Enrich their Break: Jacksonville’s 2018 Summer Camps for Kids

Arts and culture are for everyone, including our young ones. Often camps are their first glimpses into their future careers, hobbies, interests, and lifelong friendships. Here we highlight a selection of summer camps sure to enrich the long days. 


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June 3–10 PRELUDE CHAMBER MUSIC CAMP From beginners to master musicians, different tracks of small ensembles (usually 3–4 in an ensemble) are organized based on instrument mix, skills, performance experience, maturity, and other important small-ensemble considerations. Whether you have a pre-formed ensemble or want to be placed, there’s always a spot for you. Complementary small ensembles are carefully chosen by our organizers. Placement auditions for all ages are held April 14–15. Riverside Park United Methodist Church, 819 Park St, PreludeChamberMusic.org

June 4–Aug 10 FIRST ACT CHILDREN’S DRAMA COMPANY SUMMER CAMP A camp for kids who already love theatre, and for those who want to try out for the first time. Campers can explore their dramatic side through age-appropriate theatre games, music, dance, improvisation, and story-telling. As well as having lots of fun using their imaginations to create characters and stories using costumes and props, drama activities can help children learn about emotions, develop empathy, build self-confidence, improve communication, and develop teamwork and stage skills. Each camp culminates in a play for friends and family. Adele Grage Theatre, 716 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, thefirstact.net

July 2–27 ROYAL AMELIA DANCE ACADEMY PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER CAMP All summer camps include art, drama, and dance classes for ages 4–12. Each camp concludes with a Family Finale theatrical performance that will be held Friday at the Amelia Musical Playhouse. Weekly themes provide a different focus for each camp session. Class size is limited. Royal Amelia Dance Academy, 1897 Island Walk Way #4, Fernandina Beach, radacademy.dance

June 4–July 20 APEX SUMMER THEATRE CAMP Theatre Camp Blast Off kicks things off with a focus on Improv/Theatre Games/Stage Combat. Theatre Improv Camp features a series of improvisational games based on Improv/Ensemble-building/Making bold choices. Musical Theatre Workshop will showcase the latest hits from Broadway. Performances will be held Friday in the studio black box space. Make’Em Laugh includes improvisational theatre games and teamwork with a fast paced, short form Improv show at the end of the week. Lights! Camera! Actions! prepares campers for acting in front of the camera. The Best of the Best closes out the summer series. Apex Theatre, 5150 Palm Valley Road, Unit 205, Ponte Vedra apextheatrejax.com

June 4–Aug 3 BACH2ROCK B2R’s unique method is based on the knowledge that students learn best when they join together to play the music they like the most. Campers use special arrangements of the music of our time and combine individual lessons with band instruction. Weekly jam sessions lead to Battles of the Bands and regularly scheduled public concerts that encourage students to become seasoned performers. These creative group activities foster teamwork, build self-esteem, and motivate students to perfect their musicianship through independent practice. Groups include Rock Band, Glee Club, Record a Studio Demo, Rock City World Tour, and Recording Arts: Pro Tools & Production. Bach2Rock, 2280 3rd St S, jacksonvillebeach.b2rmusic.com

June 4–15, July 9–20 BITTERSWEET AERIAL DANCE CAMP Dancers ages 8–17 will learn the basic skills of Aerial Performing Arts including basic moves and transitions in acrobatics, aerial hoop (lyra), silks, and vertical pole (as seen in Cirque Du Soleil), while building their strength and flexibility. An exciting evening of performances will be hosted at the end of each session; campers will perform their skills for family and friends. Bittersweet Studios, 3738 Southside Blvd, bittersweetfitstudios.com

June 4–June 29, July 9–Aug 3 THEATRE JACKSONVILLE SUMMER CAMP During each 4-week session campers will cycle daily through classes in acting, musical theatre, dance, and improvisation. After an initial week of preparation and training for campers ages 7–14, we hold camp-wide auditions for an original show, written by our professional instructing team and directors, which becomes the curriculum for all classes for the remainder of camp. Aiding the children during classes and helping them throughout their day are our fabulous camp counselors, some of the best and brightest teenagers from area high schools. Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd, theatrejax.com

