The summer is 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).
Sugar Sand Park Community Center is the place to be this summer, with a wide array of full and half-day programs available for children ages 5-16. With everything from rock camp to spy camp, drama & cheerleading, robotics, cooking, science & fitness, art, filmmaking and more, kids are sure to find something they like. Registration is open, so secure your child’s spot before it’s gone.
The Community Center’s 20+ specialty program options are taught by popular instructors like the Director’s Cut Staff (Film Making), Lillian Murray (Happy Sunshine Yoga), Joy Deco (Fun and Fitness), and the Bright & Smart Staff (3D Printing & Game Design and Coding & Lego Robotics). Programs will run weekly June 5 through August 11 with some multi-week options for the more in-depth and advanced programs.
“Kids and parents are always excited about our summer programs,” states Sugar Sand Park Community Center Recreation Center Supervisor III Jill Dixon. “We’re definitely proud of our new offerings, and our afterhours program is back to make the process less stressful for parents.” All specialty programs begin at 8:30am and end at 1 or 3pm. The Afternoon Kids in Action Afterhours Program offers children the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, games, and outdoor activities after their program ends each day. Participants can stay at the Community Center until 5:30, giving parents more flexibility.
Registration is now open and can be done in person at the Community Center or online for households with an existing online account, but space is limited. The Community Center is open Monday–Friday 8am-10pm; Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday and holidays 10am-5pm. For more information about Summer Camp visit www.SugarSandPark.org or call 561-347-3900.
West Palm Beach
- “Let’s Get Art-Sea” — that’s the theme of a new summer program that Palm Beach Outlets is offering in partnership with Kids Need More Art — a teacher-created, advocacy-based children’s art studio based in Jupiter. Children ages 5 to 10 will have the opportunity to create artwork with the guidance of a certified art teacher. The artwork theme will be focused on the ocean with an emphasis on conservation.The sessions will take place each Tuesday and Thursday and select Saturdays from June 5 to Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. – noon in the w411 location next to Saks Fifth Avenue|Off 5th at Palm Beach Outlets. For children under 5, a parent/guardian must stay. The cost is $20 per child per session and another $10 for each sibling. Customers who spend over $100 are entitled to one free two-hour session. Register online at https://www.kidsneedmoreart.
com/lets-get-art-sea-at-palm- beach-outlets. Call (561) 746-4576.Kids Need More Art’s goal is that every child come to love and appreciate the creative process and find self-worth and fulfillment through each student-created masterpiece.AT A GLANCE
Who: Palm Beach Outlets and Kids Need More Art
What: Art sessions for children ages 5-10
When: Each Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon, June 5 to Aug. 4. For children under 5, a parent/guardian must stay.
Cost: $20/child per session. Costumers who spend over $100 are entitled to one free two-hour session. Register online at https://www.kidsneedmoreart.
Where: w411 location next to Saks Fifth Avenue|Off 5th at Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach
- This is a summer camp like no other! In its third year running, Resource Depot’s Junk Camp invites students entering kindergarten through fifth grade to explore their imaginations with creative reuse, which is defined as a method of turning trash into treasure.This amazing summer camp will have children making a variety of crafts using materials that the average person would either recycle or throw away. Staff and counselors will teach students how they can apply these skills every day to help preserve the planet while showcasing their creativity at the same time. Campers will also have the opportunity to engage in some friendly competitions with their creations. Past activities have included a catapult that makes paint splatters, bubble blowers made from water bottles, and cup stacking contests.Camp rate is $195 per week. Resource Depot members receive a $15 discount. Session dates are June 12 – 16, June 26 – 30, and July 17 – 21. Camp runs from 9 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday. Extended care is available for an additional fee. Campers should bring their own lunch and will have a mid-morning snack provided. To learn more about Junk Camp, visit www.resourcedepot.net/junk-camp or call 561.882.0090.
