Kids R Kids Is Now Enrolling for Summer Camp
Summer is fast approaching and now is the time to start thinking about where your child is going to spend his or her time while school is out. If you are looking for a summer camp experience your child will never forget, Kids R Kids is the place to be.
This year’s summer camp, “Camp Kids R Kids Clubhouse”, will explore, examine, create, share, and have a blast in a variety of extraordinary clubs. Small and large group activities will engage campers each day, while building positive character traits, vocabulary, and knowledge. They have developed a fun summer camp designed to keep your child both physically and mentally active throughout the summer. They have combined indoor and outdoor activities throughout the day, as well as several field trips every week for school age children. At Kids R Kids, they strive for their campers to keep looking forward to the next day’s activities.
Kids R Kids will offer two summer camp experiences: “Camp Kids R Kids Clubhouse-Junior” for children two years to five years and “Camp Kids R Kids Clubhouse-Senior” for elementary school children K-5.
There are options that will fit your needs – both full-time and part-time. School age Summer Camp Special of $136 a week that includes meals, field trips, and transportation.
There are sibling discounts. The camps fill up quickly so call today at 526-7000.
Their Valrico school is located at 4321 Lynx Paw Trail (657-6200 or visit and their FishHawk location is at 5815 Kids Crossing Dr., in Lithia (526-7000 or visit

Horses Main Attraction At R&R Ranch Summer Camp
Campers at R&R Ranch summer camp enjoy a daily trail ride, pony painting, hay rides, lots of games, snowball fight, education on grooming and care of horses and farm animals, bounce castle, sliding on the inflatable water slide, Movies and popcorn in the air conditioned camp house, arts, crafts, and much more.
Advanced Campers enjoy all of the above, plus three riding lessons and more emphasis is placed on equine education.
Campers range in age from 5-13. Young campers may elect to leave earlier than the older crowd as camp can be exhausting.
The cost to attend is $50 per day. Beginner camp is $175 a week, advanced camp is $225 per week. For three days camps, the cost is $125 and for four days, it is $150 per week.
The summer camp dates are Monday-Friday, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-June 28, Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, Monday-Friday July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22- 26, July 29- 2 and August 5-9. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; early drop off and late pick up can be arranged.
R&R Ranch is located at 9805 Bryant Rd., in Lithia. For more information, call 653-3819 or 661-1481 (barn numbers) or email You can also visit

“50 Days of Summer, 50 Years of Impact” Bring It! Camp BSAC. Be the Fun….
Camp BSAC is now registering for their summer camp. The cost to register is $30 per child, maximum $60 per family. The registration fee includes a camp T-shirt and back pack. The cost per week for a full day of camp is $130; 75 for half day and $30 per day drop-in fee.
Week 1, Monday-Friday, June 10— June 14 – Color Wars Color Wars; Week 2, Monday-Friday, June 17— June 21 – Ocean Adventure Ocean Adventure; Week 3, Monday-Friday, June 24— June 28 – Adventure Week Adventure Week; Week 4, July 1— July 5 – Secret Agent Week Secret Agent Week; Week 5, July 8 — July 12 – Circus Week Circus Week; Week 6, July 15—July 19 – Safari Week Safari Week: Field Trips; Week 7, July 22—July 26 – BSAC Ranch BSAC Ranch; Week 8, July 29—August 2 – Mad Science Week Mad Science Week; Week 9, August 5-August 9 – Wacky Tacky Wacky Tacky; Week 10, August 12-August 16 – Fun and Fit Week.

SuperKids Summer Camp Offered At A Child’s Haven
Reserve your spot for weekly summer camps for ages 1-10 will begin Monday, June 10 and run through Thursday, August 15.
Week of June 10 – Space Adventures Camp, June 17 – Music Makers Camp, June 24 – Blue Wave Camp, July 1 – Stars & Stripes Camp, July 8 – Olympics Camp, July 15 – Going Green Camp, July 22 –Knights & Princesses Camp, July 29 – Artful Antics Cam, August 5 – What’s Cooking Camp and August 12 – Circle of Friendship Camp.
There will be two weekly field trips for students K5 through 5th grade, including places such as Lowry Park Zoo, Gator Land, MOSI, Skating, County Parks, Florida Aquarium and much more. Also enjoy summer reading challenge and spelling bee, face painting, ice cream social and pizza days, summer camp scrapbooking, arts and crafts and much more.
Reserve your spot for $125 a week. This includes all field trips and activity fees.

