(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Even in these tough economic times, you can still help your child make the most out of the Winter School Recess and not break the bank, with affordable, fun and adventure-filled activities being offered at Miami- Dade County Parks'Winter Break Camps. Registration starts Monday, November 26, 2012. Camps will be held December 24, 2012 through January 4, 2013 (closed Christmas/New Year's Day), Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with early drop-off available at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up until 6:00 p.m.
General Camp programs will thrill and challenge youngsters with a variety of activities from fitness, sports, and arts and crafts to games and exciting field trips. There are also Specialized Camps, which focus on a specific interest or need, including camps for nature and wildlife-lovers like Zoo Miami's “Winter Break Daze” Camp and EcoAdventures™ Camps and; the Country Club of Miami's Junior Golf Camp; and camp programs for youth with disabilities.
“Winter Break Daze” at Zoo Miami is designed to immerse children ages 4 - 8 into the world of wildlife and conservation. It's a fun-filled learning adventure that includes live animal presentations, visits to animal exhibits, interactions with zookeepers, wildlife enrichment activities, and much more!
EcoAdventures™ Camps at AD Barnes Park, Arch Creek Park, and Tropical Park provide unique opportunities for children, ages 6 - 15, to explore the wonders of our South Florida ecosystem with outdoor activities from trail hikes and wildlife encounters, to canoeing and fishing excursions, participants will not only learn about their environment and connect with nature, but will get plenty of exercise. Participants will come to learn the wonderful nature surrounding the Deering Estate at Cutler as part of the EcoAdventures™ Winter Camp “Native vs Non-Native Species.” Children, ages 6 - 15, will explore the Estate's natural areas and learn about South Florida's flora and fauna and which species are invading our natural environment and how we can join different citizen science programs to protect our native species. The action-packed adventure includes wildlife encounters, biking, and more!
Junior Golf Camp at the Country Club of Miami offers children ages 7 - 16 the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of golf. The class is taught by resident instructor Larry Levow, who has been featured on the Golf Channel and has taught golfers of all levels, even some of the world's top PGA Tour players. Topics to be covered will include putting, short games, full swing, bunkers, rules, and etiquette.
Parents may register their child by visiting the specific Miami-Dade County Park where they wish their child to attend. Some parks offer online registration at Miami-Dade Parks, where the entire list of camp sites is also found. The public may also dial 311 for the Miami-Dade County Information Hotline. Prices for camps vary.
Miami-Dade County Parks General Program Camps
The cost for these camps is $40 - $90/week, depending on the program. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
- Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park, 14445 SW 122 Ave., 305-235-2053
- Devon Aire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave., 305-270-4951
- Eureka Villas Park, 14301 SW 180 St., 305-254-5856
- Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 St., 305-255-2399
- Hammocks Community Park, 9885 Hammocks Blvd., 305-380-6917
- Modello Park, 28450 SW 152 Ave., 305-247-1553
- Sgt. Joseph Delancy Park, 14450 Boggs Dr., 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, 10301 SW 170 Terr., 305-235-2053
- Bird Lakes Park, 14365 SW 48 Lane, 305-270-1644
- Continental Park, 10000 SW 82 Ave., 305-274-9666
- North Trail Park, 780 NW 127 Ave., 305-207-2420
- Rockway Park, 9460 SW 27 Ave., 305-223-8769
- Ron Ehmann Park, 10995 SW 97 Ave., 305-271-3853
- Ruben Dario Park, 9825 West 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
Miami-Dade County Parks Specialized Camps
- Arcola Lakes Park, 1301 NW 83 St., 305-836-5095
- Country Village Park, 6550 NW 188 Terr., 305-622-2594
- Gwen Cherry Park (NFL/YET Center), 7090 NW 22 Ave., 305-694-4889
- Highland Oaks Park, 20300 NE 24 Ave., 305-932-2164
- Jefferson Reaves Sr. Park, 3090 NW 50 St., 305-635-2081
- Little River Park, 10525 NW 24 Ave., 305-694-5121
- Marva Y Bannerman Park, 4820 NW 24 Ave., 305-633-4064
- North Glade Park, 17355 NW 52 Ave., 305-621-2461
- Oak Grove Park 690 NE 159 St., 305-944-8670
- West Little River Park, 2326 NW 84 St., 305-694-5096
“Winter Break Daze” at Zoo Miami (Ages 4 - 8)
Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St., Miami. Two sessions: Dec. 26 - 28 and Jan. 2 - 4. Enrollment is on a daily or three-day basis. The cost is $42/day or $114/three-days for non-members; and $38/day or $102/three-days for Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF) members. Extended care is available at an additional charge. Pre-registration is required. For details, call ZSF at 305-255-5551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AD Barnes Park, Arch Creek Park, Tropical Park and the Deering Estate at Cutler Dec. 26 - 28 and Jan. 2 - 4:
- Nature Detectives (Ages 6 - 8) / Nature Explorers (Ages 9 - 14)
AD Barnes Park, Sense of Wonder Nature Center, 3401 SW 72 Ave., Miami, 305-662-4124. Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Early drop-off and late-pick up are available for an additional fee. The cost is $100/week, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12.
- Camp Manatee (Ages 6-14)
Arch Creek Park,1855 NE 135 St., Miami, 305-944-6111. Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Early drop-off and late-pick up are available for an additional fee. The cost is $100/week, plus a one- time annual registration fee of $12.
- Fishing Camp (Ages 9-15)
Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St., Miami and AD Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72 Ave., Miami, 305-662-4124. Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Early drop-off and late-pick up are available for an additional fee. The cost is $125/week, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12.
- “Native vs Non-Native” Winter Camp (Ages 6 - 15)
Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami, 305-235-1668, Ext. 233. Camp hours are from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The cost is $115 /three-day session, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12. Early drop-off and late-pick up are available for an additional fee.
About the Deering Estate at Cutler
The Deering Estate at Cutler is a 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit Deering Estate.
Junior Golf Camp (Ages 7-16)
Country Club of Miami, 6801 NW 168 St., Miami, 305-829-8456, Ext. 249. Two sessions: Session 1, December 26 - 28; Session 2, January 2 - 4. Full-day sessions are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and half-day sessions are 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The cost is $195/three full-day sessions and $105/three half-day sessions. Daily rate is $45/half-day session and $85/full-day session. Fees include instruction, practice balls and short course play. Students must provide their own lunch.
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 260 parks and 12,825 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 visit Miami-Dade Parks or call 3-1-1. To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.