Enjoy The Summer Scene 2019 At The Florida Academy Of 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. Musical Theatre productions of Willy Wonka (June 3-14), Once Upon A Mattress (June 10-21), Frozen Jr. (June 17-28), The Wizard of Oz Jr. (July 8-19), Once on This Island (July 15-26) and The Lion King Jr. (July 22-August 2) will all take place this summer for ages 5 and up.

Campers will participate in various classes each day that are customized to fit their appropriate age groups and will experience, music, acting, singing, dance, creative art, rock camp and more.

Music Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 490-2787 or visit faopa.org.

Family-Friendly Summer Camp Expo

The Family-Friendly Summer Camp Expo (Brandon Edition) will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College, 10451 Nancy Watkins Dr. in Tampa. There will be fun for the entire family to learn about summer camps being offered in Brandon, Tampa, Riverview, Lithia/FishHawk, Valrico, SouthShore and surrounding areas.

Learn about VBS programs as well as STEM, Arts & Crafts, Dance, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Sports, Sewing & more. The first 250 families get a giveaway bag with goodies. There will be giveaways: free week of camps & more.

Kids will enjoy bounce houses, face painting, free crafts, a dodgeball arena, princesses and superheroes. Enjoy Easter fun with a scavenger hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny and a petting zoo.

Register for free tickets at https://familyfriendlytampabay.com/.

Bricks 4 Kidz Offers LEGO® Summer Camps

Bricks 4 Kidz is back with awesome LEGO® Summer Camps being offered all over the Brandon, Riverview and Valrico areas. Join in for a different theme each week such as Fortnite, Pokemon, Star Wars, Minecraft and much more.

Each week, campers will be building signature Bricks 4 Kidz robotic LEGO® models, very popular LEGO® mosaics and 3D LEGO® sculptures as well as playing fun games and creating arts and crafts projects they will get to take home. At the end of each week, every camper will get to take home their very own LEGO® minifigure. Each day and week will be a brand new LEGO® adventure you won’t want to miss!

The schedule for the camps being offered at nearby locations is as follows:

We Rock The Spectrum
Monday to Friday, June 10–14: LEGO® Gamer’s World, July 1–July 5: LEGO® Summer Theme Mashup (Single Day Pricing: No July 4 Camp); Monday to Thursday, July 15–July 18: LEGO® STAR WARS/MINECRAFT Mashup (Four Day Pricing).

The Venue In Riverview
Monday to Friday, June 17–June 21: LEGO® Summer Theme Mashup Monday to Friday, August 5–August 9: Bricks 4 Girls LEGO® Camp with Girls With Confidence.

FishHawk Aquatic Center
Monday to Friday, June 3–June 7: LEGO® Gamer’s World Monday to Friday, July 8–July 12: LEGO® STAR WARS/MINECRAFT Mashup Monday to Friday, August 5–August 9: LEGO® Summer Theme Mashup.

Sign up at www.bricks4kidz.com/florida-tampa or call 545-4282.

Center Place Fine Arts Offer Summer Art Camp To Brighten The Day

Who knew that art could be so much fun?

This summer, register your 7 to 13-year-old to discover their love of painting, drawing, pottery and more. Classes are offered Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include Art Mural, Animal Paintings, Pencil Drawings Cruise Around the World, West & Wild Canvases, Ceramic Sculpture, Recycled Art, Landscape Drawings, Paper Sculptures, Space Art, Mixed Media and more.

Center Place is located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. B in Brandon. For more information or to register, visit www.centerplacebrandon.org or call 685-8888.

Fun And Education Spins Throughout The Summer At Kids ‘R’ Kids

Kids ‘R’ Kids is excited to launch a new twist on camp where kids are redefining summer and turning ordinary days into the extraordinary.

Just as fragments inside a kaleidoscope fuse together to captivate us with a new perspective, Kaleidoscope 360° will spin this summer into a unique dimension of discovery, fun and friendships through various weekly themes. This summer promises a well-supervised, engaging and enriching camp for preschool and elementary aged children.

