10 cheap Miami summer camp options

Kids Making Art Sculpture 2School will soon be out for summer and the kids will need something to do. Whether they’re into the performing arts, cooking, learning about nutrition or sports, there are several inexpensive camp options around Miami-Dade County. Note that one-time registration fees are applicable and vary by camp. Most caps also offer early drop-off and late pick-up for an additional fee.

Here are five of the least expensive Miami summer camp options.

Artistic and theatrical types will love the Summer Arts Conservatory at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22 Ave., Miami from June 9 to Aug. 15. Camp days are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m and for the 10 weeks, kids ages 5 to 16 take five classes a day in dance, drama, media, fashion arts, visual arts, instrumental and vocal music. Campers host a Fashion and Summer Arts Festival & Recital on August 1, 9 and 15. Camp is $50 a week with a $162 deposit required to reserve a space. Parents can save $50 when all 10 weeks are paid in full in advance. Call 305-638-6771.

City of North Miami offers a variety of camps from June 9 to Aug. 1 (the tennis camp runs through Aug. 15). Camp hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 305-895-9840 ext. 12230.

  • Recreational Camp with sports-themed activities for ages 6-14 at Keystone Center, 13050 Ixora Ct. Weekly Fee: $80 for residents, $100 non-residents.
  • Outdoor Adventure Camp with nature hikes, hands-on activities and field trips for ages 6-11 at Elaine Gordon Park, 1725 NE 135 St. Weekly Fee: $60 for residents, $80 for non-residents.
  • Enchanted Forest Camp with theme weeks, games, tournaments, on-site activities and field trips at Elaine Gordon Park, 1725 NE 135 St. Held in two-week sessions for kids ages 6 to 14. Fee for two weeks: $160 for residents, $200 for non-residents.
  • Performing Arts Camp, where kids participate in dance, voice and acting classes and host a talent showcase for ages 6-14 at the end of each session. Location is Sunkist Grove Center, 12500 NW 13th Ave. Fee for two-week session is $140 for residents, $160 for non-residents.
  • Tennis Camp at Pepper Park June 9-Aug. 15 at Claude Pepper Tennis Center, 1355 NW 135 St. Ages 5-18. $75 per week or $19 per day.

Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation Fit 2 Play Summer Camp. As the name implies, the aim of this camp is to teach kids 6 to 14 about fitness and nutrition through fitness activities, sports, nature encounters as well as learn about recycling, water conservation and eco-friendly behaviors. The camps run June 9 to Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at more than 30 Miami-Dade parks. Weekly fees range from $40 to $90. Call 305-755-7800.

Boys & Girls Clubs around Miami-Dade offer camps for kids ages 5-17 from June 9 through Aug. 1. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and they computer lab, arts & crafts, physical fitness, educational field trips, literacy classes, movies and game room activities. Prices vary from $70 to $670 for all eight weeks. Call 305-446-9910.

City of Miami Summer Camp Programs are held in 28 parks for children ages 6 through 13. Camp programs begin June 9 and run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ending dates vary by park location. Cost is a $10 mandatory registration fee, and weekly rate of $60 for Miami residents and $70 for non-residents. Each park will have a variety of activities including sports, arts and crafts and field trips. Call 304-416-1300 for info.

Bryan Park at 2301 SW 13 St., Miami, offers a Tennis Camp at both beginner and intermediate levels. Sessions are held twice daily, morning and afternoon sessions. Cost is $30 per week per session for Miami residents and $35 per week per session for non-residents. Call 305-643-7150 for exact session times.

For the water lovers, there’s Splish Splash Summer at area City of Miami pools, taught by American Red Cross certified instructors. There are five skill levels of classes so residents learn how to swim, float, tread water and learn what to do in an emergency. Rates are $45 for eight classes for city residents and $65 for eight classes for non-residents. Call 305-643-7150 for more info regarding times and dates.