A Child’s Haven Offers Fun And Safe Summer Programs

With kitchen-prepared meals, weekly themes and a variety of activities, A Child’s Haven in Valrico has a full-time camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The Florida Gold Seal School has a detailed COVID-19 protocol that includes temperature checks twice a day, handwashing for anyone entering the building and mask expectations for children 5 and older and all teachers and parents. The summer camp building is also completely sanitized every day.

A Child’s Haven is located at 1520 Brentwood Hills Blvd. in Valrico and can be reached at 684-1622. For more information, visit www.AChildsHavenSchool.com.

FishHawk Fellowship Church Offers Basketball And More

Sports lovers take note. FishHawk Fellowship Church is hosting a sports camp this summer, which will include soccer, flag football and basketball.

In order to prioritize safety, the camp will be limited to 100 attendees and masks will be mandated during sign-in and check-in, but playtime will not require masks. All camp materials and equipment will be sanitized daily and campers are asked to bring their own snacks.

FishHawk Fellowship Church is located at 15326 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia and can be reached at 655-7431. For more information, visit www.fishhawkfc.org/sports.

Soccer Fun With Coach Juan

If your athlete is looking for a fun way to improve soccer skills this summer, look no further that the Florida Hawks Futbol Club’s Soccer Fun with Coach Juan camp taking place from Monday to Friday, July 5-9 at the FishHawk Sports Complex.

The camp is open to boys and girls born between 2009 and 2014.

According to Juan de Brigard, director of coaching, the camp will have a limit of 96 campers and groups no larger than 12 players, with one coach and one helper, temperature check stations and strict policies about not coming to camp with any symptoms or sharing equipment.

To learn more, visit www.floridahawksfc.com.

Trilogy Dive Center Offers Scuba Certification Camps

What better opportunity than a summer camp to learn to scuba dive? Trilogy Dive Center is offering weeklong scuba certification camps at Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) for children 10 and older.

The camp includes transportation from BSAC, classroom academics and all equipment during the class.

COVID-19 protocols include small class sizes (maximum of 12 students), masks required indoors, handwashing and sanitizer stations, temperature checks on arrival and cleaning and sanitization of all equipment. To learn more, visit www.TrilogyScuba.com or call 425-3500.

TechPlayzone Celebrates 16 Years Of STEM Camps

After 16 years of bringing successful STEM camps to the Brandon area, TechPlayzone will host camps this year at the newly reopened Center Place. Camps will begin in July and will run from 9 a.m.-12 Noon for rising second through fifth grade students. Afternoon sessions with a virtual option will also be available.

COVID-19 protocols include temperature checks, regular sanitization, masks and small group sizes (four to five campers per group all week).

To learn more, visit www.techplayzone.com or call 444-2267.

Ostingers Invites Baseball Players For Four Camp Sessions

With a combined 30 years of professional playing and coaching experience, Ostingers Baseball coaches are ready to provide little athletes with safe fun this summer.

Four weeklong sessions will take place in June and July for players 7-14 years of age. There will be a ratio of no more than 5:1 campers to instructors, allowing for more social distancing, instruction and reps during the camp.

All campers must wear masks while in instruction groupings, even when social distancing. While outside, players can remove their masks if they are able to socially distance themselves during small group work. There will be hand sanitizing stations and the academy will be disinfected before the day begins and after the day is over each day. When arriving at camp each morning, all campers and instructors will be given a temperature check to make sure there are no issues.

To learn more, visit www.OstingBaseball.com or call 737-3000.

BSAC Highlights Music For Annual Camp

Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) is getting ready to welcome back children grades K5 through sixth for Camp High 5 this summer.

BSAC is doing something special with the camp this year by highlighting music and incorporating musical components throughout the event; the grand theme for the summer is called Peace, Love and High 5.

Additionally, the staff at BSAC are taking extra preventative measures this summer to ensure the safety of participants and families during the pandemic. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided throughout the property and masks are mandatory upon entry. Both participants and staff will also undergo a temperature check at the start of each day at the camp.

For more information about Camp High 5 and the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, visit mybsac.org.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Offers Summer Camp And More

Kids ‘R’ Kids started their summer programs in 2004 and since then it has grown to offer a variety of programming.

Each week of camp offers a different theme and each camp has COVID-19 safety protocols in place. The organization is continuing to monitor recommendations of the World Health Organization, Public Health Departments, CDC, Child Care Licensing, state and local officials and is keeping camp sizes small, masks are required indoors and social distancing will be practiced.

Kids ‘R’ Kids camps will be offered from Tuesday to Friday, June 1 through August 6. Spaces are limited for its camps.

For more information, visit www.kidsrkids.com/valrico/programs/summer-camp or call 657-6200.

Performing Arts Camp To Be Held At Music Showcase

The Florida Academy of the Performing Arts (FAOPA) at Music Showcase will offer many camp options, including full and half-day camps for musical theater with full performances at the end and costumes, props and set designs. Some of the musicals that will be performed are Honk Jr., Singing in the Rain Jr., Alice in Wonderland Jr., Newsies Jr., Little Mermaid, Musical Revue – Disney on Broadway, Broadway for the Decades and The Addams Family.

To keep everyone safe, many protocols are being implemented, including masks, limited camp sizes and temperature checks. Students will be able to bring their own food and beverages (labeled with their name).

For further details, visit www.FAOPA.org or call 490-2787. Music Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon.

