2016 Happy Camper’s Guide in #DTJax

By Jacqueline Guthart, DVI Intern

With the school year coming to an end, summer camp is on the mind of many kids across the city. Luckily, #DTJax has plenty of options to keep your campers happy. From art and science to theatre and candy, find out where to send your camp-ready kids:

Summer Discovery Camp at MOSH| June 13-August 12

Grades K-8th | MOSH presents Discovery Camp, where kids get a chance to have an immersive learning experience about animals, the planet, dinosaurs and other fun things in the realm of science and history. Children have a blast with opportunities to explore the museum and discover the universe in one of the nation’s few planetariums. The camp also offers extended care for working parents.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Extended Care: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Cost: $164 per week for MOSH members / $205 per week for Non-members

MOSH’s Discovery Camp

Camp at MOCA| June 13-August 12

Ages 4-14 | MOCA campers tap into their creative side and learn how to make art using all sorts of mediums with the help of experienced artists. Camp MOCA is an amazing opportunity for any child to learn about the contemporary art world while also making memories with new friends! Children have the opportunity to enjoy MOCA’s exhibits and become fully immersed in the world of contemporary art.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Extended Care: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.  | Cost: $123 per week for MOCA members / $145 per week for Non-members

 Jacksonville Giants Summer Basketball Camp| June 13-17, August 1-5

Ages 5-15 | Boys and girls get a chance to play basketball like a pro and learn from the best of the best.The Jacksonville Giants have won the ABA National Championship in 2012, 2013 and 2016 along with winning other national records and awards. Campers learn the fundamentals of basketball, have a chance to be a part of a free-throw competition and engage in activities such as 3-on-3 tournaments, Hot Shot competitions and other loads of fun!

Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Cost: $150 – 175 per child

LaVilla School of the Arts Summer Camp| June 20-July 29 

Ages 3 to 15 | LaVilla School of the Arts‘ summer camp has a little something for everyone. Camp programs range from a variety of activities in visual arts, dance, drama, “Top Chef” science, comics, historical re-enactment and musical instruments. LaVilla School of the Arts offers specialty camps for different age groups, including Storyteller’s Camp for children ages 3-4, Explorer Camp for children ages 5-9 and Jr. Counselor’s Camp for 9th and 10th graders. LaVilla even offers Film Camp for movie buffs and aspiring directors, ages 10-14.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Extended Care: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Cost: $135 per week

LaVilla’s summer camp

Youth Football Camp with the Jacksonville Sharks| June 25

Ages 6-16 | This is an opportunity any young football fanatic would not want to miss! Boys and girls get the chance to learn the basics of football from Jacksonville’s favorite Sharks players and coaches.

Hours: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Cost: $30 for Season Ticket Holders / $40 for Non-Season Ticket Holders

Jacksonville Suns Baseball Camp| June 16-17, June 29-30

Ages 7-12 | Take your kid out to the ball game, or better yet, take them to a camp where they can learn baseball fundamentals from the Jacksonville Suns coaches and players. Kids get a ticket to a Suns game, a t-shirt, lunch and unforgettable memories.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Cost: $85 per session

Jacksonville Suns Baseball Camp

Sweet Pete’s Candy-Making Classes| Classes Vary

All ages | Got a sweet tooth? Come to #DTJax to learn how to make some of your favorite candies. Sweet Pete’s is offering limited summer classes that you won’t want to miss, including a a Soda Pop Shop Class and a Get Limed Key Lime Candy Class.  Sign up today!

There are plenty of other things #DTJax has to offer that you and your family can enjoy this summer. For more ideas of  kid-friendly things to do in #DTJax, take a look at our events page and itineraries. Happy Summer Camping!