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The Best Summer Camps for Preschoolers and Little Kids

If your little one is still in preschool and not quite at the magical age of 6 when summer camp options suddenly bloom, don’t fret! There are still some really amazing summer camp options for your preschooler and rising kindergartener.

We’ve pulled together this list of the best summer camps for preschoolers in Tampa Bay from our 2022 Summer Camp Guide to help you map out out your child’s best summer ever!

The following camps have options for kids ages 5 and younger.

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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


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 Bayshore

3909 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa 33611
813-839-4297; bayshorechristianschool.org/student-life/camp-bayshore.cfm

Camp Bayshore is a fun, Christian-centered program for campers ages 3 through rising 6th grade. Children from all around the Tampa Bay area are provided an exciting and safe family atmosphere to learn, grow, play and make memories that last a lifetime. *Registration opens Feb. 28

Cost: $250-$275/week + registration fee
Dates/Times: May 31 – July 29, M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 years to rising 6th graders, 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 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 at Glazer Children’s Museum 

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


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


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


Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp

4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg 33711-4744
727-864-8288; eckerd.edu/waterfront/camp

The Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp offers classes in Exploring Watersports, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, saltwater fishing, Little Mariners, and Exploring Marine Life and more for students ages 5-17. This camp is taught in the perfect environment for learning watersports and gives campers exciting and unforgettable experiences!

Cost: $180-$295 *10% off of each class for multiple classes
Dates/Times: June 6 – July 29, Weekly, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.
Ages: 5-17, 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


The Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Drive, Tampa 33602
813-273-4000; flaquarium.org

Equal parts excitement and education, summer camps at The Florida Aquarium foster creativity and critical thinking. Weekly themes provide adventure for students of all ages; including animal interactions, day trips and so much more. Expect early drop-off and late pick-up at no extra cost, lunch options and guaranteed fun!

Cost: Varies by age/program
Dates/Times: May 31 – Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. *free extended care 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ages: 3-14, Coed


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


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


Northside Christian Paradise Summer Camp

7777 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg 33709
727-647-0349; nck12.campbrainregistration.com

NCS Paradise Camp is a great opportunity for kids of all ages to experience a wide range of physical, educational, recreational and spiritual activities in an exciting, hands-on creative environment that is sure to be a winner! We have weekly field trips along with chapel on Fridays.

Cost: $225/week early bird rate. Enrichment is available at an additional cost
Dates/Times: June 6-10, 13-17 and 20-24, June 17-July 1, July 11-15, 18-22 and 25-29. Full Day Camp 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Enrichments are Monday-Thursday various times.
Ages: rising grades K-6; 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


Sky Camp at Sky Zone

10137 E. Adamo Drive, #800b, Tampa 33619
813-833-1740; skyzone.com/tampa/programs/skycamp

Sky Camp for ages 5-13 includes days of active play at Sky Zone on our Ninja Warrior Course, Free Climb, Sea of Trampolines and so much more. Accompanied by Sky Zone camp counselors, kids enjoy healthy physical fitness and fun including crafts, movies and science experiments. It’s hassle-free for parents. Drop off the kids and we’ll make sure they have the best time ever. Full-, half-day and full-week options and sibling discounts are available.

Cost: $35.99-$45.99/day, $139.99-$179.99/week
Dates/Times: Every day school is out from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ages: 5-13, Coed


Soccer Day Camp – TESA at University of Tampa

Pepin Stadium: 417 N. Blvd., Tampa 33606
813-323-3933; tampaelitesa.com; ab.tesacamps@gmail.com

Tampa Elite Soccer Academy offers a summer series of youth day soccer camps at The University of Tampa.        Camps are for Boys and Girls ages 5-13 years old. Register and get information online at tampaelitesa.com.

Cost: $235-$285 *Register before April 15 for early bird discount
Dates/Times: May 31 – July 29, M-TH 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to noon
Ages: 5-13, Boys & Girls


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


Web of Wisdom Summer Science Camp

5238 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday 34690
727-389-4750; wowschools.org

At WOW science camp, children will learn about the Florida ecosystem through hands-on science labs and outdoor adventures. Students learn basic skills such as fishing, boating safety and animal identification. Field trip activities include snorkeling, fish sampling, kayaking and more.

Cost: $175/week
Dates/Times: May 31 – July 29, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (camp activities 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Ages: K-8, 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


ZooTampa Summer Camps

1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa 33604
813-935-8552; zootampa.org/summer-camps

Your kids can explore the Zoo like never before! Campers will get VIP behind-the-scenes access to the Zoo, up-close to our amazing animals from across the globe, and talk directly from the teams that care for these animals every day to learn what it takes to become a Zoo veterinarian or animal care expert! Plus, they’ll get plenty of splashes on our water adventure, Roaring Springs! Get ready for a WILD SUMMER at ZooTampa!

Cost: Starting at $299
Dates/Times: June 7 – Aug. 6; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages: Grades K-8; 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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