Camps for Kids in Miami Dade, Florida

By Mary Pletcher

Dade County, in southeast Florida, is home to the city of Miami and universities, museums, and other cultural opportunities. Camps for kids abound, ranging from camps run by the county department of Parks and Recreation to summer camps tailored to nearly any interest under the sun. Whether you are looking for a summer camp, an afternoon camp or a camp for winter or spring break, your children have plenty of choices in Miami.

Parks and Recreation Camps

The Miami-Dade department of Parks and Recreation offers summer camps, winter camps and spring camps for children. The summer camp is a10-week program for children ages 6 to 14, and the theme in summer 2010 was "Fit to Play, Green it Up," with a range of athletic activities and field trips. Specialty sports camps, camps for children with disabilities, and cultural and heritage camps are also available, in addition to all-girls camps and nature camps. Winter camps are offered over the winter break, including general camps, environmental camps, golf camps and heritage camps. Spring break camps take place during the public school system's spring break and include general program camps, camps for children with disabilities and a camp at the Miami MetroZoo.

University Based Camps

Miami-Dade also offers summer camps for children at two of its universities: the University of Miami and Miami Dade College. Miami Dade College offers camps for children ages 5 to 18 with focuses on themes as diverse as DNA analysis, music production and performance, etiquette and leadership for girls. The University of Miami offers children's camps for ages 5 to 12, including sports camps, an art camp, music and reading camps as well as academic, debate and athletic camps for middle- and high-school students.

Museum, Arts and Other Educational Camps

Parents seeking a cultural summer experience for their children have a range of choices in Miami. The Miami Children's Theater offers summer camps and summer programs for children as young as 2. The Miami Science Museum has summer, winter and spring break camps for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as one-day weekend mini-camps on scientific topics ranging from astronomy to paleontology. Computer camps for ages 7 to 17 are run by iD Tech. Camps include day camps and overnight camps. Abrakadoodle, an art education program, offers art camps throughout the year.

Athletic Camps

Young athletes in Miami have numerous opportunities to spend time honing their skills at specialty camps. The Miami Heat offer one-week summer camps for boys and girls ages 7 to 16 at Miami-Dade area high schools and colleges, and camp admission includes a ticket to a Miami Heat home game. Summer surfing camps are offered through Surf Miami Beach. Offense-Defense sports offers full-contact youth football camps for ages 7 to 18. Baseball players ages 4 to 13 can attend full- or half-day camps through Red Berry's Baseball World.