Summer Camp Guide 2015 for Tampa Bay!



Corbett Preparatory School of IDS

12015 Orange Grove Rd., Tampa
June 15-July 31
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free extended care in the mornings from 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.CAMP_IDS_2015_Cover-426x550
We invite you to spend your summer at CAMP IDS 2015! The Tampa summer camp, staffed by Corbett Prep’s dynamic counselors, provides extraordinary experiences in Sports, Academics, Recreation, and Field Trips in an exciting, fun, and supportive environment. The campsite is located on beautiful Lake Lipsey, providing an idyllic setting for a terrific summer experience.

Children may participate in either full or half-day camp sessions. For students from PreK3 to 12th grade, Camp IDS offers full-day and half-day camps to appeal to a variety of interests ‒ academics, communications and technology, performing arts, visual arts, recreation, sports, and travel. Immerse your child in a new language ‒ French, Spanish, and Chinese in fun activity and culture-based sessions that may involve cooking, dancing, and singing. Other academic camps are offered in math, reading, science, and writing. Choose from a wide variety of communications and technology camps that include broadcasting, Claymation, aerodynamics, Legos engineering, newspaper, and robotics. For the future Broadway star, Camp IDS offers camps in band, dance, drama, movie production, filmography, musical theatre, and more!

Good to Know: Free Camp IDS T-Shirt for every camper. Camp IDS offers bus transportation to and from camp for a reasonable weekly fee of $30 (either one way or roundtrip to and from Westchase). Extended care is available in the afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Elite Animation Academy Camps

Westchase Town Center, 9634 West Linebaugh Ave. – 2nd Floor, Tampa 33626

June 1-August 21
Camps run Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Summer Camp 2015-1000x400
Popular Orlando based Elite Animation Academy is coming to Tampa. Located on the second floor of the Westchase Town Center at 9634 West Linebaugh Avenue, Elite Animation Academy will offer traditional and computer animation camps for children 10 years and older. Former Disney and Marvel Comic animators, as well as professional educators and artists, teach the classes at the camps. Students can learn character design, traditional animation, LEGO stop motion animation, digital computer animation, 2D Flash/3D Maya animation and much more.
Elite Animation Academy has formed relationships with known Art and Design Schools such as Ringling Art and Design College, Full Sail University, SCAD, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and The University of Central Florida-School of Visual Arts and Design, to name a few. Our Co-Founder is a former Walt Disney Studios Florida Animator, a graduate of the prestigious Ringling College of Art and Design located in Sarasota, FL. Combined, our instructors have over 50 years experience in the industry working for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Marvel and other major movie studios.

For more information on all the camps offered and to register, visit


The Studio
3647 S Manhattan Ave
Tampa, FL 33629

Camp Hours: Most camps are 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., some are 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Two Hillsborough County teachers are offering Music and Clogging summer camps! Drums, vocals, song writing, and musical theater camps along with Hip Hop Clogging classes. Call 813-610-1309 for availability.

Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa
June 8-August 14
Camp Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Extended Hours available.


Lowry Park Zoo’s Summer Camp program offers more than 100 week-long camps for students who have completed K-8th grades. Kids and teens can learn about nature, science and the animal kingdom while hiking through the Zoo, exploring behind-the-scenes and cooling off in the Zoo’s water play areas. Adventure camps include animal encounters, keeper talks, educational shows, games, crafts and more.

Good to Know: Deepest discounts from March 21-27, register online and save 20% off summer camps and 10% off Annual Zoo Pass memberships! Annual Zoo Pass holders receive discount pricing on most Zoo School offerings. The 7 Days of Savings Sale is in addition to this! Children must have completed Kindergarten to attend Zoo summer camps.

Busch Gardens
3000 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa
June 8-August 14
Camp Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Busch Gardens Day Camp is a time to make new friends, try new things, come face-to-face with a giraffe or challenge a dive coaster. For more than 25 years, Busch Gardens has provided children with inspiring, exciting and educational experiences. There are a variety of Day Camps to fit your kid’s grade level and interest. Camps available for grades K-12.

Good to Know: Most of the week long day camps run Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Some hours vary.) Camps are fully chaperoned day programs that include the following amenities:

  • Daily lunches, snacks & drinks
  • A Camp T-shirt and a water bottle
  • A complimentary photo with a Busch Gardens animal ambassador
  • Complimentary admission to Busch Gardens following camp each day for campers

4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
June 8-August 21
Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (full day) or 9:00 a.m.-noon/1:00-4:00 (half day)
Extended care in the morning from 7 – 9 a.m. and in the afternoon from 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Click here to download the 2015 MOSI Summer Science Camp Catalogue.

