Tips & Trips
South Walton Summer Camps & Activities For Kids
A South Walton family vacation is much more than the beach. The area has dozens of fun summer activities and camps designed just for kids, from tennis programs to a surf camp to musical theatre production. Whether your child is into sports, nature, or arts & crafts, they’re sure to find an activity they love… and everyone knows that a happy child means happy parents. Here’s a listing of great kids camps and activities for the summer of 2012:
Arts & Crafts
Alys Beach Summer Art Camps
Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 29 through August 9
Alys Beach Community Center
Summer art camps for kids ages 4 to 12 all summer long. New artistic experiences each week. $30 per child. Advance registration suggested.
South Walton Montessori Academy Arts & Crafts Camps
Arts Week: July 16-20 / Crafts Week: July 23-27 9:00am – 3:00pm
Explore arts & crafts with SWMA’s art teacher, Ms. Carol! Ages 6-12. $275 per week, $55 per day. Enroll both weeks for $525.
Contact: Carol Gagliardi at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hidden Lantern Children’s Art Workshops
Every Wednesday at The Hidden Lantern Book Store & Gallery in Rosemary Beach starting May 23 from 2:30pm – 3:15pm. $12 per attendee. Reserve your child’s place in advance.
Camp Rosemary Kid’s Krafts
June 4 - August 10
Monday through Friday, 1pm – 4pm, located behind Summer Kitchen Cafe.
Create your very own tie dye t-shirts, glitter tattoos, shark tooth and beaded necklaces, build-a-buddy and much more! All ages are welcome. Prices vary. Drop in any time but not a drop off program.
Wunderland Candy & Craft Factory Children’s Art Workshops
Tuesdays and Thursdays in Uptown Grayton store
9:30am – 11:30am / 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Workshop packages available May 29 – August 2
Artists at Gulf Place Summer Workshops
Make your own funky flip flops, Tie-dye t-shirt , Gyotaku fish rubbing t-shirt, sign painting, picket fence fish and recycled art with the Artists. Open to all ages. Go to www.artistsatgulfplace.com/#!events for days and times.
WaterColor Resort Art Camps
Mondays 4:00-5:30pm May 28 – September 3
Abrakadoodle art camps for kids 4 to 12. Sign up for one or all for a different lesson each week! $30 per child. Advance registration suggested.
Sports & Recreation
Centerline Cultural & Martial Arts Program
June 4 – 8, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Girls and boys ages 7-12 will explore and learn about Chinese language, traditional Chinese Kung Fu, Chi Gung exercises, Chinese arts & crafts, games and more. $120. Contact Sifu Chris Damiano to reserve your spot.
Kidz Beach and Camp RYNO
Kidz Beach alongside Camp RYNO at Watercolor Resort teaches the fundamentals of Ocean Sports including surfing, boogie boarding, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboard, skimboarding and kayaking. The day camp teaches kids ages 8 to 18 throughout the summer months (Memorial Day to Labor Day) from 9am to noon daily. Private and group lessons available.
Rosemary Beach Junior Tennis Summer Program
Serving up morning classes all summer for ages 5-14, Monday through Friday.
Seascape Resort Junior Tennis Camp
July 5-16 Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Instruction, fitness drills and match play offered morning and/or afternoon sessions. Sign up for one or two weeks.
WaterColor Junior Tennis Program
WaterColor Tennis will continue the Junior Tennis Program with summer schedule starting May 28. Monday through Thursday afternoon sessions, ages 4 and up. Kids Night is Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm with advance sign-up required.
Sandestin Junior Tennis Camp
Sandestin Tennis offers comprehensive junior tennis camps that range from USTA QuickStart Tennis (beginners ages 5-10) to high school tournament players. Afternoon sessions. See website for fees and details.
Golf Garden Junior Golf Camps
Four and five day camps start in June and run through August, 9:00am – 11:30am
Juniors of all ages and skill levels will enjoy learning the basics of the game of golf from Coach David Hanson, PGA Professional.
