Summer On Stage

Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s summer camps for ages four through high school run through 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. 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. 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. 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. July 9-20. Extended drop off/pick up available. Tuition is $375/person.

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

• 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.

• 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.

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

• 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.

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

• 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 July, with weekly themed summer reading programs for kids ages 1 to 5 and young adults 6 to 12. 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.

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 through Aug. 10 and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday 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 registration, 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 through 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

• 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. Elementary sessions for ages 7-9 will run July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Middle school sessions for ages 10-13 will run 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 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 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 through 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 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 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.

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 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

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.

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.

• 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.

• 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. 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 sessions are:

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 Art Camp

Registration is now open for Destin School of the Arts 2018 Fine Arts Camp for third through fifth grade students from 9 a.m. to noon July 16-20. The week of creativity includes fun, interactive artistic experiences and instruction. Register at 837-2021, ext. 236, or email Registration for camp is open through July 9.

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.

AJ’s Soccer Skills Camp

AJ’s Summer Soccer Skills Camp with Coach Figueroa will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 23-25 at Morgan’s Sports Center for ages eight to 14. Learn and improve on passing, receiving, shooting, teamwork, and more in this event hosted by AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar. Price of $70/half day and $120/full day includes a T-shirt, bag, water bottle, snacks and water, as well as lunch on the third day. Register at

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.

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