Summer is fast approaching, and soon the school year will be over. If you’re seeking kid-friendly activities to keep your children entertained, active and out of trouble, then look no further. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s annual Summer Kids Calendar provides great ideas to get you started.
ACTING, MUSICAL THEATER & PRODUCTION CAMPS presented by In the Limelight, a performing arts training studio and theater, 4065-D LB McLeod Road, McLeod Commerce Center, Orlando, 407-340-0920, http://www.inthelimelightorlando.com. Theater summer stage camps are offered for children entering grades K-12. Aspiring stars learn production, acting, technical, art and musical theater skills from June 9-Aug. 17. Musicals are Willy Wonka Kids, Disney’s Peter Pan, Annie, Hairspray and Bugsy Malone. Auditions are April 12 and May 31. Other offerings include Pop Diva (Taylor Swift, Beyoncé), Musical Theater Song and Dance (Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wizard of Oz), and themed acting camps. Extended care and scholarships are available. Costs range from $150-$425.
ACTING & PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS offered by Orlando Repertory Theatre Youth Academy, 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando, http://www.orlandorep.com/yaregistrations, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rep Youth Academy offers more than 80 summer camps at three locations from June 9-Aug. 15. Camps and productions are designed to foster self-confidence, creative thinking, problem-solving skills, collaboration and discipline through the performing arts. Camps take place at the theater’s three-stage facility in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park, as well as satellite locations, including Celebration K-8 School in downtown Celebration and the University of Central Florida.
DANCE & PRODUCTION CLASSES offered at Dancer’s Edge, 7351 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, 407-679-8118, www.
dancersedgeinc.com, include ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, flamenco and preschool. Production class for ages 8-older offers an opportunity to perform a classical children’s fairy tale set to modern music with a mix of dance styles. Production class performances are held in the studio at the end of the session, July 18 and July 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8.
DANCE PROGRAMS at Orlando Ballet School, 407-418-9818,
http://www.orlandoballetschool.org, are held at three Central Florida locations — South/Dr. Phillips, Central/Downtown, and Seminole/Longwood. Junior Intensive Dance Camp is June 9-20 for children ages 7-12. Sessions include ballet, jazz and musical theater instruction. Young Summer Dancers is offered weekly from June 2-26 for children ages 3-6. Intro and Extra Intensives are evening dance classes from June 23-July 23 that provide additional training for intermediate students currently in Preparatory Level through Level 3. The 2014 Summer Intensive for intermediate through advanced dancers age 11-older is June 9-20 in Jacksonville and July 23-July 5 in Orlando.
DYNAMIC ATHLETE SUMMER CHALLENGE at Trinity Sports Performance, 407-347-7977, http://www.trinitysportsperformance.net, is an athletic enhancement program for ages 12-24. Under the guidance of Super Bowl champion Kim Herring, athletes build power, speed and agility. Their results will be compared to others around the nation. This challenge takes commitment, will and heart — you can have results or excuses, not both. The challenge takes place June 9-Aug. 2. The first 25 athletes to sign up receive 30 percent off the regular fee.
EDUCATIONAL CAMPS at Cranium Clubhouse, 4068 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Winter Garden, 407-294-6950, http://www.craniumclubhouse.com, offer unique, multisensory learning and play camps for children ages 3-9, with full-, extended- or half-day options. Summer camp programs run every week, and themes include “Ocean Explorers”; “Junior Paleontologist”; “Road Trip”; “Mad Scientist”; “Olympic Games”; “Animal Kingdom”; “Back to Nature”; “Own Your Own Restaurant”; “Adventure to the Moon”; and “Art Explosion.” Regular-hour camps cost $140-$190 per week. Extended-day camps cost $190-$230 per week. All campers are pretested for reading and math skills to allow for individualized learning curriculum.
EDUCATIONAL SUMMER PROGRAMS at Mathnasium, 13848 Tilden Road, Suite 172, Winter Garden, 321-236-2842, mathnasium.com/win
tergarden, are designed to prevent summer learning loss and help students prepare for what lies ahead. Mathnasium builds customized programs for children in grades two-12 so they can learn math the way it makes sense to them. It is open year-round, but summer-only
memberships are available in groups of 16 sessions. Mathnasium also offers five one-hour sessions per week of logic, geometry and number-sense games, free of charge, to currently enrolled members.