Red Fox Stables Offers Daily Horse Lessons and Trail Rides
Camp is offered for ages 5 years old and up. Your child is assigned a buddy to share camp with at the beginning of the week and horses to be responsible for. This includes mucking stalls, feeding, grooming and care of the horse. They will enjoy daily riding in both the riding arena and on the riding trails, horse games, and a show event on Friday to show off what they’ve learned during the week. Daily lessons are included. Also included are games on horseback, education on grooming, care of horse, equipment used, feedings, breeds, arts & crafts (related to horses) and much more. All taught in their air conditioned camp room.
Sign up early to secure your spot as class sizes are limited. There is one instructor per three children. There are discounts for siblings and multiple camp weeks.
Full day camp runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and costs $199. Half day camp is available from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and costs $165.
For more information or to register, contact Roxane at 601-9516,, or visit All credit cards are accepted and Paypal.

Get Your Passport to Adventure At Primrose School’s Summer Camp
With new explorations every day, this summer will be full of fun and excitement. Primrose’s 2013 Summer Camp, Passport to Adventure!, offers a new theme for Explorers to enjoy each week. From the great outdoors to science and food fun, Camp Primrose has something for everyone. Customize your adventure by selecting specific camp weeks or join us for a whole summer of fun!
The themes each week include The Great Outdoors, Food Fun, Sports, Treasure Island, Science, Animal Safari, Games and Game Shows, Medieval Times, Space, Inventions and Robotics, Travel and Music and Dance.
Primrose School is located at 1280 Bloomingdale Ave., in Valrico. For more information on summer camps, or to register for camp, visit or call 438-5980.

The Cure For the Summertime Blues? MOSI Summer Science Camps
At MOSI’s week-long camps, getting down and dirty with hands-on science is the prescribed medication.
MOSI’s Summer Science Camp brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) alive through hands-on experiments and building projects. From finding rocks to launching rockets to making rock music, MOSI camps create the experiences that expand interests and make dreams a reality. Doing real science with the tools and technology used by professionals is just one of the ways MOSI Summer Science Camp inspires campers with a “can do” attitude that can last a lifetime. Real science coupled with exciting experiments, simulations, explorations, and inventions will help discover the innovator within. Designing video games, creating art with lasers, searching for fossils, using DNA to solve crimes and cooking up edible slime are just some of the thousands of Summer Science Camp experiences offered.
Half-day and all-day camps are taught by certified teachers. They also offer technology, travel and residential camps.
S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) camps run from Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 16 and are offered for preschool through high school students.
If you are a MOSI member, you save 25% on camp fees. The camp fees are all inclusive with no additional fees or admissions. Convenient extended care available from 7–9 a.m.
and/or 4–6:30 p.m. and daily hot lunches.
MOSI is located at 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa. For more information on all of the camps offered, visit You can also call 987-6000 or e-mail

Mad Science Sparks Imaginative Learning
Mad Science Camps offer hands-on science programs which are unique, fun and interactive. Their summer science programs let children become junior scientists for the summer and embark on a series of science adventures.
Your child will be able touch, see, hear, smell and taste what science is really all about. They use simple, real world science techniques that allow even the youngest of campers to enjoy their learning environment. Campers create, build and assemble a variety of take-home projects while exploring how science affects the world around us.
Children will be amazed when they discover cool chemical reactions, build rockets and participate in their launch, check out security systems, cool spy equipment, and funky forensic tools that are used in real crime scene labs, build their very own working robot and get to take it home.
Each summer Mad Science offers our fun, hands-on science camps in various locations. But why pack up the car and drive somewhere when you could just send your kids down the street – to your neighborhood clubhouse!
Neighborhood camps run from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon, Monday through Friday. Mad Science offers different themes that can be run at a neighborhood camp.
Parents (and kids) receive all the benefits of a regular Mad Science camp – with the added bonus of being close to home.
Interested in bringing a Mad Science camp to your neighborhood? Contact our office at 655-6643 and a camp specialist will detail how they do all the work and how you and your neighbors can get a great camp at a discounted price.
For more information on Mad Science camps, visit

Glazer Children’s Museum Summer Break Camp Connect
Spend a summer of educations exploration with Camp Connect at Glazer Children’s Museum. Week long camps (Monday to Friday) are available for children ages 5-9. One teacher and one assistant will be with every class (maximum 20 students per class). Camp programs include, but are not limited to, science explorations, arts & crafts, games, walking field trips, guest presenters and play time throughout the museum.
New for this year are Discovery Days for children ages 3-4 years. Adult attendance and participation is required for each child. Camp will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 -11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. The cost is $18 per child, per day.
The week-long camps will have full day camp sessions for the week, which cost $220 and half day (9 a.m.-12 Noon or 1-4 p.m. sessions), which cost $110 for the week. Camp pricing includes museum entry, a.m./p.m. snacks, camp T-shirt (one per week), and all activity supplies.
Glazer Children’s Museum is located at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa. For more information, email or call 443-3821.

