Summer camps kick off for kids

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - School is out for summer which means kids and families will be looking for fun activities.

The Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida offers weekly camp sessions throughout summer. Families are also welcome to visit even if they do not have children registered in the camp.

Each week, the camp has a different theme. Parents can select which weeks work best for their vacation schedules.

"They were building models of the earth out of Play-Doh that they get to take home and they were really excited," said Ashley Johnston, education coordinator at the Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida.

She said the weekly sessions offer a chance for kids to put their classroom lessons to use.

"This is really fun for the kids. They're learning and playing at the same time. A lot of our topics are things they learned in the school year and they get to come here and explore it a little more," said Johnston.

Over at the Boys and Girls Club of Bay County on West 19th Street in Panama City, the staff is preparing for the summer camp to start Wednesday.

"We want parents to know that their kids are safe here at the Boys and Girls Club, that they're gonna have a good time," said J.C. Schwab, the area director of the Boys and Girls Club.

The club is also providing swimming lessons for both campers and non-campers. It also offers scholarships for Level 1 to Level 4 swimmers. Schwab said the program does not turn people away if they have difficulty paying.

If families want to check out summer flicks, the Regal Regency Stadium 11 will offer one dollar matinees on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.