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. Most camps are closed July 4.
Here are some of the least expensive Miami-Dade summer camp options.
Summer Arts Conservatory
Artistic and theatrical types will love the Summer Arts Conservatory at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22 Ave., Miami from June 11 to Aug. 17. 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 by June 11. Call 305-638-6771.
City of Hialeah summer camps
The City of Hialeah has three types of summer camps to choose from: The Creative Learning and Play (ages 6-12), the free Young Leaders with Character (ages 11-18), and STEP AHEAD. For details on these, click here.
Summer Camp Weekly Fees
Summer Camp held at Slade, Wilde and Goodlet Adult
$75 for Hialeah residents
$120 for non-residents
There is no daily rate
Summer Science Camp held at Babcock, Walker, and Hoffman Gardens
** Reduced Summer Fees available at these sites for those with financial need
Proof of financial need may be documented by: Wellfare Assistance, AFDC/TANF, Current Federal UnEmployment Benefits, Food Stamps, Reduced Free Lunch or any other goverment asssistance.
$35/ $75 for Hialeah residents
$60/$120 for Non-residents
There is no daily rate
Camp T-Shirts must be worn every day (sold at sites for $6 each)
For more information about any of the summer camps, please contact the Education and Community Services Department at 305-818-9143.
City of North Miami summer camps
City of North Miami offers a variety of camps from June 11 to August 3. 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. Call 305-895-9840 ext. 12230.
- MVP Sports Camp and Recreational Camp with sports-themed activities for ages 8-14 at Keystone Center, 13050 Ixora Ct. Weekly Sports Camp ends August 3 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. 6-10 and 13-17. 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 for kids ages 6-12. 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 Summer Camp 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Claude Pepper Tennis Center, 1355 NW 135 St. Ages 5-18. $75 per week or $20 per day.
Miami Dade College summer camps
From building robots to playing Latin jazz, Miami Dade College’s unique summer camps are open to kids, tweens and teens at seven campuses from June 11 to Aug. 10, 2018:
- Hialeah Campus
- Homestead Campus
- InterAmerican Campus
- Kendall Campus
- North Campus
- West Campus
- Wolfson Campus
Here are just a few of the classes offered. Click here for more.
Wild Things Happen Summer Camp (Ages 5-11) – $157 – Kendall campus
A traditional all-day camp where children will enjoy daily and weekly activities such as computers, field trips, swimming, indoor and outdoor games, arts & crafts and much more. Field trips included. Lunch and snacks included.
LEGO Robotics Summer Camp (Ages 7-12) – $110 – Homestead campus
Participants will design, construct and program robots, using LEGO® Mindstorms NXT Robotics System, in a fun and challenging, hands-on learning environment while learning essential career skills such as time-management, collaboration and teamwork and problem solving.
For more information about MDC’s summer camps, please visit www.mdc.edu/summercamps.
Miami-Dade Parks summer camps
At $40-$90 a week, the General Summer Camps offered by Miami-Dade Parks are among the cheapest options available in Miami-Dade County, and that’s why we are featuring it here on Miami On The Cheap.
Managed by Miami-Dade Parks recreation specialists and conveniently located at 29 parks throughout the county, “Live A Park Life Summer Camps” will run from June 11 through Aug. 10 (select sites open through Aug. 17). The camps will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and offer 7:30 a.m. early drop-off and 6 p.m. late pick-up options. Families in need of financial assistance must register and apply for assistance in person at their selected park.
Unlike traditional day camps, parents can mix-and-match their preferred options, so their children experience a new adventure each week throughout the summer.
Registration is available at any general or specialized camp’s host park. Parents can also register their child for most of Miami-Dade County Parks’ exciting Summer Camps online. Families in need of financial assistance must register and apply for assistance in person at their selected park.
For more information, patrons are encouraged to visit the Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camps web page, call their local park, or call 3 – 1 – 1 for Miami-Dade County Information.
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 11 to Aug. 10 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.
City of Miami Beach summer camps
Looking for a summer camp for your kid at a Miami Beach park? Here is the info:
DATES & HOURS
Day Camp: June 11 – August 16
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Camp facilities will be open Mon. – Fri. from 7:30 am – 6 pm for convenience at no extra cost.
Package Rate • 10 weeks
Residents: $640 ($320 sibling)
No daily passes available.Weekly camp is based on availability. You must visit your neighborhood facility to register for weekly camp.
Click here to register.
Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs around Miami-Dade offer camps for kids ages 5-17 from June 11 through Aug. 3. 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 camps
City of Miami Summer Camp Programs are held in 28 parks for children ages 6 through 13. Camp programs are from June 11 through Aug. 10 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.
Free summer camp vacation bible school at North Palm Baptist in Palm Springs North
From 8:30 am to 3 pm on June 25-29, students can get their Game On! The camp includes crafts, music, recreation, bible lessons, snacks and more. North Palm Baptist is located at 7801 NW 178 Street, Miami, FL 33015. Call 786-303-8529 for more info. Register online here.
Free family fun summer camp at First Baptist Church Cutler Ridge
The Summer Family Fun Camp (aka Vacation Bible School) will have kids getting their Game On! There are classes for all ages, FREE dinner and fun for everyone through crafts, recreation, music, missions and more. From 6:15-8:30 pm on June 18-22 at the First Baptist Church Cutler Ridge, 10301 Caribbean Blvd., Cutler Bay, FL 33189. Go to www.fbccr.com to register.
Free arts + tech thrive summer camps in Opa-locka
The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation introduces the THRIVE INNOVATION DISTRICT with a vision that focuses on opportunities for community growth manifested through the arts + tech + health and wellness + innovation + creativity in downtown Opa-locka. The first initiative of the THRIVE INNOVATION DISTRICT is the Arts+Tech Summer Camps 2018 funded by The Children’s Trust. The camps are FREE and will offer students in Grades 4-12 an opportunity to explore interests and talents in the areas of Creative Writing, Music and Dance, Gaming, Web Design, Mobile Apps and 3-D Printing. These 6-week camps will take place from June 11-July 27 at the THRIVE INNOVATION DISTRICT in Opa-locka. All programs are free, offer free breakfast and lunch to participants, and will run between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm Monday through Friday (exact times vary per camp). Located at 780 Fisherman Street, 2nd Floor, Opa Locka, FL 33054. Phone: 305-687-3545.
FREE summer program for students aged 10-13 at University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. Project STEM+L is a NSF-funded research project that aims to help adolescents (age~10-13) from diverse backgrounds in developing core integrated science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and digital literacies (STEM+L) practices. The participating students will engage in a hybrid STEM+L Academy program in which they will collaborate in small groups to work towards producing a multimodal science fiction. The STEM+L Academy includes a summer camp, fall Saturday meetings, and final presentation. In the process, the research team will provide support in terms of reading, writing, technology training, and mini science lessons related to the theme of environment and human health. The research team will also collect online surveys, interviews, video data, and student artifacts in order to understand how participants engage and learn in the program. For more information, please visit these websites: http://sites.education.miami.edu/steml-academy/ and imaginefuture.org
YMCA of Greater Miami has camps at Family Centers in Allapattah, South Dade, Homestead and North Dade from June 11-Aug. 17. 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.
The Children’s Trust 2018 Summer Programs Guide is now available strictly via the app, download the guide with the free Programs Guide App click here for instructions on how to download.
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.