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Summer On Stage

Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s summer camps for ages four through high school run from May 29 to Aug. 4. Tuition is from $130 per person to $375 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 Summer on Stage will be held at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach, unless noted.

Camps include:

Little Rascals camps for ages 4-6 are held from 9 a.m. to noon. Tuition is $130. May 29-June 1, June 11-14, July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3.

The Adventures of Robin Hood for grades 2-8 are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday with a final performance on the last day of camp. Tuition is $175 per person. June 4-8, June 18-22 and July 30-Aug. 3.

Camp Showtime for grades two through eight will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended drop off/pick up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pack a snack, lunch, and water. Performance last day of camp. Tuition is $150. June 11-14, July 16-20 and July 23-27.

Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. for grades 3-9 is a two-week musical theater camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18-29 and July 9-20. Extended drop off/pick up available. Tuition is $375/person.

Middle/High School Advanced Theatre Workshops with tuition $175/person.

• Designing Minds, June 18-22

• Techies Rule, June 25-29

• So, You Wanna Do Shakespeare … July 9-13

• The Freedom of Improvisation, July 16-20

Advanced Theatre Workshop is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23-27. Tuition is $175.


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 or at the Center. Call 654-5184 or email for information.

• Little Feet Camp: Ages 3-6 will learn the basics of soccer from 10-11 a.m. May 29-31. Fee is $15/resident and $20/non-resident.

• Kid’s Night Out: A night full of games, crafts, food, and lots of fun for ages 5-12 from 6-9 p.m. June 1 and July 20. Cost is $35/non-residents and $25/residents.

• Basketball Camp A Skills Camp will be held from 1-2 p.m. (ages 5-8) and 2:15-3:30 p.m. (ages 9-14) June 4, 6, and 8. Fee is $45/non-resident and $30/resident. Tennis shoes are required.

• Tennis Camp: Learn the basics of serving, backhand, and forehand June 5 and 7 at Buck Destin Park. Ages 5-8 are from 9-10:30 a.m. and ages 9-15 are from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Fee is $20/resident and $25/non-resident.

• Babysitting Safety Course: Courses for ages 11 through 15 will be held from 1-3 p.m. June 7 and July 9. Each student will be certified in CPR and First Aid. Cost $45/resident and $50/non-resident.

• Cooking and Serving: Youth ages 8-15 plan and prepare a luncheon from 12-3 p.m. June 12-14 and July 10-12. Cost is $50/resident and $60/non-resident.

• Volleyball Camp: Ages 9-14 will learn ball control, spiking, setting, and passing from 1-3 p.m. June 18 and 20. Fee is TBD.

• Gardening Camp: Ages 5-12 will plant for themselves and areas around the Community Center from 1-2 p.m. June 19-21. Fee is $20/resident and $30/non-residents.

• Softball Camp: Children ages 7-14 learn the fundamentals of softball like hitting, fielding, and throwing from 1-3 p.m. June 26 and 28 at Threadgill Park. Fee is $25/residents and $35/non-residents.

• Golf Camp: Ages 7-15 will learn the basics of golf, such as driving, putting and chipping, from 10 a.m. to noon June 26 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 28 at Golf Garden. Fee is $40/resident and $50/non-resident.

• Peewee Cheer Camp: Children ages 5-9 will improve their coordination, enthusiasm, positive attitude, team spirit, and self-confidence during camp from 1-3 p.m. June 27 and 28. Fee is $20/residents and $30/non-residents.

• Dance Camp: Learn various hip-hop styles including popping, breaking, and locking from Michael “Turboh” Burton July 16-20. Ages 6-11 from 1-2 p.m. and ages 12 and older from 2-3 p.m. Fee is $30/resident and $35/non-resident.

• Dodgeball Camp: Ages 8-14 learn official rules, techniques and strategies from 1-3 p.m. July 24 and 26. Cost is $20/resident and $30/non-resident.

• Baseball Camp: Children ages 7-14 will learn the fundamentals of baseball like hitting, fielding, and throwing from 1-2:30 p.m. July 31-Aug. 2 and ages 9-10 from 2:30-4 p.m. at Threadgill Park. Fee is $20/resident and $25/non-resident.

• Redbird Art Camp: The Redbird Art Experience invites children 5 and older to express their creative side and imagination using a variety of recycled materials from 1:30-3 p.m. July 27. Fee is $20/resident and $25/non-resident.


