By Kristina Aviles, DVI Intern

With the school year coming to an end and summer approaching, summer camp registration is underway! Downtown offers fun ways to entertain your camp-ready kid through science, art and more. Find out where you can send your little happy campers this summer:

Main Library Summer Learning | June, July, August

Ages: Varies | The Jacksonville Main Library is full of library programs, activities and prizes this summer for children, teens and even adults. Every Hero Has a Story, Unmask! and Escape the Ordinary are the themes of this summer’s programs. Summer Learning has magic shows, balloon shows, zoo animal shows, Ronald McDonald, Tree Hill Nature Preserve with JEA shows, arts and crafts, stories and more.

Pic: MOCA Jacksonville

ArtCamp@MOCA | June 8 – August 21

Ages: 4-14 | Grow your child’s creativity at MOCA Jacksonville as experienced art educators provide a variety of art-making activities. Your child will learn about contemporary art and grow a visual vocabulary all while having fun and being creative though this unforgettable full-immersion art experience.

Jacksonville Giants Basketball Summer Camp | June 8-12, June 15-19, August 3-7

Ages: 5-15 | Kids can train like a pro this summer with the Jacksonville Giants! Campers will be in an air-conditioned gym to escape the summer heat. Basketball camp features tournaments, contests, t-shirts and more.

LaVilla School of the Arts Summer Camp | June 15 – July 24

Ages: Varies | Have fun this summer at LaVilla School of the Arts! They offer classes in a variety of cool activities for beginning and experienced campers. Basic Camps are offered in visual arts, dance, drama, “Top Chef” science, comics, historical re-enactment, guitar, piano and percussion. Specialty Camps include Storytellers Camp, which is available for campers ages 3-4, Explorers Camp is for ages 5-6, and Jr. Counselors Camp is available for rising 9th and 10th graders. Intensive Film Camp is available for ages 10-14. Camps are available in week and entire-summer durations.

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By Amy E. Pittman, DVI Intern

Annie 10.21.14Yesterday evening in Downtown Jacksonville following the opening night of ANNIE: The Musical, smiling kids from 2 to 92 flooded the sidewalks in front of the Times-Union Center holding plush red-headed dolls and singing their favorite tunes like “Tomorrow” and “Easy Street.” The FSCJ Artist Series hosted an hour of face painting, games, crafts, and other kids activities before the show, and then the extraordinarily talented and lovable cast, directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, delivered an exciting performance to hundreds of Jacksonville families.