Registration for Miami-Dade County Parks ''Fit2play'' Spring Break Camps Starts March 1
Affordable camps offer fitness, sports, nature-encounters, field trips, and more!
Keep your kids active, fit and engaged during the spring school break with one of these affordable and memory-making “Fit2Play” Spring Break Camps being offered by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. Registration starts Friday, March 1, 2013. Camps will be held March 25-29, 2013, 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 ''Zoofari Spring Camp'' and Eco AdventuresTM Camps; the Country Club of Miami's Junior Golf and camp programs for youth with disabilities.
Zoofari Spring Camp
At Zoo Miami is designed to immerse children ages 4 - 10 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!
Eco AdventuresTM 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.
Cycle of Life Spring Break Camp
Participants will come to learn about nature and participate in science discovery programs at the ''Cycle of Life Spring Break Camp'' at the Deering Estate as part of Eco-Adventure Camps. Children, ages 6 - 15, will learn and explore the cycle of life of many plants, animals and how all of us are part of a big cycle of life called the Earth. The Adventure will be filled with hikes, catching critters in the bay, explorations around the Estate and many hands-on activities.
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. Children with disabilities are welcome in all Park programs. Contact the park manager to develop an inclusion plan as early as possible.
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, 10411 SW 122 Ave., 305-270-4951
Eureka Park, 18320 SW 119 Ave., 305-971-8814
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
Modello Park, 28450 SW 152 Ave., 305-247-1553
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
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
Raices Hispanic Cultural Arts Center at Miller Drive Park, 5510 SW 94 Court, 305-271-0812
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
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
Marva Y Bannerman Park, 4820 NW 24 Ave., 305-633-4064
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
Miami-Dade Parks’ Specialized Camps
Zoofari Spring Camp at Zoo Miami (Ages 4 - 10)
Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St., Miami. March 25-29. The cost is $190/five-day session for non-members; and $170/five-day session for Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF) members. Extended care is available at an additional charge. Pre-registration is required. For details visit www.zoomiami.org, call ZSF at 305-255-5551, or e-mail email@example.com.
AD Barnes Park, Arch Creek Park, Tropical Park and the Deering Estate at Cutler March 25-29:
- 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. - 5:00p.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.
- Cycle of Life Spring Camp at the Deering Estate (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. Cost: $188/five-day session, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12. 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 - 6:00 pm.
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 www.deeringestate.org.
Junior Golf Camp (Ages 7 - 16)
Country Club of Miami, 6801 NW 168 St., Miami, (305) 829-8456, Ext. 249. March 25-29. 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.
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 about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.
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