It’s only the start of spring, but before you know, the dog days of summer will be upon us. What can you do to keep the kids entertained? Where can they go to try new things, learn how to swim, meet new friends and have great adventures and even learn about places and cultures far away? There are many options to choose from locally that will fit the bill.

The staff at the Osprey Observer has collected the top recommendations for local summer camps and created this special pull out section.

Maybe your kids would like to spend the summer “horsing around.” R&R Ranch offers just that opportunity, and not just to learn to horseback ride, but also about the care of the horses.

At Music Showcase, music and theatre take the stage and so can your child. Musicals such as The Lion King Jr. and Legally Blonde Jr. will be offered, and your child can hold starring roles in these and other popular musicals offered from the Florida Academy of Performing Arts for children ages 5 and up.

The local YMCAs will offer many types of camps which mix fun along with great learning experiences. With choices of half or full day camps, there is something for everyone.

LEGOs and robotics take center stage at the camps offered by TechplayZone. Introduce your kids to hands-on fun that will both enrich and entertainment them.

Camp Superkids at A Child’s Haven offers field trips twice a week.

Do you want your kids to retain the math skills they learned during the school year? Mathnasium is the place to help give them a strong start in the fall.

For dates, prices and registration information on these and more, turn the page and enjoy this special section and have a great summer.

Your kids will use a lot of STEAM by enjoying the science and tech camps offered this summer by MOSI. Your kids can experiment with many different things that will be offered.

For the artist in your family, sign them up for workshops to learn about painting, drawing, pottery, modeling and more at Center Place Fine Arts.

With weekly themes utilizing age-specific activities and field trips that make BSAC unique, your kids will enjoy every moment of summer camp.

Did we miss one? Let us know by e-mailing subject line “Summer Camp” to and we will be sure to add our full listing online.

Find Fun Activities For Your Budding Artists At Center Place Fine Arts

Who knew that art could be so much fun? This summer, you can sign up your budding artists, ages 7 to 16, for workshops at Center Place Fine Arts. Learn about painting, drawing, pottery, modeling and more.

Workshops include Art Journaling, Art Mural, Build a Beach Party, Charm, Etiquette & Modeling, Collage, Creative 3-D Masks, Cruise around the World, Fantasy Sculptures, Paper Schulpures, Pet Sculptures, Print Makimg, Project Role-Model, Recycled Art, Space Art and Wet & Wild Canvases.

Classes are offered from Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register today by calling 685-8888 or visit

MOSI Offers Lots Of Choice Science And Tech Camps

When school is out, MOSI is in. Get in-depth and hands-on with your favorite Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) subjects or try something totally new. Enjoy hands-on experience and building projects. From extracting DNA to launching rockets and building robots, we are about creating the experiences that expand interests and make dreams a reality. Doing real science with the tools and technologies used by industry professionals is just one way MOSI Summer Science Camps inspire our campers with a can-do attitude that can last a lifetime. Real science coupled with exciting experiments, simulations, explorations, and inventions will help you discover the innovator within.

Instruction in the camps are by certified teachers and experienced science and technology educators in a positive environment. There will be opportunities to conduct experiments and use cutting-edge equipment and technology. Your kids will have access to current science and technology in one of the best science centers in the world.

Summer Camp at MOSI will take place from Tuesday, May 29 through Wednesday, August 9.

Upgrades available for extended care from 7–9 a.m. and 4–6 p.m. and daily hot lunches are available. Register online at or call 987-6000 for more information. MOSI is located at 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa.

Enjoy Music And More This Summer At The Florida Academy for Performing Arts

Full and half day camps are available for kids ages 5 and up at The Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA) at Music Showcase.

Kids will enjoy drums, acting, guitar, field trips, singing and games and more.
Musical Theatre productions of The Lion King Experience, Jr., Legally Blonde the Musical, Jr., Winnie the Pooh Kids and Doctor Dolittle Jr. will all take place this summer.

For more information, call 490-2787 or visit

Ostingers Baseball Camp Will Hold Three Sessions This Summer

Ostingers Baseball Camp will give your child ages 7-14 years old a better understanding of the game of baseball, through instruction, drills, and games.
Having a good time while learning the fundamentals will be the main focus of the camp. The instructors have 30 years combined professional playing and coaching experience.

Kids will receive daily fundamental drills and activities for: Throwing, Pitching, Hitting, Fielding, Base Running, and Mental Game. There will be games at the end of the week to evaluate progress.

Session 1 will take place Monday-Friday June 5 to 9, Session 2 – Monday-Friday, July 10-14 and Session 3 from Monday-Friday, July 24-28.

Camp will take place at FishHawk Sports Complex from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 pm. The cost is $175 per camper. Second child costs $125. Space is limited so register early to hold your spot. Call 737-3000 or visit

Kids Will Enjoy Horsing Around At R&R Ranch

R&R Ranch is a family-owned and operated horse ranch specializing in horse experiences for the young child and beginner riders. Campers range in age from 6-12. They will enjoy daily trail rides and hay rides along with receiving an education on grooming and the care of the horses and farm animals
Kids will also enjoy a bounce castle, movies and popcorn in the air conditioned camp house, a petting zoo with baby bunnies, chicks, ducks and baby pigs, arts, crafts, and more.

The cost for camp, which takes place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. is $195 per week or $50 per day. Early and late pickup can be arranged. Spaces are limited.

Camp runs from Monday, May 29 through Friday, August 4.
R&R Ranch is located at 9805 Bryant Rd. in Lithia. For more information, visit or call 655-3819.

Your Kids Will Enjoy The Best Summer Ever At Y Camps
The local YMCA’s are offering a Passport to the Best Summer Ever from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, August 4.

Get ready for the total camp experience. Day Camp is separated by grade level and features a rotation of diverse activities including indoor games, outdoor recreation, team challenges, structured and free swim. The themes change weekly and range from Super Heroes to Around the World and everything in between.
Specialty camps are for kids looking for something different. Choose from any number of skills and specialties.

Sports camps are for the kid who is an athlete at heart. It is for those looking to try a new sport, or those simply curious about sports in general. The camps are full of fun with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship and fundamentals.

Aquatic camps include swim lessons and lots of fun water adventures guaranteed to keep kids active and engaged.

Teen camps are for those looking to develop leadership skills.

Gymnastic camps are for all skill levels from beginner to advance.

Adaptive camps are available for campers with special needs ensuring fun and inclusion for all.

For info on the North Brandon location, call 685-5402, Campo Family location, call 684-1371, Camp Cristina, call 677-8400 or please register online at

TechPlayzone Offers Hands-On Technology Enrichment In Fun & Safe Environment

TechPlayzone has led the charge for engaging young people in science, technology, engineering, and math since 2005.

With an increased demand for hands-on technology enrichment, TechPlayzone has continued to provide families with excellent curriculum, and fun in a safe environment for all kids.  Give your child a high-tech advantage at TechPlayzone this summer.

TechPlayzone Engineering Camp – TechPlayzone is pleased to partner with the Doolittle Institute to offer an engineering camp for young people in 2nd-12th grades.  This will allow campers to build and program drone quad-copter robots, self-driving cars with sensors, and 3D print objects for use with Tetrix Robotics Systems.  This camp has been developed for kids who enjoy problem-solving, designing, and building and will take place at 1528 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Camps are weekly from Monday, June 5-Friday, August 4. The cost is $150 per week from 9 a.m.-12 Noon or 1-4 p.m.

TechPlayzone STEM Camp – TechPlayzone is pleased to partner with Families Instructing Students at Home (FISH) to offer an amazing STEM camp for all young people in 2nd-7th grade. TechPlayzone Camp at Bell Shoals Baptist Church includes hands-on science experiments, LEGO Mindstorms Robotics, and Minecraft for Engineers. Campers rotate through hands-on activities. Each week is a different theme and campers enjoy different challenges every week.
It will take place at Bell Shoals Baptist Church – The Annex, located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. This camp is for ages 7-11 and costs $125 per week. It will run Monday to Friday, July 10-14, July 24-28, and July 31-August 4.

More details and camp descriptions will be available at For more info, call 684-7329 or email

Your Kids Will Enjoy Camp Superkids At A Child’s Haven

Different themed camps will keep your kids busy at A Child’s Haven. Camp is for ages K5 through 5th grade. Each week there will be two weekly field trips.
Your kids will enjoy a healthy lunch and snacks along with fun academic summer studies, character building, awesome friendships, an arcade recreation room and lots of other fun activities.

The cost is $125 per week and includes all field trips and activity fees.
A Child’s Haven is located at 1520 Brentwood Hills Blvd. in Valrico. For more information, call 684-1622 or visit

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club Offers Tennis For All Levels Of Skill

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club is offering its 5th Annual Tennis Camp for your child ages 6 and up. Full day camps include plenty of tennis games and fun.
Kids cool down in an air conditioned event room, and during lunch times engage in other fun outdoor and indoor games. On Fridays, campers walk down to the Starling pool and game room for a nice finish to the week. All levels from Beginning to Advanced.

