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SARASOTA + MANATEE

2020

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SUMMER OF FUN!

ARTS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, NATURE, DANCE, THEATER AND MUSIC

AN SRQ MAGAZINE PUBLICATION | ROCKETKIDS—FAMILIES, KIDS, EDUCATION AND INNOVATION


ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER CAMPS IN SARASOTA, BRADENTON, LAKEWOOD RANCH AND THE KEYS

OVERALL DAY CAMPS ART CAMPS MUSIC CAMPS DANCE CAMPS NATURE CAMPS

AN SRQ MAGAZINE SUMMER CAMPS ANNUAL 2020 What incredible treasures we have in our Gulf Coast backyard for kids— ones that truly come alive during the summertime when school is out and the sense of adventure is wafting through the air. In Sarasota and the Bradenton Area, families have no shortage of great destinations for their children and an increasingly diverse menu of summer camps experiences from which to choose. Schools get into gear with a formidable lineup of both academics, sports and the arts—from The Out-Of-Door Camps from volleyball to engineering to the NewGate School Camp Endeavor featuring hiking, paddleboarding, cooking and horseback riding in the great outdoors. Non-profit organizations and attractions typically aimed at afterschool and weekend programs during the school year now set their sights on week-long extended camps—from Sarasota Jungle Gardens Zoo Camp (if your little one loves animals, this should be at the top of your list) to Ringling College of Art and Design’s Summer Classes in drawing, painting, comic art, video production, creative writing, character design and more (our 9-year old can’t wait until he’s old enough to enroll.) There is veritable feast of lovely things for your children to do this summer—all you need is to get your schedules organized (easier said than done. especially when you have more than one child), get registered and get ready for another fun-filled summer that will have your kids begging for just one more week!

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ighlights from summer camp offerings in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

SummerFun

theCoderSchool

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Learn Coding With a Coach and Your Peers

Science for the Curious Adventurer

At theCoderSchool of Sarasota, summer camps are run on-site and are Monday through Friday 9am–3pm—beginner and more advanced options. Students bring their own lunches and the rest is taken care of. Students code throughout the week then demonstrate their creations to parents and families at the end of the last day. What better way to keep your kids’ brains active this summer?

Come find your “whoa!” at summer science camps! Your second to fifth graders can explore fun and educational topics like sharks, engineering, the science of maps and more! Your curious adventurer can enjoy six weeks of camp, with a different exploration every week. Weekly sessions run June 8–July 17.— The Bishop Museum of Science

—The Coder School of Sarasota. thecoderschool.com/locations/sarasota

and Nature bishopscience.org/summer-science-camp

Getting Your Smile On This Summer

Freeman Orthodontics

Freeman Orthodontics is committed to providing you and your family with exceptional orthodontic care in a welcoming, attentive and professional environment. Dr. David Freeman (a Board Certified Orthodontist) and his team are trusted and well known throughout the community for their quality care, treatment results and community involvement for over 16 years. —Freeman Orthodontics, FreemanOrthodontics.com

Creativity in Music, Art and Drama Celebrating 30 years of music education in Sarasota, the Suzuki Institute offers a full program of music instruction with highly qualified teachers all year-round, with flexible hours. Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, from beginner to adult, for violin, drums/percussion, guitar, piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and flute. Registration is now open for weekly summer music and arts camps taught by expert and experienced teachers. The camps (for 7 to 14 year olds) will be a fun blend of music, art and drama, offered in full day or half day sessions, between 9am–3pm.—Suzuki Institute School of Music Sarasotasuzuki.org/camp

Suzuki Institute School of Music


Front Row Seats to Ocean Literacy During Mote Camp Summer 2020, kids can get involved in something fishy in ocean-themed summer camps from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, offering a wide variety of themes both on-site and off-site for campers entering kindergarten through 12th grade. They also offer something for the little ones (2–5-year-olds), where their favorite adult can join the fun with our Shark Pups and Grownups camps. —Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. See all the sessions and register at mote.org/summercamp

Mote Marine

Circus Arts Takes Over the Sailor Circus Arena This Summer

Florida Studio Theatre

Circus Summer Campers learn a variety of circus arts including triple and single trapeze, globes, silks, Rolla Bolla, hula hoop, low wire, clowning, flying trapeze, juggling and much more. Circus Summer Campers enjoy a truly unique experience where they learn circus arts disciplines and then showcase their new skills with a costumed performance with friends and family invited to watch. Ages 6-15 years 0ld—campers must have completed kindergarten by the start of camp. —The Circus Arts Conservatory circusarts.org/ programs/circus-summer-camp-2

Circus Arts Conservatory

Summer On Stage

Florida Studio Theatre is Sarasota’s contemporary theatre with the mission of making the arts accessible and affordable to as many people as possible. Now in its 46th year, FST has grown to a campus of five stages and reaches over 215,000 people annually through its six core programs: Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, Children’s Theatre, Education and New Play Development. Part of FST’s Education programming, the FST School is dedicated to nurturing the individual creativity of youth. Check out—Ages 4-6; Little Theatre - The Play’s The Thing Introduction Week, Ages 4-6; Children’s Performing Arts Camp, Ages 7-12; Intro to Theatre – All the World’s a Stage, Ages 7-12; Teen Performing Arts Camp, Ages 13-17; Young Performer Company, Ages 13-17; Young Performers Company WRITES, Ages 13-17; and more. —Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota. 941-366-9000. floridastudiotheatre.org

A Mystery Wrapped in Enigma At Lokey’s, it’s like stepping into a movie — and you’re the star. Think of Lokey’s “escape rooms” more like themed, immersive experiences where you and your friends and family create fantastic memories as you solve puzzles, decipher clues, and complete challenges in one hour. Lokey’s Escape Rooms are also the largest in Sarasota. You are simply having amazing fun and making unforgettable memories with your friends and family. And that’s the most important part. —Lokey’s Escape Rooms, 4930 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. lokeysescaperooms.com

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Summer Fun

Affordable Camps—Archery, Skateboading, Mad Science, Chef Camp and More! When school’s out, camp’s in! A trusted camp provider for more than 41 years, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources offers affordable camps to suit your child’s interests and fit your family’s schedule. Offering one-week specialty camps. Get active with Archery, Art and Movement, Beach Volleyball, Bricks 4 Kidz, Chef Camp, Fishing, Mad Science, Mosaic, Sand Sculpting, Sewing, Skim, Surf and Paddle, Woodshop and more. There’s something for everyone! —Register online at scgov.net/parks or call 941-861-PARK (7275). www.scgov.net/home/showdocument?id=44616

Empowering Youth at Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County invites children and teens to join one of its six Club locations in Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Arcadia for an exciting 9-week summer experience. The 2020 Summer Program offers enriching programs that empower youth to achieve their full potential. Club memberships include a free breakfast and lunch each day; dinners are also provided at select locations. Teens can participate in exclusive leadership and career development programs. —The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota bgcsarasota.com

Sarasota County Parks and Recreation

Creativity at Art Center Sarasota Art Center Sarasota has 10 weeks of art camps. Each week is themed to inspire and educate campers in a friendly, social environment. Creative Kids Camps are for artists ages 6–10 and Emerging Artists Camps are for artists ages 11 and up. They also offer two specialty camps: Fashion Bootcamp (ages 9–16) for fashion design and sewing and Picture This! Photography Camp (ages 10–15) for digital photography with professional tools.—Art Center Sarasota. artsarasota.org/summercamp

Art Center Sarasota

Summer Horseriding Camp

Sarasota Orchestra

Music to Their Ears

Rosaire’s Riding Academy

Children will be thrilled to learn how to ride under the careful guidance of master riding instructor Ellian Rosaire. Summer and seasonal riding camps are available for children six and above. Kids can enroll for a week, a month, or the entire summer for riding lessons, pony workshops, pony obstacle courses and bareback riding. Camps are open to riders of all skill levels. —Rosaire’s Riding Academy. rideapony.com

Campers will enjoy 70 hours of instruction during a two-week, full-day musical adventure.This camp is open to students of all abilities, no prior experience required. With eight ensembles, all students will be placed with students at the same ability. Activities include daily rehearsals in a large ensemble, a technique class and skill building in elective classes. Classes are kept to a manageable size, so every student receives individual attention. The camp will be held at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center and is open to grades three through 12.—Sarasota Orchestra To register call 941-487-2731 or visit sarasotaorchestra.org/education/summer-music-camp. 6

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Summer Fun The Ringling

Arts Come Alive Summer Family Programs at The Ringling June 1 through August 7. Programs include Museum of Art Mondays, ROAR!, Stroller Tours, Homeschool Third Thursdays and Family Saturdays. All programs are free but advance reservations required. Program tickets include museum admission for that day. Up to two adults may receive free museum admission per child. Please check Ringling.org for the schedule and to make reservations.—The Ringling ringling.org/ events/series/family-programs

Concierge-Style Childcare Agency Twinkle Toes offers quality services in childcare from babysitting to full time nanny care. Twinkles Toes originated when Founder Kristy Bickmeyer couldn’t find a local nanny service for her own children. With years of nannying experience, Kristy decided to start her own, concierge-style childcare agency. Twinkle Toes nannies are screened far beyond industry standards and are the absolute best that Sarasota has to offer. Unlike other agencies in the area, you never pay a placement fee, application fee,or membership fee. You simply pay for the hours that you use its services. Convenient invoicing makes it easy for you and helps take one less thing off your plate.—Twinkle Toes Nanny Sarasota. twinkletoesnanny.com/sarasota

SKY Family YMCA

Spanish Immersion Camps

With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. That’s why child care, early learning programs and summer camp programs at Camp Hanchey at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Native Spanish speakers lead these interactive, immersive classes at Spanish Legacy Language Academy. Summer camp sessions are open to ages 3 to 12. Kids are paired with children their own age and each week of summer camp features a new theme. Lessons include learning about wild animals, the beach and sea life, professions, and more. Kids will learn Spanish through music, dancing, crafts and various projects. —Spanish Leg-

—The SKY Family YMCA swflymca.org/ main/summer-camp

acy, 2822 Proctor Road, Sarasota. spanishlegacy.com/camps

Sarasota Youth Opera Camp Presenting a three-week, hands-on workshop held at the Sarasota Opera House every June that immerses young people in all aspects of opera. Though opera may sound scary or weird, this camp shows young artists that opera can be fun on and off the stage. Participants experience the magic onstage and behind the scenes as they study many facets of opera—from music and acting to opera appreciation and technical production under the direction of Sarasota Opera’s professional staff. This year’s summer camp will feature music and activities from our upcoming fall Youth Opera production—Dean Burry’s opera The Hobbit. —Sarasota Youth Opera. sarasotaopera.org/youth-opera-program

Theater at The Players Centre for Performing Arts Learn acting techniques, audition etiquette, singing, dancing, and backstage technical elements. This fun and exciting camp mixes lots of laughs, games and field trips. Ages 8-17. Session I: June 1-26: Guys and Dolls, Jr. and Session II: July 6-July 31, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. Participants are responsible to bring their own lunches. —The Players Centre for Performing Arts, Studio. theplayers.org/ classes/summer-camps The Players Centre for Performing Arts 8

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2020 Summer Camps

OVERALL CAMPS CENTER MONTESSORI SCHOOL SUMMER FUN EXPERIENCE CAMP AT THE MAIN CAMPUS AND EAST CAMPUS Ages 3-6 This educational

summer program is enjoyable for children and has different themes each week filled with arts and crafts. At the Main Campus themes include: June 8-12-Let’s Have Fun in French; June 15-19, Gardening: Seeds, Leaves and Trees; June 22-26, Art Adventure; June 29-July 2: Red, White and Blue; July 6-10: Becoming a Chef; July 13-17: Water Week; July 20-24: Puppet Making; July 27-31: Drama; and, August 3-7: Around the World. Dates: Runs from June 8 to August 7. East Campus Summer Camp listings coming soon. Cost: Varies from $125-$175 per week, special first week discounts. Register: 941-753-4987; cms@centermontessori.org; www.centermontessori.org. Main Campus: 6024 26th S. West, Bradenton. East Campus: (just opened) 12705 State Rd. 64 East, Lakewood Ranch.

COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP Ages 7-17 The Hershorin Schiff

Community Day School at Kane/Karp Educational Center is located at the corner of Bahia Vista and South Tuttle on a shared campus with Temple Beth Sholom and The Sarasota YMCA Berlin Branch. Get ready for an educational and fun summer camp with themed weeks that include sciences, language, arts, nature and sports. Dates: June 1 to July 31: Preschool Sessions and Elementary School Sessions Cost: Elementary: $225/week, 9am to 3pm. PreSchool, $175/week, part time 9am to 1pm. Before care from 8am to 9am, M-F: $50/ week. After Care from 3-5pm, M-F: $100/ week. Register: 941-552-2770, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota.

GIRLS INC. SUMMER CAMP Ages

5-14, girls will be separated into age groups Campers will explore the community, participate in sports, stretch their creativity, acquire valuable life skills, join clubs, learn about the environment, make

new friends and have fun. Each girl will participate in activities that involve them in nationally researched and developed programs. Including gardening and nutrition, media literacy, summer reading, computer skills and 3D printing, dream Harbor Mini-Society, ProjectBOLD and financial and economic literacy. Dates: June 1 – August 7 from 7:30am – 6:30pm Cost: $25 registration, $125 per week, financial aid available Register: Lana@girlsincsrqorg, 941-366-6646; www.girlsincsrq.org. 201 South Tuttle Ave., Sarasota.

NEWGATE SCHOOL CAMP PASSPORT Ages 3-6 For younger children, this camp offers a special extension of NewGate’s wonderful Early Childhood Program. Every week, the youngest campers take an imaginary journey to another land, exploring the sights, sounds, flora and fauna, music and food, arts and crafts, dance, games, and stories of countries around the world. Daily activities include fine and gross motor development, nature study, games, gardening, singing, dance, creative drama, and more. Dates: June 8 to July 16 from 9am-4pm. Cost: $250/week; multi session and sibling discounts available. Register: 941-922-4949, www.newgate. edu. 5237 Ashton Rd., Sarasota. ADVENTURE CAMP Ages 6-12 Campers experience outdoor fun and exciting adventures every day. Campers are immersed in a different themes every week, learning skills in science and STEAM, cooking, arts, and Circus arts to name a few. Summer camp at NewGate is a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, engage in diverse and meaningful activities, and develop new interests and skills. Dates: June 8 to July 16 from 9am-4pm, extended hours available for additional fee. Cost: $250/week; multi session and sibling discounts available. Register: 941-922-4949, www.newgate. edu. 5237 Ashton Rd., Sarasota. SUMMER VACATION IN THE PARKS DAY CAMP Grades 1-5 at Bee Ridge

Park, Colonial Oaks Park, Longwood Park. Grades 1-6 at Laurel Park and Woodmere Park. Grades 6-8 at Colonial Oaks Park. This day camp offers a safe and exciting

setting for your children to enjoy a summer of discovery. Weekly themes allow campers to have fun, make friends and enjoy new experiences with three field trips each week and on-site activities focusing on physical activity, creative arts, science and nature, safety and wellness, character development, and reading to prevent summer learning loss. Dates: Session I: June 8 –July 2. Session II: July 6-31. 8:30am–4pm Cost: Bee Ridge, Colonial Oaks Park, Longwood Park Grades 1-5: $392 per session. Laurel Park and Woodmere Park Grades 1-6: $296 per session. Colonial Oaks Park Grades 6-8: $584 per session. Program cost includes a $25 nonrefundable administrative fee. Payment plan available. Financial assistance available to qualifying families. Register: scgov. net/parks

THE OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY SUMMER ACADEMY The Out-of-Door Sum-

mer Academy offers unique academic, sports, STEM, arts, specialty, and day camps for children ages 5-17. BANYAN DAY CAMP Grades K-6 Enjoy the beautiful campus and experience adventures. Each week, the adventure will be different for campers, ranging from escape rooms and outdoor adventures, global exploration, water activities and arts and animal research. Weekly field trips include Sky Zone, Asolo Repertory Theatre, EVO Athletics Ninja Warrior Course, Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. Dates: June 8 to July 17 (no camp the week of June 29-July 3) Cost: $195/week Register: 941- 554-3400, www.oda.edu, 444 Reid St., Sarasota.

