BSAC holds open house: The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center holds an After School All Stars Open House Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors from many children's services groups will be present with giveaways and educational information.
FANG goes back to school at Campo YMCA: FishHawk Area Networking Group (FANG) holds its annual Back to School Festival Aug. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at a new location this year, the Campo Family YMCA, 3414 Culbreath Road, Valrico. The festival will continue to benefit local children in need of school supplies.
The event also will feature more than 100 business vendors, samples from restaurants, music, extracurricular demonstrations, giveaways and door prizes. Entertainment will be provided by the Theatre Arts & Dance Alliance, Music Showcase and Sidekicks Martial Arts. The event is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times/Brandon Times, Kids 'R' Kids Valrico and Circa FishHawk, CruisePlanners-Sherry Leybovich, Tutoring Club of Valrico and the Osprey Observer.
For more information, visit www.fangconnect.com or call Nan Hager at (813) 657-2418.
Backpack drive: The Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) and Camp Cristina YMCA of Riverview are partnering to collect backpacks, school supplies and clothing (gently used or new) for elementary, preteen and teen students. Donations can be delivered to ECHO in Brandon (507 N Parsons Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. any day before Aug. 8. Backpacks and supplies will be given out on Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Camp Cristina. Recipients must preregister at ECHO. For more information, call ECHO at (813) 685-0935.
Fundraiser: Steinbrenner High School will hold its fourth annual golf tournament and silent auction fundraiser for the volleyball program at 8 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Heritage Harbor Golf and Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Proceeds will benefit the Steinbrenner High volleyball program.
The cost to register is $80 per person. To register, email Deb McLean at email@example.com or call (813) 294-3322.
Summer camps: The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department has space available in some of its summer camps. The Mangrove Marcus and His Aquatic Adventure camp for children ages 8 to 12 will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Loretta Ingraham Complex, 1611 N Hubert Ave. The cost is $100. Children will snorkel, swim and use seine and dip nets as they explore aquatic habitats.
The Kids Create Art Camp for children ages 8 to 12 will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the North Hubert Art Studio, 309 N Hubert Ave. The cost is $75. Children will learn about art, including pottery, sculpture, painting and art history.
To register, visit tampagov.net/parksandrec.
Autism camp: Registration forms are available for the Building Blocks Autism Camp for children ages 3 to 16 who are on the autism spectrum. The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 501 S Dale Mabry Highway. The camp includes daily activities like pony rides, sensory day and water day. Hillsborough County ASD teachers supervise and lead the camp. The cost per participant is $150. Registration forms are available online. Visit goodshepherdtampa.org or call (813) 679-6805.
Museum camps: The Glazer Children's Museum has space available in some of its upcoming weeklong summer camps. For children ages 4 to 5, Around the World in 5 Days runs from July 30-Aug. 3 and explores food, music, art and life around the world. Sing, Dance and Move to the Music runs Monday through Friday or Aug. 13-17. Children will learn about music and dance from around the world. The camps are half-day, with two sessions available each day, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.
For children ages 6 to 7, the Jr. Meteorologist camp runs Aug. 6-10. Children will meet a meteorologist and learn how to predict the weather. Dig Deeper runs July 30-Aug. 3 and will explore science underground, underwater and under the hood, including ancient cultures, extinct animals, deep sea creatures and how machines work. Wacky, Wild Art for Everyone runs Monday through Friday or Aug. 13-17 and explores arts and painting. The camps are available for half-day or full-day sessions.
For children ages 7 to 10, Gadgets and Gizmos runs Aug. 6-10 and explores how gadgets and machines work. The camp is available for full days only.
The cost to attend a half-day camp is $110 per week. The cost to attend a full-day camp is $220 per week. Call (813) 443-3811.