Good to Know: Receive 15% off registration fee when you register before April 1. MOSI Members instantly SAVE 25% on camp program fees.

HCC’s Kids’ College and Teen Camp

To Register and/or for more information on camps offering, dates, and time, click the camp location below.

Collaboration Studio Camps (Ybor City)

Dale Mabry Campus Camps (Teens Only)

Davis Island Camps

Plant City Campus Camps

SouthShore Campus Camps (Ruskin)

The Regent Camps (Brandon)

June 8-August 14

Regular camp hours are Monday Through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up times are 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Extended care available for $25 per child per week. 7:30am-8.30am and 4:30pm-5:30pm. A late fee ($20 per 15 minute intervals) will be assessed after 5:30 p.m. Late fees must be received by end of camp week.

Kids and Teen College Camps: Full Day camps9:00am to 4:00pm; Half Day camps: 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) offers a variety of summer specialty camps for kids and teens, ages 6 – 16. Get your campers ready to embark on a journey of fun and exciting learning experiences with over 45 topics for 2015. We are pleased to announce our 1st every Summer Camp for Teens, offered at the Dale Mabry Campus and The Corporate Training Center. Attending our summer programs is a fantastic way to pursue new interests, improve existing skills, and make new friends. Our teen programs focus on specific pursuits like medical career explorations, environmental science, sports camps, life preparation and more.

Good to Know: HCC employees are eligible to receive a 15% discount. Early Registration discount available before March 31, 2015.

Robotics Camp
Hillsborough Community College – Brandon Campus 10414 E. Columbus Drive; Tampa, FL 33619
June 15-July 31
Camp hours: Monday Through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up times are 8:30am and 4:30pm. Extended care available.

Grades 6-12. FLATE summer camps are designed to introduce middle and high school students to the world of robotics and automation so they can explore the applications in both the industrial and personal use fields. The camp facilitators are from SDHC, HCC and local industry, all selected based on their experience and training. The programs are coordinated by the National Science Foundation funded Florida Advanced Technological Education Center located at the Hillsborough Community College, Brandon Campus.

Tampa Parks and Recreation
Various Locations
June 8-August 14
Camp hours: 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The City of Tampa’s Summer Camp programs offer a little bit of everything that you can think of when you think ‘CAMP.’  This summer we will be playing it forward by providing a camp experience filled with games, arts and crafts, sports, swimming, field trips, and more.  We offer quality programs, experienced staff, and an atmosphere of good sportsmanship, teamwork, safety, and FUN!  The 2015 10-week summer camp is “A Blast from the Past” exploring decades from the roaring 20’s through the new millennium. Themes influence the activities of camp each week. Current Rec Card required.

Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA
Multiple Locations
June 8-August 21 (dates may vary by camp session)
Camp Hours: 9am-4pm All summer camps include early and late care from 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm.


Full day camps are jam packed with fun for all ages. Enjoy youth wellness activities, hands-on learning, swimming, character development activities, arts and crafts, sports, games, weekly field trips and more! Summer camps at the Y focus on nurturing the potential of children and helping them grow in spirit, mind and body. The YMCA programs encourage fun and friendship and provide the opportunity for young people to build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting memories. Summer camp also provides kids with the things they need to succeed in school by providing engaging, hands-on education-based activities that help kids avoid summer learning loss. Plus, our highly qualified staff receive over 40 hours of preparation prior to interacting with campers and are CPR certified.

Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Camp Hours: 9 AM–4 PM Free extended care: Earliest drop off is 7:30 AM. Latest pick up is 5:30 PM.

Looking for an exciting summer camp for your child? Camp themes are for AGES 3-18 are centered on animals and their natural environments.  Our goal each summer is to provide every camper with an amazing camp experience by incorporating themes that focus on environmental science topics and feature up close animal encounters and plenty of hands-on learning.   AquaCamps are not only about science, they also allow children to build character and improve social skills. You will be sure to hear about your child’s new friends! Camps can fill quickly and are registered on a first serve basis. If your child is looking to make new friends, learn about marine animals and have a great time, then our splashy, slippery, cool AquaCamp is the place to be! Click here to open the brochure.

