Summer Camp Guide
School will soon be out! If you haven’t finalized summer plans for the kids, SocialMiami’s Camp Guide offers some exciting camps to engage your youngsters right here in South Florida. There’s a wide range of activities for kids of all ages, including creative and performing arts, sports, science adventures and more. There’s even a fabulous Fantasy Camp for those bigger kids – 35+ – hosted by the Miami HEAT’s Superstar Dwyane Wade!
Actors’ Playhouse Children’s Summer Theatre Camp
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
305-444-9293, Ext. 606
Actors’ Playhouse is accepting enrollment for Sessions I and II of its popular Children’s Summer Theatre Camp for ages 7 to 12. Students will plan a show from concept to the final production which will be performed for family and friends on the Miracle Theatre’s Mainstage. Under the direction of professional staffers, campers’ imagination and creativity will be ignited through acting, singing, dance, improvisation, costuming, scenic design, audition techniques and more. Sessions are June 13 to July 8 and July 11 to August 5, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $850 per session which includes a t-shirt and group photo. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available for an additional fee. Also offered is Actors’ Playhouse Teen One-Act Showcase for ages 13 to 18. This program allows students the opportunity to apply skills learned in other classes to a concentrated production effort, with no acting experience required. Tied in with this regimen, the students receive instruction in acting skills, script analysis and audition techniques. A full presentation of their play is performed in front of a live audience on the last day of class. Offered June 27 through August 5, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $400.
HistoryMiami’s Tropical Adventures Camp
101 West Flagler Street, Downtown Miami
HistoryMiami offers a 10-week Tropical Explorers Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 12. Starting June 10, campers are exposed to indoor and outdoor hands-on activities, including gallery games, music, arts and crafts, drama, field trips to historic sites and many more exciting summertime experiences. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free before and after care. Fees are $165 weekly for museum members and $190 for non-members, including a t-shirt, snacks and field trips. Campers provide their own lunches.
Biscayne Nature Center’s Summer by the Sea
6767 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne
305-361-6767, Ext. 119
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center offers Summer by the Sea, two 2-week sessions for ages 7 to 14, beginning June 13 through July 8 (no camp July 4). Each camper joins the Center’s lifeguard-certified marine biologist for exciting hands-on marine science explorations. They will experience a sea grass adventure, kayak and snorkel alongside a unique fossil reef, dissect squid, learn how to rescue a stranded dolphin or pelican, play fun science beach games, plus lots more. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Campers provide their own lunches. Cost is $350 per week; $295 if you are a returning camper; and 10% off for siblings.
Miami Children’s Museum’s Summer Camp
980 Macarthur Causeway, Watson Island, Miami
305-373-5437, Ext. 112
Summertime at Miami Children’s Museum means a great new adventure every week! Camps for PreK through fifth graders abound with special programming offered for MiChiMu’s Mates (PreK – K) and for the Castaway Crew (1st – 5th grades). For instance, Sounds Fishy to Me, Can We Build It with Bob the Builder, and Beep beep, choo choo and zoom – Planes, Trains and Automobiles are just a sampling of what is planned for the younger group. The older group is in store for Outer Space is the Place, Critter Camp and lots more. Each week, a new, fun theme! Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, weekly beginning June 13 and ending September 2. Cost is $198 per week for members and $220 for non-members. Before and after care are also available for a fee.
Miami Science Museum’s Summer Camp
3280 S. Miami Avenue, Miami
Miami Science Museum presents eight 1-week sessions for ages 4 to 14, from June 20 through August 12. Ecology, rocketry, sailing, robotics, astronomy, drama, field trips, and dinosaurs are some of the exciting topics offered for the campers’ summertime enjoyment. Weekly camp sessions are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Camp fees are $180 per week for Miami Science Museum members and $210 for non-members. A sibling discount of 15% is offered, as well as after-camp programming from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Arts Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program of Russian Technique
15939 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in conjunction with the Vaganova Ballet Academy of Saint Petersburg, Russia, will host the Summer Intensive Program of Russian Technique. Just a select group of young aspiring dancers will get the opportunity for a month of intense training led by the greatest teachers and stars of the legendary Marinsky Ballet (formerly the Kirov). Students from around the country and abroad will be joined by professional dancers to continue their training in ballet tradition. The program will also include instruction in Modern Dance, Character Dance, Pilates and Flamenco. The four-week program begins July 5 and runs through July 30, culminating with a performance on July 29th at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, where the students will perform excerpts of the most famous classical ballets, as well as demonstrations of Modern, Flamenco and Character Dances. Cost to attend is $1,350 plus a $150 non-refundable registration. Housing and meals are not included. There are a limited number of scholarships are available thanks to the support of the Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and the Miami Children’s Trust.
Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale Creative Summer Art Academy
One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University :presents its Creative Summer Art Academy (CSAA), five 2-week art workshops for students entering grades 1 through 12. Students are grouped according to their age for hands-on instruction by professional artists and art instructors. Grades 1 – 4 paint, draw and design using a variety of materials. Grades 5 – 8 take workshops to build on the elements of composition, vocabulary, creativity and overall process to create a work of art. Grades 9 – 12 are introduced to anatomy and structure using a variety of live models and reference to the skeleton. Sessions begin June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25 and August 8. Cost is $450 per session. Multiple session and child discounts are available. In addition to session costs, morning and/or afternoon care is offered; price $50 for morning and $100 for afternoon or $125 for both. Note: Concurrently to the CSAA, the Studio School will offer “Summer Nights,” a 10-week semester for adults.
City Trekker Summer Camp at Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
305-815-4018 (Caroline Parker)
Coral Gables Museum is hosting City Trekker Summer Camp, a one-stop camp that will provide an exciting, well-rounded experience for campers. It’s 10 weeks of fun, educational activities for children ages 5-12, through August 19. Campers will explore the City of Coral Gables and take in all the cultural destinations and activities that The City Beautiful has to offer. From exhibits to special presentations, from art adventures to field trips, the youngsters will learn about art, architecture, history and more! Each session provides an exciting theme and fun-filled activities – Art in the Gables; Around the World; Fantastic Parks; Animal Madness!; and Going Green all offer campers a jam-packed itinerary of learning, creating and playing. Camp is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Every Friday at 4 p.m. family and friends are invited to join in for Friday Finales that feature creative projects accomplished during the week-long adventures. Campers are grouped according to age. The Camp provides hats, water bottles, field trip fees, and Friday pizza lunch in the registration fee. Cost is $400 for Museum members for 1 to 3 sessions ($450 for non-members) and $350 per session for 4 or 5 sessions. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available for a fee.
The Bakehouse Art Complex Summer Program
561 N.W. 32nd Street, Wynwood Art District
305-576-2828 or email email@example.com
The Bakehouse Art Complex will offer two sessions for middle and high school students to develop and strengthen their art portfolios for auditions and critiques. Campers will learn to see things the way an artist should and will be encouraged to draw every day in every page of their sketchbook; explore their ideas; experiment; practice smooth, accurate lines. Professional instructors will challenge students to experiment with a multitude of styles, materials and mediums in class to build a strong skill set of techniques. BAC will showcase the students’ work in an exhibition at the end of the second session. Session I runs from June 20 to July 13 and Session II from July 18 to August 3 with classes Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Week 1: Contour and value drawings; graphite and ink; Week 2: Painting, watercolor, poster and acrylic; Week 3: Mixed media and sculpture. Cost is $250 per student and includes all materials.
Bal Harbour Beach Camp by Miami Children’s Museum
Sea View Hotel
9909 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour
305-373-5437, Ext. 112
Creative themes are planned each week for campers, ages 3 to 11, who attend Miami Children’s Museum’s Bal Harbour Beach Camp. Youngsters will explore the ocean depths through art and games during Ocean in Motion week; and create their own unique superhero as they design their own comic books for It’s A Bird, It’s a Plane week. Camp sessions are weekly beginning June 9 and ending the week of August 29. Kids take part from 9 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $25 per day.
The Fairchild Farm Art & Science Camp
14885 S.W. 248th Street, Redland
305-258-0464 or email Leila Werner: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fairchild Farm, part of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, offers children, ages 6 to 10, four 1-week camp sessions. Each week of camp is carefully designed to teach students respect and knowledge for nature through art and science exploration. Campers engage in fun, hand-on activities while they explore and expand their horizons, focusing on projects that they develop over the course of four weeks. Topics covered are organic crops, tasting and cooking with unusual tropical fruits; observing bees and honey production; ants and their importance in soil structure; native bird identification and learning how to build a bird house; harvesting their own lunch from the Fairchild Farm garden and hen house and learning to cook it; making a scarecrow and learning about their symbolism; destructive insects and healthy ways to control them; horses and their care, and more. Each week includes an educational and fun field trip. Cost is $150 per week for Fairchild members and $175 for non-members, and includes healthy lunches, snacks and all materials. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. First session is July 11, running weekly through August 5.
Bass Museum of Art Summer Camp
2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
IDEA@thebass is the Bass Museum of Art’s all-day summer art camp for kids, ages 7 to 11. For ten weeks from June 13 to August 19, campers will work with award-winning art teachers to experience a wide range of media and subject matter. Camp runs from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The all-day camp fee is $150 for members and $190 for non-members. For students 12 to 16 years old, the Bass offers ADVANCEDIDEA@the bass, an afternoon art camp with eight 1-week sessions. The advanced classes offer a more challenging and in-depth range of topics, where campers are free to develop their own ideas as they work with dynamic teachers offering individualized instruction. Camp runs from June 13 to August 5, Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Weekly rate is $100 for members and $150 for non-members. There will be no camp on July 4, and camp fees are adjusted accordingly.
