If you’re tired of jamming out in your hot garage this summer, Live! Modern School of Music has a program that’ll challenge, inspire and keep you in an in an air conditioned unit—what else do you need? Each session is two weeks long and will improve your instrumental skills or teach you the basics on your choice of instrument. Campers will participate in band sessions and music labs, as well as a break down of all the timely trends in the music world. Bring your own instrument, or choose from guitar, bass, drums, piano or voice. Music camp is open to ages 9 to 16 and camp runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each two-week session is $690.
While summer is out and many are soaking up the sun, hundreds of campers at AileyCamp Miami are focusing on pointed toes and rhythm count in this six-week dance program. Presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center, multiple young teens from ages 11 to 14 have previously applied for a spot in the program, however, every year those selected come from some of Miami’s most underserved neighborhoods. In addition to focusing on West African, Jazz, Modern and Ballet dance classes, campers will also learn about nutrition, conflict resolution, drug prevention and critical thinking. This free camp begins on June 22 to July 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and registration deadline is March 20.
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science Summer Camp
June 15 – August 7
If you’re into flashing lights and the undead, even when it’s not Halloween, this science camp may just be your summer highlight (plus science, of course!) The 50th annual summer camp will give your kids the opportunity to have scientific fun with zombies and Planetarium laser lights, and be surrounded by South Florida’s natural environment. The Frost Science Summer Camp even has innovative technology classes after regular summer camp hours, which are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enrollment is based on grades, ranging from pre-K through eighth grade. Member fees are $180 per week; non-members fees are $210. Before and after care is available for additional fees.
The Groove Summer Program offers girls, aged 11 to 14, a three-week day camp to learn about nutritional health concepts and the benefits of increased physical activity, empowering them to make their own healthy choices. Campers will meet new friends as they learn to make yummy snacks, choreograph their own dance routine and explore careers in health. Camp hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., filled with engaging hands-on activities and opportunities to hear from experts in health and nutrition. Camp is free, and lunch is provided. Space is limited.
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami
305-646-4260 (Isabel Leeder) ILeeder@FrostScience.org
SUMMER EXPLORER'S CAMP
June 8 - August 28
Miami Children's Museum's Summer Explorer's Camp will fly young campers around the world on an intellectual discovery tour to countries like Peru, Japan, South Africa, Ancient Greece and many, many more! Kids will get to know a different culture each week through the country's foods, art forms, history and folklore. They will meet foreign artists and go on exciting field trips. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with before and after care available. Call or email Yanet for questions and registration information.
There’s way more to modeling than striking a pose—and what better way to learn it than at Modeling Camp this summer! Girls ages 11 to 17 will be introduced to the world of modeling and fashion by participating in workshops, photo shoots and daily challenges with top industry professionals. What you learn in this fun, non-competitive environment will last a lifetime, not to mention something great to put in your portfolio and jumpstart your career! The four-day camp begins at 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and costs $999. Lunch is also provided.
Turn your child’s summer into an adventure at Turnberry Isle Miami. Through the resort’s Kids’ Connection Children’s Program, your little ones can participate in a variety of fun-filled, family-friendly resort activities from arts and crafts to tennis, golf, swimming and eco hour. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for kids ages 4 to 12. Fee is $460 per week, per camper, which includes lunch, t-shirts and water bottles.
Unleash your own creativity! Whether you feel called to the theater or just want to try out your ballet flats once again, the Miami Theater Center offers just the program to unlock your potential this summer! Led by MTC’s company members, campers will engage in a fun-filled artistic week with theater games, improvisation, acting, music and dance. With these tools, students will tap into their own self-expression and develop an original production for a final performance with friends they’ve met within MTC’s summer camp! Open to kids and teens ages 6 to 16. $650 per three-week session.
IDEA@thebass Summer Art Camp offers children a fun and enriching hands-on art experience. Each week, kids experiment with a variety of media and develop skills through painting, drawing and 3-D design projects. Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Rates are $220 weekly for non-members and $170 for Bass Museum of Art members (dual/family level and above). After-care is available until 5:30 p.m. for an additional $10 per day per child.
Embrace the great outdoors in this captivating and naturalistic camp at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. It’s like camping in the great outdoors, without actually having to! For campers ages 6 to 11, children will conduct science experiments, dissect flowers, construct solar ovens, go butterfly and bird watching and participate in other environmental activities. They’ll get a little taste of nature, all while being surrounded by Fairchild’s natural garden! There are six camp sessions spanning from June 15 to July 24, and beginning at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each one-week session is $175 for Fairchild members and $200 for non-members. Registration is now open!
