Every summer, Hillsborough County churches host special events geared toward children and families.
The majority of camps and vacation Bible schools offer free or low cost entertainment options for bored school-agers. Volunteers work hard to make these annual adventures a success, preparing for weeks or months in advance.
Here are a few summer happenings you may want to check out.
Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon, invites children to register for Galactic Starveyors, a vacation Bible school from 8:45 a.m. to noon July 17 through 21. The event is open to children four years through completed 6th grade. Children four years old will participate in a separate class. The event is free. For more information and to register, visit bellshoals.com/brandon-campus-vbs/.
Tampa Bay Presbyterian Church, 19911 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Tampa, will offer a vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon July 10 through 14. For more information and to register, visit tampabaypresbyterian.org.
Grace Episcopal Church, 15102 Amberly Drive, Tampa will offer a summer camp for teen girls 1 Stop Shop for the Simple Soul from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 19 through 23. The camp will address topics including beauty and self-image, social media and hygiene. For more information and to register, visit gracenewtampa.org/summer-camps.
Journey Church, invites children completed kindergarten through 5th grade to register for Journey Jam, a vacation Bible school from 5:45 to 9 p.m. July 16 through 20. For more information, visit journey7.com/journeyjam.
Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E Brandon Blvd., Brandon, will offer vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon June 19 through 23. For more information, visit nativitycatholicchurch.org/1.
Cypress Point Community Church, 15820 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, invites children to register for Camp Adventure 2017: Galactic Force, a vacation Bible school from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 17 through 21. The event is open to children age six to 12. Registration fee for church families is $160 and $190 for families from outside the church. Campers will compete in wacky contests and outdoor games. For more information, visit cpcconline.com/ministries/kids.
Radiant Church, 3938 S Dale Mabry Highway, will present Disney Day as part of its 'at the movies' series June 25. Service times are 9, 10:30 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. For more information, visit radianttampa.org.
The Crossing Church, 10130 Tuscany Ridge Drive, Tampa, will offer a free steak dinner for dads following the 6 p.m. service Saturday, June 17. Also, the church will host a luau July 15 featuring live music, bounce houses and BBQ dinner. For more information, visit wearecrossing.com/summer.
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