THE SKY FAMILY YMCA CAMP HANCHEY Ages K-8 With weekly swimming and weekly field trips (onsite or offsite), children are placed in age-appropriate groups by grade level. Children are encouraged to be at camp by 9am, as activities and many field trips begin at this time. Weekly themes include Wonderful Wacky, Superheros, Camp Warriors, Summer Camp Maship and Color Me Crazy. Dates: June 1 to August 7. Register: 701 Center Rd., Venice. www.swflymca.org/ main/summer-camp RocketKids | MARCH 2020

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2020 Summer Camps ARTS CAMP - VISUAL ARTS ART CENTER SARASOTA CREATIVE KIDS SUMMER CAMP Ages 6-10 Campers will be led by their teachers in fun and challenging art projects using various mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture and collage. They will learn and practice basic art skills such as color mixing, painting with artist paint brushes and drawing with pencil, marker and pastel. Creative Kids Camp is for younger campers of all skill levels and accomplishments. Our teachers are great at creatively adapting projects and working with a variety of skill levels and dexterity. Dates: June 1– August 7 Cost: $260/week for non-members or $210/week for members. Before care available at no extra cost, after care $10 a day; all supplies included, sibling discount. EMERGING ARTISTS CAMP Ages 11-15 Emerging Artists Camp is a program for older campers to experiment with more complex art subjects and materials and create projects of their own design under the guidance of our skilled art teachers. Dates: June 1–August 7 Cost: $260/week for non-members or $210/ week for members. Before care available at no extra cost, after care $10 a day; all supplies included, sibling discount (scholarships available). FASHION BOOT CAMP Ages 9-16 For designers ages 9–16 who want to create fashion from conventional and unconventional materials. Students will complete a basic sewing project and work on a fashion design of their own creation aided by our skilled teachers. They will explore, design and create with the materials they bring and those that we have on hand. The class will learn about fashion design, construction, creative thinking and problem-solving. Designers will need to bring an idea for an unconventional material outfit, some requested materials and a basic sewing kit. Dates: June 1–August 7 Cost: $140 for members and $170 for non-members per session PICTURE THIS! PHOTOGRAPHY CAMP Ages 10-15 Participants in photo class will have lessons in digital photography covering topics like exposure, composition and lighting. Types of opportunities to prac10

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tice behind the camera will vary, but will include taking photos indoors using light boxes, portrait photography and walks to the Garden Club and waterfront. Students are required to bring their own memory cards and should bring either a digital SLR camera or digital point and shoot (that has variable settings). Cameras will be available for use during class for campers that do not have a camera. Dates: June 1–August 7 Cost: $180/session for non-members or $150/session for members Register: 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. 941-365-2032. ArtCenterSarasota@gmail. com. artsarasota.org/youthprograms

FILMMAKERS SUMMER CAMP Middle and High School Students The program will consist of an exciting six-week course where students will have an opportunity to explore all aspects of filmmaking, from beginning to the actual creation of their own film. At the conclusion, all participants and parents are invited to a Red Carpet Premiere Reception with a private viewing. Last year’s participants also shared in the excitement of viewing their film as part of the annual Cine-World Film Festival held in November. Dates: June 23 to August 6 Cost: Free for qualified applicants Register: filmsociety.org IMG FASHION CAMP Ages 14-20 Engage with fashion industry leaders and guest speakers to explore all facets of the industry, including fashion show production and model management strategies. Work with other campers from around the world in breakout sessions and gain key exposure to diverse perspectives and ideas. Previous speakers include Ashley Graham and David Cunningham. Dates: July 27 - 31 Cost: $2,550–$2,950 Register: www.imgmodels.com/getscouted-fashion-camp/united-states/all/ welcome. 941-755-1000. 5650 Bollettieri Blvd., Bradenton. RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN STUDIO+DIGITAL ARTS

SUMMER TEEN STUDIOS Ages 12–18 Ringling College’s Summer Teen Studios presents students ages 12 to 18 with fun, educational opportunities to explore

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new and proven art techniques, develop their unique style and expand their critical-thinking skills. Students find inspiration in ceramics, drawing, painting, character design, sketchbook workshop, filmmaking, stop-motion animation, photography, animation, illustration, creative writing, portfolio development and more. Take just one class, or focus on skill building in a variety of classes. Students of all skill levels are welcome. Registration is open until April 1. Dates: June 8–July 17 Cost: TBA Register: 941.955.8866, scs@ ringling.edu www.ringling.edu/SummerArt. 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

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MOSAIC SMASH CLUB Ages 6-12 From destruction comes new life. Smash and rebuild colorfully creative mosaic pieces from multiple media types when exploring the wonderful world of mosaic art. All supplies and tools are included for projects campers take home. All new projects this summer. Dates: June 29–July 3 at Nokomis Beach Park. Cost: $176/week SAND SCULPTURE CAMP Ages 6-12 Amaze family and friends with the sand-sculpting skills and techniques learned from a master sand sculptor on beautiful Siesta Beach. Fee includes a sand-sculpting tool kit for campers to keep. Bring plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen. A shade tent will be provided for breaks from the sun. Dates: Mondays to Thursdays (no class on Fridays): June 8–11, June 29–July 2 and July 13–16. Siesta Beach Cost: $145 (four days) Register: Register at scgov.net/parks. Nokomis Beach Park.

THE OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY ARTS CAMPS Ages 5-17 A wide range of visual and performing arts camps give kids the chance to explore their creative side. Includes the Arts and Movement Camp (entering grades K-3), Photography Camp (entering grades 4-6), Woodworking 101 (entering grades 2-5) and sewing Camp (entering grades 2-6). Dates: Camps are divided into week-long sessions in both June and July Cost: $165/week Register: 941-349-3223, www.oda.edu, Lakewood Ranch campus.


2020 Summer Camps

DANCE CAMPS SARASOTA BALLET STEP INTO BALLET Ages 4-5 BALLET JOURNEYS CAMP Ages 6-8 EXPLORE BALLET CAMP Ages 9-11 These summer camps are designed to introduce children to the wonderful world of dance. Each weekly camp has a special theme and students will enjoy classes in ballet and creative movement, as well as fun activities such as crafts, art and dress up. All children are welcome even if you are not a current student. Our camps do not require any previous experience. Join us for a summer of fun. Our summer camps take place in the beautiful new studios at Rosemary Square. At the end of each week, students will present the work they have learned to their families and friends. The Sarasota Ballet reserve the right to cancel the camps two weeks before the start date if they don’t have the required number of students. Dates: June 1-19 Cost: Step Into Ballet and Ballet Journeys $125 per week, $225 for two weeks (nonrefundable deposit of $25 required at registration) Explore Ballet $200 per week, $375 for two weeks (nonrefundable deposit of $25 required at registration) Register: 941-225-6520, education@sarasotaballet.org, www.sarasotaballet.org/summer-fun-ballet. Sarasota Ballet Studios at Rosemary Square, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. S A R A S O TA C O N T E M P O R A R Y DANCE SUMMER PROGRAMS INTRO

TO DANCE Ages 4-9 Students will have the opportunity to take Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro, and Creative Movement. Each day will also include craft time and a small provided snack. Dates: June 22-26, 9am–Noon Cost: $250 ($300 after May 1st) INTERMEDIATE MOVERS Ages 8-14 Dance with us this summer and learn actual works from SCD’s repertoire. Daily classes includes Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz and Acro. Students will also participate in a variety of games and crafts. Small snacks provided. Dates: June 2226, 9am-1pm Cost: $300 ($350 after May 1st) Register: 941-260-8485,info@ sarasotacontemporarydance.org, sara-

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sotacontemporarydance.org/kids-summer-programs. 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite 300, Sarasota.

