Kids Summer Activities July 18

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:08 AM.

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Emerald Coast Theatre Company

Emerald Coast Theatre Company in Miramar Beach hosts a drama camp, “The Wizard of Oz,” 1-5 p.m. July 19 for grades 3-8. Cost is $150 paid to Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. Call 687-1637 or email

• Musical Theatre Camp — Two-week camp “Willy Wonka Jr.,” based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 through Aug. 8 at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville for grades 5 through 9. Cost is $295. A final performance will be staged at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 with $5 donation per adult.

Cultural Arts Alliance

Kids Art Classes with elementary teacher Tina Kanaris and South Walton 2014 Artist of the Year, Mary Hong, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays in July at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach.Cost is $85, $75/CAA members, and $50 for children. All art supplies and a snack will be provided.  Any food allergies need to be noted with registration.  Register with CAA at 622-5970 or email

Mommy and Me (Daddy, too) classes will be taught from 1-3 p.m. July 23 at the Bayou Arts Center. Cost is $85, $75/CAA members, and $50/children. All supplies are provided. Mary Hong will teach the adults, and Tina Kanaris will be teaching similar art to the children. To register, call 622-5970 or email

Workshops for students

The All About Middle School Workshop presents practical solutions to areas that cause anxiety about entering middle school. This fast paced, fun filled program will help students cope with academic, physical, social changes and deal with peer pressure, achieve a balance between schoolwork and activities and more.

The Study Skills Workshop for grades 4-12 teaches skills to help improve attitude, school performance, self-esteem, etc. Examples of skills taught are organization, motivation, time management, homework habits, concentration, how to study, cooperation, note taking, memory skills, writing papers, test taking, and more.

The cost of the eight-session workshops are $195 and taught by Gayle Wylie, a certified school psychologist and guidance counselor. Meeting times are tailored to student’s schedule. For details or to register, email or call 404-433-0925.


An Adventure Day Camp at Camp Helen State Park for campers ages 5-12 also has a Counselor In Training Program for campers ages 13-15. Campers choose their own activities, from cooking to football, for morning activities and give back to Camp Helen State Park in the afternoon. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21-25; July 28-Aug. 1; and Aug. 4-8.

Visit for complete information, email or call 878-9241.

Holy Kidz Summer Camps

Holy Kidz Summer Camps provide a fun wholesome Christ-centered summer experience for children entering K-5th grade July 21-25 at Hammock Bay of Freeport. Cost is $100/week for first child; $80/second child, with price increases two weeks before start of camps. Call 586-8264.

Theatre Camp

Students will learn the basics of improv, creating solid scene work, and fun characters from The Rep’s improve instructors during camp Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 8 at Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle.

Elementary age, seven and up, attend from 1:30-2:30 p.m. with middle and high school students from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $20/day or $50/3 classes a week.

30A Dancewave

Ride the 30A Dancewave at The Studio, 27 Quincy Circle in Seaside, with Fairy Princess Fantasy Camp, ballet and creative movement for ballerinas ages 3-6, from 2-4 p.m. July 21, 23 and 25. Pink ballet slippers and tutus encouraged. $90/MWF week or $35/day. Camps include light snack and water, but please pack personal preference snacks. Register at

Also, a Tiny Tikes Hip Hop & Sports Strategy Camp for boys and girls ages 3-7 will be held from 2-4 p.m. July 22 and 24. $60/TTh or $35/day

Ballet Dance Camp

30A Ballet will host Ballet Fairy Camp from 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 21-24 for ages 3-5. Cost is $125 and includes ballet, snack and a craft relating to the fairy of the day. For information, email or call 399-0514.

Horse Riding Day Camp

Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides will hold a five-day horseback riding day camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 21-July 25 in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost is $300. Children should bring a sack lunch Monday through Thursday. Friday there is a pizza party. Space is limited. Email or call 208-3114 for registration information.

Each camp will include lessons on horse safety; horse riding; horse anatomy; horse grooming; horse saddling; Port Washington State Forest’s indigenous plants; and outdoor games.  

WCSO Summer Camps

The WCSO Citizen Services Unit and School Resource Deputies will host free summer camps for ages 6 to 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21-25 at Maude Sanders Elementary School, 416 John Baldwin Road in DeFuniak Springs. Lunch will be provided. 

Students will learn about the various areas of law enforcement to include demonstrations from K9, Traffic, Marine Unit, Aviation Unit and SWAT.  Kids will have the opportunity to do team building games with deputies, go swimming at the Freeport Pool, visit the Wildlife Zoological Park in Crestview, fish and more.

To sign up, visit  A PDF form is also available to download and can be sent to Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Attention Lieutenant Danny Garner, 752 Triple G Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433.  Space is limited and request parents to sign their children up for only one camp.\

Biophilia Center

The E. O. Biophilia Center in Freeport and Abrakadoodle present camps from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays for ages 4-12. Cost is $45/student. Preregistration advised at or call 835-1824.

• Aug. 6: All About Owls Camp

• Aug. 13: Who’s Afraid of the Dark

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