2016 Summer Camp Guide

Summer’s right around the corner, and SocialMiami’s 2016 Summer Camp Guide is full of fun camp experiences for kids of all ages.

Swing, Splash, Shoot, Score!

June 13 – August 26
This summer at Miami Children’s Museum explore the cultures of the world and the roles that sports and art play in places like Greece, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, New Zealand and so many more! Each week campers will discover a new sport and explore the countries where it is most popular. Our MCM Explorers will work closely with a visual artist, and the Museum’s team of professional actors, the MCM Players!

  • June 13 – 17: Kick Off Summer in Olympia
  • June 20 – 24: Twist and turn like a Capoeirista
  • June 27 – July 1: Celebrate Fútbol and Fiesta
  • July 4 – 8: Defend the wicket in a game of cricket
  • July 11 – 15: Nock an arrow and aim like an archer
  • July 18 – 22: Master the flow of Taekwondo
  • July 25 – 29: Try to catch up with Bolt
  • August 1 – 5: Swing and serve like Serena
  • August 8 – 12: Shake a leg and sail the seas
  • August 15 – 19: Dribble aroung Miami Heat
  • August 22 – 26: Make a final summer splash

Cost is $198 weekly for MCM members and $220 for non-members with sibling discounts available. Before care ($25) and after care ($60) are also available.

Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island, Miami
305 373-5437, Ext. 117 (Yanet)


8th Annual Summer Music Program

June 6 – August 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Every summer, Live Modern School of Music hosts a series of 2-week camp sessions for students aged 8 to 18 and all experience levels, creating a unique environment for anyone who wants to learn, grow and have fun with music. Over the years, a diverse group of students have attended and had the opportunity to meet and perform with peers from around the world, creating the ideal setting for LMSOM’s performance-based program. Students learn how to write their own music and lyrics, enhance their technical playing abilities, and work in unison with other musicians in a true band setting. At the end of each 2-week session, students and their instructors put together a repertoire of songs that will be showcased in a live performance for family and friends.

Live! Modern School of Music
1788 Sans Souci Boulevard, North Miami


3rd Annual Camp Broadway

Monday – Friday, August 8 – 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If your child loves to act, sing and dance, then give them a chance of a lifetime to learn from Broadway’s Best! Camp Broadway at the Arsht Center enables theater-loving kids, ages 10 to 17, to develop their confidence, character and presentation skills through lessons in dance, acting, singing and ensemble performance. Campers will be immersed in an authentic Broadway process that allows all campers to be successful regardless of experience level. Inspired by Broadway’s cherished works and steeped in its grand traditions, Camp Broadway is designed to inspire creative expression and instill well-being in both aspiring students and future audiences. The week-long program will culminate in a special finale musical performance open to the public and on the Arsht Center Stage!
Open to all skill levels and no previous experience is necessary to enroll. The program includes: Master classes with visiting artists; Q&A sessions with area industry professionals; backstage seminar with a production crew;
official Camp Broadway t-shirts; official Cast of Characters headshot; healthy lunches, snacks and water; complimentary admission to the Family Finale performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Tuition is $750.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


iD Tech Camps Held at U Miami & FAU

This summer, inspire the awesome in your child at the world’s #1 summer tech camp, iD Tech! Students ages 7 to 17 can learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, model 3D characters, engineer robots, create websites, discover photography, print 3D models, and much more! Campers are taught in small groups of just 8 students per instructor — guaranteed for the most personalized instruction. Coupled with iD Tech’s proprietary learning platform, iD Game Plan, these programs ensure that both beginners and advanced students learn at the perfect pace. iD Tech instructors are recruited from top universities like U Miami, Rollins, Emory and NYU, and they’re passionate about the subjects they teach—iD Tech has been voted a Top Workplace by Bay Area News Group for 6 years and running! Factor in our commonsense balance of indoor instruction and outdoor activities, and it’s easy to see why iD Tech campers always have a blast!

