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5 Fort Myers-area Summer Camps to Check Out in 2018

Apr 18, 2018 06:18AM ● By Kevin
It's officially Spring, and as a parent, that means summer will be here before you know it! Planning ahead if you have kiddos waiting for you at home is always a good plan, especially if you have little ones that will be on their breaks. 

The Fort Myers area has plenty of fun and exciting summer camps perfect for your little ones to attend. We've compiled a list below for your consideration.

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Register Now for Lee County Summer Camps

Registration is open for Lee County Parks & Recreation Summer Camp, which annually draws thousands of youngsters to programs, outings and activities. Read More » 

Edison Ford Inventor's Summer Camp

Registration is now open for the Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp taking place May 31 through August 9, 2018. Is your student ready to explore the “living laboratory” of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates? This summer, their Wild Wizards will challenge summer campers to learn more about science, history, technology, art and the natural world! Each week, camps are split into those who are ages six to eight and ages nine to twelve.

To register or for more information contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at 239-334-7419 or [email protected]

Every week has brand new experiments and experiences. Click here to find out more.

Florida Repertory Theatre

There are two camps at Florida Rep: Summer Intensives and 2018 Camp Mini-stars. Enrollment for Summer Intensives is already sold out.

Camp Mini-stars is designed for our budding young performers ages 5-8 who might not yet be ready for the bright stage lights. Each two-week camp will focus on creative drama based on an exciting theme! Throughout the course of each day, campers will use their imagination and work on scenes, songs, choreography, and art which will culminate in an informal presentation on the final afternoon of camp.

Tuition is $325 per camp, which takes place Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aftercare services are available for an additional $5 per day. The services are available from 4 to 4:30 p.m. The Tales of Aladdin camp is already closed for enrollment.

Jurassic Journey explores the land and time of the dinosaurs. Dig up your dancing shoes as we venture back to many ages ago. Learn how to belt like a brontosaurus, tap like a T-Rex, and act as an archeologist as we find fossils and plunge into prehistoric fun! Remember, stay out of the long grass. The camp runs from June 18 to 29.

Once Upon a Time is all about using your imagination. In the not-so-far away land of Florida Rep, students will use storytelling, song, and dance to defeat evil witches and wizards and create their very own happily ever after! The camp runs from July 2 to 13. Note that there is no class on July 4.

Island Adventure is for those looking for a more tropical feel. Dive into a world of demi-gods, volcanoes, and ancient storytelling as you learn to become a wayfinder through the songs and dances of an island princess!

Enroll by calling 239-332-4665, ext. 2020, or online by clicking here.

IMAG - History & Science Center

Your little mad scientist finally has a place to stimulate his or her growing mind at Imaginarium (now IMAG) Science Center's expanded summer camp, this year. These weeklong sessions are themed around chemistry or robotics, with special guests coming to visit. Children also get to experience exhibit explorations, encouraging kids to take science into their own hands.

The camp is for first through eighth graders and takes place Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $175 per week for members and $225 per week for non-members. Scholarships are available. Pre-camp is available from 8 to 8:45 a.m. for an additional $5 per day. Post-camp is available from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $5 per day. Pre- and post-care can be purchased during the registration process. Please note there is a $3 per minute late charge for any camper pick up past 5:31 p.m.

Box lunches are available for $6 each and include an entrée selection, chips, fruit snacks, and a juice box. Make Fridays even more fun by indulging in some delicious pizza from Downtown House of Pizza. Pre-order your serving during registration or no later than Thursday morning.

Campers must wear the designated camp t-shirt every day. One t-shirt will be handed out per registrant for free. Additional t-shirts may be pre-ordered during registration or purchased at any time in person for $10 each, plus tax. Campers who come to camp without a t-shirt will be given a new t-shirt and the fee will be assessed to your registration.

Various camps take place throughout the summer, starting June 1 until Aug. 3. For more information, click here.

City of Fort Myers STARS Summer Camp

The city's recreation division’s STARS Complex offers children and young adults the ideal safe place to play, learn, and explore year round. By offering camps which coincide with school vacations, parents are assured that their children experiences fun, friendly, educational situations outside the classroom.

City residents can register for $20, while non-residents pay $25. The camps are for kids ages 6 to 14, and take place May 30 to Aug. 4. They run Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Campers should be picked up no later than 6 p.m.

Free lunch and afternoon snacks are provided through the Lee County School District for the first nine weeks of camp. Campers must bring their own lunch and snacks the final two weeks of camp.

At camp, children enjoy a fully equipped indoor gymnasium, computer lab, movies, game room, swimming, arts and crafts, WiFi, and playground. Activities include swimming lessons, games and open swim; softball, kickball, basketball, tennis, and exercise classes; foosball, ping pong, and chess; Xbox and Playstation; keyboard lessons; educational computer games; and arts and crafts.

Kids also go on field trips throughout the camp period. Trips include Bamboozles Roller Skating & Event CenterButterfly EstatesIMAGSun Splash Family WaterparkThe Calusa Nature Center and PlanetariumZoomers Amusement ParkGameTime, and Mike Greenwell’s Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park.

To enroll, click here.