Miami Children’s Theater’s Creative Camps and Broadway Bound
Coral Gables Youth Center
405 University Drive, Coral Gables
Alper JCC Russell Theater
11155 S.W. 112th Avenue, Miami
Miami Childrens Theater offers two summer camp programs – Creative Camps for kids 5 – 12 and Broadway Bound for 13 – 18 year olds. The camaraderie that develops when young people work together to put on a full blown musical (lights, costumes, sets, sound, etc.) in four weeks is immeasurable. Both camps have a time-tested curriculum and a strong track record of artistic excellence, directed by industry professionals. The camps are educational, fun, and extremely positive with every camper landing a role in the show, as well as helping out with the technical side of the main stage show. Creative Camps are offered at Alper JCC and at the Coral Gables Youth Center, and Broadway Bound takes place on the main stage at the Russell Theater at the Alper JCC. Select a four or eight-week camp session, beginning June 13 for an action-packed summer. All campers will perform in a stage extravaganza that is open to the public at the end of the session. Weekly activities also include field trips to community arts events, special guest performers, theme days, outdoor activities and more. Younger campers are divided into groups according to their age and ability. Fees are $850 for 4 weeks and $1500 for 8 weeks at the Miami venue; and ranging from $544 to $906 for 4 weeks and from $900 to $1500 for 8 weeks at Coral Gables Youth Center.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Children’s & Young Adult Summer Camp
601 S.W. 8th Avenue, Miami
Miami Lighthouse is hosting its Children’s and Young Adult Summer Camp for ages 5 to 22. Students 14 to 22 can participate in the Music Program for both the sighted and visually impaired. During the program, students learn songwriting and composition, receive instruction from professional vocal coaches, musicians and songwriters, including music instructors from the University of Miami Frost School of Music and the Miami Lighthouse. For blind and visually impaired children ages 5 to 13, a six-week Summer Training and Recreation Program (STAR) camp will provide services and offer fun, engaging and enriching activities, including literacy, technology, physical fitness, social skills development, art and music. Students between the ages of 14 and 22 can be part of the Transition Program which builds independence and preparedness with important life skills like home and personal management, technology, job readiness, orientation and mobility, social skills and community integration. Students are able to get in to the kitchen, prepare their own meals using safe techniques and learn how they can label and organize their own home, providing access without limitations. All Miami Lighthouse Summer sessions are offered at no cost. STAR (for 5-13 years) is from June 13 to July 22, and both Transition and Music Camps (14-22 years) runs from June 20 to July 29.
ArtCenter/South Florida Art Camp 2011
924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Eight weeks of visual arts fun is being offered by ArtCenter/South Florida for campers ages 6 to 14. Working in small groups organized by age, campers are guided by artists who offer instruction in drawing, painting, printing and other art techniques. Small class sizes and talented staff members create an atmosphere for learning, creativity and fun. Previous experience or skills are not required, but campers should have an interest in art. Sessions are June 13 to June 24; June 27 to July 8 (no camp on July 4th); July 11 to July 22; and July 25 to August 5. A typical day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. with campers taking part in four classes for full-day students with two breaks and lunch, which is provided by the camper. Fees are $385 for AC/SF members and $425 for non-members for full-day, two-week sessions and $200 for members and $225 for non-members for half-day sessions. All art supplies are included in the fee. Campers should dress for mess! An extra t-shirt or smock is recommended. The last Friday of each two-week session is set aside for Camp Extravaganza when all the campers’ artwork is displayed and refreshments are served.
The Wolfsonian-FIU’s Comic Kraze
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
305-535-2684 or email@example.com
The Digital Wolf Lab@The Wolfsonian-FIU offers a two-week summer course on the art of comics and graphic novels for teens 14 to 17 years old. Try out design-thinking skills, such as observational drawing, concept prototyping, storyboarding and digital media to get your work out there! Top-notch Miami instructor Gonzalo Battaglia will lead the workshop. No experience with cartooning is necessary, but this intensive program needs your undivided attention, total dedication and full attendance. The workshop is free but requires an application form to be submitted.
