The summer is almost here! Actually, for many of us, it starts well before school lets out due to our beautiful South Florida weather. However, as we immerse ourselves into those lazy days of summer, many parents find themselves looking for new and different types of camps to send the kids. After all, family vacations are great but why not let your kids try something new like learning a new skill or craft?
Here are some fun camps in the area that you and your kids might want to check out:
The Boynton Beach Recreation and Parks Department offers a great day camp program this summer at five convenient locations packed with a variety of experiences and field trips. Children, ages 4-14, will have loads of fun enjoying sports, crafts and play during their summer break. Registration begins February 4 for residents and February 11 for non-residents. Register by March 1 and the $25 registration fee is waived.
Camps are held Monday-Friday from June 12 through August 4. Each camp has its own personality and feel, and one will be just right for your child! Children can pack a snack; lunch is provided through a special grant funded program at all sites and breakfast is provided at Camp Shining Stars and Camp Dolphins. Every child receives a free t-shirt. Fees for the entire 8 weeks are only $500 for residents and $625 non-residents for Kids Rock, Camp Happy Days, Camp Shining Stars and Camp Dolphins. Art Camp is $575 for residents and $720 for non-residents. These camps run from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
For those who love sports and only need a half-day camp, Sports & Fitness Zone is available for ages 7-14 and takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fees are $220 for residents and $275 for non-residents.
New this year is Camp Destination where teens and tweens will experience fun field trips and adventures from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Paintball, Ninja Lounge, water parks, and a host of supercool experiences are on the itinerary. Camp Destination is $350 for residents and $438 for non-residents per four week session.
There is a $25 registration fee per child, payable upon registration for all camps. Please call 561-742-6650 for more details on any of our camps.
Kids Rock for ages 4-5, Civic Center, 128 E. Ocean Avenue
Camp Happy Days for ages 6-12, Intracoastal Park Clubhouse, 2240 N. Federal Highway
Camp Destination for ages 10-14, Civic Center, 128 E Ocean Avenue
Camp Shining Stars for ages 5-12, Ezell Hester, Jr. Center, 1901 N. Seacrest Boulevard
Camp Dolphins for ages 5-12, Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12 Avenue
Art Camp for ages 6-14, Art Center, 125 SE 2 Avenue
Sports & Fitness Zone for ages 7-14, Carolyn Sims Center, 225 NW 12 Avenue
Pre-registration is required. Registration takes place at Intracoastal Park Clubhouse, 2240 N. Federal Hwy., just south of Gateway Blvd., Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Residents (in the corporate city limits) must bring proof of residency (current utility bill) in order to receive the resident rate. New customers must also bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate. For registration information, please call (561) 742-6650. Follow us on Facebook (boyntonbeachrecandparks) and Twitter (@boyntonbeachrec).
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The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will host three auditions within the next month for its two summer intensives for ballet and theater students, and is excited to announce that Jon Rua, cast member of the Broadway smash Hamilton will be a guest faculty member during this summer’s The Broadway Artists Intensive for aspiring theater students!
Sunday, March 5:
Auditions for the Kravis Center’s new Paris Ballet Conservatory Intensive will be held at the Kravis Center at 1-2 p.m. for 4th and 5th -grade students, 2-3:30 p.m. for 6th and 7th grade students and 3:30-5 p.m. for 8th-12th grade students. Registration for the auditions is now open, and students can register up until the day of the auditions. Students chosen for the ballet intensive will attend the one-week session July 3-8 at the Kravis Center. Students will train in the pure tradition of l’Ecole Francaise (the French School).
Founded by Jean-Hugues Feray, former principal dancer with many international companies, including Ballet Florida and National Ballet de Marseille, The Paris Ballet Conservatory Intensive will feature faculty including Charles Jude, former star of the Paris Opera Ballet and now artistic director of the Ballet de l’Opera National de Bordeaux; Christophe Maraval, dancer with National Ballet de Nancy, the Ballet du Capitole and the Cincinnati Ballet, among others; Olivier Pardina, former principal dancer with the Nice Opera House, Bejart Ballet and a principal teacher with the Miami City Ballet School and Stephanie Roublot, former dancer with Ballet de Nancy and now a principal dancer with the Ballet de l’Opera National de Bordeaux.
The cost for the Paris Ballet Conservatory Intensive is $600. To register for an audition, please contact Miranda Hawkins at the Kravis Center at 561-651-4350 or by email, [email protected]. For further information about the Paris Ballet Conservatory, please call 561-308-8377 or visit parisballetdance.com.
Sunday, March 11 and Sunday, April 9:
The Broadway Artists Intensive returns for its sixth year at the Kravis Center with two summer sessions. The Broadway Artists Intensive regular session, a three-week, advanced musical theater training program for ages 12-20, will be held weekdays July 10-29. Auditions will be held at the Kravis Center on two dates: March 11 and April 9, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Students unable to attend the auditions in person may also submit a video audition. Registration to audition is now open.