YMCA Has Camps For All

Following a very successful summer in 2020, where the YMCA safely served more than 12,000 campers across Hillsborough and Eastern Pasco Counties, the Tampa YMCA is excited to provide a safe, fun day camp program this summer. With locations throughout the area offering activities from fishing to arts and crafts and much more, the YMCA has something to offer children ages 6 and older with most interests.

Before children and staff are checked in, their temperatures are taken for the safety and well-being of others in the camp. Those running a temperature of 100.4-plus degrees cannot attend. There will also be staggered curbside check-in.

Lower ratio camp groups spread throughout the whole facility. Campers will remain in their same groups throughout the week.

To learn more about the YMCA Summer Camps or to register, visit www.tampaymca.org/letscamp.

Morning Glory Preschool Offers Weekly Field Trips & More

From arts and crafts to friendship parties and academic summer fun, Morning Glory Preschool offers summer fun for your elementary school-aged child.

Safety measures include masks at all times apart from dining, handwashing, temperature checks and complete daily sanitization of the building.

Children at the camp will enjoy music, sports and games, outdoor water play and pizza parties.

The preschool is located at 6001 Christy Ln., off Bloomingdale Ave. near U.S. 301. To learn more call 628-0541 or visit www.MorningGloryPreschool.com.

Camp Osprey Features Safe Adventures

An all-inclusive overnight adventure camp, with day camper options, Camp Osprey is opening again this summer with a safe way to keep your kids, ages 7-15, entertained and happy.

The camp, which offers activities such as horseback riding, paintball, high ropes, canoeing, archery, fishing and more, was open last year and is following CDC safety guidelines.

Safety measures include temperature checks, handwashing, sanitization, staff serving meals and water bottles getting washed and bleached daily.

The camp is located at 18050 U.S. 301 in Wimauma and can be reached at 941-928-6860. For more information, visit www.camposprey.com.

Dance, Music And Theater At The Straz With Patel Conservatory

If your camper is interested in the performing arts, check out the weekly camps offered through the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center.

The group offers camps and classes for all ages and skill levels with dance, music and theater options.

Masks will be mandatory at the camp and the group will practice social distancing. Regular handwashing is encouraged throughout the day and a hand sanitizer is provided upon entry into the conservatory and located in every classroom. There will be daily temperature checks and a health screening questionnaire required to be completed by all campers and staff, and camp start times are staggered, as is camper drop-off.

The Straz Center has received a seal of approval from Tampa General Hospital’s consulting service, TGH Prevention Response Outreach (TPRO), for campus-wide reopening protocols.

To learn more, visit www.patelconservatory.org or call 222-1040.

The Learning Experience Is Now Enrolling For Summer Fun

For safe, summer fun and learning, check out The Learning Experience in FishHawk. Now enrolling for the summer, The Learning Experience is following state regulations for camp size and social distancing based on age groups. All staff members are required to wear masks and parents must also wear them when dropping off and picking up their children. Masks are optional for children 3 and older.

Two snacks and one lunch are provided and handwashing stations and sanitizers are available.
Daily Sanitation protocols are enforced, including weekly electrostatic spraying. There are also daily temperature checks for both children and staff.

The camp is located at 16232 Bayberry Glen Dr. in Lithia. Call 681-5544 for more information.

T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven Offers Hands-On Fun

Do you have a horse lover at home? If so, check out T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven’s summer camps. Running weekly from late May until early August, the camp offers small groups the opportunity to learn about horses in an outdoor, socially distanced setting. Facilities are cleaned regularly and groups are no larger than 10. Masks are not required because campers are outside only.

The camp, which is open to ages 8 to 99, is located only 10 minutes from FishHawk at 4325 E. Keysville Rd. in Lithia.

Impact Taekwondo Center Offers Learning And Fun

Students can learn important life skills while having fun and staying safe this summer at Impact Taekwondo Center.

Located in Riverview on Boyette Rd., the center is offering a camp that will teach self-defense, Taekwondo skills, field trips and the opportunity to make new friends.

Masks will be worn in classrooms and where a six-foot physical distance can not be maintained. There will be sanitizer in each classroom and hands will be washed or sanitized after each activity and before lunch and snacks. There will also be temperature checks at drop-off and after lunch.

For more information, call 952-8053 or visit www.impacttkdriverview.com.

Dancing For Donations Teaches All Abilities

Are you looking for a summer experience like no other? Dancing for Donations offers classes and activities that are all-inclusive, serving kids of all abilities. Children with special needs are not separated from their peers, but instead accommodated in any way they may need (noise-canceling headphones, social stories, buddy, assistance with class/camps activities). It also welcomes therapists to join in.

In addition to accommodating students where they are at, the classes teach all children to be accepting of one another and embrace differences. The hope is to help grow confidence, friendships, acceptance and understanding through dance and other inclusive activities.

To learn more, visit dancing4donations.org or call 601-3009.

Sports And More At The MAC Gym

The MAC Gym in Brandon is offering basketball, volleyball and soccer camps in June and July. The camps are open for 7 to 14-year-olds, varying by camp.

The camps run from 9 a.m.-12 Noon, with breaks for snacks and water available.

The MAC Gym has worked hard to stay COVID-free and has made precautions to keep its members safe. Again this year, its camps will be modified to help implement physical distancing as much as possible. In addition, temperatures will be checked daily.

To learn more or to get the registration form, visit https://themacgym.org/summer-sports-camps/. The MAC Gym is located at 216 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon and can be reached at 315-3280.

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Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.