Staff Writer
Walton Sun
Little Rascals Camp presents the 4-6 year olds in a performance at Emerald Coast Theatre Company.

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The REP Theatre

Free summer activities for all ages include:

• The Prince and the Pauper: Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Seaside Amphitheater through Aug. 13

• Beauty and the Beast: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach through Aug. 8

• Stories by the Sea: Mondays through Fridays, 4 p.m., at the Seaside Amphitheater through July 31

• Adventures in Alys Storytelling: Mondays, 10 a.m., at Fonville Press through Aug. 6

• Alys Awkward Oxen: Thursdays, 10 a.m., at Fonville Press through Aug. 9

• Improv Bootcamp: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-3:15 p.m., at The REP mainstage through Aug. 2. $25

• Improv Bootcamp Performance: Thursdays with Stories by The Sea at 4 p.m., Seaside Amphitheater

Summer On Stage

Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s summer camps for ages four through high school runs through Aug. 4. Tuition is from $130 per person to $375 plus a $25 registration fee. Payment plans, military, sibling, and multi-camp discounts and scholarships are available. For the full schedule, more information and to register, call 684-0323 or visit Summer on Stage will be held at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach, unless noted.

Camps include:

Little Rascals camps for ages 4-6 are held from 9 a.m. to noon. Tuition is $130. June 11-14, July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3.

The Adventures of Robin Hood for grades 2-8 are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday with a final performance on the last day of camp. Tuition is $175 per person. June 18-22 and July 30-Aug. 3.

Camp Showtime for grades two through eight will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended drop off/pick up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pack a snack, lunch, and water. Performance last day of camp. Tuition is $150. June 11-14, July 16-20 and July 23-27.

Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. for grades 3-9 is a two-week musical theater camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18-29 and July 9-20. Extended drop off/pick up available. Tuition is $375/person.

Middle/High School Advanced Theatre Workshops with tuition $175/person.

• Designing Minds, June 18-22

• Techies Rule, June 25-29

• So, You Wanna Do Shakespeare … July 9-13

• The Freedom of Improvisation, July 16-20

Advanced Theatre Workshop is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23-27. Tuition is $175.

Pizza Making

Bring the kids to make pizza together at Henry’s Pizza Truck at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in June and July at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Limited to 15 children, $25 per child. Includes one 8-inch pizza and a drink. First come, first served.

Summer Musical Theatre Workshop

Northwest Florida State College’s Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts will host its annual summer musical theatre workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. through June 28 in the dance studio, Building 100, Room 125, on the Niceville campus. The workshop is open for students ages 13-21. Attendees will receive concentrated training in acting, voice and dance from instructors Christa Whittaker, Diara Morris and Kelly Murdock.

There will be three performances at the end of the workshop at 1 p.m. June 27, 10:30 a.m. June 28 and 1 p.m. June 28. Email for information.

ECSA Summer Camps

One of the best places for kids to spend their summer is on the water, learning valuable life lessons and building self-confidence. The Emerald Coast Sailing Association is at the Fort Walton Yacht Club, 180 Ferry Road NE., and offers camp for ages seven to 18. Camp is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginner I classes are for ages 7-17 and Beginner II is ages 9-18. Class price is $250. To sign up and for more information, visit

• Camp 2: June 11-15, Beginner I and II, optional shuttle to/from Destin

• Camp 3: June 18-22, Beginner I, optional shuttle to/from Sandestin

• Camp 4: June 25-29, Beginner I & II, optional shuttle to/from Crestview

• Camp 5: July 9-13: Beginner I, optional shuttle to/from Bluewater Bay/Niceville

• Camp 6: July 16–20, Beginner I & II, optional shuttle to/from Bluewater Bay/Niceville

• Camp 7: July 23-27, Beginner I, optional shuttle to/from Mary Esther

• Camp 8: July 30-Aug. 3, Beginner I & II

Soul Squad

A summer day camp designed to teach 12-14 year old girls valuable emotional regulation skills takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 11-14 at Padgett Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Daily art projects, group games, meditaiton/yoga and more with lunch and supplies provided. Cost is $400. Only 10 spots available at

Kids Fishing Workshop

Discover different ways to fish, places to fish and how to fish from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. First 200 kids get their own mini tackle set. Bring water bottle, sunscreen and wear weather appropriate clothing. Event is free with regular park admission. Call 267-8330.

