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Our Favorite Sarasota Summer Camps for Kids in 2024

Jennifer Thompson

As the school year comes to a close, parents everywhere are faced with the age-old question: What will the kids do during the summer? Thankfully, Sarasota and Manatee counties offer a plethora of exciting and enriching summer camps to keep children engaged, active, and making unforgettable memories. Here are ten of our top picks for summer camps in 2024:

1. Sarasota Fishing Camp

Let your kids dive into the world of angling at the Sarasota Fishing Camp. Beyond the thrill of the catch, campers learn essential skills like knot-tying, boating safety, and marine life conservation. Ages 8-16.

2. Manatee Performing Arts Center

Unleash your child's creativity at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. With sessions focused on singing, acting, dancing, and technical design, kids build confidence and communication skills while preparing for a live performance. Ages 6-17.

3. Surfit 

Embrace the #saltlife at Surfit camp, where kids explore Sarasota's beautiful beaches and mangroves through stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, and ocean swimming. Campers also learn about water safety and marine biology. Ages 7-14.

4. EveryOneRocks

Let your little rock stars shine at EveryOneRocks camp. Children of all music levels learn guitar, drums, and piano basics as they prepare for a rock concert finale. Ages 8-17.

5. Florida Studio Theatre

Nurture your child's creativity at Florida Studio Theatre's camp, where they explore acting, dancing, singing, and improvisation. Campers step into different roles, fostering empathy and expression. Ages 5-17.

6. Astro Skate

Skate into summer fun at Astro Skate camp, featuring daily activities like crafts, kickball, and dodgeball, along with off-site excursions to parks, bowling alleys, and more. Ages 5-11.

7. Circus Sarasota Summer Camp

Unleash your child's inner acrobat at Circus Sarasota Summer Camp. From trapeze swings to juggling, campers gain coordination, focus, and confidence while experiencing Sarasota's rich circus arts heritage. Ages 6-15.

8. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature Summer Science Camps

Spark curiosity at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature's camps, where kids delve into topics like ocean predators, outer space, and extinct species through hands-on exploration. Ages 7-14.

9. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Dive deep into marine science at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's camp, where campers debunk marine myths, encounter marine wildlife, and conduct messy chemistry experiments. Ages 5-13.

10. Lina Rincon Art Gallery and Studio

Inspire your child's artistic talents at Lina Rincon Art Gallery and Studio, where they draw inspiration from nature and fantasy to create captivating works of art. Ages 6-10.

These summer camps offer a diverse range of experiences for children of all ages and interests. From outdoor adventures to artistic explorations, there's something for every young adventurer in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Don't miss out on the opportunity to make this summer one to remember!

Make the most of your summer with these fantastic opportunities for your children to learn, grow, and have fun. Whether they're diving into marine biology, mastering the stage, or discovering their inner artist, these camps promise a summer filled with adventure and enrichment.

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