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Things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this summer

Editor's note: This list of summer camps is currently in the process of being updated and added to our database. Some of the times and prices are outdated. But we wanted to give parents a chance to start their camp search now, rather than later. So please check the websites we've provided to see if there is more current information. We hope to have the camps all checked and online by March 1. - The Things to Do editors


Even though it has been super cold, it's time to start thinking about things to do with kids in the summer in the Tampa Bay area. And even though we know that there are many summer camps that provide our kids with things to do in the Tampa Bay area, we also sometimes don't know where to look. Well, today's your lucky day because we have the ginormous list of summer camps in Tampa Bay to help you find things for your kids to do.

There are sports camps, drama camps, arts and crafts, even camps to make your little girl feel like a model. In some cases, the summer camps are still in the process of deciding fees and schedules. But at least you can get an idea of what is out there for summer camps. And although we couldn't list them all, always remember to check on Vacation Bible Schools at your local churches.

Keep checking as camps can be added or information included on whether registration is still open. If you have camp information to include on the list, please send it to us at [email protected]

Abba Dabba Summer Theatre Camp: Weekly camps offered throughout the summer to kids in recreation drama, musical theater and dance and improvisation. Ages 5-18. $140/week or $270/two weeks. June 14-July 16. Students must bring bag lunch; pizza offered Tuesday and Thursday for $3; snack and drink stand 50-cents to 75-cents.Perkins School of the Fine Arts, 2205 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727-397-8983;

All Star Baseball and Softball Camp: Weekly camps covering all aspects of baseball and softball including hitting, pitching, fielding and situational baseball. Ages 5-13. $150/week per player; 10 percent discount for All Star members; $10 off each subsequent purchase (siblings and multiple weeks). June 14 to Aug. 16 weekly sessions (some breaks). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. After care available at $5 per hour. Campers can bring lunch or buy lunch on site. Slices of pizza, chips, Gatorade and water are available for $1 each. There also will be free water available when camp is outside. All Star Indoor Training Complex, 3199 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727-528-3186;

Almost Home After School Center: Weekly full-day summer camp featuring sports, inflatables, games, arts and crafts, field trips and more. Ages 3 and older 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. June 14-Aug. 20. Camp will feature a different theme each week such as model rocketry, pottery, dance. Fee is $75. 6625 Van Dyke Road, Lutz. (813-968-5437,

American Stage Summer Camp: Acting, comedy, puppetry, musical theater, playwriting throughout the summer. Ages 5-17. $150/week. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 12 to Aug. 16, weekly sessions with the exception of Making Marvelous Musicals Camp at $500 for four weeks. A $25 sibling discount is available for families with multiple children enrolled. Full and partial scholarships are also available (contact [email protected] for details). Before care is $25/week and after care is $50/week. Students must bring their own lunch. Snacks are available for purchase. American Stage, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727-823-1600, ext. 201,

Anytown: Youth leadership and diversity awareness program, sponsored by Community Tampa Bay, beginning with an intensive five-day residential summer program at Eckerd College and continuing for 10 months with community service and leadership development. Transportation provided. Ages 14-18. $25 commitment fee. June 27-July 1 and July 19-23. 4200 54th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727-568-9333,

Bayside Gymnastics and Cheerleading: Thematic camps including art activities, games, gymnastics instruction, open gym and more. Ages 4-13. $125/week or $30/day. June 10 to Aug. 20. Half- and full-day, morning and afternoon start times. Lunch and two snacks must be sent with campers each day. Extra care provided. $50 deposit required. 4400 34th St. N, St. Petersburg (727-592-9232,

Beach Art Center Kreative Kids Summer Art Camp: Each week features a different theme with a variety of hands-on art making activities in painting, clay, mixed media and more. Projects go home at the end of each week. Teachers are qualified Pinellas County School art teachers or talented artists / teachers from the community. Ages 6-10. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14-Aug. 16 $130, member discounts available for members (family membership $65 per year). Lil’ Artists Preschool Art Camp Ages 3.5-5 years, 9 a.m.-noon June 21-25, July 12-16, Aug. 2-6, 9-13, 16-20 $85/week member discounts available. Children should bring a lunch and a snack; a snack is provided at extra cost. Extra care available. 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. (727-596-4331;

Berkeley Prep Summer Camps: Summer of Excellence for grades pre-kindergarten-fifth. July 12-30 from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Cost: grades pre-K, K and1, $900; grades 2-5, $300 each week. Fleming Fine Arts Camp activities include creative movement, musical theater, folk dancing, pottery, keyboard and vocal instruction. Ages 4-13. $225-$300/one-week session. $300-$450/two-week session. Price includes snack and T-shirt. Half- and full-day sessions. Extra care available. Additional camps include sports camps, stage camp and academic courses throughout the summer. Berkeley Preparatory School, 411 Kelly Road, Tampa. (813-885-1673,

Beth Kokol Arts Summer Camp: Children from tots to teens will work in a variety of mediums. The students, ages 5-18, will be broken into tot, tween and teen groups. June 14-Aug. 13. $195 per one-week sessions ($50 non-refundable fee for each camp). All camps meet 1-4 p.m. except June 21 camp (9 a.m.-noon). Supplies included except canvas. 4019 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. (813-334-5100; [email protected])

Big Cat Camp 2010: Outdoor exploration on a 45-acre campus while learning about animal habitats, diets, adaptations and conservation: diet preparation, scavenger hunts and keeper demonstrations of feedings and behavioral training with 100+ big cats — lions, tigers, leopards and many other felines on a 45-acre campus. Ages 8 to 15, four-day sessions running from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, June 14-Aug. 5 ages 8-11; June 14-July 15 ages 12-15. $195 per camper for each four-day session. (Register by May 28 and sessions are $180.) Campers should wear tennis shoes and clothes that can get dirty and must bring sunscreen, bug repellent, a rain poncho, drinking water, lunch and a snack. 12802 Easy St., Tampa. (813-323-3265; [email protected])

Big Cat Rescue's Young Adult Expedition: Small workshops for young adults, ages 16-18, to learn about careers in animal care and conservation. Three day-sessions, July 22-24 and Aug. 5-7, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 pm.. Saturday. $300 per session. Bonus Keeper Tour and Feeding Tour Saturday, 2-6 p.m., at no additional cost. 12802 Easy St., Tampa, (813-323-3265, [email protected] or [email protected])

Bounce U of Wesley Chapel Summer Camp: Arts and crafts will paired with fitness activities on the inflatable structures to give campers an active summer. Ages 2 (must be potty trained) to 12. End of school through Aug. 20. Prices and times to be announced. 5419 Village Market, Wesley Chapel. (813-907-5867;

