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EVENTS, CONCERTS & PERFORMANCES
FREE SJC Library Events
“The Little Mermaid” screens at 10:15 a.m. on April 20 at Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine, 209-3730. A Sea Turtle program is at 2:30 p.m. on April 25. “Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” runs at 3:30 p.m. on May 4. To mark Children’s Book Week, Kindermusik is offered at 10:30 a.m. on May 11; “We Bought a Zoo” is screened at 3:30 p.m. A kids’ art activity is at 3 p.m. on April 25 at Bartram Trail branch, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove. Movie matinee is at 3 p.m. on May 2 and 30. Earth Day crafts are featured at 1 p.m. on April 28 at Hastings branch, 6195 S. Main St., 827-6970. Go Green kids crafts are at 3 p.m. on April 25 at Main branch, 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, 827-6940. Crafts are offered at 4 p.m. on April 25 and May 30 at Ponte Vedra branch, 101 Library Blvd., 827-6950. The Teddy Bear Picnic is held at 2 p.m. on April 21 at Southeast branch, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 827-6900. Kids make Earth Day seashell gardens on April 24. Check sjcpls.org for more free events at St. Johns County libraries.
Arts in the Park
The ninth annual arts event is held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on April 28 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
A ranger leads a Baby Birds by Bike tour at 2 p.m. on April 21 at Little Talbot Island State Park, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. Earth Day is marked with a shoreline clean-up at noon on April 22. The programs are free with regular park entrance fee. Free inshore saltwater angling is featured at 2 p.m. on April 28 at Ribault Club, 11241 Ft. George Road, Fort George Island Cultural State Park. Other talks include shark teeth, animal signs and jellyfish. Ranger-guided walks and nature hikes are also offered at Little Talbot and nearby Ft. George. 251-2320.
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens holds a Dino Egg Scavenger Hunt on April 23 at the zoo, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. World Penguin Day is held on April 25, Teddy Bear Affair is May 5, Safe Kids Water Safety Day is on May 12, Endangered Species Day is May 18 and Quito’s 31st Birthday Celebration is held June 2. Butterfly Hollow is open until Sept. 30. A variety of family workshops are held through the summer. 757-4463. jacksonvillezoo.
FREE Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
This annual event celebrates the shrimp and piracy that put Amelia Island on the map. The 49th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival begins with the Pirate Parade at 6 p.m. on May 4 followed by the opening of the Riverfront Fun Zone from 6-10:30 p.m. The festival runs from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 5 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 6 along Centre Street and along the bayfront. Live music, an art show, fireworks and a lots of shrimp are featured. (866) 426-3542, 261-5841.
Cirque de la Symphonie
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs along with aerial acrobats, dancers, contortionists and strongmen at 7:30 p.m. on April 26 at Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., downtown. Tickets range from $25-$70. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.
Taste of St. A
This annual event includes food samples from more than 20 St. Augustine restaurants competing for awards, along with live music, and locally brewed wine and beer starting at noon on April 28 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine. Admission is $5, and food and beverage tickets are $1 each, with most “tastes” somewhere between 2-5 tickets. The Race to the Taste, a 5K run/walk, is held at 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission for kids younger than 11 is free. 829-3295. epiccommunityservices.
Sea Turtle Beach Cleanup
To get the beach ready for sea turtle season, GTM Research Reserve holds a beach clean-up from 10 a.m.-noon on April 20 at the Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. 823-4500.
World of Nations Celebration
The 20th annual World of Nations Celebration kicks off with an International Party (admission is $5) held on May 4 at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville. The celebration continues on May 5 and 6; “one-way” tickets are $5, “round-trip” tickets are $8. Children 3 and younger are free. Multiethnic cuisine, artistry, education, a Parade of Flags, fireworks and global entertainment are featured. 630-3690.
FREE Movies In The Park
JaxParks presents “The Muppet Movie” at dusk on April 20, at Wyndham Riverwalk’s riverfront lawn, 1515 Prudential Drive, Southbank. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. “Grease” is on April 27 and the series wraps up with “Jurassic Park” on May 4. 634-0303. downtownjacksonville.
Just TRI It! Kids Triath
This triathlon for kids in grades K-7 begins at 8:30 a.m. on April 22 at the Calhoun Center, 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Museum of St. Johns. 797-7243.
The 11th annual butterfly festival is held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 28 at Tree Hill Nature Center, 7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military and $3 for ages 4-17; free for kids younger than 2. 724-4646.
Jacksonville Suns B
The Suns swing for the fences against other Double A teams from around the region throughout the summer at the Baseball Grounds, 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, 358-2846. The Suns also offer kid-friendly events, including Kids Run the Bases on Sundays, Kids’ Clinic, Celebration of Reading days and Fifty-Cent Family Feast nights. Camp Day for campers’ field trips is on June 25 against the Tennessee Smokies. Special rates apply. jaxsuns.c
“Henry and Mudge” is presented at 10 a.m. and noon on April 26 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, 353-3500. “Butterfly: The Story of a Life Cycle” is presented at 10 a.m. and noon on May 7 at The Florida Theater. Children’s book favorite Winnie the Pooh stars in “House at Pooh Corner” at 10 a.m. and noon on May 15 at The Florida Theatre. The issue of bullying is addressed in the play “100 Dresses” at 10 a.m. and noon on May 22 at The Florida Theatre. Tickets are $8.
FREE Concerts in the Plaza
St. Augustine hosts free concerts every Thur. night of the summer in the downtown Plaza de la Constitucion. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. 825-1004.
