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Parents' guide to summer camps in NW Florida

(Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company)

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) - Students across Northwest Florida are counting down the days to vacation, so parents, it's time to start booking your children's summer camps. Many local organizations run day camps for children from pre-K through high school. Here's a rundown of some camps that are already taking registrations.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY - Play, Learn, Grow Camps keep children's brains and bodies active through the summer. Session One is May 30 - June 30. Session Two is July 3 - Aug. 4. Programs are Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuition is $35 per family per session. Details: Call Shurlitha Jones with the Escambia County Dept. of Neighborhood and Human Services: 850-426-1234.

CITY OF PENSACOLA - The Parks and Recreation Dept. will offer day camps at five resource centers: Cobb, Fricker, Gull Point, Vickrey and Woodland Heights. Children ages 5-12 will enjoy field trips, swimming, arts & crafts, active play and more. The city also offers specialty camps for dance, tennis, archery and other sports. Hours and fees vary. Camps run May 25 - Aug. 9. Register by May 1 for a 10-percent discount on day camps. Visit Play Pensacola for details.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY 4-H - Summer day camps are available for children ages 10 and up. Each six-hour program will focus on one type of instruction, from sewing to grilling to crime scene investigation. The camps are offered on a variety of dates from June 13 to July 20. Each program goes from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuition is $10 each.

SANTA ROSA SCHOOL DISTRICT - Ten schools are offering all-day programs throughout the summer. Children ages 5-12 can take part in swimming, bowling, skating, movies and learning opportunities. The fee is $25 per family to register plus $18 per day. For more information: call Richard Cobb at 850-983-5650 or 850-934-4095 or visit the Santa Rosa Community School website. The District is also hosting a series of STEAM camps for students leaving fifth or eighth grade. These camps are FREE. Apply online before May 11.

OKALOOSA SCHOOL DISTRICT - EdSpark STEM Camp is open to students entering fourth - eighth grade in the fall. They'll learn coding, robotics, and core standards in math and science. The camps are offered at several campuses between June 12 and July 28. Classes are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuition is $150. Details: Okaloosa County School District website.

ARTS AND DESIGN SOCIETY - The Kids' Art Camp in Fort Walton Beach teaches sculpting, painting, drawing and other media. Each week-long camp ends with an art show and reception for students' families. Camps are June 19-23 and July 10-14, with varying times for different ages. Tuition is $70 per child. Details: 850-244-1271 or visit the Art and Design Society website.

CAMP FIRE KIDS - Children 5-12 years old can learn about making healthy choices during summer camps in Pensacola, Century and Milton. Activities include movies, music, field trips, arts and crafts, environmental lessons and outdoor hikes. For locations and prices, visit the Camp Fire website.

PENSACOLA CHILDREN'S CHORUS - Children from third grade through eighth grade can develop their musical skills during the week-long Summer Festival, July 31 - Aug. 4. Students will get daily instruction in performance skills and music theory. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition is $175 for the week and includes one ticket to the camp's final performance. Additional tickets are $10. Details: 850-434-7760 or visit Pensacola Children's Chorus online.

SOUTHEASTERN TEEN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY - Campers write, rehearse and perform a murder mystery involving William Shakespeare's most famous characters during the Shakespeare Mystery Summer Camp. Students develop language and speech skills while learning basic stagecraft. Classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, June 19-23. Camp is open to children ages 9-17. Tuition is $250 through April 30, or $300 starting May 1. Details: 662-278-8383 or visit SetsCo online.

UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA - Art, Coding, Robotics, Criminal Investigation and Creative Writing are just a few of the programs offered by UWF Continuing Education. They have summer programs available for children as young as 5 through high school. Tuition is $100 and up, depending on the class. View the full schedule on the UWF website. Questions? Call 850-473-7468.

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