Libraries ROCK

Kids of all ages will “ROCK” this summer as the Destin Library presents “Libraries ROCK!” during the summer months of June and July, with weekly themed summer reading programs for kids ages 1 to 5 and young adults 6 to 12. The Summer Reading Program Kick-Off “Libraries ROCK!” will be held at 3 p.m. June 1. For more information visit: or

The 2018 Summer Reading Program is open to preschool, elementary, middle school and high school students, with programs, prize drawings, story times, themed crafts, and more. Families are invited to participate with their children.


Northwest Florida Ballet

The NFB annual Summer Workshop will be held June 4-29 in Fort Walton Beach. Placement classes will be held at 2 p.m. June 3. Visit for more information and registration

Level 1 is from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. for dancers entering fourth and fifth grades. Level 2 is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for dancers entering sixth grade and up.

• Week 1: June 4-8

• Week 2: June 11-15

• Week 3: June 18-22

• Week 4: June 25-29


Summer Musical Theatre Workshop

Northwest Florida State College’s Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts will host its annual summer musical theatre workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. June 4 through June 28 in the dance studio, Building 100, Room 125, on the Niceville campus. The workshop is open for students ages 13-21. Attendees will receive concentrated training in acting, voice and dance from instructors Christa Whittaker, Diara Morris and Kelly Murdock.

There will be three performances at the end of the workshop at 1 p.m. June 27, 10:30 a.m. June 28 and 1 p.m. June 28. Email for information.


Summer Day Camps

Destin United Methodist Church will hold day camps for graduating kindergartners through graduating fifth graders from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday June 4 through Aug. 10 and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday June 4 through Aug. 10.

Fees are $125/week full time campers with 10 percent discount for each additional sibling and $95/week part time campers with 10 percent discount for each additional sibling.

Daily activities will include dancing, arts and crafts, science activities, outdoor play, daily fitness, and more.

Campers will need to bring their lunch; snacks will be provided. Each paid camper will receive a Power Plant Summer Camp T-Shirt

We will go on off-site field trips this summer, individually priced according to location. Field trip fee is in addition to regular camp fees.

For information and regristration, visit


Kids Summer Camp

A Summer Day Camp will be offered at the Destin Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 4-Aug. 3, with a lunch program from 12-1 p.m.

The camp is for ages 5-12 years old and costs $65 per week for non-resident and $50/resident (lunch is $15/non-resident and $10/resident). Pre-registration is required at 654-5184.

Each day will be a morning full of fun activities including games, crafts, swim days (towel and swimsuit required), structured playtime, and snacks.


PSAs that ROCK! Teen Volunteer Program

This summer the Destin Library will host a six week series of hands-on workshops from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for young adults, ages 13 to 15 years old, focused on the concept of audio public service announcements; what they are, how they work, how they are designed and produced. Workshop participants will individually or as a team create at least three 15- to 30- second audio PSAs, with appropriate artwork, on a topic relevant to their peers and community libraries.

In this workshop participants will gain an understanding of and appreciation of PSAs, learn to use available media lab resources (Audacity Sound Editing/Microsoft Office and/or Adobe Creative Suite software) and create library related PSAs for use by the Destin Library during the program year. The program will conclude with a student showcase of PSAs on July 16.

Parents of children interested in participating in this program are required to register them in advance at

• June 4: What’s a PSA? Sample PSAs. Destin’s Digital Media Lab

֋ June 11: Reviewing successful and meaningful student produced PSAs. Digital Media Lab

• June 18: Brainstorming PSA ideas from start to finish. Concepts & Artwork

• June 25: Scripting PSAs

• July 9: Production, recording, editing

• July 16: PSA Showcase


Creative Kids Camps

Cultural Arts Alliance will host its popular program, Creative Kids Camp, again in 2018. A series of week-long visual arts camp sessions designed to give primary, elementary, and middle school-aged children a different daily hands-on experience will take place in the CAA’s Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach.

Camp sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday with a different age group served each week. Primary sessions for ages 4-6 run June 4-8 and June 25-29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Elementary sessions for ages 7-9 will run June 11-15 and July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Middle school sessions for ages 10-13 will run June 18-22 and July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get registration details on #ArtMattersBlog.