Take in the breathtaking and remarkable beauty of nature through the eyes of an artist. Fairchild Tropical Garden is hosting, for the first time, a camp that incorporates art and nature! Come see the beautiful artwork within Fairchild Tropical Garden that was inspired by nature and create some of your own! Taught by award-winning artists and naturalist, Hillary Parker, kiddos from ages 8 to 11 will leave camp wide-eyed and aware of the beauty around them. Campers will develop art skills and use different forms of media in the studio, as well as creating their artwork outside, “en plein air.” Camp is all week long, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with two sessions, from June 15 to 26. Each one-week session is $175 for Fairchild members and is $225 for non-members. Registration is open!
Camp Broadway Miami returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center from August 3 to 7. Perfect for theater-loving kids ages 10 to 17 who want hands-on theater, music and dance experience. Through Camp Broadway’s non-competitive and ensemble focus program, campers will have sessions from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. which include master classes in voice, dance and acting, Q&A sessions with industry professionals and a backstage seminar with a production crew. In addition, campers will also be able to rehearse and perform on four different performance spaces within the Arsht Center. At the end of the program, campers will have a finale performance on August 8th at the Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall! Campers will gain confidence and enhance creativity skills and get in touch with their inner artisan, even without prior experience. Registration is now open, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for prices.
SUMMER INTENSIVE BALLET PROGRAM IN RUSSIAN TECHNIQUE
June 29 - July 25
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida will present its Summer Intensive Russian Technique Ballet Program teaching the Vaganova Method Curriculum. Offered to students, ages 10 to 22 with previous experience, the Summer Intensive will offer classes in Ballet, Pointe work and Pas de Deux (depending on level), Variations, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Pilates, and Music. Classes are limited to 20 dancers per level. Auditions are by appointment or video, and student placement is based on level, not age. Instructors are all Vaganova professionals or dancers coming directly from the Vaganova Ballet Academy, such as Elena Zabalkanskaya, Andrei Bossov, Larissa Ponomarenko, Vladimir Issaev, Valentina Byzcyna and Ruzana Iremashvili. Additional faculty members include: Emily Tedesco, Modern; Maria Risolia, Pilates; Luana Hidalgo: Footwork; Jorge Robledo, Flamenco; and Emilio Sole-Sempere, Music. Through the program there will be guest speakers on nutrition, injuries, work ethics, dance career management and stage make-up. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuition is $1350 (excluding housing and meals).
Biscayne Nature Center offers its Summer by the Sea Camp for campers to explore marine life through exciting hands-on activities with lifeguard-certified marine biologist naturalists. Days will be filled with seagrass adventures, mangrove slogs, kayaking, snorkeling and paddle boarding. Explore the Center's unique fossil reef, dissect squid and sharks and make new underwater discoveries! Campers will learn about marine life, while also having time for art projects, science experiments and fun beach games. Camp is for children ages 7 to 14. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up for one week, two weeks or all four! Tuition is $395 per week or $350 if you are a returning camper. There is also a 10% discount for additional siblings.
Learn and explore the cultural city that’s right by your front porch at City Trekker Summer Camp's two-week sessions. The Coral Gables Museum-sponsored camp will get your child outside and aware of the all the historic destinations and activities that Coral Gables has to offer - from exhibits or presentations to field trips. Your child will come back having learned about art, architecture, design and history. Basically like studying abroad, but in your own backyard. The only difference is you get to save money and you’re not stuck cleaning up mud pies. The Coral Gables Museum provides a safe space to play and learn. Campers will be grouped by age and caps, field trip fees and Friday pizza lunch are included in the registration fee. Early drop-off and late pick-up is available for an additional fee. Tuition fee for members is $450 per session and $500 for non-members. Early registration ends May 1, offering $400 per session for members and $450 for non-members.
Playing video games is fun, but having a chance to program and build a robot is on another level. Game Tech’s Robotics Camp for kids ages 9 to14 give you child the tools to build a robot, learn about engineering and even programming. From June 22 to July 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., campers get tossed into a world of robotics with field trips, engineering and programming activities and robot competitions. Registration prices for two week are $550. Before and after care is an additional fee.
