TAMPA — A lot of children might want to shy away from activities that are considered “cultural,” especially when it’s summer.
But at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, there’s plenty to do and there’s no lack of kids enjoying it.
The center isn’t about running around on a playground waiting for their parents to pick them up at the end of the day.
Adrienne Hutelmyer, marketing and community relations director for the CCC, says there is not only more to do, but also opportunities for children that cannot be found anywhere else.
“They can enroll in specific activities that are fascinating to the kids,” Hutelmyer said. “They can do things inside and outside and there’s always something.”
There are camps for kids aged 4 to 5, and camps for 6- to 12-year-olds. The preschoolers go through imaginative explorations and learn a new subject each week.
Hutelmyer said the kids will learn through story-telling, playing games, listening to music, singing, dancing and creative art projects.
The preschoolers will get to discover such things as dinosaurs, bugs, the ocean and the rain forest.
As for the older kids, they will also discover a new art each week, such as choreography and making a rocket. Every week, Hutelmyer said, will include something different.
“The special part is that they can choose other things outside the regular camp that they really enjoy,” Hutelmyer said. “There are no limits.”
Kids can work on a construction site. Or, using Legos, they can learn digital movie making and video game animation.
There are also classes such as “Motorized Mania,” where kids can build and customize motorized machines with Legos.
There is “Rock and Roll Robotics,” where kids can build gigantic animals, boats and planes, as well as background noise and sound effects using a programming language developed just for kids.
Also, there will be an “Art in the Sun” program where kids can let their imagination run wild as they create public art that will be displayed at the center for the entire year.
Hutelmyer said the CCC is unique in that it offers programs that are nontraditional and deal with kids and their true interests.
“These specialty activities are different from the regular art-based creative activities because they have a specific concentration on a specific subject,” she said.
For information on the Carrollwood Cultural Center’s summer camps, contact (813) 269-1310.