By Brenda Shoffner Northwest Florida Daily News
School will be out and summer will be here before we know it.
Many organizations are already accepting registrations for a variety of summer camps.
• The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a free summer camp for kids in Walton County. The camp offers indoor and outdoor activities and free lunches will be provided Monday-Thursday. On Friday, the kids get pizza. Applications are being accepted through May 10. Find dates, locations and other details online at https://waltonso.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/summer-camp-application.pdf.
• Emerald Coast Theatre Co. has a dozen ways to celebrate summer on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. A not-for-profit professional theater company in Miramar Beach, ECTC’s Summer On Stage offers theater camps for ages 4 through high school. “Little Rascals” is a one-week half-day camp for ages 4-6. One week full-day camps include Camp Showtime and the production camp of Treasure Island for grades 2-8. Disney’s Cinderella Kids is the three-week full-day musical theater camp, and it also offers the workshops of Theatre for Young Audiences, So You Want to do Shakespeare, and The Freedom of Improvisation for grades 6-12. ECTC Camps run different weeks from June 5 through July 29. Tuition is from $130 per person for “Little Rascals” to $425 for the Musical Theatre Camp plus a $25 registration fee. Payment plans, military, sibling, and multi-camp discounts and scholarships are available. Register before May 1, and save $20 per child. For a full schedule, more details and to register, call 684-0323 or go to www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org.
• First City Art Center in Pensacola announces Creatisphere Summer Art Camp allowing participants to explore and experiment with unique art forms that encourage creative development, critical thinking and innovation. The camp will feature hands-on workshops, gallery visits, art talks and live demonstrations in the glass shop and pottery studio. Creatisphere offers camp each week for both ages group 7-10 and 11-14. Online registration is open. Creatisphere will run May 29-Aug 4. The cost of the camp is $200 for FCAC members and $240 for non-members. Call 429-1222 or visit www.FirstCityArt.org.
• The Arts and Design Society offers the opportunity for children to participate in creating visual arts in its summer “Kids’ Art Camp.” Classes feature a different medium each day. Each week ends with an art show and reception for the families. There are four sessions organized by age groups. Session 1: ages 6 – 8, June 19-23, 9:30 -11:30 a.m.; Session 2: ages 9-13, June 19-23, 1-3 p.m.; Session 3: ages 6-11, July 10-14, 9:30 -11:30 a.m.; Session 4: ages 6 – 11, July 10-14, 1-3 p.m. The cost for each session is $70 per child ($60 for children of ADSO members). Pre-registration is required by June 16 for June Sessions and by July 7 for July Sessions. Classes will be held at the ADSO Art Center, 17 First Street SE, Fort Walton Beach. Call 244-1271 or visit www.artsdesignsociety.org.
• The City of Destin Recreation Department will offer a variety of activities for youth this summer. For kids, there will be several kinds of camps, such as soccer, tennis, cooking, dance etc. Pre-registration and payment are required. Limited enrollment in all programs. For more details, visit www.cityofdestin.com or call 654-5184.
• Youth Village Inc. will offer 2017 Summer Camp 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 30-Aug. 4 in Fort Walton Beach. Activities include field trips, outside play, workshops, reading , arts and crafts, and more. For more details, Visit www.NelliesYouthVillage.org or call 582-0549.
• The Niceville High School Theatre Department will host its first theater camp for kids June 19-30. Kids will learn creative thinking, confidence building, public speaking skills, as well as the basics of acting, stage direction, audience and actor’s etiquette, rehearsal practices and theater discipline. Two sessions are being offered — a 3rd–5th grade camp 8 -11 a.m. and a 6th–8th grade camp noon-3 p.m. Cost is $150 per student before June 1. After then, the cost is $175 per student. Camp size is limited to 20 in each session. Participants will participate in a mini-production on June 30 at 7 p.m. Tuition must be paid in full with registration. Camp applications may be picked up at the front office at Niceville High School, 800 E. John Sims Parkway in Niceville.
• Learn the history of electricity and magnetism, explore nature in Paradise Gardens, get to know U.S. documents and more at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida’s Kid’s Summer Camp, “History Of …”, for children ages 5-14, July 17-21, 9 a.m.-noon. Each day includes a hands-on activity, a short educational video, and a snack. Call to pre-register at 678-2615. Cost for week is $75 per child; $65 for Museum Family Members. Cost per day is $17 per child; $15 for Museum Family Members. Visit www.heritage-museum.org for more details. The museum is at 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso.