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Summer Camp Guide 2015

Where has the time gone? It is almost summer already! Summer can be one of the most memorable times for your kids. With all of the free time away from school, kids get the chance to explore and learn in a way that they don’t always get to in a classroom. One of the ways that your child can make lasting memories and enjoy their summer to the fullest is through summer camps. Looking for summer camps can be daunting, so we have compiled a list of the best summer camps in the Bay Area, whether you are looking for a sleep-away camp, a day camp, or a camp to last a few days. The camps here include everything from performing arts and music camps, to traditional wilderness camps and even camps with amazing wildlife experiences. After all, you never know just how your child’s camp experience will affect not only your child, but your whole family.

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701 Channelside Dr., Tampa
Get NAUI open water certified during this scuba camp for ages 12-15. Ages 10-14 may participate in travel camps, enjoying snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and tubing around Tampa Bay. Location camps for ages 6-9 include science experiments, field trips and the opportunity to see live animals. AquaTots and AquaKids programs for ages 3-6 include crafts, games and live animals. Register online!

Berkeley Summer Programs
4811 Kelly Rd., Tampa
With more than 100 activities, there is something for everyone and every age. 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 Juguemos en Español, Science Magic or Just Art. Register online!

Berkeley Seminar Series
4811 Kelly Rd., Tampa

Now there is something for your high schoolers this summer. Due to the popularity of its Fundamentals of Business seminar last summer, Berkeley has added three additional business seminars to its summer catalogue.  These week-long seminars will offer high school students intensive and dynamic exposure to a broad array of business topics taught by Tampa industry leaders, such as entrepreneurship, managerial strategies, raising capital, responsible money management, and understanding financial statements.

Busch Gardens Adventure Camps
3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa

Camps include resident camps that marry the best of the park’s offerings into multiday, 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.

Calypso Snorkeling and SCUBA Camps
401 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa
These weeklong travel, snorkel camps allow campers to experience snorkeling, tubing, and kayaking around the Tampa Bay area’s rivers, springs, and beaches.  For campers 10-14 years old, Seal Team camps are four days and introduce campers to the basics of SCUBA diving. More advanced campers will complete advanced programming that includes navigation and environmental awareness.  Camps include an excursion to the Crystal Springs Preserve for snorkeling and river netting activities.

Camp Bayshore
3909 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa
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!

Camp Connect at GCM
110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
Weeklong camps are available for children ages 5-9. One teacher and one assistant will be with every class. (Maximum 20 students per class.) Camp programs might include, but are not limited to, science explorations, arts and crafts, games, walking field trips, guest presenters and play time throughout the museum.

Camp IDS
12015 Orange Grove Dr., Tampa
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. Free morning drop-off at 7:15 a.m. After care (3-6 p.m.) and bus transportation is available for a fee.

Camp Seal
19501 Holly Ln., Lutz
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.

Camp Terrapin at Tampa Prep
727 W. Cass St., Tampa
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 Cultural Center
4537 Lowell Rd., Tampa
Experience a summer full of artwork, music, dancing and voices joined together in perfect harmony. Campers will get a chance to discover their inner artist and performer.

Carrollwood Day School
1515 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa
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. Register online!

Color Me Mine
1609 W. Snow Cir., Tampa
Everyone’s favorite pottery studio is now offering summer day camps for a wide range of ages. Kids will explore pottery, painting, glazing and more.

The Goddard School Summer Camp
Locations in Westchase and Temple Terrace
The summer program includes a variety of activities, including visitors from local college athletes; fire departments, libraries, and even Busch Gardens! There also will be Splash Days, theater shows and petting zoos, too!

Gray Studios
703 N. Willow Ave, Tampa
Ongoing monthly classes taught by working actors from L.A. Summer Camp is July 13-17. This professional acting camp will take your child to the next level. With special guests Ariel Winter (ABC’s Modern Family) and Kenton Duty (Disney’s Shake It Up). Study Drama, Comedy, Dance, Improv, Voice-over, & more. Showcase is July 18-19 with Krisha Bullock, casting director for “Henry Danger”, “Sam & Cat”, “Victorious”, iCarly”, “Drake and Josh”, “Zoey 101”, “All That”, & more. (Must attend June Classes and Camp to qualify). For the latest Information, Pictures, & Video, Go to Facebook: Gray Studios Florida.

Hillsborough Community College
39 Columbia Dr., Tampa
The school is happy to once again offer Kids’ College and Teen Camps. With a variety of themed camps and multiple locations, there is something for everyone.

Hillsdale Summer Camp
6201 Ehrlich Rd., Tampa
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
801 Old Water St., Tampa
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.

Mary Jo’s Sizzlin’ Summer Camps
15906 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa
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!

Montessori Academies and Preparatory
Tampa, Temple Terrace, and New Tampa
Montessori’s summer curriculum includes math, language, science, social studies, Chinese, Spanish and more!

MOSI Science Summer Camps
4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
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 your child. MOSI offers STEM camps for preschoolers to high schoolers. There are half-day, full-day, technology, travel and residential camps, with certified teachers for all programs.

