summer_camp_web.jpgCounty parks and other facilities in the community and elsewhere will offer winter camps from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Dec. 20-31, with early drop-off at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up until 6 p.m. 


At the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 2166 NW 62nd St., a Fitness and Wellness Camp for children aged 6-17 will provide instruction in the arts by professionals.

Classes will be held in ink washing, silk-screening, drama, and modeling.

Children will also learn how to stay fit through martial arts, dance, theater and yoga.

This camp will take place Dec. 20-30 and  the cost is $45 a week. Early drop-off is available. For more information, call 305-635-6771.

General program camps will be held at various sites. The cost is $40 to $90 a week, depending on the program.  Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

The sites include:

• Arcola Lakes Park, 1301 NW 83rd St., 305-836-5095

• Arcola Park, 1680 NW 87th St., 305-835-7987

• Gwen Cherry Park (NFL/YET Center), 7090 NW 22 AVE., 305-694-4889

• Jefferson Reaves Sr. Park, 3100 NW 50 ST., 305-635-2081

• Little River Park, 10525 NW 24 Ave., 305-694-5121

• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 6100 NW 32 CT, 305-633-2044

• Olinda Park, 2101 NW 51 St., 305-633-4066

Parents have an even broader range of offerings for their children.

They include Specialized Camps, which focus on a specific interest or need, such as the nature-based EcoAdventures Camps and the Deering Estate’s Discovery Camp, the Country Club of Miami’s Junior Golf Camp and programs for children with disabilities.

EcoAdventures Camps at AD Barnes Park, Arch Creek Park and Bill Sadowski Park provide unique opportunities for children ages 6-14 to explore the South Florida ecosystem with outdoor field-trips.

Discovery Camp at the Deering Estate introduces children ages 6-15 to South Florida’s history and habitats through interactive
exhibits and hands-on activities, outdoor treks and field trips to other locations.

This program makes use of the archeological, natural and historic setting of this bayside estate which was once home to Miami pioneer Charles Deering and the hunting and fishing grounds of ancient Tequesta Indians.

The Junior Golf Camp at the Country Club of Miami offers children ages 7-16 the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the game.  The class is taught by resident instructor Larry Levow. Topics to be covered will include putting, short game, full swing, bunkers, rules, and etiquette.

The Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services program, in conjunction with The Children’s Trust, provides a daytime camp for children and young adults with disabilities, ages 6-21. Participants will be joined by staff for adaptive sports, arts and crafts and field trips.  The program is offered at Greynolds Park, Coral Estates Park, Tamiami Park, Westwind Lakes Park, Goulds Park, and Oak Grove Park.

To register your child, you must contact the specific park where you wish your child to attend. Prices vary. For more information, call the park, visit www.miamidade.gov/parks or dial  3-1-1 for the Miami-Dade County Information Hotline.