EDUKIDS CAMPS at EduMatics, 2731 Old Winter Garden Road, Ocoee, 407-656-0661, http://www.edumaticsprogram.com, are designed with one goal in mind — to enhance children’s self-esteem and self-confidence. The staff thrives on an educational, dynamic agenda, showing each student what he/she can do, not what they can’t. Open to kids ages 5-18, activities include Exposure to the Stock Market with Real Stock Certificates, Student Executive Week, Common Core Curriculum with Interactive Activities, and State-of-the-Art Technology Integration. Camp hours are from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and the cost is $175 per week.
iBRICK ACADEMY LEGO ROBOCAMP, 407-230-6100, http://www.ibrickacademy.com, features its largest selection of camp dates and locations to date, including Legoland Florida, and various counties and cities. Also new this year, iBrick Academy offers all new camps, adding the new EV3 Robot Activities to the robotics camps, bringing back The Master Builder Academy Camps, and introducing early-learning camps. There are also plans to begin after-school and early-learning programs later this year. iBrick Academy uses only Lego Education Curriculum and Sets. The company is owned and founded by Lego Educational Academy certified teacher/trainer James C. Jones, who uses his 20 years of experience and strives to offer the most up-to-date curriculum Lego Education has to offer. Each camp uses hands-on projects and a guided curriculum to maximize the “edutainment” factor for campers.
iD TECH CAMPS, held at Rollins College, University of Miami, University of South Florida, and more than 80 prestigious universities nationwide, 888-709-8324, http://www.idtech.com, helps participants take their interests further and gives them a competitive edge for school/college and future careers in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students ages 7-17 create apps, video games, mods with Minecraft, C++/Java programs, movies and more at weeklong, day and overnight summer camps. Held at Rollins College, the University of Miami, the University of South Florida, Stanford, Princeton and more. There are also two-week, pre-college programs at select universities for teens ages 13-18.
MARTIAL ARTS CAMPS at Victory Martial Arts are characterized by their constant reinforcement of the good habits taught at home through the practice of martial arts. The family-oriented environment provides an ideal setting for students to practice the life skills that will contribute to their success in life, such as having discipline and respect, listening and following directions, and being focused and having high self-esteem. Victory Martial Arts offers self-defense classes for children and adults, and is now offering three weeks of classes, one week of summer camp, and a free Victory uniform for just $99. For more information, call 407-903-1133 or visit http://www.victoryma.com on the Web.
ORLANDO MAGIC BASKETBALL CAMPS, 407-488-7214, orlandomagic
camps.com, are back for their best summer yet! Kids 7-16 can join one of 20-plus sessions that feature expert instruction from the National Basketball Academy, giveaways, awards and more. Campers also receive tickets to Magic games at Amway Center and at select sessions can meet team celebrities. Day camps and overnight options are available.
OVERNIGHT CAMPS at Camp Wewa, YMCA Wewa Outdoor Center, 221 S. Binion Road, Apopka, 407-886-1240, http://www.ymcawewa.org. Camp Wewa is dedicated to teaching children values, skills and responsibility in a safe environment. Wewa offers resident (sleep-away) camp, teen leadership camps, Florida trip camps and other specialty day camps. Wewa has air-conditioned cabins; water-skiing and water sports; a six-lane swimming pool with a slide; low- and high-ropes courses; a 40-foot climbing wall; athletic fields; and a large, air-conditioned dining hall.
SOCCER CAMPS at Disney Soccer Academy, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, http://www.disneysocceracademy.com, give participants the opportunity to play and learn side-by-side with soccer superstars during an instructional camp for children ages 6-18. Past camp sessions have featured appearances by professional English Premier League players. Registration for the four-day session is $390 and includes on-field instruction on world-class fields, an event T-shirt, athlete gift, lunch and special appearances by professional soccer players.
SUMMER CAMPS at GAN ISRAEL DAY CAMP, 2037 Hempel Ave., Gotha, 407-354-3660, http://www.ilovegi.com, is a summer camp on 27 acres that is dedicated to enriching the lives of children from diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations through a stimulating camp experience. Camp activities include sports, swimming, archery, a ropes course, water sports, art and specialty fun shops. Camp Gan Israel is part of the largest and fastest growing network of day camps, and enjoys a reputation as a trendsetter in Jewish camping, with innovative ideas and creative programs. CGI is accredited by the American Camp Association. Camp programs are available for ages 2-12; sessions are June 30-July 25 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A camp program for teens ages 12-15 takes place June 30-July 11. Extended care is available.
SUMMER CAMPS at the JCC of Southwest Orlando at Jack & Lee Rosen Campus, 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, 401-513-4226, http://www.orlandojcc.org/camp. Camp J is a one-stop camping shop, located in the heart of Southwest Orlando, for families with children of multiple ages and talents. Serving toddlers to teens, Camp J features a general camp, sports camps and theater camps, plus special activities like weekly field trips. Most programs run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with extended care available from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. At Camp J, children from all backgrounds and faiths have fun.
