Summer Camps: They’re Not Just for Outdoors Anymore
Before you know it, the school year will be over and summer vacation will be in full swing.
The question then becomes, how do you continue stimulating young minds while still providing them with a fun escape away from the classroom environment? Summer camps have been a staple for keeping kids occupied during the school break. But these camps don’t just have to be mindless filler until the new school year begins. Nowadays, there are so many available options that promote creativity, education and foster a love for the arts, while at the same time serving as an enjoyable pastime for youngsters eager to embark on new adventures. Whether it’s theater, film, science, dance, art, sports, etc., we’ve compiled a list of South Florida’s hottest summer camps your kids will definitely fall for!
for Young Performers
Theater & Film
These all-inclusive theatre experiences will have your young actor taking an original show from concept to the stage! Programs include 3 Week Summer Theatre/Film Camp, 4 Week Summer Theatre Camp, Advanced Musical Theatre Camp (includes the opportunity to be cast in professional production of Pippi Longstocking) and Teen One-Act Showcase.
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
Camp at the J provides an enriching environment for children with specialty camps in Performing Arts, general camp, Sports and Robotics. Campers choose from activities including: art, gymnastics, nature, cooking, rock band, jewelry making, canoeing & fishing, rocketry and more!
Ages: 13 months – 14 Years
11155 SW 112 Ave, Miami
Camp Broadway at the Arsht Center
Singing, Acting, Dancing and Ensemble Performance
Your Child Can Learn from Broadway’s Best! Camp Broadway at the Arsht Center enables theater-loving kids to develop their confidence and creativity through daily lessons in singing, acting, dancing and ensemble performance taught by Broadway professionals! The camp is open to all skill levels and no previous experience is necessary to enroll. The week-long program will culminate in a special musical performance finale on the Arsht Center stage! Aug 8-13.
Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
Camp Sol Taplin/ JCAT Summer Stock/ Extreme JCAT
Theater, Dance, Art
All three camps feature theatrical production for different age groups, which includes theater, dance, art (Camp Sol Taplin), participating in full theatrical productions, (JCAT Summer Stock), and a 4-day trip to New York with theater professionals to see shows, meet producers, directors, and actors, as well as take exciting side-trips
Ages: 18 months to 16 years (Camp Sol Taplin); Grades 2-5 (JCAT Summer Stock); Grades 6-10 (Extreme JCAT) 18900 NE 25th Ave,
North Miami Beach
Miami Children's Museum Explorers Camp
Culture & Theater
Campers will work closely with the Museum’s team of professional actors, the MCM Players, and also visual artists. Each week campers will also discover a new sport and explore the countries where it is most popular.
980 Macarthur Causeway, Miami
Film Institute: Lights, Camera, Action Camp
FFI will give local high school students the opportunity to focus on essential and practical aspects of the film industry including scriptwriting, cinematography, lighting, sound recording, directing, editing and acting. This year’s offerings include a limited number of full scholarships to students in need of financial assistance.
Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables
Adventure & Marine Science
Let your child enjoy sun-and-fun-filled days of education and conservation at Miami Seaquarium's summer camp. Weekly programs vary by age and skill levels so you can find the program that is just right for your child. Children will enjoy up-close animal interactions, animal shows, field & art activities.
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami
Kalos Music & Art School Summer Academy
Music, Theater, Art
In 3-week sessions, Kalos puts together a musical theater based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” in which children are part of the creative process of songwriting, music recording, acting, dancing and making scenography and costumes.
20634 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
Arts Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive of Russian Technique
The summer intensive program has been designed to provide serious ballet students with a complete dance-training program. The curriculum includes a complete dance-training program for both male and female students who will be able to receive a unique approach to authentic, traditional Russian ballet training with the finest Russian teachers graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy. Audition is required.
15939 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach
The American Heritage Summer Institute is an academic enrichment program for high achievers in PK3-12th grade. Dedicated faculty is comprised of career educators and professionals currently practicing in their fields. Courses include Early Elementary Enrichment, Writing Seminars, Math and Coding, Leadership, Medical Terminology, Embryology, Business Law, and SAT/ACT Prep.
Ages: PK3 - Grade 12
12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation
954.472.0022 ext. 3053
Broadway Kids Studio
Theater & Dance
BKS is a full service performing arts studio offering one of the most popular Summer Camps around. Additionally, BKS offers group classes and private lessons in singing, acting, dancing, and musical instruments. Students get a true performing arts education and are challenged by a talented and dedicated staff of instructors.
9042 West State Road 84, Davie
The Museum of Discovery and Science’s 2016 summer Camp Discovery program offers curious campers a chance to test their detective skills, learn the science of different cultures, experiment with chemical reactions in food, and other exciting themes every week.
