Camps open up for students during school closures

Posted at 7:21 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 17:57:31-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. --Lee and Collier county schools in Southwest Florida won't resume class until September 25th at the earliest.  That leaves parents in the area concerned about what their kids will do, since businesses are still closed because of Hurricane Irma. 

Four in Your Corner spoke to one parent who says she used social media to find activities for children.  “I was on Facebook, and I was very fortunate to come across Tropical Twisters, who's doing a day camp. A hurricane day camp.”

In Cape Coral, Tropical Twisters Gymnastics will offer a "Hurricane Camp" next week, for kids as young as young as 4 years old through high school age from 7 A.M. until 5 P.M. Pre-registration is under $30 per day. 

In Fort Myers, the Quality Life Center will also open their doors from 7 A.M. until 6 P.M. for children as young as 2, through high school age. "We have lights, we have air, we're feeding the kids 3 meals a day, they're getting lunch, snacks, dinner, and it gives them a chance to be a kid again," said Operating Office Keesha Allen. 

Also in Fort Myers, the IMAG History and Science Center is open. Admission per each child is free with a canned food donation. 

They are also having a camp this week, with limited spots left. It is also under $30 per day. 

The City of Sanibel is offering free child care for its residents. 

Lee County Parks and Rec has announced an additional Rec Camp to assist working parents whose children are off school this week due to Hurricane Irma. The Alva Community Center will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, and remain open through the week. Camp runs until 6 p.m. daily.

Rec Camps are for 6- to 13-year-olds and are free. The camps at Matlacha Community Center and Wa-Ke Hatchee are full. Alva attendees do not need to register online; registration will be handled in person at the site. Space is limited; attendees will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parents will be asked to sign a waiver, which will be provided on site.

Campers are asked to bring their own lunches, snacks and water. Rec Camp daily activities may include organized games, sports, crafts and music. This is not a childcare program. Children are allowed to enter/leave at-will. The county is not able to provide meals or transportation. 

Parks & Recreation is planning Rec Camp at additional locations this week, as facilities have power restored and more buildings become available. 

The Laboratory Theater of Florida is offering a FREE educational theater day camp from Sept. 18-22.  The camp will be available to 9 to 14 year olds. Morning drop-off will be from 8:30am until 9am. Afternoon pick-up will be from 4:30pm until 5pm. For more information and registration, parents should email

Melody Lane Performing Arts Center is doing a daytime dance camp this week.  Their week long Daytime Dance Camp will be held in their 4000 square foot facility at 75 Mid Cape Terrace #1 in Cape Coral.  They will be covering a broad range of dance styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, stretch, lyrical and contemporary taught by experienced and professional dance instructors.  This program is open for all kids ages and levels from 6-16, no prior experience required. Camp runs from 9 am-4 pm for $30 per day or $100 for the entire week.  

Top Gun Gym in Fort Myers is hold a camp that's open to all Southwest Florida athletes; $50 for the week or pay $10 a day. Sibling discount offered for $40 for the week or pay $8 a day. Camp times: early drop off 8 AM, late pick up 7 PM. Gym located off of Metro Parkway. 

The Calusa Nature Center in Fort Myers will hold a camp starting Tuesday. You can call the center for details at (239) 275-3435.

If your child care business is open for students next week, please email