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Tampa Bay Parenting’s 2017 Summer Camp Guide

It’s one of our favorite times of the year…summer camp time! Our 2017 Summer Camp Guide has a camp to fit the needs and interest of every child in your family whether they are into the arts, science, the outdoors, theater or all of the above! Be sure to check back often as we continue to add to this list!

Read: 5 Tips: How to Choose the Right Summer Camp for Your Child


Academy of the Holy Names: 3319 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, 813- 839-5371 |

Fun-loving kids ages 3 and up may choose from themed day camps, technology, sports and enrichment camps at the Academy of the Holy Names’ ever-popular Summer on Bayshore! From legos to lacrosse and cooking to cartooning, Summer on Bayshore has something for everyone. Complete session information and online registration is available at Full and half-day weekly sessions run from June 5 – July 21.


Academy at the Lakes , 2331 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes , 813-948-7600  | 

Campers ages 3-14 can choose from many activities, including sports, arts, recreation, science, technology and academic review. Academy also offers Summer School for both noncredit and for-credit courses for students Grade 12.


AquaCamps at The Florida Aquarium: 701 Channelside Drive, Downtown Tampa, 813-273- 4015 |

Choose from endless Summer AquaCamps that take fun and learning to all new depths for kids from 3 to 18 years old. Check out our Aquarium Careers Camp or Advanced SCUBA/Underwater Ecologist Camp (ages 14-18). Dive into our SCUBA Camp (ages 12-15). Participate in Travel Camps (ages 10-14) and On Location Camps (ages 6-9). We even have options for AquaKids (ages 5-6) and AquaTots (ages 3-4). Get discounts for members and for booking multiple camps.


Berkeley Summer Programs , 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa , 813-885-1673  |

Mod Design, App Design, Video Game Development, Equestrian, Archery, Fine Arts, Rock & Roll Camp, Lego, Basketball, Baseball, Band, Debate, Football, Swimming, Golf, Rock Climbing, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Chess, Driver’s Ed, Financial Literacy for Teenagers, Woodworking, Math Camp, and so much more – there’s something for everyone at Berkeley Summer Camps Tampa! Pre-K to Grade 12. Register online. Over 100 camps and classes, including high school credit courses. Before and After Care. Lunch options available.


Busch Gardens Camps , 3000 E. Busch Boulevard, Tampa, 813-884-4FUN  |

Camps include resident camps that marry the best of the park’s offerings into multiday, sleep-away programs for students in grades five through college. Day camps are weeklong and provide campers in kindergarten through eighth grade with hands-on, educational experiences with animals and the outdoors, as well as Counselor-In-Training programs for grades 9-12.


Camp Bayshore : 3909 S. MacDill Avenue, Tampa , 813-839-4297, Ext. 344  |  

This day camp for 3-year-olds to rising sixth graders is a fun, safe, Christian camp full of field trips, swimming, sports, the arts, music, shows, and various activities. Visit the website to learn more information, see photos from past summers, explore camp calendars and schedules, and to register for this summer.


CAMP IDS :12015 Orange Grove Dr., Tampa , 813-961-3087  |

Campers can try archery or video game design in the morning and dabble in painting or French cooking in the afternoon. More than 60 half- and full-day camps! Academic camps include math, science, reading, writing, and technology. Lego Robotics, performing arts, sports, and more ensure everyone has a great time! Camps run June 12-July 28. Free morning drop-off at 7:15 am. After-care (3-6 pm) and transportation available for a fee.


CAMP IMAGINATION at Glazer Children’s Museum : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 813-443-3861  | s

Calling all kids! The Glazer Children’s Museum’s New Camp Imagination is the place to be this summer break. Discover new ways to learn and play all summer long with: Imaginative Weekly Themes, Exclusive SMALLab Experiences, Museum Playtime, and More! Camps run June 5th – August 4th for ages 5-10. Register Now!


Camp JCC at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC 522 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa , 813-769-4797  |

June 12 – August 14, 2017 : Are you looking for a weekly specialty summer camp for your child? Camp JCC offers an interactive day-camp experience with flexible weekly program offerings in dance, the arts, musical theatre, iMovie, swimming, indoor hockey, volley ball and basketball. Register online starting February 12th!