- Register now for THE BEST ZOO CAMP in Palm Beach County!Come for one week or the entire summer! Each week the Palm Beach Zoo offers a unique wildlife theme featuring zoo keeping activities, behind-the-scenes tours, scavenger hunts, enriching conservation education activities, & interactive fountain time. Enjoy up-close animal encounters, animal exhibit visits, crafts, games, and much more! We offer programs for ages 5-14. http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/zoo-camp
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is gearing up for a summer filled with reading and fun. The Summer@yourCityLibrary program encourages the entire family to read with incentivized programs, to take part in unlimited free programs and activities, and also offers free lunches for kids and teens. The seven-week program takes place June 12 – July 29 with a bevy of new activities, lectures, classes, games and more, offering kids, teens and adults a boredom-free summer.
Because kids tend to fall into the dreaded “summer slide,” the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach wants to make reading a priority for local children so they can keep up or even move ahead in school. To this end, the library invites kids and teens to read for exciting prizes. By keeping a reading log with the recommended reading times, kids and teens will receive a free best-selling book each week and be entered into a weekly gift card drawing. Adults can also get in on the summer reading and enter for their own weekly gift card prizes while modeling this important behavior for the children in their lives.
The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach will also offer dozens of popular and new activities and programs for kids, teens and adults to explore. With so many activities, games, crafts and learning opportunities to keep everyone busy, the library is the perfect destination for family staycation days, rainy days, meetups with friends, or even quality time with the grandparents. Exciting new programs being offered this summer include:
– Mad Science! Be a STEAMologist!
– Kids Can Code
– Om Yoga for Kids
– Summer Academy: Kindergarten Prep, Tutoring Sessions, and 3rd Grade FSA Prep
Teens / Young Adults
– Be a YouTube Star
– Adulting 101
– Who Do You Think You Are? Genealogy Series
– Brazilian Jazz with Treebo
– Learn to Dance Salsa
– Cardio Drumming
Additional activities include family storytime, play dates, arts and crafts, movies, games, video games, technology classes and so much more. For a complete schedule of Summer@yourCityLibrary classes and activities, visit: www.wpbcitylibrary.org
Free Meals for Kids/Teens
As part of the library’s commitment to eliminate barriers so the public can access important library services, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is bringing back free meals for kids and teens when school lunches are not available. In partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County, the library becomes an official Summer BreakSpot and offers FREE nutritious lunches and snacks during its summer program to kids and teens ages 18 and under. The lunches and snacks are offered on weekdays, June 6 – August 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor in Kidspace. This program is sponsored by the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
For more information about Summer@yourCityLibrary at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, please visit the library website at www.wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701. The Summer@yourCityLibrary program is made possible with the generous support of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, the FRIENDS of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, and a grant from the Quantum Foundation.
- Florida 4-H was awarded a $10,000 sponsorship from HughesNet® to implement STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs at summer camps in nine counties including 4-H Maker Camp in Palm Beach County. See the Maker Camp Flyer for more information.
The local camp will be held June 12 -15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for youth ages 9 to 13 at Mounts Botanical Garden auditorium at the Cooperative Extension, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. The cost is $50, and early registration is recommended as there is only space for 15 attendees. The camp also needs teen leaders ages 14 to 17. See the flyer to become a Maker Camp Teen Leader.
During camp, youth will gain knowledge and skills through creative projects with robotics, physics, electricity, rocketry, coding and drones.
To register, participants need to create profiles by visiting 4-H Online. For more information, call the Palm Beach County 4-H Youth Development office at 561-233-1731, or send an email to email@example.com.
- Small-scientists need not travel too far for big returns in science exploration this summer, as the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has announced plans for its annual Science Summer Camp. Beginning on June 5 and offering eight weeks of discovery, the camp is open to children ages 4 – 14, with each week offering a different theme.
“We are very enthusiastic about variety of camps this summer,” said Lew Crampton, Science Center CEO. “We know that the most lucrative future jobs are focused on science, technology, engineering and math and you never know what exposure to science will get a kid excited about it as a career. Our camps are designed to ‘open every mind to science’ – all while having fun in a safe and educational environment where future engineers, marine scientists, CSI crime lab directors and even archeologists can experiment while developing their interests and talents.”
