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For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Registration for Miami-Dade County Parks Winter Break Camps Starts Monday, November 25

Camps are fun, affordable and help kids stay active in the great outdoors!

(MIAMI, November 12, 2013) - Don’t let your kids get stuck on the couch channel surfing and loading up on junk food during the Winter School Recess. Help them to stay active, connect to nature and make the most of their off-school time by enrolling them in one of the many fun-filled and affordable Winter Break Camps offered by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. Registration starts Monday, November 25, 2013.

Miami-Dade County Parks Winter Break Camps will be held December 23, 2013 through January 3, 2014 (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 (Ages 6 –14) 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 EcoAdventuresTM  Camps at AD Barnes Park, Arch Creek Park and the Deering Estate at Cutler.  For aspiring young golfers looking to learn the game or hone their skills, Miami-Dade County Parks offers Junior Golf Camps at two of its golf courses – the Country Club of Miami Golf Course and the Crandon Golf Course.

“Winter Break Daze” at Zoo Miami is designed to immerse children, ages 4 – 9, 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!

EcoAdventuresTM Camps at AD Barnes Park and Arch Creek Park will provide children, ages 6 – 15, with unique opportunities to discover the wonders of our South Florida ecosystem with outdoor activities such as trail hikes and wildlife encounters.  At the Deering Estate at Cutler children, ages 6 – 15, will explore this magnificent historic Estate and archeological preserve and learn about its unique natural surroundings. 

Winter Break Junior Golf Camp at the Country Club of Miami Golf Course is taught by PGA Professional Larry Levow and the Whole Game Golf School.  The camp will cover golf fundamentals, full-swing and short game instruction for junior golfers, ages 8 – 15 (or younger with previous golf experience).

Winter Break Junior Golf Camp at the Crandon Golf Course is taught by the golf professionals at the Crandon Golf Academy.  The Beginners Golf Camp (Ages 4 –16) and Elite Golf Camp (Ages 8-16) will cover a curriculum consisting of full golf swing with video analysis, short game, putting, golf etiquette and rules; plus contests with prizes. The Elite Golf Camp will additionally include on-course play, lessons on course management and strategy. Full-day sessions include lunch.

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, 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.

The cost for these camps is $40 – $90/week, depending on the program.  Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. 

• 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
• South Dade Park, 28151 SW 164 Ave., (305) 247-9453
• Southridge Park, 11250 SW 192 St., (786) 293-4549

• Bird Lakes Park, 14365 SW 48 Lane, (305) 270-1644
• Continental Park, 10000 SW 82 Ave., (305) 274-9666
• Kendale Lakes Park, 7850 SW 142 Ave., (305) 385-4750
• North Trail Park, 780 NW 127 Ave., (305) 207-2420
• Raices Hispanic Cultural Arts Center at Miller Drive Park, 5510 SW 94th Court, (305) 271-0812
• 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
• Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave., (305) 388-4771

• 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
• North Glade Park, 17355 NW 52 Ave., (305) 621-2461
• Oak Grove Park 690 NE 159 St., (305) 944-8670
• Olinda Park, 2101 NW 51 St., (305) 633-4066
Winter Break Camps for Nature and Wildlife Lovers:

“Winter Break Daze” at Zoo Miami (Ages 4 – 9)
Camp runs Dec. 26, 27, 30, 31 (half-day), and Jan. 2 – 3.  Enrollment is on a daily basis or all 5½ days. The cost for non-members is $42/day (Dec. 31 – $21) or $209/all 5½-days; and Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF) members pay $38/day (Dec. 31– $19) or $195/all 5½ days. Extended care is available for $8/day.  Pre-registration is required.  Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St., Miami. For details, call ZSF at 305-255-5551, or e-mail                                      

EcoAdventuresTM Camps at AD Barnes Park, Arch Creek Park and the Deering Estate at Cutler
Two, three-day sessions: Dec. 23, 26 – 27; December 30, Jan. 2 – 3:

 AD Barnes Park, Sense of Wonder Nature Center (Ages 6 – 15)
Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The cost is $102/three-day session, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12.  AD Barnes Park, Sense of Wonder Nature Center is located at 3401 SW 72 Ave., Miami.  For details, call (305) 662-4124 and visit

• Arch Creek Park (Ages 6 – 15)                                                                                  
Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The cost is $102/ three-day session, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12.  Arch Creek Park is located at 1855 NE 135 St, Miami. For details, call (305) 944-6111 and visit

• Deering Estate at Cutler (Ages 6 – 15)                                                                                                                                                    
Each day is a different theme!  Session 1: “Ecological Awareness” (Dec. 23); “Deering Adventures” (Dec. 26) and “Blast from the Past” (Dec. 27); Session 2: “Critters and Creatures” (Dec. 30); “Ice Age” (Jan. 2) and “Desert Oasis” (Jan. 3).  Camp hours are from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The cost is $115/three-day session, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12. Late pick up will be available from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for an additional $10 fee.  The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami. The Estate is 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 details, call (305) 235-1668, Ext. 233 or visit:

Winter Break Camps for Aspiring Young Golfers:

Junior Golf Camp at the Country Club of Miami (Ages 8 – 15)  Two Sessions – Session 1:  December 26 – 27; Session 2: January 2 – 3.  Camp hours:  Half-day, 9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.; Full-day, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The cost is $80/half-day session and $110/full-day session. Participants must provide their own lunch. The Country Club of Miami Golf Course is located at 6801 NW 168 St., Miami.  For details, call (305) 829-8456, Ext. 249 or visit

Junior Golf Camps at the Crandon Golf Course
Beginners Golf Camp (Ages 4 – 16) / Elite Golf Camp (Ages 8 – 16)
Two sessions – Session 1: December 23, 24, 26 and 27; Session 2: December 30 – January 3.  Beginners Golf Camp hours: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Cost: $250/half-day session.  Elite Golf Camp hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Cost: $500/full-day session.  The Crandon Golf Course is located at 6700 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne.  For details, call (305) 361-9120 or visit