Patel Conservatory
1010 N. MacInnes Pl., Tampa
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. This camp will give your child the confidence and creativity that they love and that will last a lifetime.

Playtime Learning Academy
4701 Ehrlich Rd., Tampa
Playtime Learning Academy offers full day summer camp programs for children ages 5-10.  Campers are given many choices each day for activities in: sports, science, technology, art, construction, drama, and music.  There is a game room, technology lab, art studio, large outdoor play space, and field trips to keep kids excited each week. Register by May 1st to receive a 50% enrollment discount!

Primrose Summer Adventure Club
Various Locations
Immerse your kids in educational fun beyond their wildest dreams this summer! Your children will be engaged through exciting topics and continue learning all summer long through purposeful play in a safe, secure environment. Camp themes include The Science of Cooking, Inventions and Robotics, Medieval Times and many more.

Summer on Bayshore
3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa
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 are available. Register online!

Tampa Parks and Recreation
25 locations

The city’s nine-week camp is available at 25 community centers. Children will enjoy sports, arts and crafts, games and more.

Tampa Theatre
711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Film Camp is offered in collaboration with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education, with assistance from Learning Gate Community School.

Tampa YMCA
Various locations
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 locations and several program sites.

The Centre 4 Girls
105 W Sligh Ave., Tampa
Calling all girls!  Enrich your summer with art, ceramics, gardening, cooking, yoga, dance, fashion and nature activities.  There is no getting bored with our schedule!  Eleven week programs include such themes as ‘Fables and Fairy Tales’, ‘Under the Sea Fantasy’ and ‘Fashionistas: Sewing in Style’.  Full-day and half-day camps – register for just one week or the full summer! Before-care and after-care available.  Discounts available for early registration, multiple weeks and siblings. Register online!

University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
Coaches offer a variety of sports camps for boys and girls ages 5-17. Camps include beginning/recreational and advanced skill training for competitive teams. Kids will play and practice at the university’s state of the art facilities. Sign up for soccer, volleyball, basketball and lacrosse.

Zoo Camp at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa
813-935-8552, Ext. 268,

Zoo School is headquarters for more than 100 weeklong 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 and crafts.

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Admiral Farragut Academy
501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg
727-384-5500, Ext. 230,

With a focus on developing creativity, intellect, and coordination skills, these day camps include STEM. Musical Theater, Little Captains, Early Enrichment, and Sports & Recreation for rising PreK-12th graders. In addition, rising 8th-12th graders can enjoy Summer@Farragut, a six-week college prep boarding experience, and earn a high school credit in math, biology or history. Summer@Farragut also offers two-week sessions for electives like scuba, aviation and engineering.

American Stage
163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg
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. The staff is comprised of working theater professionals and all experience levels are welcome.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage, Clearwater

Offering a coastal learning experience, with week-long camps (half or full-day) this camp features Winter, Hope and their river otter and sea turtle friends. Camps also feature snorkeling in sea grass beds and sand flats, kayaking through local estuaries, SCUBA, meeting our rescued residents and discovering fascinating marine creatures in their natural habitat.

Dunedin Fine Art Center
1143 Michigan Blvd.

These art camps offer fun, creative, cognitive experiences for ages 4½ to 14. Activities include drawing, painting, drama and dance. Camp themes include Groovy Graffiti, Rockin’ Reptiles and Water World.

Eckerd College Watersports Camp
4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Among the largest collegiate programs in the U. S., instruction includes Exploring Watersports, Sailing, Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, and Exploring Marine Life for students of various ages at various levels. Located on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, the school provides the perfect environment for learning watersports!

Explore the Shore
1603 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach

Each week includes beach play, beach exploration, arts and crafts, cooking and exposure to the Montessori learning environment.  This camp is for children ages 3-6. Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enroll for one week or all six. Space is limited!

Great Explorations
1925 4th St. N., St. Petersburg

Designed for students entering K-Grade 3, camp will include days filled with experiments, arts, movement, guest presentations and so much more to stimulate learning.

Largo Cultural Center
105 Central Park Dr., Largo

Camps are for kids of all ages and include productions of Fiddler on the Roof Jr., Honk Jr. and Technical Theatre Production. Campers will learn skills from acting and auditioning to working with scenery, rigging, audio, and lighting equipment. They will apply their new skills in the shows. Prices vary; scholarships are available.

Morean Arts Center
719 Central Ave., Downtown St. Petersburg
10 weeks of FUN for kids ages 5-15 available June 8 – August 14.
These week-long themed art camps focus on the exploration of art materials through hands-on guided and self-guided learning, interactive art play, and skill development. We think camp should be an educational experience, but most importantly FUN!

Morean Center for Clay
420 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg
10 weeks of FUN for kids ages 5-15. Come Play in Clay!
The week-long themed clay camps focus on the exploration of art materials through hands-on guided and self-guided learning, interactive art play, and skill development. We think camp should be an educational experience, but most importantly FUN! Definitely Dress for Mess!

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Hoffman Institute
111 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater

Give your child a summer in the spotlight. Performing arts classes and camps are available for ages 3-18. Save money with special discounts. Tuition assistance is available.

