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Cheap winter break camps in Miami

Miami-Dade County Parks are a great deal year-round for enjoying our fantastic “winter” weather, and they’re an even better option for inexpensive Winter Break camps. 

During the two-week break, parks in all corners of the county offering camps that include fitness, arts and crafts, sports and several field trips for students age 6-14.

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Camps run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 27-30 and Dec. 3-Jan. 6, 2023. Early drop-off is available beginning at 7:30 am and late pick up until 6 p.m. Closed on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 2023.

Cost ranges from $45 to $90 per week, depending on the program. 

Interested? Registration is now open. For more information, click here.

OTHER WINTER BREAK OPTIONS

Frost Science Winter Break Camp 

Campers can enjoy amazing experiments, discoveries and investigations during the museum’s two-week-long camp sessions from December 27-30 and Jan. 3-6, 2023. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. $320 a week for non-members, $15 discount for Plus and Dual Plus members and $50 discount for Family Level Members and above. For more information, visit frostscience.org/wintercamp or call 305-434-9564 or email camp@frostscience.org.

MOCA Winter Workshops – Info coming

Coral Gables Museum Winter Camp – Info coming

Discovery Lab Camp at Pinecrest Gardens – Info coming

City of Hialeah Winter Camp 

City of Hialeah’s Educations and Community Services Department’s Winter Camp will include arts & crafts, indoor and outdoor activities and a weekly field trip. Campers should bring lunch and a snack every day. Camp for children 6-12 years old runs Dec 26-30 and Jan. 2-6, 2023, call 305-818-9143. $75 a week for residents, $95 for non-residents. Click here for the website.

 

City of Miami Parks – Info coming

Camp Unbeatables Winter Camp 

Winter Camp at Doral Legacy Park, 11400 NW 82th St., in Doral, FL for children 5 to 14 years old. Daily, weekly or bi-weekly rates. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26-30 and January 2-6, 2023. $50 per day for Doral residents and $60 a day for non-residents. 786-502-3376. Click here for the website.

Art Thyme Winter Camp 

Art-themed Winter Camp at Art Thyme Studio, 8841 SW 132 St., Miami, FL for children 5 years old and up. Available by the session, the day or the week. Full day is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or half days of morning session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or afternoon session from 2-5 p.m. Week 1 is Dec. 26-30; Week 2 is January 2-6, 2023. Camp includes a morning and afternoon snack plus, multi-session and sibling discounts. $40 per session. Call 305-992-8222 for more info. Click here for the website.

Jr. HEAT Winter Camp – Info coming

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More free & cheap things to do with kids:

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

Santa's Circus

12:30 pm to 7:30 pm | $15.99 | Jungle Island

Food trucks and music

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Village Park

Tamarac holiday lighting with tree, kinara and menorah

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | Tamarac community center

Holiday lighting festivities in Dania

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Dania City Hall

Tree lighting festivies in West Palm

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

The Moth - Miami StorySLAM

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00 | Sandrell Rivers Theater

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Friday, December 2, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

Santa's Circus

12:30 pm to 7:30 pm | $15.99 | Jungle Island

Art After Dark at Norton in West Palm

4:00 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Norton Museum of Art

First Fridays @ 5 concert in Boynton Beach

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Boynton Beach Amphitheater

Light up Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

Dania Pointe holiday night market

5:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Holiday lighting in Sunrise

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sunrise Civic Center

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

City of Doral Park and Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Doral Meadow Park

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Coral Gables Holiday Spectacular:

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables City Hall

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Free outdoor film in Weston

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

8:30 pm to 8:50 pm | Dania Pointe

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

All Day | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Brightline Holiday Marketplace

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Namaste Indian Festival in Pompano

10:30 am to 8:00 am | FREE | Pompano Amphitheater

Free photo ops with Santa in Pompano

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Santa's Circus

12:30 pm to 7:30 pm | $15.99 | Jungle Island

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

Winter Kiddos Land

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | CityPlace Doral

Vegan Winter Fest Block Party

2:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $0-13.00 | Esplanade Park

Holiday Parade in Boynton Beach

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm | FREE | Federal Highway

Ocean Way festival in Deerfield

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | main beach parking lot in Deerfield

Light Up Plantation

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Plantation City Hall

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Christmas at the Gazebo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Royal Poinciana Blvd. & Curtiss Parkway

Palmetto Bay Light Up Your Holidays Celebration

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Village of Palmetto Bay city hall

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Night sky viewing with telescopes

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Fox Observatory

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

8:30 pm to 8:50 pm | Dania Pointe

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Sunday kids' art class for under 13

10:00 am to 12:00 pm | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Brightline Holiday Marketplace

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

Snow & Crystals Festival

11:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Santa's Circus

12:30 pm to 7:30 pm | $15.99 | Jungle Island

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

The Art of Transformation

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

School caroling competition

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm | 550 Biltmore Building

Joy to the World Caroling Crawl and Tree Lighting in Coconut Grove

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Commodore Plaza

Carols on the Lawn

4:30 pm | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

FAU Tuba Christmas in Boca

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Mizner Park in Boca

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Monday, December 5, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

School caroling competition awards show

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | 550 Biltmore Building

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Free Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

All Day | FREE | Bass Pro Shops Miami

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

A Very Merry Garden: Reindeer Round-Up at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $11.95-24.95 | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Garden tour

10:00 am | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

$8 roller skating in Davie

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Discounted | Galaxy Skateway Davie

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

City of North Miami Tree Lighting

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Holiday Street Parade in Boca Raton

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Federal Highway

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

F9: The Fast Saga

8:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

See our full Calendar of Events

 

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, Biscayne Times, Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. 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.

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