(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Parents, the Spring Break school recess is almost here. Get the kids away from the television and game systems and treat them to fresh air, awesome outdoor activities and the opportunity to make new friends and memorable experiences that will last a lifetime, by enrolling them in one of these exciting Spring Break Camps being offered by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department at its parks throughout the County from March 12-16, 2012. Camps will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and offer an early drop-off option at 7:30 a.m. and a late pick-up option until 6:00 p.m.
Miami-Dade Parks' Spring Break Camps are affordable and are guaranteed to thrill and challenge your child. The cost for General Camps ranges from $40-$90 for the week, depending on the program. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. General Camps are not only fun, but fully-supervised, offering parents peace of mind while their children enjoy a full recreational schedule, including fitness, sports, arts and crafts, nature encounters, games, and field trips.
There are also Specialized Camps which focus on a specific interest or need--from camps for nature and wildlife-lovers like the Zoofari Camp at Zoo Miami, Spring Camp at the Deering Estate at Cutler, and EcoAdventures™ Nature Adventure Spring Camps, Spring Break Golf Camp for Juniors at the Country Club of Miami and camps for children with disabilities. Specialized Camps are competitively priced, ranging from $100-$225 for the week. Camps for children with disabilities are FREE.
Camp Manatee at Greynolds Park is a nature based specialty camp that teaches children ages 6-14 about the wonders of the environment through interactive games, activities, crafts & field trips. At the Redlands Adventure Camp, children ages 9-12 will enjoy the outdoors with daily field trips that include fishing, hiking, biking & canoeing. Spring Camp at the “Sense of Wonder” Nature Center at A.D. Barnes Parkcamp that teaches the fundamentals of Florida's native environment through nature hikes, fun interactive nature games, activities, arts and crafts, and field trips.
Zoofari Spring Camp at Zoo Miami presents fun, recreational activities for kids ages 4-10, based on the animal sciences. They'll see animal presentations and learn about wildlife conservation, and much more! The cost is $190 for non-members and $170 for ZSF members. Pre-registration is required. For details, call the Zoological Society of Florida at 305-255-5551.
The Deering Estate at Cutler offers Spring Camp for children ages 6-15. Campers can learn all about Marine Biology at the "Sea Ya" Camp! Camp hours are from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available for an additional fee.
Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures™ offers the Redlands Adventure Camp & Camp Manatee Camp. At the Redlands Adventure Camp, children ages 9-12 will enjoy the outdoors with daily field trips that include fishing, hiking, biking & canoeing. Camp Manatee at Greynolds Park is a nature based specialty camp that teaches children ages 6-14 about the wonders of the environment through interactive games, activities, crafts & field trips.
At the Country Club of Miami's Spring Break Golf Camp for Juniors, March 13-16, kids ages 8-15 will learn the fundamentals of golf. Topics include putting, short games, full swing, bunkers, rules, and etiquette. Resident instructor and golf pro Larry Levow, has been featured on the Golf Channel and has taught golfers of all levels, even some of the world's top PGA Tour players.
MDPR's Disability Services, in conjunction with the Children's Trust, provides FREE fun-filled daytime camps for both children and adults with disabilities, ages 6-21. Participants will be joined by highly experienced and certified staff for adaptive sports, arts and crafts, and field trips. This program is offered at Camp Matecumbe, Coral Estates Park, Goulds Park, Greynolds Park, Tamiami Park, and Westwind Lakes Park. Parks Spring Break Camps are funded in part by The Children's Trust, which is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County. To register your child for a Parks Spring Camp, please contact the participating parks as listed below, visit www.miamidade.gov/parks, or dial 3-1-1 for the Miami-Dade County Information Hotline.
