Remember in The Goonies, how Chunk and Data and Mouth and Mikey pretty much ran around Astoria unsupervised, starting trouble, mistranslating Spanish to mislead the housekeeper and generally breaking all kinds of laws?
And how Mama Fratelli uttered her now-classic one-liner when her own criminal sons were screwing up the simplest thefts — “Kids suck” — as Jake and Francis slipped on the oily log that Data had rigged?
You don’t want that to happen to your kids, do you? Neither do we.
In an effort to reduce the misdemeanor tote among Northeast Floridian youth, we’ve amassed this ridiculously massive compilation of intel on summer camps, events and activities for you.
Give Angela Corey a little vacay, y’all: Check the list at least twice and get the progeny in a program this summer!
EVENTS, CONCERTS & PERFORMANCES
FREE Library Events
Jacksonville Public Libraries, St. Johns, Nassau and Clay counties library systems offer all manner of neat programs all summer long to keep the little kids, tweens and teens busy. Check the website of the library in your neighborhood for details.
Arts in the Park
The 11th annual local arts event is held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26 at Johansen Park, located at Seminole Road and Park Terrace, Atlantic Beach. Music, dance and bring-your-own-picnic are featured. 247-5828.
Talbot Islands State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, 251-2320, floridastateparks.org
Lawn bowling and croquet are played at 2 p.m. April 19 at Ribault Club, 11241 Fort George Road, Fort George Island Cultural State Park. Nature photography is held April 19 at Ribault Club. Earth Day Discovery is held April 26. For family activities through the summer at all seven parks within the Talbot Islands territory – Pumpkin Hill Preserve, Amelia Island State Park, Fort George Cultural State Park, Yellow Bluff Historic State Park, Big Talbot and George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park – go to the website.
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
370 Zoo Parkway, Northside, 757-4463, jacksonvillezoo.org
World Penguin Day is celebrated 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25 at Tuxedo Coast, Earth Day is celebrated 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26, Safe Kids Water Safety Day is held on May 17. A variety of family events are held through the summer; for details and dates, go to the website.
FREE Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
The 51st annual festival begins with the Pirate Parade 6 p.m. on May 1, followed by the opening of the Kids Fun Zone 6-10:30 p.m. May 2. The festival runs 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 3 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4 along Centre Street and the bayfront in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Live music – featuring KTG, Edwin McCain, Karl W. Davis & the Sweet Peas, Woody Mullis and The Swingin’ Medallions – an art show, contests, a 5K run/walk, the 15th annual Katie Caples Memorial 1-mile youth run, fireworks and lots of shrimp, prepared a jillion ways, are featured.
4-H Youth Expo
St. Johns 4-H Youth Development Program holds the free expo 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 3 at St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 S.R. 207, Elkton, 209-0430, stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu.
Presentations and hands-on activities, bike helmet giveaway (while supplies last), food, 4-H contests, exhibits and demonstrations including archery, aerospace, arts & crafts, cake decorating, horticultural identification/judging, consumer choice judging and farm animals are featured.
A Taste of St. Augustine
The 18th annual event features food samples from more than 30 area restaurants competing for awards, along with live music, and locally brewed wine and beer starting at noon April 26 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S. Admission is $5, and food and beverage tickets are $1 each. The Race to the Taste, a 5K run/walk, is at 4 p.m. Parking is free; 829-3295, epicbh.org.
The 14th annual butterfly festival is held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 at Tree Hill Nature Center, 7152 Lone Star Road, Arlington. Crafts, food and drink, live music, a butterfly release, and kids’ activities are featured. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military; $3 for ages 3-17; free for kids younger than 3. 724-4646.
Jacksonville Suns Baseball
The Suns swing for the fences against other Double A teams from around the region throughout the summer at Bragan Field, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown, 358-2846. The Suns also offer kid-friendly events, including Kids Run the Bases on Sundays, Kids’ Clinic, Scout Campouts, Celebration of Reading days, Fifty-Cent Family Feast nights and Report Card Night. Camp Days for campers’ field trips are also offered. jaxsuns.com
No Show is presented 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 18 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 353-3500; free. Gems: The World’s Wisdom Series is June 19, Alice Rocks Wonderland is staged June 23-26 at Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown; Rumpelstiltskin is presented 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 7 and 8 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside, 353-3550 for reservations, theatreworksjax.com.
The Beaches Fine Arts Series holds this kids’ triathlon Aug. 31 at Nocatee Aquatic Center, Ponte Vedra . Kids ages 6-13 swim, bike and run; the race criteria differ for each age group. For registration information and details, go to bfasracing.org
FREE Riverside Arts Market
This weekly arts and farmers market features regional artists, live bands and strolling performers, as well as lots of local produce, crafts, prepared eats and performance artists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. under the Fuller Warren bridge, downtown Jacksonville. Upcoming performers include puppeteers, jugglers, stilt walkers, clowns and local school bands. RAM is held through mid-December. riversideartsmarket.com
FREE Fernandina Farmers Market
Farm-direct fruits and vegetables are available 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. through June 28 at the market, on the corner of Centre Street and Seventh Street North, Fernandina Beach. Organic products, gourmet baked goods, herbs and garden flowers are featured. Admission is free. fernandinafarmersmarket.com
FREE Old City Farmers Market
Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, fresh seafood and even banjo pickers are all on hand every Sat. at St. Augustine Amphitheatre on A1A South in St. Augustine 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Admission is free.