June 10–15, 17–22 UNF BAND CAMP Students attending this camp should have a minimum of one year of experience on their instrument and will be expected to perform seven major scales if in middle school and twelve major scales if in high school for ensemble placement. Middle School Band Camp is open to rising grades 7–9. High School Band Camp is available to rising 9th graders through graduating seniors. This camp will feature both day camp and overnight options. University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, www.unf.edu

June 11–SET STUDIOS Campers 6–10 and 11–17 will learn and perform energetic songs, scenes, and dances from some of the greatest Broadway shows during Broadway Boot Camp. Pop Stars and Rock Stars Camp is the ultimate American Idol camp centered on chartbuster hits. Greasers Camp takes campers on a trip down memory lane by performing pieces from the 50’s and 60’s. Disney Camp allows students get to pick their favorite classic songs from Disney films. In Duet Camp, campers will work with a partner, building trusting relationships and creating double the fun! The summer closes out with Spelling Bee Camp and a chance to appear in a future Musical Production. Audition Required. Set Studios, First Coast Center for the Arts, 725 Atlantic Blvd Ste 20, Atlantic Beach, setstudiosjax.com

June 11–June 29 COOPER MORGAN SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE This Jacksonville Summer Dance Intensive is a three-week pre-professional dance program designed for ages 8 and up. Each day includes dance training, mentoring, and healthy lunches and snacks. Classes include Ballet, Composition, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Pointe, Repertoire, Placement and Conditioning, and Choreography. Students are invited to participate in the annual Cooper Morgan Dance Benefit Concert following the summer intensive. Cooper Morgan Dance Theatre, The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd, coopermorgandance.com

June 11–21 EPISCOPAL SCHOOL EAGLE ARTS CAMP Eagle Artists ages 6–10 will have a safe and exciting experience with hands-on learning, performing, and group interaction packed full of fun. Discover talents in music, musical theatre, creative dramatics, movement, arts and crafts, storytelling, mime, and improvisation. Campers will work with our professional directors, all artists themselves in their own disciplines. Older campers ages 11–14 will hone skills in dance, musical theatre, the Orff approach, theatre, and improvisation. All campers will participate in daily motivational and inspirational workshops to enhance these skills. Professional directors will create a spectacular showcase featuring the campers which is seen at the end of the two-week camp. Episcopal School, 4455 Atlantic Blvd, esj.org/summer

June 11–15, 18–22, 25–29, July 9–13 CAMP ENCORE Campers age 6–11 will discover their passion and grow their creativity through dance, music, theatre and the visual arts. Qualified teaching artists work with students of all experience levels for an inspiring summer of creative discovery. Cathedral Arts Project, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 256 E. Church St, www.capkids.org

June 11–15, 18–22; July 9–13, 16–20 JACKSONVILLE SCHOOL OF MUSIC SUMMER CAMP Experience two-week camp sessions with rhythm live with Pipe Stomp, Boom Whackers, Drums, Percussion Instruments, Cups, and more. Three small group lessons in your choice of Voice, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Violin, and Recorder. Campers will participate in music-themed Creative Art Time and Music Games, exploring concepts in theory, music structure, scales, and chords. A Showcase Performance will be held on the last day of each session. Jacksonville School of Music, 12192 Beach Boulevard Ste 8, jacksonvilleschoolofmusic.com/summer-camps

June 11–15 CAMP BROADWAY Camp Broadway introduces young people ages 10–17 to life on-stage and behind the scenes. Training in acting, scene study, improvisation, music theory, solo and ensemble singing, movement, and dance make up the intensive class work. Triple-threat workshops give one-on-one instruction in singing, dancing, and acting. Campers learn about the theater from 10 New York staff members of Broadway performers, choreographers, and musicians. Each kid gets their own headshot and a Camp Broadway t-shirt. Wilson Center for the Performing Arts, FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd, fscjartistseries.org

June 11-Aug 6 SUMMER CAMP AT THE ISLAND Summer Camp at The Island has a different theme each week. Campers learn theater fundamentals and create an end of week performance. Camps are designed for two different levels of camper experience.  Campers Ages 5-12 and Campers 12-18 will participate in different camps with similar themes. The Island Theater, 1859 Town Hall Circle Suite 54, Fleming Island [email protected] 904-254-1455, www.theislandtheater.com

