Spring Break & Summer Camps

Valrico Area Camps

Kids R Kids Valrico and Circa FishHawk

Contact: 657-6200, www.krkvalrico.com; www.krklithia.com

Cost: $130 per week $50 registration                                                   

Location: 4321 Lynx Paw Trl. in Valrico; 5815 Kids Crossing Dr. in Lithia

Both Camps start Monday, June 13, and go through the start of Hillsborough County School. Camp times are from 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.                                              

Program includes swimming two times per week at River Hills pool; field trips to Rainforest Cafe, a Tampa Bay Rays Game, a Raymond James Stadium tour, Ringling Museum, an on-site water park, MOSI, The Florida Aquarium, American Victory Museum, Camp Bayou, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and every Monday, there will be an in-house visitor. 

Kids R Kids Valrico and Circa FishHawk will continue to reinforce learning through its Advanced Ed curriculum each week. Its weekly reading passports will help your child stay on track for the upcoming school year. 


Contact: 684-1371; 677-8400; www.ymcacampcristina.org; 685-5402; www.tampaymca.org

Location: Campo, 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico; Camp Cristina, 9840 Balm Riverview Rd. in Riverview; Brandon, 3097 S. Kingsway Rd. in Seffner

What are you doing this summer? The YMCA has planned exciting and fun summer camps at each of our locations. This year, campers can choose from a range of full-day, half-day, and specialty camps, including sports, gymnastics, aquatics and more, plus our all-new outdoor adventure camp in Riverview and youth golf programs at various locations around Hillsborough County. Plus, preschool camps for children ages 3-5 are offered at Brandon and Campo.  Don’t miss out on the fun… view your YMCA’s camp brochure below to learn more or stop by the YMCA to sign up today.

Take 10 percent off summer camp fees for each additional child in your family, Purchase five or more weeks of camp and get a $50 voucher towards a future YMCA program,refer a new camper to YMCA day camp and get a $25 voucher towards a future YMCA program.

Tutoring Club

Contact: 681-9900, www.tutoringclub.com

Location: 4385 Lynx Paw Trl. in Valrico

Tutoring Club will be running its full-time schedule through Spring Break, which is Monday-Thursday, from 2:30-7:30 p.m. 

Its summer schedule will begin on Monday, June 20, and it will have Monday -Wednesday evening classes and Tuesday-Thursday morning classes and this will continue throughout the entire summer.

Young Chefs Academy

Contact: 643-7025, brandonfl@youngchefsacademy.com

Cost: $149 per camp for ages 7-15; $35 per class or four for $125 for ages 4-6

Location: 1576 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico

Young Chefs Academy has two separate summer camps for children ages 7-15 and for children ages 4-6.

For children ages 7-15, the camps will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. each day. They will make and taste several new recipes each day. The cost for the camp is $149 per camp; however, early registration specials and day rates are available. Camps will begin on Tuesday, June 21 and run through Thursday, August 18, with a different theme each week. Themes include Diner Days, Time Warp, Bakery Wars, Restaurant Tour and That’s Amore.

For children ages 4-6, the camps will fall on Mondays from 10 a.m.- 12 Noon and cast $35 per class or four for $125. This camp is themed “Places You Go, Places You Know!” and consists of mini-camps where the recipes will be themed around fun places for the kids, including the state fair, the zoo, the fire station and the beach. Each week, three new recipes will be made and tasted.

Brandon Area Camps

Rolling Pin

Contact: 653-2418, www.rollingpinonline.com

Cost: $150 for kids camps (ages 6-9)/ $175 for tweens camps (ages 10-16)

Location: 2080 Badlands Dr. in Brandon

Kids Summer Camps (Ages 6 -9)

Learning the Basics

Pricing includes all four days

This camp will be held Monday-Thursday, June 13-16, from 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Rolling Pin Summer Camps are a great way to learn new skills in the kitchen, create tasty recipes and meet lots of new friends.

The only things you need to be prepared are closed toe shoes and a restraint for shoulder length hair. Rolling Pin provides all the ingredients, tools and fun.

Learn some of the basics techniques of cooking and baking in this four day camp. Campers will start with eggs, then learn how to sauté, fry and grill. The third day, they will make sauces and the fourth day, learn about pastries and baking.

Cooking Around the World (Ages 6 -9)

Pricing includes all four days

Camp will be held Monday-Thursday, July 11-14, from 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Travel around the world this week and learn how to make favorite dishes from Italy, China, Mexico and the United States.

