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The Adventures of Summer Camp

Summer vacation is highly anticipated by many.  And for parents, it means they need to find something fun and exciting for their little ones.

Summer camps are a great opportunity for kids to learn and experience educational, artistic, athletic and social activities.  So, here’s a checklist of unique and exciting camps meant to make summer F-U-N!

Summer camps are a great opportunity for kids to learn and experience educational, artistic, athletic and social activities.

Summer camps are a great opportunity for kids to learn and experience educational, artistic, athletic and social activities.

ARTS & THEATRE

Summer Arts Camp at the Alliance
10091 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919
(239) 939-2787

Whether your child likes to act, sing, dance or create, Summer Arts Camp at the Alliance for the Arts is eight fun-filled weeks from June 8 – August 7 of hands-on instruction and artistic activities.  Perfect for 1st through 6th graders, the camp includes a unique blend of visual arts, theatre, voice and dance instruction.

Cape Coral Arts Studio
4533 Coronado Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 574-0802

The 16th Annual Fine Arts for Kids Camp runs June 8 – July 31.  Kids can enjoy hours of productive fun and experience the creative process in fine arts and crafts with activities in pottery, mixed media crafts, drawing, painting, exhibiting and more!  Pre-registration is required.  

Arcade Theater
2267 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 332-4665 ext. 20

Camp Florida Rep is a theater summer camp for children in kindergarten through grade 12.  The campers will work with professional directors, actors, choreographers, musical directors and designers to produce a full musical at the end of each two-week session.  Sessions run from 9 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday, June 15 – August 21 and cost $395 per session for camper’s grades K- 6, and $370 for campers in grades 7 – 12.

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
26100 Old 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
(239) 495-8989

The Center for Arts of Bonita Springs Summer Camp includes something fun and new for budding artists, actors, chefs and dancers.  With Summer Camp classes of 15 students or less, kids get individual attention while they explore the exciting artistic adventures available.  Sessions are available from June 8 – August 21 for ages 4 – 18, and they run the gamut with everything from painting to cooking, gardening to print making, sculpting to musical theatre.  The weekly session price is $139.50.

SPORTS

CenturyLink Sports Complex
14400 Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile Cypress Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 768-4210

Play ball!  The Miracle Youth Baseball Camp will give any kid the opportunity to step up to bat with Miracle players and coaches, June 16 – 18 for ages 6 – 8 and July 27 – 29 for ages 9 – 12.  For pricing and registration, call sports complex.  Registration costs for the camp is $99 per child and is open to the public.

Eagle Skate Park
315 SW 2nd Avenue
Cape Coral, FL 33991
(239) 573-0206

Looking for a skateboarding adventure this summer?  Try Summer Skate Camp at Eagle Skate Park from June 9 – August 21!  Campers will enjoy skateboarding and recreation along with an air-conditioned building.  Cost includes field trips, lunch and snack on non-travel days.  A Skate Park membership is required. 

Golfview Pool
1865 Golfview Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 931-7026

The Golfview Summer Swim Club runs Monday through Friday, June 9th – 13th and July 21st – 25th.  Children will enjoy team building activities, games, safety skill awareness and education, swimming lessons to improve on their skills, arts & crafts, volleyball and swimming!

Cape Coral Preparatory & Fitness Academy
2107 Santa Barbara Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33991
(239) 242-3950

From June 8 – August 21, Sports Mania Camp participants will learn basic skills and fundamentals of a variety of sports.  This camp will also include guest speakers and field trips throughout the summer.  Ages 8-13.  The cost is $109 per week.

Edison Sailing Center
13019 N. Cleveland Avenue 
North Fort Myers, FL 33903
(239) 454-5114

If kayaking, power boating, sailing and inshore fishing seems like a wonderful summer, kids 8 – up can enjoy it Monday – Friday, June 2 – August 1 for $75 – $400 according to the session chosen.

 DMMA Fight Zone
10180 Metro Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33966
(239) 395-8662

Dream of performing like Chuck Norris, Jet Li, or Bruce Lee?  Boy and girls, alike, can spend the summer learning traditional martial arts training, boxing and jiu-jitsu, as well as enjoying activities, fitness and games. For sessions and prices, please call DMMA.

Aquatics Center at Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd., South
Fort Myers, FL 33965
(239) 590-1000

The Neal Studd Swim Camp at Florida Gulf Coast University is a camp that focuses on giving each swimmer age 7 – 18 the tools to improve their overall technique.  The weekly session camp focuses on fitness, stroke technique, starts, turns, nutrition, mental training and guests talks.  There will be classroom sessions on these principles, as well as talks on nutrition.  Sessions are from June 8 – June 26 and cost $200 for a half-day and $395 for a full-day week session.

Saddlewood Horse Club
16111 Saddlewood Lane
Cape Coral, FL 33991
(239) 738-9300

Saddlewood Horse Club is offering a weekly horseback riding summer camp from June 8 – August 21.  The fun-filled day will teach riders at all levels English, Western, Vaulting, games on horseback, crafts and much more.  Camp is $225 a week for children ages 4 – 15, beginner to advanced.  Registration is still open and space is limited.

SCIENCE

Rotary Park Environmental Center
5505 Rose Garden Road
Cape Coral, FL 33914
(239) 549-4606 

The Eco-Adventure Nature Camp helps children experience tons of fun from June 8 – August 14.  At this nature camp, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, such as hiking and exploring in the swamp, learning about the creatures that inhabit the park, and cooperative games, sports and crafts. 

Four Freedoms Park 
4818 Tarpon Court
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 574-0804

Four Freedoms Park is partnering with Super Science and Amazing Art to offer science camps with amazing themes.  Everything from Kitchen Chem to Lego Engineering will entertain from the tiniest of tots to your teens.

Imaginarium Science Center
2000 Cranford Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33916
(239) 321-7420

Camp i-sci 2015 is back from June 15 – August 14 with chemistry, nano-science, robotics, insects and much more!  All camp sessions at the Imaginarium include fun and educational hands-on activities, games, crafts, special guests, and exhibit exploration!  Innovative curriculum integrating science, the arts, and humanities, inspires the imagination and encourages an overall love of learning! 

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 334-7419

The Edison Estates will bring the life of Thomas Edison to life for children from first to sixth grade. The Inventor’s Summer Camp runs from June 8 – August 21, and will let kids venture through the estates enjoying everything from Art and Science, Video Game Design, Movie Making, Robotics, storybook Writing and much more.  The weekly sessions are $200 per week for members, $230 for non-members.

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33905
(239) 275-3435

If your child enjoys venturing into everything wild and wonderful, Calusa Camp Summer will give children ages 5 – 18 a sense of nature at its purest.  From June 15 – July 10, 9 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday, children will take pleasure in the environment and discover why summer is an adventure, for $150 per week for members and $170 per week for non-members.