University of Miami in Coral Gables
Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton


Center Stage Miami Dance Academy: Dance & Music Camp

June 13 – August 19
Be a free bird and dance to your own beat with your own choreography! At Center Stage Miami Dance and Music Academy, students will engage in educational activities with the basis of dance and music. With activities like dance and music classes, group games, movie time, photo shoots, acting classes, pony rides, field trips and a summer recital, campers will have something new to do every day during this 10-week program. Open to children ages 4 and up, with breakfast, lunch and snacks included. Cost for a 3-week package is $390 for full day and $240 for half day. For week-to-week payment, cost is $165 for full day and $100 for half day.

Center Stage Miami Dance Academy
10511 S.W. 88th Street, #C104, Miami


Thunder Summer Camp

June 10 – August 19, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Camp is where kids go to develop their interpersonal and social skills. Where they spend time finding themselves and being independent. At Thunder Summer Camp, kids, aged 4 to 17, build bonds and lifetime friendships. Campers experience memorable events, fun field trips, games, and basketball skills development. Thunder Summer Camp’s counselors will help your child build confidence, character and develop new skills and abilities. There are numerous events planned for each session, including a special event with Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside! There will also be a tutoring/summer enrichment program which aims to develop cognitive learning skills and improve students’ abilities in core subject areas. Fees are $1,300 for the full summer program; $750 for first session (weeks 1 through 5) and $650 for second session (weeks 5 through 10); $130 for one week and $30 for one day. Before and after care available – $25 per week for both and $15 for either before or after. Before care hours are 7:30 to 9 a.m., and after care hours are 4 to 5:30 p.m.

1440 N.W. 82nd Avenue, Miami


Ninja Lounge

June 6 – August 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ninja Lounge is more than just a summer camp – the experience makes memories, promotes exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. Ninja Lounge provides adventures where children are challenged to leave their comfort zones, have non-stop fun and an action-packed summer! Experience fitness the fun way with Ninja Lounge summer camp program. Campers can choose from a variety of games and activities, scavenger hunts, field days, arts & crafts, music, swimming, great field trips, and special events planned during the summer. Lunch provided daily for $5 per day. After-care available until 6 p.m. for an additional fee.

Ninja Lounge
14401 N.E. 20th Lane, North Miami
888-682-4318, Ext. 2


Turnberry Isle Miami & P.E.A.R. Partner for Summer Camp

June 13 to August 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday
The fun begins when school is out at Turnberry Isle Miami where campers, ages 5 to 12 years old, will be given a daily itinerary of hour-long activities as they explore the world around them through sports; visual and performing arts; swimming and fitness fun; teambuilding and more. They will learn the importance of good nutrition and the five health-related fitness components; muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and body composition. Activities and games will be memorable and fun, so being healthy becomes a lifestyle of choice. Team Training will include games that challenge them to be leaders, utilize and enhance communication skills and validate how to be an integral part of a team’s overall success. Athletic skills are taught in a non-threatening atmosphere, so whether an athlete is a beginner or advanced, skills will be introduced and improved and everyone wins. And children will discover the world of art through a variety of mediums and techniques, which will allow their imagination to create limitless possibilities. All activities are managed and taught by a well-rounded and trained team of collegiate athletes, educators, as well as visual and performing artists. As an official Turnberry Kid, each will receive a backpack filled with surprises as well as daily lunch prepared by Turnberry Isle Miami chefs (vegetarian options are available). Costs are $325/week for Full Day $75/day (includes lunch); or $225/week for Half Day $225 or $55/day. For Turnberry members costs are $250/week for Full Day or $60/day (with lunch); or $180/week for Half Day or $44/day.

Turnberry Isle Miami
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura


Modeling Camp

June 27 – 30
Modeling Camp offers aspiring models, ages 11 to 17, the opportunity to explore the world or modeling and fashion this summer! Discover the model in you at its Miami Beach location! This summer, fashion camp in Miami introduces girls to the world of modeling and fashion and steps them through a series of workshops, photo shoots and daily challenges with top industry professionals. Featured on Good Morning America and NBC, Modeling Camp teaches girls about modeling in a fun, non-competitive environment, and they walk away not only with knowledge of the industry but with valuable life skills that they can apply to their everyday life. From fashion shows to photo shoots, from making your own TV commercial to meeting celebrity models…Modeling Camp has something for all fashionistas!

