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 Coral Springs Center for the Arts is offering a fun, theatrical-based summer camp for children and teens this summer. To register, a deposit of $99 per person is required by May 3. Note: There is a 10 percent early registration discount through March 1, 2019.

Kids and teens are invited to star in their favorite films live this Summer with the “number one performing arts camp” in South Florida. Next Stop Broadway Summer Camp will present four fun and family-friendly musicals this summer: FREAKY FRIDAY, SHREK, MATILDA and CHICAGO.

Next Stop Broadway is the premier training center for young performers in South Florida. Established in 2002, it has been making lifelong memories for the past 17 years. Children are split into age/grade-appropriate groups, and travel to classes full of fun activities designed just for them in Singing, Dancing, Acting, Stage Production Arts, and more. Each session culminates in full-scale, fully designed production, in which every camper participates.

In addition, the Coral Springs Center for the Arts offers an extended care program, lunch program, and so much more. This year’s summer camp programs:

June 5-7          (Grades 1-8)

The Prequel

This 2019 Pre-Camp offers talented children three days of activities in this state-of-the-art facilities, where campers will be able to workshop audition pieces with directors, advance their training with vocal and dance classes, and perform in the 2019 Jamboree Orientation.

+ Show Date: Friday, June 7, at 6:30 pm

+ Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm; Friday, 9 am to 6 pm)

+ Extended Care: 7:30 am to 9 am, 4 pm to 6 pm

+ Tuition:  $200  (package includes optional extended care hours, preferred seating at the 2019 Jamboree, and Pizza Party Dinner on Jamboree night)

YOUTH CAMP     (Grades K-8; Ages 6-13) 

+ Session 1

June 10-28


Plot: When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.

+ Show Date: Friday, June 28, at 6:30 pm

+ Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm

+ Extended Care: 7:30 am to 9 am, 4 pm to 6 pm

+ Tuition:  $750

+ Session 2

July 1-19


Plot: Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to live on stage and promises there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

+ Show Date: Friday, July 19, at 6:30 pm

+ Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm

+ Extended Care: 7:30 am to 9 am, 4 pm to 6 pm

+ Tuition:  $750

+ Session 3

July 22-August 9


Plot: Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

+ Show Date: Friday, August 9, at 6:30 pm

+ Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm

+ Extended Care: 7:30 am to 9 am, 4 pm to 6 pm

+ Tuition:  $750

TEEN THEATRE PROJECT  (Grades 9+; Ages 14+) 

This will be a complete, pre-professional experience set in an encouraging environment in which everyone participates in the entire full-scale, fully designed production. Lead by an incredible production team, the Teen Theatre Project also features industry workshops with visiting professionals, agent scouting, and more.

June 24-July 26


Plot: Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

+ Show Dates: Thursday & Friday, July 25 & 26, at 7 pm

+ Hours: Week 1-4 – Monday through Friday, 1 to 6 pm; Week 5 – 10 am to 6 pm

+ Tuition:  $1,050, with $99 down due by May 3, 2019.

For more information or to request a Registration Form, please call 954.344.5990.

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 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 be offered as one-week (Mon-Fri), half-day sessions, and a NEW Full Day Film Camp has also been added:

·         Week of June 10: Live Action

·         Week of June 17: Live Action

·         Week of June 24: Live Action

·         Week of July 15: Full Day Film Camp

·         Week of July 22: Stop Motion Animation

LIVE ACTION FILMMAKING CAMP makes the campers the stars as they write, produce and act in their own short films.

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 Lego Movie, Wallace & Gromit, and South Park.

For the half-day programs, morning sessions are from 9:00am to noon for students entering grades 3-6, and afternoon sessions are from 1:00-4:00pm is for those entering grades 7-12. Each session is $195 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.

NEW THIS YEAR! FULL DAY FILM CAMP gives film campers entering grades 5 – 9 an expanded opportunity to work together to create, produce, and act in their original short films. Campers will also participate in film studies sessions, learn new filming techniques, practice special effects, and more! This one-week program will be offered from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday the week of July 15. Full Day Film Camp is $380 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt, daily snacks, a light lunch, and a digital copy of all the finished films from the week. Participation is capped at 20 campers, and the new program is expected to fill up quickly!

Registration for all summer camp sessions opens at noon Wednesday, Jan. 30 for Tampa Theatre Members and at noon Wednesday, Feb. 20 for the general public.

Summer Film Camp is presented in collaboration with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education.

If your favorite summer camp isn’t listed here, please let us know, and we’ll add it!

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