Kids Summer Activities July 19
It’s time again to choose activities that kids will enjoy during their summer vacation. To list a summer activity, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Destin Community Center
The following events will be held during the summer at the Destin Community Center unless noted. Register early, as space is limited. Call 654-5184.
• Kids’ Half Day Summer Camp/Lunch Bunch: Summer Camps for ages 5-12 with games, crafts, snacks and more will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, through Aug. 8. Cost is $40/residents and $50/non-residents. Lunch Bunch from 12-1 p.m. for $10/residents and $15/non-residents. Email email@example.com to sign up or call Center.
• Basketball Camp: Children learn the fundamentals of passing, shooting, dribbling, and sportsmanship from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for ages 3-6 and 6:30-8:30 p.m. for ages 7-15 July 21, 23 and 25. Wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes. Cost is $30/resident and $35/non-resident.
• Youth Football Camp: The camp will focus on speed and agility and all players ages 6-12 will work on passing, throwing and running drills from 6-8 p.m. July 22 and 24 at Destin Elementary School. Cost is $20/resident and $30/non-resident.
• Outdoor Camp: Participants ages 5-12 will learn the basics of camping, fishing, different types of animals and plants from 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 22-25 at Clement Taylor Park. Fee is $30/resident and $40/non-resident and includes a pole and bait.
• Babysitting Safety Course: Courses for ages 11 through 15 will be held from 1-4 p.m. July 24. Each student will be certified in CPR and First Aid. Cost $30/resident and $35/non-resident.
• Stand Up Paddleboard Camp: GUSU will provide boards and instruction for camp to be held at Clement Taylor Park. Ages 8-12 can register for one session from 9-11 a.m. July 26. Ages 13-16 years can register for 9-11 a.m. July 27. Fee for each class is $40/resident and $50/non-resident.
• Dodge Ball Camp: Ages 9-14 learn official rules, techniques and strategies from 5:30-8:30 on July 28 and 30 and Aug. 1. Cost is $25/resident and $30/non-resident.
• Volleyball Camp: Ages 9-14 improve ball control, spiking, setting, passing and serving. From 1-3 p.m. July 28-31. Cost is $25/resident and $30/non-resident.
• Kids’ Night Out: The City of Destin’s Summer Kids’ Night Out for ages 5-12 years will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 1. The theme is Baking and Participants will learn the basic fundamentals to make brownies, cupcakes and cake-pops. Cost is $20/resident and $25/non-resident. Space is limited; register at 654-5184.
• Youth Soccer Camp: Basic fundamentals of the game for ages 7-16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 4-8 at Morgan Sports Center. Cost is $20/resident and $25/non-resident. Register by Aug. 4.
• Cheerleading Camp: Hosted by the DMS Marlins for ages 5-12 to improve coordination, enthusiasm, team spirit and self-confidence from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 11 and 12. Cost is $25/resident and $30/non-resident.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company
The Emerald Coast Theatre Company in Miramar Beach hosts Drama Camp — “The Wizard of Oz” from 1-5 p.m. July 19 for grades 3-8. Cost is $150 paid to Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation.Call 687-1637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Musical Theatre Camp — Two-week camp “Willy Wonka Jr.,” based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 through Aug. 8 at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville for grades 5 through 9. Cost is $295. A final performance will be staged at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 with $5 donation per adult.
Holy Mackerel Summer Camp
Children entering kindergarten through fifth grade learn about Jesus and His love from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 21-25 at Immanuel Anglican Church in Destin.
Cost is $80 and $60 for siblings. One-time registration fee is 15. Register at iacdestin.org or call 830-3146. Students need to bring a lunch, sunscreen and a towel.
SummerWILD Children’s Camp
Children in first through sixth grade can spend a week on the Destin harbor learning about exotic animals and their natural habitats with the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge during SummerWILD Children’s Camp. Camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21-25; 28-Aug. 1; Aug. 4-8 and 11-15.
Children will encounter actual animals like owls, tortoises, gray foxes, and raccoons, and learn about dolphins, sharks, seashells, sandcastles, and more.
Contact Susan Leveille at 850-830-3933 to register. Cost is $150 for the week; family discounts are available.
Northwest Florida Ballet will hold Summer Heat! dance classes through Aug. 1 at the Fort Walton Beach studio. Beginner level will be from 9-10:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; intermediate level 9-11:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Tuition for beginner level students is $120; for intermediate level students, $130. There is a $20 registration fee for all students that will be applied to tuition. Call 664-7787 for registration information.
Full Circle Gallery
Mercedes Rodgers will hold art classes July 21 and 28 at the Gallery, 29 B Eglin Parkway SE in Fort Walton Beach. Call 850-362-8041 to reserve space. Cartooning (mixed media), 10 a.m. to noon; Clay Figure (figure and animal sculptures), 1-3 p.m.; and Art and Science (topic, erupting volcanoes), 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Kids’ Summer Scene Movies
The Destin Library will host a Kids’ Summer Scene Movie Series for students in grades 1 through 5 from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 6. Films selected will be linked to themes that can be further explored through reading materials available at your public library.
Parents or guardians of children will be required to be in attendance during the Kids’ Summer Scene Movie Series. Participation will be limited to 30 students at any scheduled showing. Refreshments and a drink will be available.
The Kids’ Summer Scene Movie Series is open to residents of Okaloosa County and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Movies to be shown on specific dates will be posted on www.cityofdestin.com and www.facebook.com/DestinLibrary. Call 837-8572.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island will offer Sunset Camp to children ages 6-14 from 4-9 p.m. on select Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer.
Activities include a dockside dolphin interaction, with the opportunity to feed and give behavior signals to an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, an ocean-themed scavenger hunt throughout the park, an exploratory adventure along the beach, and dinner at Seal Harbor. Cost is $85. Make reservations at www.gulfarium.com or call 243-9046.
The children present a kinda musical/comedy/educational look at what they learned this summer at 6 p.m. July 26 at Striving for Perfection Ministries, 24 SW Bass Ave. in Fort Walton Beach. The production will include Spanish, an new innovative math game, exercise routines, skits and much more. Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted.
Children ages 5-16 can take field trips, learn Spanish, play, enjoy art and drama and more at Youth Village summer camp from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 15 at 312 Pelham Road in Fort Walton Beach. Cost is $75/week and includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and field trips. Child Care Service vouchers will be accepted. Email email@example.com registration information or call 582-0549.
Summer History Camp
Discover, explore and experience days gone by when Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in Valparaiso presents Time Travelers, a summer history camp, from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11-15.
Cost is $60/non-members and $50/members. Visit wwwmheritage-museum.org or call 678-2615 to register.