Lots of fun activities for kids this summer in Walton County

June 7, 2010

swimmerA variety of activities in store this summer!

Local area clubs, camps and recreation facilities are offering summer programs for children. Below is a list of programs available this summer in the Walton County area.

Coastal Branch Library summer programs

This year there are three themes for the Walton County Library’s summer reading program:  “Make a Splash READ,” “Make Waves at Your Library” and “Water Your Mind READ.” This year the programs for the Coastal Branch Library will begin June 16 and run through June 30.  They will be on Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 pm.

Nonie Maines teaching children about frogs. Lori Ceier/WaltonOutdoors.com

June 16 – Nonie’s Ark will return with her “Animal Encounters”.  Nonie has an extensive background in zoo animal technology and wildlife education.  She loves to help children learn about wildlife in a fun, adventurous way.  Her traveling hands-on zoo includes seven animals.  The opportunity to learn and experience wildlife helps children develop an understanding and appreciation of the world around them.

June 23 – Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Rangers Fred Provost and Leda Suydan will present a program on sea turtles found in Florida waters.  These majestic sea turtles are gearing up for another reproductive season.  The loggerhead sea turtle is a slow swimmer with long flippers and special glands that let it drink salt water.  The smallest turtle is the Kemp’s ridley that grows to just two feet and 90 pounds.  The green sea turtle is a distinct species with individual face markings and can grow to three feet and 350 pounds. This will be an enlightening program on how to help preserve these awe inspiring creatures of the sea.

June 30 – there will be musical entertainment and a sing-along.  Bob and Doris Mueller will play their mandolins and Wylie Selman is bringing ukulele students Jessica and Alexis Lord and Bailey Tolbert to help with the entertainment.  Mr. Selman plays the ukulele and the banjo combo.  There will be hands-on opportunities for the children to try their hand with the instruments themselves.  The Friends of the Coastal Branch Library will provide juice and cookies after the programs and Doris Mueller will be helping with the programs.  The children who want to participate in the reading program can pick up reading logs at the front desk from June 1 through September 3.  The children who read ten books will get prizes and books.  Even pre-school children can participate if a parent reads to them.  So here’s to summer.  We are going to have a good one at the library.
Call Katie Voss at 850-267-2809 for more information.



Boys & Girls Club of DeFuniak Springs

Boys & Girls Club of DeFuniak Springs – Teen Center
Location: 435 N. Ninth Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
(Our site is in the Old Armory Bldg.)
Ages: 11-18 (middle and high school aged teens)
Start Date:  June 8 – August 10
Registration Fee:  $25 per child / yearly
Deposit of $75 per child (or 3 weeks at their rate) / upon sign up
Deposit is put towards the weekly fees for July 26 – Aug. 10
Cost:  Summer Sunrise Program is $10 per week / $5 for each additional child
Summer Day Program is $25/week per child
Teens 13 & up Program Fess is $10 per week per child
Hours: 6:30am – 9:00am (Summer Sunrise Program)
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Summer Day Program)
Bring: a water bottle and sunscreen.
The summer program features the Boys & Girls Clubs Core programming areas: character and leadership development, education and career development, health & life skills, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation.  A cold lunch is provided daily.  Field trips are held throughout the summer for an additional fee.

For more information call Bobbie or Heather at 892-3752.


South Walton Boys & Girls Club Summer Sunrise program Santa Rosa Beach

Location: 427 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(behind the South Walton Library)
Ages: Elementary school aged children
Start Date: June 10 – August 10
Registration Fee:  $25 per child / yearly
Deposit of $75 per child / upon sign up
Deposit is put towards the weekly fees for July 26 – Aug. 10
Cost:  Summer Sunrise Program is $10 per week / $5 for each additional child
Summer Day Program is $25/week per child
Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (Summer Sunrise Program)
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Summer Day Program)
Bring: a lunch, water bottle and sunscreen.
Summer includes programs such as SMART Kids, Drama Matters, Ultimate Journey, First Aid Skills and Art programs. Lots of fun filled recreational activities and field trips are held throughout the summer.
For more information call Stephanie or Tanya at 622-0602


ymcaWalton County YMCA

137 Highway 20 West, Freeport
850-314-9622 – 850-835-2574
Email: wcymca@ecymca.org
Swimming lessons will be offered at the Freeport Municipal pool adjacent to the City Hall starting in June.