Science Summer Camp themes include MineCraftEDU: Xtreme!; Space Race; Exciting Elements; Fantastic Beasts; Blazing Ballistics; CSI: Science Center; Surf Safari; A-MAZE-ing Insects; and Underwater Robotics. Each week features a different theme with tons of hands-on science exploration. The days will fly-by as children assume the roles of astronaut, chef, paleontologist or oceanographer; guided by Science Center expert educators.
All campers will also have an opportunity to experience the Science Center’s current exhibition, Amazing Butterflies, which is on display through September 29, 2017. The exhibition winds its way over 9,000 square-feet with more than 60 hands-on activities, and leads guests on an adventure through a series of interactive brain-teasers, 3-D puzzles and full body games. In addition to Mazes, the Science Center features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations.
Science Center Summer Camp is held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours of structured activities available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $10 fee per day. Science Camps for ages 4-12 are $225 for Science Center members and $250 for non-members. Tech Camps for ages 7-14 are $275 for members and $300 for non-members. For questions, more information, or to register, as space is limited, visit: www.sfsciencecenter.org/camp, call: 561-832-2026 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North; West Palm Beach, FL 33405. These camps will also be offered at our satellite location, STEM Studio in Jupiter, FL.
June 5th-9th, 2017 – Seaside Science: Dive head first into summer and join us for a science shell-abration! Discover life by the shore with our marine biologists as we learn about sea turtle nests and migrations, learn how the waves create our sandy beaches, and get a chance to dissect a marine creature! This is one wave of fun you won’t want to miss.
June 12th-16th, 2017 – Space Race: We are on a mission to the last frontier in this week of cosmic creations and interstellar sciences! Help us build our rockets to send towards space, learn all about the cosmos in our state-of-the-art planetarium, and train for the challenges of space in our Astronaut Obstacle Course!
June 19th-23rd, 2017 – Exciting Elements: Get ready for an explosion of fun and learning in this whacked out week of chemistry! Join our team of emerging scientists as we create amazing chemical reactions, exploding solutions, and take part in our exciting elements show. Help us celebrate summer with a BANG!
June 26th-30th, 2017 – Fantastic Beasts: Our planet is home to some of the most magical creatures imaginable, and we plan to find them all! How do animals like squid and octopuses camouflage? How can cheetahs run at 60mph? Learn about the many species on Earth and some of their fantastic abilities!
July 3rd-7th, 2017 – Molecular Gastronomy: Due to a 4-day holiday week, this camp pricing is reduced to $200 for non-members, $180 for members.
Remember how we are always told not to play with our food? Not anymore! Come learn all about the science of cooking and help us take it to the next level as we create some of the wildest food experiments on the planet! We’ll make fruit spaghetti, capture yogurt in a bubble and make our own Dippin’ Dots using liquid nitrogen! This is a one-of-a-kind camp that you’ll have to taste to believe!
July 10th-14th, 2017 – Blazing Ballistics: Get launched into action in this astounding week of aeronautics! Send objects hurling at the speed of flight as we learn about physics and aerodynamics to create crazy catapults and ridiculous rubber band launchers! Kick it up a notch as we build rockets to launch in the park and finish the week with an attempt to send a trash can rocket over 100ft in the air! This explosive week is sure to blow you away.
July 17th-21st, 2017 – CSI: Science Center: Oh no! There have been a string of thefts at the Science Center! Become Crime Scene Investigators and help us track down the bandits. Learn how we test for fingerprints, blood samples and DNA to narrow down the list of suspects. Hear witness and suspect testimonies to figure out who the culprit is! Will you crack the case?
July 24th-28th, 2017 – Land Before Time: Travel back in time to the age of the dinosaurs! Become an archaeologist and help uncover fossils hidden beneath the surface, discover the difference between the many species of dinos, and look back on how much the Earth has changed since these reptiles ruled the world!
