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Cheap Spring Break camps for the kids

Spring-break-camp-dealsKeep the kids from bouncing off the walls during Spring Break Week with these cheap options around town. They all run from March 23-27. Hurry and register as some deadlines approach quickly.

Fit 2 Play camps are available at various Miami-Dade County parks. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with early dropoff at 7:30 a.m. and late pickup until 6 p.m. General camp programs (for age 6-12) include fitness and sports activities, arts and crafts, games and field trips. Cost is $45 per week, depending on the program. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify. 

City of North Miami Spring Camp at Keystone Community Center, 13050 Ixora Court, runs daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for children age 5-14. Early dropoff and late pickup are available for an additional fee. The weekly fee of $100 for residents and $120 for nonresidents includes field trips, activities, a daily snack and related transportation. Click here for more information.

Coral Gables Museum is offering the City Trekker Spring Camp 2020, with cooking, art, music, exercise and other activities. Weekly cost is $225 for members and $250 for nonmembers. A sibling discount policy is available. Regular dropoff hours are 8:45-9:15 a.m., and pickup hours are 3:45-4:15 p.m. For an extra $10 per day, per child, you can have extended morning dropoff from 8-8:45 a.m., and pickup from 4:15-6 p.m. To register, fill out the form and email it to For more information, call 305-603-8067.

Deering Estate wants your kids to “Splash into Spring” with its camp from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Designed for age 6-14, the camp offers an up-close look at marine life and teaches kids about the importance of protecting these habitats. Cost is $200, with after-care available until 6 p.m. for an extra fee. Register online or call 305-235-1668, ext. 233.

Miami EcoAdventures Camps has two options: Camp Black Bear from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at A.D. Barnes Park Nature Center, 3401 SW 72nd Ave.; and Camp Manatee from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Greynolds Park Boathouse, 17530 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. Cost for both is $125 weekly, with a 10 percent discount for siblings. Field trips cost extra. The nature-based programs promise to pack fun and education in one week of activities. Campers will get to try their hand at scientific experiments, take field trips, and enjoy the great outdoors. 

Miami Seaquarium runs its Spring Camp from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily for children older than age 5. It offers participants the chance to learn about environmental issues including pollution, invasive species, water conservation, habitat destruction and endangered species. The weeklong camp includes one marine mammal show a day, at least one animal interaction a day, arts and crafts, and interactive games. Cost is $250 a week for walk-ins and $195 if you register online. Please note: This camp offers an Early Bird Special. Register by Feb. 28 to pay just $175 per week. Other fees may apply. For more information, go to or call 305-361-5705, ext. 526.

Pinecrest Dance Project presents a Dance & Crafts Spring Camp for age 5-12 at Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 SW 111th St. The camp features a variety of dance styles such as ballet, salsa, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop and ballroom. There also will be arts and crafts activities and sessions on theater techniques and makeup and costume design. Full-day sessions (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) cost $250 per week. Half-day sessions (from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m.) cost $150. Early dropoff at 8 a.m. and after-care from 4-5 p.m. are available free of charge. Click here for more information.

Spring Break Camp at Palmetto Bay’s Hero Martial Arts, 17049 S. Dixie Highway, runs from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. daily. The high-energy camp provides children age 5 and older the chance to participate in taekwondo, obstacle courses and other fitness challenges. The camp costs $125 a week, but you can pay $110 if you register by March 3; lunch is not provided. Register online through PayPal by clicking here, or call 786-348-5325.

Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., will teach children age 4-12 all about what’s “hopping, hatching, blooming or buzzing” during the spring season. Its Spring Camp runs from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, with free after-care available until 5:30 p.m. Cost is $180 for members and $225 for nonmembers. Fee includes a packed lunch (main dish, two sides and a drink) provided by Zoo Miami’s Taste of the Wild catering service. 


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Melina I. De Rose is a veteran editor and communications specialist with a special love for all things Miami. The longtime resident spent 22 years at the South Florida Sun Sentinel in roles such as section editor, department head, social media specialist and web producer. Melina has much experience in the freebies-and-bargains arena, having edited the popular Sun Sentinel feature, “Doreen’s Deals,” for many years. She also is editor of, a media hub for local music, theater, dance, visual arts and independent arts coverage. Contact her at

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