Good to Know: Annual Pass Members receive additional discounts. Receive a discount for booking multiple camps (including sibling registrations)! Is this your first time coming to camp? Do you have specific questions you want answered? Then come Tuesday May 12 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm for our Parent Night in our new Green Learning Space. Light refreshments will be served.

Tampa Museum of Art
120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
June 15 – July 24
Weeks 1–2: Ages 6–8 Weeks 3–4: Ages 9–11 Week 5–6: Ages 12–14
Camp hours: Morning Drop Off: 8–8:30 a.m. AM Session: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch: 12:30–1 p.m. PM Session: 1–5 p.m. Afternoon Pick Up: 5–5:30 p.m.

Students will explore classical art traditions and contemporary art concepts while experimenting with a variety of art media to create original works of art. Inspired by gallery visits, the museum landscape, and layers of art history, students will enjoy a summer filled with art.


Good to Know: Due to the popularity of the Museum’s Summer Art Camp program, all classes require advance registration and payment. Class sizes are limited to 20 students per session.

Camp Connect at The Children’s Glazer Museum
110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
June 8 – August 14
Camp hours: AM 9am-12pm, PM 1-4pm, (AM Drop off: 8:30-9am | Pick up: 12-12:30pm) (PM Drop off: 12:30-1pm | Pick up: 4-4:30pm)


The Glazer Children’s Museum’s Camp Connect is where you’ll want to spend your summer break. Cruise around the Bay, inspire amazing works of art, and learn about the land down under at one of the top summer camps voted by Tampa Metropolitan YMCA. Exploration is endless as we embark on new adventures in art, science, and world culture in ways that excite and encourage further learning.

Weekly camps are Monday-Friday and are available for children ages 5-9. All camp themes include science explorations, arts & crafts, character development, play time throughout the museum, and more!

  • ADVENTURERS Ages 5-6 Must have experience in an organized classroom. Must be 5 yrs of age by June 9, 2014.
  • EXPLORERS Ages 6-7 Completed Grades K-1
  • INVESTIGATORS Ages 7-9 Completed Grades 2-3

Good to Know: Premium & Deluxe Museum Members and YMCA Members receive a 15% Discount.

Color Me Mine-Summer Art Adventures Camps
1609 W. Snow Circle, Tampa
June 15-August 7
Monday through Friday from 12:00-4:30pm


Each week will include ceramic painting techniques and projects,and a variety of craft projects which may include wood and paper crafts, decoupage, papier-mache, acrylic paints, stamping, fabric dyes and beading.
Snacks will be provided daily!

Berkeley Prep
4811 Kelly Road, Tampa
June 1-July 24
Camp hours vary

Camp Frontier

18050 US Hwy 301 South, Wimauma
June 14-August 8
Camp hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Campers may arrive as early as 8:00 a.m.


Critter Camp/The Humane Society of Tampa Bay
3607 North Armenia Ave, Tampa
June 22-August 7 (some weeks sold out)
Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Critter Camp is a one week summer camp for children between the ages of 8 to 12 where young animal lovers will:

  • Learn about humane animal care
  • Hear from guest speakers about animal careers
  • Engage in fun, creative and educational activities
  • Help our staff give love to and care for our animals
  • Get visits from many furry friends
  • Have LOTS of fun

Tampa Theatre Film Camp (brochure)
711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa
June 16-July 25
Morning session: 9:00am to noon for students entering grades 3-6
Afternoon session: 1:00-4:00pm for students entering grades 7-12

Each summer, Tampa Theatre’s historic auditorium lights up with young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on-screen.

Campers entering grades 3-12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of digital filmmaking, from brainstorming, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting and editing. All of the necessary equipment is provided, including cameras, lights, sound equipment, computers and editing software. By the end of the filmmaking session, each production team will have a 3-5 minute movie to showcase.

Good to Know: General public registration will begin Monday, March 30. Space is limited (20 campers per session), and sessions fill up quickly.

USF Pre-College Summer Programs


The University of South Florida Pre-College summer programs invite high school students from throughout the country and around the world to explore and experience a first taste of college life.

Students with exceptional ability and promise will pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and explore the independence of university life. Programs are enriched with experiential learning, select field trips, and guest speakers which work to transform learning outcomes from theory to practice.

USF Pre-college programs offer high school students the opportunity to:

  • Gain new perspectives on academic goals and abilities
  • Learn from exceptional USF faculty
  • Build the foundation and confidence to prepare for a successful transition to college
  • Forge friendships that will last a lifetime

Teens can choose from a variety of summer programs ranging from two days to four weeks. Select a program of interest below for detailed information. Students may enroll in more than one program so be sure to check out all our exciting summer 2015 pre-college options!