FREE Kids’ Ocean Day
Ocean day is held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 4 at Marineland Beach, A1A, St. Johns County line. Admission is free. 425-8055. scenica1a.
FREE Jacksonville Jazz Fest
The free festival is held May 25, 26 and 27 at various venues throughout Jacksonville, featuring piano competition and performances by jazz ensembles from area high schools and colleges. coj.
FREE TheatreWorks Free Shows
Percussionist and kids entertainer extraordinaire Billy Jonas performs “Everybody’s in the Band” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 19 and 20 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, 353-3500. “Sherlock Holmes and the Opera Mystery” is presented at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 25-28 at Jacksonville Main Branch library, 303 N. Laura St. A musical version of Aesop’s fable “City Mouse and Country Mouse” is presented at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on July 11 and 12 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Jacksonville. 353-3500.
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, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday under the Fuller Warren bridge, downtown Jacksonville. Upcoming performers include puppeteers, jugglers, stilt walkers, clowns and local school bands. RAM is held through Dec. 15. riversideartsmarket.c
FREE Fernandina Farmers Mark
Farm-direct fruits and vegetables are available from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. through June 30 (except May 5) 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.c
FREE Old City Farmers Market
Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, fresh seafood and even banjo pickers are all on hand every Sat. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on A1A South in St. Augustine from 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.
Plan to leave this event with some kind of cold-blooded creature in your possession — the exotic animal show is always a winner with kids. Repticon is held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 2 and 3 at the Grand Banquet Hall at University Center at UNF, Jacksonville. repticon.com/jacksonville.h
Fourth of July
Barring a burn ban (holla, rain!) the region is home to 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.
Sounds on Centre S
This weekly event features vendors, live music and a good excuse to listen or wander. Scheduled bands include Instant Groove (June 1), Stephen Combs Band ( July 6), Dennis Fermin Group (Aug. 3), Beech Street Blues Band (Sept. 7) and the Gabriel Arnold Quartet (Oct. 5). 277-0717. ameliaisland.c
U.S.A vs. Scotland Socc
This game pits the U.S. Men’s National Team against Scotland in a matchup on the road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The game is held at 8 p.m. on May 26 at EverBank Field in downtown Jacksonville. Special VIP tickets allow for pre-game field access and a USA team jersey. There’s also a free public practice at the stadium from 5-6 p.m. 312-528-1290. ussoccer.c
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 Blanding Boulevard and St. Augustine locations offer mini golf, laser tag, game arcades, food and go-kart racing, while the Beach Boulevard 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.
Amateur Night at the Ritz
829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555
Held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Fri. of every month, this event features local singers, musicians, poets, rappers and comedians competing for cash prizes based on the cheers or jeers of the audience (jeers not allowed for child contestants). Tickets are $5.50 per person, and are available at the Ritz website or from Ticketmaster. (Shows frequently sell out.) ritzlavilla.
Beaches Museum & History Center
380 Pablo Ave., Jax Beach, 241-5657 ext. 104
For visiting camps and daycares, BMHC offers ongoing themed programs and a 28-ton steam locomotive, model trains and the Choo Choo Club. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat. bm-hc.c
Black Creek O
10051 Skinner Lake Drive, Southside, 645-7003, blackcreekoutfitters.c
Black Creek offers Stand Up Paddle Board mini lessons every other Tue. throughout the summer, as well as Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga, kayak trips to many of Northeast Florida’s most beautiful waterways and Stand Up Paddle Board demos on the ocean. Call for times, dates and fees.
180 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 825-1006 or 823-3388
Located at Davenport Park playground, this St. Augustine landmark offers old-timey carnival fun at $1 a ride. Plus, the St. Johns County Main Library is right next door, in case you crave a quick reading session (or bathroom break).
Castillo de San Marcos State Park
1 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, 829-6506
Re-enactors relate experiences of the 1740s Spanish colonial soldier at the fort, and fire off cannons every hour between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (except 12:30) every Fri., Sat. and Sun. through August. A Junior Ranger booklet is available for kids to interact during their visit to the National Monument.
Cummer Museum of Art & Gard
829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 355-0630
In addition to summer art camps, the Cummer offers a variety of drop-in classes for kids, and periodic art education programs, along with exhibits and a garden perfect for strolling with children. Admission is free every Tue. from 4-9 p.m. cummer.
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-7274
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 5 to Sept. 1. Living history interpreters recreate life during the War Between the States on May 5, June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4, featuring artillery demonstrations, marching drills and daily encampment life.
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserv
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, Jacksonville
This 120-acre tract, saved from development by local conservationists, is now open seven days a week, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Four short trails of varying difficulty cross the property’s many wetlands. jacksonvillearboretum.
Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex
3605 Philips Highway, Southside, 399-3223
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. jaxiceandsportsplex.c
Jacksonville Zoo & Gard
370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, 757-4463
Along with a zooful 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. jacksonvillezoo.
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. jax4kids.c
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, 471-1111, (888) 279-9194
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. marineland.
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonv
333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 396-6911
MOCA Jax offers summer art education programs, and free admission for families every Sunday, along with a dynamite interactive fifth-floor exhibit exclusively for children. mocajacksonville.
Museum of Science and History
1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, 396-6674
MOSH features science and nature-related exhibits along with regular shows at the museum planetarium. MOSH also offers science and adventure summer camps. themosh.
11850 Camden Road, Arlington, 645-7127
Paintball Adventures is open from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. year round.
St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
This latest 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 at 12 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. 877-467-5863. Check for coupons at piratesoul.com.
