Numerous camps stoke summertime fun

Savannah Vasquez

Summer is just around the corner. It's a time for kicking back in the sun and enjoying our home state of Florida.

When the kids get out of school, why not enroll them in their own Florida summer adventure? Choose from a list of local summer camps that focus on Florida heritage, environment, nature, animals, art and more.

Summer Camp Exploration

The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is offering 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 850-678-2615 to pre-register or visit http://www.heritage-museum.org/summer-camp.html for more details.

ADSO’s Kids' Summer Art Camp

The Arts and Design Society is offering its Kids’ Art Camp with creative projects for kids ages 6-13 years old.

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 of the week-long sessions 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. Classes will be held at the ADSO Art Center, 17 First Street SE, Fort Walton Beach. For more details or to register, call 244-1271, or visit www.artsdesignsociety.org.

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 www.NelliesYouthVillage.org or email Nellie Bogar at njbogar@yahoo.com.

Nature Rocks Camp

Check out the new Nature Rocks camp sponsored by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center this summer. Enjoy the great outdoors and learn about the environment with hands-on science projects, drum and song-writing classes, wildlife-themed theater arts, nature walks and animal encounters.

Two sessions will be held for children in first through eighth grades. Session one will be July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and session two will be July 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Cost is $165 for each week. Visit www.eowilsoncenter.org or call 850-835-1824. The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is at 4956 State Road 20 East in Freeport.

Art & Nature Adventures

If week-long camps are not your style, check out E.O. Biophilia Center’s Wednesday Summer Camps dubbed the Art and Nature Adventures. Each Wednesday from June 6 to July 25 enjoy a nature-themed day camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids ages 5-12 can enjoy learning about the environment and animals of Northwest Florida with day camps such as Totally Turtles, Forest Friends and Pond Pals. Cost for the camp is $45 per session. Visit www.eowilsoncenter.org or call 850-835-1824.

Summer on Stage

Emerald Coast Theatre Co. has pulled out all the stops this year, offering 10 theater camps for kids of all ages. Camps span the full length of the summer and offer opportunities for beginners and advanced thespians from preschool to high school age.

Little Rascals Camp: Ages 4-6, offered in weekly sessions from May 29 to Aug. 3.

The Adventures of Robin Hood: Grades 2nd-8th, offered in weekly sessions from June 4 to Aug. 3.

Camp Showtime: Grades 2nd-8th, offered in weekly sessions from June 11 to July 27.

Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr.: Grades 3rd-9th, offered in two-week sessions June 18-29 and July 9-20.

Middle and High School Advanced Workshops: Different themed workshops run throughout the summer. These workshops include Designing Minds, June 18-22; Techies Rule, June 25-29; So, You Wanna Do Shakespeare, July 9-13; The Freedom of Improvisation, July 23-27; Lightsaber Stage Combat Class, June 9, June 23, July 21, and Aug. 4.

Summer on Stage offerings will be held at ECTC’s performance space at 560 Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach, unless noted otherwise.

Register before May 1 and receive a $20 discount. Sibling, military and multiple camp discounts and scholarships are also available. For pricing and more information, visit http://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org or call 850-684-0323.

Creative Kids Camp

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is bringing back it's popular summer children's program full of hands-on art with local artists. Children from four to thirteen years old will get a chance to participate in art projects including watercolor, fel, portraits and silhouettes and will interact with professional artists that currently exhibit work at the CAA's Foster Gallery in Grand Boulevard.

Camp sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday with a different age group served each week.

Primary sessions: This is for ages 4-6 held June 4-8 and June 25-29 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Elementary sessions: For ages 7-9 will run June 11-15 and July 9-13 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Middle school sessions: For ages 10-13 will run June 18-22 and July 16-20 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Creative Kids Camps take place in the CAA’s Bayou Arts Center located at 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. For more information visit https://www.culturalartsalliance.com.