By Jai-Leen James, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Spring Break in Miami isn’t just for out-of-state college students. Miami-Dade County offers several spring camps to keep local children safe, active and still learning while out of school.
Starting March 25 through March 29, Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation department hosts spring break camps for residents. Camps run from 9 AM to 5 PM, allowing parents to still have the ability to go work while their children are off from school. Participating parks near Miami Beach include Arcola Lakes Park, Highland Oaks Park, Jefferson Reaves Park and Little River Park.
The Fit2Play camp focuses on sports, fitness and arts and crafts. Each Fit2Play session incorporates Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK). SPARK is a leading physical education research-based program that identifies the best methods of improving the quality and quantity of physical activity for children. SPARK is designed to improve motor development, muscle memory and social skills. Costs for this camp varies from $40 to $90 a week.
For children ages 4 – 15, junior golf camp is available. At the County Club of Miami, students ages 8 – 15 will be part of The Whole Game Golf School. Young golfers get the opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of the sport through practice, instruction and short course play. A full-day session from 9 AM – 4 PM costs $235 per week. A half-day session that ends at noon costs $155 for the week. There are also two other golf academies at varying prices based upon experience level.
At the Miami EcoAdventures Camps, students explore and learn about nature. Camp Black Bear meets at the A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park Nature Center. There, kids will participate in athletic activity in the great outdoors. Camp Manatee meets at the Greyhounds Park Boathouse. At this aquatic-based camp, children conduct science experiments under the safety of staff supervision. Parents are advised to pack drinkable water, comfortable closed-toe shoes, sun protection and lunch for their children to bring.
The Wildlife Warriors is an animal-friendly camp at Zoo Miami. Campers ages 4 -12 learn about wildlife conservation, plant native butterfly plants and engage in hands-on science experiments. Meal plans and scholarships are available for interested parties. Wildlife Warriors starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM; free childcare is provided until 5:30 PM.
Children with disabilities are also encouraged to participate in Miami-Dade Parks programs and activities. Sponsored by The Children’s Trust, Miami-Dade offers specialized camps managed by certified therapeutic recreation therapists.