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve: The St. Petersburg preserve offers six different camps in one-week intervals in various age groups, all with a focus of educating children about nature. All camps are $110 for members of various friends organizations and $130 for non-members and are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Pioneer Camp (ages 7-13) will give kids hands-on experiences at the blacksmith and print shops (June 14-18 to Aug. 16-20); extra care available. Summer Nature Day Camp (ages 7-13) offers an outdoor learning experience with children finding out about Florida’s rare plants and animals, observing wildlife and acquiring basic birding skills (June 21-25 to Aug. 9-13); extra care available. Herpetology Camp (ages 7-11) teaches kids about amphibians and reptiles, lets them handle non-venomous snakes and create fun arts and crafts (cost is $140; June 21-25 and Aug. 16-20); extra care available. Wildlife Ecology Camp (ages 7-11) is designed for children with a strong interest in nature (cost is $140; June 28-July 2); extra care available. Young Naturalist Camp (ages 5-6) includes such activities as nature hikes, games and animal and plant studies (June 21-25 to Aug. 9-13); extra care available. Jungle Boogie Camp (ages 3-4) allows tots to discover plants and animals, crafts and other hands-on activities (cost $55 for members of Friends of Boyd Hill and $65 for non-members; June 21-25 to Aug. 9-13; 9 a.m. to noon). Jungle Boogie, Herpetology and Wildlife Ecology camps at 1101 Country Club Way S; Pioneer and Young Naturalist camps at 3130 31st St. S; and Summer Nature Day Camp at 2900 31st St. S. (727-893-7326;

Busch Gardens Summer Camps: Up-close animal encounters, theme park rides and educational activities. Preschool to eighth grade. Rates are $240 per camper per week (some passholder discounts) and the camps run June 14-Aug. 20. Lunch, snack and juice are provided. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (Toll-free 1-877-248-2267;

Camp Cristina YMCA: Campers make their own schedules choosing from activities such as high ropes, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, youth wellness, hands-on learning, swimming, character development, arts and crafts, sports, structured activities. Ages 6-15. $135/week plus facility membership, T-shirt included. June 14-Aug. 20, weekly sessions. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extra care free. 9840 Balm Riverview Road, Riverview. (813-677-8400,

Camp Cigma: Rearrange the letters of the camp and you get what it's all about. Children will learn magic, explore creativity though performance art and play original games. One-week session June 7-11 $225; three-week session June 7-25 $625; four-week session June 7-July2 $800. 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. New College Sudakoff Center, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941-377-3971;

Camp CUBBER: Exciting activities and fun in a safe, family-friendly environment at the bay area's largest Christian summer day camp. Activities include arts and crafts, music, computer lab, science, video/drama, arcade, sports and recreation plus three weekly field trips or on-site activities. Camp runs June 14-Aug. 19, kindergarten through eighth grade. Activities from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with free extended care from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m./ $118 per week elementary, $128-$138 middle school. Meal plan available at additional cost or campers bring their own lunch; an afternoon snack is provided. Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, 1551 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor, (727-781-6343, Contact: Chris Steurangel, director.

Camp Foodies: Hands-on camp teaching the proper use of cooking utensils, cooking techniques, nutritional values and kitchen safety. Ages 8 and up. $325/week; $100 non-refundable deposit required at time of registration. Snacks prepared by campers with ingredients provided by Foodies. Each day, campers bring home an entree for four and an accompaniment to be prepared at home. One-week sessions June 21, July 12 and Aug. 9. 8:30 a.m. to noon. 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727-209-1418,

Camp IDS 2010 at Independent Day School-Corbett Campus: Weekly camps covering sports, arts, cooking, field trips and more. Grades pre-kindergarten-8. Cost varies. June 14-July 23. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Full- or half-day sessions. Extra care available. 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa. (813-961-3087,

Camp Invention: The one-week hands-on enrichment camp is sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation in partnership with the U.S, Patent and Trademark Office. The camp is offered to rising grades 1-5 (unless otherwise noted) usually from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays (unless otherwise noted) at several locations in the bay area: June 7-11 -- Carrollwood Day School, 1515 W Bearss Ave., Tampa, and St. John Greek Orthodox Day School, 2418 W Swann, Tampa (rising grades 1-6; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.); June 14-18 -- Clearwater Central Catholic High School, 2750 Haines Bayshore Road, Clearwater (grades 1-6); and June 21-25 – St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School, 240 Plant Ave., Tampa. $225. Register before March 31 and get a $25 discount. A T-shirt is provided. Students must bring lunch. At the Science Center of Pinellas, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, a half-day inventors camp, Club Invention Series, will be offered to rising grades 1-5 from 9:30 a.m.-noon; $119. Go to the Science Center Web site for details. (Toll free 1-800-968-4332;

Camp Isla: This action-packed camp offers water sports, golf, tennis, arts and crafts, volleyball, movies and more during week-long sessions. Ages 6-16 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Extended care $5 an hour per child. $175 ages 6-12; $120 ages 13-16; $45 per day; discounts for members. Meals included and a social membership for families. June 14-Aug. 20. Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club, 6000 sun Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727-906-4752 or toll-free 1-866-906-4750;

Camp Kadima: Six weekly camps offered by the Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center of Clearwater and the JCC of Pinellas County of St. Petersburg, feature such programs as swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, drama, music and dance fitness and yoga activities and circus arts and tumbling. Grades: entering kindergarten to eighth grade. Early bird fees available through April 17. Members of the Jewish Community Center get a discount (go to the camp Web site for details). Extra care available and free bus transportation to and from both JCCs. There also is free extra care at both transportation sites. There is a $100 per child non-refundable camp deposit that will be applied toward camp fees. June 15 to July 24 (closed July 3 for Independence Day). Pinellas County Jewish Day School, 1775 S Highland Ave., Clearwater. Contact Jeff Krieger (727-736-1494;

Camp Outback: Various sports, games, activities, arts and crafts, and more, kindergarten to eighth grade. Pre camp runs from June 9-11, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., $45 with play pass; $60 with rec card, $75 without card. Summer camp runs from June 14 to Aug. 20, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Weekly sessions/$75 with play pass, $100 with rec card, $125 without card. Children must bring own lunch. Contact Jan Harrison or Serita Buchanan, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater, (727-669-1914,

Camp SonShine: A Christian camp with emphasis on social awareness and spiritual growth. Activities include music, art, community service club, daily chapel and Vacation Bible school. Ages 3 to sixth grade. Camp runs from July 7 to Aug. 8, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m./$140 per week (discounts for siblings). Cost includes snacks and T-shirt. Students need to bring their own lunch. Contact Dorothy Mull at Grace Lutheran Church & School, 4301 16th St. N, St. Petersburg (727-526-8212,

Camp Terrapin: Tampa Preparatory School summer program features arts, sports and games along with dressing up for themes like Pirate, Super Hero or Princess days. Grades 1-12. June 7-July 23. Weekly session $275; $480 if choosing two weeks; discounts for returning campers and early bird registration (before April 1). Extra care available. Also academic courses for credit available for teens in algebra, biology, physical education, physics, pre-calculus and Spanish. Sessions are June 14-July 2 and July 5-23. Full credit $1,900; half-credit $975. And enrichment courses are offered June 14-Aug. 6 for $450-$875. 727 Cass St., Tampa. (813-251-8481;

Canterbury Summer 2010: Camp includes dragons, ladybugs, rockets, academics, computers, nature and science, theater, sports and much more. Prekindergarten to adult. June 7-Aug. 6. All half-day camps (9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.) are $150; others vary by length of camp. Children must bring their own lunch. Before/after care provided at additional cost. Also, Canterbury will offer academic courses (American Government, drawing, painting, expository writing) for high school students. Each course lasts about a month with all starting in June. $1,000 for each semester course. 990 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, (727-525-1419, Contact Lise Laurent, [email protected]

Circle C Ranch Academy: Horseback riding daily, swimming with lessons, sports, bow and arrows, old-fashioned sack races and outdoor fun. Cowboy and Indian week with lots of cultural experience, all green outdoor experience with nature. Ages 1-15 (ages 1-11 are campers; ages 11-15 are counselors in training or junior counselors). Camp is June 14-Aug. 20. $185 per week for campers, $75 per week for junior counselors. Children must bring their lunch; canteen is available with light snacks. Before/after care offered without charge (6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Free VPK class for parents of 4-year-olds who qualify. 6204 Interbay Blvd., Tampa (813-831-8429,; contact Evette Rivera or Tracy Perry.)

