Sarasota virtual summer camps

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Looking for some ways to keep your little ones busy this summer? Here are some fun arts and outdoors options, some of which will be offered virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarasota Youth Opera online camp

A Sarasota Youth Opera camper

Sarasota Youth Opera

Learn the ways of the opera with this two-week online camp. Join Sarasota Opera singers and instructors as they teach engaging classes over YouTube and Zoom. Instruction includes singing, acting, makeup, props and more. Lessons take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 8-19. Ages 8-18 can participate and all skills levels are welcomed. No audition required. Tuition is $25 for two weeks. Registration deadline is Monday, May 25. Register here.

The Players Studio Musical Theatre Camps

Join The Players as it embarks on its annual summer camp adventures for kids ages 5-17. This online, four-week musical theater camp is sure to get kids excited and ready for the stage. Learn acting techniques, singing, dancing, audition etiquette and fun games and activities, all from home. Choose session one dates from June 1 to June 26. Details on July camp dates to follow. Registration deadline is Monday, June 1. To register, click here. Located at 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota.

Florida Studio Theatre Camps

Florida Studio Theatre is offering online summer camps this year for ages 4-17. Classes include acting, playwriting, improvisation and more. Camps are broken into sessions from June to August, ranging from $100 to $200 per session. Camps include Children's Little Theater, Children's Performing Arts Camp and Teen Performing Arts Camp. For registration and more info, click here.

Art Center Sarasota

Weekly art camps will be offered in-person at Art Center Sarasota this summer. Kids ages 6-15 can participate in projects involving painting and drawing, sculpture, collage and photography. Choose from the Creative Kids or Emerging Artists camp, which run from Monday, June 29, to Friday, Aug. 7. Cost is $210 per week for Art Center members and $260 per week for non-members. Register here. Located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Summer Camp at Nathan Benderson Park

If you are not into the art scene, Sarasota's Nathan Benderson Park has planned 10 weeks of water sports, archery and sailing camps for kiddos. Perfect for the outdoor explorer, this program is split between half and full days, for ages 6-14. Learn about kayaking, canoeing, rowing, fishing and more at this fun-filled camp. Register for weekly camps from June 1 to August 7. Cost is $150 for the half-day camp and $275 for the full-day camp. Register here. Located at 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota.

Out-Of-Door Academy

The Out-Of-Door Academy usually holds sports and academic camps in-person, but has transitioned to an online platform. Register for fun STEM or Lego master classes, where grades K-5 learn will learn about science, technology and engineering, while building cool lego projects. This four-week camp includes virtual lessons with ODA teachers, and several hands-on activities you can do at home. Camps run from June 2 to July 30. Register here by Monday, June 1. 

Circus Arts Conservatory

If your kid dreams of becoming a circus performer, this in-person summer camp at Circus Arts Conservatory will make summer even better. Ages 6-15 can learn to swing from a trapeze, juggle, acrobatics with silks and much more. The weekly camp's tentative opening is Monday, June 8, as per COVID-19 guidelines, and will run until August 7. Cost is $325 per week and $650 for two weeks. Register here. Located at 2075 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota.

Kids Golf Academy at Laurel Oak

The Kids Golf Academy at Laurel Oak Country Club is offering week-long summer camps for ages 5-14. Choose from morning or day-long camps running from Monday, June 1 to Friday, August 7. Kids will learn the fundamentals of golf from trained coaches and have fun in a positive, outdoor environment. Register here. Located at 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota. 

Sarasota Orchestra Summer Music Camp

Learn from the musicians of Sarasota's orchestra at this professional, two-week long camp. Young musicians of all skill levels can enjoy weekly lessons in wind and percussion instruments, along with performance ensembles and classes like music theory, sight singing, rhythm and more. Camp runs in-person from July 6-July 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $330 for two weeks. Register here by Monday, June 1. Located at 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.       

USF Sarasota-Manatee Virtual Tech Camps

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus is partnering with iD Tech to provide online coding, gaming and robotics classes for kids and teens. This STEM camp is number one in the world, and right in our backyard. Learn from live online classes and instructors specializing in Minecraft, Adobe, Python, Java and other computer software. Kids can work together on virtual projects and make new friends. Weekly camps run from June 1-August 21. Cost starts at $399. Register here

SURFIT USA Paddleboard Summer Camp

Surf's up at SURFIT USA's paddleboard and surf camp right here in Sarasota. Sign up for group classes like basics of paddleboarding, surfing and ocean safety. Camps are located at Lido Key Beach, Lido Mangrove Tunnels or Turtle Beach on Siesta Key. Certified lifeguards and surf instructors teach kids daily from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Camps run from June 29-August 7. Cost is $215 per week for regular day students and $300 for extended day students. Register here. Located at 190 Taft Drive, Sarasota.

Summer Fun at the Sarasota Ballet   

The Sarasota Ballet School is offering weekly classes and camps for ages 4-11. From June 1-June 26, students will learn the basics of ballet and participate in fun themed classes and performances for parents. Arts and crafts, dress-up and creative movement classes are offered as well. No previous experience required and new students welcome. Cost is $125 per week and $225 for two weeks. Register here. Located at 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. 

At-Home Projects with Camp KiwiCo 

If your kid loves to build and get creative, Camp KiwiCo's "camp in a crate" is a great option. Register to receive weekly themed crates in the mail, filled with fun DIY art projects, building projects and creative challenges. Cost is $25-$30 per crate. Free online content for each project is also available for ages 3-9. Camp begins June 22 and is available all summer long. Register here.    

Sarasota Film Festival Summer Camp for Kids

Sarasota Film Festival is going virtual this summer with its exciting film camp for students ages 8-14. This online curriculum will give kids the opportunity to film, write, produce and edit their own projects with the help of film festival staff. Kids will engage in live video sessions, collaborate on film projects and share their finished projects on the camp's YouTube channel. Weekly camps begin Monday, June 1 and run until June 19, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $175 per week. Register here.  

Sarasota Crew Summer Camp

Rowers of all skill levels are invited to join Sarasota Crew's summer camps and clinics. Students ages 9-18 will learn the fundamentals of rowing, working with a team and learning from crew staff. Choose from three sessions running from June 15 to August 7. Camps are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $250 for a two week session. Register here. Located at 343 Palmetto Avenue, Osprey. 

Asolo Rep Theatre Classes 

The Asolo Rep has created the Young Artists program, a series of live, online classes where kids can explore the world of theater. Ages 11-18 can choose from two sessions, where they will improve acting skills, learn improvisation and build creativity. Ages 13-18 can also learn monologues and participate in virtual performances at the end of each camp. Session one runs from June 1- June 12, and session two runs from June 18-July 23. Cost ranges from $50-$75 per class and student. Register here.     

Sarasota County's Outdoor Exploration Program

Join the University of Florida's Sarasota County extension with this free "4-H Outdoor InvestiGATOR" webinar series. Kids ages 8-11 will log into online sessions once a week, where they will learn how to search for animals, insects and plants living right outside their door. Share ideas and findings about land and sea animals with fellow classmates and University of Florida staff. Classes are offered in two sessions, Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. from June 2-July 7. 4-H and non-4-H youth are welcome. Register here.    

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