Register online at or call the Pro Shop at 681-4000.

Summer Camp At T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven

T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven is now registering for summer camp. With limited space (I spots weekly), you will want to call early.

Your kids, from age 7 and up, will have a lot of fun enjoying weekly themed horseback riding camps. They will receive hands-on experience, learning to ride as well as how to groom the horses.

Camp takes place Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Monday, June 5. Your kids will enjoy field trips each Friday they are at camp.

Just 10 minutes from FishHawk, T.L.C. Gypsy Haven is located at 4325 Keysville Rd. in Lithia.

For more information, call Tammi at 842-4236 or visit

BSAC Offers A Lot Of Fun Activities For Kids This Summer

What can you do to keep your kids active and happy this summer? Splash into summer with the best summer camp around. At Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) your child gets the old-fashioned camp experience you had as a child, with some modern technology, like Wii Challenge Competitions, thrown in. BSAC has the most comprehensive summer camp in the greater Brandon area for ages 3 to 14. With weekly themes come corresponding age-specific activities and field trips that make our summer camp unique. In addition, each child has the opportunity to experience all of the sports that you have come to expect at BSAC; swimming, tennis, diving and more. Lunches and snacks can be brought from home or purchased from the full concession bar.

Camp runs from Tuesday, May 30 through Wednesday, August 9. Full day camps run from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and half day camps from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or from 1-6:30 p.m.

BSAC is located at 405 Beverly Blvd. in Brandon. For more information, call 689-0908 or visit

Kids Club! Weekly Summer Camp Includes Field Trips

Your kids, ages K5-5th grade, will enjoy the Kids Club! at Morning Glory Summer Camp. They will enjoy arts & crafts, friendship play, academic summer fun, music, sports & games, character & manners, ice cream social pizza parties, bouncy house and giant slide and outdoor water play. Sign up today for $115 per week. The price includes two weekly field trips and all activities.

Morning Glory is located at 6001 Christy Lane (off Bloomingdale near Rt. 301). For information, call 628-0541 or visit

Callaghan Sports Camps Offer Basketball and Volleyball

Callaghan Sports Camps has been running basketball and volleyball camps at Nativity Catholic School for the past 11 years. Callaghan Basketball Camp and Cougar Volleyball Camp will be held at Nativity Catholic School in the gym.
Basketball Camp will run from Monday-Friday, June 12-16 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon for boys and girls in grades 1-4. Boys and girls in grades 5-8 will play from 1-4 p.m.

Volleyball Camp will be held Wednesday-Friday, July 5-7 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon for boys and girls in grades 4-10.

Coach Patrick Callaghan has a B.S. from the University of South Florida in Physical Education and has coached basketball at the middle school, high school and AAU level. He has been the recipient of the All-sports award for HCYSL for coach of the year three times in the last 10 years. Coach Callaghan has also been the head volleyball coach for one of the top volleyball programs in the catholic league.

A camp t-shirt is included. For more information, call Coach Callaghan at 719-0723.

Mathnasium Now Enrolling For Summer

You can keep your kids on track this summer by enrolling them at Mathnasium. The summer programs are designed to combat summer learning loss. Through their time spent during the summer at Mathnasium, your kids will retain all they learned in math class this year giving them a strong start in the fall.

Mathnasium offers help in math, enrichment, and test prep as well as homework help. There are two locations for you to choose from: 1048 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico – For information on the Valrico location, call 655-6284 or visit and 11446 US Hwy. 301 in Riverview. Call 667-6284 or visit for more information.

Suncoast Youth Conservation Camp

Are you looking for a fun, unique and exciting summer camp for your child this summer? The Suncoast Youth Conservation Center in Apollo Beach is offering summer camps for children in third grade to fifth grade and those in sixth grade through eighth grade.

The Suncoast Youth Conservation Center will offer Saltwater Fish Camp for children in grades three to five the week of June 5. Children in grades six through eight will get to experience the camp the week of June 12. The center will then offer Kayak Adventures the week of June 19 for children in grades three to five, and then the week of June 26 for children in grades six to eight.
The cost is $190 per week per child. The center is located at 505 Estuary Shore Lane in Apollo Beach.

Visit to register or call 922-7969.

Apollo Beach Racquet & Fitness Club Will Hold Summer Sport Camp

Your kids can enjoy camp the way it used to be. Without phones and electronic devices on hand, kids will enjoy being kids and get to learn life skills through sports, play and crafts.

Campers will enjoy a daily mix of activities including swimming, field games, canoeing, crafts and much more. Activities rotate throughout the week.

All full time campers will receive swim lessons at no additional charge and advanced swimmers can learn competitive strokes by joining the swim team.

There is a $60 registration fee (free for ABRFC members) and includes one camp shirt for field trips. The cost per week is $125 or a daily drop in fee of $30.

Early drop off and late pick up available.

The Apollo Beach Racquet & Fitness Club is located at 6520 Richies Way. Call 641-1922 or visit to register or for more information.

Jubilee Gymnastics Summer Camp Offers Four Themed Camps

Is your child ages 5-13 interested in gymnastics? Jubilee Gymnastics will offer four weeks of summer camp. Included in all camps are two hours of gymnastics/fitness instruction with a small coach/student ratio, arts and crafts, games and team building activities, dance parties, martial arts lessons and more. Week 1 runs Tuesday- Friday, June 27-30 – Cirque Du Jubilee; Week 2 runs Tuesday-Friday, July 11-14 – Superheroes and Princess Power; Week 3 runs Tuesday-Friday, July 25-28 – Ninjago Ninja Warrior; and Week 4 runs Monday-Friday, July 31-August 5 – Star Wars.

Full day camp is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Weeks one to three cost $200 and week four costs $240. Half day camp is available 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for $130.

Jubilee Gymnastics is located at 89 7th Ave. NE in Ruskin. Call 863-1168 or email Visit

Summer Camps For Girls Develop Positive Self Esteem

Girls With Confidence offers fun and creative workshops, events and camps for girls in K-12th grade that focus on the development of strong self-esteem and confidence. This summer, Girls With Confidence will help your daughter between the ages of Kindergarten through rising 6th graders develop positive self-esteem during day camps geared just for them this summer. Camps will begin on Monday, June 5.

Girls will enjoy camps: Girls Empowered Camp, Cool Confidence Camp, Giving Back Camp, Back-To school Camp, Girls Rock! Scrapbook Camp, Cool Confidence Camp, Girls Empowered Camp, and Believe in YOU Camp.

Please visit for more information. You can also email or call 571-2002.

5th Dimension Dance Center Focuses on Summer Intensives

If your child is interested in dance, 5th Dimension Dance Center strives to provide a stimulating environment, focused on providing students of all ages with a unique, healthy and challenging dance experience.
Intensives will be held this summer on: Monday to Friday, June 5-9 and also Monday to Friday, June 12-16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for ages 9 & up. Competition Team Auditions will be held at the end of each week of intensives and again on Saturday, July 15.
A Mini Camp will be held Monday to Friday June 19-23 from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon for ages 8 and under.
5th Dimension Dance Center is located at 3239 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico (just north of Bloomingdale Ave.). For more information or to register, please call 643-5332 or email Visit

Patel Conservatory Offers Dance, Theater And Music Camps, Classes

The Straz Center’s Patel Summer classes and camps in Dance, Theater and Music will take place at Patel Conservatory, which is located at the STRAZ in downtown Tampa. Patel believes that every student, regardless of age or experience, deserves the opportunity to participate in the performing arts and discover their creative potential.

The Conservatory offers nationally recognized intensives, camps and classes. Whether your child is skilled in the arts or wants to participate for the very first time, it offers a fun-filled summer for students of all ages and skill levels at this state-of-the-art facility.
There is a required $35 registration fee per student, or $60 per family. This fee is waived for Straz Center annual donors. To become a Straz Center donor, visit or call 222-1040.

Register online at or call 222-1040 or in person at the Patel Conservatory Admissions Office/Chairmen’s Library. You can also register by mail: Download the Registration Form from and mail with payment to: Patel Conservatory Admissions Office Attn: Admissions Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602

For more information, visit

Get Ready For Kids ‘R’ Kids Most Interactive Summer Adventure Ever

Discover and explore a unique camp each week. During Kids R Kids 10 week summer camp series, campers will explore their hidden talents, potential passions and intriguing interests. Each boy and girl will experience art and cooking, engineering and community service, Spanish and Music. This summer camp is all about the journey to discover what suits each camper’s personality – the quest to discover what they like best.

Kids will enjoy outdoor playgrounds with a water park. Trained professionals that are certified in CPR and first aid are on staff. There is security code access entry and free Internet viewing of your child’s day.

It is now enrolling for summer camp. The cost is $160 per week and includes meals, trips and transportation.

Kids R Kids Valrico is located at 4321 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico. Call 657-6200. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Circa/FishHawk is located at 5815 Kids Crossing Dr. in Lithia. Call 654-7000. For info on both locations, visit

Protential Summer Camp Offered In Two Riverview Locations

Protential offers action-packed, full-day summer camps that rotate between multiple sporting activities including swimming, which is offered daily. Your child is given the opportunity to participate in many engaging and fun-filled field trips including, but not limited to laser tag, roller skating, bowling, water skiing, horseback riding, and more.

A trip to Busch Gardens is also offered, which always promises a full day of excitement and entertainment for ages 5 to 15 years old.
The cost is $125 per week.

You can choose from two Riverview locations – one in Panther Trace and one in Rivercrest. Visit to register.

Sport Group International Holding Tennis Camp At River Hills Country Club

Would your child like to learn tennis this summer or maybe improve their skills?

Sports Group International Tennis Academy will offer summer camps which will be held at River Hills Country Club from Monday, June 5 through Friday, August 4. Eight sessions are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced players ages 6 to 16. Included in the camp are warm-up fitness activities.

Full day programs are available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $320 per week and a half day program is available either 9-11:30 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m. for $205 per week.

Your child can flex in three days per week for $140 or four days per week for $185.

If you sign up by Wednesday, May 10, get a 10% discount. To register for camp or for additional information, contact Kim Reilly at 653-3776 or email

River Hills Country Club is located at 3943 New River Hills Parkway in Valrico.

Rich Luppinos United Sports Academy Will Hold Baseball and Softball Camps

Four summer camps will take place for recreational, all stars and travel players this summer for ages 5-12. All camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students learn not only the physical parts of the game, but the mental, emotional and spiritual parts too.
According to Rich Luppino, “We believe baseball and softball is not life, but the vehicle for competing in the game of life.”

At camp, players will get: Daily stretching and speed enhancement training, professional arm strengthening throwing programs, PFP fielding instruction and drills, Hitting Impact Players System (H.I.P.S.), daily instructional games, professional evaluation, positional tactical play, winning team tactics, drug and alcohol talk, GPA talk, Goal setting talk, option chapel, parent participation in “Ole Timer’s Day”, Player of the Day certificates, Player of the Week game balls and much more.

Camps will run throughout the summer. For more information or to register, call 561-951-6141.

Primrose Schools® Present Summer Adventure Club

Let your kids, ages 5 to 10, experience the excitement of Primrose Schools® Summer Adventure Club where imaginations are free to run wild. Get ready for engineering design challenges, discoveries, outdoor exploration and more. Exciting field trips will also be included. Space is limited. Primrose School of Bloomingdale is located at 180 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

For more information, call 438-5980 or visit

The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin will be offering nine weeks of summer camp this year

Children in the SouthShore area have great choices for summer camps this summer. You can choose to attend one or all nine.

Campers are required to bring a brown bag lunch. Snacks will be provided by the Firehouse Cultural Center for morning and afternoon breaks. Each week culminates with a performance or a “Show-off” for family and friends.

Children can be dropped off at 8:30 a.m. and picked up at 3:30 p.m. Weekly camp rates are $125 for members and $140 for non-members. Save on two or more weeks. There are a limited number of scholarships available. You can register by calling 645-7651 or online at

During the month of June, campers will sparkle like a star during four weeks of Musical Theatre. Musical Theatre I will be held June 5 to 9; Musical Theatre II will be held June 12 -16; Musical Theatre III will be held June 19 to 23; and Musical Theatre IV will be held June 26 to 30.

During the week of July 3 to 7 (no class on July 4), campers will engage in Drawing, Painting and Watercolor Camp. Campers will create imaginative and unique drawings, paintings and watercolor works of art.For the next two weeks, July 10 to 14 and July 17 to 21, campers will explore the art of Cartooning and Animation. Campers can bring their favorite character to life and create their own different and unique characters. Campers will develop basic cartooning, animation and storytelling skills.

Summer camp will round out the last two weeks with Robotics during the weeks of July 24 to 28 and July 31 to August 4. Campers will work in small groups to create and program a robot. There is an additional $50 materials fee for Robotics. Georgia Vahue, Executive Director of the Firehouse Cultural Center said, “Musical Theatre has become one of our popular summer camps, building confidence, while bringing out the best in our campers. Each Friday, when our campers perform for families and friends, I am truly impressed with their talent and what they accomplished in a matter of four and a half days.”

For information,visit or call 654-7651.

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Michelle Colesanti
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.