FREE Library Events
Free movies are offered throughout the summer at various library branches in Duval, St. Johns, Clay and Nassau counties. Story times for specific age groups are held, as well as family events, scavenger hunts, teen clubs and music events; 630-2665. St. Johns County libraries offer kids’ games, cooking classes, book club, movie nights and art activities; 827-6940.
Fourth of July
Northeast Florida offers a slew of fireworks displays including St. Augustine (ci.st-augustine.fl.us), World Golf Village (WorldGolfHallofFame.org), Fernandina Beach, Jax Beach (jacksonvillebeach.org) and downtown Jacksonville (jacksonvillelanding.com). After the explosions have died out, there’s always a need for beaches cleanup volunteers. Check city websites for updated info or go to bstp.net
ATTRACTIONS, RESOURCES & PLACES TO GO
1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 246-4386,
4825 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 771-2803
2780 S.R. 16, St. Augustine, 827-9400
The Orange Park and St. Augustine locations offer mini golf, laser tag, game arcades, food and go-kart racing, while the Jax Beach site offers most of that along with water slides, a lazy river and a variety of splashy pools. Online discounts and season passes are available.
Amelia River Tours
1 N. Front St., Fernandina Beach, 261-9972, ameliarivercruises.com
Eco-shrimping tours are held at 10 a.m. every Thur.-Sat., June 12-Aug. 16. Drag an authentic Otter Trawl shrimp net, view the live catch and learn from marine biologists about the local wildlife and eco-systems. A two-hour tour is $27 for adults, $17 for kids; reservations recommended. Ongoing daily tours include creek tours, family sunset cruises and a tour of Cumberland Island.
Ananda Kula Yoga
4154 Herschel St., San Marco, 680-7344, ananda-kula.com
Kids’ yoga classes are offered at 3:30 p.m. every Tue. Check the Ananda Kula Yoga website for details and other family programs.
Beaches Museum & History Park
381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 685-6102, beachesmuseum.org
For visiting camps and daycares, BMHP offers ongoing themed programs, tours and a 28-ton steam locomotive and model trains. Program fee is $4 per child. Check website for details. Open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Black Creek Outfitters
10051 Skinner Lake Drive, Southside, 645-7003, blackcreekoutfitters.com
Black Creek offers standup paddleboard mini-lessons every other Tue. throughout the summer, as well as standup paddleboard yoga, kayak trips to many of Northeast Florida’s waterways and standup paddleboard demos on the ocean. Call for times, dates and fees. A Yogathon to benefit the Give To The Y Campaign is held 8 a.m.-noon on May 26, featuring restorative instruction, SUP instruction and AcroYoga demos; $40.
180 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 825-1006, 823-3388
Located at Davenport Park playground, this area landmark offers old-timey carnival fun at $1 a ride. Plus, St. Johns County Main Library is right next door, in case you crave a quick reading session (or bathroom break).
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
1 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, 829-6506,
Re-enactors relate experiences of the 1740s Spanish colonial soldiers at the fort, and fire off cannons every hour from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (except 12:30 p.m.) every Fri., Sat. and Sun. through August from the fort’s northeast gun deck. A Junior Ranger booklet is available so kids can interact during their visit.
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 355-0630, cummer.org
In addition to summer camps, The Cummer offers a variety of drop-in arts classes and art adventures sessions for kids, periodic art education programs, along with exhibits and a garden perfect for strolling with children. Admission is free 4-9 p.m. every Tue.
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-7274, floridastateparks.org
In addition to the historic 19th-century fort, this state park features a coastal hammock, a fishing pier and deep woods. Summer candlelight self-guided tours are offered at sundown every Fri. and Sat. from May-November. Living history interpreters recreate life during the Civil War once a month and through the fall and winter, featuring artillery demonstrations, marching drills and daily encampment life.
Fort Matanzas National Monument
8635 A1A S., St. Augustine, 471-0116, nps.gov/foma
Fort Matanzas guarded St. Augustine’s southern river approach. The monument is still protecting – not only the historic fort, but the wild barrier island and plants and animals who live there. The fort is open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Dec. 25. A free ferry to and from the fort departs the visitor center dock on the hour from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The fort has a nature trail, fishing, river and ocean beaches and restrooms.
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, 823-4500
GTMNERR’s environmental education center includes a museum-worthy display of animals in its ocean/estuary habitat, live fish and animal displays, and biweekly educational seminars.
1445 Millcoe Road, Arlington, jacksonvillearboretum.org
This 120-acre tract, saved from development by local conservationists, is open daily, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Four short trails of varying difficulty cross the area’s wetlands.
Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex
3605 Philips Highway, Southside, 399-3223, jaxiceandsportsplex.com
Jacksonville’s only ice skating facility offers lessons and holds public ice skating sessions weekly (Tuesday night skating is free to enrolled students). Open daily.
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
370 Zoo Pkwy., Northside, 757-4463, jacksonvillezoo.org
Along with a zoo full of creatures – jaguars, bongos, gorillas, giraffes – the zoo offers train rides, a 4,000-foot splash park, and a magnificent carousel featuring most of the exotic animals found at the zoo. Also, kids can feed the creatures at Stingray Bay, a water exhibit with sharks and rays.