MUSIC CAMPS MUSIC COMPOUND Grades 1-12; grades 1-5 are grouped together and grades 6-12 are grouped together Find your inner musician this summer. The Music Compound provides an environment to inspire, collaborate and educate children and adults in pursuit of their love of music. Members of the Music Compound will have access to a wide array of learning opportunities intended to not only build music skills but also enhance confidence, communication and social interaction abilities. Learning opportunities include one-on-one instrument lessons, group instrument lessons, music education, workshops, open forums to encourage music interactions and performance and recital opportunities. Dates: June 8 to July 31. Morning Session: 9am-12 Noon. Afternoon Session: 1-4pm. Cost: $30 rRgistration fee. Half-Day Session for a Week:$150. Full-Day Session for a Week $300. $25 per early drop off and late pick up Register: 941-379-9100, contact@musiccompound. com Main Campus: 1751 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota. Downtown Campus: 801 Apricot Ave., Sarasota (elementary camp). www.musiccompound.com. SARASOTA ORCHESTRA SUMMER MUSIC CAMP Grades 3-12 Campers will

enjoy 70 hours of instruction during this two-week, full-day musical adventure. This camp is open to students of all abilities with no prior experience required. With eight ensembles, all students will be placed with students at the same ability. Activities include daily rehearsals in a large ensemble, a technique class and skill building in elective classes. Classes are kept to a manageable size, so every student receives individual attention. As part of the experience, students will present recitals in Holley Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Dates: July 6-17, 9am-4pm Cost: $355, scholarships availa-

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ble. Register: 941-487-2731 www.sarasotaorchestra.org/education/summer-music-camp. Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

SARASOTA SUZUKI INSTITUTE SUMMER CAMP Ages 7-14 These new,

exciting arts camps are designed for students at all levels to offer campers a wide range of experiences with music and other fine arts—exploring multiple arts, developing creativity, building friendships and joining with other campers to create a performing ensemble. In the mornings, campers will be in groups separated by age and ability and given the opportunity to work with different teachers on various instruments ranging from the violin to drums and world percussion, keyboards and guitar. Beginners will get a fun introduction to a range of musical instruments. Those with prior experience with music will build upon their skills and acquire new ones, including instruments they may not have been exposed to yet.Afternoon sessions will focus on art and drama as participants connect their music explorations to stories, drama games, acting, making art and creating a performing ensemble. Weekly themes will connect explorations with new activities each week. A short performance/presentation will bring each week to a close. Dates: June 1–August 7 Cost: $250 a week for Full Day (9am–3pm), $150 a week for Half Day (9am–12pm); early registration discount until April 15. Register: 941-330-9930, sarasotasuzuki@ gmail.com sarasotasuzuki.org/book-online Suzuki Institute School of Music, 3100 Southgate Cir., Sarasota.

SARASOTA YOUNG VOICES CHOIR SUMMER CAMP Ages 8–18. This five-

day choir camp comes full of choral education, games/activities, music and movement. Performance for parents at the end of the week. Dates June 8 to 12 Cost: $150/week for Half Day Camp, 9am–Noon Register: 941-724-4592, info@sarasotayv. org, 3224 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota.


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termediate and advanced. For 30 years, The Venice Symphony has offered students of all ages and experience levels the opportunity to learn and play a variety of instruments including brass, string, percussion and harp and to improve their skills on instruments they already play. Students work with the Symphony musicians and educators in small group and individual settings. Classes include musical history, chorus, orchestra, jazz, keyboard musical theater and more. On the last day of the two-week program students will perform in concert at the Venice Performing Arts Center. Scholarships are available. Dates: June 8–19. Cost: Full-day 8am–4pm $300, half-day 12:30pm–4pm $175 Register: 941-4125222, camp@thevenicesymphony.org. 200 Field Ave., E., Venice.

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sions for 8-10 year olds and 11-18 year olds available. Youth Opera Summer Camp is a three-week, hands-on workshop held at the Sarasota Opera House every June that immerses young people in all aspects of opera. Though opera may sound scary or weird, this camp shows young artists that opera can be fun on and off the stage. Participants experience the magic onstage and behind the scenes as they study many facets of opera—from music and acting to opera appreciation and technical production under the direction of Sarasota Opera’s professional staff. This year’s summer camp will feature music and activities from our upcoming fall Youth Opera production— Dean Burry’s opera The Hobbit—based on the famous prelude to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Dates: For ages 8–10, Session I June 8-12 and Session II June 15-19, or combined session June 8–19; for ages 11–18, one session June 8–25. Cost: Ages 8-10: $150 per session or $275 for both; Ages 11–18: $375 for the session. Sibling discounts available. Pre Care 8:30am-10am ($25 for entire camp). Post Care 4-5pm ($25 for entire camp). Register: 941-328-1307, youthopera@sarasotaopera.org. www. sarasotaopera.org/summer-camp 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. 14

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NATURE / ANIMAL CAMPS FUR FUN SUMMER CAMP Ages 6-11 The Humane Society of Sarasota County’s Fur Fun Camps are great for children who love animals. Whether they attend our the one- or two-day seasonal camps in the fall, winter, and spring or their week-long summer sessions, or all of the above, children are sure to have fun unleashing their animal side at HSSC. Fur Fun Camps are designed for children ages 6-11 and held in the Education Center on HSSC’s campus. Campers interact with shelter pets and other animals, both domestic and exotic. In the past, the HSSC has had goats, chickens, pigs, horses, rabbits, llamas, camels, bearded dragons, snakes, and birds—just to name a few. Campers also listen to exciting speakers, get an inside look at the happenings in our facility, read to our shelter dogs, play games and make animal-themed crafts. Dates: TBD Cost: $200 per session, with a $15 discount for each additional sibling Register: The Humane Society of Sarasota County. Ginny Armington, 941-955-4131, www.hssc.org/ get-involved/humane-education/fur-funcamps. 2331 15th St., Sarasota. HISTORIC SPANISH POINT SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMPS TIME TRAVEL-

ERS Travel back in time to the pre-historic and pioneer days at Historic Spanish Point and enjoy hands-on activities focused on the environment, archaeology and more— animals, plants and bugs, nature walks and scavenger hunts, archaeology skills and nature games and crafts. Dates: June 8-12. EXPLORATION Go on an adventure and explore the great outdoors with hands-on learning of essential wilderness skills and survival techniques. Learn basic orienteering, fire-making and shelter construction, primitive tools and water procurement and adventure-themed games. Dates: June 15-19, July 20–24. CATCH AND RELEASE At this ultimate fishing camp, campers have the opportunity to learn the basic fishing techniques while casting out into beautiful Little Sarasota Bay. Learn catch-and-release fishing, casting and fishing etiquette, shoreline wading and knot tying. Dates: June 22-26, July 13-17,

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August 3-7. ARTFUL ANTICS Get colorful and creative in this camp focused on creativity and experiments. There is no limit when it comes to your imagination and how you want to express in your art. Enjoy science experiments, tie-dye, weaving, slime and crafting. Dates: June 29-July 3. July 27-21. WILDLIFE ADVENTURE Is it a turtle or a tortoise? A frog or a toad? Can owls really spin their heads all around? These and many more questions are answered in this week’s camp. Enjoy bird watching, animal habitats, scat and tracks and amphibians. Dates: July 6-10 Cost: Members: $180/week for the first child and $170/week for addition child. Future Members: $200/week for the first child and $190/week for addition child. Register: 941-966-5214 x 2600, programs@ historicspanishpoint.org. historicspanishpoint.org, 337 North Tamiami Trl., Osprey.