JaxParks has more than 30 pools open to the public, including one (the Cecil Aquatics Center) that’s open year-round. (For a complete list and pool info, go to bit.ly/gnfH2H). St. Johns County has just one, the Solomon-Calhoun pool, 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine, 209-0395, but it also features a gymnasium and a small splash park (bit.ly/gbSgaO). Fernandina Beach has a pool at the Atlantic Recreation Center with a playground and basketball courts, 2500 Atlantic Ave., 277-7350 (bit.ly/hT7Qyv). In Clay county, there’s either the public pool at Camp Chowenwaw Park (bit.ly/gO0fws) or 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. 529-2200 ext. 307. (bit.ly/hyUJlt)
Tours sponsored by the St. Johns Riverkeeper depart from and return to Friendship Fountain in downtown Jacksonville on the second Sat. of the month, and give kids a chance to get on the river, and learn about local history and ecology. First-come, first-boarded. Space is limited; check in at 12:45 p.m., boat leaves at 1 p.m. and returns at 3 p.m. Suggested donation is $15 for ages 12 and older, $5 for children. 252-7336. stjohnsriverkeeper.
St. Augustine Alligator F
999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-3337
In addition to a new 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. Day and weeklong camps are offered between June and August for kids entering grades 1-6 and include hands-on animal presentations, keeper talks, crafts and themed activities. Each week-long session is $120 for members, $140 for non-members. alligatorfarm.
FREE Splash Park
The once-popular splash park known as Kids Kampus is gone from downtown, but there are still 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.
Two local roller rinks (Skate Station Mandarin, 3461 Kori Road, 880-7703, and Skate Station Orange Park, 230 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 272-5600) offer roller-skating lessons and open skate sessions at various times. skatestationfunworks.c
Tree Hill Nature Center
7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, 724-4646
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 annual Butterfly Festival, held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 28, Tree Hill has 50 acres of trails, hummingbird gardens and guided nature walks. Call for fees. treehill.
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, and even grab a few acorns to plant their own granddaddy oaks. Jesse Ball Dupont Park, 1123 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville.
The refurbished fountain shoots jets of water 100 feet high all day, and colored lights play on the water at night. Located on the Southbank Riverwalk, 835 Museum Circle, Jacksonville.
ACADEMIC CAMPS & TUTORING
3571 Cardinal Point Drive, Jacksonville, 448-1956
2171 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-3552
2683 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Southside, 645-5366
Center Academy helps students entering 4th-8th grades who suffer from motivation, learning and attention problems. Three- and five-week programs offer intensive remediation for learning and motivational problems, as well as self-esteem enhancement, and relaxation training. centeracademy.c
The DePaul School of Northeast Florid
3044 San Pablo Road S., Jacksonville, 223-3391
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
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. elcofcnbb.
The Goddard Sch
2280 Village Square Parkway, Fleming Island, 264-0605
100 Julington Plaza Drive, St. Johns, 230-2002
14230 Spartina Court, Jacksonville, 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. goddardschool.c
Hope Haven Children’s Clinic & Family C
4600 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 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 C
11111 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 41, Jacksonville, 886-9600
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.
9471 Baymeadows Road, Ste. 306, Jacksonville, 629-1680
Tutoring for children in grades K-12 is offered in math, language arts, SAT and ACT prep. Evaluation and registration is free. ilearn-academy.c
Island Prep Eco-Friendly Learning Center
4171 A1A S., St. Augustine, 471-1100
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. islandprep.c
Just4Kids Academy Inc.
3749 Crown Point Road, Jacksonville, 262-1134
FCAT reading for older campers and academic review for younger campers are offered. Other activities include skating, bowling, swimming, hiking and fishing. Extended day care is available.
Kaplan Educational C
2683 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Ste. 141, Jacksonville, 642-7741 or (800) KAP-TEST
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. kaptest.c
9978 Old Baymeadows Road, Ste. 2, Jacksonville, 642-9566
11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 18, Jacksonville, 268-8861
13770 Beach Blvd., Ste. 14, Jacksonville, 821-9147
280 Solana Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-7775
8011 Merrill Road, Ste. 11a, Jacksonville, 744-2445
Kumon reading and math programs help children improve concentration and master fundamental academic skills. kumon.c
4792 Windsor Commons Court, Ste. 2, Jacksonville, 992-0971
This program offers help to students to overcome learning struggles to expand the child’s ability to learn. learningrx.c
Park’s Place Daycare & Learning C
5500 Shindler Drive, Jacksonville, 908-0140
Academic camp is offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in June, July and August, focusing on literacy and computer skills and including a summer reading program. Extended care is available. A summer VPK program for kids entering kindergarten in the fall is also offered.
A Quantum Leap Educational Services LLC
3938 Sunbeam Road, Ste. 1, Jacksonville, (877) 295-5327
Quantum Leap offers one-on-one private tutoring in all subjects for grades K-adult, with an emphasis on developmentally disabled children. The diagnostic and prescriptive programs offer sensory-based, intensive intervention to build confidence and accelerate learning. Flexible scheduling available.
Sylvan Learning Center
1414 Kingsley Ave., Ste. 4, Orange Park, 269-2000
4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 28, Avondale, 387-5100
2416 Dunn Ave., Northside, 757-2220
880 A1A, Ste. 7, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-8410
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. sylvanlearning.c
TEAM UP Summer Camp
Communities In Schools of Jacksonv
3100 University Blvd. S., Ste. 300, Jacksonville, 630-6900
These free summer camps are offered on-site at 20 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.