This free website is committed to featuring places to go and things to do for Jacksonville’s young people – including spots where kids eat free in Northeast Florida – and as a resource for parents.
10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, 365-5555, latitude360.com
Every Monday through August, kids 12 and younger get one free kid’s meal, a free movie and a $5 game card with each paid adult entry. Movies are at 6:30 p.m.
Mandarin Mill Family Fun & Games
10910 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 262-7888, mandarinmill.com
This family spot offers miniature golf, batting cages, an arcade and games. Summer hours start June 10, open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. From 5-7 p.m., unlimited golf is $5 (plus tax) per person.
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, 471-1111, 888-279-9194, marineland.net
Though dolphins jumping through hoops are a thing of the past, this historic marine attraction now focuses on dolphin encounters, including an opportunity to feed or swim with the creatures. Marineland also offers summer camps.
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 396-6911, mocajacksonville.org
MOCA Jax offers summer art education programs, along with a dynamite interactive fifth-floor exhibit exclusively for children.
Museum of Science & History
1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, themosh.org
MOSH features science- and nature-related exhibits along with regular shows at the museum planetarium. The museum offers science and adventure summer camps.
Pirate & Treasure Museum
12 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, 877-467-5863, piratesoul.com
This St. Augustine attraction features actual pirate treasure, interactive exhibits and a gift shop sure to plunder your wallet. Open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Check website for coupons.
529-2200 ext. 307
JaxParks has more than 30 public pools, including one (Cecil Aquatics Center) open year-round. St. Johns County has one: Solomon-Calhoun pool, 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine, 209-0395; it also features a gymnasium and a small splash park. Fernandina Beach has a pool at Atlantic Recreation Center, with a playground and basketball courts, 2500 Atlantic Ave., 277-7350. In Clay County, there’s the spring-fed public pool at Spring Park in Green Cove Springs on the St. Johns River, which also has playground equipment, and the city pier.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-3337, alligatorfarm.us
In addition to a zipline ropes course (must be at least 10 years old and 57 inches tall), the Alligator Farm lets you pose for photos with alligators and features twice-a-day feedings. The bird rookery offers up-close looks at nesting endangered birds, and crocs and other creatures abound in the zoo.
FREE Splash Parks
There are two free splash parks in Northeast Florida. One is located adjacent to the vehicle ramp in Vilano Beach – a small splash park, along with showers, bicycle racks and restrooms. There is also a splash park and playground next to the county pier in St. Augustine Beach, with free parking and beach access. 209-3740.
3461 Kori Road, 880-7703, Mandarin, skatestationfunworks.com
230 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 272-5600
Two local roller rinks offer roller-skating lessons and open skate sessions at various times.
Tree Hill Nature Center
7152 Lone Star Road, Arlington, 724-4646, treehill.org
Live animal programs and hands-on learning programs are offered from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon.-Sat. Registration is required for groups of 15 or more. In addition to the 13th annual Butterfly Festival, held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 26, Tree Hill has 50 acres of trails, hummingbird gardens and guided nature walks. Call for fees.
Jesse Ball Dupont Park, 1123 Prudential Drive, Southbank, downtownjacksonville.org
This magnificent 250-year-old oak is awe-inspiring enough to dazzle any kid (particularly those who’ve seen the only slightly more extraordinary Avatar version). Kids can wander around the base (no climbing, though!), and even grab a few acorns to plant their own granddaddy oaks.
835 Museum Circle, Southbank, Jacksonville
The refurbished fountain shoots jets of water 100 feet high all day, and colored lights play on the water at night.
ACADEMIC CAMPS & TUTORING
The Art Institute of Jacksonville
8775 Baypine Rd., Southside, 486-3008, summerstudio.com
The session, held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 9 a.m.-noon Fri., June 23-27, is for high school juniors and seniors to test-drive a creative career. Choices include culinary, graphic design, interior design, fashion marketing management, media arts and animation, digital filmmaking, video production and digital photography. For details and fees, go to the website.
3571 Cardinal Point Dr., Jacksonville, 448-1956, centeracademy.com
2171 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-3552
2683 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Southside, 645-5366
Center Academy helps students entering fourth-eighth grades who suffer from motivation, learning and attention problems. Programs offer intensive remediation for learning and motivational problems, self-esteem enhancement and relaxation training.
3725 Belfort Rd., Southside, 296-1055 ext. 2389, danielacademyjax.com
The private elementary school provides optimal learning opportunities for children with emotional and learning disabilities. Small classes and individually tailored instructions are featured. McKay scholarships are accepted. Daniel Kids serves local families with a variety of programs and mental health and social services.
The DePaul School of Northeast Florida
3044 San Pablo Rd. S., Intracoastal, 223-3391, depaulschool.com
The DePaul School offers an intensive academic summer program for children grades 1-8. Call for fees, times and dates.
Early Learning Coalition of CNBB
1845 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 150, Orange Park, 800-238-3463 or 213-3939, elcofcnbb.org
Early Learning Coalition of Clay, Nassau, Baker and Bradford counties works to prepare children for school. The Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program is free for Florida resident children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1.
