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.
Discover music at Studio 237 School of Music in Santa Rosa Beach. Private music instruction available on piano, voice, guitar, drums, and clarinet. Call 231-3199 or visit www.studio237musicschool.com.
Singing for My Summer Chorus for children grades 2-8 will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost is $20/class.
Music Discovery Classes for ages 4-6 meet at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through July 31 for 45 minutes. Cost is $10/class.
Summer day camps
Camps sponsored by 4-H will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walton County Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs, unless noted. Call 892-8172.
• 4-H Tech Wizards Robotics Workshop for ages 11 and up June 10-13. Cost is $30.
• 4-H Tech Wizards Robotics Workshop II for ages 11 and up June 17-20 at Seaside Neighborhood School. Cost is $30.
• Xtreme Cuisine Cooking School for ages 8 and up will provide hands-on opportunities for making healthy snacks using fresh Florida products June 17-20. Cost is $30. Snacks provided; bring a sack lunch.
• Dig into Legos at 10 a.m. June 26 at Walton County Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2809 or 892-8172 to reserve place.
• Arts & Crafts for ages 8 and up July 8-11. Cost is $30 and includes many different activities — coffee can bird feeders, tie-dye shirts, and more. Snacks provided; bring a sack lunch.
• Diggin’ in the Dirt Gardening Camp for ages 8 and up July 15-18. Learn about herbs, fruits, vegetables, flowers, which plants attract butterflies, and more. Cost is $30. Snacks provided; bring a sack lunch.
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. June 12, 19 and 26 in N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. The event is free.
An original storytelling experience for children of all ages, audiences may help create Adventures In Alys at 10 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays through Aug. 8 at Fonville Press in Alys Beach.
Once Upon a Thyme takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays through Aug. 9 at South Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
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 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 12: Nonie’s Ark, a collection of exotic animals
• June 19: History of Florida and Freeport
• June 26: Crafts
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.
Barefoot Broadway Kids musical theater camps for ages 6-12 will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. June 17-July 19 at 30A Dancewave in Seaside. For one week, work on the fundamentals of musical theater and the art of the production number and focus on stage direction, character development, improvisation, vocal technique, simple choreography and auditioning. Present a production number at end of week. Wear comfortable workout clothes; hair pulled back away from face. Light snack and water provided.
Dancewave Dance Team Camp will be held from 3-5 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2. Students will focus on the dance moves they do best and produce one, maybe two dance numbers as a result. Open to all girls and boys who love the art of dance. Wear leotards, tights, tank tops and jazz pants; dance shoes required. Hair must be pulled back in bun or neat ponytail. Light snack and water provided.
Cost for camps is $180/week. Call 687-6711.
Children ages 8 and older are welcome at Camp Showtime, presented by the Seaside Repertory Theatre, will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, June 18-Aug. 9, at the Meeting Hall Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle in Seaside. Cost is $30/day; $75/week. Sign up at 231-0733 or email email@example.com. Children will learn the basics of improve, performance skills, storytelling and more.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company will host Camp Glee from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 8-12 at Seaside Neighborhood School, 10 Smolian Circle in Santa Rosa Beach for children entering 5th through 9th grade. Campers will sing and dance as they learn songs and simple choreography to some of the musical numbers from the popular T.V. Show and play improvisation and theatre games. Parents can see a short performance the last day of camp. Cost is $160 per student. To register, visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org or call 687-1637.
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. 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.
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.