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Summer Camps

Find a summer camp around the Tampa Bay area

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Hillsborough

Tampa Girls Basketball Camps at UT: Beginners and advanced players can sharpen their skill level with All Skills Camp for ages 5-17 Approximately $215 per week, 3 weeks offered this summer; Elite Camp ages 13-18 advanced players can sharpen their skills with the low staff to camper ratio offered Aug 2-4 $225 for commuter, $275 for resident; 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; (813) 323-1089 www.tjhoops.com
 
Berkeley Prep: Spanish immersion, robotics, baseball and more, there are more than 100 activities on the menu for a Berkeley camp summer; 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa; (813) 885-1673 www.berkeleyprep.org/summer

Busch Gardens: Kids who love both roller coasters and animals are right at home at Busch Gardens. Both day camps and resident camps available; Approximately $260 per week; 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa; (877) 248-2267 www.buschgardens.org

Camp Bayshore: Christian atmosphere with fun summer activities for kids ages 3 through sixth grade; Approximately $175 - $200 per week; 3909 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa; (813) 839-4297 bayshorechristianschool.org

Camp Frontier: Over 200 acres of property can field a lot of fun, including BB guns, archery, swimming, canoeing, climbing, dance, skateboarding and more. Overnight and day programs available; Approximately $285- $5,200; 18050 US 301 S., Wimauma; (888) 977-2267 campfrontier.com

Camp IDS: A wide array of challenging curriculums are available for any area of interest your child may have. This summer's menu includes broadcasting, Lego engineering, robotics, dance, drama, art, chess, rocketry and more; Approximately $100 - $200 per week; 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa; (813) 961-3087 corbettprep.com

Camp Terrapin: Academics and sports are the focus of Tampa Prep's summer camp program. Robotics program also available for interested campers; Approximately $125 - $265 per week;727 W. Cass St., Tampa; (813) 251-8481 www.tampaprep.com

Carrollwood Cultural Center: At the "Enchanted Kingdom of the Arts” princes and princesses ages 4–12 can explore and have creative fun. Approximately $90 - $135 per week; 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; (813) 269-1310 carrollwoodcenter.org

Cedarkirk Camp: Faith-based sleepaway camp is not too far from home. In addition to Bible study, campers participate in hiking, canoeing, arts and crafts and more; Approximately $350 - $425 per week; 1920 Streetman Drive, Lithia; (813) 685-4224 www.cedarkirk.org

City of Tampa: A variety of specialty camps including cheer and tumble, baseball, skateboarding, multi-sport and lacrosse are offered across the city's more than two dozen community centers. Traditional programs are available as well at $80 for the entire summer; $42 - $100 per week; www.tampagov.net/dept_parks_and_recreation

Florida Aquarium: Kids can enjoy animal viewing, tours, crafts and more at this popular Tampa attraction. Includes camp T-shirt; Approximately $52 - $255; 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa (813) 273-4015 www/flaquarium.org

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: Children explore the world of photography, including 3D images; Approximately $140 - $160 per week; 400 N. Ashley St., Tampa ; (813) 221-2222 www.fmopa.org

Hillsborough County: With a focus on nature and the outdoors, Hillsborough offers equestrian camps, teen programs and more for kids ages 5-17 ; fee based on a sliding scale; $38 - $120; www.hillsboroughcounty.org/?nid=2668

Lowry Park Zoo: A typical day at zoo camp includes keeper talks, animal shows, hikes and arts and crafts; Approximately $170 - $225 per week; 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa; (813) 935-8552 ext. 268 www.lowryparkzoo.com/camps

Mary Help of Christians: This faith-based camp teaches action through prayer alongside fellowship activities such as kayaking, horse-back riding, basketball and more; 6400 E Chelsea St., Tampa; (813) 626-6191 ext. 229 www.mhctampa.org

Museum of Science and Industry: Children interested in science and technology will find a host of choices to explore at MOSI. Camp programs include physics, crime scene investigations, chemistry, even outdoor adventures; Approximately $168 - $450 per week; 4801 E. Fowler. Ave., Tampa ;(813) 987-6000 http://mosi.org

Painting with a Twist: Kids ages 7–14 are instructed about the artist or culture of the day and then create their own masterpiece; Approximately $40 per day or $175 per week; 2821 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa; (813) 839-2409 paintingwithatwist.com