Engineering For Kids
This camp is held at five locations in Northeast Florida, June 2-Aug. 8, for kids in grades K-8. Sessions focusing on aerospace, robotics, electrical, chemical, marine and mechanical engineering are featured.
The Goddard School
2280 Village Square Pkwy., Fleming Island, 264-0605, goddardschool.com
100 Julington Plaza Dr., St. Johns, 230-2002
14230 Spartina Court, Intracoastal, 821-0085
415 Meldrum Lane, Orange Park, 291-9991
The Goddard School works to instill a lifelong love of learning. The year-round program offers half or full-day schedules for children ages 6 weeks-6 years old, from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., weekdays. The summer program offers special visitors, splash days and nature study.
Hope Haven Children’s Clinic & Family Center
4600 Beach Blvd., Southside, 346-5100
Hope Haven offers academic day camp for children in grades K-5 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., weekdays, mid-June through early August. The program uses traditional teaching methods with small groups and one-on-one enrichment in a fun setting. The Skills for Success program, for children in grades 6-9, is held from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mon.-Thur., mid-June through early August. Call for fees and schedules.
Huntington Learning Centers
11111 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 41, Mandarin, 886-9600, huntingtonhelps.com
13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 54, Jacksonville, 220-1212
Huntington offers programs in reading, writing, math, phonics, spelling, study skills and SAT/ACT prep for students of all ages. An individualized program is designed and administered by certified teachers following an diagnostic evaluation. Parents may select days and hours to fit their schedules.
Island Prep Eco-Friendly Learning Center
4171 A1A S., St. Augustine, 471-1100, islandprep.com
This eco-friendly early-learning center offers programs for children ages 1 to PreK, including free yoga, Spanish and ASL enrichment classes. It’s open from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., year round. A fall VPK program is available to children who turn 4 years old by Sept. 1.
Kaplan Educational Centers
2683 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 141, Southside, 642-7741 or 800-KAP-TEST, kaptest.com
Kaplan offers three-week prep courses for PSATs, SATs and programs in reading and math for high schoolers, as well as FCAT programs for all grades.
9978 Old Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 2, Baymeadows, 642-9566, kumon.com
11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 18, Mandarin, 268-8861
13475 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, 744-2445
280 Solana Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-7775
Kumon reading and math programs help children improve concentration and master fundamental academic skills.
4792 Windsor Commons Court, Ste. 2, Jacksonville, 992-0971, learningrx.com
This program offers help to students to overcome learning struggles to expand the child’s ability to learn.
Sylvan Learning Center
1414 Kingsley Ave., Ste. 4, Orange Park, 269-2000, sylvanlearning.com
4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 28, Avondale, 387-5100
2416 Dunn Ave., Northside, 757-2220
880 A1A, Ste. 7, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-8410
2980 Collins Ave., St. Augustine, 395-5212
Sylvan offers programs in reading, writing, math, algebra, geometry and study skills, including summer enrichment programs and preparation for ACT or SAT. Sylvan specializes in helping students of all ages master learning skills and build self-confidence.
TEAM UP Summer Camp
Communities In Schools Jacksonville, 3100 University Blvd. S., Ste. 300, 630-6900, cisjax.org
These free summer camps are offered on-site at many Duval County public schools. Times and dates vary by location. The K-8 programs focus on academics, cultural enrichment and career preparation and include recreational activities and field trips. Registration is first-come, first-served, and forms are available at participating schools.
605 S.R. 13 N., Ste. 109, St. Johns, 230-2855, tutoringclub.com
10131 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 268-8556
This organization tutors students ages 5 and older in reading, math, writing, SAT/ACT prep, language, sciences and study skills. Hours are 3:30-7:30 p.m.
UNF ACT & SAT Summer Institute
University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Dr., Southside, 620-4200, unf.edu/ce
These four-day boot-camp-style college entrance test preps, for students who are rising high school sophomores through seniors, are offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Thur., July 14-17 for ACT and from July 28-31 for SAT, at UNF’s Herbert University Center. The instructors are specialists in their respective fields and the class sizes are kept small. Course fee is $495 per child per session. A summer reading program for ages 4-17 is also offered; call 800-964-8888 for details.
ART, THEATER & DANCE CAMPS
Academy of Dance
12276 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 613, Mandarin, 880-2275, academyofdancejax.com
This theater dance camp teaches children ages 3-12 voice, drama, makeup, staging, costume design and many forms of dance. Sessions are held weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and run June 14-July 27. Young children’s late afternoon and teen/adult evening classes are also available, along with extended care and field trips.
Art Camp @ MOCAJax
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 396-6911 ext. 212, mocajacksonville.org
Art camp at MOCA offers children ages 4-14 meaningful art experiences in nine one-week sessions. Camp is held Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon for ages 4-6 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 7-14 at MOCA with extended day 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9-Aug. 15 (no camp June 30-July 4). Camp fees vary by age group. Campers bring their own snacks and lunches. Extended hours are available for $50 per week.
ABET Creative Drama Summer Camps
Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, 716 Ocean Blvd., 509-1472, abettheatre.com
ABET offers age-appropriate sessions focusing on theater games, music and dance, improvisation and storytelling. Camps run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri., from June 9-13 for grades 1 and 2; June 16-27 grades 5-9; July 7-11 grades 1-2; July 14-25 grades 3-7; July 28-Aug. 1 grades 1 and 2 and Aug. 4-15 grades 3-7. Fees are $160 for one week, $320 for two weeks. All sessions end with performance. Register at the website.
