It’s already the middle of April – and with the way time is flying, summer will be here in no time! There is an old adage that says, “If you fail to plan, plan to fail.” If you’re a parent, planning becomes all the more important, especially when it concerns the well-being of your children.
Are you looking for the best camp to put your child into over the summer? Do you want to expose them to experiences they may not otherwise have? More importantly, is it a priority for you to find a camp that will fit their personalities and interests? If you answered yes to these questions, you need to start planning right now! The good news is, we’ve decided to help you. Below is a listing of some summer camps across South Florida that may be exactly what you need for your kids to have a safe, enjoyable summer. Happy reading!
PALM BEACH COUNTY SUMMER CAMPS
Calling All Kids Indoor Playground Camp: This summer camp includes rock climbing, water slides, gymnastics, a video arcade, movie theater, kid-size village, arts and crafts, science, and cooking. For more information, call 561-868-7007 or visit www.callingallkidsfuncenter.com.
Home Away From Home Camp: You can choose from one of four Palm Beach locations that offer daily indoor and outdoor field trips, free meals and webcam services are included. For more information, visit www.homeawayfromhomechildcare.com or call the locations: Wellington – 561-791-8558; Palm Beach Gardens – 561-627-6179; Jupiter – 561-747-6916; or West Palm Beach – 561-802- 9090.
Wellington Christian School Camp: Camp Eagle offers age appropriate activities for kids ages 3- 12 in a Christ-centered environment. The camp also accepts VPK vouchers. For more information, call 561-868-2225 or visit www.WellingtonChristian.org.
City Of Boca Raton Summer Camp: Youth in grades 1-5 and tweens in grades 6-8 can experience a six week camp program which combines recreation and off campus field trips. Specialty camps available. For more information, call 561- 393-7888, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.myboca.org.
Rising Stars Gymnastics Camp: Campers do gymnastics, games, crafts, specials and more. Cost is $25/day and $120/wk. All snacks included and lunch included for 3/4 and full-day campers. Space is limited! For more information, call 561-998-4225 or visit www.risingstarsgym.net.
Showtime Performing Arts Theatre Camp: This camp offers 10 exciting weeks for kids and teens ages four and up. Campers will act, sing, dance and perform during the summer season. For more information, call 561-394-2626 or visit www.showtimeboca.com.
BROWARD COUNTY SUMMER CAMPS
America’s Leaders Camp: To make this summer amazing, America’s Leaders is offering two camps parents can choose from for girls ages 5-12. Campers will enjoy cheer and dance routines, exciting music, fun games, craft projects, skits, modeling programs, fashion shows, confidence classes, manners classes, Zumba classes, special guests, parties, themed weeks, performances, team activities, community service projects, etc. Early registration is $135 per week and ends on April 28. The cost is $145 weekly thereafter. The camp also offers free pre and post care along with second child discounts. For more information, call 954-748-5977 or visit americasleaders.net.
Camp Explorer – Creative Child Learning Center Coral Springs: Kids in grades K-5 will go on daily field trips to local attractions such as Ninja Lounge, Off the Wall, Rapids Water Park, Parrot Jungle Island and more. A fun sport week includes Miami Heat Jam, Marlins Game and Florida Panthers Ice Tour. Cooking, Art and Science projects coupled with thematic hands-on curriculum. For pricing and more information, visit www.creativechildlearningcenter.com.
First Baptist Academy Summer Camp: Kids ages 4-12 can enjoy general sports, field trips, cooking, basketball, arts and crafts, aerobics/exercise, active learning games, academics, volleyball, religious study, music, gymnastics and more in a Christian environment. Cost is $100-$120 per week. 2700 N. Palm Avenue in Cooper City. For more information, call 954-850-9336 or visit fbcbroward.com.
IMACS Hi-Tech Summer Camp: Youth ages 6-18 are immersed in computer programming, virtual robotics, electronics and logic puzzles. In just one week, campers substantially explore and expand their intellectual world. Full-day and partial-day programs. Centers in Plantation, Weston and Boca Raton. For pricing and more information, call 954-791- 2333 or visit www.imacs.org/summercamp.
Young At Art Museum Summer Camps: Join in the ARTrageous fun this summer at Young At Art Museum. Each week a new adventure in art awaits. There are six camps to choose from including Art Exploration (ages 3-12), Ceramics and Sculpture (ages 8-14), Digital Art and Film (ages 8-14), Drawing & Painting (ages 8-14), Fashion Design, Upcycle Style (ages 10-14) and announcing the new Drone Camp (ages 11-17). For more information and pricing, call 954-424-5063 or visit youngatartmuseum.org.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY SUMMER CAMPS
Belafonte TACOLCY Center Camp: TACOLCY’s wellrounded Summer Enrichment Programs service children ages 5-14. Held in the Betty Washington Enrichment Center on the park, these programs include literacy, health and nutrition, physical fitness, sports, character building, academic assistance and youth empowerment activities to encourage student motivation to read; generate positive attitudes toward learning; and connect the needs of families to community resources. For more information, call 305-751-1295 or visit www.tacolcy.org.
DIBIA Skills Camps: These intensive, one-week sports camps are designed to push players to their limits. Motivate them towards their dreams and leave them with the confidence to excel in each area of life. For more information on camp dates, costs, etc., call 786-543-8826 or visit dibiaathletic.com.
Miami-Dade Summer Camps: MDC offers a variety of camps, June 12 – Aug. 11, with select sites open through Aug. 18. Activities offered include: arts and crafts, sports, fitness, nature encounters,swimming, field trips and more. Online registration begins May 1. To register your child in person, visit a park with a summer camp beginning May 2. Families in need of financial assistance must registerand apply for assistance in person at your selected park. Cost is $40-$90 per week depending on location. Call park for details. The County offerssibling discounts of 10 percent and there is a nonrefundable registration fee of $12 per child. For more information, call 786-315-5410 or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/activities-summercamps.asp.
Urgent Inc. FACE Internship Program: This innovative camp gives teens ages 14-24 in grades 8-12 the opportunity to gain experience in Film, Arts& Culture, Coding and Entreprenuership for eight weeks during the summer. Interns must go through an interview process and commit to working five days a week, attend college and career workshops and do community service. For more information, visit urgentinc.org/face.
MONROE COUNTY SUMMER CAMPS
FKCC’s Summer Adventure Camps: Florida Keys Community College invites kids, tweens and teens to take part in their camps. Youth will have the opportunity to tap their creative talents, explore careers, expand their academic interests, hone technical skills and make new friends. Camps are comprised of oneweek sessions that run June 13 through August 19 at FKCC’s Key West Campus. The variety of camps will appeal to a range of interests and provide hands-on activities designed for specific age levels. 2017 SummerCamp information is coming soon. Stay tuned to www.fkcc.edu/community/summer-camps. Refunds will only be onsidered if you withdraw your student prior to the first day of camp. For more information, call 305-809-3185.
PLEASE NOTE: This report is not all-inclusive. It was compiled by South Florida Times Editor, Isheka N. Harrison, using information from a variety sources. To learn about more camps, visit the sources consulted including: BrowardFamilyLife.com, The SunSentinel and websites listed within camp descriptions.