School’s Out for Summer!

School’s Out for Summer!

Upper Keys

Jacobs Aquatic Center Summer Camp
Summer Camp at the Jacobs Aquatic Center affords Keys kids ages 5-12 plenty of activities and entertainment all summer long. Besides plenty of water activities, this camp will offer movies, arts and crafts and daily activities on the events field. Camp begins June 15 and continues through Aug. 21. Hours are 8-5:30, and participants are asked to bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and a change of clothes, packed lunch or money to purchase lunch. Afternoon snacks are provided. Camp cost is $30 day/$100 week. For more information, call Stacy or Kelly at (305) 453-SWIM.

Junior Marine Biology Program at Key Largo Community Park
Besides the traditional YMCA day camp programs that includes sports, games, fitness activities and arts and crafts, the Upper Keys YMCA is excited to offer a Junior Marine Biology program that will offer marine biology lessons, themed based reading and hands-on activities. This year’s camp will also include marine biology based field trips and field studies, including snorkeling trips. A marine biology/science teacher has been added to the summer staff to work with the children on learning about marine biology and to work with them on their literacy skills.

For more information, call Carrie at (305) 453-3422.

Key Largo Library
The Key Largo Library will continue to host Story Time on Tuesdays at 10:30 am and Creative Story Time with reading and arts and crafts each Thursday at 10:30 am throughout the summer. A Children’s Summer Program will kick off Saturday, June 20 at 2:30. This group will meet every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter at 2:30 and will include stories, crafts, games and guests for children ages 6-10. An adult must accompany children under 5. For more information, please call 451-2396.

Red Cross Safety Swimming Course
Upper Keys: The “Parent and Babies” for ages 6 to 23 months classes are at 1 pm. The “Parent and Child” for ages 2 to 3 years is set for 1:30 pm. Both require an adult with each child. In “Level 1-2 Beginners” for children age 4 and 5 parents can assist if they want and the class begins at 2 p.m. “Level 3” begins at 2:30 p.m. for children 6 and older. Sessions are set for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a rain make-up day on Saturday.

There are three sessions open for enrollment. Session 1 is June 15 to June 26. Session 2 is July 6 to July 17 and the final option, Session 3, is August 3 – August 14. Space is limited. Each class is 30 minutes and cost $80 or $85 for the sessions for Village residents and non-residents respectively.

For more information about group sessions or private swim lessons contact Colleen Hammon at (305) 852-3003 or Founder’s Park at (305) 853-1685.

Islamorada Library Summer Activities
“Be Creative @ Your Library” this summer at the Islamorada Public Library and explore the worlds of music, dance, art, books and more. This program is open to participants in preschool through young adults. Activities will be held each Friday from 2-4 beginning June 12. For more information, please call 664-4645.

Islamorada Founder’s Park
Always a hub of sports and activities in Islamorada, Founder’s Park will be hosting an 8-week Summer Recreation Camp from June 15 – August 7 from 8-5:30 for children ages 6-12. Village resident fees are $20/day or $75/week. Non-residents may attend camp for $30/day or $100/week. Discounts are available for siblings of campers.

Drop-off and pick-up will be at the Community Center, and parents are asked to send children with a packed lunch, water, sneakers, sunscreen, a bathing suit and towel. Each week of camp will have a theme like sports, sailing, aquatics, nature and even a talent week! Activities will include games, arts and crafts, sports, movies, board games and swimming at the pool or beach.

Founder’s Park will also play host to several focused camps throughout the summer including swim clinics, sailing and water sports camp, AYSO soccer camp and middle school lacrosse camp.

For more information, call Founder’s Park at 853-1685.

Middle Keys

CAMP & Careers 2009
The Educational Coalition of Monroe County will be offering Cultural American Multidisciplinary Program (CAMP) & Careers 2009 at Marathon High School.

This program offers a unique university camp experience to Monroe County 8-12th grade students. Students train with university faculty in a collegiate environment. Core courses include: culinary arts, film/video productions, health careers, art (painting and drawing), and music (instrumental and vocals, contemporary and jazz). Elective choices available will include Dancing Classrooms and theatre. Dual enrollment credit is available for qualifying students though FKCC. CAMP kicks off today at Marathon High School and continues through July19.  Countywide transportation is provided.  Space is currently available for 6th-12th grade students, but is limited. There are also limited scholarships available to help offset costs.

For more information, call (305) 743-6215 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Marathon Camp Adventure Youth Services Program
Looking for a fun filled way for your children to make lasting friendships this summer?

The City of Marathon Parks and Recreation has invited Camp Adventure Youth Services to provide summer recreation for Marathons youth. The summer day camp begins June 15 and runs thru August 14, from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The cost of the camp is $80 a week, which includes the two weekly field trips and a Friday barbecue. Camp starts each day at the pavilion in Community Park.

Camp Adventure program is structured for children 6-13. Registration forms are available at Community Park, City Hall or at http://www.marathonflorida.org/parks and go to “Camp Adventure”.

Call the Marathon Parks/Recreation office for more information at (305) 743-6598.

Pigeon Key Marine Science Summer Camp
One of most unique camps in the Middle Keys is back for three weeklong sessions. Session 1 will be June 29-July 3; Session 2 is July 13-17; Session 3 will be August 3-7.