General Program Camps:
Note: Sites designated with (TCT) are sponsored by The Children's Trust, a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County. Sites designated with (*) offer on-line registration starting February 13, 2012:
Arcola Park (TCT), 1680 NW 87 St., 305-835-7987
Arcola Lakes Park, 1301 NW 83 St., 305-836-5095
Country Village Park, 6550 NW 188 Terr., 305-622-2594*
Gwen Cherry Park (Y.E.T.), 7090 NW 22 Ave., 305-694-4889
Highland Oaks Park, 20300 NE 24 Ave., 305-932-2164*
Jefferson Reaves, 3100 NW 50 St., 305-635-2081
Little River Park, 10525 NW 24 Ave., 305-694-5121
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park (TCT), 6000 NW 32 Ave., 305-633-2044
North Glade Park, 17355 NW 52 Ave., 305-621-2461
Oak Grove, 690 NE 159 St., 305-944-8670*
West Little River, 2326 NW 84 St., 305-694-5096
Bird Lakes Park, 14365 SW 48 Ln., 305-207-1644*
Continental Park, 10000 SW 82 Ave., 305-274-9666*
North Trail Park, 780 NW 127 Ave., 305-207-2420
Rockway Park, 9460 SW 27 Dr., 305-223-8769
Ron Ehmann, 10995 SW 97 Ave., 305-271-3853*
Ruben Dario Park,9825 W. Flagler St., 305-222-2194
Tropical Estates Park, 10201 SW 48 St., 305-226-5782*
Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave., 305-388-4771*
Cinco de Mayo Park (TCT), 19350 SW 384 St., 305-242-7930
Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park, 14445 SW 122 Ave, (305)-235-2053*
Devon Aire, 10411 SW 122 Ave., 305-270-4951
Eureka Villas, 14301 SW 180 St., 305-254-5856*
Goulds Park, 11350 S.W. 216 St., 305-255-2399
Hammocks Community Park, 9885 Hammocks Blvd., (305)-380-6917*
Leisure Lakes Park (TCT), 29305 Illinois Rd., 305-248-1527
Modello Park, 28450 SW 152 Ave., 305-247-1553
Naranja Park (TCT), 14150 SW 264 St., 305-258-1945
Sgt. Joseph Delancy Park, 14450 Boggs Drive, 305-235-4503*
South Dade Park, 28151 SW 164 Ave., 305-247-9453*
Southridge Park, 11250 SW 192 St., 786-293-4549
West Perrine Park, 17121 SW 104 Ave., 305-235-2053
Camp Matecumbe (TCT), 13841 SW 120 St., 305-752-4966
Coral Estates (TCT), 1405 SW 97 Ave., 305-226-1622
Goulds (TCT), 21805 SW 114 Ave.,305-234-1673
Greynolds (TCT), 18601 NE 22 Ave, 305-945-3425
Tamiami (TCT), 11201 SW 24 St., 305-222-2128
Westwind Lakes (TCT), 6805 SW 152 Ave., 305-380-9106
Zoofari Spring Camp at Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152 St. Ages: 4-10. Hours are: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Early drop-off, 8:30 a.m. and late pick-up, 5:30 p.m. Cost: $170/week for ZSF members and $190/week for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call the Zoological Society of Florida at (305) 255-5551, or visit: Zoo Miami.
Deering Estate at Cutler Spring Camp
EcoAdventures™ Nature Adventure Spring Camps (the age varies for each camp):
16701 SW 72 Ave.,(305) 235-1668, ext. 233. Ages 6-15. Camp hours are from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Early drop-off and late-pick up are available for an additional fee of $10.00 per day for any combination of early drop-off and late pick-up. Early drop off is from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. / late pick up is from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Cost: $188/five-day session, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12.
- Camp Manatee at Greynolds Park, 17530 West Dixie Highway, (305) 948-2891/ (305) 944-6111. Ages 6-14 years; Camp hours are from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Early drop off and late pick up are available. Early drop off is from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. / late pick up is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Cost: $100/week (or $33.33 per day), plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12. Additional fees for field trips may apply.
- Redland Adventure Camp, Drop off at Castellow Park & Bill Sadowski Park, 22301 SW 162 Ave. (Castellow Park) or 17555 SW 79 Ave. (Bill Sadowski Park) (305) 255-4767. Ages 9-12; Camp hours are from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Early drop off and late pick up are available. Early drop off is from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. / late pick up is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Cost: $125/week, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12.
- Nature Detectives (Ages 6-8 years) & Nature Explorers (Ages 9-14 years),"Sense of Wonder" Nature Center at A.D. Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72 Avenue, Miami, FL, Phone: 305- 666-5883, or 305-662-4124. Camp hours are from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Early drop off and late pick up are available. Early drop off is from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. / late pick up is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Cost: $100/week, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12. Additional fees for field trips may apply
Spring Break Golf Camp for Juniors at the Country Club of Miami, March 13-16
NW 168th St., (305) 829-8456, Ext. 249. Ages 8-15. Full-day sessions are 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and half-day sessions are 9:00 a.m.-noon. The cost is $225/full-day session and $145/half-day session, includes instruction, practice balls and short course play. Students must provide their own lunch.
Disability Services' FREE Camps for Children with Disabilities:
These parks are sponsored by The Children's Trust, a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.
- Camp Matecumbe, 13841 SW 120th St.
Belinda Phillips (305) 752-4966, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coral Estates Park, 1405 SW 97th Ave.
Celia Leyva (305) 226-1622, email@example.com.
- Gould's Park, 21805 SW 114th Ave.
Jody Cox (305) 234-1673, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Greynolds Park, 18601 NE 22nd Ave.
Kim Fowler (305) 954-3425, Kfowler@miamidade.gov
- Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24th St.
Arlene Bouza-Jou (305) 222-2128, email@example.com.
- Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave.
Diana Bonet (305) 380-9106, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1 or visit Miami-Dade Parks. To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-365-6706.