Tutoring Club St. Joh
605 S.R. 13 N., Ste. 109, St. Johns, 230-2855, tutoringclub.c
This organization tutors students age 5 and older in reading, math, writing, SAT/ACT prep, language, sciences and study skills. Hours are 3:30-7:30 p.m.
UNF Summer Institute
12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, 620-4242
The ACT prep course, for grades 9-11, is held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Thur., July 16-19 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat., April 21-June 2. The SAT prep course, for grades 9-11, is held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Thur., July 30-Aug. 2 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat., April 14-May 19. Course fee for each is $465. ce.unf.ed
ART, THEATER & DANCE CAMPS
Abella’s School of Danc
1765 Tree Blvd., St. Augustine, 810-2010
Students learn the fundamentals of ballet, jazz tumbling, conditioning, choreography, and dance history in the Summer Intensive Workshops. The first session, at a fee of $350, is held 9 a.m.-noon July 9-27 for ages 5-7; the afternoon workshop for ages 8 and older is held from 1-3 p.m. The second session, at a fee of $235, is held July 30-Aug. 10. Advanced ballet and pointe, for ages 11 and older, is offered for $100 a week, from 4-5:30 p.m. abellaschoolofdance.c
Academy of Dance
12276 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 613, Mandarin, 880-2275
This theater dance camp teaches children ages 6-13 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 18-July 27. Young children’s late afternoon and teen/adult evening classes are also available, along with extended care and field trips.
Alhambra Theatre & D
12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 641-1212, 280-0614 ext. 203
Alhambra Theatre and The Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach have teamed up for this theater camp for kids ages 9-12, held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., weekdays, June 11-22, with a performance on June 25 on the Alhambra’s stage. Campers study acting, voice, movement, improv, and costume and set design.
Amelia Arts Academy
516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach, 277-1225
Amelia Arts offers camps for kids 4-12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, June 20-Aug. 12. Activities include painting, storytelling, band, clay working, global art and music. Teen workshops are also available. ameliaartsacademy.
Amelia Island Montessori School African Dance Camp
1423 Julia St., Fernandina Beach, 261-6610, ameliaislandmontessori.c
This summer camp introduces children to African culture through dance, song and stories. At the end of the week-long camp, the children perform a choreographed piece to their parents. Camp is held from 9 a.m.-noon July 9-14, at a fee of $125.
Ancient City Art Camp
Taught by art professionals and held at Flagler College, this one or two week program for kids entering grades K-8 includes use of the campus pool and culminates in a gallery show for family and friends. The fee is $275 for one week, which includes all art and design materials and a snack. Camp is held Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3. Extended day till 5 p.m. is available at a fee of $50. Enroll at eventbrite.com/event/1708274495/?ref=
Art Camp @ MOCAJax
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonv
333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 396-6911 ext. 207
Art camp at MOCAJax offers children ages 4-17 meaningful art experiences in nine one-week sessions. Camp is held Mon.-Fri., from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 11-Aug. 17 (no camp July 2-6). Camp fees vary by age group. Campers bring their own snacks and lunches. Extended hours are available for $50 per week. mocajacksonville.org/family/camp
Artoga Summer Camp 2012
51 Pine St., Atlantic Beach, 477-0400
This camp offers yoga, art, theater and karate for kids and teens, ages 5-14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 4-Aug. 17. Weekly themes, live performances and a mini-carnival are featured. Extended care is available. artoga.
Atlantic Beach Experimental Th
716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 509-1472, abettheatre.c
ABET offers age-appropriate sessions for kids younger than 14, focusing on theater games, music and dance, improvisation and storytelling. Camps run from June 11-Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Fee is $160 per child, per week.
Bricks 4 Kidz Creativity C
155 Hampton Point Drive, Ste. 3, St. Augustine, 230-0543
Bricks 4 Kidz offers various camps this summer; call for details.
Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ’s South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 632-3015
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. Camp Broadway is held from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and runs June 18-22 at a fee of $550. Lunch and snacks are provided. artistseriesjax.
Camp Theatre Jacksonv
2032 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 396-4425 ext. 16
Theatre Jacksonville’s annual summer camp, for ages 7-13, is offered in two four-week sessions from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Camp is held June 11-July 1, and July 16-Aug. 10. Both sessions offer acting, dance, playwriting, stage makeup and stage combat. Camps culminate with a show. Multiple enrollments discounts and extended care are available. Camp fee is $500 per session. theatrejax.c
Children’s Art C
9866 Baymeadows Road, Ste. 6, Jacksonville, 612-7557
Art workshops are held June 18-July 27, Mon.-Fri., for age 3 and older, ranging from beginning drawing to clay and mask-making. childrensartclasses.c
Culinary Arts Cooking Camp
First Coast Technical College, 2980 Collins Ave., St. Augustine, 547-3461
The cooking camp is held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Thur. June 18-21, July 19-12, 16-19 and 23-26, in sessions for kids ages 8-12 and 13-17. The fee is $195 which includes materials, groceries, professional instruction and lunch. fctc.ed
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614
Camps are offered to encourage artistic expression, art appreciation and imagination through the visual, culinary and performing arts. Weekly thematic sessions are held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for children 4-18, weekdays, and run June 11-Aug. 17. Fees vary by session. Extended care is available. Campers bring their own lunches. Call for schedules and fees.
Cummer Museum of Art & Gard
829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 355-0630
Camp Cummer, for kids entering grades 1-6, is held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., weekdays, June 11-July 27. Kids draw, paint, construct and explore art and nature. Space is limited; call for fees and schedules. cummer.
