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There is something about the summer that most of us look forward to. Those hot and humid days make us slow down. Without the hectic school schedules, what can you do to keep the kids entertained? Before you know it, the summer will be here and there are many local options to choose from. For kids, summer spells time to sleep in, no homework and maybe an upcoming family vacation. With long days that seem to drag on, think about signing your child up to learn a new skill, or to try something adventurous, learn to swim, or about places and cultures far away. The staff at the Osprey Observer has collected the top recommendations for local summer camps and created this special pull out section. Whether kids want to enjoy some olympics fun at Kids ‘R’ Kids Summer Games camp, or maybe learn to swim at the iconic Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center, home to Olympic swimmers and divers, there is plenty to do. Enjoy themed weeks that include Futuristic Fun, Fear Factor, Under the Big Top and other fun subjects. Kids can look forward to tons of field trips at Camp Primrose Summer Camp with explorations and fun including field trips every week to places like MOSI and the Ringling Museum or hiking at Lettuce Lake Park. Ostinger Baseball summer camps provide hands on training from professional baseball players. Or Hillsborough Community College offers camps for students interested in FLATE technology and more. At Happy Days Summer camp, your child will enjoy many field trips to fun places

such as the Florida Aquarium and Dinosaur World. My Gym in Brandon will keep your child entertained through movement, while A Child’s Haven will offer a mix of education along with great field trips. Maybe your kids would like to spend the summer “horsing around.” R&R Ranch offers just that opportunity, and not just to learn to horseback ride, but also about the care of the horses. Artist campers will enjoy projects at Art Monkey or Center Place camps, and a Christian curriculum is offered at The Peacock’s Plume. At Music Showcase, music and theatre take the stage and so can your child. Musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof and High School Musical will be offered, and your child can hold starring roles in these and other popular musicals offered from the Florida Academy of Performing Arts for children ages 5 and up. Patel Conservatory located at the STRAZ in Tampa offers budding young actors a chance to participate in dance, theater and music. Ages 1 to 10 Morning Glory campers will enjoy biweekly field trips, and The Learning Experience offers themed weeks. The local YMCA will offer many types of camps which mix Sign Up To fun along with great learning experiences. With choices of half or day! $88/ wk full day camps, there is something for everyone. For dates, prices and registration information on these and more, turn the page and enjoy this special section and have a great summer. Did we miss one? Let us know by e-mailing subject line “Summer Camp” to michelle@ospreyobserver.com and we will be sure to add to our full listing online. Weekly The mes & Theme Day

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Kids ‘R’ Kids Summer Games is an olympic themed camp this year.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Offers Global View of Rio 2016 Olympic Games Enroll your kids for Summer Games 2016 Camp at Kids R Kids. The all new Kids ‘R’ Kids Summer Games prove the ideal destination for 5 to 12 year old boys and girls. By providing a global view of Rio 2016 Olympic Games, campers will experience an interactive peek inside participating countries’ cultures, customs, cuisine and more. Add to that a unique twist on the games themselves, and campers

will experience 10 weeks designed to instill confidence, encourage teamwork and foster fun. After 30 years of providing unforgettable summer camp experiences for children, Kids ‘R’ Kids has found that whenever you combine physical activity, interactive learning and good old-fashioned fun – everybody wins. The cost is $155 per week (new families only) and includes field trips, meals and transportation.

Summer art workshops

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Valrico is located at 4321 Lynx Paw Tr. in Valrico. For more information on this location, call 657-6200. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Circa/FishHawk is located at 5815 Kids Crossing Dr. in

NOW ENROLLING FOR SUMMER ART CAMP! POTTERY WHEEL REATE COME C S! WITH U CANVAS PAINTING SCULPTURE MOSAICS GLASS FUSING AND MORE!

WHO KNEW THAT ART COULD BE SO FUN?