Music Showcase Offers Music and Theatre Options for Summer Camp
The Summer Scene 2013 promises to be an exciting summer camp for students interested in participating in music, theatre and more. Over 30 classes will be offered for those ages 5 and up. Classes in music, acting, beginner guitar, beginner violin, drums, singing, field trips, stage presence, song writing and more will be available.
All day summer camp days, from Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., will be filled with music and theatre activities, learning how to play the violin, guitar or drum, singing, crafts, games, field trips, learning about instruments and more. Early drop-off and after camp pick-up offered.
Music Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Dr., in Brandon. For more information on camps, visit or call 490-2787.

Summer Camps At The Pottery Patch
This is the 11th Summer of Summer Camps, and the projects this year are the best ever. Create & Play Classes are being offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long from 10:30 a.m.- 12 Noon. These classes are for kids ages 7 and up. The project line-up includes clay hand building, glass fusing, canvas painting, and unique pottery painting techniques. Some of the projects are “You Scream, I Scream for Bubble Paint Ice cream”, the pottery “People Eater”, canvas “Puppy Portraits” and more. Each class session is $25 (plus tax) and registration will be available online, as well as in the studio.
New for summer 2013 are Teen Camps. These classes are creative fun just for kids ages 12 and up. Fun canvas painting and pottery painting projects will be featured. These class offerings feature advanced painting techniques and projects. These classes are individually priced from $25-$45 and are offered select days from 1-3 p.m. Dates of teen events are Thursday’s, June 27, July 11, July 18 and July 25.
They also offer Friday Night Arts…it’s Kid’s Night Out Full of Fun. It is offered on the first Friday of every month from 6-8:30 p.m. This program is for kids ages 6 and up and the cost is $25. This event features a creative project (pottery, glass fusing, clay, and more), pizza, games, and fun!
Registration is available online “events”.

Sketch and Sip Offers Summer Art Camp
Summer Art Camp will be offered for kids ages 6- 14 years. Art history and Art Education will be included in every class with coordinating projects in canvas painting, weaving and college.
Summer Art Camp for Kids ages 6-14. Camp runs from Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 28 and again from Monday, July 8 through Friday, August 2. Classes will be held from 9 a.m.-12 Noon each day. The cost is $40 per day or $180 for the week. A light snack and supplies are included.
Sketch and Sip is located at 11242 Winthrop Main St., in Riverview. For more information, call 644-5954 or visit

Kids’ College Camp at HCC
Kids’ College at HCC is a summer camp program for girls and boys between the ages of 7-12 years. The goal is to develop and expand students’ interests, stimulate creativity and provide life skills for success in a unique learning opportunity; all while having fun. Camps will take place from Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 16. The camps are held from Monday to Friday’s from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (with drop-offs starting at 7:30 a.m. and pick-ups ending at 5:30 p.m. Advance registration is required.
Choices range from Computers, Games & Apps, Healthcare, S.T.E.M., Culinary and Wellness, Photography & Art, Music & Singing and Fashion Design.
There are four locations through Hillsborough County: HCC Collaboration Studio, 1602 N. 15th St., in Tampa, HCC at the Regent, 6437 Watson, Rd., in Riverview, HCC SouthShore Campus, 551 24th St., NE, Ruskin and HCC Plant City Campus, 1206 N. Park Rd., Plant City.
The cost is a $35 one-time application fee. Tuition is $120 per week (which includes extended care). There is a 15% discount on tuition if you register by Tuesday, April 30.
HCC also offers HCC’s Teens’ Technology (TECH) Camp, which offers talented teens a unique well-rounded summer experience. Tech campers will immerse themselves in a fun-filled learning experience which will expand their intellectual world. Teens will learn app development and video game and movie making creation. This program will help build the future leaders of the technology world.
For more information, please call 259-6010 or register at

Red Fox Stables Summer Camp Offers Daily Horse Lessons and Trail Rides
Camp is offered for ages 5 years old and up. Your child is assigned a buddy to share camp with at the beginning of the week and horses to be responsible for. This includes mucking stalls, feeding, grooming and care of the horse. They will enjoy daily riding in both the riding arena and on the riding trails, as well as two private lessons during the week. There is one instructor per three children, but it’s important to sign up early to secure your spot as class sizes are limited to 15 kids per week to assure safety of all children. Full day camp runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and cost $199. Half day camp is available from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and cost $165. Contact Roxane at 601-9516,, or visit

