There are numerous activities in Walton County and the surrounding areas for children during the summer. To submit an event, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about the park, games, crafts, and outdoor activities at Kids Club from 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through June 24 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330.
Join the Seaside Rep as they present a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience for children of all ages at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Lyceum Archway in Seaside.
Take the kids to a magical children's theatre performance, “James and the Giant Peach,” at 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 19 in the Seaside Amphitheatre.
See the "Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King” at 6:30 p.m. May 29, June 5, 12 19 and 26 in N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. The event is free.
Kids' Rock the Block
Bring the family for a free night of fun at the Kids’ Rock the Block party from 6-8 p.m. May 28, July 16 and Aug. 31 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Moonwalks, face painting, airbrush tattoos, arts and crafts, hula hoops, bubble machine and more top the list of fun.
Summer Art Camps
E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center and Abrakadoodle will present the following summer camps at the center, 4956 State Hwy. 20 E in Freeport. Camps will be held Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children ages 5-12. Cost is $35/child. Campers should bring a sack lunch and a drink. To register, call 835-1824 or visit www.abrakadoodle.com/fl07.
Scheduled camps are:
• June 5: Garden Camp 1
• June 12: Creepy Crawley Camp
• June 19: All About Owls
• June 26: Radical Reptiles
• July 3: Feather Friends
• July 10: Green Kids Camp
• July 17: Garden Camp 2
• July 24: Totally About Turtles Camp
• July 31: Recycled Art
Dig Into Reading
The Freeport Public Library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program, “Dig Into Reading,” at the Freeport Community Center, 16040 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, is open to children of all ages and is free. Registration not required. There will be prizes, giveaways, and snacks. Call 835-2040.
• June 5: Dig for buried treasure
• June 12: Nonie’s Ark, a collection of exotic animals
• June 19: History of Florida and Freeport
• June 26: Crafts
The Fine and Performing Arts Division at NWFSC will offer a Creative Dramatics summer workshop, “Camp Glee,” from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10 to July 3, for students from rising 8th grade through college age. Participants will learn about choreography, acting, voice, makeup and staging and will star in the drama Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. July 3 at the college’s Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center. Call 729-5382.
Holy Kidz Summer Camp
Holy Kidz Summer Camp provides a fun wholesome Christ-centered summer experience for children entering K-5th grade in the fall of 2013. Camps include games, activities, field trips, arts, crafts, cooking, Spanish, science, opportunities for learning and great times with new friends. Cost is $100/week for first child; $80/second child. Call 586-8264.
Sessions at Destiny Worship Center, Miramar Beach Campus, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24-28 and July 8-12. Waterday every Friday at the Emerge Campus. Register at holykidzcamps.com.
Kids on Campus
Register for the “Kids on Campus” summer enrichment program at Northwest Florida College online at www.nwfsc.edu/kidsoncampus or parents may register at all seven NWFSC locations. Registration deadlines are June 12 and July 10.
Kids on Campus offers youth entering grades 3 to 8 an opportunity for fun learning in a college environment with a variety of classes in the areas of athletics, theater, art and academics.
Sessions will be held June 17-227 and July 15-25, Monday through Thursday, with half-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 12:30 to 3:20 p.m., or full-day sessions, 9 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. For an additional fee, extended day options are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The course list and registration forms are available at all area elementary and middle schools, NWF State College campuses and centers, and at www.nwfsc.edu/schedule. For more information, call 729-6086.
Summer Dance Camp
The Niceville High School Eaglettes’ Dance Team will host a summer dance camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13 and 14 for girls ages 4-12. A dance showcase will be held at 6 p.m. June 14 featuring all the dance campers. The princess-themed camp will include dance instruction, arts and crafts, lunch, movies and story time. The registration fee is $50/first child and $40/each additional child per family. Registration forms may be picked up at the NHS Attendance Office or local elementary schools.
The United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties Children’s Summer Fun Guidebook is available at www.united-way.org. The free listing has activities for children ages 4-18.