MOTE MARINE | FLORIDA KEYS

Travel to the Florida Keys with Mote Marine Laboratory for an incredible week of marine exploration. Campers will stay at Mote’s newest state-of-the-art-lab and get hands-on experience with real science as well as explore the wonders of the Florida Keys. DISCOVERING THE FLORIDA KEYS Grades 6th-8th Snorkel at Looe Key Reef and Horseshoe Lagoon, explore tide pools and enjoy kayak excursions. The highlight of the week is an all-day boat excursion to Dry Tortugas National Park. Mote provides round-trip ground transportation from Sarasota, field trip transportation in the Keys, lodging, food and safety gear. This is a snorkeling camp only; no scuba is available. Dates: June 15-19, June 29-July 3, July 13-17 and July 27-31. ECOLOGY OF THE FLORIDA KEYS Grades 9th – 12th This program will include snorkel and dive excursions at Looe Key, tide pool walks, a fishing trip and a kayak excursion. The highlight of the week is a coral outplanting excursion with Coral Restoration Foundation. Mote provides round-trip ground transportation from Sarasota, field trip transportation in the Keys, lodging, food and safety gear. Scuba optional for certified divers. Campers must have dive cards during week of camp. Dates: June 8-12, June 22-26,


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July 6-10, July 13-17, and July 27-31. Cost: $1,300 non-members / $1200 members (+$100 scuba registration fee). Register: 941-388-4441 ext. 348, mote.org/ education/kids-families/summer-camps, camps@mote.org​. Mote Marine Facilities in the Florida Keys.

SARASOTA JUNGLE GARDENS ZOO CAMP Ages 6-10 Sarasota Jungle Gar-

dens Zoo Camp is unlike any other camp in the area. It explores nature through hands-on games, crafts, demonstrations and other fun activities! Come explore behind the scenes as you learn about caring for animals. There’s lots of animal interactions and trekking through the jungle. You’ll see first-hand what it takes to be a zookeeper. Dates: June 1 to July 3, 9am to 4pm. Week 1: Future Zookeeper. Week 2: Native Florida Plants and Animals. Week 3: Reptiles Rule. Week 4: Wing It. Week 5: Amazing Animal Adaptations. Cost: $209.99/week Register: 941-355-1112, ext 307, marketing@SarasotaJungleGardens. com, sarasotajunglegardens.com/zoocamp/ 3701 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

SELBY GARDENS CAMP LOOKOUT

Ages 6-11 Selby Gardens’ Camp Lookout! is a full-day camp designed for first through fifth graders with a different theme each week. Mornings are packed with plenty of time in the great outdoors, wading in the water, climbing the trees and catching bugs— the way a child’s summer should be. After lunch, Camp Lookout! moves indoors, with afternoons dedicated to fun crafts projects and artistic exploration of the weekly theme. Registration for Camp Lookout is limited to 30 campers each week. Themes include: June 8-12: Forces of Nature; June 15-19: Camp Gross-Out; June 22-26: H2Oh, My!; and June 29-July 3: Mystery Week. Dates: June 8 – July 3 from 9am-3pm. Cost: $200 garden members; $220 nonmembers Register: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. selby.org/events/event/ selby-summer-camp-lookout

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CREEPY, CRAWLY, CRITTER CAMP Ages 6-9 at Shamrock Park Want to know more about bugs, snakes, owls and other critters? This camp provides in-depth exploration into where they live, what they eat, and all the fun facts and gory details. Campers learn about spiders, slimy and slippery amphibians and reptiles, the “good, the bad and the ugly” insects, as well as how to identify skulls and even how to cook and eat crispy bugs. Park naturalists lead nature walks, conduct insect safaris and provide interactive presentations. Indoor activities include live “show and tell” specimens, owl pellet dissections and take-home crafts. Campers should wear hats and closed-toe shoes and bring sunscreen, water and a snack each day. Dates: July 13-17. Cost: $75 FISHING CAMP Ages 8-12, Nokomis Beach This introduction to fishing techniques for youth anglers teaches basic skills to understand equipment preparation, basic weather, and how to target and catch game fish. Techniques are taught in classroom and beach settings with small group instruction as well as daily hands-on training. Dates: July 27-31 Cost: $100 Register: scgov.net/parks

WINDSONG FARM EQUESTRIAN DAY CAMP Ages 6-17 (girls ) Young

women will have a blast brushing up on riding skills, English, hunter jumper, dressage and even basic Western pleasure as well as gain confidence, work on leadership and discover natural horsemanship while earning a great respect for horses in a family environment with personalized instruction. Dates: July 22–27, July 29– August 3, August 5–10 Cost: $1650 for the week. Register: 941-303-2534, Windsong Farm, 238 Lee Rd., Venice.

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY THE BISHOP MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND NATURE Grades 2-5 Kids in grades

2-5 can explore space, dinosaurs, the science of travel, engineering and more! Your curious adventurer can enjoy six weeks

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of camp, with a different exploration every week. Weekly sessions run June 10 through July 19. It even offers early dropoff to make your life easier. Dates: June 10-14, Dinosaurs; June 17-21, Out of This World; June 24-28, Vet 101; July 1-5, On the Move; July 8-12, Building Your Dreams; July 15-18, Explore Florida-Land, Sea and History. Camps take place 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Cost: $200 for eligible Innovator Level members (and above) of the Discovery Society; other campers, $250. Discounted price for additional Discovery Society campers: $180. Register: Please contact Susan McCarthy at 941746-4131, ext. 113. You may also email at SMcCarthy@SouthFloridaMuseum.org. 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.

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CAMP: GALAXY FAR AWAY Ages 8-14 at Nokomis Beach Park Join us on an adventurous journey through the stars and around the galaxy! Build models of both actual space equipment and transportation used in real life, as well as some of the cool interstellar vehicles from recent popular films. There will be plenty of fun space-themed activities, games and crafts to make this camp sure to be “out of this world”! Campers attending both morning and afternoon. Dates: July 13-17. Cost: $162 BRICKS4KIDZ CAMP: MINING AND CRAFTING Ages 8-14 at Nokomis Beach Park Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out, so make sure to build a shelter before that happens. Experience the world of Minecraft with LEGO Bricks in this fun enrichment engineering class! Campers start by crafting their shelters and some of the mobs, critters and tools using LEGO Bricks. Campers face new challenges each day, building models and crafting key elements from the popular Minecraft game. Dates: July 13-17 and July 20-24 at Nokomis Beach Park. Cost: $162 BRICKS4KIDZ CAMP: VIDEO GAME DESIGN Ages 8-14 at Nokomis Beach Park 9am-12 Noon and Bee Ridge Park 1-4pm Campers develop a range of coding and problem-solving skills as they create


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fun video games. Think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively to create various video games. Each game design unit includes a themed mini-model built with LEGO Bricks that will be the main character of the games. Each game progressively teaches more advanced capabilities within the design software. Campers take home a LEGO mini-model, custom mini-figure and a copy of their game. Dates: July 22-26 Nokomis Beach Park, August 3-7 at Bee Ridge Park Cost: $162 Register Online: scgov.net/parks

FAB LAB | SUNCOAST SCIENCE CENTER Grades 2-8 Weeklong themed

studies bring like-minded students and enthusiasts together for hands-on learning and experience—taking advantage of all the tools and state-of-the-art machines available at the Fab Lab. Areas of study include space science, chemistry, engineering challenges, building a brand, coding and design and more. EXPLORERS CAMP Grades 2-3 These camps are

all about purposeful play. Kids will have a blast playing and exploring new interests through hands on activities and making fun take-home projects. Select one of four camps in chemistry, engineering, robotics and space science. STEAM SQUAD Grades 4-5 Through innovative (and FUN!) activities, challenges and use of high-tech machines, kids will level up their learning and become part of the STEAM Squad! Select one of four camps in chemistry, engineering, robotics and Scratch coding. MIDDLE SCHOOL MASTERCLASS Grades 6-8 MS Masterclasses will allow preteens and teens to elevate their experience and build skills that will come in handy in high school and beyond! Ready to level up and become a Level 10 master?! Let’s do it! Select onf our four camps in brainbenders, coding and game design, graphic arts and marine science. Dates: June 1 to July 31 Cost: $200/week. Register: 941-8404394, info@suncoastscience.org. Suncoast Science Center, 4452 South Beneva Rd., Sarasota.

