City, Florida Museum to offer holiday camps

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:07 p.m.

The winter holiday — which is Dec. 20-Jan. 2 for Alachua County school children — is fast approaching and the city of Gainesville and the Florida Museum of Natural History will be hosting camps with activities designed to keep your child happy and engaged.



What: Winter Break Camp for children ages 6-13 and age 5 if completed kindergarten.
When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 20-21, Dec. 26-28, Dec. 31 and Jan. 2.
Where: Eastside Recreation Center, 2841 E. University Ave.; Albert “Ray” Massey Westside Recreation Center, 1001 NW 34th St.
Cost: $43, city residents; $65, non-city residents.
Information: Call 352-334-5067.

What: School Holiday Camps for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
When: Dec. 20-21; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. full day or 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-5 p.m. half day.
Where: Florida Museum of Natural History, SW 34th Street and Hull Road, UF campus.
Cost: $27-$50 each day.
Information: Call 352-273-2061.

Shannon Keleher, a city recreation manager, said the Winter Break Camp for children ages 6-13 and children age 5 who have completed kindergarten will be offered from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 20-21, Dec. 26-28, Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 at the Eastside Recreation Center at 2841 E. University Ave. and the Albert "Ray" Massey Westside Recreation Center at 1001 NW 34th St. The cost will be $43 for city residents and $65 for non-city residents.

"Let's work together to give your child a foundation for success," Keleher said. "During camp, kids will enjoy games, activities and crafts that encourage achievement, a sense of community, good health and strong character."

Paul Ramey, assistant director of marketing and public relations at the Florida Museum, said the School Holiday Camps will be offered Dec. 20-21 only for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Children can attend for a full day from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or a half day from either 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Each day, full-day camp fees will be $45 for members and $50 for non-members, and half-day fees will be $27 for members and $30 for non-members.

Ramey said the holiday camp is convenient for working parents and parents who have Christmas shopping to do. "The camps offer a good opportunity for children to have fun while learning," Ramey said.

City camp

At the city of Gainesville Winter Break Camp, children will engage in many activities, including sports, arts and crafts, painting and other activities, all infused with "Character Counts," a program that emphasizes trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

To register your child, you will need proof of residency, which can be a GRU bill or a voter ID card. Registration is available from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Thomas Center, Building B, 3rd Floor at 306 NE 6th Ave.

For more information, call 352-334-5067.

Museum camp

Campers in the Florida Museum of Natural History School Holiday Camps will explore the sciences and investigate natural history through activities and hands-on exploration.

There will be a theme for each day of camp. They are:

Dec. 20: "Science in Comics," which takes a cue from "Peanuts... Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature" exhibit and uses comics and cartooning to teach about the natural world.

Dec. 21: "Alien Invaders," which explores invasive plants and animals that may inhabit your backyard. Campers will explore the exhibit, "Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions," and weather permitting, explore the trails in the natural area behind the museum.

Those attending should dress for outdoor activities, and full-day campers must bring a sack lunch.

To register and for more information, call 352-273-2061 or visit and click on "Register Online."

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