Do you live in the Pensacola area?  There are a lot of great children’s programs going on this summer if you’re looking for something for your children to do!  Some are free, some cost money – it’s easy to find something in any budget.  I included links for these, so please be sure to confirm all details!

Pensacola Little Theater Summer Camps:

PLT hosts a number of camps during the summer. Information on their website.

The environmental center is hosting summer camps for students entering grades 3-6. Camps are held June 13-17 and July 11-15 from 8 am – 3 pm. Cost is $130 per session.  

The public library is hosting their popular reading program. Part of it includes the library game, which encourages kids to read a variety of books through the summer. In addition, they host many programs for kids through the summer, at each branch. Magicians, musicians, model building, puppetry, and others. There will also be art classes on Fridays at Tryon and teen movies on Thursdays. 

This summer, the PMA is hosting Chagall for Children in their downstairs exhibit space. It is a hands-on exhibit to introduce kids to the work of Chagall.  Tuesdays are always free admission!
The PMA is also hosting art camps throughout the summer. You can choose from four different 2 hour sessions a day, or stay for the whole day. One week of one session is $50 for members; full day is $150. To sign up, contact Raven McBride at or 850.432.6247.

The historic village is also hosting history and archaeology camp June 13-17 for incoming grades 4-6, and July 11-15 for incoming grades 7-10 from 8:30-12:30 . The cost is $115.

Gulf Islands National Seashore:  Most of these are simply the cost of admission, but always call to confirm!

Island Treasures-Monday, June 13-Aug. 8, 10:00 am, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, June 15-Aug. 13, 2:00 pm at Langdon Beach. Discover the treasures of the Gulf of Mexico at this beachcombers program. 1 hour.

Snorkeling-Mondays, June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 8, 3:00 pm at Naval Live Oaks Picnic Area, Thursdays and Saturdays, June 16-Aug. 13, 10:00 am at Battery Worth Picnic Area. Discover the underwater world of the National Seashore and the interesting plants and animals that live there. Masks and snorkels provided. 2 hours.

Junior Ranger and Sea Star Day Camps-Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, these day camps introduce children to the wonders of the Seashore through age appropriate activities, storytelling, songs, crafts, and interactive games.  Locations and topics vary and reservations are required.  For Sea Stars ages 3-5 and Junior Ranger ages 6-8 call Ranger Beckie at (850) 934-2631 and for Junior Ranger ages 9-11 call Ranger Amanda at(850) 916-3001

Children’s Discovery-Wednesdays, June 22-July 20, 3:30 pm.  Meet at Battery Worth Picnic Area. Each week children discover a different Seashore habitat through hands-on activities.  Large groups should contact Ranger Amanda Carrigan-Grissom at 850-916-3001 before attending the program. Ages 5-11. 1 hour.

Seeing Sealife-Thursdays, June 16-Aug. 11, 2:00 pm at Johnsons Beach, Perdido Key Area.  Discover the sealife of the sound by pulling a seine net. 1 hour.

Barrier Island Experience-Fridays, June 17-Aug. 12, 9:00 am.  Meet at Battery Worth Picnic Area. Discover the plants and animals of the barrier island habitats. 1 hour.

Stargazing-Fridays, June 24 and July 22, sunset to 10:00 pm at Battery Worth Picnic Area.  Join volunteers from the Escambia Amateurs Astronomy Association for an evening of stargazing. 

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