St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation
Various locations

St. Petersburg College/College for Kids K-5 Camp
9 Locations
June 8-July 31
Camp Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. Extended care (additional costs) 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Looking for summer camps and programs that are educational, motivational and fun? St. Petersburg College and community partners are hosting more than a dozen affordable summer camps and programs for elementary, middle and high school students. Weekly schedules are posted online for each program. Campers are grouped by grade and age level and switch classes throughout the day. New topics may be introduced or a repeated topic may be taught but with the introduction of new materials. This way, children who attend every week will stay challenged and interested, and children who miss weeks will not fall behind.

Good to Know: Early Payment Discount: A ten percent (10%) early payment discount is applied to regular camp fees only that are received (not postmarked) in our office by 4 p.m. on June 5. This does not include the non-refundable $50 application fee that is due at the time of registration or aftercare fees.

Sibling Discount
Siblings get $10 off each week when first child pays the regular fee.

Cecil B. Keene Summer Enrichment Program
SPC Midtown Campus
June 15–July 23 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information or to apply, call 727-341-4376.

The Cecil B. Keene Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a selective summer program at St. Petersburg College (SPC) Midtown that is designed to assist College Reach-Out Program, Center of Excellence, and community students to be successful in high school, college and beyond. Students that are selected for the six-week program will have the opportunity to earn three college credits, learn life management and critical thinking strategies, explore careers, visit colleges and expand their horizons. All current 11th grade students entering 12th grade in the fall are encouraged to apply. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The program is free to students and includes lunch served daily. Transportation is not provided.
Qualifications & Requirements

  • Applicants must be 11th grade students entering 12th grade in the fall
  • Applicants must be working toward a standard high school diploma
  • Students accepted into the program must attend every day
  • Applicant and parent/guardian interviews required for consideration into the program

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage, Clearwater
June 1-August 14
Morning Half-Day Camps: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Afternoon Half-Day Camps: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Full Day Travel Camp: 8:30am – 4:00pm; 4.5 Hour Kayak Camp: 8:30am – 1:00pm

Get your camper ready to have fun in the sun as they embark on their own coastal learning experience with our NEW camp selections for 2015. Enjoy our half-day or full-day week-long camps featuring Winter and her rescued dolphin, river otter, and sea turtle friends! Our camp options feature snorkeling in sea grass beds and sand flats, kayaking through local estuaries, meeting our rescued residents, SCUBA, and discovering fascinating marine creatures in their natural habitat. For camps which include snorkeling, the boats are supervised by Coast Guard certified Captains in addition to staff, interns, and volunteers. Campers always have access to water they can stand in during snorkeling camps. Snorkeling experience is not required for camps which have snorkeling activities. Your summer fun begins at Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

Great Explorations
1925 4th St N
St Petersburg, FL 33704
June 8-August 21

Camp Hours: The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Early drop off at 7:30 a.m. for $20 per week Late pick-up is available from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for $20 per week.

Great Explorations summer camps are a fantastic way to have fun while school is out! Our camps stimulate learning and imagination with themes ranging from passport to Europe to Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Days are filled with experiments, arts, field trips and guest presentations from local experts in the fields we explore!

Our week-long camps are designed for students entering Kindergarten through 3rd grade with a new and exciting theme starting each Monday. While camp themes are the same for all ages, daily activities will vary to challenge students based on grade level.

Clearwater Community Sailing Association
1001 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater
June 8-August 14
Camp hours: 9:00 a.m.-noon, noon-3:00 p.m.

Little Puffs: Campers age 5-7 will be sailing with an instructor learning about the wind and the water. The main focus is to have fun and be safe.  There will be 2 sessions each day for Little Puffs:  AM: 9-12 or PM 12-3; Pram Camp 1: Pram Camp 1 is for first time sailors ages 8-12 or up to 120lbs. This camp offers a basic level of sailing, focusing on the fundamentals while having a great time on the water.; Pram Camp 2: Pram II is a great camp available to sailors who have already completed Pram Camp 1 or who are ready to advance their skills. Pram II is for sailors 8-12 or up to 120lbs.; 420 Camp: This camp is for those 12-17 years old. 420s are two person boats that are great for beginners and experienced sailors alike.; Water Adventure Camp: For campers ages 10 and up. Campers will be sailing primarily on Hobie Waves. Adventure camp also includes other fun activities like kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. All experience levels are welcome.; Windsurfing: Windsurfing is a more physical sport and requires balancing on the board while sailing at the same time. Campers should be at least 10 years old. All experience levels are welcome.; Camp Awesome: Camp Awesome is dedicated to teaching sailing to high functioning kids with special needs. Ages 9-16. Camp Awesome runs for two weeks at a time.