Patel Conservatory: Students serious about advancing their skills in the performing arts come from around the country to participate in Patel's summer camps. Programs offered include music, dance and theater for beginners and advanced students; Approximately $165 - $500; 1010 N. W. MacInnes Place, Tampa (813) 222-1002 www.patelconservatory.org

Tampa Bay History Center: Kids ages 7–11 can learn about history while having fun designing urban gardens and making crafts. They even have a week for American Girls doll enthusiasts; Approximately $150 - $175; 801 Old Water St., Tampa; (813) 675-8960 tampabayhistorycenter.org

Tampa Creative Camps: Kids learn lifetime skills such as public speaking and confidence through classes in singing, dancing and public performance; $450 - $1,850 per multi-week session; 3401 Henderson Blvd., Tampa; (813) 410-5682 tampacreativecamps.com

Tampa Elite Soccer Camps at UT: Beginners and advanced players can both sharpen their skills with the low staff to camper ratio offered; Approximately $230 per week; 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; (813) 323-3933 tampaelitesa.com

Tampa Museum of Art: Sculpture, using recycled materials and drawing and painting are some of the themes of this summer's art offerings for children ages 6 – 14 years old; Approximately $125 - $225 per week 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa; (813) 421-8373 www.tampamuseum.org

YMCA: Kids get fit and have fun with traditional on-site and field trip activities. Options also include a golf camp and attendance at their 65-acre outdoor adventure center, Camp Christina; Approximately $95 - $135 per week; Nine YMCA branches in Hillsborough County; www.tampaymca.org

Pinellas

American Stage: It's all about the dramatic arts at American Stage. Themed weeks to choose from; Approximately $170 - $500 per week; 701 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 823-1600 ext. 201 americanstage.org

Belleair Parks and Recreation: Kids ages 6 – 12 are invited to participate in traditional summer fun interspersed with field trips to Airheads, movies, skating rink and more; Approximately $135 - $165 per week; 918 Osceola Road, Belleair; (727) 518-3728 belleairrec.com

Brooker Creek Preserve: Campers interested in herpetology will get hands-on with all manner of amphibians; Approximately $150 per week; 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs; (727) 865-6255 www.brookercreekpreserve.org

Clearwater Ice Arena: Not just skating skills, campers also learn the importance of fitness and nutrition; Approximately $189 - $229 per week; 13940 Icot Blvd., Clearwater; (727) 536-5843 clearwatericearena.com

Clearwater Marine Aquarium: Spend the summer with Winter the dolphin exploring watersports and having animal encounters; Approximately $189 - $229 per week; 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater; (727) seewinter.com

Dunedin Fine Art Center: Themed weeks of art activities, including martial arts, for kids ages 4 – 14 are the summer attraction at the Dunedin Fine Art Center; Approximately $80 - $175 per week; 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin; (727) 298-3322 www.dfac.org/dunedin-summer-camp

Eckerd College: Eckerd offers a summer watersports camp that includes fishing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and more for kids ages 5 and up; 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg; Approximately $160 - $185 per week; (727) 864-8288 www.eckerd.edu/waterfront

Great Explorations: Programs designed for kindergartners through fifth grade with a variety of scientific themes to select from; Approximately $175 - $195;1925 4th St N., St Petersburg; (727) 821-8992 greatex.org/

Painting with a Twist: Kids ages 7 – 14 are instructed about the artist or culture of the day and then create their own masterpiece; Approximately $40 per day or $175 per week; 2527 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; (727) 327-4488 paintingwithatwist.com

Pinellas Indoor Soccer Academy: Kids work on their soccer skills in a climate-controlled arena; Approximately $155 per week; 611 Commerce Drive, Largo (727) 585-4625 www.pinellasindoorsocceracademy.com

St. Paul's: Cooking, fine arts and baseball are among the most popular themed weeks at this Christian-based camp program; Approximately $165 - $195 per week; 1600 St. Paul's Drive, Clearwater; (727) 536-2756 www.st.pauls.edu

St. Petersburg College for Kids: Learning through fun is the order of the day with camps that focus on rocketry, SAM (science, art and math), finance and other cerebral topics; Approximately $95 per week; Nine locations to choose from; (727) 341-3000 www.spcollege.edu/ac/c4k