ECSA Summer Camps

One of the best places for kids to spend their summer is on the water, learning valuable life lessons and building self-confidence. The Emerald Coast Sailing Association is at the Fort Walton Yacht Club, 180 Ferry Road NE., and offers camp for ages seven to 18. Camp is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginner I classes are for ages 7-17 and Beginner II is ages 9-18. Class price is $250. To sign up and for more information, visit

• Camp 1: June 4-8, Beginner I, optional shuttle to/from Destin

• Camp 2: June 11-15, Beginner I and II, optional shuttle to/from Destin

• Camp 3: June 18-22, Beginner I, optional shuttle to/from Sandestin

• Camp 4: June 25-29, Beginner I & II, optional shuttle to/from Crestview

• Camp 5: July 9-13: Beginner I, optional shuttle to/from Bluewater Bay/Niceville

• Camp 6: July 16–20, Beginner I & II, optional shuttle to/from Bluewater Bay/Niceville

• Camp 7: July 23-27, Beginner I, optional shuttle to/from Mary Esther

• Camp 8: July 30-Aug. 3, Beginner I & II


Destin History Hands-On

This summer the Destin Library, in collaboration with the Destin History and Fishing Museum, will provide a six-week, fun-filled, hands-on activity for young adults from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The program will begin with a look back at Florida’s geology and how it was formed. During the subsequent weeks young adults will be engaged in activities that will help them gain insight into the history of the place we call Destin. The program will conclude with a museum field trip, where participants will see and learn more about Destin’s history.

Parents of children interested in participating in this program are required to register them in advance at

• June 6: Destin, Florida’s Geology: How our home was formed

• June 13: Destin Archaeology: People of the Past

• June 20: Early Settlers: Native Americans and Destin’s founding families

֋ June 27: Fishing: The source of life along the Emerald Coast

• July 11: Learning the Ropes: Nautical and Fishing Knots

• July 18: Museum Field Trip: Destin History and Fishing Museum


Gulfarium Sunset Camp

Children ages six to 14 can have a dockside encounter with a dolphin, an exploratory venture along the beautiful Emerald Coast beach at dusk, ocean themed activities, scavenger hunt, and dinner at Seal Harbor during Sunset Camp at Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island. Camp is available from 4-9 p.m. on select Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 6 to Aug. 1. Cost is $89. For more information and to register, visit


Biophilia Wednesday Day Camps

Art and Nature Adventures will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays for ages 5-12 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, 4956 State Hwy. 20 E in Freeport. Sessions are $45 each. Register at

• June 6: Totally Turtles

• June 13: Forest Friends

• June 20: Pond Pals

• June 27: Radical Reptiles

• July 11: All About Owls

• July 18: Let's Wing It! Birds

• July 25: Buggin' Out

• Aug. 2: Mad Science Experiments!


Summer Reading, Ages 5 and Under

Children five and younger and parents are encouraged to register for this program at the Destin Library which includes stories, music, games, activities and crafts. Parents of children interested in participating in this program are encouraged to register them in advance at

• June 7: Rock’n in the Library with sticks and stones

• June 14: Rock’n in the Library with “Clifford the Dog”

• June 21: Music Rocks throughout the Library: Storytime books

• June 28: Rock a Craft, Tell a Story

• July 12: Celebrating Stories new and old with puppets

• July 19: Make-It Activity: Why My Library Rocks!


From Shelves to Shores

The Destin Library will partner with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance this summer to provide a hands-on science experience for children ages 5 to 12 years. From Shelves to Shores is a program that provides the opportunity for youth to play an active role in the restoration of the Choctawhatchee Bay.

During the months of June and July a total of six sessions, which include hands-on activities, will be scheduled. Topics will include Salt Marsh Exploration, Oysters, Watershed, Water Conservation, Touch Tanks with Live Animals, and a planting field experience. In addition, children registered for the program will have the responsibility of maintaining a small marsh nursery at the library.

At the conclusion of the program, children will participate in a field trip to a Choctawhatchee Bay restoration site to plant grasses they have grown during the summer.

This summer’s From Shelves to Shores program will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday mornings at the Library on June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 13 and 20.

Parents of children interested in participating in this program are required to register them in advance. To register, visit

For further information, contact Will Rogers, Reference and Youth Services librarian, at 837-8572) or visit


Soul Squad

A summer day camp designed to teach 12-14 year old girls valuable emotional regulation skills takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 11-14 at Padgett Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Daily art projects, group games, meditaiton/yoga and more with lunch and supplies provided. Cost is $400. Only 10 spots available at


Kids on Campus

Northwest Florida State College presents Kids on Campus, a unique opportunity for summer enrichment and fun learning in a college environment. Students choose from a variety of classes such as sports, art, academics, life skills, dance and music.

Students create their own schedule and can choose morning, afternoon or all day classes. Extended care is available in the mornings and/or afternoons. Kids on Campus is open to students entering 3rd - 8th grade.

First session will be June 11-21 and Second Session will be July 9-19. For information and registration, visit



All aboard! The STEAM Train is an eight-week program series that will explore coding, physics, anatomy, and more through stories and fun, creative projects from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

• June 12: Art Aliens Attack!

• June 19: BristleBots

•June 26: Pendulum Painting

• July 3: Attack on the Fort!