The Dance Company
370 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, 471-4946
This nonprofit dance school offers ballet, tap, jazz and modern. Two summer camps for kids 4-11 and a weeklong intensive for ages 12-17 are offered. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-noon weekdays, June 25-July 6, July 23-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-10. Call for fees and schedules.
12226 Beach Blvd., Stes. 12 & 13, 998-7522, dancemania.00go.c
Two camps are held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 9-13, July 16-20 and July 30-Aug. 3. Princess Camp for girls ages 4-8 features parties, dances, games and crafts. Girls Rock Camp for ages 8-13 features dance classes, musical theater and improvisational workshops creating shows each week based on favorite popular rock stars. Camp fee is $175 a week; discounts for multiple weeks are available. After-care available for an additional fee.
1515 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 390-0939
214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, 246-4600
Dance Trance Kidz runs dance fitness classes all summer in Neptune Beach, 4:30-5:15 p.m., and San Marco, 4-4:45 p.m. every Mon. In this fun workshop, kids ages 7-11 learn choreography to popular music without recitals or contracts. dancetrancefitness.c
8763 Old Kings Road S., Baymeadows, 731-0508
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., Jacksonville, 730-3729
3568 St. Johns Ave. S., Jacksonville, 388-7088
This summer camp offers specialized paint-your-own-pottery and glass fusing instruction in a small group setting for kids age 5 and older. Sessions are held from 10 a.m.-noon weekdays, June 25-Aug. 10. Games, pizza parties and movies are featured. Sibling discounts are available.
First Coast Community Music School
Bldg. N102, FSCJ’s South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 646-2004
FCCMS offers high school band camp, 1-5 p.m. July 16-27; and intermediate band camp, orchestra and piano, 8 a.m.-noon, July 16-27. Call for fees and details.
The Florida Ballet Summer Intensiv
300 E. State St., Jacksonville, 353-7518
The Florida Ballet offers a course for the serious dance student. Daily classes, held June 13-25, 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 workshop is held June 11-23.
Florida State University Summer Music Camp
202 Longmire Bldg., FSU, Tallahassee, (850) 644-9934, (850) 645-7272
FSU offers workshops in double reed, tuba & euphonium, and double bass; camps include string orchestra, marching band leadership, honors choral ensemble, honors jazz ensemble, honors piano and honors chamber winds. Each camp provides musical, social and recreational opportunities, offered to middle school and high school students. Call for fees and schedule information. music.fsu.edu/pr/summer-camps.h
Girls Rock Camp Jacksonv
(813) 453-8341, [email protected]
This one-week summer day camp is held July 30-Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at a local school in the urban core; the after-camp showcase is held on Aug. 4 at The Florida Theatre. Girls ages 8-16 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 and daily workshops are featured. Camp fee is $300. girlsrockjacksonville.tumblr.com/
High School Summer Musical Theatre Experienc
Wilson Center, FSCJ’s South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 632-2347
This year, participants who are current 7th-12th grade students in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau and outer lying counties perform Peter Pan from July 27-Aug. 5. Free auditions are held on April 28 and 29. Local high school actors, dancers, singers, technicians and musicians are needed. SMTE provides the opportunity to work hands-on with local theater professionals. The fee is $250 for performers, $200 for techs; scholarships are available. fscj.ed
Jacksonville Children’s Ch
225 E. Duval St., Jacksonville, 353-1636
Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is open to all Northeast Florida kids, providing music education for children of all backgrounds, fostering teamwork, self-discipline, accomplishment and pride.
Jacksonville University Summer Dance Intensiv
2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, 256-7048
This two-week camp, for intermediate and advanced students, includes classes in ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, tap, Pilates and many other disciplines, and are taught by JU faculty, students and alumni. Residential and non-residential classes offered. Call for information, a brochure or to register. [email protected]
JCA Stage Door Theatre Camp
Jewish Community Allianc
8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 730-2100 ext. 252
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 18-July 13 and July 16-Aug. 10, with extended day available. An abbreviated session is held July 18-29. Lunch is provided. Camp is open to children of all national origins and faiths. jcajax.
1820 N. S.R. 13, Jacksonville, 287-8603
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 “Out of This World” and “Secret Agent.” Classes range from a few hours to a half-day for a partial or full week, depending on the child’s age. kidzartnfl.c
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., July 2-27, with a theatrical performance each Fri. Sessions feature themed drawing, painting, set design, song and dance and drama games from “The Muppet Show,” “Peter Pan,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked.”
LaVilla School of the Arts Summer Camp
501 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 633-6069 ext. 108
This camp, for ages 4-14, offers focus areas, including visual arts, dance, theater, Top Chef science, historical reenactment, vocal, piano/percussion, guitar, musical theater, circus, film, comics, screenprinting, junior counselor and storytellers. Camps are held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., weekdays, June 18-July 27. Camp costs vary by session and type. Free lunch, snacks and extended day are available.
Limelight Theatre Summer Camp
11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, 825-1164
KIDZfACTory offers camps for kids ages 6-17, including “Wonka Kids,” held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays June 18-July 11 with performances on July 12, 13, 14 and 15, and for ages 11-17, “Guys and Dolls Junior” held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays July 23-Aug. 15, with performances on Aug. 16, 17, 18 and 19. Students play theater games, rehearse the show, make set pieces and paint a backdrop. limelight-theatre.
Museum of Florida A
600 N. Woodland Blvd., Deland, (386) 734-4371, museumoffloridaart.
Camp sessions are held Mon.-Fri. at Johnson Children’s Art Center; for ages 4 and 5, 9-11:30 a.m. at a weekly fee of $55 for members, $80 for non-members; for ages 6-12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at a weekly fee of $155 for members, $180 for non-members and for ages 13-16 from 1-4 p.m. at a weekly fee of $155 for members, $180 for non-members. Kids experience variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. Each session is led by professional art educators and artists.