ART JOURNALING ART MURAL BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY COMIC BOOK STORYBOARD CREATIVE 3-D MASKS CREATIVITY TO THE MAX CRUISE AROUND THE WORLD FAMILY POTTERY JUMP START TO ART KID'S CRAFTY CORNER This summer, bring your 7-16 year olds to Center Place Fine Arts to learn about PAPER SCULPTURES painting, drawing, pottery, modeling and more! PROJECT ROLE-MODEL Classes are offered Monday through Friday RECYCLED ART from 9:30 am-3:00 pm! SPACE ART

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Center Place Fine Arts 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste B Brandon, FL 33511 813-685-8888 www.centerplacebrandon.org

Themed Weeks At BSAC Promise Creativity And Fun What should we do with the kids this summer? At Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center (BSAC) your child gets the state-park old-fashioned camp experience you had as a child, with some modern technology, like Wii Challenge Competitions, thrown in. The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center has the most comprehensive summer camp in the greater Brandon area for ages 3 to 14. In addition, each child has the opportunity to experience all of the sports that you have come to expect at BSAC; swimming, tennis, diving and more. Each child has option to attend BSAC's Summer Camp per day or week. A Full Day Program is available from 7 a.m.-

Call or visit us online for camp details and registration:

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6:30 p.m. for $145/week per child. Half day programs, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-6:30 p.m. are available from $85/week per child. There is a $35 daily charge per child for a one day drop-in fee. Advance notice required and also a $35 registration fee per child. Camp weeks run from Monday, June 8 through Friday, August 21. Visit bit.ly/1W6OcHz for more information on the weekly themes. Contact Youth Development Director Christie Lemar at clemar@mybsac.org or call member services at 689-0908 for more information on camps. Let Your Imagination Take Flight At Camp Primrose This summer, imagination takes flight at Summer Adventure Club at Primrose. Among exciting classroom activities, camp “Explorers” will be going on two field trips every week

to enjoy what the local community has to offer. These trips include a voyage aboard Captain Memo’s pirate ship, “cooking” at the California Pizza Kitchen, hiking at Lettuce Lake Park, an afternoon of Improv at the Florida Studio Theater, trips to MOSI and the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, and more. Even with all the fun, Primrose has many learning opportunities planned through its creative, handson curriculum, emphasizing literacy, science, and mathematics, while keeping young minds sharp this summer. Its experienced teachers are trained in education and safety. Summer Adventure Club is now accepting registrations for children aged 5 to 10. Visit the school at 1280 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico or call 438-5980 for more information.

camp day. Space is limited, so sign up today. Those paying in advance will have a guaranteed spot. Walk-ins are welcome if there is availability. For more information, call 5796872 or book online.

Kids Are On The Move At My Gym Summer Camp My Gym is offering Summer Camp for ages 3 through 13 years 11 months. During camp, children move and stay active throughout the program, and just like all My Gym classes and programs, no two days are ever the same. My Gym Camp was created to enhance physical development, promote social interaction, and bring about personal success. The cost for non-members is $31 per half-day (three hours). For members the cost is $29. Bulk discount options are available. All children must be potty-trained. Healthy snacks and all-natural juice will be served to all campers during each

Your Child’s Best Summer Ever At YMCA Camps At the YMCA, you kids will feel welcome and supported in their developmental journeys. This summer you are invited to enroll your kids in YMCA Summer Camps. The days will be full of educational adventures and exciting exploration. They will meet new lifelong friends along the way.

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of Performing Arts is located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 490-2787 or visit faopa.org.

Summer camps run from Monday, June 13 through Friday, August 5. Camps start at $135 per week. Camp hours are from 9 a.m.4 p.m. with extended care from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. at no additional cost. For more detailed information or to register online, visit www.tampaymca.org. Patel Conservatory Offers Dance, Theater And Music Camps, Classes The Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory, located in downtown Tampa, offers nationally recognized intensives, camps and classes in the areas of dance, theater and music. Whether your child is skilled in the arts or wants to participate for the very first time, it offers a fun-filled summer for students of all ages and skill levels at our state-of-the-art facility. For more information, visit patel-

conservatory.org or call 222-1002. Music And Acting Fun At The Florida Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp at the Florida Academy of Performing Arts will allow your child’s creativity to surface. They can choose from Music, Acting, Singing, Guitar and Drums. There will be field trips and more fun. Acting in musicals will also be offered: Knight at Dawn Kids, Fiddler on the Roof, High School Musical and HONK! Camp is for ages 5 and up and is available both for the full day or half day. There is free early drop-off and after camp pick-up. The Florida Academy