June 18–July 27 F13RCE SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVES Designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced dancers, the F13RCE Dance Summer Intensive is a five-week program in ballet, modern, contemporary, stretch, conditioning, musical theatre, jazz, hip-hop, composition, pas de deux, latin, and repertoire. Focus will be on developing creativity, evolving technical and artistic skills, deepening an appreciation and understanding of the art form, and preparing students for future goals in higher education and careers in the dance field. River City Fine Arts Academy, 111 E. Bay St, rivercityfineartsacademy.com

June 25–29 RIVER CITY CHORAL MUSIC FESTIVAL CAMP The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus hosts a fun-filled week of music, choral singing, choreography/dance, games, swimming, field trips, and performances. The camp is open to rising 5th–12th grade singers. Guest conductor for this year’s festival will be Mr. Darren Dailey. The New Jersey Youth Chorus, under the direction of Tara Postigo, will serve as the Choir-in-Residence for the week. Activities will include Breakout sessions in Sight-reading/Music Theory, Choral Rehearsals, Choreograph, wo evening performances, field trips, swimming at JU pool, games, and more. Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd N, jaxchildrenschorus.org

July 2–Aug 3 THE 5 & DIME SUMMER CAMP Young campers ages 5–10 will enjoy playing theatre games as they learn about theatre and develop acting skills Julyy 2–6 and Julyy 30–Aug 3 as part of the Flapjacks Acting Camp. Silver Dollar Musical Theatre Camp for rising 6th–10th graders is held Julyy 9–20. This two-week camp is an opportunity for young performers to explore and expand upon talent and love for Musical Theatre through games, musical numbers, and solo work while putting together a showcase to highlight the campers’ growth. Hotcakes Acting Camp for rising 6th–10th graders is held Julyy 23–27. The camp is designed for young adolescents to hone the craft of improvisational acting skills and enjoy themselves while growing with their friends. 112 E. Adams St, the5anddime.org/education

July 30–Aug 3 CAMP CUMMER MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP HEAL Foundation, a local nonprofit serving individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders, has underwritten Camp Cummer scholarships for children with autism. There are ten scholarships available for 2018 on a first-come, first-served basis. Each group has 25 campers, one Museum Educator, and three to four volunteers. Grades 6–9. Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave, cummermuseum.org/visit/education/camp-cummer


June 11–29 THE ART LOFT Art Camp includes drawing, mixed-media, and painting on canvas. Lessons include elements from art history and children’s literature. Each day ends with freshly baked cookies and milk. Each Friday is Black Light Day. Camp is open to students entering K through leaving 6th grade. Space is limited. The Art Loft, 2236 Jones Rd, www.the-art-loft.net

June 11–15, 25–29, July 16–20, July 30–Aug 3 THE ART GARAGE SUMMER CAMPS The name says it all! Your child will enjoy lots of messy fun while they learn about creative process, color theory, and much more! Rembrandt Renegades session is full of hands-on inventive projects that help us learn about famous artists. Students will enjoy lots of different mediums as they create their own masterpieces! Adventures In Acrylic week is based on all things acrylic. All sessions are open to campers K–5th grade. The Art Garage, 2683 St. Johns Bluff Rd Ste. 149, www.theartgaragejax.com

June 11–July 13 CHILDREN’S SUMMER ART WORKSHOPS Students ages 3 and up may participate in a variety of weekly art workshops. Each workshop will meet each day, Monday through Friday, for each selected week. Students may participate in as many as four different workshops at Baymeadows location or 3 at Orange Park location each week, for a four-week period over the summer. Visit website for class descriptions and times. Baymeadows and Orange Park locations, www.childrensartclasses.com

June 18–28 BE THE ART CAMP Art educators Hope McMath of Yellow House and Barbara Colaciello of Bab’s Lab invite rising 7th grade students through high school to be part of a two-week hands-on, storytelling through the arts camp that promotes creative freedom and personal exploration! Through the process of journaling, art making, and improvisation training, campers will visit artists’ studios within the CoRK Arts District. Using that experience, students will reinterpret a favorite work of art through painting, prints, and drawings, and develop a character for performance. The program culminates with an art exhibit curated by the students celebrating their work at yellow House and an original collaborative theater piece performed at Bab’s Lab. Limited space available. Performance and exhibit will be staged Junee 29. The Yellow House and BAB’S LAB at CoRK Arts District, www.YellowHouseArt.org