• July 10: Let's Be Paleontologists

• July 17: Marble Mania

• July 24: Computer Programming Unplugged

• July 31: Hands on Hands

Parent/caretaker participation is required during this activity due to the complexity of some projects. Registration will be limited to 12 children. To register, visit



Take a deep dive into new and exciting technologies with the Library’s Techsploration program series for grades five through eight from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Participants will learn about a variety of different technologies, including electrical circuits, hydraulics, and computer programming.

• June 12: Hydraulic Butterflies

• June 19: Arcade Champions

• June 26: Orders of Magnitude and Nanotechnology

• July 3: Microbes!

• July 10: Squishy Circuits, Part 1

• July 17: Squishy Circuits, Part 2

• July 24: Advanced Squishy Circuits, Part 1

• July 31: Advanced Squishy Circuits, Part 2

Parents of young adults interested in participating in this program are required to register them in advance at


Robolympics Boot Camp

Every Olympian needs a trainer. The Destin Library’s Robolympics Boot Camp gives all of Robolympics competitors a solid foundation in the programming and construction of their LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits.

From 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10 and 17 participants will have the opportunity to learn a different core function of their EV3 robot. By the end, all Robolympians will have the tools they need to win in the battle for the Code Cup!

Participation in the Robolympics Boot Camp is not required to participate in the Robolympics. To register for the Robolympics or the Boot Camp, visit


ADSO’s Kids’ Summer Art Camp

The Arts and Design Society offers its Kids’ Art Camp with creative projects for kids ages 6-13 years old. Camps are held at the ADSO Art Center, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.

The camp is held in four sessions:

Session 1: June 18-22, 9:30-11:30 a.m. daily and for ages 6-8.

Session 2: June 18-22, 1-3 p.m. for ages 9-13.

Session 3: July 9-13, 9:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 6-11.

Session 4: July 9-13, 1-3 p.m. for ages 6-11.

Classes begin with clay artistry and feature a different medium each day. Each week ends with an art show and reception for the families.

The cost for each session is $70 per child ($60 for the children of ADSO members). Pre-registration is required by June 15 for June sessions and by July 6 for July sessions. To register, call 244-1271 or visit


Summer Camp Exploration

The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida offers an immersive summer camp for kids ages 5-14 June 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon daily. Campers will get the chance to experience Northwest Florida with hands-on history lessons and STEM projects that engage the mind with science, technology, engineering and math activities.

Cost is $75 per child for the week or $65 for Museum Family Members.

Call 678-2615 to pre-register or visit for more details.


Nature ROCKS

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation join forces to present Music, Nature and Theater Arts for first through eighth graders from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16-20 and July 23-27. Cost is $165 for each session. Register at

This week-long camp includes hands-on drumming and songwriting classes with percussionist Zig Wajler of "Hands on With Zig," wildlife-themed art classes, and dynamic hands-on science activities featuring live animal ambassadors.


Creative Art Camps for Kids

Abrakadoodle holds its Summer Camps and In-School Field Trips to engage and inspire children with art adventures that will be offered at schools and community sites throughout Okaloosa and Walton Counties with concentration in Destin.

Abrakadoodle is unveiling two new camp programs for 2018 that are added to its collection of approximately 25 themed camps, meeting the needs of schools and community sites with a variety of fun camp themes and activities for children ages 3-12. Camp locations include Destin Elementary School, as well as county-wide daycare programs. Visit, call 865-1651 or to learn more or to register.

It’s a Jungle Out There! Art Camp

The rainforest is replete with imagination-boosting fauna, flora and creatures big and small. Everyone will find inspiration in the rainforest habitat and its people while discovering their customs and creating a tree house collage. Kids will have a wild time creating fun art projects, making new friends and playing games.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts in Art creations

Using a variety of art techniques, campers will make flying machines like Da Vinci, build rocket ships, create aerial view drone maps and much more. Kids will challenge their imaginations and creativity and become extreme artists.

Abrakadoodle’s numerous popular art camp themes include from Mad About Movies and Under the Sea Art to Camp Build It and Creepy Crawler’s Camp to ZooDoodle Safariland. Such classic favorites as Pirates, Princes and Princesses and Wild, Wild West represent a range of interests that engage children in hands-on art and creative discovery at its best.


Youth Village Summer Camp

Kids from kindergarten to eighth grade can sign up for the Youth Village Summer Camp of 2018.

Youth Village will offer weekly field trips, fitness workshops, arts and crafts, and even weekly career workshops. Some of the highlights of the summer will include STEM day, a student art gallery showcase for the community and a trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Panama City.

For more details, visit or email Nellie Bogar at