Bricks 4 Kidz Creativity Center
530 S.R. 13 N., Ste. 5, St. Augustine, 230-0543
Bricks 4 Kidz offers camps this summer 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., from June 16-Aug. 15; call for details.
Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside, 442-2932, artistseriesjax.org
The annual Camp Broadway introduces children ages 10-17 to life onstage and behind the scenes, with training in acting, scene study, improvisation, music theory, solo and ensemble singing and dance. The self-contained, traveling workshop, staffed by choreographers, musicians and real Broadway performers, is held from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and runs June 16-20 at a fee of $550, which includes a T-shirt, head shots, daily lunch and snacks.
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 355-0630, cummer.org
Elementary School Camp, for kids entering grades 1-6, is held 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., weekdays, June 9-July 25. Kids draw, paint, construct and explore art and nature. Middle School Camp is held July 28-Aug. 1. Session fee is $180 for members and military families; $200 for nonmembers. Space is limited; call for fees and schedules. Extended care is available for elementary camp only.
Camp Theatre Jacksonville
2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 396-4425 ext. 16, theatrejax.com
Theatre Jacksonville’s camp, for ages 7-13, is held in two four-week sessions from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 9-July 3 and July 12-Aug. 8. Acting, dance, playwriting, stage makeup and stage combat are featured, culminating with a show. Multiple enrollment discounts and extended care are available. Session fee is $500.
Children’s Art Classes
8411 Baymeadows Way, Ste. 2, Baymeadows, 612-7557, childrensartclasses.com
1406 Kingsley Ave., Ste. E, Orange Park, 612-7557
Art workshops are held June 23-July 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., for ages 3 and older. More than 16 areas are offered, ranging from beginning drawing to clay, print-making and mask-making.
Colonial Quarter Summer Camps
33 St. George St., St. Augustine, 819-1444, colonialquarter.com
These camps, for ages 6-12, are held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Thur., at a fee of $185 for the first child, $135 for each additional child or camp. Pirate Camp – with pirate-themed games and history fun – is held June 16-19 and July 14-17. Archaeology Camp – kids dig up the past and relate it to the present – is June 23-26 and July 21-24. Theater Camp – kids take part in aspects of live theater – is held July 7-10 and July 28-31.
Culinary Arts Cooking Camp
First Coast Technical College, 2980 Collins Ave., St. Augustine, 547-3461, fctc.edu
This camp is held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 9-12 and 16-19 for ages 8-12; June 30-July 3 and July 7-10 for 13-17. The fee is $250, which includes materials, groceries, professional instruction and lunch. The High School Culinary Arts Camp is held 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thur. June 23-26 at a fee of $250; call 547-3381 to register.
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614, ccpvb.org
Camps are offered to encourage artistic expression, art appreciation and imagination through visual, culinary and performing arts. Weekly thematic sessions are held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for ages 6-8, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 4 and 5, weekdays, and run June 9-Aug. 15. Grandy Camp, for kids and grandparents, is held June 19, July 10, July 24 or Aug. 7, 2:30-4 p.m. for ages 4 and older. Fees vary by session. Extended care offered. Campers bring lunches; snacks and art supplies provided. Call for fees. Summer Arts Workshops for ages 9 and up are fashion sewing, June 9-13; European food June 16-20; Rock Star Band with Alex Hayward of Chroma, July 28-Aug. 1; Classic Baking July 21-25, at A. Chefs Studio; Figure Drawing & Sculpting June 23-27; iPad Art (bring an iPad, ios 5 or higher) June 30-July 3; Hand Building & Wheel Throwing July 7-11; Theater at Alhambra June 16-27 and July 14-25; Foods of the Globe Aug.4-8; Glass Work Aug. 4-8 and Comic Characters Drawing Aug. 13-15. Call for details and fees.
214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, 246-4600, dancetrancefitness.com
Dance Trance Kidz runs dance fitness classes all summer in Neptune Beach, 4:30-5:15 p.m. every Wed. In this fun workshop, kids ages 7-11 learn choreography to popular music without recitals or contracts.
8763 Old Kings Rd. S., Baymeadows, 731-0508, dansationsjax.com
Experienced instructors teach ballet, pointe (for appropriate ages), tap, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater, modern and more. Call for schedules and fees.
5619 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 730-3729
3568 St. Johns Ave. S., Avondale, 388-7088
This summer art camp offers specialized paint-your-own-pottery, clay works and glass fusing instruction in a small group setting for kids ages 6 and older. Themed sessions are held from 9 a.m.-noon weekdays, June 24-Aug. 6. Games, pizza parties and movies are featured. Call for fees; sibling discounts are available.
Dolphin Arts Camp
2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 256-7048, ju.edu
This arts camp is for ages 10-22. Art, theater, dancing, singing, swimming and playing games are featured. For details, like day, dates and times and fees, call or go online.
Eaton Piano Studio
Southside, 730-5143, eatonpianostudio.com
Instructor Lorraine Eaton offers summer music lessons for kids of all ages, June through August. Contact her for specifics.