The PlayGround Theatre’s Musical Theatre Summer Camp
Miami Shores Presbyterian Church
602 N.E. 96th Street, Miami Shores
305-751-9550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The PlayGround Theatre’s talented company members will lead students, aged 6 to 12, on a fun-filled artistic adventure. Musical Theatre Summer Camp will give campers the opportunity to explore self-expression and work together to develop an original production for the camp’s final performance. Acting, music, dance, improvisation and theatre games will all be part of the programming offered in each of the two sessions. Camp runs June 13 through July 8 (no camp July 4th) and Session 2 is from July 18 to August 12. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $725 per child per session with a sibling discount available.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Summer Camp
770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami
305-893-6211, Ext. 25
Under the guidance of experienced Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA’s art teachers, campers, ages 6 -12, will learn about contemporary and modern art as they paint, draw, sculpt and practice digital design like animation and claymation. Class projects are specifically designed to meet the needs of all ages and abilities. Ten 1-week sessions begin June 13 and finish the week of August 15, with each session offering a different theme. For instance, campers will explore Tribal Art, Botanical Art, Myths & Folklore, Textile Design, to name a few. Choose individual sessions or take them all because each week will offer new and exciting projects. Camp begins at 9 a.m. and runs through 3:30 p.m. Fees are $150 per week for MOCA members, North Miami residents and City of North Miami employees and $200 for non-members. A 20% discount will be given for each additional child in the immediate family who registers.
Isabella & Ferdinand Spanish Language Adventures
St. Christopher’s By-the-Sea Montessori School
95 Harbor Drive, Key Biscayne
Isabella & Ferdinand Spanish Language Adventures offers children, ages 12 months to 10 years, a Spanish immersion program during the summer. Based in Washington, D.C. Isabella & Ferdinand has partnered locally with the Centro Cultural Español. From toddler classes where 1 to 3 year-olds learn the alphabet, numbers and colors, to full day camps where young campers, aged 4 to 7, learn through activities the art, poetry, literature, music and culture of Latin America and Spain, to afternoon mini-camp for ages 7 to 10 where lessons are organized around famous artists and writers of Spain and Latin America. Two sessions are offered: from July 5 to July 15 and from July 18 to July 29. Costs vary from $140 to $790.
Zoo Miami’s Zoofari Summer Camp
12400 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami
Zoo Miami is hosting Zoofari, presented by Bank of America, a weekly camp that offers a wide range of activities for campers 4 to 13 years old. From close encounters with the animals at the Zoo and meetings with zookeepers to arts and crafts and water play time, the campers are kept busy and engaged throughout the day. Weekly themes provide a well-rounded glimpse at the animals, their habitats and care. Campers are grouped by ages 4 to 6; 7 to 10; and 11 to 13, and weekly programs are age appropriate for each group. Camp begins June 20 and runs through August 5 for ages 4 to 10 and from July 18 to August 5 for 11 to 13 year olds. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $170 for Zoo Miami members and $190 for non-members with extended afternoon care till 5:30 p.m. available for an additional $35 a week. Campers are provided morning and afternoon snacks but must bring their own lunches and beverages. No camp on July 4.
Dwyane Wade’s Fantasy Camp
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Here’s a memory you’ll always treasure – camaraderie, competition and celebrities at DWade’s Fantasy Camp! Men 35 and older can experience the thrill of playing with NBA Hall of Famers on your team and being coached by some of the best names in the game, including Tom Crean, Erik Spolestra, Kevin Mchale, Buzz Williams, Mike Brown, Mike Fratello, Tim Grover, Dominique Wilkins, Jay Williams, Frank Martin, Chris Mullen, Mark Jackson, David Fizdale and Charles Barkley. You will stay in a Tresor Junior Suite at the Fontainebleau; enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception, buffet-style breakfasts and lunches and a Farewell Ceremonial Award Brunch; be outfitted in D-Wade authentic jerseys, shoes, sweats and tees courtesy of sponsor Brand Jordan; take away an exclusive gift bag from event sponsors (Jordan, TMobile, Gatorade, etc.) and signed Dwyane Wade memorabilia. Plus, there will be opportunities for your family to join in for special events and games during the camp, including a cocktail party at the end of the first day with Dwyane Wade and many of his teammates and other NBA friends. Dwyane will attend the camp each day all day. Camp dates are August 18 to August 21, and the cost is $12,500.
Miami Beach Rowing Club’s Sweep and Sculling Summer Camp
6500 Indian Creek, Miami Beach
Miami Beach Rowing Club’s Head Coach Francisco Viacava, a former Olympian and current Junior National Team Coach, along with his experienced staff, will run a summer camp for boys and girls in grades 7 through 12. Campers will learn fundamental rowing techniques, mental aspects of racing, training, overall strength and flexibility. No previous rowing experience is necessary, but campers must be able to swim. The camp will include a combination of on-the-water and land training in the Shane Center facility. Choose either a one week, two week or three week session, which runs Monday through Friday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Cost for Club members and Miami Beach residents is $445 for one week; $695 for two weeks; and $895 for three weeks. For all others, the cost is $545 for one week; $795 for two; and $995 for three weeks.