Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive 2022

305 W. Main St., Lakeland 33815
863-802-0399; floridadancetheatre.org

Florida Dance Theatre’s 2022 Summer programs are jam packed with intense but fun classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary and modern dance styles. In addition to rigorous technical training, students engage in improvisation and have opportunities to explore STEM initiatives FDT is working to present in collaboration with graduate students of Florida Polytechnic University. (*For Senior Intensive students only)

Junior-Intensive: $400-$750, June 13-25, M-F 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ages 7-13, Coed
Senior-Intensive: $550-$1,100, June 6-25, M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ages 14-18, Coed


Focus Academy Middle School Arts Camp

304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace 33617
813-443-5558; focusacademyflorida.org

Students with cognitive/developmental disabilities can experience the arts and drama therapy in a playful non-judgmental environment that emphasizes self-expression, creative problem solving, social competence and relationship building. The week includes acting, movement, visual arts, script development and stagecraft, and culminates in a special performance for parents!

Cost: $250
Dates/Time: June 6-10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ages: Rising grades 6-8, Coed *Students must have/submit an IEP to attend; camp is for special needs students ONLY


Hillsborough Community Colleges’ Kids Camp

Davis Island: 39 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606
813-259-6010; TampaTraining.com/Kids-College

There will be a wide range of options ranging from a STEAM 3-week summer series, game design, coding, streamers & gamers, sign language, chess, hip hop dance and young entrepreneur’s class. For youth ages 12-15, Kids’ College will offer a 4-week series on youth empowerment and digital design as well as a babysitting certificate class.

Cost: Starting at $175/week
Dates/Times: June 6 – July 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; AM and PM coding camps available
Ages: 8-15, Coed


Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts

1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 33759
727-712-2706; rutheckerdhall.com/hoffman-school-of-arts

The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall offers a variety of musical theater, drama, music and art camps to students ages 5 and up, providing them the opportunity to explore their talents, boost their confidence, discover new friends and learn from professional arts instructors. Camps start June 6. For more information on class descriptions, dates/times, and tuition assistance, please contact the Education Associates at REHEDU@rutheckerdhall.net.

Cost: $250-$650 *tuition assistance is available
Dates/Times: June 6 – Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 4 p.m.
Ages: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18 and 18+, Coed


Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy Summer Camps

15906 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa 33624
813-969-0240; mjpaa.com

The arts are a perfect avenue to allow your child to explore their creativity, tap into their imagination and discover their potential. Students will develop self-expression, build confidence, learn to work with peers, foster problem solving skills and stimulate curiosity. From classics to pop culture, your children will unfold the wonderful world of the performing arts.

Cost: $125 and up
Dates/Times: June – August, M-F 9 a.m. to noon, 3 or 4 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up, Coed


Patel Conservatory

1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa 33602
813-222-1040; patelconservatory.org

The Patel Conservatory gives all of its students the opportunity to reach their creative potential, with instruction in dance, music and theater. Students attend camps and classes appropriate for their age and skill level. Classes require active learning participation from students and conclude with a performance.

Cost: Varies *scholarships available
Dates: May 31 – Aug. 5
Ages: 3 through adult, Coed


School of Rock

11730 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 33618
813-683-7625; locations.schoolofrock.com/tampanorth/music-camps

Day 1: Make a Band. Day 5: Play a Concert! Our music camps are perfect for musicians of any skill level who want to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. We provide the gear and the venue; however personal instruments are HIGHLY recommended for practice. Use Code: TBPM20 at checkout for 20% off!

Cost: $450
Dates/Times: June 6 – Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ages: 7-18, Coed


Summer at CDS

1515 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa 33613 & 12606 Casey Road, Tampa 33618
813-920-2288; cdspatriots.org/summer-camp

Carrollwood Day School is pleased to offer both our regular day and enrichment camps this summer to age 3 – 8th grade. From themed weeks to art to Harry Potter there is something for everyone!

Cost: $150 for half day, $250 for full day
Dates/Times: May 31 – July 29, times vary
Ages: 3 – grade 8, Coed


Summer at Shorecrest

5101 1st Street NE, St. Petersburg 33703
727-409-1668; shorecrest.org/summer

Summer at Shorecrest offers a huge variety of exciting, enriching and FUN summer programs for students in preschool-12th grade with classic summer day camp, STEM camps, performing and visual arts, sports clinics, academic enrichment/college prep and so much more! Each year, Summer at Shorecrest welcomes children from across the Tampa Bay area to learn and play together. Campers do not have to attend Shorecrest Preparatory School to participate. View the full catalog and register at shorecrest.org/summer.

Cost: $195-$550; Full-day camps include lunch
Dates/Times: June 6 – Aug. 5; Most camps run 9 a.m. to noon, 1-4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Before and after care is available 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ages: Age 4 to grade 12; Coed


Tampa Prep Summer Programs

727 W. Cass Street, Tampa 33606
813-251-8481; tampaprep.org/summer

Camp Terrapin is Tampa Prep’s well-known coeducational, sports and fine arts camp for students entering grades 1-8. Structured activities and theme days provide friendship and fun in downtown Tampa. Additional summer programs include a variety of sports camps and courses in robotics, academics and enrichment. This summertime extension of our award-winning day school program offers something for everyone.

Cost: $175-$295 for camps and enrichment
Dates/Times: May 31 – July 15, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. *Before and after care provided weeks 6/6-7/15
Ages: Various camps, enrichment courses and for-credit courses are offered for students entering grades 1-12, Coed


YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg Summer Camp

Multiple Locations
727-895-9622; stpeteymca.org/childcare/summer-camp

During Summer Camp at the Y, children and teens have the opportunity to make friends, have fun and build confidence. Day Camp at the Y is a 10-week program for ages 5 – 12 that integrates play, STEM-based activities, field trips and more. Children can explore their favorite interests with Specialty Camps featuring sports, outdoor adventures, cooking, dance and more. Pair a one-week Specialty Camp with Day Camp for a unique experience. Teen Camp, for ages 12 – 15, offers field trips, guest speakers and enriching community service activities to keep teens engaged and connected all summer long!

Cost: Starting at $155 (Bardmoor, Jim & Heather Gills Y), Starting at $130 (Childs Park Y, Lealman Exchange)
Dates/Times: May 31 – Aug. 5, times vary
Ages: Day Camp: 5 – 12, Teen Camp: 12 – 15, Coed


YMCA Summer Camp

Multiple Locations
813-224-8622; tampaymca.org
727-467-9622; ymcasuncoast.org

Y Summer Camp offers children a SAFE and FUN summer camp experience! The camp curriculum is full of fun, educational activities infused with the Y’s character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Campers experience a variety of activities including S.T.E.A.M activities, swimming, science, high ropes, outdoor education, nature encounters, horseback riding, canoeing, visual arts, arts and crafts and more! The fun and unique experiences give Y campers an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

Cost: Starting at $169/week (Tampa). Starting at $95/week (Suncoast).
Dates/Times: Begins May 31, Times Vary
Ages: 6-15 (Tampa), 5-17 (Suncoast); Coed


 

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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