First Coast School of Music
725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 19, Atlantic Beach, 236-9700, fcsom.com
Rock Band Camp, for ages 5-7 and 8-11 at all skill levels, is held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri., June 9-13, 16-20, July 7-11, 14-18, Aug. 4-8, at various locations in Mandarin, Southside and the Beaches; check the website or call. Drum Camp is held June 16-20, Guitar Camp is June 16-20 and Let’s Jam Camp is Aug. 4-8. Fees vary per session.
The Florida Ballet Summer Intensive
300 E. State St., Downtown, 353-7518
The Florida Ballet offers a course for the serious dance student. Daily classes, held June 23-July 26, include ballet, pointe, technique, acting, Pilates and jazz, as well as a boys’ class. Seminars in dance history, music appreciation, auditioning skills, theater and makeup are offered. The summer workshop is held June 23-July 26 for younger or less advanced dancers. For fees and audition information, go to floridaballet.org.
Girls Rock Camp Jacksonville
This one-week summer day camp is held July 28-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Waverly Academy for Girls on the Westside. Girls ages 9-16 learn an instrument (or get better at one they already know), form a band and write a song. Throughout the week, bands perform during lunch. Dance parties, games and daily workshops are featured.
High School Summer
Musical Theatre Experience
Wilson Center, FSCJ’s South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside, 632-2347, fscj.edu
This year, participants who are current 7th-12th grade students in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau and outer-lying counties perform Fame The Musical from July 25-Aug. 3. Free auditions are held May 10 and 11. Local high school actors, dancers, singers, technicians and musicians are needed. SMTE provides the opportunity to work hands-on with local theater professionals. Call for fee information; scholarships are available.
Summer Dance Intensive
2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 256-7048, firstname.lastname@example.org
This two-week camp, for intermediate and advanced students ages 10-22, is held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., during the month of June. Classes include ballet, contemporary ballet, pointe, variations, modern, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tap, Pilates, stretch, dance photography and repertory. Fees are $310 for one week, $570 for two weeks, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available. Call for actual dates; that info was not on the website.
JCA Stage Door Theatre Camp
Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 730-2100 ext. 252, jcajax.org
This theater camp is for children entering grades 1-9. Campers receive training in music, dance, drama, and arts and crafts. Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 16-July 11 and July 14-Aug. 8, with extended day available. Lunch is provided. Camp is open to children of all national origins and faiths. Call or go online for fees and other details.
1714 S.R. 13, St. Johns, kidzartnfl.com
This art-enrichment program lets children discover various artistic styles and techniques using water colors, art markers, colored pencils, chalk, charcoal and polymer clay. Themed programs include “Beach Bash” and “Safari Adventure.” Classes range from a few hours to a half-day for a partial or full week, depending on the child’s age, June 16-July 25.
1897 Island Walkway, Ste. 4, Fernandina Beach, 415-0954
The performing arts camp sessions, for kids 4-12 years old, are held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., June 30-July 25, with a theatrical performance each Fri. Sessions feature themed drawing, painting, set design, song and dance and drama games. Call for fees and details.
LaVilla School of the Arts Summer Camp
501 N. Davis St., Downtown, 633-6069 ext. 108, duvalschools.org
This camp offers programs for kids ages 3-15. Camps are held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, June 16-July 26. Free lunch, snacks and extended day are available. Discounts are offered for siblings, urban core employees (Downtown, San Marco, Springfield, Riverside), DCPS employees, military and multi-week enrollment. Fees are $145 per week for Storytellers Camp or Explorers Camp; $135 per week for basic camp.
Limelight Theatre Summer Camp
11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, 825-1164, limelight-theatre.org
KIDZfACTory offers camps for kids in grades K-5, June 23-July 30; for kids in grades K-12. Fees vary per child per session. For program details and performance schedules, call or go online.
NancyDance Dance Intensive Camp
1521 Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 241-8349, nancydancestudio.com
For beginning through advanced dance students, camp is held July 7-11, at a fee of $375. Call for additional programs and classes.
North Florida Conservatory
11363 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 200, Mandarin, 374-8639, nfconservatory.org
This camp offers band, string and theater programs, July 21-26, for ages 8-16. For camps, fees and schedules, call or go online.
North Florida Music Academy
155 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 11, Orange Park, 276-5557, nfma.musicteachershelper.com
Instructors work with drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, violinists, vocalists and others interested in playing in a band and learning different music styles. Call for times, fees and dates.
The Performers Academy
3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 322-7672, theperformersacademy.com
This performing arts school offers Drumming Journey camp, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 7-11 for ages 6-11, at a fee of $150. Broadway’s Best camp is held July 14-25 for ages 10 and older, $250 for the two-week session. Broadway’s Best camp for ages 12 and older and Broadway’s Best Junior for ages 7-11 are held July 14-25; $250 for the two-week session. Extended day, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., is available for $50 per week. A final showcase ends each session. Cooper Morgan Dance Intensive is held June 9-27; details at the website. Information for additional camps was not available at press time; consult the website.
St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts, 214 San Marco Ave., 824-0664
Camp for all ages is held 9 a.m.-noon Mon.-Thur., in June and July. Call for details.
511 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 1372-4506, planetpottery.com
Adults and kids select a piece of pottery – plates, mugs, serving pieces, vases, frames, pet bowls – then paint a one-of-a-kind ceramic piece. Call for fees.
