School 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 some of the least expensive Miami-Dade 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 8 to Aug. 14. 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 in August, dates TBD. 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 8 to July 31 except for Outdoor Adventure Camp which ends July 24. Camp hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Tennis Camp, which is Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also, Tennis Camp goes through Aug. 14 as does the Recreational Camp. Call 305-895-9840 ext. 12230.
- MVP Sports Camp and Recreational Camp with sports-themed activities for ages 6-14 at Keystone Center, 13050 Ixora Ct. Weekly Sports Camp ends July 31 and is held in two-week sessions for a fee of $190 for residents and $230 for non-residents. The extended Recreational Camp is two weeks, Aug. 3-7 and 10-14. Weekly Fee: $90 for residents, $110 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: $170 for residents, $210 for non-residents.
- Outdoor Adventure Camp with hands-on activities, interactive games, nature hikes, arts and crafts and field trips. June 8-July 24 for kids ages 6-11. Weekly fee: $90 for residents, $110 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 $150 for residents, $190 for non-residents.
- Tennis Camp at Pepper Park June 9-July 24 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 8 to Aug. 14 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 8 through Aug. 14. 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 are from June 8 through Aug. 14 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.
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.
YMCA of Greater Miami has camps at Family Centers in Allapattah, South Dade, Homestead and North Dade from June 8-Aug. 14. They offer a wide variety of activities including art, basketball, flag football, gymnastics, dance, hip hop, junior lifeguard, magic, mini master chefs, sports and more. Camps are open to kids ages 5-12. Prices range from $90-$185 for members and $115-$260 for non-members for the duration of camp.
Miami-Dade College offers inexpensive summer camps at its Kendall, North, MDC-West, Wolfson and Homestead campuses. Cost ranges from a one-time $50 fee for for robotics and C.S.I. programs to $395.
The Children’s Trust 2015 Summer Programs Guide provides comprehensive camp listings. It’s available at select Winn Dixie supermarkets throughout Miami-Dade County as well as City of Miami Neighborhood Enhancement Team (N.E.T.) offices and online at the Children’s Trust website.
Information can also be accessed by calling 211. With information in three languages – English, Spanish and Creole, the guides provide address, contact information and a short description of hundreds of summer camps, both those funded by The Children’s Trust and others that are not. Camp locations are conveniently organized by zip codes. Program fees are listed and locations serving children with disabilities are identified.
In addition to camp listings, the guides contain the following articles of interest:
- Choosing the Best Camp: Practical tips to consider when choosing a summer camp. What questions should you ask? How do you assess quality teaching?
- Art Smarts: Fun and affordable ways to keep kids entertained and engaged this summer, from art-infused activities to artsy venues to visit around the county.
- Helping Hands: Chores teach kids responsibility, teamwork and other valuable skills. Tips to get them motivated, and how to avoid chore-related tension.
- Tough Talks: Discussing topics like peer pressure or drugs with your children and youth can be awkward – honesty and outside support are the key.