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Affordable summer camps in Miami-Dade

Public school will be out soon (June 6 to be exact) and for parents, that means keeping the kids busy with summer camp. Whether your kids are artistic, outdoorsy or creative, we've got an inexpensive option for your consideration.

The City of Miami and Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Departments, as well as those in individual cities around Miami are some of the cheapest summer camp options. But, there are also camps for youngsters interested in theater, art and more.

Miami-Dade County Parks – General Camps, Nature Camps, Performing Arts and Fine Arts Camps and Children's Trust Camps June 10 through Aug. 2. General program camps run 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and open to kids ages 6-14. Prices vary by camp. Click here to find locations for all four types of camps and check back regularly as more may be added. 

The Children's Voice Chorus – The camp is open to students from third grade up and runs from July 1 to 27. Camp is daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes music theory, sight-singing, songwriting,  audio and film production, choral rehearsals, a cultural field trip and masterclasses and clinics with some of Miami's top artists. $800 for a four-week session. Before and after care available for an additional fee. Scholarships available for qualifying families on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration deadline is July 3. Click here for more information and to register. 

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – Camp Discovery! Six weeks of weekly summer fun for kids ages 7 to 12 years old, from June 17 to Aug. 2. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when campers explore the tropical oasis of Fairchild and learn about Appreciating Pollinators, Animals in Our Environment, being Scientists in Training, Weathering the Storms and the importance of Plants. No camp the week of July 4. $225 a week for members, $275 a week for non-members, $50 a week for aftercare from 3-5:30 p.m. Click here for info and to register.

African Heritage Cultural Arts Center – Their Summer Arts Conservatory runs from June 10 to Aug. 9 early drop off begins at 7:30 a.m., classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and camp ends at 5 p.m. and pick up time is between 5 and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to kids ages five to 16 years old, they'll participate in sewing, ballet, animation, voice and piano. Click here for more info. Camp fee is $512 for the nine weeks.

City of Miami Beach – Offering week-long summer camps from June 10 to Aug. 9 (no camp on June 19 and July 4). A majority of parks throughout Miami Beach offer camps, register soon as slots are filling up. Click here for info on all summer camps and click here for info on Specialty Camps.

Greater Miami Youth Symphony

Greater Miami Youth Symphony Storytellers 2024 Summer Camp open to students from grades K-12 from June 10 to Aug. 9. Choices include six-week beginning/intermediate Band & Strings K-12 June 10 to July 19 in Kendall and July 1 to Aug. 9 in Homestead. Scholarships are available Click here for full details and to register or call 305-667-4069 for information. No camp on June 19 in honor of Juneteenth and on July 4.

2024 Animation Gets Real Miami Summer Boot Camp – Open to students ages 13-22 with autism and related disabilities with an in-person Beginners Session June 10-21 at West Kendall Regional Library is full but a wait list is available and virtual  Intermediate/Advanced Session June 24-28. Campers will learn about animation, writing and editing, storyboarding and music making. Click here for information and registration.

Fantasy Theatre Factory – Their summer camp programming is open for kids ages 7-12 years old and includes two sessions June 10 to July 5 (no camp on June 19 and July 4) and July 8 to Aug. 2. Beginner through advanced level. Campers will learn performance exercises, dance techniques, music genres and about diverse cultures from top-notch artists. Camp day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with before care from 8-9 a.m. and after care from 4-6 p.m. $549 per four-week session. Click here for info on registration and scholarships.

Miami Theater Center Musical Theater Summer Camp open to kids ages 6-15 daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with two sessions June 10 to July 3 and July 15 to Aug. 9, no camp June 19, July 4 and 5. MTC's staff will guide the kids through classes teaching them about musical theater and honing their performance skills. Newcomers with no experience are welcomed and all will participate in the end of camp shows after each four-week session. Camp is $1,400 for the month with weekly payment plans available. 5 percent sibling discount offered. Click here to register.

MusicReach Summer Institute – The Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music has a free program for students in grades 7-12 from June 10 to Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday for eight weeks, campers will learn about music technology, music theory, digital media, production planning and even college application prep from guests artists and faculty. Click here for more info and to register.

Speak Up Camp! – Online creative writing camp for teens hosted by the Miami Book Fair. The camp runs July 22-27 and includes six daily virtual sessions including masterclasses with a live Q&A, interactive workshops, one-on-one mentorship and meditation exercises. The camp is free and deadline is May 31. Click here to register.

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Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami and contributes to Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She has contributed to, Biscayne Times and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL at

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