Created by Broadway professionals Jason Gillman, Jackie Bayne Gillman and Greg Graham, The Broadway Artists Intensive classes will be taught by an all-Broadway faculty, including special guest artists. Previous guest artists have included Tony Award-winning Director/Choreographer Jerry Mitchell, creator of Kinky Boots, the Best Musical of 2013, Broadway star Laura Osnes, nominated for a Tony Award for her starring role as Cinderella on Broadway, and TV star and Tony Award-winner Christian Borle of NBC’s Smash.
Hamilton’s Jon Rua, also seen off the Broadway stage in television programs like Blue Bloods and Law & Order and dancing alongside Mariah Carey, Phish and Don Omar, will spend a full week working hands-on with young performers in the three-week program, sharing his insights from the industry.
The cost for The Broadway Artists Intensive is $1,650, with housing and meal plans available this year through Palm Beach Atlantic University, for an additional cost. To register for an audition or learn more about housing, please contact Alison Rehm at the Kravis Center at 561-651-4376 or by email, [email protected]. Students can also register online at TheBroadwayArtistsIntensive.com.
The Broadway Artists Intensive Junior:
In addition to the three-week intensive for older students, The Broadway Artists Intensive Junior program also returns this summer for younger aspiring stars. Students ages 9-13 will have the chance to perform and train with direction from choreographer of Broadway’s School of Rock the Musical, JoAnn M. Hunter. Aside from School of Rock the Musical, Hunter has choreographed the National Tour performances of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Grease along with many others, and has performed in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kiss Me Kate, Chicago, and Guys and Dolls to name just a few!
The Broadway Artists Intensive Junior will be held June 26-July 1. Taught by the same professional Broadway faculty as the more demanding, by-audition-only program, the Junior program allows younger students to study all areas of the performing arts, with daily classes in ballet, jazz, tap, vocal technique, acting and improvisation. No audition is required.
The cost for The Broadway Artists Intensive Junior is $399 if registered by March 31, 2017 and $450 afterwards. No audition is required. To register, please contact Alison Rehm at the Kravis Center at 561-651-4376 or by email, [email protected]. Students can also register online at TheBroadwayArtistsIntensive.com.
ArtsCamp 2017 is an innovative summer camp that provides 80 young artists with a working knowledge of what it takes to bring a show from an idea to reality. The program offers an intensive performing arts approach that focuses on dramatic composition and performance for students ages 9-11.
The world renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), today announced that this summer the nonprofit organization will be offering three age appropriate FOTOcamps for children and teens.
FOTOcamp for Kids
+ July 12-23 / 9 am to 3 pm
+ August 10-21 / 9 am to 3 pm
+ August 24-September 4 5 / 9 am to 3 pm
For ages 10-17
“FOTOcamp is for anyone between the ages of 10 and 17 that has an interest in photography and/or computers, and who are inquisitive and like adventure,” says NeJame. “It is the perfect opportunity for youngsters and teens to gain knowledge in all areas of photography, beginning with the basics of picture-taking using SLR digital cameras and progressing to state-of the-art digital imaging, at each participant’s own rate of speed.”
“FOTOcamp is my favorite time of the year,” she adds. “I enjoy seeing the amazing images the kids come back with from their field trips, and I love to see their reactions when working in a real studio.”
FOTOcamp students are grouped by their level of experience, from beginner to advanced in each of three 2-week summer sessions. Students are each issued a digital SLR Camera and while exploring lens choices, lighting, and composition of photographs they will learn about photography and digital imaging, in a fun and fact-filled environment.
In addition, using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, they will learn image adjustment techniques such as color correction, compositing images, adjustment layers and layer masks and other digital imaging technology. The computer lab is set up so that each student has access to a computer ensuring the ultimate hands-on experience. Location shooting and photographic assignments give them the opportunity to practice their skills while acquiring new images.
Based at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in downtown West Palm Beach, all sessions of FOTOcamp will include a professional instructor and an assistant, with opportunities for both individualized and group critiques for each student.
The culmination of all three sessions of FOTOcamp for Kids will be a special exhibition of photos taken by the young students. At the exhibition’s opening in August, one talented FOTOcamper will be named Student of the Year and receive a free SLR Digital camera.
The cost to attend one of the three two-week sessions of FOTOcamp for Kids is only $745 for Photo Centre members and $795 for nonmembers. This covers 10 6-hour sessions and includes use of digital SLR Cameras, transportation and admission fees for the fieldtrips, t-shirts, prints, etc.
To register for one of the three sessions of FOTOcamp for Kids, please call 561.253.2600 or visit www.workshop.org.
Each summer, Tampa Theatre’s historic auditorium lights up with young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on-screen.
Campers entering grades 3-12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of digital filmmaking, from brainstorming, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting and editing. All of the necessary equipment is provided, including cameras, lights, sound equipment, Mac computers and software. By the end of the filmmaking session, each production team will have a 3-5 minute movie to showcase.