MAD SCIENCE SUMMER VACATION IN THE PARKS MAD SCIENCE CAMP:

EUREKA! INVENTION CAMP Ages 6-12 at Colonial Oaks Park Campers will overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, simple machines, tips from famous inventors and, most importantly of all, their mind. With a bit of ingenuity, campers will create catapults and forts, construct working light sticks to take home, and assemble a set of circuits with batteries and light bulbs. While Thomas Edison said, “Invention is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration,” this camp is 100 percent fun. Dates: August 3-7 Cost: $162 MAD SCIENCE CAMP: MACHINES AND ENGINEERING MANIA Ages 6-12 at Nokomis Beach Park Building things or destroying them, this camp includes lots of both! Discover simple and complex machines and how we use them. Build your own catapults and launch ping-pong balls. Design simple machines using pulleys, wedges, screws and levers, and then use them to feed yourself! As junior engineers,


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you will design and build bridges and skyscrapers using simple tools and construct a geodesic dome big enough for all to sit inside! Dates: June 8-12. Cost: $162 MAD SCIENCE CAMP: RED HOT ROBOTS Ages 7-13 at Nokomis Beach Park Learn about the uses of robots in our world and spend time experimenting with supercool robots. Experiment with sound-sensing robots, line-tracking robots, amphibious robots and robots that can even play soccer. Discover the science of circuits and how robots use sensors to explore things around them. Use your skills to build your very own working robot to take home with you. Dates: June 8-12 Cost: $187 Register Online: scgov.net/parks

MOTE MARINE MORNING CAMPS

SHARK PUPS & GROWN UPS Ages 2-5 and Favorite Adult Young campers and their favorite adult will learn through stories, games, science tools and crafts. The weekly three-day camp will include visits and special interactions at Mote Aquarium, Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Center, and hands-on exploration of Sarasota Bay. The first half of the summer focuses on feeding behaviors and the latter on various underwater adaptations. Cost: $100 non-members/ $90 members. TIDAL TYKES Grades K-2 In alternating weeks, campers will, through hands-on and inquiry-based activities, learn about ocean animals’ homes and hideaways and about animal adaptations like gills and special noses. Campers will explore the Mote Aquarium, Mammal Center and Sarasota Bay to discover animal habitats and examine aquatic adaptations. Cost: $259 non-members/ $234 members. AQUA KIDS Grades 3-5 In alternating weeks, campers will explore Mote Aquarium, Mammal Center and Sarasota Bay to experience how different ecosystems work and thrive. Through hands-on and inquiry-based activities, campers will learn about the underwater cities of coral reefs, nursery beds of seagrasses and the vast range of the open ocean. They will also learn about the life cycles and stages of marine animals. Cost: $259 non-members/ $234 members. SEA SLEUTHS

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Grades 6-8 In The Real World: Ocean Edition, campers are invited to come examine the truth about ocean animals, from the top predators to the smallest plankton, and everything in between. And with Generation H2O, campers put on their scientist hats because this week they will dive into the world of water and Florida. Campers will explore, snorkel and kayak their way through the ocean world. Cost: $259 non-members/ $234 members. Register: 941-388-4381. mote.org. camps@mote. org. 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota,

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OCEAN CHAMPIONS Grades 3-5 Calling all creative thinkers, advocates, and conservation scientists. The world’s ocean needs you. Campers will come together with like-minded peers and experience a week of ocean exploration and conservation during this classroom-based camp. With visits to the Mote Aquarium, Marine Mammal Center, and Sarasota Bay, campers will be exposed to the challenges marine environments face, as well as the programs and projects in place to save our seas. Learn how to protect our planet and experience what it means to be a superhero of the sea. Not all heroes wear a cape. Dates: June 8-12. July 6-10, July 27-31 Cost: $259 non-members/ $234 members. JUNIOR OCEAN TECHNOLOGY CAMP Grades 3-5 Digitally “dive” into a week of exploration. Using technology and teamwork, campers will discover ocean wonders in this science lab camp. Campers will learn simple computer programming, develop functioning code, and utilize toy robotics to build ocean animals and ROV’s. Tech Campers will develop experiments to explore the oceans, just like our scientists, while learning about geology, engineering, zoology, and paleontology.Dates: June 15-19, July 20-24. Cost: $259 non-members/ $234 members. OCEAN-NEERS Grades 3-5 Calling all engineers! Campers are invited to join the first Ocean-Neers camp! If your camper enjoys building, problem solving fun projects and critical thinking then they will love our newest camp. Campers will explore a variety of topics in the marine

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science field. They will participate in daily STEM challenges, conduct inquiry-based projects, and learn about Mote’s research and conservation programs. If we solve it, we can save it. Dates: June 2226, July 13-17. Cost: $259 non-members/ $234 members. EXPLORING MARINE CAREERS Grades 6-8 EMC: Ocean Technology Using technology and teamwork, campers will uncover ocean mysteries in this science lab camp. Campers will learn advanced computer coding, the mechanics behind ocean science and exploration; design, build, and test a functioning ROV; and utilize robotics to understand the biomimicry of ocean animals. Tech Campers will explore the oceans’ geology, zoology, engineering, and paleontology, just like Mote’s scientists. Dates: June 8-12, July 13-17 EMC: Research Campers will become field and lab research scientists. They will explore the job duties of real life scientists, work on lab and field skills, and participate in citizen science projects. Mote has over 25 different research programs, and your camper will get a taste of a few projects the scientists are working on. Dates: June 1519, July 20-24 EMC: Husbandry & Training Come explore the life of an aquarium biologist and animal trainer. Campers will get to meet a couple of animal ambassadors and learn what goes into caring for these unique animals. Campers will learn what it takes to care for animals, feed them, keep their exhibits clean and healthy, monitor behaviors, and stimulate natural behaviors they would exhibit in the wild. Dates: June 22-26, July 27-31 EMC: Strandings & Rehabilitation Just like the hospitals and emergency services, animals may need help all hours of the day. Campers will become stranding investigators and hospital helpers to learn more about the work done at Mote. Campers learn from real case studies that have come through our hospital and explore animal rehabilitation. Dates: July 6-10. Cost: $259 non-members/ $234members. FUN IN FISHING Grades 6-8 Campers will learn about local fish, sustainable fisheries and practice different fishing techniques. Through experience and hands-on activities, campers will learn the lines of what is takes to be a


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fisheries scientist. Dates: June 17–21, July 15–19. Cost: $279 non-members/ $259 members. Register: 941-388-4381 mote. org. camps@mote.org. 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota.

SARASOTA SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS Grades 6-9 From fishing

to ceramics, video game creation to hiking, basketball to volleyball, and even a camp for Pokémon Go, this collection of summer camps for middle schoolers lets students explore their world. Dates: June 8 to 19, 9am-4:30pm Morning Camp: 9am-12:30pm. Cost: Both weeks, all day $350+$25 Deposit. Both weeks, morning only $200 + $25 deposit. Both weeks, afternoon only $200 + $25 deposit. Register: 941-330-1855, ssas. org, 717 Central Ave., Sarasota.