City of Largo Summer Camps: Several full-day camps, nature camps, half-day specialty camp, dance camps, sports camps and theater camps for pre-K up to teens. June 14-Aug. 16, weekly sessions. Half- and full-day sessions. Cost varies by camp and on resident status. Extra care available. (727-518-3125,

City of St. Petersburg Summer Playcamp and Teen Camp: Fun, engaging and memorable school vacation camp. $650 (grades 1-6) to $690 (grades 7-9) for 10-week session, includes breakfast and lunch. June 14-Aug. 20. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Recreation centers throughout St. Petersburg. Call your local center for details or call the city at (727) 893-7441.

Clearwater Community Sailing Center: A variety of water sports are offered for kids ages 8-17. Camps include various sailing programs, paddling, windsurfing, triathlon and junior lifeguards. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $250 per week June 14-Aug. 20. Extra care available. Children must bring bag lunch. 1001 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. (727-517-7776;

Clearwater Ice Arena: Children will take ice skating classes, play on- and off-ice games, do arts and crafts during a short- or long-day program. Hockey camp is also available to learn basic hockey skills. June 14-Aug. 20. $225 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; $195 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration. 13940 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. (727-536-5843;

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Summer Camps: Coastal learning experiences including wading and snorkeling from certified pontoon boats, kayaking, scuba, animal training and more. Kindergarten through 12th grade. Members pay $165 weekly for half day or $330 for full day. Non-members pay $205 weekly for half day or $410 for full day. Lunch bunch $50/week on half-day camps only. Campers must bring own lunch. Specialty camps include Discover Scuba ($210 members/$250 non-members) and all-day Travel Camp ($330 members/$395 non-members). T-shirt included. June 7-Aug. 20, weekly sessions. 9 a.m. to noon for half day or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for full day. 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. (727-441-1790,

Coach Baby's Summer Sports Camps: All Sports Camp includes kickball, flicker-ball, basketball, indoor soccer and floor hockey. June 14-17 and June 21-24, noon to 4 pm.. Volleyball Camp runs June 28-July 1 and July 5-8, noon to 4 p.m. Basketball Camp features fundamentals of basketball, games, drills and contests. July 12-15 and July 19-22, noon to 4 p.m. Ages 8-14. All three camps are at Oak Grove Middle School, 1370 S Belcher Road, Clearwater, run by Jamey Baby, teacher and coach at Oak Grove Middle. Cost (per week): $75 in advance, $85 on the day camp starts. Snacks and drinks available at additional cost. Registration in advance at any city of Clearwater Recreation Center or at Oak Grove when camp starts. Contact Coach Baby at [email protected])

College for Kids: Educational camps offered at a variety of sites in Pinellas County. Each child attends five classes per day in subjects such as arts and crafts, computers, foreign language, physical education and science exploration. Kindergarten to eighth grade. $95/week plus $50 application fee. (Week of July 6-9 $76). Snacks and T-shirt included. June 14-Aug. 6. Weekly sessions for kindergarten to fifth grade, four-week sessions for middle school. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Extra care available for additional fee. Multiple locations. (727-341-3184,, then click departments and then College for Kids)

Country Day Summer Camps: Specialty camps offered in art, culinary, computer, science, sports, drama, and a horse camp for grades 1 to age 14. Age 2 to kindergarten enjoy summer activities, water games, swimming and pony rides, all in a Montessori learning environment. On site pool. June 7-Aug. 13. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Extended-care available. $125-$220/weekly (varies by age and camp). Multicamp discounts. 11499 Vonn Road, Largo. (727-596-1902;

Creative Clay Inclusionary Summer Arts Camp: Each camp explores different aspects of Art Around the World using different materials as professional artists work with kids of all abilities. Weekly camps for children ages 6-12 will be June 14-Aug. 6. Cost is $75 per week, $275 for a four-week package; discounts available for Creative Clay members. Cultural Arts Center, 1124 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-825-0515,

Dali Museum Junior Docent Program: Children learn all about artist in order to give tours. Program helps to build self-esteem, strength speaking skills and provide the opportunity to conduct a tour at the end of the week. Three sessions June 14-19, July 19-24, Aug. 2-7 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tour and reception 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday after last day of each camp. Museum members $150; non-members $200. 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg (727-823-3767;

Destination Aviation: Explore the world of aviation through science, careers and technology. All students have a chance to fly an aircraft with a flight instructor near the end of the week. Ages 11-18. $250/week for day camp, $625/week for residential camp. Scholarships available. Snacks and T-shirt included. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or overnight for residential). Florida Air Museum at Sun 'n Fun Campus, 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland. (863-904-4073,

Discover! Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Resident (Overnight) Camps: More than 100 sessions of residential camps of different lengths featuring themes such as equestrian, aquatics, arts, sciences and technology. Set in rustic camps in three locations: Camp Dorothy Thomas (Riverview), Camp Scoutcrest (Odessa) and Camp Wildwood (Wildwood). Accommodations include tents, cabins, lodges and dorms. First through 12th grades. $110 to $500, depending on session. All meals and snacks provided. $12 one-time fee for campers who are not Girl Scouts. June 13-July 31, multiple sessions of various lengths from three to 13 days. (813-281-4475;

Discover the Arts 2010 at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association: Workshops in art, mime, magic, science and chess. Most classes ages 4 and up. Cost varies but typically $36 for members and $46 for non-members for four classes. Sign up for $100 worth of classes and receive a free T-shirt. Dates and hours vary by workshop. Morning, afternoon and evening workshops are available. 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon. (813-685-8888,

Dunedin Fine Art Center Summer Art Camps 2009: Art enrichment camps in visual art and musical theater, taught by multimedia experts with skills from painting to clay to drawing. Ages 4 ½-14. $75 to $175/session, varies by age and camp. Discounted tuition for members. June 14-Aug. 20, weekly sessions. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 9 a.m. to noon for 5 and under. Extra care available. 1143 Michigan Ave., Dunedin. (727-298-3322,

Easter Seals Florida Inc. Camp Challenge: Residential camp for children and adults with special needs. Peaceful nature getaway offering a variety of recreational activities including arts and crafts, sports and games. Ages 6 and up with physical or cognitive disabilities. Cost based on length of stay and care needs; scholarships available. Snacks and meals provided. Various six- and 12-day sessions offered in June and July. 31600 Camp Challenge Road, Sorrento. (352-383-4711,

Eckerd College Summer Camps: The college offers a wide variety of camps for kids throughout the summer. The Watersports Camp offers instruction in sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, saltwater fishing and exploring marine life on Boca Ciega Bay. Ages 6-17 June 7-Aug. 6. $150-$300 per week; half- and full-day courses. Extra care available. Lunch can be purchased for $30/week. The college also offers many sports camps including basketball, soccer, all-sports, baseball, softball, tennis and volleyball. Ages, prices and dates vary by camp. 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (727-867-1166 or toll-free 1-800-456-9009;;

Estuary EDventures Summer Camps: Tampa Bay Watch offers a variety of camp activities for children ages 6-8 (Sea Monkeys, 9-11:30 a.m., various weeks June 21-Aug. 13; $100 non-members, $75 members) and 9-14 (Tampa Bay Discovery Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., various weeks June 14-Aug. 13; $200 non-members; $175 members). 3000 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde (727-867-8166;

Florida Aquarium AquaCamps: If nothing else, kids can splash around on Explore A Shore and that would be enough. But there will be science, animal encounters, watersports and more at this camp. Ages 3-15 but 6 year olds must have completed kindergarten to be in all-day camps. Prices vary depending on age and camp. June 14-Aug. 20 with full- and half-day offerings. Extra care available. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813-273-4000;

Florida Wildcat Allstars: Be ready to jump, shout and learn basic cheer techniques at this weekly camp. Grades 1-6. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 21-25, July 12-16 and Aug. 2-6. $150. Extra care available. Also preschool camp for ages 3-5 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the same weeks listed above. $100. 12811 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813-558-6675;

Forest Hills Presbyterian Learning Center Summer Program: Hands-on experiences in art, science and music, along with physical skill development and field trips. Ages 4-10. $100/week. June 14-Aug. 20, weekly sessions. Price includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Forest Hills Presbyterian Learning Center, 709 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. (813-932-8789)

G. WIZ — the Science Museum Summer Camp: Camp sessions focusing on learning science through activities, demonstrations and exploring the museum's many interactive exhibits. Pre-Kindergarten to 11th grade. $195-$375, discounts for members. Snacks and T-shirt included. June 14-Aug. 14, weekly sessions. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Extra care available. 1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. (941-309-4949,

Girls Incorporated of Pinellas Operation SMART Summer Camp: A girls-only summer day camp that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold. Camp includes weekly swimming and field trips; Operation SMART Mission Media (Exploring Video Creation) and Scientists of the Future (Discovering How Things Work); PeaceGirls; art, ceramics and pottery; sports, games and dance activities. Ages 5-14. 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 14-Aug. 20. $97/week with breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack included; also includes transportation. 7700 61st St., Pinellas Park. (727-544-6230;

Great Camps at Great Explorations Children's Museum: Thematic camps that include studies of art, science and cultural explorations. Grades kindergarten-6, ages 5-13. $180/week with discounts for members; T-shirt included. Volunteer opportunities for children ages 13 and older. June 14-Aug. 20, weekly sessions. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extra care free but children must be registered in advance. 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg (727-821-8992,

Harbour Island Athletic Club Summer Camp: Kids will get a workout as they try a variety of sports including racquetball, tennis, boxing, swimming and dance. Ages 5-12 June 14-Aug. 20 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $200 for members; $225 for non-members. 900 South Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa (813-202-1950,

Hazely's Fashion and Etiquette Camp: Girls will get instruction in runway modeling, make-up, dressing skills, fashion design, social grace and more. Ages6 and up. Three one-week sessions — June 7, July 12 and July 26 (for teens 13 and up only). $155 per week if register before April; after it's $175. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with extra care until 5 p.m. 6152 126th Ave. N, Suite 504, Largo. (727-519-8727;

Hire A Pony Petting Farm and Riding Stables: Horseback riding , grooming, feeding, horse care, nature walks, games, horse show. Spring camp from March 29 to April 2; summer camp from June 13 to Aug. 15; 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $125/8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. $150, ages 6 to 15. Things to bring: lunch, lots to drink, long pants and closed shoes. 8005 Racetrack Road, Tampa (813-855-8992,

Independent Day School Camp IDS 2010: With more than 60 camps, this offers kids a variety of experiences in sports, academics, recreation and field trips. Grades Pre-K3-12. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14-July 30 weekly sessions with full- and half-day options. Extra care available. Includes T-shirt. Fees vary from $100 for half-day camps up to $1,000 for a sleep-away scuba camp. Other travel opportunities also offered. $50 non-refundable deposit per camp per week. 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa. (813-961-3087;

JMAC Kids Summer Camp: This camp features martial arts, gymnastics, swimming, ice cream, field trips and more. Ages 3-older, $127; 10 percent discount for siblings. Classes separated by grade and age. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 14-Aug. 20. 2177 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater (727-430-3902;

J Park Tae Kwon Do & Hapkido Center Summer Karate Camp: The program offers daily martial arts, games, trips to local parks, outings such as swimming, bowling, the movies, Chuck E. Cheese, Celebration Station, as well as various educational field trips including MOSI, the Dali Museum, the Clearwater Aquarium and more. Children grades kindergarten to fifth. The program runs June 9 to Aug. 20, with a minimum required sign up of two weeks. Cost is $99 per week. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A free uniform is provided for students who register for four weeks or more; $40 for one uniform, $60 for two, the third is free. J Park Tae Kwon Do & Hapkido Center, 26246 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater (727-796-7233,

Joe Abrahams Summer Sports Camp Series: Nine one-week sessions with skills, drills, fitness and fun. Ages 6-12. $85/week, $25 deposit required. June 14-Aug. 13. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extra care available. Wayne C. Papy Athletic Center, 6925 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813-274-8615); and the New Tampa Community Park, 17302 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa (813-975-2794;

Junior Lifeguard Camp: This is for kids who want to learn the fundamentals of lifeguarding, develop teamwork, self-respect, responsibility, leadership and emergency response skills. Ages 11-14. $125 June 21-25. Loretta Ingraham Community Center, 1611 N Hubert Ave., Tampa. (813-348-1175;

Junior Tennis Camps: Combine fun with creative games and drills that teach strokes, ball placement, playing strategies and general knowledge of the game. Three locations: Cal Dickson Tennis Center, 4011 Watrous Ave., Tampa (813-368-4739 or 254-4723); Himes Avenue Sports Complex, 4501 S Himes Ave., Tampa (813-351-0410), and Sandra W. Freedman Tennis Complex, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa (813-259-1664;

Kids Create Art Camp: If your kid wants to learn to paint, act, throw a pot, sing and more, this is the camp for her. Ages 8-12 $75/week, June 21-25 at the Taylor Art Studio, 611 W Indiana Ave.; July 6-9 ($60) at the American Legion Center, 106 E Sligh Ave.; and June 28-July 2 and July 19-23, Kate Jackson Community Center, 821 S Rome Ave., all in Tampa (

Kids in the Garden: The Tampa Garden Club's youth camp is a nature related mini-camp for boys and girls. Grades kindergarten-5. 8:30 a.m.-noon June 14-18. $45, daily snack, craft materials and T-shirt supplied. Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. (813-251-5059,