SPCA Tampa Bay
9099 130th Avenue North, Largo
June 8-August 14
Hours vary based on camp.

A variety of camps offered for children ages 5 to 15 focused on the care of animals through compassion, kindness, and teamwork!

Sunscreen Film Festival Summer Camp
Studio620 Downtown St. Petersburg, 620 1st Ave. South St. Petersburg
July 13 -July 24 (2 week camp)
Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Kids ages 12-18. Some exceptions to age requirements will be made based on prior experience and interest level after an evaluation by the Sunscreen Film Festival staff. Please note: movie making is a collaborative effort in which each member of the production team relies on everyone else. Your child’s camping decision should be grounded in a genuine desire to learn the movie-making art.

Summer Camp at Tampa Bay Watch
3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde

June 8-August 7
Sea Monkeys: Full-Day (9 AM – 4 PM)
Tampa Bay Discovery Camp: Full-Day (9 AM – 4 PM)

Tampa Bay Watch offers two exciting, fun-filled summer camp options! Sea Monkeys is a camp is for kids ages 6-8 and offers an introduction to the marine environment. Tampa Bay Discovery camp is for kids ages 9-14 and offers an in depth look at what makes Tampa Bay one of the most incredible estuaries in the world! Both camps take place at our Marine and Education Center. This ideal location on the Shell Key Preserve, which boasts rich mangrove forests, grass flats and shallow waters teeming with marine life, provides a perfect setting for our summer campers to engage in hands-on opportunities to learn about marine ecology and participate in restoration projects. Our facility features an outdoor classroom complete with a fully equipped wet-lab and large aquarium tanks, while our indoor laboratory classroom houses lab equipment, interactive touch tanks, and interpretive murals.


Camp Seal
Camp Seal is located 1 block north of Seal Swim School at 19501 Holly Lane, Lutz, FL
June 8-August 21
Camp hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Extended Care Available-7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Seal Swim School now provides a fantastic aquatic camp program for children four years old to ten years old. Each camp week will center on a theme where your child will enjoy a variety of activities such as swim lessons, recreational swim, outdoor sports, indoor games, archery, arts and crafts and much, much more!

Each child will receive personal attention from our talented and dedicated professional camp staff that will encourage them to develop their imaginations and individual abilities while enhancing their self-esteem.

Good to Know: Ratio 15:2 Children need to bring a lunch. Snacks and water/Gatorade provided

YMCA of the Suncoast

It’s time to register for YMCA of the Suncoast’s Summer Camp! Our summer camp programs have cool themes for kids and teens. Your camper will experience the Best Summer Ever! Our camp programs have indoor and outdoor games, field trips and activities that will help them grow in spirit, mind and body! The YMCA has the best Summer Camps in Tampa Bay!

Even MORE camps available: Check out these Tech Camps for Teens!

Summer Splash Summer Camp Expo

As we all gear up for summer, there is a tidal wave of summer camps coming through Tampa Bay ready to make a splash!

On April 4th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine and the Tampa Bay History Center will host the seventh annual Summer Splash Fair at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street in downtown Tampa.

This year, providers who specialize in summer camps and programs, health and wellness, college preparatory, after school programs, tutoring and much more will be on hand to meet you and help your kids have a fun, safe and adventurous summer. “For families looking for summer camps and other summer related activities, this is the one-stop-shop to see all of the options available. Choosing the perfect program for your family and kids is extremely important, and having face-to-face time with camp directors and staff is what sets Summer Splash apart from all others.” says Angela Ardolino, Founder and Editorial Director of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.

Summer Splash will include live entertainment, free activities, music and giveaways every half-hour including free weeks of camp, special rock performances by the Patel Conservatory’s Rock School students and so much more! Plus, the first 150 kids get a goody bag filled with everything they’ll need to have a great summer!

Mark your calendar! April 4, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. is Tampa Bay’s only summer camp fair, Summer Splash at the Tampa Bay History Center. Admission is $5 and FREE for History Center members.



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