North Florida Conservatory
11363 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 200, Jacksonville, 374-8639
This camp offers band, string and theater programs for kids in grade 5-high school. Session A for band and orchestra is held June 18-21 and 25-28; session B is held July 16-19 and 23-26; each session is $100. Theater camp is held June 18-21, 25-28, July 9-12, 16-19, 23-26 and 30-Aug. 2, at a fee of $200.
North Florida Music Academy
155 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 11, Orange Park, 276-5557
Instructors work with drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, violinists, vocalists and others interested in playing in a band and learning different music styles. Rock Band for kids ages 10 and older; Mozart Meets Picasso, ages 7-12; pre-school music fundamentals and music for Little Mozarts, ages 4-6; keyboards, ages 6-17; kids choir, 6-9; show choir, 10-18; instrumental band and strings ensemble, 7 and older. Call for times, fees and dates.
North Florida Music Camp
University of North Florida Fine Arts Facility, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, 620-3841
This five-day intensive performance camp, for children entering grades 8-12, 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 17-21.
North Florida Percussion Camp
University of North Florida Fine Arts Facility, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, (228) 383-4918, NorthFloridaPercussion.
Kids entering eighth-12th grade are instructed by world-class musicians from June 10-15 at this overnight camp. Camp fee covers dorms, all meals and camp instruction. Call for details.
North Florida Piano Camp
University of North Florida Dept. of Music, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, 620-3854
This camp, for children entering grades 8-12, focuses on piano lessons, master classes, music theory, technique and piano literature. Campers may stay overnight or attend as a day camper (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily). Camp is held June 10-16.
Ortega Arts Camp
Ortega United Methodist Church
4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, 389-5556 ext. 116
This fine and performing arts camp for children in grades 1-6 is held from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on June 11-15 and 18-22. Activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, music and dance.
The Performers Academy
3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 322-7672
This performing arts school offers several camps, including Broadway Bound Musical Theatre, held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 23-27 and Aug. 6-10 for ages 10 and older, at a fee of $240 a week. A free performance wraps up each week. CooperMorgan Dance Theater is held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 11-29, for ages 6 and older, at $165 a week. The recreational and pre-professional dance camp mixes traditional and modern techniques, culminating in a dance production every Fri. The JCC provides lunch. Hello Hollywood is held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 16-20 for kids ages 9 and older, at a fee of $250 a week. Campers make a short film and take home a DVD. theperformersacademy.c
1108 A1A N., Ste. 104, Ponte Vedra, 543-1112
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 schedules and fees.
Players by the Sea School of the A
106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach, 249-0289
PBTS offers small camps that encourage children to express themselves through the arts. Camps include Let’s Put on a Play, Let’s Put on a Musical, Camp A-Go-Go and Character Zone. The three-week camp is held June 11-30, weekdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Teen Improv-a-thon is held July 16-27. Fees vary by session. Campers rehearse, stage, and perform a full-length show. playersbythesea.
4375 Southside Blvd., Ste. 11, Jacksonville, 646-3009
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).
Puddy Mud Pottery Stud
852 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 810-5603
Kids paint their own ceramic pottery. Sessions are held July 2-Aug. 16. Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Thur. Call for fees and camp details.
Riverside Children’s Arts C
2841 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 389-1751, riversideartscenter.
Located at Riverside Avenue Christian Church, the arts center offers six weeks of camp for children completing grades Pre-K through five, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., July 23-Aug. 10. Classes include visual arts, music, specialty classes and outdoor play daily. Extended care, scholarships and sibling discounts are available.
Savannah College of Art and D
231 W. Boundary St., Savannah, Ga., (912) 525-5100, (800) 869-7223
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. scad.ed
St. Augustine Dance Conservatory
3670 U.S. 1 S., Ste. 150, St. Augustine, 797-6469
North Campus, 3025 C.R. 210, Ste. 102, St. Augustine, 797-6469
APA offers kids, tots to teens, participation in musical and dance productions and recitals throughout the summer, July 9-Aug. 20. Call for schedules and fees. academyofperformingarts.
Summer Dance Intensiv
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Rd., Jacksonville, 390-2971
This camp is held for kids in grades 4-12. Session I runs June 13, 14, 18, 19 and 20; Session II is held June 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28. The fee is $200 per session. Classes include ballet, modern dance, jazz, musical theater and technique.
Summer Film Camp
University of North Florida’s University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, 620-4200
This camp, for children ages 10-17, introduces the techniques, language and process of filmmaking. Camp is held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 9-13 and 16-20, at a fee of $349 for the two-week session. creativeflorida.
CHURCH CAMPS & PROGRAMS
All Saints Camp
Holy Cross Charismatic Orthodox Church, 110 Masters Drive, St. Augustine, 810-0535
The theme is Under the Sea 3D; camp is held 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 13-Aug. 19 for ages 5-12. Field trips, sports and arts and crafts are featured, at a fee of $85 a week.
Dinsmore Vacation Bible School
Dinsmore United Methodist Church, 10604 Iowa Ave., Jacksonville, 768-6101
Vacation Bible School is held in July. Call the church for details and directions.
23400 N.W. 212nd Ave., High Springs, Fla., (386) 454-1351
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 5-16, are age appropriate. campkulaqua.c
6595 Columbia Park Court, Jacksonville, 641-8385
7860 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 641-8385
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.