Modeling Camp
17375 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach


Miami City Ballet School Summer Camp

July 11 – August 5
Miami City Ballet School is offering quality summer training for boys and girls of all ages. MCB School’s Thoughtfully Designed Summer Programs are located at MCB’s state-of-the-art facilities in South Beach, and each program is designed to be a fun and challenging summer dance experience. Children’s Summer Dance for ages 3 to 10 will take place July 11-29 – no audition required. The Young Dancer Intensive is July 25-August 5 for 8 to 12 year-olds. By audition only.

Miami City Ballet School
2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach


YALA Youth Artist Learning Academy

July 11 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Florida Grand Opera will launch its inaugural learning academy for aspiring young singers and opera lovers, ages 15 to 19. Held in FGO’s actual rehearsal studios, participants get a hands-on experience with leading industry professionals and performers. All participants will take part in 6 classes ranging from performance and preparatory to behind the scenes and production and much, much more! Renowned guest teaching artists will offer a broader view of the world of opera in select masterclasses and workshops. The two-week Youth Artist Learning Academy will conclude with a fully costumed performance in the Balfe Studio where opera stars from across the globe have rehearsed for Florida Grand Opera productions. This is an experience not to be missed! Tuition is $1,000 with a $10 application fee and $35 materials fee. Payment plans are available. An optional advanced class on audition prep will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m. daily for a fee of $150 a week.

Florida Grand O(pera Rehearsal Studios
8390 N.W. 25th Street, Miami
305-403-3308 (Rebekah Diaz-Frandrei)


City Trekker Summer Camp

June 13 – August 19
City Trekker Summer Camp at the Coral Gables Museum offers 10 weeks of fun, educational activities for children ages 5 to 12. Campers explore the City of Coral Gables through a variety of disciplines and takes advantage of all the cultural destinations and activities that “The City Beautiful” and the Museum have to offer. Through exhibits, special presentations, art activities and field trips campers will learn about art, architecture, history and more! Campers will also enjoy some splashin’ fun with trips to Venetian Pool every session! Each two-week session has a different theme: June 13-24 – “Find Your Park;” June 27-July 8 – “STARchitects;” July 11-22 – “Build BIG;” July 25-August 5 – “Junior Engineers;” and August 8-19 – “KIDnetic Sculptures.”

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables


Game Tech Institute Robotics Camp at Pinecrest Gardens

June 27 – July 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Game Tech Institute Robotics Camp is a robotics exploration where children ages 9 to 13 will build robots, learn about engineering, programming, participate in robot competitions, take field trips and much more to round out their days! It’s all presented in a fun and supportive environment. Cost is $565 for the two-week session (June 27 to July 8 or July 11 – 27) with before and after care available for an additional fee.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Village of Pinecrest


Junior Naturalist Summer Camp

June 20 – July 29 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Exploring tropical flora and fauna, investigating the rich world of science and art, and fun and exciting outdoor activities are in store for campers attending summer camps at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Kids can become certified Junior Naturalists at the Junior Naturalist Summer Camp where they will conduct science experiments, dissect flowers, construct solar ovens, discover butterflies and birds, and engage in entertaining environmental activities. The camp offers six one-week sessions, and youngsters, ages 6 to 11, can register for more than one. The cost is $185 per week for Fairchild Garden members and $225 per week for non-members. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
305-667-1651, Ext. 3322


2016 Summer Programming for Young Performers

June 13 – August 6
Actors’ Playhouse will host a summer filled with exciting camp sessions for young performers. Each session runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the exception of the Teen One-Act Showcase. Summer Theatre/Film Camp runs June 13 – July 1, for ages 7 to 12. This all-inclusive theatre and film experience will have young performers taking an original show from concept to the stage and the BIG screen in three fun-filled weeks! Fee is $900, including before and aftercare. The four-week Summer Theatre Camp runs July 11 – August 5, and will provide performers, ages 7 to 12, an all-inclusive theatre experience taking an original show from concept to the stage. Fee is $1,100, including before and aftercare. The Advanced Musical Theatre Camp for ages 8 to 18 is offered by audition only from June 13 to August 6. Young performers will be cast in the Playhouse’s professional production of Pippi Longstocking that runs all summer. In addition to Monday through Friday camp, performances will be held Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m., from July 2 through August 6. There will be an additional show that will be performed at the end of summer. Fee is $1,500 (including before and aftercare), and participation is by audition only. The Teen One-Act Showcase runs June 27 through August 5, held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Teens aged 13 to 18 will study audition techniques and then audition for, rehearse and perform in a published one-act play. Fee is $400.