Extended hours, meals/snacks, weekly field trips, sports and more are being offered.

Summer camp is offered at both Kids ‘R’ Kids locations: Circa FishHawk, 5815 Kids Crossing Dr. in Lithia (next to Stowers Elementary and Mosaic) and 4321 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico (across from Lithia Springs Elementary). Visit www.KRKCirca.com or call 654-7000 for the Lithia location and visit www.KRKValrico.com or call 657-6200 for Valrico.

Spend The Summer At R&R Ranch Horsin’ Around

Summer Campers will enjoy riding and caring for horses at family-owned R&R Ranch. R&R Ranch specializes in safe horse experiences for the young child and for beginners. The name stands for “Rest” and “Relaxation.” Pony parties, field trips, trail riding lessons, horse boarding, playgroups and horse camps are all offered.

Summer Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Monday to Friday. Early and late pickup can be arranged. Camp runs Monday, June 3 through Friday, August 9. Students ages 6 to 12 years are invited to attend. The cost is $225 per week.

Campers will enjoy: a daily trail ride or lesson, pony painting, hay rides, lots of games, snowball fight, learning how to care for horses and farm animals, bounce castle, Lunch and disco in the air conditioned camp house.

There is a petting zoo with baby bunnies, chicks, ducks and baby pigs. Kids will also get to enjoy arts and crafts and more.

Safety helmets will be provided. R&R Ranch is located at 9805 Bryant Rd. in Lithia. Visit www.rrranchlithia.com.

Learn Baseball From The Pros At Ostingers Baseball Academy Summer Camp

Ostingers Baseball Academy will hold its baseball camp this summer to give your child 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 this camp.

Ostingers’ staff is made up of all former professional players who instruct, teaching the game from the ground up. The camp is not a full day camp with video games and indoor activities. Jim Osting is a baseball instructor with 12 years of professional baseball playing experience including two years of Major League Experience (Padres and Brewers).

Patrick Ryan is a baseball instructor with eight years professional pitching experience. Kris Wilken is the Head Baseball Coach at Bloomingdale High School and has six years of professional playing experience. College and high school players trained by Ostingers Baseball Academy will assist your child throughout their camp experience. Additional help is provided from Ostinger players current and past to make the campers experience ‘one of a kind.’

With the instructors and the staff, the ratio per camper is around 6:1. This ratio allows for added reps for each player and helps to break up the groups in age appropriate format. Camp weeks run Monday to Friday, June 3-7, July 8-12 and July 29-August 2. Camps run half days from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Camps are held Monday to Wednesday at Ostingers Baseball Academy, 8711 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and Thursday and Friday at the FishHawk Sports Complex fields located at 16120 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia (for games and other activities). The cost is $180 (sibling discounts available). For more information or to register, call 737-3000 or visit www.OstingBaseball.com.

Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium Is Cooking Up Some Summer Fun

Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium’s 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. All of the ingredients, tools and even the fun are included.

Students are taught how to properly use real kitchen tools, knives and appliances safely under adult supervision. Students come away with the confidence to prepare dishes that are age appropriate and tasty. The goal is to encourage your child to be a help in the kitchen and to have fun while building a lifetime of good skills.

Cooking Camps for kids ages 6-11 will take place from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. daily and the tween’s and teen’s Summer Camps, ages 11-15) will take place from 2-4:00 p.m.

Camps will take place weekly for four days and run from Monday, June 3 through Thursday, August 2.

Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium is located at Brandon Crossroads, 2080 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. Call 653-2418 or visit www.rollingpinonline.com.

Hoop It Up At FishHawk Fellowship’s Basketball Camp

Take your game to the next level. Develop your skills and have fun doing it. Work daily to improve every player’s technical abilities. Camp is suitable for everyone from beginners to elite players.

FishHawk Fellowship Church is partnering with Alpha & Omega Sports, Inc. Its staff designs intense, fun training sessions. Camp will run Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28 for grades 2-5 and Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26 for grades 6-12.

Both camps will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at FishHawk Fellowship Church, 15326 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia. The cost is $100 per student. For more information, visit www.fishhawkfc.org/basketball.

Tennis Camp Weeks Offered In FishHawk

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club will offer camp this summer for ages 6 to 16. Camp is for beginning and intermediate skill levels Choose your weeks between Monday, June 3 and Friday, August 9.

Full day camp available or half days from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 1:30-4 p.m. are available. Camp will be offered at 15921 Courtside View Dr. in Lithia. Register online at http://fishhawkranchtennisclub.com or call 681-4000.

Musical Theater And Much More Offered At Firehouse Cultural Center

The Firehouse Cultural Center will be offering Summer Camp through the summer. It is located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin.

Week 1: June 3–June 7, Musical Theater I;

Week 2: June 10–June 14, Musical Theater II;

Week 3: June 17–June 21, Musical Theater III;

Week 4: June 24–June 28, Musical Theater IV;

Week 5: July 1–July 5 (No Camp on Thursday, July 4), Art Studio I;

Week 6: July 8–July 12, Art Studio II;

Week 7: July 15–July 19, Cartooning & Animation;

Week 8: July 22–July 26, Robotics-Tech, Fee for Robotics: $50;

Week 9: July 29–August 2, Robotics-Tech, Fee for Robotics: $50.

For more information, call 645-7651 or visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org.

Combat Dreaded Summer Slide With Mathnasium Of Brandon Or Mathnasium @Home

Kids can power up this summer with Mathnasium of Brandon or Mathnasium @home. The summer slide is real and students can lose over two months of mathematical skills every summer. Mathnasium can help prevent that with its Power Up summer programs.

Summer is an ideal time for student’s math ability to skyrocket. Without the pressure of school and extracurricular activities, students are able to focus and learn in a relaxed atmosphere and they will love coming to Mathnasium as FUN is built in to the mathematical activities along with celebrating successes and fun prizes for outstanding attendance and growth.

“Take advantage of the more relaxed environment of summer break which is a golden opportunity to improve math performance whether your student is struggling or just wanting to dig deeper into their math studies,” suggests Becky McDaniels, Center Director at Mathnasium of Brandon and Mathnasium @home.

Mathnasium’s @home program is an additional benefit for students who would like to keep up their skills but are traveling. You can take Mathnasium anywhere with Mathnasium @home. Mathnasium will help parents choose a Summer Power Workout Plan, such as numerical fluency, fractions, multiplication fluency, problem solving, algebra readiness, geometry readiness and so much more based on a diagnostic of the student.

Experts say that the effects of a summer learning program, such as Mathnasium’s, will make a positive difference for student’s moving forward.

Call 655-MATH (6284) or visit www.mathnasium.com/brandon/promotions to schedule your student’s risk free diagnostic at your favorite neighborhood center or at home with the Mathnasium @home program and help your student to Power Up this summer. Mathnasium of Brandon is located at 1048 E Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico (Plaza Bella shopping center.)

Mathnasium Of Riverview Makes Summer Math Fun

Summer time is ideal for having fun and at Mathnasium of Riverview, that is understood and a comprehensive summer math program has been put together that makes math sense and kids have fun doing so. The programs range from helping to stop finger counting to Calculus.

Summer is a perfect, no-stress time to stay in tune with math. With Mathnasium being the ‘Math’ in STEM, Mathnasium knows how to teach math.

Text LEARN to 57711 for your first pre-enrollment special discount. Mathnasium of Riverview is located in the Publix shopping center on Symmes Rd. and 301. Call 844-667-6284 or email Riverview@Mathnasium.com.

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 is pleased to offer 4 weeks (July 8, 15, 22 and 29) of STEM Camp for elementary and middle school students ages 7-13. Middle school camp is 8 a.m.-12 Noon and Elementary school camp is 9 a.m.-12 Noon.

For the elementary camp, TechPlayzone is honored to partner with FIRST LEGO League at Hillsborough Community College to power the FIRST LEGO League Camp. Every week of TechPlayzone camp includes: LEGO Mindstorms Robotics, Minecraft for Jr. Engineers, Hands-On Science Experiments and Scratch Game Design. It will take place at HCC Brandon Campus, 10414 E. Columbus Dr. in Tampa.

For middle school (6th-8th grade) students, TechPlayzone offers engineering enrichment. Using TechPlayzone’s formula of hands-on project-based learning with cutting edge technology, students can work at their own pace or work as a team with the assistance of facilitators and staff members to complete one of the engineering projects each week.

Register for your choice of Minecraft Mods and Raspberry Pi, LEGO EV3 with RobotC, App Inventor App Development and Programmable Drones. For more information, contact Desh Bagley at 444-2267 or techplayzone@gmail.com.

TSS Youth Summer Sailing Classes

One week sailing classes are offered for ages 7-17. Sessions run from Monday, June 3 to Friday, August 2 (no class on the week of July 4) from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Sailing adventures can change the course of a young person’s life. Sailors are a diverse community, respectful of each other and the natural environment. Sailing builds bonds across generations and geography and skills and friendships that can last a lifetime.

Youth Sailing, Inc., is a federal 501(c)(3) charity and a Florida nonprofit organization with the primary purpose of teaching kids and teens to sail, an activity that fosters responsibility, teamwork and awareness.

Classes are held at the Tampa Sailing Squadron and are led by U.S. Sailing Certified Instructors.

Register online at www.tssyouthsailing.org. For more information, please email info@tssyouthing.org.

Summer Camps At Adventures Archery

Kids from the ages of 8-16 can spend some time this summer honing their skills at archery. Learn about range safety, archery skills and arrow fletching. Summer camps will take place during three sessions from 10 a.m.-12 Noon daily.

The sessions are Monday to Wednesday, June 17-19; July 8-10 and July 22-24. Camp will be available at both locations – 2210 W. US Hwy. 301 in Tampa and 2332 E. Edgewood Dr. in Lakeland. The cost is $100 per child with equipment rental, $60 per child who does not need to rent equipment.

Space is limited. You can preregister by calling 664-8700 or 863-937-8968. Visit http://www.adventuresarchery.com/.

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 www.AChildsHavenSchool.com.

Make Summer Days Happy Days At Happy Day Summer Camp

Weekly themes that are fun for your kids ages 1 to 10 will include many activities that will keep them moving and having a great summer.

The days will include plenty of arts and crafts, friendships as well as academic summer fun. Music, sports and games, character and manners, bouncy house and giant slide with outdoor water play round out the fun. Kids will enjoy an ice cream social and much more.

The cost is $100 per week for upcoming K5 to 5th grade campers. This includes all field trips and weekly activities such as bowling, skating, AMC Movies, state parks, MOSI, public library, Publix, Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Dinosaur World and more.

Happy Day Summer Camp is open from Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and is located at 722 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 685-0028.

Kids Club! Weekly Summer Camp Includes Field Trips At Morning Glory Preschool

Sign up today for $110 per week. The price includes two weekly field trips and all activities.

Your kids, from K5 to 5th grade, will enjoy arts and crafts, friendship play, academic summer fun, music, sports and games, character and manners, ice cream social, pizza parties, bouncy house and giant slide and outdoor water play at Morning Glory Summer Camp.

Field trips include bowling, skating, state parks, movies, Medieval Times Theater, Pump It Up, MOSI, Bricks 4 Kidz, Lowry Park Zoo, ACH Video Arcade, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, Florida Aquarium and more.

Morning Glory Summer Camp is located at 6001 Christy Ln. (off Bloomingdale near Rt. 301). For more information, call 628-0541 or visit www.MorningGloryPreschool.org.