401 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale
Camp Live Oak
ACA accredited day camps offered at three locations. Outdoor, environmental camp includes hands on science, canoeing, archery, fishing, arts/crafts, surfing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, field trips, marine science, & Spanish camp for ages 5 – 13. Teen program, ages 14-16. Counselors are certified teachers. Early Bird / Session / Sibling discounts, Van and Lunch service available.
Ft. Lauderdale, Dania Beach, N. Miami
954.563.4880 and 305.940.4748
Campers work with professional instructors in acting, music, and dance to mount full-scale productions of Disney’s Alice In Wonderland Jr., Once On This Island Jr., and Shrek Jr. Creative Drama is offered for pre-K-first graders, with different themes for each week.
Ages: Grades 2-10,
Creative Drama Pre-K - 1st Grade
2542B East Sunrise Blvd,
The Performance Project School of the Arts
Summer Theater Camp
at The Broward Center
Under the direction of artistic professional and teaching veteran Nina Felice, campers will gain hands-on experience in musical theater, acting, dance, voice and technical production. With three locations, two sessions and age-specific groups and shows, there is no reason to miss out on the fun. Each session culminates with a live performance on stage in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts: 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale: Phone: 954.462.0222 Aventura Arts & Cultural Center:
3385 NE 188th St, Aventura:
Old Davie School:
6650 Griffin Road, Davie
City of Miramar’s Little Broadway Summer Camp
A seven-week summer theatre arts program designed for students with all levels of ability and experience. Camp includes weekly field trips, nutritional snacks and culminates with a public theater performance.
Ages: 7 to 14
(Total of 75 Campers)
Miramar Cultural Center
2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar
FAT Village Center for the Arts Creative Art Camp
Open to all students of all creative backgrounds, levels of interest and skill. Program includes: Drawing and Painting, Photography, Glass Fusing, Textiles, Character Development and Printmaking. Two week sessions. Enroll today! High School Science or art credit for Summer Art Students. Merit and Need based scholarships available.
Ages: Grades 1-12
531 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale
St. Thomas Aquinas
Program will allow experienced actors to improve their vocal, acting & choreography skills, stage presence and audition techniques and gives beginners a firm foundation to grow confidence and build essential performance skills and techniques. Program will culminate in a showcase at the end of each week giving all participants a chance to perform as a featured performer or ensemble member in front of their family and friends.
Ages: Grades 6-8
St. Thomas Aquinas
Bienes Center for the Arts
2801 SW 12 St, Fort Lauderdale
Art and Culture Center
Summer Arts Camp
Art & Theater
The Art and Culture Center’s Summer Arts Camp offers kids the opportunity to hone their creative skills by participating in visual, performing, and interdisciplinary programs. With sessions for all skill levels and ages, actors and artists can enjoy participating and showcasing their work from June 13 through August 12.
1650 Harrison St, Hollywood
Montessori Summer Camp
Creative Art & More
Summit-Questa Montessori begins June 13 – August 12. Campers can enjoy the 10-acre campus, pools, sporting fields and indoor gymnasium. The camp offers a variety of programs, including academic programs, creative art, science, field trips and more.
Ages: Early Childhood (3-5); Sports Camp (6-10)
5451 Davie Road, Davie
Summer Art Camp
Have an ARTrageous Summer at Camp YAA! Choose from Art Exploration, Fashion Design, Performance Art, Digital Art & Film, Ceramics & Sculpt, STEAM Rolling with Art, Drawing, Painting and Printmaking. Each camp includes outdoor play, water day, daily exploration of YAA’s interactive exhibit galleries and more!
751 SW 121st Ave, Davie
Pine Crest Summer
Arts, Sports, Academics & Enrichment
The only rowing camp in Broward County, also includes Academic, Athletic, Enrichment, Robotics and Fine Arts for all to enjoy. 59 years of experience and success with a traditional day camp taught by faculty and coaches.
1501 NE 62nd Street. Ft. Lauderdale
Technology, Film, Photography,
Robotics, & more!
Forget what you know about Summer Camp. Digi-Camp is completely different. They offer camps in photography, movie production, video game programming, and robotics. Your children are going to love the stuff put in their hands. Check out the 2016 Schedule of Boca Raton Camp Offerings.
Ages: 7 to 14
5455 North Federal Highway,
Suite I, Boca Raton
Performing Arts Camp
at Old School Square
Children will explore, discover and create through MUSIC, THEATER, VISUAL ARTS and CIRQUE (youth circus-style) activities! Campers are grouped by age and activity and are under the expert care of Camp Director, Drew Tucker and his team. Camp Showcase in the Crest Theatre every Friday at 2 p.m.
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
Pine Crest Summer Programs - Boca Raton
Fine Arts, Band,
Digital Media & More
From the fields and courts to the pool and classroom, from behind the lens to center stage, there is something for everyone. Camps are directed by professional teachers and coaches. Extended care available and lunch is provided. Weekly registration allows families to design their own summer calendar.
2700 St Andrews Blvd. