The school year will be over before you know it, and then comes the big question of how your kid will spend the summer months.
Playing sports? Dancing a pirouette? Painting a portrait? Fighting the undead?
It's all here in Pasco this summer.
Numerous arts, athletic and special interest camps are still taking registrations. At Krav Maga Martial Arts in Lutz, for instance, kids will learn a full range of combat skills suitable for stopping a zombie in its tracks. Then they'll put their skills to use in front of the camera at the Movie Summer Camp.
"We're going to be filming a martial arts movie where campers defend themselves against zombie characters," said Krav Maga Martial Arts instructor Devon Montgomery.
Those seeking more sedate summer fun can participate in any of the summer reading programs offered by the Pasco County Library System and the New Port Richey Public Library. Or they can learn the finer points of drawing, mosaics, kiln-fired pottery, painting in acrylics, digital photography and the creation of works in polymer clay at the Pasco Arts Council, which is hosting its Summer Art Adventures program.
"Our art classes are designed to introduce kids to different media, and to encourage them to think outside the box. This is a skill they can use in any subject, from math to science," said Laura Knox, director of the Pasco Arts Council in Holiday. "We also want to make it fun, which is why we call it an adventure — not a class or a camp."
At Blackwood Dance Studios in Dade City, students will learn a variety of dance skills, including ballet, jazz, modern, acrobatics and tap, as well as musical theater, voice training, games and arts and crafts.
The camp will have a "Fiesta of Fun" theme with fun days and costumes, added owner Sally Blackwood.
The New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center will offer three camps with sports, swimming and arts and crafts activities throughout the summer. And at 10 locations across the county, Pasco's Parks and Recreation Department will offer summer day camps featuring games, sports, arts and crafts, field trips, movies, guest speakers and special events. In addition, the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex will present three specialized sports camps this year.
"Barrios Baseball camp will ... include a softball division so if you have a girl that would like to learn more or improve her softball skills you are more that welcome to register," noted Cindy Szappan, recreation supervisor II at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex.
We've compiled a hearty sampling of the countless summer camps still out there. What will your summer bring?