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The Best Art Summer Camps in Tampa Bay

If your child is looking to channel their inner artist this summer –or maybe they want to give the arts a try, an art camp may be a great choice for them.

Summer camp is the perfect time to experience something new or polish up skills which is why we’ve pulled together this list of the best art summer camps in Tampa Bay from our 2022 Summer Camp Guide!

We’re continuing to add to this list, so check back often!

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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


Adventure Camp Tampa

2020 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa 33612
813-963-2242; adventurecamptampa.com

Each morning children aged 18 months – 10th grade will get their fill of STEAM activities. As well as hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, language, sports and math projects, afternoon recreational activities will give children the opportunity to explore, experiment and make life-long friendships!

Cost: Starts at $236/week
Dates/Times: June 6 – July 28, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. *extended care available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ages: 18 months to grade 10, Coed


Art Camps & Workshops at the MFA

255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg 33701
727-896-2667; mfastpete.org

Travel back in time and learn about the art and science of archaeology in our Art & Archaeology Camp (grades 1-5). Discover how animals, plants, weather, water and sky have inspired artists since the dawn of time in our Art & Nature Camp (grades 1-5). Be inspired by historical and contemporary female artists from around the world and practice your own artistic voice in our Art & Empowerment Workshop for young women (grades 6-9). Join us as we explore the world through art at the Museum of Fine Arts!

Cost: $190 for members; $250 for not-yet-members *Scholarships Available
Dates/Times: July 11-15, 18-22 and 25-29; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages: Grades 1-5 and 6-9, Coed and Female


Art Camp Summer 2022 The James Museum

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art | 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 33701
727-892-4200; thejamesmuseum.org/summercamp

Go on an art adventure! Get creative and make new friends at The James Museum in downtown St. Pete this summer. Week-long summer camps offer a variety of fun, hands-on activities that encourage creative thinking, original art-making and playful collaboration.

Cost: $250/week; $225 for members
Dates/Times: June 13-17, June 27-July 1, July 11-15 & 25-29; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ages: Entering grades 1-3 or 4-6; 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 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 IDS

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 Imagination

110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 33602
813-443-3861; glazermuseum.org/summercamps

At Camp Imagination, your little learners imagine, discover and connect to the world around them. With imaginative weekly themes, there’s a camp for every kid, including three autism-friendly weeks. Register your kids to play with purpose and embrace curiosity this summer at Glazer Children’s Museum!

Cost: $265 per week, per child before May 1, $300 per week, per child on and after May 1, Annual GCM Members save 15%
Dates/Times: June 6 – July 29, Drop-off 8:30-9 a.m., Pick-up 4:30-5 p.m.
Ages: 5-10; 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


Circle C Ranch Academy

6204 Interbay Blvd., Tampa 33611
813-831-8429; ccranchacademy.com

Circle “C” Ranch Academy: the country, only closer. We have summer camp and summer VPK available with many activities! Camp activities include horseback riding, swimming, art, sports (including archery) and outdoor exploration. We also have a canteen snack hut and bounce house. Come join us for all the outdoor fun!

Cost: Half day $200, Full day $265
Dates/Times: June & July, full day 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., half day 8 a.m. to noon
Ages: 1-12, 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


Dunedin Fine Art Center Summer ART Academy

1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin 34698
727-298-3322; dfac.org/kids-corner/summer-camp

DFAC’s Summer Art Academy has proudly offered over 35 years of summer art enrichment fun. Todd Still, director of youth education, is excited about heading up his 25th year at one of the premier summer programs in the Tampa Bay area. Seven different art camps feature the best artists and art educators in the region, from multi-media experts to painting, clay and ‘Drawing to Dreamin!’

Cost: $175-$225 *Scholarships are available
Dates/Times: May 31 – Aug. 5, Weekly 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Before and aftercare available
Ages: 4.5-14; 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


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


Girls & Boys With Confidence

Various Locations: Lithia (Main Center), Tampa, Apollo Beach, Lutz
813-571-2002; girlswithconfidence.com

Girls & Boys With Confidence offers the BEST camps in the area for rising K-8th grade girls and boys. Whether your daughter or son is confident or struggles with being shy, all kids LOVE our camps. Every day we focus on a new “confidence building” theme with discussions, activities and indoor and outdoor games, and work on different creative art/science projects.