Tweens Summer Camps (Ages 10-16)

Cooking With the Food Network Stars

Monday-Thursday, June 20-23, 1- 3:30 p.m. and August 8-11, 1-3:30 p.m.

This week tweens will learn how to make some of the Food Network Stars favorite recipes, and even create some of their own.

Cooking from the Four Seasons

Camp will be held Monday-Thursday, July 18-21, from 1-3:30 p.m. and Monday-Thursday, August 1-4, from 1-3:30 p.m.

Each day it will take a different season of the year and cook dishes with ingredients available in that season.

Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC)

Contact: Amy Garcia, Director of Youth Development, 689-0908, www.mybsac.org; agarcia@mybsac.org

Cost: $125 per week for full day; $70 per week for half day; $30 per day for drop in

Location: 405 Beverly Blvd. in Brandon

Summer camp begins Monday, June 13 and runs through Friday, August 19, with the theme Camp BSAC 2011 Summer Tour.

Mad Science Summer Camps

Contact: David Ciardiello; 655-6643; madscience.org/tampabay under the summer/vacation tab


Location: various locations

Spring break camps during the week of Monday-Friday, April 25-29, for children 5-12 years of age

The Wacky World of Mad Science

At Panther Trace Clubhouse in Riverview from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $99 for the week. Children can come to this camp for two-five days. Bring your own snack each day.

Crazy Chemical Concoctions

At: FishHawk Ranch Aquatic Club in Lithia from 1-4 PM Cost is $119.00 for the week. Can come to this camp for 2-5 days. Bring your own snack each day.

Any questions call David at 655-6643 or check out our web site www.madscience.org/tampabay under the summer /vacation tab.

Summer camps for children 5-12 years of age

Panther Trace Camp

At: Panther Trace Clubhouse in Riverview from 9-12 Noon on June 27th-July 1st. Cost is $99.00 for the week. Can come to this camp for 2-5 days. Bring your own snack each day.

The Wacky World of Mad Science

At: FishHawk Ranch Aquatic Club in Lithia from 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 11-15. Cost is $100 for the week. Can come to this camp for two-five days. Bring your own snack each day.

Journey Into Outer Space

At FishHawk Ranch Aquatic Club in Lithia from 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, August 1-5. Cost is $100 for the week. Can come to this camp for two-five days. Bring your own snack each day.

Wacky World of Mad Science

At Home School Resource Center in Brandon from 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 20-24. Cost is $99 for the week. Bring your own snack each day. Register online at www.tampabayheat.org.

Center Place Camp

At Center Place, located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon on Thursdays, July 14, 21, 28 and August 4 from 11 a.m.-12 Noon each day.

Bloomingdale Public Library is offering a free 60-minute Mad Science Show that will definably be a blast! It’s on Tuesday, June 21, from 2-3 p.m.

Saladino Baseball

Contact: 684-UCAN (8226), www.saladinobaseballacademy.com

Location: South Brandon Little League, 600 S. Parsons Ave., Brandon

FishHawk Area Camps

Kids Community College FishHawk

Contact: Amy Hardy at 662-5100; 671-1440, www.kidscc.org

Cost: $145 a week

Location: 16641 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia

Summer Camp at Kids Community College (KCC) begins Monday, June 13, from 6:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m. and includes at least one educational field trip, bowling, movie theatre or skating each week, weekly visits to a local park (all fieldtrips include transportation), lunch, snacks and a summer camp T-shirt. Academic activities include focus on core concepts, character building, health and nutrition, computer lab and arts and crafts.

R & R Ranch

Contact: 653-3819, 661-1481, www.rrranchlithia.com/Camps

Cost: Day Camp $50/day, Beginner Camp $175/week, Advanced Camp $225/week, three-day camps $125, four-day camps $150. A $50 deposit is required to hold a spot for week-long camps

Location: 9805 Bryant Rd. in Lithia

R & R Ranch will hold Spring Break Camp on Monday-Friday, April 25-29, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Summer camp will be held at R & R weekly on Monday-Friday, June 13- August 5, also from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Beginner campers enjoy a daily trail ride, lots of games, swimming time in the above ground pool (summer only), education on grooming and care of horses and farm animals, bounce castle, sliding on the inflatable water slide (summer only), movies and games in the air conditioned camp house, arts and crafts, and more!

Advanced Campers enjoy all of the above, plus three riding lessons and more emphasis is placed on equine education.