KidzArt Camps: Offers a variety of art projects and professional quality mediums each day plus free time to unwind on inflatables or in the museum (depending on location). Individual art gallery showings at the end of the week. Elementary camps for grades K-5; preschool camps (summer only) for ages 3-5. Summer camps most every week throughout the summer at various locations. $150/full-day elementary camps (9 a.m.-3 p.m.); $100/half- day camps and pre-K camps (both are 9 a.m.-noon)/10 percent discount for siblings and also 10 percent discount for multiple week registrations during the summer. June 21-Aug. 20. Children must bring lunch for full-day camps and light morning snack for all campers. Before/after care is provided at certain locations at additional cost. Summer camps at Great Explorations (St. Petersburg) or Planet Jump (Largo/Pinellas Park area) both locations for various weeks. Contact Heidi Sutton (727-823-0123,

Kinderarts: Musical and visual arts immersion experience, taught by Kindermusik instructor, designed to introduce preschoolers to the concepts of logic, mathematics and social development through the magic of fine arts. Ages birth to 47 months. $100-125/week, includes T-shirt. Three weekly sessions offered in June and July. 9-10:45 a.m., class length varies by age. Berkeley Preparatory School, 411 Kelly Road, Tampa. (813-885-1673,

Lindamood-Bell Learning Process: Daily, weekly or multiweek sessions of individual instruction in reading, spelling, comprehension and math for students to catch up or get ahead. Ages 5-adult. Cost varies. 701 S Howard Ave., Suite 204. (813-253-0453,

Little Chatterbox Summer Classes: Using a playgroup approach, children ages 3-9 will be immersed in the Spanish language and culture this summer. Classes meet throughout the summer and are broken into age groups. The 2 1/2-hour camp classes meet one or two days each week. $135-$360. 3612 S Dale Mabry, Suite C, Tampa. (813-944-2240;

Lowry Park Zoo: More than 100 week-long camps for kids grades kindergarten-8. The camp includes zoo hikes, classroom lessons, animal encounters, arts and crafts, animal shows and feedings, keeper talks and educational videos. June 14-Aug. 20. $165 for zoo pass holders; $185 for non-members. New this year is a loan of a Fisher-Price Kid Tough digital camera to take pix throughout the camp, $175 members; $195 non-members. Extra care available for $25/week. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813-935-8552;

Mad Science Summer Camps: You can find the crazy scientists in schools all year round. In the summer, they take their madness to bay area rec centers. And they also have a few camps that they run on their own for kids grades 1-6. Kids will learn how to make indoor lightning, launch rockets, explore lasers and more. The day camps are June-August in locations in Pinellas and Sarasota. Prices vary. Full- and half-day camps available. (727-895-5595;

Mangrove Marcus Adventure Camp: If your kid loves the outdoors and wants to learn about and enjoy Florida's marine environment, he will like this camp. Ages 8-12 $100/week, July 26-30 and Aug. 2-6, Loretta Ingraham Complex, 1615 N Hubert Ave., Tampa (813-274-8615;

Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall: Classes explore talents, allow for experiences with professional arts instructors and offer the opportunity to perform on a Ruth Eckerd Hall stage. More than 40 classes offered including Singing Stars, Discover Disney and Hip Hop Shakespeare. Ages 3-18. Weekly full- and half-day options available. Full-day 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 9 a.m.-4 p.m. depending on the class; half-day 9 a.m.-noon. June 14-Aug. 13 (no camp July5-9). $135-$575 with discounts when signing up for three or more classes. Kids can bring lunch but a lunch program is available for $22.50/week. 1111 McMullen Booth Road (727-712-2706;

Mary Jo's Performing Arts Academy Summer 2010: Theatrically themed classes in performing arts including dance, acting and voice, cheerleading and more. Ages 3 and up. $165 and up, snacks provided. One- to five-week sessions in June and July. Half- and full-day. Extra care available. 15906 Mapledale Blvd., Tampa. (813-969-0240,

MOSI Summer Science Camp: Learning adventures in a wide range of science and technology areas, along with other areas of interest including nature and outdoor experiences, art and animation and computer programming camps. Ages 2 to high school. Prices vary by age and session, T-shirt included. Discounts for members, families with multiple children enrolled or multi-week enrollments. June 14 to August 20, weekly sessions. Half- and full-day, morning and afternoon start times. Extra care available. 4801 E Fowler Avenue, Tampa. (800-995-6674,

Mote Marine Aquarium's Summer Camps: Hands-on marine science camps offering everything from Mommy & Me time to kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, animal interaction, SCUBA diving and even a Florida Keys travel camp for older campers. Ages 2 to 18. Prices vary (starting at $115 for 2-hour Mommy & Me class to a Keys trip of more than $1,000), T-shirt included. June through August; session lengths vary. Half- and full-day, morning and afternoon start times and overnight camps available. You can also combine the Mote experience with a sailing program. (941-388-4441 x229,

NoiseMakers' Rock 'n' Roll Summer Camps: Campers will learn the basics on how to play guitar, drums, keyboards, bass, ukulele and more. There will also be interactive games, song writing, music reading, instrument making and lots of listening to music from around the world. Each week ends with a concert on a local stage. Ages 5-12. $225/week, includes T-shirt, musical instrument, class photograph, CD of child's own music and more. Weekly sessions June 14-Aug. 13. Half-day, mornings. 5900 Central Ave., Suite K, St. Petersburg. (727-345-7472,

Northside Christian School's Paradise Camp: Each week campers explore a country's culture, history and geography with hands-on activities. Also, games, water fun and field trips. Ages 6-12. $50 to $100 a week, June 1-Aug. 2, 8:30 a.m. to noon, noon-4:30 or full day 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Extra care available. 7777 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727-647-0349;

NRG Kid Fit Camp: This camp is for kids who want to get physically fit and learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Ages 9-14 $85/week, June 28-July2, July 12-16 and July 19-23. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hunt Community Center, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa (813-348-1172;

Our Savior Lutheran School Fruits of the Spirit Summer Camp 2010: Children will learn about the fruits of the spirit taught in the Bible: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control through song, games, arts and crafts and more. Ages 3 through grade 5. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7-Aug. 6. Full- and half-day options offered. Extra care available. Lunch on Mondays and Fridays and morning and afternoon snacks are included. $50-$150/week with a daily rate of $35. Sibling discounts and a free week offered if campers sign up for four weeks. 5843 Fourth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727-344-1026;

Palm Harbor Parks & Recreation Summer Camps: Many programs are offered for various age groups throughout the summer including arts and crafts, sports (archery, soccer, beach volleyball, hockey and more), Mad Science, Lacrosse, Winning Inning Baseball, EuroStar Gymnastics Conditioning, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Hockey, RAM — Reading and Math, Tennis, Shamrock Soccer, Fishing and Simply Kayaking, and much more. Ages 4-18. Prices vary. June 14-Aug. 20. 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor (727-771-6000;

Patel Conservatory Performing Arts Camps at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts: More than 40 camps in the performing arts — music, theater, dance, film, on-camera acting, vocal arts. Pre-K to 12th grade. Tuition varies. June 1-Aug. 7. One-, two- and three-week camps available. Half- and full-day, morning and afternoon start times. 1010 N W.C. McInnes Place, Tampa. (813-222-1002,

Pathfinder Outdoor Education Summer Camps: Outdoor Adventurers Camp (entering 4th grade to completed 8th) June 28-July 2 and July 12-16, $325 day camp; $575 overnight camp at DaySpring Camp and Conference Center, 8411 25th St. E, Parrish. Urban Wilderness Explorers searches out nature in your back yard (entering 4th to completed 6th) July 5-9 at Pathfinder (St. Petersburg), $200. Trailblazers Camp develops student leadership through outdoor adventure (entering 10th to completed 11th) July 19-23 at DaySpring (Parrish), $575. 8411 25th St. E, Parrish, (727-328-0300, ext. 221,

Pier Aquarium Summer-ful of Fish and Fun in the Sun: Eleven camps are offered during the summer session combining a basic marine education with arts and crafts activities, field trips and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9-Aug. 6 with three- and five-day camps for students entering grades 1-6. $125-250. 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727-895-7437, Ext. 205;

Pinellas Park Summer Day Camps: Sports, arts and crafts, swimming and indoor and outdoor games are on the schedule for this summer-long camp. Ages 6-12 June 14-Aug. 20. $350 for full summer due May 11; field trips available for additional cost. Various recreation centers. (727-541-0770;

Pinellas Sheriff's Police Athletic League Summer Sports Camps: 10-week camps in Tennis / Multi-Sport (Seminole High School) and Golf (Airco Golf Course). 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. weekdays with aftercare available at an additional cost. Tennis / Multi-Sport Camp $550 for 10 weeks. Golf Camp $600 for the entire 10 weeks. Ages 8-15. Also offering one- to three-week Specialty Sports Camps in Ice Hockey, Basketball, Soccer, Football and Wrestling -- camp costs vary by sport and length of camp. Campers need to bring lunch and beverages each day. Most athletic equipment provided. (727-580-1764,

Plant City YMCA Summer Camps: Activities to build spirit, mind and body including character clinic, healthy habits clinic and Inventors Inc. clinic. Horseback riding is new this year. Ages 6-15. Member and non-member rates, including sibling discounts and discounts for singing up for multiple weeks. Includes two free T-shirts. June 8-Aug. 21, weekly sessions. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Extra care available. 1507 YMCA Place, Plant City. (813-677-8400;

Police Athletic League of Tampa Inc: Educational and recreational programs promoting physical and mental well-being. Field trips, indoor and outdoor activities, crime prevention programs, team-building, swimming and team sports. Ages 5-15 (must have completed kindergarten). Fees on sliding scale, $580 to $1,160 for summer. Lunch and afternoon snacks and three free T-shirts provided. June 14-Aug. 18. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1924 W Diana St., Tampa. (813-876-9363,

Powerstories Girl Stories Theatre Project: Five-week, intensive summer program for girls to study dramatics, visual art and movement with a larger goal of self-actualization. Culminates with performances at summer's end and throughout the next school year to elementary school groups. Open to Hillsborough County girls in sixth to eighth grades. Audition required (April 10 or 17). $100 fee for materials. One session June to July. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Must commit a full year for monthly rehearsals and six to eight performances. Auditions at the Girl Scout Conference Center, 5002 W Lemon St., Tampa. Call 813-265-2545 for location of summer program;

Practically Pikasso Kids Art Camp: Seven weekly sessions working in ceramics, clay, mosaics, spin art, tye-dye, bubble painting, glass painting and more. Tots ages 3-4 and kids ages 5-13. Full-day (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $275), half-day (9:30-noon $175) and tots (9:30-11:30 a.m. $175) June 14-Aug. 6. July 5-9 is a specialty clay camp. Drink and snack provided; full-day campers must bring lunch. 1912 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg (727-822-5294;

SPCA Tampa Bay Summer Camp: This camp fills up fast – the 30 slots for the first week are gone and just a few slots remain for the second week. So if hanging out with different animals – dogs, cats, small animals and farm animals – is what your child wants to do, then you need to call when the camp ends this year to ensure a spot for next year. In addition to being with the animals, there is a field trip to Lowry Park Zoo to adopt a manatee and arts and crafts. Ages 8-12. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 14-18 and June 21-25 (campers must select one week). Fee is $100 this year but in summer 2011, the fee will go up to $125. T-shirt included. Bring your lunch and a snack. 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. (727-586-3591 ext. 126;

Saddle Up Riding Club: This Pinellas Park riding club will provide half- and full-day riding lessons on trails, games and crafts for children ages 8-16. Riders can be beginning to intermediate. $175 half day (9 a.m.-1 p.m.); $250 full day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.). A special needs camp for mentally and physically challenged children and teens also will be offered. 6080 94th Ave., Pinellas Park. (727-520-3132;

Saint Paul's Summer Discovery Camps: Science, kayaking, technology, cooking, art, drama, music and sports, rollercoaster camp (field trip to Busch Gardens) and robotics and movie camp; recreation and travels camp (afternoon field trips). Pre-Kindergarten to eighth grade. Prices vary by length and specialty. June 1-Aug. 6, weekly sessions. Full-day, half-day. Extra care available. 1600 St. Paul's Drive, Clearwater. (727-536-2756,

Science Center of Pinellas Summer Camps: We wonder what this camp could be about? Of course it's all about science, from studying animals and reptiles to looking at the science of our waterways and physics. Grades kindergarten-12. June 14-Aug. 20. Weekly classes, prices vary by camp for members and non-members. Full- and half-day sessions available in mornings and afternoon. Extra care available. 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727-384-0027;

Shorecrest Summer Programs: Arts and sciences to sports and community service camps all taught by certified teachers. Thematic camps for the youngest campers and a safe driver camp for teens. And the newly developed day camp offers themed bi-weekly sessions from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for a full day of activities. Half-day also available for day camp. Age 4 to 12th grade. Cost varies by camp, beginning at $115, T-shirt included. June 8-July 31, weekly sessions. Half- and full-day, morning and afternoon start times. Morning and afternoon snacks provided at day camp. Extra care available. 5101 First St. NE, St. Petersburg (727-522-2111,

SkatePark of Tampa Summer Camp: Instruction in skateboarding through practice, games, contests and skate videos. Ages 5-17. Weekly camps are June 14-18, July 12-16 and Aug. 9-13. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $190/members; $200/non-members with a 50 percent non-refundable deposit required. T-shirt and lunch (PB&J, chips, juice) included. Bring skateboard and safety gear. 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813-621-6793 ext. 209;

Soulful Arts Dance Academy 5, 6, 7, 8 . . . Let's Dance! Summer Camp: Children will get instruction in all dance styles along with arts and crafts, storytelling and a show at summer's end. Ages 5 and older. $100/week with sibling, referral and early registration discounts. June 14-July 30. Extra care available. 290 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727-822-2555;

Sports & Field 2010 All Star Summer Camp: This camp features team sports, arts and crafts, karate, dance, waterslide, Wii competitions, board games, Zumba and surprise visitors. Each week will have a special sports theme. For kids entering grades kindergarten-6. June 14-Aug. 13. All-day 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $105; half-day 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $85. $50 registration fee (half off for club members). This camp is intended for full summer attendance. Campers who wish to come only on select weeks will be put on a waiting list. Must bring water bottles, two healthy snacks and lunch. 2029 Arrowgrass Drive, Wesley Chapel; (813-948-5517;

