So, what is Summer Explosion?

Summer Explosion 2014 is an epic 5-day experience just for your K4 – 8th graders. Each day is dynamic and interactive, with one goal in mind: to show your kids the power they have to change their world with the love of Jesus.

So… how do we do it?

During this incredible week, we put the truth of God’s story, the Bible, into a stage production featuring massive sets, special effects, video, and pyrotechnics that your kids will love. But it doesn’t stop there! They’ll see the power of the Bible through large scale science experiments and object lessons. They’ll go wild at our outdoor carnival and inflatable games. They’ll jump, shout, sing, and dance to live music. They’ll change their world in unforgettable ways with outreach projects. But most importantly, they’ll be empowered to rise up and walk in freedom as God’s kids.

Summer Explosion is happening June 16-20 from 9 AM – 1 PM daily. The event cost is $20 per child when registering in advance, and $25 per child at the door. For extended hours and after care program, check out Summer Explosion All Access, available from 7 AM (morning care) to 6 PM for an additional fee.

Questions? Call us @ (727) 799-1618 ext. 1808 or email

Countryside Christian Center is located at 1850 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL 33759.

Here at Summer Explosion, we love to rock out. It’s a good thing we’ve got a full live band and original songs to help us jump, sing, shout, and dance till our muscles get sore. We start each day by setting an atmosphere of praise and worship with fun and catchy praise songs, and loud and passionate worship. We guarantee your kid will not be able to stay silent.


This year’s stage drama is called Rise of the Captives. It concludes our three-year Shadow Haven series with an epic battle between good and evil. Whether your kids have been to Summer Explosion before or not, they will love it.

The island of Shadow Haven has been overrun by an evil inventor named Levi. He will stop at nothing to erase the memory of the island’s true Master, a castaway named Josiah. It’s up to a band of rebels, called the Havenites, to unite together, using the tools Josiah has given them to assemble the castaway’s plan.

With huge sets, colorful characters, memorable adventures, and pyrotechnics, this year’s production is one your kids will not want to miss.


Once your kids have been wowed by our stage drama, we’ll turn the story inside out by pointing to the Bible, our inspiration and the source of all truth. But that’s not all. We’ll teach them the word on a massive scale, with video, sound, interaction, science experiments, and object lessons that have to be seen to be believed.


Love games? Good. So do we. That’s why we’ve got an entire carnival of inflatables, carnival games, and fun for your kids to enjoy. Whether they prefer bouncing, crawling, sliding, or just enjoying a delicious snow cone… we’ve got them covered. Also, every day of the week, your kids will have a chance to participate in our Minute 2 Win It game show, a race against the clock to complete a fun and tricky task in less than 60 seconds.


At this year’s Summer Explosion, your kids won’t just learn about the love of Jesus… they’ll live it. Each day at our Change Your World station, they’ll work together with a new organization on an exciting and powerful project.

Monday | Helping Hands

We’ll learn about Countryside’s community outreach ministry, Helping Hands, which serves local needy families with food and clothing every day. Your kids will put together toiletry kits for the needy, to be distributed at Helping Hands over the summer.

Tuesday |  Operation Christmas Child

We’ll see the impact that Operation Christmas Child has on kids all around the globe, by providing them with toys, school supplies, and a 12-week discipleship program that changes their lives by introducing them to Jesus. Your kids will put together shoeboxes full of supplies for children all over the world.

Wednesday | Elementary School Donations

We’ll be partnering with several local elementary schools to provide backpacks full of school supplies to children in need. Your kid will pack a backpack to help an underprivileged kid their age prepare for the school year.

Thursday | The Make Them Matter Project

We’ll focus on our youth center project, and show our kids how powerful we can be when we unify to bring Jesus to our community. Your kid will put together a Make Them Matter bead necklace or bracelet to be sold at Countryside’s bookstore. All proceeds from the necklaces and bracelets will go toward the renovation of our youth center. Together, our kids can help build a place where a generation of young people can be transformed and raised up.

Friday | Human Trafficking Recovery

We will present a simple picture of modern slavery kids can understand. There will be extreme sensitivity with this topic. We will not go into explicit detail. Our aim is not to frighten or disturb our kids, but to raise awareness that all around the world people of every age are forced to work, and that there is something we can do to help. $2 of each of your kids’ Summer Explosion admissions will be donated to Tampa Bay Advocates Against Human Trafficking. In addition, each kid will write a letter to a recovering victim of human trafficking, to tell them how valuable they are to God.

At the end of the week, we’ll remind our kids of the outreaches they’ve helped, and the lives they’ve reached. They’ll see that together, they truly can change their world with the love of Jesus.