Campers can range in age from 5 -15. Young campers may elect to leave earlier than the older crowd as camp can be exhausting.

All campers will need long pants, a shoe with a heel, and clothes that you can get dirty. They will also need a swim suit if they want to participate in the water activities (summer camp only). Weekly campers will need to bring their lunch and lots to drink. Sunscreen and bug spray are also recommended. Safety helmets will be provided.

Simply Spanish For Kids Summer Camp 2010

Contact: Jennifer Hildebrand, 727-5734, www.simplyspanishteacher.com

Location: FishHawk Ranch Aquatic Club

A two-week camp (enroll for both or only one to suit your schedule) beginning Monday, July 11, at 9 a.m.-12 Noon.

Children in grades Kindergarten-fifth will learn about the Hispanic culture, language, food, music and more using songs, crafts, games and food.

Riverview/ Apollo Beach Camps

TechPlayzone Science and Technology Camp

Contact: 684-7329, techplayzone.com

Cost: $175 for full-day camp with $20 off or half-day camp for $100 with $10 off when registered by Friday, April 1

Location: 13208 Boyette Rd. in Riverview

Campers at TechPlayzone create their own video games, program and build LEGO robots, engage in cool hands-on science activities and also film and edit movies.

Boys as well as girls ages 5-13 will have a blast during full-day or half-day camp at TechPlayzone. TechPlayzone campers are grouped based on age and skill level. Intermediate and advanced sessions are available for returning campers.

TechPlayzone Spring Break Jr. Engineers Camp – Monday-Friday, April 25-29

Full-day camp: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $175 with $20 off when registered by Friday, April 1.

Half-day camp: 9 a.m.-12 Noon Cost: $100 with $10 off when registered by Friday, April 1.

TechPlayzone Weekly Summer Camp – Starting June 13th

Activities: Lego robotics, video game creation, claymation, science experiments, animation, movie making, Web design and more. Science themes vary each week to keep camp fun and exciting.

Full-day camp: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Cost: $175 with $20 off when registered by Friday, April 1.

Half-day camp: 9 a.m.-12 Noon Cost: $100 with $10 off when registered by Friday, April 1.

TechPlayzone’s annual Summer Camp Open House is Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m.-12 Noon, where visitors can receive 20 percent off camp enrollment.

TechPlayzone’s sixth anniversary celebration, which includes a LEGO building contest and SCRATCH Day Celebration, is on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information about camp, workshops, hours and costs, call 684-7329 or visit www.techplayzone.com.

Discovery Point Summer Fun & Fitness Camp

Contact: 671-1800, http://discoverypoint.com

Location: 11719 Symmes Rd. in Riverview


Kids Community College Lake Saint Charles

Contact: Jackie Suarez 671-0828; 662-5100, www.kidscc.org

Cost: $165 a week

Location: 10544 Lake Saint Charles Blvd. in Riverview

Summer Camp at Kids Community College (KCC) begins Monday, June 13, from 6:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m. and includes at least one educational field trip, bowling, movie theatre or skating each week, weekly visits to a local park (all fieldtrips include transportation), lunch, snacks and a summer camp T-shirt. Academic activities include focus on core concepts, character building, health and nutrition, computer lab and arts and crafts.

KCC will also offer summer VPK from Friday-Friday, June17-July 29, from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and is free to those who qualify.

Name: Kid’s Community College Charter School

Location: 10530 Lake Saint Charles Blvd. in Riverview

Contact Info: Kelli Pellicer 671-1440

Kids Community College Charter School will be offering a summer tutorial. The summer tutorial is a half-day, four-week program in which the children will receive educational instruction in math and reading.

Cost for the tutorial is $80 a week; the dates are to be announced, but will run from 8 a.m.-12 Noon.

Misty Farms

Contact: Kristin at 484-5194 or e-mail at Hollandlak@aol.com; www.mistyfarms.net

Location: 7515 Riverview Dr. in Riverview

Apollo Beach Racquet and Fitness Club

Contact: 641-1922; www.abrfc.com

Cost: is $100 per week, $115 per week non members and $25 per day drop

Location: 6520 Richies Way in Apollo Beach

The Apollo Beach Racquet & Fitness Club “Sport Camp” after school and summer camp is not your typical afterschool program. It utilizes the entire ABRFC facility to keep children active. Campers enjoy a mix of study time, free play and group activities.

Spring Break and Summer Camp hours are 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Cost for members is $100 per week, $115 per week non members and $25 per day drop. Weekly field trips additional / optional.

