Monday, October 25, 2021

Summertime – a kid’s delight!



It’s not just lolling on the beach and basking in the hot sun for area kids. The city is loaded with programs ranging from art to sports – even to a veterinary clinic. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department; Marco Island’s Art League/Center for the Arts; Marco Island’s YMCA for myriad activities.

At Mackle Park, Summer Day Camp will run from June 10 through August 19 for kids between six and eleven years old. The hours are 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and the cost is $20/day; $80/week; $675/full summer. The program features new speakers and new field trips.

Also offered from Mackle Park, and performed at the SCUBA Marco Dive Shop, 1141 Bald Eagle Drive is a PADI SCUBA Diver Certification Course for those ten years old or older. This is a three session program: session 1 – June 27-30; session 2 – July 11-14; session 3 – July 25-28. Class size is a minimum of four and a maximum of six, so register quickly!  The program cost is $395. Each session runs from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Those satisfactorily completing this abbreviated course will receive a limited certification.

Ever hears of SUP? It’s Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, available for eight years old and older. A certified instructor will teach the course at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, running through August 24. The cost is $30 for residents and $36 for non-residents. The program will be given at the estuary at the end of Shell Island Road. For additional information call: 642-0575.

Volleyball Camp for kids from nine to fourteen will be held July 5-8 from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. at Mackle Park; $60 for residents, $72 for non –residents.  Class size is a minimum of five, maximum of twenty.

The extremely popular one week British Soccer Challenger Camp will be held at Mackle Park from June 20-24. Kids from ages three through fourteen will participate in soccer drills such as: moves, tackling, dribbling. passing, receiving, shooting, heading and defending. Certified UK coaches will conduct the course and fees will vary from $90 to $140, pending age.

There’s an excellent course for sixth through eighth graders on Law Enforcement/Fire Service/Emergency Medical Response and more conducted by the Marco Island Police and Fire-Rescue Departments. It will be offered at the Police Department from June 13-June 17 from 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.  $40 for residents; $48 for non-residents; a minimum of five and maximum of ten in the class.

Babysitting? Of course there’s a course! For ages eleven through fifteen on June 20 at the Racquet Center from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. It’s $65 for residents, $78 for non-residents. Class size is a minimum of fifteen and a maximum of twenty five.

Open Gym Tumbling is available for kids from K through eighth grade, beginning June 6 at Mackle Park. $8 per class.

There are classes for Jewelry Making (eight years and older) June 27-July 1 from 9:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. at the Racquet Center; $80 resident/$96 non resident; minimum five – maximum ten; Junior Chefs, ages eight to thirteen, August 1-5, from 9:00 a.m. through 11:30 p.m. at Mackle Park; $90 resident/$108 non resident; minimum five, maximum ten; Gardening for ages seven and older on July 18-22, 9:00 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. at Mackle Park, $70 resident/$84 non resident; minimum ten, maximum twenty.

Freestyle Martial Arts is available for kids ages six through thirteen, Tuesdays and Thursdays in four sessions:  through May 31; June 2-30; July 5-28; August 2-30. Times are 6:00 p.m. through 6:45 p.m. for beginners and 6:45 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. at Mackle Park.  $65 per month plus $25 registration fee; no walk-ins.  Minimum five, maximum twenty.

Theater Camp will include three plays:  Phantom of the Opera (ages seven through eighteen; June 13 through 25 from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. $145 resident; $174 non resident; minimum class twenty five). The Emperor’s New Groove (ages seven through sixteen, July 11 through 16, 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.  $95 resident, $108 non resident; minimum class size twenty five). Pocahontas (ages seven through eighteen, August 1-6; 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. $95 resident, $108 non resident; minimum class twenty five).

The Teen Scene will feature three field trips:  Islands of Adventure, June 22, 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. $65; minimum 40; maximum 50; Disney’s Blizzard Beach, July 13, same times cost and class sizes; Busch Gardens, July 27, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m; same cost and class sizes.

The Art League’s Museum Without Walls in conjunction with Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples are partnering to present a Vet Clinic on June 4, learning how much different size dogs eat, what it takes to be a responsible pet parent and make a unique pet puppet. The program is free for kids from five through eleven at any time from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

The Marco Island Y is holding a ten week Splashtacular beginning June 13, from 7:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. On June 8 the Y will hold Summer Discovery, and June 13 the Y will have the first day of summer camp. Full summer camp costs $700; weekly is $80 for a full day and $40 for half day. Daily rates are $20 for residents and $25 for commuters.

The largest and most popular camp program in the USA and Canada – British Challenger Soccer, is coming to the Y! The camp will be available the weeks of July 11-15, and August 8-12, for “first kicks”, mini soccer, half day and full day by age category. Fees range from $88 to $199. Call Steve Reynolds 394-3144 ext. 228 for particulars.

The Y’s Summer Tennis Clinic for kids ages seven and older will be held June 13-30, July 11-29 and August 1-19. Call Bud at 247-3377 for details on the program and for the Junior Academy for which admission is by selection only.

Youth Swim Lessons will be offered June 6-16, June 26-July 7, July 18-July 28 and August 8-August 18. Fees for Y members are $50; for members of the community $70. Kids will be in different categories and more information is available from Jennifer Bristow 394-3144, ext 222.

Joe Lyons Roller Hockey Camp, consisting of fundamentals of skating, skills and conditioning will be held for kids ages 4-7, June 27-June 29 from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. at the Y Airnasium. $90 for Y members; $110 for community members.  Minimum ten, maximum fifteen.

Girls Volleyball Camp for girls ages seven through fifteen will be held July 18-22 and August 8-12. Beginners 9:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m.; advanced noon through 2:00 p.m. $90 for Y members; $110 for community members.

Gymnastics Camp concentrating on all basic phases of gymnastics will run June 13-17 and August 1-5, at 10:00 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. for children ages six and above. $45 for Y members; $55 for community members.

Kids ages eight through fifteen will be treated to the Tim Cain Baseball Camp, 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. on June 27-July 1 and August 8-12 at the Tommie Barfield baseball diamond. $100 for Y members; $125 for community members.  Ten minimum.

There will be a great Sport-N-Splash Camp at  the Y’s Aquatic Center for children ages six through ten on June 24 from 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. $80 for Y members; $100 for community members.

The Scott Stewart Basketball Camp for children ages seven through fifteen will be held on July 11-15 from 9:00 a.m. through noon, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gymnasium. $100 for Y members; community members $125.

Cross Country Camp. Concentrating on fundamentals, for kids in grades 6-9,  at the Y August 1-5. $90 for Y members; $110 for community members. Call Jennifer Bristow 394-3144 ext. 222 for details.

This is just a sampling of the programs and activities available to children during the summer months. Area daycare centers, schools, golf courses and environmental centers such as Rookery Bay also hold special events to entertain and educate children of all ages.


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