Tampa Bay Rays Summer Baseball Camp: Not just sports skills, the campers also get to hear speakers who are current or former Rays players or coaches; Approximately $200 - $250 per week tuition includes hat, t-shirt and complimentary game tickets; 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg; (727) 825-3447 tampabay.rays.mlb.com/tb/community/baseball_camps.jsp

Tampa Bay Skating Academy: Offering week-long learn-to-skate camps for beginners ages 4 – 12 at their two locations; Approximately $153 - $170 per week; 255 Forest Lakes Blvd. N., Oldsmar (813) 854-4010 www.tbsa.com

Tampa Bay Watch: Kids as young as 6 get an introduction to science through a variety of hands-on educational activities as well as the opportunity to participate in a restoration project; Approximately $100 - $300 per week; St. Petersburg (727) 867-8166; http://tampabaywatch.org/

YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg: Kids and teens learn to challenge themselves with indoor and outdoor games and fellowship; Approximately $135 per week; Various locations; (727) 209-9622 http://stpeteymca.org

Weedon Island Preserve: Kids interested in archeology, herpetology and wildlife ecology can immerse themselves each day in the study of these sciences; Approximately $150 per week; 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 453-6500 http://www.weedonislandpreserve.org/summer-camps.htm
 
J Park Tae Kwon Do: Daily martial arts, games, field trips, and more.  Discounted rates for families with two or more children;  $99 per week; 26246 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater; (727) 796-SAFE http://www.afterschoolkarate.com.  

Pasco

Academy at the Lakes: In addition to typical summer camp fun, kids can also choose technology or academic review in math skills or other subjects; Approximately $115 - $240 per week; 2331 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes; (813) 948-7600 http://www.academyatthelakes.org

Camp Seal: Kids ages 4 – 10 can learn to swim and enjoy other traditional summer activities; Approximately $45 - $150 per week; 19501 Holly Ln., Lutz; (813) 229-7946 http://www.campseal.com

City of New Port Richey: Programs available for kids ages 6 – 13 at the city's new recreation and aquatic center; Approximately $400 for eight weeks for city residents, $480 for non-residents; 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey; (727) 841-4560 http://cityofnewportrichey.org/index.aspx?NID=148

Dade City's Wild Things: A typical day at Wild Things includes keeper talks, zoo hikes, crafts, animal feedings and more; Approximately $165 for a three-day camp; 37245 Meridian Ave., Dade City; (352) 567-9453 http://www.dadecityswildthings.com/

East Pasco Family YMCA: Summer fun has weekly themes at the Pasco Y including “Wild, Wild West,” “Under the Sea,” and “Gettin' Dirty.” There's also a teen leadership program for ages 12 – 17. Approximately $95-$125 per week; 37301 Chapel Hill Loop, Zephyrhills; (813) 780-9622 http://tampaymca.org

Horses at Angel Meadows: Kids learn riding skills and equine care. Three-day overnight camp available; Approximately $175 per week; 28432 Saint Joe Road, Dade City;(813) 494-3066 http://horsesatangelsmeadows.com

Krav Maga Martial Arts: Students can learn martial arts, kicks an gymnastics. Occasional field trips are also planned; Approximately $149 per week; 1829 Collier Pkwy., Lutz (813) 948-4844 http://www.tampakravmaga.com/

Painting with a Twist: Kids ages 7–14 are instructed about the artist or culture of the day and then create their own masterpiece; Approximately $40 per day or $175 per week; 8351 SR 54, Trinity; (727) 376-1112 http://paintingwithatwist.com

Pasco County Parks and Recreation: Ten recreation centers across the county are prepared to offer fun for kids with swimming, games, crafts and other typical summer camp fun; Approximately $15 - $60 per week; Various locations; http://www.pascocountyfl.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=366

Ramblin Rhodes Music: Students are trained in a recording studio atmosphere, learning instrumental parts, vocal scores, stage presence and performance techniques; Approximately $230 per week; 3002 Starkey Blvd., Trinity; (727) 375-0123 http://ramblinrhodesmusic.com/summerCamps/

Sports and Field: Kids in grades first through seventh will enjoy team sports, field trips, guest speakers and more; Approximately $119 - $139 per week;2029 Arrowgrass Drive, Wesley Chapel;(813) 948-5500 http://sportsandfield.net

Word of Life Florida Youth Camp: Christian-based sleepaway camp in nearby Hudson; Approximately $237 per week;13247 Word of Life Drive, Hudson;(727) 379-5000 http://www.wolflorida.org

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