THE OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY STEM CAMPS ODA’s STEM Camps offer stu-

dents the chance to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in unique and fun ways. Students of all ages can experience hands-on, project-based learning. ENGINEERING MINDS (FOR HIGH LEVEL LEARNERS) Grades 6-12 Engineering Minds summer workshops are like no other and are designed for super curious students of science and technology. This course is designed for high-level learners. Rigorous workshops inspire, enlighten and empower students through the teaching of engineering theory, application and career or “soft” skills. Dates: July 20-24, July 27-31, 9am-4pm Cost: $350/ week, price includes all supplies. CODING AND ENGINEERING CAMP Grades 6-8 The Coding and Engineering Camp using UBTECH Education’s UKIT helps students develop engineering habits of mind. Each unit is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and includes science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. Students receive a relevant driving question, investigate with collaboration of their peers and engineer solutions. Students get the chance to build, program, and bring ideas to life. Dates: July 6-10, July 13-17. Cost: $195/ week,

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price includes all supplies. Other camps include Green Chemistry Camp, LegoMania, Robotek, Space Camp and Chemistry Camp. Register: Online oda.edu. Camps take place the Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch, 5950 Deer Dr., Sarasota.

SPORTS CAMPS BATH AND RACQUET CLUB SUMMER CAMPS All camps are ages 5

– 7, 8 – 11 (tennis includes ages 12 – 13 as well). All campers must have completed Kindergarten. TENNIS CAMP Offered for all skill levels, with professional instruction from beginner to tournament level campers. Cost: $240 member and $255 non-member /week. AQUATICS Spend the week in the pool playing water games, learning water safety, swim strokes and competing in fun water relays and races. Cost: $195 member and $215 non-member/week SPORTS ACADEMY Have fun in the sun playing a variety of sports including tennis, aquatics, self-defense, basketball, dodgeball & more. Cost: $195 member and $215 non-member/week EPICURIOUS JUNIOR CHEFS This camp has a tasty twist. Spend a portion of the day in a professional kitchen and restaurant preparing delicious, healthy (and sometimes not-sohealthy) meals and appetizers. Cost: $195 member and $215 non-member/week. Dates: Ongoing summer, 9am-3pm. Register: 941-921-6675, Sarasota-health-club. com. 2170 Robinhood St., Sarasota.

CAPOKIDS MARTIAL ARTS SUMMER CAMP Ages 3-5 and grades K-5 After

18 years of experience, teachers and counselors are ready to provide children with the best time throughout the whole summer. There are four options depending on the location and age of the child. CapoKids offers the experience of a lifetime for any kids who want to attend a Sarasota summer camp. Dates: Throughout the summer. Cost: $65 /week Register: 941-922-4520, capokids. com. McIntosh Location: 4672 McIntosh Ln., Sarasota. Phillippi Location: 2240 Proctor Rd., Sarsota. Lakewood Ranch Location: 11534 Palmbrush Trl., Lakewood Ranch.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH SUMMER CAMP

TENNIS, SWIMMING AND SPORTS Ages 6-15 For players who are more focused on taking their games to the next level, this camp will integrate Trackman, Flightscope, Swing Catalyst and additional technology to augment PGA Professionals and their teaching methods. This camp will also concentrate on improving technique and will include playing golf with instructors as part of the daily curriculum. Lunch, snacks and refreshments are provided daily. Dates: June 3 to August 9, 9am-4pm. Cost: $25 registration. Country Club Summer Golf Camp: $275/week. Golf Academy Advanced Summer Golf Camp $350/week per child. 10% sibling discount. Register: LWRgolfcamps@LakewoodRanchGolf.com or call 941.907.4710. TENNIS, SWIMMING AND SPORTS Ages 4-12 This camp includes tennis, swimming and other group sport activities. Various arts and crafts are also part of this innovative and dynamic camp. Dates: June 4 to August 10, 9am-2pm. After Hours Care: 2-4pm at $10/hour. Cost: $25 registration and $190/week for non-members and $170/week for members. $100 non-refundable deposit. Register: Tammy. Clark@LakewoodRanch.com 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch.

RED TIGER MARTIAL ARTS Ages 3 and up Kids will have a blast in tumbling, yoga and parkour classes, while also being taught confidence, discipline and respect for others. Along with important life and leadership skills, kids will also hone physical skills such as coordination, flexibility, balance, strength, speed and agility. Dates: June 1 to August 5 Cost: $180/week Register: Starry Jhoun, 941922-2530, redtigerma.com/summercamp. 4581 Ashton Rd., Sarasota. ROSAIRE’S RIDING ACADEMY AND PONY RIDES SUMMER CAMP Ages

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and learning an empowering new skill at camp. Dates: June 1 to August 7, 8:30am4pm Cost: $300/ week or $1100/month (four consecutive weeks) Register: Ellian Rosaire, 941-356-3993, rideapony@msn. com, rideapony.com/camps/4717807. 901 East Rd., Sarasota.

SARASOTA CREW SUMMER CAMPS

Ages 3rd grade and up. Elementary school students (beginning with 3rd grade), middle school students and high school students are invited to register for camp, even if you are a new rower. Rowers are grouped by age and skill level. Or if your child is a returning middle school rower that will be in our middle school program next year. Dates: Session 1: June 15-26, 2020. Session 2: July 6-July 17, 2020. Session 3: July 27-August 7, 2020. 8am to 12 Noon Monday to Friday. Cost: $250 for ten days. Register: 941-966-9791; teamAdmin@sarasotaCrew.org. Register at sarasotacrew.org/programs/camps/summercamp. 343 Palmetto Way, Osprey.

SARASOTA SCULLERS SUMMER CAMP LEARN HOW TO ROW CAMP

Grades 6-12, participants will be grouped by age and skill level. This camp is for all new rowers. Beginner rowers will learn the basics of the rowing stroke, how to balance a boat, how to navigate a rowing shell and much more. Rowers will start off in 8s paired with top-notch varsity team members, there to guide the new athletes through their first strokes. As they become more skilled, they will have chances to try other boats. Dates: TBD. Camp runs Monday-Friday from 8am-11:30am. Cost: $250 for ten days. ADVANCED ROWING SUMMER CAMP Grades 7-12, previous rowing experience is a must.. Designed for youth rowers with at least one season of rowing experience, participants will refine their skills in a variety of boat types. Dates: TBD. Camp runs Monday-Friday from 8am-11:30am. Cost: $250 for ten days. Register: 941-966-2244, office@ sarasotascullers.org. 800 Blackburn Point Rd., Osprey.

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SARASOTA YOUTH SAILING CAMP

Different levels of classes available for the age ranges of 5-7, 7-12, 8-12, and 13-18 Sarasota Youth Sailing will be continuing their full-day US Sailing ReachSTEM class. Utilizing the sport of sailing, students will explore science, technology, engineering and math while sailing and exploring Sarasota Bay. This class uses Hobie Waves, Hobie Bravos and other boats. Campers must be sure to bring a well-fitting life jacket, closed-toed shoes, a water bottle, a hat or sunglasses, sunscreen, a towel and clothes that can get wet. Dates: June 1 to July 31 Cost: Runs as a biweekly half-day schedule (morning or afternoon) for $400 or you can do full days for two weeks for $800; limited number of scholarships available. Register: 941-504-4236 sarasotayouthsailing@gmail.com. www. sarasotayouthsailing.org/summer-sailing/ Sarasota Sailing Squadron.

SURFIT PADDLEBOARD AND SURF SUMMER CAMPS Ages 5-14, kids are

split by age group and ability Paddleboard, surf and beach summer camps are week-long, Monday to Friday from 8:30am–12:30pm. Extended day options are offered at Turtle Beach until 3:30pm. SURFit incorporates the stand-up paddleboard, surfing, ocean swimming, ocean safety and marine biology into every camp day (weather permitting). Classes are led by certified lifeguards and have a low teacher to student ratio (1:6). Many kids sign up for more than one week because camp is a lot of fun. Dates: Camps at Turtle Beach on Siesta Key (with extended day option): June 1-5, June 8-12, June 15-19, June 22-26. Camps at Lido Beach: June 29-July 3, July 6 and July 10. Camps at Lido Mangrove Tunnels: July 12-17, July 20-24. Mornings: 8:30am to 12:30pm. Extended Day: 8:30am-3:30pm. Cost: $215 for half day and $300 for extended day options. Register: surfitusa.com/kidswaterman-sup-and-surf-camps-summer. 941-952-8245. Takes place at Turtle/Siesta Beach, Lido Beach/Ted Sperling.