Cost: Before March 31 $159-$259; April 1-May 15 $179-$279; After May 15 $199-$299
Dates/Times: May 31 – Aug. 5, half and full day, times vary
Ages: 4-14, Girls & Boys


History Adventure Camps

801 Water Street, Tampa 33602
813-228-0097; tampabayhistorycenter.org/camps

History Adventure Camps are back at the History Center. Join us for American Girl® Camp, Pirates and Explorers Camp and Archeology Camp this summer! Each week is led by certified teachers in the museum galleries and classrooms.

“Both of my kids love absolutely everything about camp,” said one of our parents. “They beg to stay until the very end of the day and get mad if I pick them up early! I also like that they are learning while having fun!”

Cost: $250-$300/session *Scholarships are available
Dates/Times: June 13-17 & 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15 & 25-29, M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Extended care available
Ages: 7-11; Coed


Miss Anita’s Crafts

11811 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa 33612
813-815-0849; missanitascrafts.com

We offer affordable, beginner level craft classes for kids and adults, ages 5 and up. Parents are invited to stay, but drop off is also available. There are no weekly contracts, so you can pick-and-choose the classes you want to attend. Come get crafty!

Cost: $15 per class
Dates/Times: June 6 to July 29, M-F 10 a.m. to Noon
Ages: 5 and up, Crafts are designed for both boys and girls


St. John’s Episcopal School Eagles Camp

906 S. Orleans Ave., Tampa 33606 and 240 S. Plant Ave., Tampa 33606
813-849-4200; stjohnseagles.org/summer

Join us for a summer of fun at St. John’s Episcopal School! Eagles Camp is open to all students in grades 1-8 in the Tampa area. Full and half day options available for six weeks this summer. Tons of different camp offerings to choose from. Sign up today!

Cost: Prices vary
Dates/Times: June 6 – July 22, M-F, half or full day 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., *After care available
Ages: Entering grades 1-8 for the 22-23 school year, 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 Museum of Art – Summer Art Camp

Cornelia Corbett Center: 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 33602
813-421-8373; tampamuseum.org/summerartcamp

Children and teens exercise their creativity and imagination with hands-on activities themed around the Tampa Museum of Art’s permanent collection of antiquities, modern and contemporary art. With a variety of 2D and 3D mediums to choose from, campers connect with the art on view and create unique works of art.

Cost: $175-$220
Dates/Times: June 6 – Aug. 5, Morning Camp 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Afternoon Camp 1-5 p.m.
Ages: 6-17, 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


Vosler Young Artists’ Studio

330 Pauls Drive, Brandon 33511
813-417-5867; vosleryoungartistsstudio.com

The Vosler Young Artists’ Studio is an Art Renewal Center (ARC) Approved Atelier. Workshops introduce the young artist to a classical atelier program of instruction. Students will learn to draw through direct observation and skills-based training. Kerry Vosler, master instructor, will do frequent demonstrations and give regular instruction at the artist’s easel. Students can expect a finished drawing for their portfolio and a certificate at the conclusion of each workshop. All supplies are included.

Cost: $320-$395/week, supplies included
Dates/Times: Mar. 14-17, June 6-10 and 13-17; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages: 12-18, 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


Young Chefs Academy Summer Culinary Camp

9690 Seminole Blvd., Seminole 33772
727-350-4587; seminolefl.youngchefsacademy.com

Our 5-day fully immersive culinary camps bring sizzling surprises and delights as we cook and bake our way through exciting tips and tricks with friendly cooking challenges to put your newfound skills to the test. Every week is a new curriculum (so no two camp weeks are alike).

Cost: $250/week
Dates/Times: 10 weeks of camp starting May 30, Morning sessions 9 a.m. to noon, Afternoon sessions 1-4 p.m.
Ages: 6+, Coed


 

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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