Miami Music Project offers a 4-week long summer music camp to integrate students from different communities in a neutral and fun environment, promoting peer mentoring and intense learning through the joy of making music. Serving as a summer bridge to help ensure that orchestral students continue to grow in their performance abilities through the summer months, campers participate in sectional and orchestra rehearsals, undergo daily repertoire analysis and participate in intensive social development activities. The focus of the Summer Music Camp is to provide comprehensive music education through orchestral participation from very early stages, group lessons, and peer teaching; installing a passion for classical music, teamwork, and a shared commitment to the joy of music making. Camp hours are Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fee (for those without free/reduced lunch) is $250. Online registration is open for Music Camp 2015.
Miami School of Rock offers a full schedule of week-long summer camp sessions, each focusing on an a different aspect of rock. June 6 is Led Zeppelin Camp; June 15 Beginner Camp I; June 22 Classic Rock Camp; June 19 Drum Mob Camp; July 6 Songwriting Camp; July 13 Girls Who Rock Camp; July 20 Beginner Camp II; June 27 Beatles Camp; and August 3 Jazz/Blues Improv Camp. Camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the campers put on a rock concert at the school of the last day of camp. The camp week is structured around learning the material and rehearsing for the show. It's a ton of fun for campers ranging in age from 8 to 17 years old. Tuition is $399 a week. Sign up on line, call or visit the school.
Summer classes in classical ballet technique, pointe work, variations and conditioning will be offered by Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. Daily classes available, which can be paid $15 per class, or $700 for the full Intensives. The Summer Intensive 2015 runs through July 10 and can include before and after-care.
Thomas Armour Youth Ballet
5818 S.W. 73rd Street, South Miami
MDC’s Acting and Theater Camp
June 8 – July 27
Miami Dade College will be hosting an acting and theater camp at their Homestead Campus once again. Learn all about body language, acting techniques, voice and characterization and in turn, become inspired and creative with your own acting! These sessions are for teens 13 to 17 years old. Drop-off and pick-up is located at Building G. Camp. Camp sessions begin at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and are $83 for the week.
An educational yet fun environment where kids and teens can customize their schedule and choose classes they like most! Kids and teens can attend morning, afternoon, or combine two classes to spend the entire day. Students ages 6 – 17 may choose classes such as computer training, sports and fitness, Robotics by LEGO®, test preparation, and environmental activities, among many others. Class fees start at $110. The program includes “Before and After Care.”
Looking for something exciting to do with the kids this summer? Give little monkeys a chance to go wild by enrolling them in the Jungle Adventure Camps at Jungle Island. Available from June 15 through August 7, Jungle Island offers eight week-long, full-day camps filled with fun, educational animal encounters specifically designed for ages 5 to 12. Adventure Camp explorers embark on a journey of discovery through up-close interactions with exotic mammals, spectacular birds, cool reptiles and much more. Campers also receive a first-hand look into the life of a zookeeper. Each camp experience includes opportunities to play and cool off. Camp hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jungle Adventure Camps cost $215 per child per week or $195 for Jungle Island annual pass holders (tax is additional). Early and late care available at an additional cost. Lunch packages also available for purchase. Call or go online for more information and registration.
Nourish your kids creativity this summer with amazing drawing and painting techniques from Sofia Art Academy's professional artists-teachers. During art camps children will learn how to draw and paint 3-D objects and still lifes with emphasis on accurate observation and construction of proportion, shape, tonal value, variety of techniques in painting, from classical to expressionism, including imagination development in compositions. For students considering art school or a career in the arts, Sofia Art's summer session is an excellent way to expand and develop an art portfolio. Choose your camp week or sign up for daily participation between June 1 to August 21 from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuition is $99 a day with art supplies included.
Bring your tikes to a summer camp that will take them to the great outdoors, or on field trips that will take them there, anyway! For children ages 5 to 11, campers will enjoy the great outdoors (and indoors), field trips, games, arts and crafts and swimming. Lunch and snacks are included. Drop off is at room G208 at the Miami Dade College Kendall campus. *No camp July 4th. Camp starts from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekly camp sessions are $153.
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t think ahead. Here’s an art camp with a goal to creating an artistic portfolio ideal for magnet schools! Learn techniques of mixing colors, color layering and different color relationships, not to mention plan a painted composition. For students ages 12 to 16. Monday through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; weekly camp sessions are $185.