Tampa Theatre Film Camp
The Tampa Theatre Film Camp is collaboration with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education, with assistance from Learning Gate Community School. During the one-week camp, young filmmakers from 3rd to 12th grade actively participate in the creative process of filmmaking from idea generation, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting, sound, and editing using all digital technologies.Each production team of 3-5 young filmmakers, guided by a camp counselor, will create a 3-5 minute live action or stop motion animation film.
All equipment is provided (cameras, lights, sound, MAC computers with iMovie, iStopMotion, Garage Band and Celtx programs, etc.). The films will be screened at the Tampa Theatre Film Camp Festival and each filmmaker will receive a copy on DVD. All experience levels are welcome at all sessions.
• Session 1 – Monday-Friday, June 17-21, Session 2 – June 24-28 – Live action filmmaking – 9 a.m. to 12 Noon for students entering grades 3-5 and 1-4 p.m. for students entering grades 6-8.
• Session 3 – July 15-19 – Live action filmmaking – 9 a.m. to 12 Noon for students entering grades 3-6 and 1-4 p.m. for students entering grades 7-12
• Session 4 – July 22-26 -Stop-motion animation filmmaking – 9 a.m. to 12 Noon for students entering grades 3-6 and 1-4 p.m. for students entering grades 7-12.
Registration is limited to 20 students per session. Once a session is sold out, it will be noted here with instructions on who to contact to be put on a standby list. The cost is $175 per session (limit two sessions per student)
For more information, visit or contact: Nicole Southworth at 274-5510 or

Create a Summer of Possibilities at The Art Institute of Tampa Summer Studio
This summer, instead of building campfires, why not build on your creative potential at Summer Studio? Not your typical summer camp, Summer Studio puts students in a hands-on, collaborative environment, where they learn new skills in the fields of design, culinary, media arts or fashion.
This five-day summer program at The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, is open to high school students, and offers these workshops: Culinary Arts; Digital Filmmaking & Video Production; Digital Photography; Fashion Retail Marketing; Graphic Design; Interior Design; Media Arts & Animation; and Web Design & Interactive Media. Under the direction of Art Institute of Tampa faculty, students will work on exciting real-world projects and use professional-grade tools and technology to see if a creative college like The Art Institute of Tampa is right for them.
Summer Studio at The Art Institute of Tampa runs Monday-Friday June 17-21. To enroll or for more information, visit, contact Rebekah Perez at 393-5370 or All workshops are non-credit bearing and do not transfer into any of the programs offered at The Art Institute of Tampa. The deadline for registration is Monday, June 10.
For more information, contact Kim Resnik at 770.689.4892 or, or Marcia Gomez at 305.428.5676 or

Girl Scout Summer Camp Is Calling
All girls are invited to join Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) for summer camp. Girl Scout camp provides girls an opportunity to hone special skills, encounter leadership opportunities, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults.
Overnight camps will be offered throughout June and July at both Camp Scoutcrest and Camp Wildwood for girls entering grades 2–12.
Day and twilight camps will be offered in July and August at select GSWCF locations, including Camp Dorothy Thomas in Riverview, for girls entering grades 1–12.
For parents seeking a safe, secure, nurturing all-girl environment for their daughters, Girl Scout camp is the place. Camp sessions are also very affordable with pricing starting at $15/girl for twilight camp, $75/girl for day camp, and $185/girl for overnight camp.
Visit to view the 2013 Girl Scout Summer Camp guide, and to learn more about GSWCF’s summer camp offerings. Registration for all summer camps is available online at
Girls who aren’t Girl Scouts can join at the time of summer camp for just $12.

Music ‘n Art To Hold Summer Camp
Music ‘n Art will be offering a new fun-filled and educational summer camp to kick off programs at their new location at 10732 Ketchum Valley Dr., in Riverview running from Monday, June 10 – Friday, August 16. Hours are from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Summer camp gives children and teens a chance to explore their creative sides and gain self-confidence that comes through nurturing a talent. Classes offered will be piano, violin, drums, dance, musical theater, rock / jazz band coaching and art. Five different classes will be scheduled every day, each being one hour long. This provides students the opportunity to shape a variety of talents.
Call the studio at 672-7629 or 484-5580(cell) or visit for information on class schedules and pricing.
There is also a late afternoon after-camp opportunity available from 2-6 p.m. that offers chess club, tutoring, origami, musical theater, dance and art.
Give your child an opportunity to pursue their interests and talents or find new ones this summer.

