Get the Kids Out This Summer

With summer approaching and the kids finishing up school, you are probably starting to think about how to get them out of the house, learn, and have FUN! Well, we did the work for you. There are plenty of day camps happening from Dauphin Island all the way to the zoo in Gulf Shores. Just click on the header of each camp to visit the coordinating website with registration information!


Summer camps at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center are a great way to keep budding young minds engaged all summer long. Camps are extensive in subject matter and cater to ages 4-14 years of age. Camps kick off on May 28, 2018. All camps start on Monday and end on Friday. The hours for each day will be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Drop off is between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Pick up is between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

How does your child express authenticity-through art? Summer art camps would be a great place to demonstrate the gift your little creator has obtained. Collage Camp (ages 5-8) and Graffiti Camp (ages 9-12) will kick-start this summer, on June 11-15! These camps are followed by Recycled Art Camp, Stop Motion Animation Camp, Fashion Summer Camp, and MORE!

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

The Discovery Hall Programs offer a variety of programs for your children during the summer, ranging from single-day programs to residential camps and academic courses. Their highly qualified educators will guide campers and students through all activities, and residential students are well-supervised by these exceptional counselors. Here are some of the day camps:

Oceans Alive!
For ages 5-8
June 8, July 13, or July 30, 2018
Program Cost: $35 per student

BIO Blitz
For ages 8-10
June 15, July 12 (FULL), or July 31, 2018
Program Cost: $50 per student

Survivor: Dauphin Island
For ages 10-13
June 14 (FULL), July 13 (FULL), or August 1, 2018
Program Cost: $50 per student (parent attendance permitted, but not required)

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

ZOO CAMP 2018 is June 25-29. Zoo Camp is offered to all elementary school age children, ages 5 to 11, in a full day session (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) conducted by licensed teachers and trained volunteers. Campers will explore animal life at the Zoo, partake in animal enrichment activities, meet the zoo keepers, and even greet some of the animal residents personally. They will also participate in age-specific games, arts and crafts projects and special zoo-related events. There will be plenty of hands-on educational and fun activities carried out in a safe and educational environment.

Kids Bowl Free

Eastern Shore Lanes (in Spanish Fort) and Gulf Bowl Family Entertainment (in Foley) are participating in the Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Children whose age does not exceed 15 years are eligible to register for 2 free games each day of the KBF program, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations. Shoe rental is not included. 

Mobile Museum of Art

Art Blast, the Museum’s summer art camp, runs from June 11 – July 27, 2018 (skipping the week of July 4). With classes for 4-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds and 12 and up, there is truly something for everyone in the wide variety of art offered throughout the summer.  Ceramics, painting and drawing in all styles inspire students to energize their creativity, while learning about elements of art and art history. Multiple classes/students earn a 10% discount.

Marnée's Studio

Marnée's Studio's Creative Curiosity Camps, for children ages 5-7 and 8-11, are geared towards combining art and science in fun & creative ways. They want to teach children that art and science are interrelated and that there is art in science and science in art. We hope to inspire young people to be curious, ask questions, and to seek their own answers through experimentation. At the same time, hoping to provide them with knowledge, skills, and the confidence to creatively process thoughts, feelings, and concepts. 

Classes will be offered throughout the summer with topics changing weekly. You can register for one or for all 5. Some classes will even have expert guest speakers in relevant fields of science! If you would like to see a certain class offered or have ideas, please email 

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