Themed Weekly Camps Offered At A Child’s Haven Now enrolling ages 1 to 10 for Camp Superkids at A Child’s Haven, which will take place from Monday, June 13 through Friday, August 5. There will be two weekly field trips for K5 through fifth grade. The cost is $115 a week for K5 through fifth grade and includes all field trips and activity fees. Healthy lunch and snacks provided along with fun academic summer studies, character building, arcade recreation room and activities. Pick your week or come all summer. A Child’s Haven is located at 1520 Brentwood Hills Blvd. in Valrico. For more information, call

684-1622 or visit achildshavenschool.com. Make Summer Days Happy Days At Happy Day Summer Camp Happy Day Summer Camp is for ages 1 to 10. There are weekly themes and theme days that include arts & crafts, friendship place, academic summer fun, music, sports & games, character & manners, ice cream social, pizza parties, bouncy house and giant slide along with outdoor water play. The cost is $88 per week for upcoming K5 to fifth grade campers. This includes all field trips and weekly activities such as bowling, skating, AMC Movies, state parks, MOSI, public library, Publix, Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo,


Ages 1 to 10 Weekly Themes & Theme Days

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Dinosaur World and more. Happy Day is open from Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m.6:30 p.m. and is located at 722 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 685-0028. Create Great Memories At Art Monkey’s Summer Art Camp Art Monkey is now enrolling for summer art camp. Your kids can enjoy creating on a pottery wheel, canvas painting, sculptures, mosaics, glass fusing and more. Camp classes are small so that each artist can receive individual attention. The camp counselors are experienced and great with kids. There are three age groups for camp: ages 4-6, 7-14 and an evening Teen Camp (only one) for ages 14-16. Art Monkey is located in FishHawk Ranch’s Park Square at 16114 Churchview Dr. in Lithia. For more information or to register

Includes All Field Trips & Weekly Activities: Bowling • Skating • AMC Movies • Skate Parks • MOSI • Public Library • Publix • Florida Aquarium • Lowry Park Zoo • Dinosaur World and More

Happy Day Summer Camp includes hands on activities for children ages 1-10.

online, visit www.artandicecream.com or call 315-9803. Center Place Summer Art Workshops Will Keep Creativity Flowing Who knew art could be so much fun? There are so many choices this

Christian Preschool 6 weeks - 5 years Secure Entry & Internet Viewing Mandarin Chinese and Spanish Language Programs FREE Summer VPK

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Dr., Ste. B in Brandon. Visit http://bit.ly/1QHhmgm to learn about each of the classes or call 685-8888 for more information. Register Your Kids For Morning Glory’s Kids Club Kids Club Junior Camp will take place this summer at Morning Glory Summer Camp, located at 6001 Christy Ln. in Riverview (located off Bloomingdale Ave. near 301). Morning Glory accepts kids from ages 1 to 10. The Junior Camp is for upcoming K5 to fifth grade campers. For $100 per week, campers get two weekly field trips and all the activities. Your kids will enjoy arts & crafts, friendship play, academic summer fun, music, sports & games, character & manners, ice cream social, pizza parties, bouncy house & giant slide and outdoor water play. For more information, call 6280541 or visit morningglorypreschool.org.