St. Francis Children's Daycare Center: Weekly summer camp offering arts and crafts, field trips, water play and more. Ages 5-12. Full- and half-day available, sliding scale. June 14-Aug. 20. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 912 E Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813-231-4169;

St. Pete Beach 2010 WAVE and TWEEN Summer Camps: General camp includes arts and crafts, field trips, sports, free play, swimming and more. WAVE is for grades 1-5. TWEEN is for grades 6-8 in which participants will go on a variety of field trips such as Fort DeSoto, arcades, skating, the beach, Adventure Island, more. Registration begins April 1. Specialty camps available in basketball, art and skateboarding. First to sixth grades. June 14-Aug. 20. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Extra care free. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach (727-363-9245,

St. Pete Creative Kids Camp: The camp includes weekly themes that help to bring out the creativity in children. Each week may include but is not limited to drumming, music, dance, creative painting, yoga, tae-kwon-do, pottery, crafts, cooking and nutrition, band, flute making, poetry and more. Ages TBA but program is for children and teens. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 14-July 9 (more weeks may be added depending on interest). Extra care available. $145/weekly with early bird discounts before April 16 and sibling discounts. $75 non-refundable deposit per child is required. First Unity of St. Petersburg, 460 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727-257-0261;

St. Petersburg Country Club Junior Golf, Tennis and Summer Fun Camps: Professional golf and tennis instruction and organized play. Summer Fun Camp involves swimming, organized games, in-house field trips, arts and crafts. Ages 5-18. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost $150 per week per child, must be club member. Summer-only memberships available for $35/month. June to August. (727-867-2111,

St. Petersburg Little Theatre: Four camps offered throughout the summer featuring High School Musical (June 14-July 2 12:30-5:30 p.m.); Grease (July 5-16 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.); Annie Warbucks (July 19-Aug. 6 12:30-5:30 p.m.); and two audition workshops (June 14-July 2 and July 19-Aug. 6, both 9 a.m.-noon). Each camp will offer classes in dance, voice and acting. A performance is given at the end of each camp. HSM, Grease and Annie Warbucks, $375; workshops $225; $50 deposit required; Ages 7-14. 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. (727-866-2059;

Summer Arts 2010 at the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall: Literacy-based multidiscipline arts camp with classes in creative dramatics, dance and music, a jazz intensive class for middle and high schoolers and theater performance classes. Ages 3-18. $135-$575 depending on session. June 14-Aug. 13, one- to three-week sessions. Half- and full-day, morning start time. Extra care available. 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. (727-712-2706,

Summer at the Lakes: Academy of the Lakes summer camp includes archery, arts and crafts, baking, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, Chinese, dance, drama, field trips, flag football, math review, model rockets, movie making, photography, reading club, recreational games, SAT prep, sewing, soccer, tumbling, volleyball, and writing skills. Ages 3 to rising ninth graders. June 14-Aug. 6. 8:30 am.-3 p.m. Full- and half-day weekly sessions and extended care available. Camp fees vary; mostly $100-$115/week with a $65 non-refundable deposit per week due at registration. Register by May 1 to get a free T-shirt. Academy of the Lakes, 2331 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes (813-948-7600;

Summer Dance Camp 2010 at Dawson Dance and Theatre Academy: A variety of specialty camps including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and cheer/tumble, as well as High School Musical camp, princess camp and diva camp — all taught by dance professionals. Ages 4-12, day camp. Evening dance classes for ages 2-adult. Sibling and family discounts. June 14-Aug. 13t, weekly sessions and one nine-week early evening session. Hours and prices vary. 12615 Race Track Road, Tampa (Westchase). (813-814-7500,

Summer in the Parks with the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department: Traditional summer program at parks and recreation centers throughout the city. Exciting thematic activities including arts and crafts, computer classes, board games, activities, sports, games and field trips. Ages 5-17. $55/week, scholarships and reduced fee program available. June 14-Aug. 13. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Extra care available. Locations vary. (813-274-8615,

Summer Stars Theater Camps: These week-long camps end with a show. Arts, crafts and costuming provided. Ages 5-14. 9 a.m.-noon June-August. $165/week with sibling discounts available. Snack provided. After care available. Friday Morning Musicale Theatre, 809 W Horatio St., Tampa. (813-831-5214;

Summer's Here Art Camp at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art: Enhance children's social and creative skills through drawing, painting and sculpture. Ages 6-13. $150/week; sibling and member discounts available. July 12-23, weekly sessions. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727-712-5226,

Sunscreen Film Festival Summer 2010 Camp for Young Movie-Makers: This two-week program will teach kids how to concept, write, shoot and edit movies. The camp will end with a mini-festival to showcase the creative output of the campers. Ages 14-18 but some exceptions will be made base on prior experience and interest level after an evaluation by Sunscreen staff. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 12-23. $500 for two-week camp includes instruction and special equipment. Studio 620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727-420-0566;

Superkicks Karate & Fitness Camp: Throughout the summer, kids will get lessons in respect, discipline, self confidence, martial arts, bully prevention, fitness, games and take a few field trips. Ages 5 and older. June 9-Aug. 20. Full day ($175/week 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) and half day ($100/week 9 a.m.-noon). Full-day students must bring lunch. Extra care available. 8950 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N, Suite 155, St. Petersburg. (727-528-5425;

Swinging Gate Farm Horseback Riding Camp: Open for more than 30 years, Swinging Gate is offering just three weeks of camp this summer so spaces are limited. Each week there is a camp horse show, swimming and all campers get trophies on Friday. Hot lunch is provided daily. Camp for students who have completed kindergarten and up. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 21-25, July 12-16 and July 26-30. $225. 199 Riviere Road, Palm Harbor; 727-785-0027.

Tampa Bay History Center Summer Camp: Learn about the history of the bay area through games, arts and crafts, gallery experiences and field trips during this series of weekly camps. Kids will investigate pioneer life, check out archaeology, comb the museum for mysteries and search for Tampa's urban treasures. Grades 3-5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21-Aug.6. $135 for members; $150 for non-members. Extra care available for $15/week. 801 Old Water St., Tampa. (813-675-8960;

Tampa Bay Karate Kick for Success Summer Camp: Karate instruction, exciting field trips, computers. Ages 5 and up. $65/week. June-Aug. 20, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 4952 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. (813-270-5592,

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball and Softball Camp: Players will work on hand-eye coordination drills, infield play (double and corner plays), pitching, catching, batting practice and opposite field hitting. All camps 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 6-13 for camps at Tropicana Field June 28-Aug. 20 ($225); senior advanced camp, ages 14-17, July 12-16 ($250); junior advanced camp, ages 6-13, June 14-18 ($200); senior advanced showcase camp, ages 14-17, July 12-16 ($250); softball camp, ages 6-13, Aug. 9-13 ($200); satellite hitting clinics, ages 6-13 ($150) in Port Charlotte, June 21-25; Bradenton, July 19-23; and Orlando, Aug. 16-20. All campers get a T-shirt, baseball cap, a ticket to four Rays games. Discounts for teams available. All camps except satellite camps at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. (727-825-3306 for details on satellite camps and for more information;