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SUMMER VACATION IN THE PARKS

ARCHERY CAMP Ages 8-16 at Knight Trail Park Campers learn the art of archery through expert instruction by certified USA Archery coaches from the Lekatchka Archery Club. This introduction covers the mechanics of traditional and compound bows, 3-D shooting, Olympic archery and competition shooting. This camp ends with a competition with prizes to test campers’ skills. All equipment is provided. Dates: June 8–12 and July 6–10 Cost: $90 Register: 941-861-PARK (7275). lekatchkaarchery@yahoo.com. scgov.net/ parks SKATEBOARD CAMP Ages 7-14 at Payne Park Skate Park Come shred Sarasota’s Payne Park this summer with the Compound Skate Team. Go from dropping in and work your way up to the more advanced stuff, like board slides, grinds and airs. This camp is great for everyone, from the newest of beginners to the most advanced skaters. There’s a teacher perfect for every skill level. No equipment? No problem. Loaner equipment available by calling the Compound Boardshop in advance at 941-923-0430. Dates: June 22– 26. Cost: $225 Register: scgov.net/parks

THE OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY SPORTS CAMPS Grades K-7, 3-6, 4-7, 6-9 and

8-12. The Out-of-Door Summer Academy features individual specialty sport camps where student-athletes can learn a new sport or improve their skills. Check online for the offerings for this summer including Co-Ed Basketball Camp (June 1-5), Girls Volleyball Camp (July 20-24), Tennis Camp (4-week-long sessions June 1-5, June 8-12, June 15-19, and June 22-26) and Thunder Sports Camp (half-day and fullday options starting June 8 in week-long sessions). Dates: June 1 to July 24 Cost: Varied based on the camp. Register: 941554-3400, oda.edu Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch.


2020 Summer Camps

THEATRE AND PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS CIRCUS SUMMER CAMP Ages 6-15 Circus Summer Campers enjoy a truly unique experience where they learn circus arts disciplines and then showcase their new skills with a costumed performance with friends and family invited to watch. Circus Summer Campers learn a variety of circus arts including triple and single trapeze, globes, silks, Rolla Bolla, hula hoop, low wire, clowning, flying trapeze, juggling and much more. Dates: June 1 to August 7; Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm. Cost: $325 for a 1-week session; $650 for a 2-week session. Before Care: $25/week. After Care: $75/week. Register: 941-355-9335 ext. 326 or 314. www.circusarts.org/programs/circus-summe-camp-2/ All classes will take place at the recently renovated Sailor Circus Arena at 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota at the Circus Arts Conservatory. FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE LITTLE

THEATRE Ages 4-6 This camp experience is dedicated to the exploration of storytelling, songs and creative play. Little Theatre emphasizes acting and includes music and dance. A final performance will be held for family and friends. Dates: Session I: June 8 to 26; Session 2: June 29 to July 17; and, Session 3: July 20 to August 7—9am-1pm. Cost: $345 per 3-week session. There are also two one-week introductory sessions: June 1-5 and June 8-12, 9am to 1pm: $140/ session or $250 for both. CHILDREN’S PERFORMING ARTS CAMP Ages 7-12 Florida Studio Theatre’s original and most popular summer camp. Students will build skills with acting, improvisation and dance in a supportive environment. The camp experience focuses on individual expression and develops personal skills that campers can apply off the stage. The session culminates in a final performance. Dates: Session I: June 8 to 26; Session 2: June 29 to July 17; and, Session 3: July 20 to August 7. 9am–3pm. Cost: $525 per 3-week session. There are also a one-week introductory sessions: June 1-5 from 9am to 2pm: $185/ session.TEEN PERFORMING ARTS CAMP Ages 13-17 The class will focus on exploration of characters, developing truth on 24

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stage and the individual expression of each participant. A final performance will be held for family and friends on the last day of class. Dates: Session I: June 8 to 26; Session 2: June 29 to July 17; and, Session 3: July 20 to August 7. 10am-3pm. YOUNG ERFORMERS COMPANY Ages 13-17 A camp for the exceptional, empathetic and experienced performer. Over the course of this three week session, students will create and perform original material in a variety show. Dates: June 29-July 17, 10am-4pm Cost: $525/session. Register: 941-366-9017, info@floridastudiotheatre. org, floridastudiotheatre.org/youth-workshops 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

MUSICAL THEATRE CAMPS AT THE PLAYERS CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS Ages 8-17 Let The Players

transform your child’s summer into something magical and rewarding. Learn acting techniques, audition etiquette, singing, dancing and backstage technical elements. This fun and exciting camp mixes lots of laughs, games and field trips. There are two four-week camp sessions and oneweek camp offerings to choose from. Camp takes place from 9:30am-2:30pm, Monday to Friday. There is a $30 supply fee per session. Dates and Cost: Session I: June 1 to June 26 $500/Four Weeks. Session II: July 6 to July 31 $500/Four Weeks. Sessions I & II: June 1 to July 31 $900/Eight Weeks. Performances: Session I: Guys and Dolls, Jr. | Friday, June 26 at 7pm. Session II: Disney’s The Little Mermaid. | Friday, July 31 at 7pm. Tickets $15 each. Non-refundable deposit of $100 per session required. Register: 941-365-2494. www.theplayers.org/studio/#tab-summer. Musical Theatre Camps are located at The Players Centre, 838 N. Tamiami Trl. Dance Camps and Mini Camps are located at The Players Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite 200, Sarasota.

VENICE THEATRE CAMPS MUSICAL

THEATRE CAMP Grades 3-12 Rehearse and perform on the main stage. Participate in acting, singing, dancing and technical theatre. Dates: Session I: June 1-10, 8:30am– Noon. Session II: July 6-24, 8:30am– Noon. Cost: $339 (Includes two tickets to the performance). MUSICAL THEATRE EXPE-

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RIENCE Grades 4-12 An exciting opportunity to perform in a fully-produced musical on MainStage. This 6-week experience is designed for actors, singers and dancers of all levels. In addition to rehearsing and mounting their production, students will help create some of the technical elements of the show. Getting to Know: Once Upon a Mattress. This enchanting tale is based on the classic story of The Princess and the Pea. The music is dazzling. And Princess Winifred’s shenanigans will have you laughing out loud. Dates: June 8 to July 19: 1pm-4:30pm Cost: $495 TECHFEST! Grades 7-12 Interested in the magical and practical world of backstage? Get exposure to the technical disciplines and be part of the technical team for Getting To Know , Once Upon a Mattress. Dates: July 8 to July 19: 1-4pm Cost: $225 (class limited six students). Register: 941-486-8679, info@venicetheatre.net, venicestage.com/events. 140 Tampa Ave. W, Venice.

STAGE OF DISCOVERY WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE Ages 13-18

At Stage of Discovery, a limited number of students have the opportunity to be coached in acting, singing, dancing, and improvisation by creative professionals in the field. They also gain behind-the-scenes experience with set and costume design. The program culminates with a public performance of an exciting musical. Stage of Discovery is intense, focused and fun. It’s designed for youth who are serious about developing their artistic talents. An audition is required. Dates: TBD Cost: Free for participants. Option fo $50 fee for lunches. Register: 941-366-1505, westcoastblacktheatre. org, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

TRAVEL CAMPS SAILING AND SCUBA ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMP FOR TEENS Ages 12-

19 ActionQuest offers incredible educational summer adventure camps for teens through hands-on learning and adventure travel throughout the world. Dates: June 15 to August 14. Cost: Ranges from $4,970 to $6,370. Register: 941-924-6789, actionquest.com/upcoming-adventure-camps.


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