This summer, both the popular live-action and stop-motion animation camps will each be offered for a week in June and a week in July:
· LIVE ACTION FILMMAKING CAMP makes the campers the stars as they write, produce and act in their own short films. It is a one-week program of half-day sessions, and will be offered Monday-Friday the weeks of June 12-16 and July 10-14. The morning session from 9 a.m. to noon is for students entering grades 3-6, and the afternoon session from 1-4 p.m. is for those entering grades 7-12. Each session is $200 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt, daily snacks and a digital copy of the finished films. Participation is capped at 20 campers per session.
· STOP-MOTION ANIMATION FILMMAKING CAMP shows campers how to create an animated film one frame at a time with clay, Legos, paper and other materials in a style of animation made popular by The California Raisins and SOUTH PARK. It is a one-week program of half-day sessions, and will be offered Monday-Friday the weeks of June 19-23 and July 17-21. The session is $200 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt, daily snacks and a digital copy of the finished films. Participation is capped at 20 campers per session.
Registration for all of the summer camp programs opens at 10:00am Wednesday, March 8 for Tampa Theatre Members and at 10:00am Wednesday, March 29 for the general public.
Tampa Theatre Summer Film Camp is presented in collaboration with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education.
One lucky family will win a free week of MOSI Summer Science Camps during MOSI’s Great Summer Camp Giveaway! Entering to win is easy; families just need to visit mosi.org/camps and fill out an entry form before April 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
Designing video games, creating art with lasers, searching for fossils, using DNA to solve crimes, and cooking up edible slime are just some of the thousands of Summer Science Camps experiences waiting for kids. From preschool through high school, it’s easy to find the right summer camp at MOSI!
Registration is open now for Summer Science Camps, including a 15% early bird discount. The early bird discount ends April 1st, the same day as the ending of MOSI’s Great Summer Camp Giveaway. What if the giveaway winner has already registered for Summer Science Camps? MOSI will give them a refund for one week of camp.
“If you’re the winner in MOSI’s Great Summer Camp Giveaway, you’ll get your choice of one weeklong full-day camp filled with discovery — or two weeklong half-day camps packed with exploration,” said Grayson Kamm, MOSI Communications Director.
Please note, only one entry per household, the offer does not include travel camps or residential camps, and extended care is available at normal rates.
Dozens of MOSI Summer Science Camps sessions are offered from May 30 through August 9, 2017 at the Museum of Science & Industry’s campus at 4801 E. Fowler Avenue in Tampa. MOSI Member, multiple-week, and multiple-child discounts make it easier to attend all summer long, with up to 25% off. Standard camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but extended care from 7–9 a.m. and 4–6 p.m. as well as hot lunches are offered for an additional fee. For more information, camp descriptions, and prices, call 813-987-6000 or visit mosi.org/camps.
Summer is right around the corner and parents are eagerly deciding where their children will attend camp. For hundreds of kids each year that answer is simple: camp at SeaWorld Orlando. The popular camps offer one of kind educational, exciting encounters that can’t be found in a traditional classroom. Each camp includes up-close experiences with marine animals designed to encourage a lifelong passion for wildlife and the environment. Registration is now open for 2017 sessions which run weekly June 5 through August 4.
Each week, campers are immersed in the wonders of the sea through exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunities and educational sessions along with the opportunity to experiences SeaWorld’s amazing attractions, rides and shows. The opportunities campers receive are unparalleled: first-hand experiences with veterinarians, animal trainers and animal care staff. During camp, attendees around surrounded by aquatic life as they make friends, have fun, explore and create lifelong memories.
SeaWorld Camps provide a learning environment that fosters exploration and self-discovery. Campers from choose to take part in two types of camp experiences:
- Day Camps: During their week, participants learn about a variety of animals, including whales, dolphins, penguins and sea lions. Campers focus on a particular theme throughout the week. Each day they learn about different species through songs, take-home arts and crafts, time with zoological staff, up-close animal encounters and more. Children going into preschool through 8th grade can take part in SeaWorld’s Day Camp. Daily lunch, snacks, a camp T-shirt and water bottle are included.
- Resident Camps: Created especially for students interested in potential careers with animals, Resident Camps provide extensive experiences and hands on learning. Students going in to 7th-12th grade learn what it takes to train and work with marine animals. Sessions include personal one-on-one time with a penguin and other animals, the chance to snorkel while submerged in a shark cage, opportunities to work with the animal care staff and the ability to help SeaWorld’s team create enriching environments for the animals. Residents also get to experience a full day at Discovery Cove, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with tropical fish and rays, and feeding exotic birds in a free-flight aviary. Resident Camp fee includes all camp activities, lodging onsite at SeaWorld and at a partner hotel for five nights, all meals and snacks. Supervision and guidance is provided 24 hours a day for the entire duration. Resident Camps are so popular, many campers fly in from around the country; these campers receive transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport by the dedicated camp staff to start their camp experience.
Prices for Day Camp start at $350 for one week; Resident Camp pricing starts at $1200 for one week. After camp care is also available from 3 to 5 p.m. for an extra fee. Parents are able to register their children online at SeaWorldCamps.com/Orlando or by calling 407-545-5550.
If your favorite summer camp isn’t listed here, please let us know, and we’ll add it!