Summer Golf Program
The local Ace Golf Ranges will offer summer camp at their two locations beginning on Monday, June 17.
Junior Summer Golf Program 2013 will take place Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.-12 Noon: Riverview: 6/17-21, 7/8-12, 7/22-26, 8/5-9 and Brandon: 6/10-14, 6/24-28, 7/15-19, 7/29-8/2.
Each day consists of interactive instruction from etiquette and safety to practice, competition and awards. The cost is $129/week or $35/day. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register at the Brandon location, contact Frank Wyatt at or 651-4653 and Matt Primrose at or 672-7750 for the Riverview location.
Ace Golf Brandon is located at 820 S. Kings Ave., in Brandon and Ace Golf Riverview is located at 12910 Boyette Rd., in Riverview.

Summer Sailing Classes
TSS Youth Sailing will offer nine weeks of summer sailing classes from Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 16 to young sailors, ages 7 to 17, at the Sailing Squadron in Apollo Beach.
Classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced sailors are on Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. From the first day to the last, young sailors are on the water, sailing in small boats, having fun and learning the ropes in a safe, organized program of sailing activities. They are rigging, launching, sailing and landing a pram or Sunfish, understanding wind direction, steering and points of sail to maneuver the boat upwind (tacking) and downwind (jibing). All graduating sailors are invited to race in the Joey Meyer Regatta at the end of the season.
TSS Youth Sailing’s instructor, Ryan Kresge, is certified to teach by U.S. Sailing, the national sailing authority, and the American Sailing Association. He and sailing assistants have credentials in CPR, First Aid and boating safety.
There are discounts for multiple students and multiple weeks. To register, visit TSS Youth Sailing’s website, WWW.TSSYOUTHSAILING.ORG.
TSS Youth Sailing is a federal 501(c)(3) and Florida non-profit organization, teaching kids and teens to sail, a fun activity that fosters responsibility, teamwork, and awareness.

Character Academy Offers an Affordable and Fun Summer Camp
Character Academy is a ministry of Celebration Church offering a wholesome environment for children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade. “We want to offer an affordable summer program to help families in our community during these difficult financial times and have fun in the process,” says Pastor Jay Fuglaar. “Our activities are geared toward teaching character values in a fun, active way.”
Beginning June 10, Summer Camp is open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuition is $35 per week. Parents choose which weeks their child will attend.
Character Academy Summer Camp provides safe and fun indoor/outdoor activities including a playground, gaming centers, water days, all kinds of ball games, art, music, dance, puzzles, drama, movie days, sweet treat days and much, much more! Registration is going on now. The fee is $50. Contact Elizabeth Parry, Director of Administration, at 817-1662, for more information and to register. Celebration Church is located at 1653 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, across from Bloomingdale High School. Go to for registration information online.

Girls With Confidence Summer Camps 2013
Girls With Confidence presents three camps in the month of June. Each camp is Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 Noon.
Girls from 1st-8th grade will be split into age specific groups. During the start of each day, girls will be grouped together with all age groups first. This is a wonderful way for the younger girls to lear from the older girls and for the older girls to take on a leadership role with the younger ones.
Camp Selections are Cool Confidence Camp (June 10-13), Girls “Rock” with Confidence Scrapbook Camp (June 17-20) and GoGirlGo! Camp (June 24-27).
Camps will take place at Lamb of God Lutheran Church- The Barn, located at 10540 Browning Rd., in Lithia.
The cost to attend is $109 prior to Monday, May 20 and $129 after that date. Discounts ($10 off each registration) are available for registering for more than one camp or for registering multiple daughters. In order to get these discounts, please call 571-2002. For more information on each camp or to register, visit

Coach P’s Total Sports Camp
In this fun, fast-moving program, kids enjoy a wide variety of sports and athletic games. Campers play basketball, flag football, soccer, track, baseball and many other “high-energy” activities such as speed, agility and quickness training. It is open for children K-5 boys and girls and all abilities. The kids have a great time playing in a variety of traditional and non- traditional games and sports. The kids play everything from soccer and dodge ball to water balloon wars and obstacle courses.
This program, directed by Lowell Patterson (AKA “Coach “P””), is appropriate for boys and girls of all skill / experience levels.
Session 1 Camp runs Tuesday-Thursday, July 9 – 11 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon and Session 2 Camp runs Tuesday-Thursday, July 16-18 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. The cost is $85 per camper.
For more information, call 309-2246 or visit!total-sports-camps.

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Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.