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

emaulding@actorsplayhouse.org or educate@actorsplayhouse.org

Alper JCC Summer Camp

June 20 – August 12
The Alper JCC Summer Camp provides an enriching and exciting environment for children 13 months to 14 years. The JCC offers general day camp and specialty camps in Robotics, Performing Arts, Sports & Special Needs. Camp is staffed by nurturing professional teachers, counselors and specialists who are trained in group dynamics, child development, building self-esteem and peer relationships. The aim is to impact the lives of children with quality programs in a creative, supportive, and safe atmosphere, enabling all children to reach their fullest potential. Campers choose from dozens of Hobby Hour activities including: swimming, canoeing and fishing, computers, gymnastics, nature, cooking, jewelry-making, robotics, rocketry and sports, to name a few. The Early Childhood Center at the JCC also offers a summer camp tailored to infants to 1 year olds. New this Year is a $99 Summer Family Membership for new campers. While your kids are enjoying camp, the family can enjoy the many conveniences located on the JCC’s 23 acre campus, including the fitness center, swimming pool and more. Everyone is welcome!
Sign up for 2, 4, 6 or 8 week sessions with weekly options available.

The Dave and Mary Alper JCC
11155 S.W. 112th Avenue, Miami
305-271-9000, Ext. 271


MOCAZine Journalism Summer Camp

Sessions June 13 – July 15 and July 18 – August 19
The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) is offering journalism classes for teens ages 14 through 18 this summer. The MOCAZine camp is a five-week intensive program that provides students with the opportunity to learn writing and art making skills. Each week will have a different theme to help students discover the basics of photojournalism and graphic design. Taught by professionals in the field, the MOCAzine camp inspires students and prepares them for real-world experiences as aspiring writers and artists. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Each session devotes one week to these themes: Photojournalism; Create a Zine Workshop, Illustrating Narrative; The Art of Listening; and Storyboards. Camp is free, but space is limited!

Museum f Contemporary Art, North Miami
770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami


Summer Intensive Program of Russian Ballet Technique

July 5 – July 30
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, under Artistic Director Vladimir Issaec, is offering a complete Summer Program in classical ballet focusing in the Vaganova Method. Considered the best and most complete intensive program in the country with experts in the Vaganova Method, directly from the Vaganova Academy of Russia. Open to dancers in levels Preparatory, Intermediate, Advanced and Pre-Professional. The program offers internationally acclaimed teachers, small classes, intensive training and performance opportunities. Scholarships are available.

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
15939 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach


Musical Theater Summer Camp

June 13 – August 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Act. Sing. Dance. Express yourself! Miami Theatre Center’s summer camps are an artistic adventure – led by expertly trained, talented MTC company members – that will open your children’s eyes, hearts and minds to the transformational power of theater. And unleash untold creative potential. Session 1 runs from June 13 to July 1, and Session 2 from July 18 to August 6. Tuition is $650 per session, for 6 to 12 year-olds. MTC also hosts a Teen Theater Workshop from July 5 to July 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop is designed for ages 13 to 18. directed by Rosalind Thomas-Clark. Cost is $625.

Miami Theatre Center
9806 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores


The Cushman School’s Camp Innovate

June 13 – August 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Cushman School Summer Camp is available for children ages 3 to 14, providing a safe and fun environment to explore creativity and make new friends. At Camp Innovate campers will enjoy a comprehensive 8-week experience, or sign up for individual 1-week sessions. Each session will provide complete immersion in: Performing Arts, Robotics/Tinkering, and Visual Arts. In addition, campers will engage in cooking, fitness fun, design thinking, water play, old fashion camp games and a showcase event every Friday to highlight each week’s theme. Giant water slides will be brought in on Fridays, a Bounce-House on Wednesdays, snacks and pizza Fridays. Flexible Enrollment – sign up for all 8 weeks or just 1 week. Tuition is $325 per week.