Camp Sky Way

Camp SkyWay at Camp Helen State Park in Walton County will have camps for ages 5-12 the weeks of June 11-15, June 18-22 and June 25-29. Campers will enjoy outdoor living skills, camp crafts, recreational games, a slimy science lab, soccer and football, gardening, fishing, campfire cooking, yoga and dance/drama. For registration and tuitions, email or visit

Creative Kids Camps

Cultural Arts Alliance will host its popular program, Creative Kids Camp, again in 2018. A series of week-long visual arts camp sessions designed to give primary, elementary, and middle school-aged children a different daily hands-on experience will take place in the CAA’s Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach.

Camp sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday with a different age group served each week. Primary sessions for ages 4-6 run June 25-29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Elementary sessions for ages 7-9 will run June 11-15 and July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Middle school sessions for ages 10-13 will run June 18-22 and July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get registration details on our #ArtMattersBlog.

Summer Reading Events 2018

Walton County Coastal Library presents the 2018 Summer Reading Events for children and families, Libraries Rock, in June in the community room of the library. During June and July, kids pick up summer reading logs available at the front desk. Completed logs win free books and chances to win “Rockin’ Candy Guitars” or a brand new summer bicycle.

Shows start at 10 a.m. June 11 with Libraries Rock with Emerald Coast Science Center at 10 a.m. includes Elephant Toothpaste, hands on experiments, chemistry show and more.

• June 18: Dr. Magical Balloons will present an interactive program full of music and crowd interaction. The library will “Rock” with working musical instruments including drums, shakers, bass guitars, and banjos, all made from balloons. Through his show, children are encouraged to seek inspiration through music and reading.

• June 25: Robots Rock @ your Library, hosted by Emerald Coast Science Center, present Ozobots, and Cubelets, coding and demonstrations. Join ECSC as they demonstrate coding with mini robots. Kids will have opportunities to practice their skills with coding as well. Creating mini robots with Cubelets tubes to create action, spins and lights by using sensor blocks will be part of the show.

Biophilia Wednesday Day Camps

Art and Nature Adventures, with Forest Friends on June 13, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays for ages 5-12 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, 4956 State Hwy. 20 E in Freeport. Sessions are $45 each. Register at

• June 20: Pond Pals

• June 27: Radical Reptiles

• July 11: All About Owls

• July 18: Let's Wing It! Birds

• July 25: Buggin' Out

• Aug. 2: Mad Science Experiments!

Kids on Campus

Northwest Florida State College presents Kids on Campus, a unique opportunity for summer enrichment and fun learning in a college environment. Students choose from a variety of classes such as sports, art, academics, life skills, dance and music.

Students create their own schedule and can choose morning, afternoon or all day classes. Extended care is available in the mornings and/or afternoons. Kids on Campus is open to students entering 3rd - 8th grade.

First session will be June 11-21 and Second Session will be July 9-19. For information and registration, visit

Nature ROCKS

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation join forces to present Music, Nature and Theater Arts for first through eighth graders from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16-20 and July 23-27. Cost is $165 for each session. Register at

This week-long camp includes hands-on drumming and songwriting classes with percussionist Zig Wajler of "Hands on With Zig," wildlife-themed art classes, and dynamic hands-on science activities featuring live animal ambassadors.

Creative Art Camps for Kids

Abrakadoodle holds its Summer Camps and In-School Field Trips to engage and inspire children with art adventures that will be offered at schools and community sites throughout Okaloosa and Walton Counties with concentration in Destin.

Abrakadoodle is unveiling two new camp programs for 2018 that are added to its collection of approximately 25 themed camps, meeting the needs of schools and community sites with a variety of fun camp themes and activities for children ages 3-12. Camp locations include Destin Elementary School, as well as county-wide daycare programs. Visit, call 865-1651 or email to learn more or to register.

It’s a Jungle Out There! Art Camp

The rainforest is replete with imagination-boosting fauna, flora and creatures big and small. Everyone will find inspiration in the rainforest habitat and its people while discovering their customs and creating a tree house collage. Kids will have a wild time creating fun art projects, making new friends and playing games.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts in Art creations

Using a variety of art techniques, campers will make flying machines like Da Vinci, build rocket ships, create aerial view drone maps and much more. Kids will challenge their imaginations and creativity and become extreme artists.

Abrakadoodle’s numerous popular art camp themes include from Mad About Movies and Under the Sea Art to Camp Build It and Creepy Crawler’s Camp to ZooDoodle Safariland. Such classic favorites as Pirates, Princes and Princesses and Wild, Wild West represent a range of interests that engage children in hands-on art and creative discovery at its best.