Saint Paul’s School
1600 St. Paul’s Dr., Clearwater, FL 33764

With the variety of camps, making fun, long-lasting memories won’t be hard! The school offers field trips, recreation and activities, fine arts, marine science, Camp Invention, Grand Slam Baseball and classic day camps. Camps are for children in PreK-3 – 8th grade. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before and after care is available!

Shorecrest Summer Programs
5101 First St. N.E., St. Petersburg

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.

Tampa Bay Skating Academy
Locations in Oldsmar and Countryside

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.

The Club at Treasure Island
400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island

Let the kids spend the next few months exploring and experiencing the best the summer has to offer at The Club at Treasure Island. Kids will enjoy tennis, sailing, cooking class, swimming, arts and crafts, games and so much more! Camp TI is open to both club members and non-members, although members receive exclusive pricing. Space is limited to enroll today.

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Academy at the Lakes
2331 Collier Pkwy, Land O’ Lakes

Campers ages 3-14 can choose from many activities, including sports, arts, recreation, science, technology and academic review.

Super Summer Splash Camp
6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey

Kids from kindergarten to 12 years old will get to swim, play games, go on field trips, and even participate in summer olympics at this day camp!

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Polk Museum of Art Camps
800 E Palmetto St., Lakeland
Join the Polk Museum of Art for Summer Art Camp! Give your child (ages 7-13) a FUN, CREATIVE and OPEN atmosphere to develop their love and appreciation for the arts. Camp classes offer the freedom to explore artistic interests through creativity, medium and technique. Classes will be held from June 8 through July 31, and will feature painting, digital photography, jewelry making, and more.

Various Locations

Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Various Locations

Day camp programs at Bright Horizons offer indoor and outdoor activities, plus opportunities for fun, friendships, and exploration. Programs group children by age and encourage their growing ability to make choices, work with others, and assume responsibilities. Camp teachers work collaboratively to develop a fun curriculum that takes advantage of all that the summer offers.

Camp Invention
Various locations
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. 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.

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida
Various locations

With five summer camp locations, girl scouts will get to experience wilderness life at its best. Girls will make memories that will last them a lifetime and will stay in cabins at theses sleep-away camps. They will also learn skills to help them to earn badges. Depending on the location, the girls will horseback ride, swim, and make arts and crafts.

iD Tech Camps  at University of South Florida, Rollins, and more
Various locations
Code, game, create! At iD Tech Camps, students ages 7-17 code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce movies, and more. At these weeklong, day and overnight camps, kids meet new friends and gain a competitive edge for school and future STEM careers. Visit or call 1-888-709-8324.

KinderCare Summer Camps
Various locations

If your kids are looking to take the lazy days of summer and find something amazing and exciting in each and every one of them, then enroll now in all six of KinderCare’s summer break programs! Summer camp themes include Animal Antics, Art Expo, Dig Ancient Egypt, Splash Splash, Wild Wild West and Wilderness 101. There is something for kids of all ages from pre-school to school-age.

Kumon North America
Various Locations

Help your kids stay on academic track this summer, focusing on a variety of topics that include reading and math. Make gains for the next school year or tackle problem areas. Go online to find a location near you!

Seaborn Day Schools Summer Camps
Various Locations

At Seaborn Summer Camp, it is all about new experiences and new adventures. Your child will have opportunities to learn and play. Lasting friendships are made and self-confidence is built. Kids will learn to swim, make arts and crafts, and will learn culinary arts, music, computers, and more.

Suncoast YMCA
Various Locations

Count on the best summer ever for your kids. Select one week or the whole summer. Indoors and out. On their own or in a group, from archery to arts to canoeing to cannonballs, your kids will have an amazing experience in a safe, inclusive, nurturing environment. Register online.

The Reading Corner
Various Locations
Little learners 18 months – 2nd Grade will enjoy tons of summer fun while gaining valuable skills including: handwriting, letter practice, making words, math, music, art, science and games at the Collier campus. Campers K- 5th grade will enjoy a variety of summer fun including Planet Protectors, Reading Magic , Music History, Art History, Wonderful Watersheds and Hideaways, and Organized Sports, while continuing academic growth that is typically lost during the summer at the Livingston campus. Full day and half day programs available at both campuses. Call  (813) 909-0303 for the Collier campus, and  (813) 909-9204 for the Livingston campus.

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Out of Area

Circle F Dude Ranch Camp
5301 Dude Ranch Road, Lake Wales

Nestled in 500 acres of wilderness, this traditional sleep-away camp for ages 6-16 offers two-week, three-week and 10-day sessions packed with exciting programs that focus on providing young people the opportunity to just be kids. Campers build lifelong friendships as they participate in horseback riding, archery, sports, photography, arts and more in a safe environment.

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp
606 Valley View Ranch Rd., Cloudland, GA

Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! Atop Lookout Mountain, for 50 girls, 8-17;  1 to 9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, Barrels, Vaulting, and Trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend 4-6 hours daily with your OWN camp horse. The Joneses are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true!

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