Tampa Bay Turners Gym, Swim & Fit Summer Camp: Games, relays, arts and crafts, gymnastics, open swim. Ages 4-13. Tiny Turners half-day camp also offered for ages 2-4. $149 full week or $37/day, pre-paid. Walk-ins welcome at higher rate. June 14-Aug. 20 with some dates off. Weekly sessions or daily. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tiny Turners is 9:30 a.m. to noon. Extra care available (not for Tiny Turners). 2301 26th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727-328-8500,

Tampa JCC and Federation’s Camp JCC: Recreational summer camp with hands-on swim instruction daily for preschoolers. Grades 1-8. Cost varies, T-shirt included. June 14-Aug. 6, two four-week sessions or one eight-week session. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on age. Extra care available. Busing available to and from South Tampa. 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa (Citrus Park). (813-264-9000,

Tampa Museum of Art Summer Art Camp 2010: Art campers will explore a variety of styles and movements in art and participate in hands-on art-making experiences including clay, sculpture, painting, drawing and decorative arts. Fully accessible for children with disabilities. Ages 6-14. Price varies by length of session, discount for members. June 21-Aug.6, weekly sessions. Times to be determined. 2306 N Howard Ave., Tampa. (813-274-8130,

Tampa Theatre Film Camp 2010: Students will create live action and stop motion animation movies on Mac computers using programs like I-Movie and Garage Band and footage they shoot with digital cameras. Each student will premiere his or her film on Tampa Theatre’s big screen (Film Camp Film Festival is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 28) and receive a copy on DVD. Grades 3-12. Morning and afternoon camps broken into grade level. Live Action June 21-25, July 12-16 and July 19-23. Stop Motion Animation July 26-30 and Aug. 2-6. Members register through March 31; non-members registration begins April 1. $165. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813-274-8981;

TechPlayzone Summer Camp: Science and technology themes enhanced through video game creation, LEGO robotics, hands-on science activities, digital movie making, web animation, 3-D modeling and music mixing. Ages 6-13. $175 per week for full day, $100 per week for half day. 10-percent discount if enrolled by April 30. June 14-Aug. 20, weekly sessions. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m for full day or 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. for half day. Extra care available. 13208 Boyette Road, Riverview. (813-684-7329,

Temple Terrace Summer Program: Summer fun including sports, games, swimming, arts and crafts, field trips and special events. Completed kindergarten to eighth grades. $440 ($465 after May 3) plus Family Complex membership. June 14-Aug. 20, one session. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 6610 Whiteway Drive, Temple Terrace. (813-506-6600,

The Centre for Girls: Girls-only community center providing structured, fun activities including computer and cooking classes, basic health, personal safety, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, career exploration and more. Ages 10-18, residents of Hillsborough County are free. June 11-Aug. 23. Full-day sessions. 105 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813-231-3404;

The Pink Cricket Summer Camp 2010: Arts and crafts abound at this weekly camp. Kids will also take field trips to local cultural institutions and parks, meet special guests and participate in weekly camp showcases each Friday for families and friends. Grades kindergarten-5. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14-Aug. 20. $120/week with discounts for members who register by March 31 and for multiple weeks. Also sibling discounts ($80-$100). Scholarships available. Extra care available at $15-$20/week. Middle and high school volunteers needed. Campers can bring own lunch and snack or pre-purchase them. 534 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727-823-7465;

The Racquet Club of St. Petersburg Summer 2010 Junior Tennis Camp: Development of tennis skills through drills, rally contests and games on the court. Campers will be on the court for 2 ½ hours each day followed by swimming and more tennis. Ages 5-13 any level. Ten weekly sessions beginning June 7. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $210/week with discounts for members. 170 47th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727-527-6553;

University of South Florida College of Marine Science Oceanography Camp for Girls: This unique opportunity for girls in Pinellas County who are completing the eighth grade gives them a day at sea aboard a research vessel, coastal marine field trips, work on research projects, career interviews and visits to local marine attractions. Applications must be postmarked by March 31 to be included in the interview process. Letters will be mailed to all applicants about the outcome the week of May 1. There is no cost for the camp except for daily transportation. Get your applications in now (teacher recommendation also needed); camp is limited to 30 girls. The three-week camp is June 28-July 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. USF St. Petersburg campus, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727-553-3921;

University of South Florida Preschool for Creative Learning: Immersion in outdoor settings, field trips and activities helping children to understand different environments and developing a respect and love of nature. Kindergarten to age 9. $360/3-week session, snacks provided; must bring lunch. June 14-Aug. 13. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Extra care available. 11811 Bull Run Road, Tampa. (813-974-5142,

Vinoy Kids Camp at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club: Three camp choices include golf, tennis and Kid’s Club camps. Open to Vinoy Club members and their sponsored guests only. Ages 4 to 10 (child must have fifth birthday by Aug. 31). Cost varies by program, snack provided. June through August, weekly. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Kid’s Club; 8 a.m.-noon for golf; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for tennis. Extra care available. 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727-894-1000 x2848;

Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center: Several nature day camps being offered. Herpetology Camp for ages 7-11. $150/week. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12-16 and July 26-30. Wildlife Ecology for ages 7-11. $150/week. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 19-23. YMCA Outdoor Camp for ages 6-12. $150/week with a one-time $25 registration fee. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 2-6, 9-13 and 16-20. 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727-453-6503,

Wekiva Youth Camp: A residential nature camp administered by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs with activities including swimming, canoeing, synchronized swimming, field sports/tribal activities, nature study and crafts, hiking, bicycling, campfires, s’mores and more. Third to eighth grades, with a two-night introductory camp for kindergarten to second grades. See Web site for pricing; meals and snacks included. June 14-July 25, weekly sessions. Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka. (941-351-1103,

Wellspring Florida Summer Weight Loss Camp: Wellspring Florida campers will participate in a range of outdoor watersports, as well as a variety of climate-controlled athletic facilities, including swimming pools, indoor and outdoor athletic fields, fitness centers, weight rooms, cardio rooms and gyms. Ages 11-18. Sessions run four, six and eight weeks, with start dates of June 20, July 4, and July 18. Tuition before reimbursement by health insurance is $6,490 for 4 weeks, $8,290 for 6 weeks, $9,490 for 8 weeks, $10,490 for 10 weeks or $11,490 for 12 weeks. Register before April 1 to save $500. Admiral Farragut Academy, 501 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. (Toll free 1-866-364-0808;

YMCA Summer Day Camps: Weekly camps at numerous locations with sports, swimming, games, arts, field trips and more. Ages 5-17 full day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., ages 3-5 half day. Check prices on Web site. T-shirt included. June 18-Aug. 21. Extra care is free. (

YMCA of the Suncoast Aquatic Programs and Summer Camps: Summer programs are available for ages 3 and up and include day camp, sports, music, arts, swim lesson and more. The programs are in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Financial assistance available. (727-477-9622;

Compiled by Sherry Robinson and Barbara Moch, Times Staff Writers. Information from Times files was used in this report.

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