Lots of Fun Horsing Around At R & R Ranch Summer Camp From Monday, June 13 through Friday, August 5, your child can attend camp at R&R Ranch, which specializes in horse experiences for the young child and beginner riders. Your child will enjoy daily trail rides and hay rides along with learning about grooming and the care of horses and farm animals. Field trips, pony rides and trail rides are offered. They will also enjoy movies and popcorn in the air conditioned camp house, as well as the petting zoo with baby bunnies, chicks, ducks and baby pigs. Also included are arts, crafts and more. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.5 p.m. The cost for camp is $195 per week. R&R Ranch is located at 9805 Bryant Rd. in Lithia. For more information, call 653-3819 or visit www.rrranchlithia.com. The Peacock’s Plume Offers Christian Curriculum Summer Camps

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Hands-On Activities At Camp TLE Who says learning has to end during the summer months? At The Learning Experience (TLE), all children can stay engaged in hands-on learning activities throughout the summer. Children complete science experiments, learn new sign language and create exquisite art projects while still having plenty of time for sun and fun in the state-of-theart outdoor playground. Register now At TLE FishHawk for nine thematic weeks such as Water Play Days, Outdoor Sports and Activities and more. Camp is for ages 2 and up. TLE is located at 16233 Bayberry Glen Dr. in Lithia. Mention reading this in the Osprey Observer and receive a special tuition offer (only at FishHawk location). For more information, call 681-5544.

Youth & Teen Summer Camps Offered At HCC This summer, Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is offering Tampa Bay’s best camp options. Kids’ College offers fun with a purchase through a wide variety of education topics and interests. The camps bring children and teens opportunities to experience quality programs, learn new skills, make meaningful friendships, and rediscover themselves outside of their usual routines. Dedicated, professional, energetic staff members are enthusiastic about making camp exciting and educational. The many various programs are offered at nine HCC locations including Tampa, Brandon, Ruskin, Riverview and Plant City. Scholarships are available

• 6 Weeks Through 12 Years • Full & Part Time Options • Open: M-F 6am to 6:30pm • Creative Curriculum for Infants & Toddlers • ABC Mouse Computer Technology • Brainwaves Curriculum • APPLE Accreditation • CITA Approved Curriculum • Security Code Access Entry • FREE Internet Viewing of Your Child’s Day • Outdoor Playgrounds with Water Park • Before & After School Care: 6-12 Years

through Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. To register or for more information on class options, visit www.Tampa Training.com or call 259-6010. 2016 Ostingers Baseball Academy Summer Camps Ostingers Baseball Camp will take place during the weeks of June 20-24, July 11-15, and July 25-29 from 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. at the FishHawk Sports Complex. Ostingers staff is made up of all former professional players who instruct. They want to teach the game from the ground up. The camp is not a full day camp with video games, indoor activites, etc. The instructors include Jim Osting, a baseball Instructor with 10 years of professional baseball play-

$155 per week

Includes field trips, meals, and transportation New families only. Expires 8/30/16

CIRCA FISHHAWK - 813-526-7000 (Located next to Stowers Elementary and Mosaic)

NOW ENROLLING SUMMER & FALL VPK Voluntary Pre Kindergarten 2016-17 FREE 3 Hr Program with “Pay for rest of day” Option

• Nutritious Meals & Snacks: Low Salt & Sugar • Spanish & Music Included • Trained Professional Staff, Certified in First Aid & CPR • Extracurricular Programs

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Now Enrolling Summer Camp

Stowers, Valrico Academy, FishHawk Creek, Bevis, Lithia Springs, Alafia, Cimino, and Foundation Christian

5815 Kids Crossing Drive

ing experience; two years of Major League Experience (Padres and Brewers); Patrick Ryan– baseball instructor with eight years professional pitching experience; Kris Wilken– Head Baseball Coach at Bloomingdale High School and college and high school players trained by Ostingers Academy to assist your child throughout their camp experience. Additional help is provided from Ostinger players current and past to make the campers experience one of a kind. With the instructors and the staff, the ratio per camper is around 6:1. This ratio allows for added reps for each player and helps to break up the groups in age appropriate format. The cost is $175 (multi week/ multi camper discount). For more information, visit ostingbaseball.com or call 7373000.

• Accelerated Pre-K Curriculum with Math, Science, Spanish, Music, Sign Language & More • Preparation for National Kindergarten Standards • Must be 4 years old by September 1, 2016 • Must be Florida resident

Two Great Locations!