So you play an instrument and you love it. You’re probably pretty good and secretly want to toot your own horn, but not until you try the Latin Jazz Experience camp! For ages 11 to 17, immerse yourself into some jazzy beats, learn jazz improvisation, improve music theory skills and understand jazz and Latin jazz styles. And after all that, jam out in small groups and with some of Miami’s top jazz instructors! All instruments are welcomed from piano, bass, guitar, drums, woodwind, brass and strings. Classes begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.; weekly classes are $185.
Playing ball doesn’t have to be designated to your school’s basketball season. Cue Dibia’s Summer Skills Camp that is designed to push its players to their limits and motivate them to excel. From June 8 to June 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., campers ages 7 to 16, will improve mental toughness, basketball IQ and fundamentals and core strength, speed and agility and have celebrity guest speakers at workshops and competitive game play. Early registration costs $250 before May 1; regular registration after May 1 is $300 weekly.
Whether you have experience or not, if you want to dance, might as well start now! Students will learn the different styles of dance, like ballet, lyrical, contemporary, salsa and hip-hop. Who says you can’t have it all? All welcome from ages 6 to 13, no experience necessary. This two week camp starts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $185.
Want to continue practicing, but need direction during the summer? Miami Music Project's 4-week long summer music camp has your fix. It's for orchestral students who want to continue and grow in their musical performances and meet other kids their age with musical appreciation and talents. Students will have tasks like daily repertoire analysis and social development activities. Talk about getting yourself out of your comfort zone! There will also be group lessons and peer teaching, so what you’ll get out of this camp isn’t just a ritualistic practice, but a sense of teamwork and a deeper love of music. Online registration is now open. Registration fee is only for those without free/reduced lunch. Cost is $200 if registered before April 10th; $250 after April 10th.
Get as close to the ocean without actually going to the crowded beach at Miami’s Seaquarium’s Summer Camp! Your children will learn about all that swims and flips underwater at Camp Seaquarium from animal senses and behavior to environmental issues and our relationship as humans with the creatures of the deep. Camp is designed to accommodate your child depending on their grade level with themes like “Fish 101,” “Conservation Crusaders” and “Walk on the Wild Side.” Camp Seaquarium also offers special pricing at Dolphin Harbor for the chance to interact with some friendly dolphins at the Dolphin Encounter Program or Reef Encounter Program (if qualified). Cost is $210 for the first week and $195 for additional weeks. Pass members will pay $190 per week. Early and late care are available, as well as lunch options for additional costs.
CSI: Miami has become more accessible than watching it one TV. If you’re interested in solving crimes through science, this forensic camp is one to look into. Campers will learn how to evaluate a crime scene, package, collect and process evidence as well as projective motion and DNA with MDC faculty. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. For ages 14 to 18. The week-long camp is $99 and drop-off is at the Science Building.
This year French Camp will travel through time without leaving Miami. Centrally located at the Downtown Miami Charter new facility, children 4 to 14 will enjoy a variety of fun activities with daily French classes, etiquette, photography, arts and crafts, theater, culture, food tastings, sports, outdoor French games, weekly field trip, splash days and a parents show. Beginners and bilingual children welcome. Session 1: June 8th - June 19th offers La Préhistoire in Week 1 and Le Moyen Age in Week 2; Session 2: June 20th - July 2nd - La Renaissance in Week 3 and L'Âge des Lumières in Week 4. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with before and aftercare available. Weekly tuition is $275 week with a 2-week session minimum.
Finally a camp that combines education and fun geared toward kids ages 5 to 11. Participants will join other kids to participate in field trips, swimming, sports, music and environmental activities. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Drop off is at building 300. One week is $120, three weeks is $330 and nine weeks is $774.
Make your Legos come to life-- all it takes is a little math and science (and a little help at Lego Machines camp)! The little ones, ages 6 to 11 can put their inner Lego master skills to the test. Working with LEGO Simple Machines Projects that incorporate robotics materials like battery boxes, motors and wires, their idol Legos will actually be able to move. Lunch and snacks are included for $153. *There is a separate Lego camp for kids ages 9 to 12 on website.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a star? Well, here’s your chance! Instead of dreaming about it, learn and gain the right skills to make it to the big leagues, like performance, makeup and costuming. For children ages 6 to 12, who will learn various dance styles like ballet, hip-hop and jazz, as well as vocals, acting and modeling. Might as well be a triple threat! Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included all for $225.
Get a taste of nature and all it has to offer at Miami-Dade Parks! Located at 31 parks throughout Miami-Dade County, this camp aims to attract kids to nature through programs and experiences in the great outdoors. Live A Park Life Summer Camp allows parents to mix-and-match their preferred options so their children can have a new adventure each week. Choose from camps that allow children to step into the shoes of a naturalist and explore South Florida’s environment or take nature hikes on wooded trails or snorkel and kayak through the coastal waters. Depending on what your child is interested in, the Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camp has one perfect for your little naturalist! Prices range depending on camp selected. Early registration begins March 23rd.
Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
275 N.W. 2nd Street, 3rd Floor, Downtown Miami (each camp has their own park address)
Alice in Wonderland and Fables Dance and Theater Camp
June 15 - July 24
Dance your way down the rabbit hole and into a wonderful world of theatrics! For a class fully taught in Spanish, students ages 7 to 13 will be the right-hand-man in developing and performing an original contemporary ballet. Co-created by GodoyPradera Projects, collaborating artists will help guide students and create a camp they won’t forget. Cost for the summer camp is $480. Registration and payment deadline is May 18.
Calling all STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) centered students! This 3-week Robotics Camp is focused on MDCPS high school students who are interested in pursuing a STEM career. The camp is free, however, selection is based off of a written assignment showing the student’s interest in a future with STEM. Limited to 50 students from the age of 14 to 18 years. Lunch and snacks will be provided. For application/registration, contact Sandra Garcia at email@example.com.
Learn how to design and create character animation using Autodesk® Maya®. This program is used by top video game development and film studios, which can put your imagination to good use. Incorporating Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop, teens ages 14 to 19 will be able to develop skills with these programs and complete a portfolio. Basic computer skills required. The base price is $395 per week.
A new line of technology is here with 3D modeling! What better way to learn about it than first hand with the 3D Gaming Design Camp? Students will learn about 3D modeling, animation, effects and rendering software packages through Autodesk® Maya®. Through this program, creators can make 3D models that can be prepared for game play, the only requirement is for basic computer skills. Meeting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the camp costs $395 a week.
Sure it may be cool to get your name written on a grain of rice, but how cool would it be if you could write your own name in Chinese? Campers ages 6 to 12 will have the opportunity to learn the basics of Mandarin and Chinese. This includes learning about Chinese culture through hands-on activities, including calligraphy workshops that teach students how to produce letters and symbols. Go ahead, get that bag of rice. On top of that, campers will learn how to host a traditional Chinese tea ceremony as well as the history of Chinese martial arts and learn it for themselves. For information about dates, visit http://www.mdc.edu; fee is $225.
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep School is hosting a Visual and Performing Arts Camp and Athletics Camp for tween and teens ages 8 to 16. If you’re ready to explore the art scene in Miami’s Design District or play softball at one of the school’s newly renovated field, this is the right place for you. At the Visual and Performing Arts Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., students will develop skills in photography, animation, painting and drawing as well as be inspired by artwork in galleries and museums. If you’re more of the sporty type, the Knights’ Sports Camp focuses on basketball, softball, tennis, soccer and wrestling fundamentals and competition games. Cost is $100 per camp/per week with a $50 non-refundable registration fee. Discount is available for multiple week’s participation listed on website. Online registration now available.
Be a free bird and dance to your own beat with your own choreography! At Center Stage Miami Dance Academy Camp, students will engage in educational activities with the basis of dance and music. With activities like dance class, group games, movie time, photo shoots, pony rides and a summer recital, campers will have something new to do everyday during this 10-week program. Open to children ages 4 and up. 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.
Learn valuable theater skills in acting, dancing and singing this summer at the Colony Theatre Performance Camp! Through this four-week camp, your mini performer will gain the confidence and abilities of a star, as well as learn the basis of public presentation, scenic design and costuming – all the things that make the show go on! Camp is for children ages 6 to 16, with as much or as little prior experience. The Colony Theatre camp will be lead by their highly trained instructors and will focus on dance for a Final Showcase at the end of the camp for friends and family. Camp fees are $1,200, which includes all four weekly sessions, activity fees, registration, daily snacks and two tickets to the Final Showcase. Register before April 10th for an early discount of $840.