Once the school year comes close to the end, planning to just hang out at home doesn’t have to be the go-to option. Instead, inspire your kids – and their friends – with these adventurous, educational and downright unforgettable Southwest Florida summer camps.
Children from all over flock to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, eager to learn more about technology, engineering, science, history and the arts. Every week, campers complete projects based on the discoveries they’ve made, and parents are invited each Friday to come see their kids’ creations firsthand. Like a living lab, this innovative camp challenges kids to think critically, problem-solve, and work together.
The camp runs from June through August, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – and kids are separated by grade level (1st–3rd and 4th–6th).
Inspired by Carl Hiaasen’s popular book Hoot, this camp focuses on the ocean and its science, plus adventures on and off the shore. More than a dozen unique programs take place throughout the summer. From diving into the warm waters of the Gulf to studying marine life to learning about the history of the Calusa Native Americans across the island.
Teens and tweens can even choose between exploring Sanibel Island’s ecosystem or joining an expedition camp to the Florida Keys and Andros Island in the Bahamas.
If your kids enjoy this spotlight, then this is undoubtedly the perfect creative outlet. Here, campers work with everyone from professional actors and choreographers to music directors and designers – all to produce and perform a full musical production by the end of their two-week session.
High-energy and fully immersive, this camp encourages kids to take pride in their work and embrace their creativity.
Held at the Florida Reparatory Theatre, separate sessions are available for grades 2–12. Camp takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Whether your kids ride bikes around the refuge or visit the beach for saltwater fishing, they’ll leave with a newfound appreciation of nature at J.N. “Ding" Darling. Not to mention enticing takeaways like a fishing pole, backpack and thumb drive, which will be loaded with underwater pictures.
This year, two additional weeks were added, thanks to the camp’s overwhelming success. Each session is a weeklong experience of daily adventures, and campers must be between the ages of 10 and 14.
Stimulate kids’ curiosity and let them unleash their inner mad scientists at Imaginarium Science Center in Fort Myers. With weeklong sessions themed around chemistry or robotics, there certainly is never a dull day. And with special guests and exhibit explorations, this camp encourages kids to take science into their own hands.
This camp is designed for 1st through 6th graders, and activities take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ready to revamp your kid’s summer? Start planning for summer camps now – or check out the other popular eco-adventures and family-friendly vacation destinations on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
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