Summer fun 2013

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

It’s time again to choose activities that kids will enjoy during their summer vacation. For a complete listing, visit To list a summer activity, email

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 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, July 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-Aug. 2, Aug. 5-9 and 12-16. Contact Susan Leveille at 850-830-3933 to register. Cost is $150 for the week; family discounts are available.

Children will talk with a real marine biologist, do arts and crafts, and encounter actual animals like owls, tortoises, gray foxes, and raccoons, and learn about dolphins, sharks, seashells, sandcastles, and more.


The Fine and Performing Arts Division at NWFSC will offer a Creative Dramatics summer workshop, “Camp Glee,” from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10 to July 3, for students from rising 8th grade through college age. Participants will learn about choreography, acting, voice, makeup and staging and will star in the drama Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. July 3 at the college’s Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center. Call 729-5382.

Drama Kids

Drama Kids of Northwest Florida will have a summer camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10-14 at Destin United Methodist Church Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Price is $189.  Before and after care available for an additional fee. Register at or call 279-4008.

Basketball Camp

A Basketball Skills Camp will be held from 1-3 p.m. June 12-14 at the Destin Community Center for ages 5-13. Cost is $40/Destin residents and $45/non-residents. Each participant will learn the basketball fundamentals of passing, shooting, dribbling, and sportsmanship. Please wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes. Call 654-5184.

Summer Dance Camp

The Niceville High School Eaglettes’ Dance Team will host a summer dance camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13 and 14 for girls ages 4-12. A dance showcase will be held at 6 p.m. June 14 featuring all the dance campers. The princess-themed camp will include dance instruction, arts and crafts, lunch, movies and story time. The registration fee is $50/first child and $40/each additional child per family. Registration forms may be picked up at the NHS Attendance Office or local elementary schools. They are due by May 24.

Kids on Campus

Registration for the “Kids on Campus” summer enrichment program at Northwest Florida College begins May 15 online at

Starting May 17, parents may register at all seven NWFSC locations. Registration deadlines are June 12 and July 10.

Kids on Campus offers youth entering grades 3 to 8 an opportunity for fun learning in a college environment with a variety of classes in the areas of athletics, theater, art and academics.

 Sessions will be held June 17-227 and July 15-25, Monday through Thursday, with half-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 12:30 to 3:20 p.m., or full-day sessions, 9 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.  For an additional fee, extended day options are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The course list and registration forms are available at all area elementary and middle schools, NWF State College campuses and centers, and at  For more information, call 729-6086.

Summer Guidebook

The United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties Children’s Summer Fun Guidebook is available at The free listing has activities for children ages 4-18.

Kamp Kellywamba

This one week class, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 17-21 at Destin Middle School, features art, drama, dance and juggling and is designed for students entering 1st through 8th grade in the fall. Cost is $125 per student which includes T-shirt and supplies. On the final day of Kamp, students will present a performance showcasing their work from the week.

Art Camp

The Arts and Design Society offers the opportunity for children to participate in creating visual arts  in its summer Kids' Fine Art Camp at the ADSO Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach.  Classes begin on Monday with the ancient skills of clay artistry and feature a different medium each day, including drawing, painting, and printmaking. Each week ends with an art show and reception for the families. The cost for each session is $60/child and $50/children of ADSO members. Pre-registration required by June 14 for June sessions and July 12 for July sessions. To register, call 244-1271 or visit

• Session 1: 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 17-21, ages 6-8

• Session 2: 1-3 p.m. June 17-21, ages 9-13

• Session 3: 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 15-19, ages 6-11

• Session 4: 1-3 p.m. July 15-21, ages 6-11

Sunset Camp

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island will offer Sunset Camp to children ages 6-14 from 4-9 p.m. on select dates beginning in June and continuing through 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 next to the seals. Make reservations at or call 243-9046.

Theater camp

The Emerald Coast Theatre Company hosts a theater camp from July 21-27 at Destin Middle School. Cost is $125/students. Designed for students entering grades 2-12 in fall 2013, this one-week theater camp is dedicated to the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts. This year’s production will be “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.” Students will experience auditions and casting (everyone gets a role), acting, theatre games, and prop construction in a positive team building environment. Group auditions are from 3-4 p.m. July 21; camp, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 22-26; rehearsal, 1-5 p.m. July 27; and ticketed performance at 6 p.m. July 27. Tickets are $5/adults and children under 12 are free.