Camp JCC on the Cohn Campus :  13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa , 813-769-4748  |

June 5 – August 4, 2017 : Are you looking for a full summer or 3-week session day-camp offering for your child? Situated on a scenic 21-acre property, Camp JCC promises to deliver an engaging and active experience for children entering grades 1 – 8 with a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities. Is your child interested in the arts, swimming, sports, nature, canoeing, music, archery, obstacle courses, creative production, climbing, zip lining, field trips and more? Then Camp JCC is the summer camp experience for your family! Register online starting February 12th!


Camp Seal , 19501 Holly Lane, Lutz , 813-229-7946  |

Seal Swim School now provides a fantastic aquatic camp program for children 4-10. Each camp week will center on a theme where your child will enjoy a variety of activities such as swim lessons, recreational swim, outdoor sports, indoor games, archery, arts and crafts, field trips and much, much more


CDS TURN IT UP SUMMER CAMP 2017 : 1515 West Bearss Avenue, Tampa , 813-920-2288  |  

CDS Summer Day Camps offer all-day themed camps running from 9am until 3:30pm for students entering grades 1 through 8.  These camps provide opportunities for children to explore their imagination and develop skills during the summer weeks.  Each week of camp the campers will attend one field trip and visit an off site pool.  Before and after care is also available.


City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Summer Programs Various Locations , 813-274-3345  |

Choose from a variety of one week specialty camps or the 10-week Recreate, Educate, Create (R.E.C.) Summer Camps. Specialty camps are designed for your child’s individual interests in sports, arts, aquatics, theater and nature. R.E.C. Camps will engage your child with various activities and fieldtrips. Camps are located throughout Tampa’s City limits and are open to City and non-City residents. Programs are geared for toddlers to teens.  Early care and after care are also available.


Color Me Mine : 1609 W. Snow Circle,Tampa , 813-258-8368  |

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.


Elite Animation Academy: 9634 West Linebaugh Avenue, Westchase Town Center – 2nd Floor, Tampa, 813-321-3939 |

Offering Courses & 10 weeks of Animation Summer Camp –. Learn from former Disney, Warner Brothers and other Industry Professionals! Our Camps are in small groups with engaging subjects. Ages 8 to 17. We accept all skill levels. Not sure which camp is right for you? Call us or CHAT with us on-line, Hours are Monday thru Friday 10 am to 3 pm, all supplies provided. Lunch break from 1 to 2 PM. (Lunch not provided)  June 5th – August 11th


First Baptist Church of Tampa- Free Vacation Bible School: 302 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, 813-21-2425 |

Galactic  Starveyors, VBS 2017, turns kids into Galactic Starveyors!   As kids focus their telescopes on the marvels painted in the sky by the Creator, they will discover the wonder among all wonders-that the God who created everything there is-the knowable, the visible and the invisible-wants a personal relationship with them!   VBS will run from June 5-9 from 8:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for children ages 3 (By September 1, 2016 and potty trained) through fifth grade.


Florida Academy of the Performing Arts : 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon , 813-490-2787  |

Florida Academy of the Performing Arts camp offers acting, crafts, games, singing, drums, musical theatre, beginner guitar, beginner violin, fun activities and more. This camp is for kids ages 5 and up and offer your child the opportunity to learn and grow their talent.


Focus Academy Summer Arts Camp for Middle School Students: 304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace, 813-443-5558 |

June 26-30, 2017. Join Focus Academy faculty and staff for a fun weeklong summer arts camp designed specifically for students with developmental and/or cognitive disabilities, entering 7th through 9th grade! Attendees can experience the arts in a playful, non-judgmental environment emphasizing self-expression, creative problem solving, social competence, and relationship building. The program culminates in a performance conceived and created by the participants – and attended by parents and families! Space is limited; apply now!


Hillsdale Christian Academy : 6201 Ehrlich Rd, Tampa, 813-884-8250  |

Get your camper ready for a summer of learning and adventure! 2’s and young 3’s will enjoy Birds, Bugs & Bubbles Galore!, while 3’s and 4’s will experience a Trip Around the World. 1st-6th graders will have an all-new program featuring Outdoor Adventures, Drama, Music, Messy Science, and other exciting theme-based weeks with well-trained staff, field trips, crafts, and daily theme sessions weekly. Please call or visit our website for registration information.