Contact David Hanson at 407-616-7982
Billabong Surf Camp
Ride On Surf School on the beach at Pompano Joe’s. One camp day for $80/person. Also, sign up for mini-surf lessons, skimboard lessons, stand up paddleboard lessons or hourly private surf lessons. Camps run Monday through Friday, 9:00am – Noon, May 24-August 27
Animals & Science
Gulfside Stables Summer Riding Camp
June 11-15 / June 25-29 / July 9-13 / July 23-27 (9:00am – 1:00pm)
Gulfside’s Riding Camp combines qualified staff, experienced horses, and excellent facilities to create an atmosphere where campers can advance their horseback riding skills, expand their horsemanship knowledge, and enjoy riding with friends. Call to reserve space.
Music, Dance & Theater
Barefoot Broadway Kids Musical Theatre Camps
June 4-July 27 (Mondays through Fridays) 1:00pm-3:30pm
Week-long Barefoot Broadway Kids Camps for Ages 7-17 at the Studio in Seaside. For one fantastic week, boys and girls will work on the fundamentals of musical theater and the art of the production number! $180
Dancewave Dance Team Camp
July 23-27 at the Studio at Seaside.
Learn a full dance number in one week! Dancewave is open to all girls and boys who love the art of dance.
Premiere Performers Academy of the Arts
Premiere Performers Academy will offer drama, art, music and hula dance sessions throughout the summer. Premiere Performers Academy is located on Hwy 393 near Gulf Place.
Summer Kids Cooking Classes at Kitchenique
Located in Sandestin, Kitchenique will be offering a series of cooking classes to empower children in the kitchen and instill a desire to eat well. A series of classes is planned for two age groups: age 5-11 and 12-16. Classes begin June 4.
South Walton Montessori Academy Academic Camp
June 25 – June 29 9:00am – 2:00pm
Lower Elementary Students (ages 6-9 / entering grades 1, 2 or 3
New students, and those unfamiliar with Montessori will have the opportunity to learn about the Montessori environment and explore our works. Returning/enrolled Montessori students will enjoy exploring more challenging works and discovering new interests in the classroom. For more information, please e-mail Catherine Beall at email@example.com, or Carol Gagliardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TESLA Summer Camps
TESLA is a science, engineering, math and technology-based learning center located in Seagrove Beach. The summer session will include two camp options for interested families not currently enrolled in TESLA. Academic Camp runs each morning and focuses on math and reading, while Hands-On Learning Camp takes place in the afternoon and focuses on fun projects and activities with a weekly theme. Each week is one session, sessions run June 4 – August 3. Cost is $125/week or $225/week for both morning and afternoon sessions.
Contact: Amy Hollinger 850-830-7939
Compass Rose Academy Summer Day Camp
June 4 – August 3 9:00am – 2:00pm
Eight weeks of summer fun! Each day will include history, science, crafts, art and play with new theme each week. Sign up for one or more weeks, full day or half day. Compass Rose Academy is located in Sandestin.
More Summer Activities for SoWal Kids
Alys Beach Parents’ Night Out
Games, art lesson & movie at the Community Center on Fridays for ages 4-12 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Friday nights in June, July and August. $25 per child .
Advance registration 850-424-5058.
Morning and afternoon camp sessions, all day adventure, and Kids Night Out.
Offered to official vacation rental guests and homeowners only.
Fired Up Paint-Your-Own Pottery is a fun, family-friendly place where you can paint your art on unique pottery pieces. There are also special kids’ nights and events such as “Fishy Handprints” and “Paint Me a Story”.
Sand Sculpting lessons offered by master sand sculptor Mark Flynn on Wednesdays at Alys Beach at 11:00am and then at Seaside at 1:00pm. No charge.
Walton County Coastal Library’s Summer Reading Progrm for chldren, “Dream Big, Read” takes place on Wednesday mornings at 10:00am on May 30, June 6, June 13 and June 20. All age children are invited. Coastal Branch Library is located at 437 Greenway Trail / Hwy 331.
Children’s Outdoor Theater entertains the whole family with highly entertaining productions at Seaside, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach. Make the rounds along Scenic 30-A to catch Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine in Seaside on Monday nights, The Emperor’s New Clothes in Rosemary Beach on Wednesdays, and River Rat and Cat at Alys Beach on Thursdays. All shows begin at 6:30pm. Bring low back chairs or blanket. Free and open to the public.
Modified: May 31, 2012 11:18 am