In-home, Off-site

Honor Roll In-Home Tutoring

Contact: 382-6106; hrinhometutor.com

Location: on-location

Let us work with your children in the convenience of your home or day care setting to sharpen your child’s academic skills!  This is something “smart” to do with all that time off of school?  Don’t let them lose any of what they’ve learned!  Send them back to school at the head of the class!


Tampa area camps

Florida Aquarium AquaCamps

Contact: 273-4000; flaquarium.org

Location: 701 Channelside Dr. in Tampa

Check out AquaCamps for grades Pre-K-8 and a special SCUBA Camp for kids ages 12-15. AquaTots (3- and 4-year-olds), have two sessions per week with a parent or guardian, and AquaKids have three half-day sessions on their own. Both age groups play games, make crafts, see animals and visit Explore A Shore.

Kids that completed grades K-3 participate in full day week long programs that include science explorations, Aquarium tours, arts and crafts, a live animal encounter, splash time at Explore A Shore and go an off-site fieldtrip.

Kids that completed grades 4-8 participate in full-day week long travel camps that focus on marine science adventures. Travel groups are split into two age groups, fourth and fifth graders and sixth to eighth graders. Some activities scheduled for this summer include kayaking, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, caving and more.

Each AquaCamp day is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Morning and afternoon care is free with early drop-off starting at 7:30 a.m. and late pick up until 5:30 p.m. Lunch options with snacks are available for an additional price. Camps can fill quickly and are registered on a first-serve basis.

If your child is looking to make new friends, learn about marine animals and have a great time, then The Florida Aquarium’s splashy, slippery, cool AquaCamp is the place to be.

MOSI Summer Science Camp

Contact: 800-995-6674, campfun.org

Cost: varies

Location: 4801 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa

MOSI’s Spring Break Camps

Spend the week celebrating the tiny, but wonderful, world of insects with the arrival of Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World!, a creepy-crawly exhibition that’s got MOSI all a buzz. Uncover insect mysteries and experience an amazing world from ants to zebra swallowtail butterflies. Preregistration is required. Register online at www.campfun.org or call 987-6000 for more information.

Program Fee: $230 per program
Member Fee: $170 per program


Insect Superpowers will be held Monday-Friday, April 25-29, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from Kindergarten-third grade students.

Flying Fireflies & Battling Bugs will be held the same days and times for fourth-eighth grade students.

Summer Science Camp 2011

Find out what tens of thousands of students have come to realize throughout MOSI Summer Science Camp’s exciting 31-year history of launching rockets, exploring the wilds and making science come alive: our camps make a positive difference in their lives.

MOSI creates sparks of inspiration that last a lifetime by providing enriching experiences in a fun, supportive environment. Camps are designed to provide new discoveries through the best type of educational experience: hands-on. Let MOSI show you how to transform an ordinary summer into one filled with excitement, learning and laughs.

MOSI Summer Science Camp offers an extensive range of fun camps for every interest for ages two through high school; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camps with hands-on, project-based curricula; personalized instruction by certified teachers and experienced science and technology educators in a positive environment; an opportunity to experience awe-inspiring experiments and demonstrations and use cutting-edge equipment and technology; an all-inclusive program with no additional fees or admissions; access to current science and technology in one of the best science centers in the world; and convenient extended care from 7-9 a.m. and/or 4-6:30 p.m. and daily hot lunches available.

Big Cat Camp

Contact: Beth Kamhi, ED Director at 323-3265 or kids@bigcatrescue.org

Cost: $195.00 per camper for each four-day session. (Early Cat tuition only $180 if completed by Friday, June 3)

Location: 12802 Easy St. in Tampa

An Adventure To Remember!

Children 8 to 15 years old are invited to explore the great outdoors with 100-plus big cats of every size, color and “purrsonality.” While participating in educational activities campers enjoy meeting lions, tigers, leopards and many other felines. Join Big Cat Rescue for an outdoor exploration on its 55-acre campus while learning about animal habitats, diets, adaptations and conservation. Interactive learning opportunities include diet preparation, scavenger hunts and keeper demonstrations of feedings and behavioral training with the cats.

Campers need to wear tennis shoes and clothes that can get dirty. They need to bring suntan lotion, bug repellent, a rain poncho, drinking water, a snack and lunch.

Class size is limited to ensure a quality experience for each camper, and each class is staffed by two or more adults.

Summer Camp Schedule – 9:30 am-4 p.m. daily

For ages 8-11, the camp runs Mondays- Thursdays, June 20-23, June 27-30, July 11-14, July 18-21, July 25-28, August 1-4 and August 8-11.