Kids’ College Summer Camps at HCC : 39 Columbia Drive, Tampa, 813-259-6010  | 

Empowering today’s youth for tomorrow’s SUCCESS! Not just another play camp, Kids’ College at Hillsborough Community College offers a unique balance of learning and fun that keeps our campers growing during the summer. Topics including video game design, fashion, architecture, acting, entrepreneurship, police & fire, STEM, dance and many more. Our philosophy is simple: to provide your child with engaging activities that challenge them intellectually, physically and creatively.


Kumon Math and Reading Centers :1-800-ABC-MATH;

Kumon can give your child a lifetime of advantages. The Kumon Program is designed to advance your child’s math and reading skills and love for learning – providing an academic advantage throughout school. Kumon sparks critical thinking, establishes a pattern of success, and builds confidence that can lead to accelerated learning throughout life. Parents are encouraged to attend a free orientation at any of our Kumon Math and Reading Centers in the local community.


Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy15906 Mapledale Blvd. Tampa , 813-969-0240  |  

At Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy, your child will explore the wonderful world of the performing arts while encountering an educational, fun-filled experience. Students will be introduced to various paths of the arts and given opportunities to act, sing, dance and be creative. They will develop friendships and a lifetime appreciation of the arts. Our goal is to provide a safe and stimulating environment promoting the emotional, social, physical and cognitive growth of your child.


Montessori Academies/Preparatory schools  Tampa, Temple Terrace, and New Tampa locations: 813-899-2345  |

Montessori’s summer curriculum includes math, language, science, social studies, Chinese, Spanish and more! (12 months – 5th Grade)


Patel Conservatory : 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa , 813-222-1040  |  

Offering more than 50 camps and classes in dance, theater and music for all ages and experience levels for ages 3 through college. These camps will give your child the confidence and creativity that they love and that will last a lifetime.


Summer Time Cooking School For Kids & Teens : 5224 So. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa , 813-408-1078  |

Do You Have A Budding Chef At Home? We Have The Perfect Summer Program For Them! Sign Them Up Today To Join With Professional Chefs From Tampa To Bring Them The Best Hands-On Learning Experience They Can Have This Summer. This is a 2-Week Program That Will Begin in July 2017! Don’t Forget To Register Them For Our 2nd Annual Cook-Off on September 3, 2017! Early Registration Suggested, Classes Fill Up Quickly!


Tampa Bay History Center Adventure Camps : 801 Old Water Street, Tampa , 813-228-0097  | 

Spend your summer with one-eyed pirates, mysterious mermaids and wooly mammoths during the History Center’s History Adventure Camps. Step back into Florida’s past with unique games and projects, themed field trips, outdoor fun, and hands-on interactions with real historians and experts. Camps are open to children ages 7 – 11 and led by experienced educators dedicated to providing unique, educational and engaging experiences campers won’t forget.


Tampa Preparatory School Summer Programs and Camp Terrapin : 727 West Cass Street, Tampa , 813-251-8481  |

Camp Terrapin is Tampa Prep’s well-knowncoeducational, sports and fine arts camp for students entering first through eighth grades. 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!


Tampa Theatre : 711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa , 813-274-8286  |

Each summer, Tampa Theatre’s historic auditorium lights up with young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on-screen. Campers entering grades three through 12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of live and stop-motion animation filmmaking, from storyboarding and scriptwriting to filming and editing. All necessary equipment is provided so that by the end of the week-long session, each production team will have a 3-5 minute movie to debut on the big screen.



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

May 22 – August 9 : Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is thrilled to be the first in Tampa Bay to offer an all-inclusive camp program with extended care, a healthy daily lunch, a cool t-shirt and a ticket to come back to the Zoo and show off what they’ve learned – all free with registration! Kids and teens can learn about nature, science and the animal kingdom while hiking through the Zoo and exploring behind-the-scenes.