SUMMER CAMPS at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, 7551 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-644-2595, http://www.mygym.com/orlando, are offered all summerlong from 2:30-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for ages 6-11, and every Wednesday and Friday for ages 3-8. With flexible enrollment and priced at only $30 per day, parents can choose any combination of days. Activities include games, relays, sports, team-building, gymnastics, a zip line and rock wall, dodgeball and lots more — with no downtime!
SUMMER CAMPS at Windermere Preparatory School, 6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere, 407-905-7737 (option 6), http://www.winder
mereprep.com/camp. Lake Cypress Summer Camp provides a variety of activities for children ages 5-12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with extended care available for the morning and afternoon. Swimming, crafts, field games, sports and more are offered. Weekly themes are followed for each session. Weeklong sessions run June 2-Aug. 1. A discount is offered for siblings or enrollment for the entire summer, and exciting new specialized half-day camps are available.
SURFGUYS SURF SCHOOL, celebrating 16 years of quality service, is holding surf instruction in south Cocoa Beach and Melbourne Beach from 8-11 a.m., Monday-Thursday, for age 6-adults. Parents are welcome. Professional staff members teach students marine and ocean safety, stance, wave and board safety, and surfing fun, as well as stand-up paddle surf training. The ratio is a maximum of four students per instructor. Tours, private and group lessons are also available. The cost is $200 per person, with a required $100 deposit. For more information or to enroll, call 321-956-3268 or visit http://www.surfguyssurf.com on the Web.
TEEN FIT GIRLS ROCK at Garage Mama Fitness, 1232 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Suite 116, Winter Garden, 407-347-7977, http://www.gmamafitness.com.
Participants, ages 12-16, learn how to get in shape in a fun, safe, private training environment, while they make new friends and learn how to cook great recipes. Classes provide nutritional coaching, motivation and self-esteem tips, all of which are built into a one-hour program. All fitness levels are welcome Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.
TENNIS CAMPS at the Fun & Sun Tennis Camp, located at Lake Cane Tennis Center in Shadow Bay Park, 5108 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, 407-254-9170, http://www.lakecanetennis.com. Orlando’s most popular tennis center is also Orlando’s most popular summer camp, offering tennis instruction, games and fun, including cross-training in field games like soccer, water activities and team building. Camps are supervised by professional, certified coaches who know how to give kids the best week of their summer vacation. Weekly sessions are available June 9-Aug. 15, and the cost is $235 per week.
TENNIS CAMPS at The Tennis Academy at Windermere Preparatory School, 6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere, 407-928-6666, http://www.orlandotennisacademy.com, http://www.elitetennisusa.com, is the No. 1 facility for summer tennis lessons. Experienced coaches are on hand to give children of any age or ability a week of tennis fun, games, activities and lifeguard-supervised swimming at the academy’s world-class facility, which also includes a pro shop and café. The cost is $225 per weekly session. Lessons and clinics also continue throughout the summer. Assessments are required for Elite Tennis USA training, which is $300 per week.
TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL ANIMATION CAMPS at Elite Animation Academy, located in The Shoppes at Windermere, 8933 Conroy-Windermere Road, Orlando, 407-459-7959, http://www.eli
teanimationacademy.com, focus on basic to intermediate levels with an emphasis on history, theory, sketch and drawing fundamentals. The summer program is June 9-Aug. 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for age 10-older, with a one-hour break for lunch. Lunch is not provided. Traditional classes include Super Heroes Drawing and Story, Lego Stop Motion Animation, Traditional Animation, Anime/Manga and Drawing Fundamentals; and digital classes include Introduction to Gaming with 2D Flash, 2D Computer Animation Flash, Maya 3D Animation, Photoshop and Video Production.
THE TUTORING CENTER, 2572 Maguire Road, Ocoee, 407-614-5980, http://www.tutoring
center.com, serves the Ocoee/Windermere areas and specializes in individualized, one-to-one instruction combined with the trademarked Rotational Approach to Learning. Its staff serves kindergartners to high-schoolers in a fun, caring environment. Programs include reading, writing, math, study skills, algebra and geometry; and attending children develop stronger academic skills, and gain more confidence and motivation. The center offers individualized programs, month-to-month tuition and no contracts.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at Harvest Bible Chapel, 12120 Chase Road, Windermere, 407-505-4888, http://www.hbcorlando.org, takes place June 16-20 from 6-8 p.m. Also offered is Camp Harvest, a weeklong retreat in Lake Wales that is packed with adventure, excitement and spiritual growth for high-schoolers from June 8-12. Camp Harvest is open to current eighth-12th-graders. In addition, Mix, a summer camp open to current sixth- and seventh-graders, is designed for middle school students and their special cognitive and developmental abilities. At Mix, students come to understand their own spiritual formation and grow as Kingdom workers. Harvest Baptist Chapel’s middle school group, Chapter 2, will go to Knoxville, Tenn., from June 21-26.