Summer Camp At T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven

T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven is now registering for summer camp. The farm has been in business for more than 12 years offering after-school riding lessons, horseback riding camps, monthly horse leasing, pony parties and more.

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 3. Your kids will enjoy field trips each Friday they are at camp.

With limited space (eight spots weekly), you will want to call early.

Located 10 minutes from FishHawk, T.L.C. Gypsy Haven is located at 4325 Keysville Rd. in Lithia. For more information, please call Tammi at 842-4236 or visit www.tlcsfarms.com.

Summer Camps For Girls Develop Positive Self Esteem

Girls With Confidence offers fun and creative workshops, events and camps for girls in K-8th 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.

Themes will include Friendship, Girl Power, Role Models, Positive Mind & Attitude, Love My Selfie, Being Brave and Taking Care of Yourself and more.

Overnight camps will also be offered for those in 6-8th grade. Volunteer opportunities are available for high school girls.

Visit www.girlswithconfidence.com for more information. You can also email info@girlswithconfidence.com or call 571-2002.

Sports Performance Conditioning Summer Camp

This summer, student athletes ages 12-18 can attend 2A Elite’s Sports Training Performance Conditioning Summer Camp, helping athletes to work on first step explosion, multi-directional movement, speed endurance, maximum linear acceleration and combine drills.

The coaches with NFL, Olympic and Collegiate will help athletes experience moving gains to the next level. The coaches include Coach Rey, previously head track coach at USF and Texas A&M; Antonio Bishop, former NFL Recruit; and other current college athletes who will be leading this camp. If you train here, you can compete anywhere.

Camp will take place from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, August 1 at 6026 Churchside Dr. in Lithia (at the field at The Chapel at FishHawk). The cost is $225 per week. Register for four weeks and the fifth week is free.

Call 248-935-5564 for more information. Visit on Instagram: @2A_ELITE_SPORTS_TRAINING.

Camp Osprey Offers Overnight Camping Options

Camp Osprey is the area’s best-kept secret. Boys and girls ages 7-15 can enjoy a week of adventure at a traditional overnight camp.

It is located on 204 acres of beautiful woodlands, nestled alongside the Little Manatee River in Wimauma.

While at camp, kids will enjoy horseback riding, paintball, high ropes challenge course, canoeing, fishing, color games, archery, gaga ball and much more.

Overnight camp runs from Sunday through Saturday. The all-inclusive cost of $450 covers weekly laundry, camp shirt, meals and all activities.

Day camp is also available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for $195 or a daily drop-in fee of $39 per day. This includes breakfast and lunch.

For more information, call 941-928-6860 or visit www.camposprey.com.

MAC Summer Sports Camps

The MAC Center located at First Baptist Church of Brandon is offering multiple sports summer camps from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (unless otherwise specified). The cost for each camp is $100 except for Harlem Legends, which is $140. Camp weeks will run from Monday to Friday.

Camps are: MAC Basketball (ages 7-12), June 10-14; Harlem Legends Shoot for the Stars (ages 7-14), June 24-28; MAC Girls Volleyball (ages 8-13), July 8-12; MAC Soccer (ages 7-12), July 15-19; MAC Basketball (ages 9-13), July 22-26; and MAC Coed Volleyball (ages 8-13), July 29-August 2.

Registration forms for MAC summer sports camps can be picked up at the MAC Front desk or downloaded at https://themacgym.org/mtcontent/uploads/2019/04/campregistrationform2019.pdf.

The Harlem Legends Basketball Camp forms can be downloaded at https://themacgym.org/mtcontent/uploads/2019/04/legendscamp2019.pdf.

Sign up early as camps fill up fast. Form and registration fees may be dropped off at the MAC front desk or mailed to the church marked ‘Attention: MAC.’ Make checks payable to: First Baptist Church of Brandon, 216 N. Parsons Ave., Brandon, FL.

For more information, please call the MAC at 315-3280.

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