Destin Community Center
The following events will be held during the summer at the Destin Community Center unless noted. Pre-registration is required. Register early, as space is limited, at www.cityofdestin.com or at the Center. Call 654-5184 or email email@example.com for information.
• Open Gym/Game Room: For ages 10 and up basketball/volleyball court, ping pong/foosball/air hockey and pool tables.
• Open Basketball: For ages 9 to 16 from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents. A waiver will be required for all participants.
• Dodgeball: Ages 8-14 play from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.
• Big Truck Day: See all the trucks in the parking lot from 9-11 a.m. July 28. No charge.
• Volleyball Camp: Ages 9-14 will learn ball control, spiking, setting, and passing from 1-3 p.m. July 26-27. Fee is $25/resident and $35/non-resident.
• Babysitting Safety Course: Courses for ages 11 through 15 will be held from 1-4 p.m. July 26. Each student will be certified in CPR and First Aid. Cost $45/resident and $50/non-resident.
Creative Kids Camps
Budding artists can enjoy a variety of hands-on art experiences this summer at The Foster Gallery in Grand Boulevard Town Center. Campers will experience multiple mediums and come home with a diverse portfolio of work. Camps available for children 4-6 years old in the morning and also in the afternoon for children 7-12 years old. Visit #ArtMatters Blog for themes, details and registration information.
• July 24-27: I Can Draw and Paint Camp
Captain Pickle at Destin Library
Capt. Pickle will read one of his favorite stories, Little Fur Family by Margaret Wise Brown, to children grades 1-3 at 3:30 p.m. July 25. Pre-register at 837-8572.
Captain Pickle (AKA: Destin’s own Dill Beaty) has been telling tales for decades to children by reading stories in a unique way. Among Captain Pickle’s favorite authors are Margaret Wise Brown, Eric Carle and Maurice Sendak. Since 2002, Dill Beaty has been the cartoonist for the Destin Log delighting readers with his accurate yet humorous depiction of life along the Emerald Coast.
Kids ages 4-12 can have a fun and educating day of art and Destin history from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Destin History and Fishing Museum on Stahlman Avenue. Cost is $35/day with different projects each week. Pack a peanut free snack, water and a lunch. Register at www.abrakadoodle.com or call 424-5058.
Summer On Stage Theater Camp
Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s summer camps for ages four through high school run through July 29. Tuition is from $130 per person to $425 plus a $25 registration fee. Payment plans, military, sibling, and multi-camp discounts and scholarships are available. For the full schedule, more information and to register, call 684-0323 or visit www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org. Camps include:
Little Rascals camps for ages 4-6 are held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bayou Arts Center in Santa Rosa Beach. Tuition is $130. Hawaiian Mauna Theme will be July 24-28.
Summer camp at the Center in Freeport, Mad Science Experiment, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2 for children ages 5-12. Cost is $45 per session. Visit www.eowilsoncenter.org to register. For information, call 835-1824.
Summer Day Camp
Graduating kindergartners to graduating fifth graders will participate in daily worship and message, dancing, karaoke, arts and crafts, outdoor play, daily fitness activity and lots of gym games from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 4 at Destin Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Bring your lunch, comfortable clothes and shoes.
Cost is $100 per week, per camper; $60 additional camper siblings (fee includes snack and a camp T-shirt). Call Kim Parker at 837-2021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be four off-site field trips priced individually and an additional field trip fee charged.
Fort Walton Skating Center on Racetrack Road has free passes for kids 10 and under. The parents go to kidsskatefree.com/fortwaltonskate and sign up children. They get two free passes emailed to them per child every week to come skating.
The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge will hold its SummerWild Camp learning about all things related to wildlife rehabilitation, rescue, species, etc., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Aug. 4 at HarborWalk Village for rising 1st grade to rising 5th grade. Cost is $175/week or $35/day and $150/siblings. Military discount is $158/week, $32/day and $135/siblings. Southern Star dolphin cruise $11/person in addition to camp fee.
Kids board the Emerald Grande's beach shuttle one day during the week for exploration of the marine creatures living on the shore, and practice rescuing a life-size dolphin. Also, daily animal encounters with the Refuge's animal ambassadors. Camp is fully supervised. Snacks, juice, and water provided. Campers bring their own lunch.
Please call Susan at 850-830-3933 for reservations and information.
Build A Better World
Preschool through middle school students will explore all things this summer as the Destin Library presents Build A Better World during the summer library program. Activities may include music, art, performing arts, group games, physical challenges, craft projects, experiments, and more. Families are invited to participate with their children. Email email@example.com with questions.
Sunset Camp at Gulfarium
Sunset Camp, available from 4-9 p.m. on select Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 1, includes a dockside encounter with a dolphin, an exploratory venture along the Emerald Coast beach at dusk, ocean themed activities, scavenger hunt, and dinner at Seal Harbor for ages 6-14. Price is $89 for the first child and 25 percent off each additional child within the same reservation. Visit https://www.gulfarium.com.
The Biophilia Center and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation present Music, Nature, and The Arts from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. July 24-28 for grades one to eight. Campers are to bring a peanut free snack, lunch, and drink every day. All sunscreen and bug spray should be applied before they arrive at the Biophilia Center.
Alfonso Academy, 12598 U.S. Hwy. 98, Unit 104, in Miramar Beach, will offer an intensive program called Core Ballet Foundations from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. July 24-28 for Level 1 dancers and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Levels 2 and 3. This week will explore core work and will be interlaced with classical ballet technique training. Dancers can choose to attend one summer intensive week or both.
A Fine Arts Camp for “New Light Littles,” ages 2-6, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31-Aug. 4 and will focus on a week of pure fun, learning, and discoveries. Highlights include themed days with dance, arts and crafts, singing, drama, and much more. The week will end with a mini star-studded performance.