Players by the Sea Summer Camps
106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach, 249-0289, playersbythesea.org
PBTS offers small camps that encourage children to express themselves through the arts. Let’s Put on a Play is held July 14-Aug. 1; Let’s Put on a Musical runs June 23-July 11, at a fee of $445. Teen Improv-a-thon is held June 16-27. Campers rehearse, stage and perform a full-length show. Camp A-Go-Go and Get in the Character Zone are held June 16-20 and July 14-18. Fees vary by session. Check the website for details, registration and policies.
Positive Space Art Therapy
5270 Palm Valley Rd, Ponte Vedra, 607-2834, email@example.com
Individual and group art therapy sessions for children ages 2 and older. Master’s-level art therapist Kelly DeSousa helps kids work toward individualized goals through success-oriented, strength-based, guided creative expression. Sessions are typically 30-50 minutes and are scheduled according to individual and family needs. Rates begin at $35.
10915 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 106, 646-3009, potteryworksinc.com
This paint-your-own-pottery studio offers reservations for groups of eight or more, with special rates for schools, daycare centers and camps. Studio time includes all supplies, glazing and firing. Participants pick up their finished pieces one week later. Pottery Works can also bring the activity to you (10 or more participants required).
Riverside Children’s Arts Center
2841 Riverside Ave., 389-1751, riversideartscenter.org
Located at Riverside Avenue Christian Church, the arts center offers six weeks of camp for ages 3 through sixth grade, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., July 7-Aug. 8. New this year are Little Artists and Spiritual Arts camps. Classes include visual arts, music, specialty classes, team-building games and outdoor play daily. Theme dress-up days and Friday performances are featured. Extended care, scholarships and sibling discounts are available. For fees and details, check the website.
Savannah College of Art and Design
231 W. Boundary St., Savannah, Ga., 912-525-5100, 800-869-7223, scad.edu
SCAD summer seminars are held for students who have completed grades 9-11. Fees vary according to schedule. For more information, contact the college at P.O. Box 2072, Savannah, GA 31402-2072.
St. Augustine Dance Conservatory
3670 U.S. 1 S., Ste. 150, 797-6469, academyofperformingarts.net
North Campus, 3025 C.R. 210, Ste. 102, 797-6469
APA offers kids, tots to teens, participation in musical and dance productions and recitals throughout the summer. Call for schedules and fees.
Summer Art Camps
St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St., 824-2310, staaa.org
The camps focus on art-making techniques based on the works of masters. Session I, Hello Mona Lisa, runs June 9-13. Session II, Sprout Out for Art, is held June 16-20. Session III, Feelin’ Groovy, runs June 23-27; Session IV, Through the Museum Looking Glass, is held July 7-11 and Session V, The 3D Experiment, for ages 12 and older, is held 1-4 p.m. July 7-11. Fee is $125 per session (includes supplies, field trips). Campers bring a snack.
Summer Dance Intensive
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Rd., Jacksonville, 390-2971, da-arts.org
Session I runs June 11, 12, 16, 17 and 18; Session II is held June 19, 20, 24, 25 and 26. Classes include ballet, modern dance and jazz. Call for details and fees.
UNF Summer Music Camp
University of North Florida, Fine Arts Facility, 1 UNF Dr., Southside, 620-3841
This six-day intensive performance camp, for children entering grades 9-12, focuses on jazz and classical instruction. Campers must have a minimum two years experience on their instruments and basic music reading skills. Camp is held June 22-27.
Youth Outreach Performing Arts
5188 Norwood Ave., Northside, 765-7372, stageaurora.org
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company offers youth of all backgrounds the five-week camp featuring positive theatrical activities, theater, dance, music and taekwondo. To register, call or go to the website.
CHURCH CAMPS & PROGRAMS
Dinsmore Vacation Bible School
Dinsmore United Methodist Church, 10604 Iowa Ave., Jacksonville, 768-6101
A lively Vacation Bible School is held in July. Call the church for details and directions.
23400 N.W. 212nd Ave., High Springs, 386-454-1351, campkulaqua.com
Located in North Central Florida, Camp Kulaqua, accredited by the American Camping Association, offers a week-long, coed residential camp for a traditional camp experience, and specialty camps for kids ages 7-16. The overnight Christian camp’s activities include horseback riding, archery, canoeing, crafts, go-carts, sports, skateboarding and zoo/nature. Sessions, held from June 1-22, are age appropriate.
6595 Columbia Park Court, Jacksonville, 641-8385
7860 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 3393
A ministry of Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church and School, this Christian camp offers several sessions for appropriate age groups. Activities include games, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music and drama, fishing, boating, water play and devotions. Extended care is available. Call for times, dates and camp fees.
Deermeadows Baptist Church
9780 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 642-2200, deermeadows.org
The Deermeadows Baptist Church holds its free Vacation Bible School, themed Colossal Coaster World, from 9 a.m.-noon, June 23-27, for kids entering K-grade 6 by Sept. 1.
God’s Backyard Bible Camp
Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Dr., Ponte Vedra, 285-6127, christepiscopalchurch.org
Vacation Bible School is held June 16-20. To register, go to the website online.
Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church
4001 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 396-7745, habchurch.com
Summer camp is held in June. Activities include arts and crafts and Bible study. Vacation Bible School is held 9 a.m.-noon June 9-13.
