Local Specialty Day Camps:
Academy of Ballet and Jazz: Open all summer. Instructor Susu Hale Prout. Ages 18 month to adult, Mommy and Me, Preschool, and intensives. For more information, call (205) 752-5124 or visitwww.danceabj.com.
The Dance Centre: One-week workshops beginning June 2. Little Princess Camp, ages 3 to 5. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., June 15-19; Camp Radio Disney, ages 6-9. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., June 22-26; Frozen, ages 3-5. Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., July 13-17; Summer Intensive Workshop, ages 6 and up. Saturday - Wednesday, June 6-10. For more information, call (205) 752-5354 or visit www.thedancecentre.net.
Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre and Theatre Tuscaloosa’s Theatre Camp 2015: June 15-26 in the fine arts center on Shelton State’s Martin Campus. In this day camp, classes are offered from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for children who have completed kindergarten through 11th grade. Session topics will include acting, dance, singing, improvisation, audition, stage makeup, and technical theatre. Registration is limited to 18 students per age group and is conducted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Visit www.theatretusc.com to download the registration form. Class descriptions, instructor bios, and class schedules are also available. Or call the ticket office at (205) 391-2277 for more information.
Northridge Fitness Kid’s Strength Camp: Three days per week. Ages 11-15. Principles of proper body mechanics, developing core strength, and weight lifting safety. For more information, call (205) 752-1201 or visit www.northridgefitness.net.
Tiger Rock Martial Arts: Six days per week for Martial Arts classes and four locations. Limited number of spots for a “Train All Summer” program. For more information, call (205) 759-4711 (Tuscaloosa), (205) 339-7071 (Northport) or (205) 343-6449 (Hillcrest).
Bama Bounders Gymnastic Camps and Classes: Gold Star Camp, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., ages 5 and up; Silver Star Camp, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., ages 5 and up; Bronze Star Camp, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., ages potty trained to 4 years. Early Bird Special - sign up and pay deposit by May 15th for June Camps and June 19th for July Camps. For more information, including specific camp dates and activities, call (205) 722-2436 or visit www.thebamabounders.com.
NorthRiver Tennis Summer Camps: May 26-29, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 20-24 and July 27-31. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. This camp is open to children ages 5-14. For more information, call (205) 343-4558.
Tuscaloosa Tennis Center Summer Camps: June 1-5, June 8-12, July 6-10. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m (M-F). These camps will teach all students the basic strokes and footwork for tennis success in a fun filled learning environment. The student/teacher ratio will be 5/1 to ensure that each student gets individual instruction. Ten and under balls (red, orange and green dot) will be used for younger campers in order to have early success. Snacks will be served to all students. Cost: $150/week for members, $165 for non-members. To register or for more information, please call (205) 331-0211.
University of Alabama Sports Camps: UA offers a number of different camps and clinics for sports enthusiasts. Baseball camps Crimson Tide Experience Elite 40: June 28-30 Cost $850. For more information visit www.collegebaseballcamps.com/bama. Other sports camps include Cheer/Dance Camp, Nick Saban Football Camp, Gymnastics Camp, Soccer Camp, Softball Camp, Swimming and Diving camps, Volleyball Camp and more. For more information on UA’s many summer sports camps for kids, visit www.rolltide.com/camps/alab-camps.html.
All Fired Up Summer Camp: Sessions are May 26-29, June 9-12, June 23-26, July 7-10, July 21-24 and August 4-7. For kids who love crafts, this camp offers a week of fun morning sessions (Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to noon) that allow them to create many different and interesting projects. Cost: $150 for the week; $40 per day. For more information, call (205) 343-0015.
Brushstrokes Summer Art Camp: Monday-Thursday for two weeks (2 hrs daily). For more information, call (205) 657-0199 or visit annsbrushstrokes.com/summer-camps.
All-Around Camp Fun
Summer Explorations 2015: Six two-week sessions beginning on May 26 through August 15. Ages 2.5 to 18 years. Morning classes: 8 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuition: $200 for 40 hours. For more information, including specific activities and session dates and schedules, call (205) 758-2828 or enroll online at www.thecapitolschool.com.