Come join us on the little island under the old 7-mile bridge for a week packed full of fun!

Activities include an underwater obstacle course, fish ID, invertebrate lab, squid dissection, conservation angling, volleyball, snorkeling, SCUBA diving and much more! All children ages 7 and up are welcome to participate in our day camp, and those 10 and up can even get SCUBA certified while they are here. Prices include transportation to Pigeon Key from Knights Key via ferry boat, lunch, snacks, all activities and one trip to the reef.

Please email Courtney at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (305) 509-0340 during regular business hours for more details.

Marathon Public Library “To Cool For School” Summer Program
The Marathon Library at 3251 Overseas Hwy. at MM 48.7 will be hosting the “To Cool For School” summer program from 10-11 each Thursday beginning June 18 through Aug. 6. They will also continue to host Story Hour each Saturday morning at 10:30. For more information, please call 743-5156.

Lower Keys and Key West

Grace Lutheran Summer Enrichment Camps
Seven weeks of activities for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade will be available at Grace Lutheran School at 2713 Flagler Ave. in Key West. Camp will run from 10 am – 2 pm, and each week will include offerings from Cooking 101 and Baked Art to Team Building, Games and Learning Fun and Creative Arts. Cost ranges from $110 – $130. Hot dog lunch is offered every Tuesday and pizza lunch is available on Friday. Tuesdays will be “Water Day” and Thursdays are “Bike Day”.

For more information or to pick up a registration form, call the school office at (305) 296-8262.

Reef Relief’s Coral Camp
Enjoy your summer exploring coral reefs and amazing marine ecology! Six weeks of one-or two-week sessions are available beginning July 6-August 14. Sessions are limited to 20 campers per session, but space is still available. Camp will run from 8:30 am-2:30 pm Monday through Friday. Camp fees are $185 per child/per week or $345 for two or more weeks. Campers will have the opportunity to visit the offshore coral reef aboard the Discovery Glass Bottom Boat, tour marine life at the Key West Aquarium and participate in an interpretive shoreline walk at Fort Zachary Taylor.Enjoy your summer exploring coral reefs and amazing marine ecologyCampers will have the opportunity to visit the offshore coral reef aboard the Discovery Glass Bottom Boat

For more information, please contact Mill McCleary, Program Manager at Reef Relief by calling (305) 294-3100 or visit http://www.reefrelief.org.

FKCC to Host Sea School ’09 Summer Camp
Florida Keys Community College is offering Sea School Environmental Camp for grades 3–6.

Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and only yards from the “Lagoon” where under 40 feet of water lie Atocha timbers and a sunken school bus for college dive students to study, Sea School will begin June 15. The camp will run from 9-4, Monday through Friday, offering five camps from June through August. Scheduled camps are the weeks of June 15, June 22, July 13, July 27, and August 10.

Sea School, staffed by FKCC Environmental Club volunteers as well as interns from the Florida Work Force Project, has limited space available. Cost is $195 per week, with a 10 percent discount offered for siblings attending the same week. For more information or to enroll your child, please contact Jeff Pearson at 305-594-0414, or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Special needs of campers will happily be accommodated.

Daycamp at Seacamp, Big Pine Key
Seacamp ® is excited to announce another fantastic summer of Daycamp planned for kids 10-13. Running for nine weeks Monday through Friday starting June 22, Daycamp activities will include marine science; boat trips; snorkeling; sailing; windsurfing; arts and crafts and much more. Please call (305) 872-2331 for more information.

Key West Sailing Club Youth Program
This summer program aims to provide as many children as possible the opportunity to learn and practice sailing in a fun and safe environment based on US Sailing Guiding Principles. Two-week sessions of instruction Monday through Friday are available beginning June 15. Beginner courses (participants must be at least 8 years old) will be held from 9-12; intermediate and advanced course training will be held from 1-4.

For more information, please contact Certified Instructor Stephanie Watkins at (305) 766-7816.

Key West Public Library
“Be Creative @ Your Library” this summer at the Key West Monroe County Public Library and explore the worlds of music, dance, art, books, and more. The 2009 Summer Reading Program begins June 20 at 1 pm and Tween/Teens at 3 pm with programs, prizes, DDR competition, air guitar competition, story hours, reading clubs, and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program. For more information, call the library at (305) 809 5256 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Banana Cabana Academy
An exciting summer curriculum with themes such as ‘Under the Sea’, ‘Splish-Splash’, ‘Pirates and Mermaids’, ‘Learning about our Senses’. They are accepting kindergarten children (and also have spaces for three $160/week and four-year olds $140/week), and will be charging a $25 registration fee, plus $100 a week for Kindergarten only. They are open from 7:30 A.M. until 5:30 P.M. 22673 Pieces of Eight, Cudjoe Key.

Call Susan for more information 745-1400. Full time or part time sessions are available.

Children’s Summer Dance Classes at the CoffeeMill
Children’s Summer Dance semester begins Monday, June. Classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, choreography, musical theatre and Creative Movement! Quality dance instruction for ages 4 and up is available for as little at $15 per class. Discounts are available is additional classes are purchased each week. For more information and registration contact: Penny 296-9982 / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Robin 294-7382 / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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