May 28–Aug 10 JAX SURF CAMP A fun and safe way to advance a child’s surfing skills, ocean knowledge, and comfort in the water. Camp is open to ages 6–16 and will break into groups depending on age and skill. Intermediate level surfers are welcome as well as beginners. After completing the five-day surf camp, your child will have learned these fundamental skills: water safety, paddling, the surf zone, and of course standing up on a board! 7th Street & Beach Ave, Atlantic Beach, jacskonvillesurfandpaddle.com

June 4–July 27 GUANA RESERVE CONSERVATION CAMP Adventures on the Estuary Camp is a fun and educational way for your child to learn more about the importance of the estuary, learn more about the adaptations of animals that call the ocean and estuary home, explore the many habitats found at the GTM Research Reserve, and even participate in research projects just like the biologists who work there! All the learning sessions will be balanced with good-old camp games and crafts that support the learning themes. Each week will focus on a specific habitat that comprises the estuarine ecosystem including Ocean Week, Estuary Week, and Forest Week. GTM Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra, www.gtmnerr.org

June 4–Aug 3 MOSH DISCOVERY SUMMER CAMP Summer Discovery Camps are offered primarily for K–5th graders with select weeks offered for 6th–8th graders. Join MOSH for a new adventure each week! Campers will explore science, history and astronomy as they conduct experiments, journey to the edge of the universe in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, and explore Museum exhibits, including this summer’s exhibit: National Geographic Presents Earth Explorers! Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle, themosh.org.

June 4–Aug 3 UNF ECO CAMP Eco camp provides children the opportunity to spend the summer outdoors while learning about Florida wildlife, canoeing at UNF and having unforgettable experiences. Weekly camp activities include canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, swimming, arts and crafts using natural materials, education about local flora and fauna, team building activities and games, and weekly field trips to natural areas. University of North Florida, 1 UNF Dr, unf.edu

June 4–Aug 3 ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM During Jr. Zookeeper camp, students try their hands at this interesting career by making animal enrichments, observing animal behaviors, and meeting actual zookeepers. Stayin’ Alive Camp explores all the ways to use the five senses as only the animal kingdom can. Learn how animals use their senses of sight, touch, hearing, smell, and even taste to survive in this sense-ational camp. Zoo-Rassic Park explores some of our living dinosaurs and their ancient history. Visit the website for full listing of camp sessions. St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 999 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, alligatorfarm.com

June 4–July 27 SHIVA ROBOTICS ACADEMY Shiva robotics academy is an educational institution that teaches kids about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through various hands-on activities. Lots of LEGO building, designing and programming activities interspersed with fun games and crafts.​​ Shiva Robotics Academy, 7044 Beach Blvd, shivarobotics.com

June 11–July 27 ID TECH CAMPS Develop real-world tech skills and experience firsthand how interests can turn into a college degree and future career. Campers ages 7–17 develop Code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce films, and more. Curriculum is delivered in small clusters of just 8 students per instructor for personalized learning. Optional Accredited Continuing Education Units issued by Villanova are available. University of North Florida, 1 UNF Dr, www.idtech.com

June 12–Aug 11 CHOCOLATIER DAY CAMP Kids will have the opportunity to be a chocolatier for a day by learning about the chocolate making process, dipping their own treats, coloring with edible paints, and even building a delicious gift basket to take home. Minimum age requirements vary based on location and the specifics of what each camp has to offer. Check website for locations, dates and prices. peterbrooke.com/peterbrooke-summer-camps/

June 18–29 JAX COOKING STUDIO SUMMER CAMP Create delicious recipes inspired by some favorite movies such as Ratatouille, Coco, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and more. Campers age 7–18 will learn basic culinary skills and work in teams to cook each day’s recipes. Campers ages 13–18 will explore International Street Food! Make dishes such as Armenian kebabs, Chinese dumplings, Mexican grilled corn, and more. Along the journey, gain an understanding of the people who live in these international destinations by discussing their culture and history. 14035 Beach Boulevard, jaxcookingstudio.com

June–Aug CELESTIAL FARMS SUMMER CAMP Open to campers of all ages. Each week has a new theme. Kids of similar ages are grouped together for various age-appropriate activities. The favorite activity for all ages is the swimming pool, but we also have fishing, riding, and lots of other fun things to do on the farm. Animals on hand include dogs, cats, goats, pigs, horses and ponies, sheep, donkey, rabbits, and birds of all shapes and sizes. Celestial Farms, 13958 Duval Rd, www.celestialfarms.org