For ages 12-15, the camp runs Mondays-Thursdays, June 27-30, July 11-14, July 18-21 and August 1-4.

The Big Cat Opportunity You’ve Been Waiting For! (For Ages 16 To 18)

Have you always dreamed of a career in animal care? Are you passionate about conservation? Have you wondered what it’s like to work in this field?

Young adults ages 16-18 can explore their interests and learn from our Keepers, Staff and experts in person. Join us in small workshop formats designed to give a real taste of life in the animal care and conservation world. One session will be offered with “Modern Conservationist” on the agenda for this summer season.

The Young Adult Expedition is offered for a three day session held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with a bonus option to attend our Keeper and Feeding Tours (a $150 value at no additional cost). Tuition is only $300 a session per participant.

The session runs from Thursday-Saturday, July 28-30.

The young adult schedule is from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday and Friday and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday.

(Bonus Option! Participants who complete the program are invited to stay for the Keeper Tour & Feeding Tour Sat 2-6 p.m.)

Glazer Children’s Museum

Contact: 443,3861, www.glazermuseum.org

Location: 110 W. Gasparilla Pl. in Tampa

Lowry Park Zoo

Contact: 935-8552, ext. 268; www.lowryparkzoo.com

Cost: Weekly tuition varies by program, starting at $170 per week

Location: 1101 W. Sligh Ave. in Tampa

Zoo School at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo offers 10 weeks of super summer camps for K-eighth graders, presented by Outback Steakhouse. Campers learn about nature, science and the animal kingdom while hiking through the zoo, exploring behind-the-scenes and interacting with animals.  Teen zookeeper training camps offered too.

Weekly tuition varies by program, starting at $170/week. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with extended care available for an extra charge. 

Registration is now open at www.LowryParkZoo.com or call 935-8552, ext. 268 for the education registrar. 

Busch Gardens

Contact: Toll-free 1-877-248-2267; swbg-adventurecamp.com/adventure-camps/

Location: 10165 N. McKinley Dr. in Tampa

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Resident (Overnight) Camps

Contact: 281-4475; gswcf.org

Location: Camp Dorothy Thomas (Riverview)


Tampa Bay History Center School Break Camps

Contact: 675-8960; www.tampabayhistorycenter.org

Cost: $150 per week, per student, or $135 per week for members. Before and after camp care available for additional cost.

Location: Downtown Tampa, 801 Old Water St. in Tampa

Learn about the history of the Bay area through games, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits and more in series of weekly camps for kids ages 8-11, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays: Archaeology Adventures June 27-July 1 digs into Florida’s past; Let’s Play July 11-15 plays games and sports of the past, with Museum Olympics and cool water fountain games; Art Infusion July 25-29 paints, draws and sculpts; Viva Tampa! Aug. 8-12 teaches basic Spanish, Latin dance, makes Cuban sandwiches and celebrates culture of Tampa.

Academy of the Holy Names Summer on Bayshore

Contact: 839-5371, www.holynamestpa.org

Location: 3319 Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa

Looking for a local summer program full of fun activities? Academy of the Holy Names offers Summer on Bayshore, an open-enrollment program which runs from June 13th – July 22nd.  Our six-week program includes Camp Jaguar, a weekly camp for Pre-K 3 –  4th grade campers, as well as a variety of individual week sessions for Pre-K – 12th graders in technology, sports, arts, enrichment and review. High school credited courses are also available. Full and half-day sessions offer parents flexibility with extended care as an option. Please visit us at www.holynamestpa.org to preview our summer offerings.

Tampa Prep

Contact: Tammy Honegger; 251-8481, ext. 4009; www.tampaprep.org

Location: 727 W. Cass St. in Tampa

Check out Tampa Prep’s new enrichment programs, including robotics.

Summer programs for 2011 include both academic and Camp Terrapin.

Academic course dates are as follows:

For Pre-Calculus, the first semester (Trig) will be held from Monday-Thursday, June 6 – June 23, and semester two will be held from Friday-Friday, June 24 – July 15, with no class on Monday, July 4.

All other academic classes will be held in two semesters from Monday-Friday, June 13 – July 1, and from Tuesday-Friday, July 5 – July 22, also with no classes on Monday, July 4.

Camp Terrapin will be held for seven consecutive weeks from Monday-Friday, June 6-July 22.

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Jennifer Silverstein
Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.