Academy of Performance Arts Summer Camps: 7525 Blind Pass Rd, St Pete Beach, 727-350-4644 |

Our unique camps include Dance, Acting, Art & Music for ages 5-15. (Extra care available.) In our 5 studio spaces, campers delve into scriptwriting, choreographing original dances & learning acting techniques (comedy & improvisation). Their efforts culminate into an original stage production or musical that allows them to proudly showcase their experiences. ALL Camps are 8:30am-2:30pm and include Friday night (in-house) performances at the Academy & Saturday (public) outdoor performances following each of the two and three week camps. Camp Prices: 1-wk $175   2-wk  $300   3-wk  $500

Admiral Farragut Academy Summer Day Camps & Boarding Program : 501 Park Street N., St. Petersburg , 727-384-5500, Ext. 230 |

June-August 2017. Camps are open to the public, include a hot lunch, and are held on our campus with a private pool and waterfront! The day camps include STEM, Little Captains, Little Explorers, Sports, and Writing. The summer boarding program for rising 8th-12th graders is a two-, four-, or six-week college prep experience where attendees live on campus and can earn an academic high school credit or take electives like marine science, aviation, and engineering.


American Stage Summer Camp and Teen Summer Institute : 163 3rd St. North., St. Petersburg , 727-823-1600 ext 204 |

Choose from 1-3 week sessions for grades K-12. Experience quality theatre training in a positive environment, giving young people the tools to be bolder, wiser and more compassionate on stage and in life. Studying theatre not only helps students become accomplished and confident performers, it also empowers creative, intellectual and emotional growth. All experience levels welcome! Staff is comprised of working theatre professionals with a passion for teaching.


City of St. Petersburg Park & Recreation Summer Programs: Various Locations, 727-893-7441 |

Summer camp programs offered at 11 sites throughout St. Petersburg.  Camps will engage your child with various activities, arts and crafts and field trips.  Camps are offered for children entering grades 1-6 or 7-9 for as low as $244 for the ten-week program for qualifying city-residents. Program hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available.  A variety of ½ day specialty camps also available.  Visit for additional information.


Clearwater Summer Camps 2017 “The Place to BE!” : Various Locations , 727-562-4800  |

Clearwater Camps are the place to be for fun! For $100 or less per week, campers receive all field trips, supplies, a t-shirt and 50 hours of fun activities. Each week campers will enjoy a wide variety of fun activities including; field trips, games, guest speakers, craft projects and other awesome activities. Additionally, each week a different positive Character Trait will be discussed and celebrated. Campers will build friendships and create life-long memories. Each camp counselor is carefully selected based on their experience and love of children.  Call the recreation center of your choice to set up an interview.


CrossFit Blackbeard Kids Summer Camp : 4400 34th St. N. Unit K, St. Petersburg   |  

Experience fitness-focused fun at CrossFit Blackbeard this summer! Campers will learn coordination, sports preparation, and teamwork with fun daily activities, sports, games and more! Supplement your child’s sports or play activities during the summer months, or provide them with an opportunity to explore their fitness interests and build self-esteem.


Dunedin Fine Art Center : 1143 Michigan Boulevard, Dunedin , 727-298-3322  |  

DFAC’s Summer Art Academy’s seven separate age-appropriate camps offer fun, creative, cognitive summer enrichment experiences for kids and teens from 4-1/2 to 16 years old. Activities include drawing painting, sculpture, photography, clay and digital arts as well as Arts in Motion curriculum. This year, individually themed weeks include Shark Week, Wild West, Kooky Carnivals and a Mars Masters’ Mash Up.


Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp : 4200 54th Ave South, St. Petersburg , 727-864-8288  |

Weekly Classes, June 5-August 4 : The Eckerd College Waterfront Program, one of the largest collegiate programs in the U. S., offers classes in Exploring Watersports, Sailing, Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Little Mariners, and Exploring Marine Life for students ages 5-17. Located on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, the school provides the perfect environment for learning watersports! Classes at the Waterfront Program have been in existence for more than 45 years. Through those years we have introduced thousands of children and adults to the wonderful world of watersports. We look forward to meeting you or your children and providing you with an exciting and unforgettable experience!


Great Explorations Summer Camp : 1925 4th St North, St. Petersburg , 727-821-8992  |

Great Explorations summer camps are a fantastic way to have fun while school is out! Our camps stimulate learning and imagination with themes ranging from Out of this World to Full STEAM Ahead. Days are filled with experiments, arts, field trips, guest presentations and museum play time! Our week-long camps are designed for students entering VPK through 3rd grade with a new and exciting theme starting each Monday.