Summer Session: June 12 – Aug. 15
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Back To School Session: Aug. 21-22 / 28-29 / Sep. 4-5  / 11-12 / 18-19 / 25-26

Class Sessions
Rates & Swim Passes
Swim entry per person – Adult: $2.00 youth$1.00 •
Youth (under 18) season pass – $50.00
Senior (60 & older) season pass – $50.00
Adult (18 & older) season pass – $70.00
Family (up to 4 members) season pass – $115.00  additional family members –$15.00
Other programs:
♦ Private Swim Lessons
♦ Water Fitness Classes
♦ Group Rentals
♦ Lap Swimming
♦ Masters Swim Program & Swim Club
♦ Birthday Parties…poolside parties available on Sat or
Sun from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
♦ Swim-In Theatre ~ Saturdays, 7:30-9pm
June 19, July 17, Aug 21 ~ Adults-$3, Kids-$2


Seaside events

All events are free unless noted
Mondays-Fridays (June – mid August) – Stories by the Sea (4 p.m. – Lyceum Gateway Arch in Central Square)
Mondays (June-mid-August) – “Charlotte’s Web” REP Performance (7 p.m. – Seaside Amphitheater)
Tuesdays (June -mid August) – Art at the Beach: Abrakadoodle Art Class (1 p.m. – Seaside KIDS)  – For children 5 and up $20
Wednesdays (June-mid August) – Art of Tie Dying at Seaside (1PM – Seaside KIDS)
Wednesdays (June-mid August) – Seaside Summer Concert Series (7PM – Seaside Amphitheater)
Fridays (June-mid August) – Central Square Cinema (8PM – Seaside Amphitheater) –

Sand Sculpting with Sand Odyssey in Seaside every Thursday

Seaside offers free sand sculpting lessons by sand master Mark Flynn from Sand Odyssey. Learn new & exciting techniques on how to use tools to construct a sculpture that will wow your friends and family. Pick up your wristband from Seaside Beach before the event, as space is limited.. Pick up your wristband from Seaside Beach before the event, as space is limited.Thursdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2010 1-3 p.m.


Artists at Gulf Place hosts fun summer workshops for all ages every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

Tie Dye Workshops will be held from 12 – 5 p.m. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday in June and July at Artists at Gulf Place, on the corner of 393 and 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 622-0400. Cost $15-$20.
Other workshops include:
• Beach Jewelry: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July.
• Jewelry with Diane: 2 to 4 p.m. every Friday in June and July.
• Recycled Art Projects with Robin: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday in June and July.


DeFuniak Springs Teen Center program

Summer programs for ages 11 through 18 will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 14 through Aug. 12 at the DeFuniak Springs Teen Center. Register by calling 892-3752.
Cost is $10/week for kids 13-18; $25/week for kids 11-12; $10/week for one child in Sunrise Program, 6:30 to 9 a.m.; and $5/week for each additional child in Sunrise. Financial assistance/scholarships are available.
Plus, Fired UP! has a variety of programs for kids throughout the summer. See the attached flyer for June and contact Jim for more summer details.


Camp Rosemary through Aug. 12

Camp Rosemary is a fun-filled way to have your child meet friends, experience moments of excitement that they may not otherwise encounter, and create memories that will go beyond unique!  These sessions are designed for children ages 5 – 12.

Drop off camp programs are Monday – Friday
Crafts will be held Monday-Saturday

Camp Rosemary (drop off program)
9:00am – 12:00pm

Children will be entertained with a variety of themes throughout the week.  Each day will include arts and crafts, silly sport activities, crazy pool games, beach expeditions, and much more! (Lunch included)

Camp R-Encore (drop off program)
12:00pm – 2:00pm

This program is an extension of the morning fun, with a lot more activities planned for the afternoon!

(you must attend the morning program in order to participate in the encore)

Crazy Crafts • $5-$20 per craft
2:00pm – 5:00pm

This is not a drop off program.  Each day a fun and unique craft project will be offered to all age groups! Come at any time during the session and make an awesome craft to take home.

Kids’ Night Out (drop off program)
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
6:00pm – 9:00pm

A multitude of activities, pool games and crafts will be offered to keep children ages 5 – 12 occupied.  This will include dinner, a themed craft and an exciting excursion!

Teen Night
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Get together with all the other teens in Rosemary Beach for a night filled with fun activities, movies and more!

Guests of Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company may make advanced reservations by sending an email to camp@rosemarybeach.com.  Our camp program does have limited space, so please be sure to book at least 24 hours in advance.  Please include the name on the reservation, your contact information and the names and ages of the children that plan to attend.  For further information, please call (850) 231.0260 and (850)596.0717.