Crazy Daze of Summer: Children’s Hands-On Museum (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa, Nine weeks of fun, including: kids karaoke, dueling basketballs, skee ball, air hockey and more. For more information on activities and schedules, call (205) 349-4235 or visit www.chomonline.org.
Tuscaloosa Barnyard Summer Day Camp: All ages. Learn about life on the farm away from TV and video games. Activities include: taking care of animals, boat rides, fishing, games, farm movies, hayrides, pony rides, horse training, arts and crafts, games, and learning about nature. Slow paced environment. For more information, call (205) 248-0773 or visit www.tuscloosabarnyard.com.
YMCA Summer Day Camp: Ages 4-14. Daily from June 1-Aug. 5, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Field trips, swimming, sports camps, arts and crafts, and more. Cost: $65 per week per child; part time is $35 per week (any three days). For more information, call (205) 759-4284 and ask for Children’s Director Lachanda Wallace or Curtis Pickard.
The Community Music School (CMS): The University of Alabama School of Music. All ages and all levels of musical ability. Classes taught by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as community professionals. Private and group instruction available for a wide variety of instruments. Kindermusic program for children ages birth - 7 years. For more information, including rates and dates, call (205) 348-6741.
Crimson Music Camps: Jazz Improvisation and Marching Percussion Camp: June 11-14.
For more information, call (205) 348-6068, visit bands.ua.edu/programs/crimson-camp.
Sylvan Learning Center: Writing, mathematics, study skills, and specialty classes for state exams available. For more information, call (205) 345-7676.
Tuscaloosa Library Summer Reading Programs: All ages. All activities are free. Activities include: juggling, summer safety programs, magic, storytelling, animal programs, movies, and more. For specific dates and times, visit www.tuscaloosa-library.org or call (205) 345-5820.
Camp Horne, Boy Scouts of America (Black Warrior Council): Cottondale. Three one-week sessions of Boy Scout resident camps are offered in June, followed by two Cub Scout resident camp sessions. For more information, visit www.bwc-bsa.org or call (205) 861-4496.
Camp Cottaquilla (near Anniston) and the Kanawahala Program Center (Chelsea), Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama:Resident camp and day camp programs available. Resident camps begin in late May. Prices vary, depending on the type of camp. For more information, call (800) 734-4541 or visit www.girlscoutsnca.org/camps.
State and Regional Camps
Lake Forest Ranch Interdenominational Christian Co-Ed Camp: Shadow Lake, East Central Mississippi (less than two hours from Tuscaloosa). All ages. Activities include horseback riding, wild ride water rube, low and high ropes course, basketball, gym games, tennis, beach volleyball, swimming, fishing, canoeing, boating, archery, frisbee golf, game room/arcade, paint ball course for teens, and Bible studies. For more information call Rick Malone at (662) 726-5052 or visitwww.lakeforestranch.com.
McWane Center Summer Camps: McWane Science Center, Birmingham. All ages. Weekly camps run from June 1st through August 7th. Full-day and half-day camp sessions are available. For more information, call (205) 714-8414 or visit www.mcwane.org/learn/kids-family/camps/2015-summer-camps/. Registration begins in May.
Riverview Camp for Girls: Mentone (located on the former Saddle Rock Camp for Girls campus). Ages 6-16. Sessions run from June 7-July 31. This Christian camp features cabins with bathrooms and showers. Photos are downloaded each day of campers. Mother-daughter weekend in August. For more information, including session dates, call (800) 882-0722, visit www.riverviewcamp.com.
Camp Laney: Mentone. Boys, ages 7-14. Sessions run from June 7-July 31. One- and two-week sessions available. Cost $1,600 (one week); $3,000 (two weeks). Tuition includes: Chartered bus trips, cabin photos, arts and crafts, canteen snack store, golf trips, rock climbing trips and more. For more information, including session dates, call (256) 634-4066, visit www.camplaney.com.
Camp Skyline Ranch for Girls: Mentone. Ages 6-16. Sessions run from June 7-July 31. Costs range from $1,828-$3,398. Camp includes: arts and crafts, horseback riding, swimming, archery, dance, and other activities. For more information, including session dates, call (800) 448-9279 or visit www.campskyline.com.
Photos: Boy Scouts of America Black Warrior Council, UA Museums - Moundville Archaeological Park, Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority and Porfirio Solorzano.