Much to kids’ delight, summer break is coming up quickly. From camps where kids can be creative to explorative, we’ve rounded 17 summer camps in Lakeland.
All summer long
Summer Camp Explorations | Explorations V Children’s Museum, 109 N. Kentucky Ave. | Mon., June 6-Fri., July 29 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | $170+ per week | Sign up your five to ten-year-old for one week or for the whole summer and let them experience supervised learning and playtime — breakfast and lunch are included.
Summer Fun | 3151 Hardin Combee Rd. | Tues., May 31-Fri., Aug. 5 | 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | $50+ per week | Campers can look forward to weekly field trips, arts and crafts, and playing sports all summer long.
Camp Fire | Camp Fire Sunshine, 2600 Buckingham Ave. | Mon., June 6-Fri., Aug. 5 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | $125+ per week | K-6th graders can sign up for a week or stay all summer + enjoy field trips and hear from guest speakers — a Monday through Wednesday minicamp option is available.
For the artist
Band and String Orchestra Camp | Florida Southern College | Sun., June 19-Fri., June 24 | All day | $350+ | Rising 7-12th graders with at least one year of experience playing an instrument can hone their craft with instructors from Florida Southern’s music department — overnight and day options available.
Summer Art Camp | Polk Museum of Art | Dates vary | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | $290+ | Students aged 7-13 can sign up for three different art classes over the course of 2 weeks.
Summer Dance Intensive | Florida Southern College | Mon., July 18-Fri., July 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | $450 | Dancers 14+ can learn from a professional dance company and finish with a performance at the end of the week.
Musical Theatre Intensive | All Saints Academy, 5001 State Rd. 540 W. | Mon., July 18-Fri., July 22 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | $350 | Young stars from 6-12th grade will join in on masterclasses + have a Q&A with Broadway professionals.
For the athlete
Supernova Summer Camp | Nova Athletics Academy, 2250 Heritage Dr. | Dates vary | 7 a.m-6 p.m. | $125+ | Keep kids ages 5+ active through gymnastics, tumbling, dance, and obstacle courses — full day and half-day options are available for the weeklong camp.
Ninja Summer Camp | Karate Beyond, 4126 S. Florida Ave. | Dates vary | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | $120 | Spend a week in ninja mode with nerf wars, lightsaber battles, and American Ninja Warrior-styled competitions.
FSCVB Camps | Jenkins Field House, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Dates vary | Times vary | $ | Volleyball players of all skill levels can participate in a camp suited to their abilities and come out with new skills.
Wake Camp | Elite Cable Park, 330 Denton Ave. | Dates vary | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | $225+ | Wakeboarders ages 9-15 with any level of experience can learn basic skills and new tricks in this week-long camp — gear is included.
For the explorer
Scuba Camp | 2055 Shepherd Rd. | Dates vary | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | $499 | Campers will spend a week getting scuba certified and doing guided dives. Divers must bring a mask, snorkel, fins + a signed waiver.
Into the Woods Summer Camp | WonderHere Farm, 5120 Colbert Rd. | Tues., July 5-Fri., July 8 | 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | $239 | Kids who love the outdoors will make a bird feeder and wind chimes, go on scavenger hunts + sit around a campfire — there is an optional outdoor overnight camp Thurs., July 7.
Rockin’ W Summer Camps | Rockin’ W Ranch, 5247 Rifle Range Rd. | Dates vary | Times vary | $200+ | Campers will learn horse care basics, play games on horseback, and enjoy water activities + crafts.
For the thinker
Inventor Adventures Summer Camp | WonderHere Farm, 5120 Colbert Rd. | Mon., July 18-Fri., July 22 | 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | $239 | Through hands-on experiments, campers will learn about famous inventions + make some of their own.
Kids at College 2022 | Polk State College Lakeland Campus, 3425 Winter Lake Rd. | Dates vary | Times vary | $60+ | Spend a week at college taking classes designed to meet any interest, ranging from chess to beauty, fashion, and fitness.
Snapology Summer Camp | First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Dates vary | Times vary | $120+ | Pre-K-8th can learn about different subjects through hands-on LEGO building.
Know of any summer camps we missed? Let us know and we can add it to our list.