1714-5 S.R. 13, Jacksonville, 287-2525, (888) 287-2539
This co-ed overnight camp located at Camp St. Johns at Marywood Retreat Center near Switzerland offers a sports, arts and crafts camp in a Christian environment, for middle school students. Activities include swimming, tennis, volleyball, softball and basketball. Camp meets July 1-6 and 8-13. Camp fee is $350.
Deermeadows Baptist Church
9780 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, 642-2200
The Deermeadows Baptist Church holds its free Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m.-noon, June 20-24, for children age 5-grade 5 by Sept. 1.
Grace Episcopal Day Sch
156 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 269-3718
Weekly themed camp sessions are held June 1-Aug. 13. Hours and fees for PK3-Kindergarten are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at $110 per week; hours and fees for kids in first-sixth grades are 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at $135 per week. Before and after care are also available. geds.
Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church
4001 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 396-7745
Vacation Bible school is held from 9 a.m.-noon, weekdays, June 20-24 for potty-trained kids ages 3 (by May 31) through completed grade 5. Activities include arts and crafts and Bible study. habchurch.c
Jacksonville Children’s Exploration Camp
3675 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, 241-3515, 493-3545
Located at the Foundation Academy, this camp offers six weeks of educational and fun activities for kids ages 5-15, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., June 20-July 29. The camp features field trips, arts, gardening, literacy, math, community service and career education for older students. Fee is $70 per week per child. jacksonvillechildrensexplorationcamp.c
Montgomery Presbyterian Center
88 S.E. 75th St., Starke, (352) 473-4516, montgomerycenter.
Camp sessions are held June 9-Aug. 10 for kids in grades 2-12, in age-appropriate groups. Fees range from $80-$725, 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., Jacksonville, 665-0102
Weekly activities, held June 20-Aug. 12, for kids ages 6-12 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.
Southside Baptist VBS
1435 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, 396-6633
The free Vacation Bible School program “Big Apple Adventure” is held for kids 4 years old-completed sixth grade. Activities include crafts, games, music and Bible study. Extended care is available for $150 per child, with sibling discounts.
University Christian School
5520 University Blvd. W., Jacksonville, 737-6330
Ultimate Camp for Summer, for kids age 3 through rising grade 6, is held from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, June 1-July 29. Activities include science projects, arts and crafts, field trips water activities, as well as sports camps. ucschool.
Vacation Bible School
St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1150 Fifth St. N., Jax Beach, 246-2466
High Seas Expedition VBS is held from 9 a.m.-noon, July 23-27 in the Parish Hall, for kids ages 4 through fifth grade. Admission is $25 for the first child, $20 for each additional child. beachesepiscopalschool.
YMCA Camp Indian Sp
2387 Bloxam Cut-off Road, Crawfordville, (850) 926-3361
This traditional YMCA residential camp 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, held May 30-Aug. 5, is committed to the Christian principles of the YMCA. campindiansprings.org to register online.
DAY & OVERNIGHT CAMPS
131 Suzanne Ave., Orange Park, 272-0424
A full-service daycare, Andromeda offers a camp 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
This private school offers summer camp programs for children entering grades Pre-K through sixth, in sessions held June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13 and July 16-20. Themed activities include American Girl, Bug’s Life, Builders Camp, Camp Hollywood, Rocket to the Stars, Giddy Up Gang, Legomania, pottery, robotics, Superhero Academy, Top Chef and a slew of others. Camp runs from 9 a.m.-noon or 9 a.m.-3 p.m., depending on program chosen, Mon.-Fri. Camp fees are $145 or $200. beachesepiscopalschool.
The Bolles Sch
7400 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 256-5080, 733-9292
Bolles offers academic and day camps throughout the summer. Specialty camps may be combined with Bolles Day Camp. bolles.
Boy Scouts of Americ
521 S. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, 388-0591
The North Florida Council sponsors overnight camps for Boy Scouts only, ages 11 and older, held in one week sessions 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. nfcscouting.
Burrell’s Camp Chippew
3111 Tiger Hole Road, Jacksonville, 737-4988
Camp Chippewa offers full-day camps from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., held June 11-Aug. 17, for ages 6-12 with counselors hailing from England and Ireland. Camp features daily swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing and field trips. Indoor activities include arts and crafts, and games. Registration is $40 and the weekly camp fee is $140 which includes lunch. burrellscampchippewa.
Recreation Dept., 2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-7350
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. A preschool program is also offered. Hours are 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., weekdays.
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-rising 10th graders. 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 Road, Jacksonville, 282-1000, 268-4200 ext. 122
Camp Ki Tov offers eight sessions for kids ages 1-15 from June 18-Aug. 10, from 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m. or from 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with extended hours available. Activities include swimming, canoeing, games, field trips, Judaica, overnights and undernights, cooking, music and Shabbat celebrations. Fees vary with schedules. jaxjewishcenter.c
3450 Monument Road, Arlington, 854-6555
2165 W. 33rd St., Northside, 355-3308
This camp offers indoor sports, life skills, instructional swimming, fishing and field trips for ages 6-14. Camp is held from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., June 18-July 27, at a cost of $100 per child per week, with a $50 registration. Lunch is provided. jaxpal.c
Chappell Schools’ Summer Camp
101 W. State St., Downtown, 632-3122
4501 Capper Road, Northside, 713-6010
8400 Baycenter Road, FSCJ Deerwood, 739-1279
1301 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville, 399-1009
484 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 598-8888
Kids ages 5-11 participate in activities including skating, movies, bowling, sports, performing arts, water play and arts and crafts. Call for dates, times and fees.