July 31st- August 4th, 2017 – Surf Safari: Catch a wave with us as we travel beyond the horizon to study the most unique sea creatures around! Learn how squids use chromatophores to camouflage with our dissection, what makes jellyfish so exceptional in our aquarium, and touch some of our echinoderms with our brand new touch tank. Surf’s up!!
August 7th-11th, 2017 – A-MAZE-ing Insects: Help us finish out the summer with this a-MAZE-ing week of camp about bugs, insects, and creepy crawlies that go along with our Amazing Butterflies exhibit! Learn all about how our tiny little friends eat, move, and survive in this large world. Celebrate summer with our 3rd Annual Summer Science Blowout filled with games, music, face painting and the chance to pie your counselors in the face!
Summer Tech Ventures (Ages 5-14) $300 for non-members, $275 for members for one-week session.
June 5th-9th, 2017 – Lil’ Tyke Tech (Ages 5-8): Calling all Tykes! Join us in our first-ever Junior Tech Camp as we inspire our little learners to think big. During this exciting week, campers will gain an introduction to technology, robotics and coding with products like OSMO Coding and the Dash and Dot Robots.
June 12th-16th, 2017 – Underwater Robotics (Ages 10-14): Take a dive below the surface as we maneuver our tech skills to uncharted seas with underwater robotics! See if you can stay afloat as we put your engineering, programming and coding knowledge to the test and navigate your robots through multiple obstacles in our underwater obstacle course!
June 19th-23rd, 2017 – Get to Know Arduino (Ages 7-14): How well do you know Arduino? Explore the basics of Arduino hardware and the coding that’s involved with making electronics function. Work on a number of tech projects including a touch-sensitive lamp, musical instruments that play with the motion of your hands, and much more!
June 26th-30th, 2017 – MineCraftEDU: Xtreme! (Ages 7-14): Back by popular demand, everyone’s favorite gaming tool MineCraftEDU returns, but this time we are taking it to the Xtreme!! Get thrown into adventurous worlds and scary scenarios as you use different engineering techniques and manipulate the laws of physics to beat the challenges. Think you can science your way to survival?
July 3rd-7th, 2017 – Level Up (Ages 7-14): Due to a 4-day holiday week, this camp pricing is reduced to $240 for non-members, $220 for members.
Get your game on at the Science Center! Get 1UP on the competition by mastering the ins and outs of arcade game design and coding using different programs like Scratch and Sploder! Design platformers, puzzles, and shooters that will put your fellow campers’ gaming skills to the test!
July 10th-14th, 2017 – 3D SmARTS (Ages 7-14): Calling all Makers and Art enthusiasts! Come learn all about 3D printing as we explore the art and skill of 3D Modeling using TinkerCAD. Campers will polish their design skills with easy guided lessons to create spaceships, key chains, boats and more! In the end their imagination will be brought to life as they watch their designs printed right before their eyes!
July 17th-21st, 2017 – MinecraftEDU: Xtreme! (Ages 7-14):
**Note: This is the same week as the previous MineCraftEDU: Xtreme. If you attended the prior session do not attend this session.**
Back by popular demand, everyone’s favorite gaming tool MineCraftEDU returns, but this time we are taking it to the Xtreme!! Get thrown into adventurous worlds and scary scenarios as you use different engineering techniques and manipulate the laws of physics to beat the challenges. Think you can science your way to survival?
July 24th-28th, 2017 – Lights, Camera, Action! (Ages 7-14): Step into the limelight and be the star of your very own production with this star-studded week of videography and fun! Film your own masterpiece using a green screen and movie magic while watching the power of technology at work as your movie comes alive right before your eyes. Finish the week with our red carpet event as we present our very first SFSCA Film Festival!
July 31st- August 4th, 2017 – Robotics with LEGO Mindstorms (Ages 7-14):
Explore the world of robotics using our LEGO MindStorms NXT kits! Design, build, and program your robot and put it through our First Lego League challenge board. Who’s team will complete the course fastest?
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.
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