The Cushman School
592 N.E. 60th Street, Miami


Drawn to Nature Art Camp

June 13 – July 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Drawn to Nature Art Camp at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is taught by award-winning artist and naturalist Hillary Parker. Campers, ages 8 to 11, will observe, explore, and create beautiful works of art inspired by the natural beauty of Fairchild Garden, developing strong art skills using different forms of media while working in a fun studio environment (air-conditioned) and outside “en plein air” style. There are three one-week sessions held Monday through Friday. The cost for one week is $185 for Fairchild members and $225 for non-members.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
305-667-1651, Ext. 3322


Boys & Girls Clubs Summer Program 2016

June 13 – August 5; Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 2016 Summer Program at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will be offered at four different locations: the Hank Kline Club, Northwest Club, South Beach Club and Kendall Club. The Summer Program provides children the opportunity to learn values such as friendship, honesty and teamwork by offering a safe and secure environment in which they can express and develop such relationships. During the Summer Programs, children participate in fun indoor activities like arts & crafts, computers, games, movies, basketball and much more. Outdoor activities include all types of organized group games as well as swimming at the South Beach Club. Field trips are also offered to exciting locations, and events such as the movies, bowling, Chuck E. Cheese’s, swimming field trips for older groups and more. A free nutritious lunch and afternoon snack are provided daily at no additional cost, or
children may bring their own lunch. At each Club, awards will be given to recognize the boys and girls who have made a positive contribution to the Summer Program. To register, parents must come in person to the specific Club where their child(ren) will be attending the Summer Program. Dates, duration and price vary depending upon club location.

Hank Kline Club, 2805 S.W. 32nd Avenue, Miami (305-446-2654) – 8 weeks $450; 4 weeks $250
Northwest Club, 10915 N.W. 14th Avenue, Miami (305-758-5753) – two 4-week sessions; $110 each
South Beach Club, 1200 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach (305-535-0070) – 8 weeks $100
Kendall Club, 9475 North Kendall Drive, Miami (305-279-3013) – two 4-week sessions; $335 each

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade


2016 Creative Arts Summer Camp

July 25 – August 5 and August 8 – 19
The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA), is offering creative art classes for kids ages 6 through 12. The classes will each have a different theme to help kids experiment with a variety of art and design techniques in a creative environment. They are taught by gifted art professionals and all projects will be inspired by great works of art, dating from antiquity to the present day. The “Illustrating the Natural World” camp will allow children to make 2D and 3D examples of their favorite places; the “Come Aboard the International Space Station” camp gives kids the opportunity to draw, paint and construct robots and space ships as they study the discoveries in astronomy. The classes run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $160 per 2-week session or $120 per 2-week session for MOCA members, North Miami residents and city employees. After-care is offered from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $30 per week.

Museum f Contemporary Art, North Miami
770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami


Music & Art Summer House

July 11 – 30
Kids will have the most special summer ever at The Opera Atelier’s Music & Art Summer House for young campers, aged 8 to 12 years. Let The Opera Atelier’s artists and professors take your child on a fun and educational exploration of the arts. Music & Art Summer House is offered especially to parents who have discovered the artistic talent of their children for music, painting, ballet, dance and other artistic expressions. Singing, piano, violin, music appreciation and theory, mathematical and musical thought, reading poems and literature, movies, visual art and more fun musical and arts activities are offered Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition is $750 for the 3-week session.

Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center
111 S.W. 5th Avenue, Miami


11th Annual Benny Fragela Summer Basketball Camp

June 13 – August 19 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
Benny Fragela’s Summer Basketball Camp will provide boys and girls ages 5 to 15 with a structured basketball learning experience that encourages team participation and personal development. The camp focuses on improving camper’s fundamental skills while emphasizing offense, defense and shooting. Campers will receive top quality, fully-trained coaching through an excellent camper/coach ratio. At BF Camp, some of the top professional athletes in the world have been featured as guest speakers for campers to meet. Camp fee is $165 per week with multiple week and sibling discounts available. Each camper will receive a Nike Camp T-shirt, the opportunity to win other Nike giveaways during daily competitions and participation in BF Championship Friday. Camp weeks are June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29, August 1-5, August 8-12 August 15-19.