Community Connections of Jacksonv
Davis Center, 325 E. Duval St., 354-6681
Homeless Housing Program, 1839 S. Lane Ave., Ste. 102, 786-6886
Normandy Community Center, 1751 Lindsey Road, 378-1676
Courtney Manor, 5620 Collins Road, 215-8160
Kendall Court, 10535 Lem Turner Road, 713-8970
Leigh Meadows, 4320 Sunbeam Road, 2 2-3293
Lindsey Terrace, 6455 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-6283
Sable Palms, 2150 Emerson St., 398-3863
A.L. Lewis Center, 3655 Ribault Scenic Drive, 764-5686
This program offers weekly field trips, free breakfast, lunch and snack, arts and crafts, and academic enrichment. Camps are held at nine locations in Jacksonville; fees vary for each location, with a $15 registration. Scholarships available for those who qualify. Call for fees, times and locations. communityconnectionsjax.
37 S. Dixie Highway, St. Augustine, 826-0565
Creative Kids offers this day camp for elementary school students. Campers may attend the weekly sessions on a full-time or part-time basis. Activities include swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, sports and drama. Call for schedules and fee information.
Duval County Public Schools Summer Camp
The school system offers a variety of day camps at schools throughout the county, starting as early as June 11 (schedules vary by camp). Some camps have extended hours. Call the school’s Community Education Assistant Principal or the Extended Day Director after 3 p.m. for more information. Information on additional summer camps is available at the Community Education Office at 858-6080. duvalschools.
Duval County 4-H
1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville, 387-8858
Duval County 4-H offers summer youth camps where campers learn leadership development and community involvement. The volunteer adult leaders are trained and certified. Call for dates, times and fees.
Episcopal Children’s Services Exchange South
9143 Philips Hwy., Ste. 500, Jacksonville, 519-2800
15 Belmont Blvd., Orange Park, 213-3071
2506 Blanding Blvd., Middleburg, 291-5472
516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach, 491-3630
ECS operates child development centers offering full-day early education for ages 6 weeks-5 years. Centers also offer Florida’s Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) program during the school year. The centers are open from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ECS also assists parents in finding quality child care in Clay, Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Putnam and St. Johns counties. Call 726-1500 for more information or visit ecs4kids.org.
4455 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, 396-5751
An extensive and varied summer program is offered for rising students, grades 1-12, featuring academics, athletics and arts (music and studio), and fun camps for younger children. Dates, times and fees vary. episcopalhigh.
Fletcher High Middle School Summer Camp
700 Seagate Ave., Neptune Beach, 247-5905
One and two week middle school summer camps, for kids who have completed grades 5-8, are held from June 18-July 27. Camps offered include sports, performing arts, fine arts, arts & crafts, nature/science/outdoors and academic. Registration deadline is May 26. Contact Community Education at Fletcher for fees, times and dates. Campers bring their own lunch. fhssummercamps.c
4-H Summer Day Camp
St. Johns County Cooperative Extension, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, 209-0430
Day camps include beginning beekeeping, flora & fauna, landscape camp, beginning sewing, freshwater aquarium, junk drawer robotics and coastal camp. Dates, times, fees and age ranges (from 5-18) vary by program, most activities are limited to fewer than 20 campers and run one or two days.
Girl Scouts of Gateway Counc
1031 S. S.R. 21, Orange Springs, 291-0648 ext. 102
Camp Kateri is a resident camp for rising grades 1-12. Most sessions are six days/five nights, Sun.-Fri., June 17-July 27. Programs include equestrian, waterskiing, kayaking, archery, astronomy and others. Financial aid is available. Non-scouts are welcome. Girl Scouts helps girls develop leadership, decision-making skills and a social conscience. Council office is located at 1000 Shearer St., Jacksonville, 388-4653. girlscouts-gateway.
Happy Acres Ranch
7117 Crane Ave., Jacksonville, 725-1410
Happy Acres offers a traditional outdoor day camp experience, including swimming, boating, nature, arts and crafts, horseback riding, sports and special events. Camp is held 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for ages 4-12. Extended daycare costs are included. Lunch and snacks are provided. Call for fees and dates.
Jacksonville Children’s C
1095 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, 630-3647
The commission provides grants to several nonprofit organizations that run summer camp programs in Duval County. The eight-week programs are open to Duval County children K-15. Children enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program, or who have documented special needs and/or are McKay Scholarship recipients are eligible for selected camps. All camps provide literacy activities and field trips. A list of camps is available at jaxkids.
Jacksonville Country Day School
10063 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, 641-4166
Jacksonville Country Day Camp provides activities and education for age 4 through rising grade 6. Camp activities include swimming instruction, field trips, arts and crafts, canoeing and fishing, and sleepovers. Camps are held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 11-Aug. 3, with early and extended care available. Fees and schedules vary. jcds.c
JaxParks Kids Camp
R.F. Kennedy Center, 1133 Ionia St., 630-0933
Kids ages 4 and 5 get into loads of activities for active bodies and inquisitive minds. Camp fee is $75 for a two-week session, $20 for extended day. Call for schedules. jaxparks.c
JaxParks Summer Enrichment & Teen Power Camp, 630-4100
These camps are offered at various locations. Summer Enrichment Camp is for ages 6-12, including indoor games, arts and crafts, sports activities and water play. Cost is $75 per two-week session, $25 for each extended day session. Teen Power Camp, for ages 13-17, offers the opportunity to learn job skills and responsibility while networking with other teens in JaxParks’ Teen Power Junior Counselor program. Cost is $25 per two-week session. Other camps include tennis, bask