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Best Summer Day Camps In Tampa Bay

February 20, 2014 8:00 AM

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Children need to keep busy during the summer or else they will get bored. Although week-long summer camps can be fantastic, they do not always fit the budget or lifestyle of some families. Instead, consider sending the kids to a day camp. Day camps operate during regular business hours and are usually over by 6 p.m., if not earlier. Here are some of the best day camps in the Tampa Bay area that kids are sure to love.

Skycrest Christian School
129 N. Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 797-1186
www.skycrestchristianschool.org

Skycrest Christian School offers two different camps throughout the summer. All of the camps are part of the Soul Adventure series of camps. Adventure Camp is for kids ages 10 to 14 and run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers will enjoy kayaking, fishing, sailing, rope courses, archery, hiking, biking, daily devotional times and more. Jr Adventure Camp is for children ages five to nine and runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each week, campers will enjoy two to three off-campus activities. On-campus activities include rock climbing, bounce houses, crafts, sports, daily bible class and more.

Operation Smart Day Camp
Girls Incorporated of Pinellas7700 61st St. N.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 544-6230
www.girlsinc-pinellas.org/SummerCamp2014

Operation Smart Summer Camp, operated by Girls Inc of Pinellas, is for girls ages five to 17. Camp runs from June 9 through August 15, 2014. The hours of the camp are from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and meals are included in the price of the camp. Campers will enjoy hands-on projects that are fun and informative. Operation Smart Day Camp also includes field trips, a reading and literacy program and a swimming program. This summer’s camp will focus on Earth Sciences and Model Aviation.

AquaCamp
Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 273-4015
www.flaquarium.org

The Florida Aquarium offers Aquacamps for children in grades K through eight and offers a SCUBA Camp for 12- to 15-year-old children. There is also an Aquatots camp for children three to four years old. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Lunch and snacks are an additional cost. Camp themes are centered around animals and their environments. Aquacamps incorporate hands-on learning and plenty of up-close animal encounters. The Aquacamps fill up quickly so advanced registration is encouraged.

Related: Best Camps Around Tampa For Special Needs Families

Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 935-8552
www.lowryparkzoo.com
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Lowry Park Zoo is the headquarters for the Zoo School, where children in grades K through eight can learn about science and nature. Campers will take hikes around the zoo, attend classes where they study pictures and artifacts, have daily animal encounters, do arts and crafts projects, help feed the animals and more. Prices start at $55 and increase depending on the length of the camper’s stay. Camp begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. Lunch is not provided and campers are urged to bring lunch and two snacks, as well as a refillable water bottle. Anyone interested in animals should consider attending this camp experience.

Camp Frontier
18050 US Highway 301 S.
Wimauma, FL 33598
(813) 672-0627
www.campfrontier.com

Camp Frontier is a co-ed camp that features both residential and day camp sessions. Children ages seven to 17 will enjoy activities such as horses, arts, computers, field trips to Florida theme parks, ropes and challenge courses and more. Prices range from $235 per week up to $285 per week. Campers choose which activities they want to attend each day and take part in team events with their cabin mates. This camp is an excellent choice for children who enjoy the outdoors.

Related: Best Summer Cooking Classes for Children & Teens

Katherine Bostick is a freelance writer covering all things Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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