Jacksonville Children’s Art & Exploration Camp
3675 San Pablo Rd., Intracoastal, 241-3515, 493-3545, foundationacademy.com
Located at The Foundation Academy, this camp offers six weeks of educational and fun activities for kids ages 5-15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., June 9-July 18. The camp features field trips, arts, gardening, literacy, math, community service and career education for older students. Fee is $90 per week per child.
Montgomery Presbyterian Center
88 S.E. 75th St., Starke, 352-473-4516, montgomerycenter.org
Camp sessions are held June 22-Aug. 1 for kids in grades 2-12, in age-appropriate groups. Fees vary, depending upon the program, which include Explorer, Challenge, Wild Water, Power & Light and Counselor in Training sessions. The camp is accredited with the American Camp Association.
Salvation Army Child Development Center
318 Ocean St., Downtown, 665-0102, salvationarmynefl.org
Weekly activities include swimming, field trips, movies, ceramics, arts and crafts, cooking, chapel service, team sports and games, reading/journaling experience and more. A child development center for age 6 weeks and older is also offered.
Vacation Bible School
St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1465 11th Ave. N., Jax Beach, 249-4091, spbts.net
VBS is held from 9 a.m.-noon, Mon.-Fri. July 21-25 in the Parish Hall, for kids ages 4 through fifth grade. Fee is $30 for the first child, $25 for each additional child.
YMCA Camp Indian Springs
2387 Bloxam Cut-off Rd., Crawfordville, 850-926-3361, campindiansprings.org
This traditional YMCA residential camp, held June 8-Aug. 9, is nestled in a wooded area with a natural spring on 70 acres in Wakulla County, Fla. With a variety of land and water activities including Western and English horseback riding, an indoor skate park, BMX, ATVs and paintball, this camp for boys and girls ages 7-16, is committed to the Christian principles of the YMCA. Call for fees and details.
DAY & OVERNIGHT CAMPS
131 Suzanne Ave., Orange Park, 272-0424
A full-service daycare, Andromeda offers a summer program with entertainment, field trips, crafts, cooking projects and special events. Daily activities are planned and posted on a weekly basis. Andromeda is open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.
Beaches Episcopal School Summer Camp
1150 Fifth St. N., Jax Beach, 246-2466 ext. 121, beachesepiscopalschool.org
This private school offers summer camp programs for children entering grades Pre-K through sixth, in sessions held June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11 and July 14-18. Themed activities include Rockets, Princess, Art Explosion, Steel Drum (parents, beware!), Giddy Up Gang, sports, cooking, robotics and a slew of others. For times, fees and details, call the school.
The Bolles School
7400 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 256-5090, 733-9292, bolles.org
2264 Bartram Rd., San Marco, 732-5700
200 ATP Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 285-4658
Bolles offers academic and day camps through the summer, June 2-Aug. 8, at three campuses. Specialty camps – including writing, science, fencing, Spanish, tennis, rowing, art, wrestling, crafts, archery, culinary – may be combined with Bolles Day Camp. For details, fees, times and kinds of camps, go to The Bolles School’s website.
Boy Scouts of America
521 S. Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill, 388-0591, nfcscouting.org
The North Florida Council sponsors overnight camps for Boy Scouts only, ages 11 and older, held in one week sessions in July at Camp Shands in Melrose, Fla. Activities include BMX bicycle racing, archery, rifle and shotgun, hiking, cookouts, first aid and water sports. A Cub Scout day camp is held at many locations throughout Northeast Florida, with varied hours and session dates. Specialty camps are also available.
Burrell’s Camp Chippewa
3111 Tiger Hole Rd., Southside, 737-4988, burrellscampchippewa.net
Camp Chippewa offers full-day camps 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., June 9-Aug. 15, for ages 6-12 with counselors hailing from England and New Zealand. Camp features daily swimming, camp crafts, canoeing, commercial water slide, tractor rides, fishing, sports, archery, field trips and talent show. Indoor activities include arts and crafts, and games. Registration is $40 and the weekly camp fee is $145, which includes lunch.
Recreation Dept., 2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-7350, fbfl.us
Activities for children ages 3-12 include arts and crafts, swimming, sports, guest speakers, outings to the beach and field trips. Kids bring their own lunches. Fees are $85 a week, $75 per sibling for city residents; $106 a week, $96 per sibling for non-city residents. Registration is $125. A preschool program is also offered. Hours are 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., starting May 26.
Camp Juliette Low
P.O. Box 5113, Marietta, GA 30061, 770-428-1062, 706-862-2169
This Girl Scout camp holds one and two-week sessions for girls ages 7-17, June 8-Aug. 2. A traditional outdoor residence camp, Juliette Low offers activities that include swimming, sailing, canoeing, archery, tennis, outdoor living skills, horseback riding, arts and crafts, hiking, drama and nature studies. The camp is in Cloudland, Ga., about 40 miles northwest of Rome.
Camp Ki Tov
Jacksonville Jewish Center, 3662 Crown Point Rd., Mandarin, 282-1000, jaxjewishcenter.com
Camp Ki Tov offers eight sessions for kids ages 1-15 from June 16-Aug. 8, from 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m. or from 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with extended hours