Wayside Baptist Church Indoor Gym
7701 S.W. 98th Street, Miami


Nature-Based Camps

June 20 – 24; July 18 – 22; and August 1 – 5
Timbernook Miami offers three whimsical, nature-based camp programs focused on unstructured play. Programs are rich in outdoor play and interest-based learning, with campers learning to be good stewards of nature by forging a love for the forest and establishing a relationship with the land where they live.​ Children gain problem solving skills, confidence, resilience, group skills and responsibility at these camps, which are held 100% outside (weather-permitting).​ Barefoot and Buckets Summer Camp (June 20-24) – A traditional camp where young children have unique play experiences that challenge their mind and body in beautiful natural settings followed by hours of free play out in the wild. Storybook Summer Camp (July 18-22) – With the turn of every day, comes a new story for the children to experience new adventures out in the woods, and lots of fun! Going Wild – “Sensory Adventures” Summer Camp (August 1-5) – A week of amazing adventures that challenge the mind and body such as creating a giant mud slide, orienteering for gems hidden under the ground, and making miniature boats and then testing them out in the slow-moving river.

Castellow Hammock Nature Preserve
22301 S.W. 162nd Avenue, Miami


Summer Intensive 2016

July 5 – July 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami School is offering a Summer Intensive Program for students in all levels, ages 9 through 17 years. The summer program is focused on the Cuban Classical Ballet Technique and will include Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux, Character Dance, Lyrical, Physical Training., Dance Appreciation, Make up and Nutrition. The training will conclude with a Showcase Performance on July 30 for all students in the 4-week program. Options available for attending weekly or the full four-week sessions. Tuition is $250 for 1 week; $450 for 2 weeks; $650 for 3 weeks; and $800 for 4 weeks. Dancers provided their own lunch and snacks.

Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center
111 S.W. 5th Avenue, Miami


Amazing Art for Kids Camp

Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
“Amazing Art for Kids” at Pinecrest Gardens is an all-inclusive art workshop open to children of all abilities. Students will use mixed media techniques to create nature themed paintings, fine art and other projects based on the surroundings of Pinecrest Gardens. All classes are taught by VSAFL’s Certified Teaching Artist Yvette Cortera. Classes are limited to 15 students, pre-registration is recommended. Two sessions (July 9 16, 23 and 30 or August 6, 13, 20 and 27) are offered; $12 per class.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Village of Pinecrest


Summer by the Sea Camp

July 13 – July 8
Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Have the best summer ever at the Biscayne Nature Center’s Summer by the Sea Camp! Kids, aged 8 to 12, will enjoy the summer with BNC’s lifeguard certified marine biologist Naturalists leading them in exciting hands-on marine explorations. The summer will be filled with Seagrass Adventures, Mangrove Slogs, Snorkeling, Kayaking and Paddle-boarding. Explore Key Biscayne’s unique fossil reef, dissect squid and sharks, design beautiful art projects, play fun beach games, learn about Florida’s first inhabitants, create and perform fun and educational science experiments, plus lots lots more! Camp sessions are June 13-17, June 20-24, July 27-July 1 and July 5-8. Sign up for one week, two weeks or all four weeks! Tuition is $395 per weeks for weeks 1, 2 and 3 and $300 for week 4 since there is no camp on July 4. Discounts available for returning campers and siblings. Campers provide their own lunches.

Biscayne Nature Center
6767 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne
305-361-6767, Ext. 119


Dare Academy Premier League Academy Experience Camp

June 13 – 17
Dare Academy is the only camp in Florida that offers current English Premier League academy coaches, who will be devoting the entire camp time to coaching and evaluating all the players. Camp is limited so that all players get the attention they deserve from current Premier League Academy Coaches Michael Donaldson of Tottenham Hotspur FC and Sean Conlon of Chelsea FC. Together the coaches have scouted hundreds of players into professional academies, developed players from academy players to professional players, won countless personal awards, been publicized in national media and work in every level of the academies system. The coaches will educate, develop and evaluate Dare Academy players. Cost for SocialMiami readers is $100. Camp times are 2 to 4:30 p.m. for campers born between 2003 and 1997; and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. for campers born between 2008 and 2004.