VALRICO - 813-657-6200 4321 Lynx Paw Trail

(Located across fromLithia Springs Elementary)

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4 Nutritious Reasons To Drink Beat The Heat With Pet Safety Tips Chocolate Milk Chocolate milk is more than just a sweet treat. The drink you enjoyed as a kid actually has many nutritious benefits, in addition to its delicious, chocolatey taste.

It’s a Nutrient Powerhouse

Nutrition experts recommend adults consume three servings of milk and milk products a day, as milk is one of the top sources for three key nutrients – calcium, vitamin D and potassium. And like regular milk, chocolate milk provides eight essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium, as well as protein, vitamins A and B12, riboflavin and phosphorus.

It Ups the Calcium Ante

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 50 percent of boys ages 9-13, girls ages 9-18, women over 50 and men over 70 are failing to meet their daily calcium requirements from diet alone. “Calcium is one of the most important minerals for the human body,” said Katherine Brooking, MS, RD, Appetite for Health. “Not only is calcium essential for building strong, healthy bones, it also helps muscles, nerves and hormones function optimally.”

special needs and preferences. The varieties offered by Natural Balance, which is now available at PetSmart, span dry and wet food made with premium quality ingredients in formulas such as limited ingredient, grain-free and weight management.

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Made with 50 percent more calcium per serving than regular low-fat white milk, TruMoo Calcium Plus low-fat chocolate milk is the perfect way to introduce more calcium into your diet. With no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial growth hormones and no artificial sweeteners, you can feel great about enjoying it on its own or using it as a base in delicious smoothies, such as the Fuel Up Smoothie and Chocolate Berry Blast Smoothie.

It Helps Build Bone Mass

Bones grow throughout childhood and adolescence, with peak bone mass occurring around age 30. The more bone you have at the time of peak bone mass, the less likely you are to break a bone or develop osteoporosis later in life. Meeting daily calcium and vitamin D needs by consuming foods rich in calcium, such as low-fat chocolate milk, or other low-fat dairy products like yogurt and fortified cereal, can help build strong, healthy bones and, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Learn more about TruMoo Calcium Plus at TruMoo.com.

Never Leave Your Pet in a Parked Car

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Sunny, warm days bring the welcome opportunity to change up your routine and spend more time outdoors with your beloved pets. However, soaring temperatures bring risks from heat and sun exposure, making your furry friends rely on you to help keep them healthy and safe. Make these warm-weather adjustments to keep your pets in top condition and ready to enjoy all the season has to offer with these safety tips from PetSmart experts:

Keep Them Hydrated

Dehydration and heatstroke can be fatal to pets, so access to a clean water bowl both inside and outside is critical in the summertime. While you're on the go, be sure to bring water for your pet in a suitable drinking container.

Serve Up Healthy Meals

Warmer weather invites opportunities, such as enticing picnic spreads, for pets to nab tasty treats. Protect your pet's health by preventing them from ingesting food intended for humans, and opt instead for food and treats that fit their

Studies show that on a hot day, the temperature inside a car can reach more than 160 degrees in five minutes. Leaving the windows cracked for fresh air or parking in the shade doesn’t keep temperatures from soaring in record time, either. Leaving pets in the car "just for a minute" is never a good idea.

Groom Regularly

One of the best ways to keep a dog's coat healthy and help prevent matting and summertime skin irritation is regular grooming. The right grooming tool can dramatically reduce shedding by removing the undercoat and loose hair without sacrificing the healthy top coat.

Provide Skin Protection

Just like humans, dogs can experience sunburn and even skin cancer. To prevent sunburn, apply a sunscreen where hair is thin and skin lacks pigment (nose, ears and sensitive areas) every day your dog is outside. Keep water safety in mind. Even if you consider your dog a good swimmer, a life jacket is very important if you take him with you on the boat or trips to the beach. Find more ways to keep your pet summer safe at www.petsmart.com.

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Osprey Observer 2016-04 Bloomingdale/FishHawk Summer Camp Guide  
Osprey Observer 2016-04 Bloomingdale/FishHawk Summer Camp Guide