Ice Skating Camps  | TAMPABAYICE.COM  

Have a cool time on the ice this summer at one or more of our ice skating camps designed for beginner through advanced level ice skaters ages 5 through 12.  Each camp features daily on and off ice instruction, supervised on-ice “free time”, lunch, arts/crafts and games.  Camps are offered at Clearwater Ice Arena and TBSA – Countryside and Oldsmar locations for recreational, figure and hockey skaters.   TAMPABAYICE.COM  for details and to register.


Jewish Community Camp : 1685 S. Belcher Rd. Clearwater , 727-530- 3223  |

Join us for our inaugural year at the beautiful camp facilities on the Temple B’nai Israel property. This facility gives our camp an abundance of space for small and large group activities. All swimming is held at neighboring community pools and transportation for all field trips will be provided. We welcome all children, regardless of religious affiliation or observance, to participate in our camp experience and to share in our rich Jewish heritage.


Palm Harbor Montessori Academy: 2355 Nebraska Avenue, Palm Harbor , 727-786-1854  |

Full-day themed camp sessions for ages 3-12 featuring outside play and swimming! Outdoor environments include state-of-the-art pool facilities, soccer field, basketball court, hydroponics garden, and four spacious and secured playgrounds for fun, learning and meeting new friends. Camp themes include music, drama, Spanish, exploring the world, America the beautiful and more.


Saint Paul’s School :1600 St. Paul’s Drive, Clearwater , 727-536-2756  |

June 5 – August 4:  Robotics, Marine Science, Baseball, Cheerleading, Cooking, Fine Arts, Field Trips, Recreation & Activities, and Classic Day Camps!  With the variety of camps being offered this summer, making fun, long-lasting memories won’t be hard to do!  Camps for 3 year olds through rising 8th graders.  Camp hours: 9am – 3pm.  Before and After Care is available.  Our full day camps will accommodate your working schedule as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m.  It’s a Saint Paul’s summer, come be a part of the fun!


Summer Camp at Clearwater Marine Aquarium : 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater , 727-441-1790  |

Pre-K to 10th Grade. Week long camps (June thru August) taught by experts like marine biologists, rescue team members, animal caregivers, and more! Camps focus on hands-on learning in a safe, fun, and friendly environment. Snorkeling, kayaking ,and boating are just some of the activities offered. Learn about our resident animals and the work we do every day at a working marine animal hospital. Seasonal camps are also offered during the Spring, Fall and Winter!


Summer at Shorecrest : 5101 First Street N.E., St. Petersburg , 727-522-2111  |

From an adventure-themed day camp for preschoolers to sixth-grade academic enrichment, all the way to a professional theatre bootcamp for serious thespians, there’s something for everyone this summer at Shorecrest. An auxiliary program of Shorecrest Preparatory School, Summer at Shorecrest offers nearly 100 different camp sessions, serving students from 3 years to those rising into grade 12. Programs run May 29-Aug. 11.


Tampa Bay Watch 3000 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde  , 727-867-8166 ext. 246  |

Does your child have an interest in marine science? If so, this is their chance to learn more about it! Send them to Tampa Bay Watch this summer for some fun in the sun with Estuary EDventures summer camps where they will learn about amazing Tampa Bay, the ocean, and its inhabitants!


Tampa Bay Turners Gymnastics and Swimming Academy : 2301 26th Street N., St. Petersburg , 727-328-8500  |  

Kids can participate in gymnastics and tumbling classes, swim lessons starting at six months in our indoor pool, birthday parties, summer day camps, toddler tumbling open play, and join a Licensed Preschool. Come join the fun!


The Club at Treasure Island Summer Camp400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island , 727-367-4511  |

For children ages 6-12, sail along Boca Ciega Bay, participate in group tennis lessons taught by Club TI’s Director and elite Pro, enjoy swimming in the biggest pool on Treasure Island and learn how to make delectable dishes from our professional culinary team.  Don’t miss Rowdies soccer week, including a field trip to downtown St. Pete stadium and an hour long soccer clinic taught by a Rowdies player, exclusively for Club TI summer campers. Camp is open to members and nonmembers.


The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts: 1111 McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, 727-791-7400 |

Providing arts education and outreach efforts reaching more than 35,000 students annually and providing over 80,000 hours of high-caliber arts experiences with divisions encompassing performances; community engagement and outreach; and instruction in jazz, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theater, voice and technical theater. Each division reaches students of all ages and abilities on the Ruth Eckerd Hall campus and off-site in schools, hospitals and more throughout the Tampa Bay area and the State of Florida.


The Science Center7701 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg , 727-384-0027  |  

Make the most out of summer through discovery and fun! Themed camps are available for grades K-8, featuring hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Your child can sharpen their academic skills in a fun, supportive learning environment free of stress and pressure. In addition to fun learning experiences, our camps also offer before and after care hours for your convenience (camps go from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and provide free lunch for our campers. Contact us and discover all that our camps have to offer. Camp prices: $180-$240 per camp/per child.


YMCA of the Suncoast   |

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 from Largo to Crystal River. Register online.



New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center Summer Camp : 6630 Van Buren Street, New Port Richey , 727-841-4560 |  

This Camp offers eight weeks of fun-filled indoor and outdoor activities, arts & crafts, games, field trips, special events, guest speakers, swimming, movies and other various activities. Camp dates and times are June 5th-July 28th, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm. Fee: $480 for 8 weeks/$60 per week (per child). Registration begins April 17th. Resident Discount: $400 for 8 weeks/$50 per week (per child). Registration begins April 10th. Ages 5-13 are welcome.



Camp Dovewood: Sleep Away Christian Camp for Girls in North Florida , 23221 101stRd,  O’Brien , 386-935-0863  |  

This year, Camp Dovewood celebrates 40 years of dynamic, fun-filled camping in North Florida. Dovewood is a traditional interdenominational Christian camp for girls 7-16 offering one, two, and three week sessions from June until the end of July. We have an outstanding equestrian program as well as many more activities like: archery, drama, dance, swimming, river rafting, cheerleading, cooking, art, music, softball, volleyball, tennis, basketball, gymnastics, Bible, soccer, baton, water ballet, basketball, Christian leadership and more. Accredited : American Camping Association, Camp Horsemanship Association and Christian Camp and Conference Center.


Camp Invention: Multiple locations throughout West Central Florida, 1-800-968-4332  |

Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that will launch your child’s imagination. Discounts available! Use promo code INNOVATE25 by 3/20 to save $25 on registration!


Circle F Dude Ranch Camp: 5301 Dude Ranch Road, Lake Wales, FL 863-676-4113 |

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.


Girl Scouts Camp: Tampa, Palm Harbor & Wildwood locations, 800-881-GIRL |

This summer, every girl can camp like a Girl Scout! We welcome all girls entering grades 1 – 12 to experience the outdoors in a safe, supervised and encouraging environment. We have day camps, full- and half-week overnight camps, and STEM camps. She’ll have the time of her life discovering the wonders of the great outdoors, playing games, and making friends while boosting her confidence and courage. Not currently a Girl Scout, no problem! Current non-members can attend camp with an additional $15 registration fee.


Skyland Camp For Girls: 317 Spencer Street, Clyde, NC, 828-627-2470 |

Through traditional and overnight camp programs, Skyland Camp for Girls inspires girls in rising grades 1-10 to be curious, creative, confident and connected to each other, and to the world. Experience horseback riding along mountain trails. Swimming and relaxing by the pool. Camping getaways. Tennis and volleyball matches. Cooking recipes. Arts and crafts. Drama and musicals. Join us for our 100th year on Skyland Hill: discover your best self and forge lifelong friendships.


STEMtastic™ Day Camp & Aviation Summer Camp: 4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland, 863-644-2431 |

Week- long camps from June- August. STEMtastic™ day camp offers daily themes incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning techniques. Topics such as robotics, airplanes, rocketry, wave forms, and nature are included. Classes are taught by certified educators from STEM-based schools. Aviation Summer Camps offer a flight opportunity for all participants. Each camp offers a day or residential option. Classroom group school instruction includes aircraft familiarization, cockpit instruments, aerodynamics, and flight simulators. (Day and residential options available)


Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp: 606 Valley View Ranch Rd., Cloudland, GA 30731, 706-832-2231  |

Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout Mountain, for 50 girls, ages 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 Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true!


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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