Tamiami Park
11201 S.W. 24th Street, Miami


DIBIA Skills Camp

June 13 – 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DIBIA Skills Camps are designed to push players to their limits, motivate them towards their dreams, and leave them with the confidence to excel in life. Each year, hundreds of children enjoy the opportunity to expand their talents and interests, build self-confidence, and create lasting memories and friendships at our camps. Camp includes Innovative Basketball Drills & Game Play; Lunch & DIBIA Dri-Fit Shirt; Celebrity Guest Speakers & STEM Projects; SkyZone Friday. Open to boys and girls, ages 7 to 16. Cost is $300.

Ransom Everglades HIGH School
3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove


Ocean Explorers Camp

Three sessions: June 20-24, July 18-22 and August 8-12
The Museum of Discovery & Science’s Ocean Explorers Camp is a 5-day camp offered for incoming 7th and 8th graders. Campers will spend two days at the Museum and three days at FAU’s SeaTech in Dania Beach exploring coastal marine and coral reef ecosystems. They will conduct estuary and barrier island field work and tour FAU’s ocean engineering and electronics labs, submarine, and flow tunnel. Plus, they will learn about sea turtles, marine science careers, and design, build, and race a solar-powered boat. Tuition fee is $300 per five-day camp, which includes all workshop materials.

Museum of Discovery and Science & AutoNational IMAX 3D Theater
401 S.W. 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale


Blossom Camp

June 13 – August 5
Virginia Woolf once wrote that every woman should have a room of her own. We believe that young women should have one, too. Well, maybe not completely on her own, but a sanctuary where she can blossom among friends without the pressure of school and the distractions of technology. At Blossom Camp, we encourage campers to disconnect to reconnect. Co-founder Chris Scarano wanted something different for his 9 year-old daughter. He reached out to co-founder Maria de los Angeles who spoke to women friends in their 40s about what they would’ve wanted in their formative years. The answer was what any woman — from girlhood to womanhood — would want at any point of her life: a refuge, a relaxed environment to develop a positive relationship to herself. She’d want a space where she can trust her inner wisdom, grow and learn in a way that doesn’t feel like school. “Live happy with your heart” means learning to be mindful and content with yourself in a space of love and respect. This helps all of us, young and old, to form healthy relationships with others. Empowerment comes from self-acceptance of inner beauty, so we value pride over vanity. Creative forms of expression, in which the mind can wander peacefully, foster a whole sense of self. Multi-tasking is avoided and value the focus instead. Less is really more: being present and in the moment, when painting, journaling, dancing — even eating. Lunch hour is never rushed. Play time is important to free the mind from the constraint of should have done and create space for want to and can do. At Blossom Camp, campers are encouraged to explore their sense of self and the world through imagination, creativity and organic discipline. Our leaders will encourage campers to co-create experiences so there is freedom within the camp’s structure. Happiness is the curriculum.

Blossom Camp in the Bird Road Art District
7376 S.W. 48th Street, Miami


Camp Kesem Miami

August 7 – 13
Camp Kesem Miami is offering its 9th annual camp this summer for approximately 100 children, ages 6 to 16, who have or have had a parent or guardian with cancer. The aim is to provide a safe, loving and accepting environment to empower campers as they meet others who understand what they are going through. Bus transportation to the campsite is provided to campers from the University of Miami campus. There is also a counselor-in-training program for 17 and 18-year-olds. Camp is completely free of charge to its families.

Camp Winona
DeLeon Springs, Florida


Camp Discovery

June 13 – August 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Camp Discovery at Museum of Discover and Science is designed to give children ages 6 to 12 entire days filled with exploration and hands-on learning. One-day and five-day camps are offered. The line-up of 5-day camp themes are: June 13-17 – Makers Studio; June 20-24 – Science Around the World; June 20-July 1 – Creep into the DeepEnd; July 4-8 – The Science of Art; July 11-15 – Food Science!; July 18-22 – Mythbusters; July 25-29 – Wilderness Explorers; August 1-5 – Sleuth Science; August 8-12 – MODS Olympics; and August 15-19 – Dissection Inspection. In addition, all camps include an exciting IMAX® Film Adventure. Tuition is $200 for MODS members and $225 for non-members with before and after care available. Camp fees include all workshop materials and chaperoned exhibit exploration. Campers should bring two snacks, lunch and a drink, and the Subway Café is available as a lunch option.

Museum of Discovery and Science & AutoNational IMAX 3D Theater
401 S.W. 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale


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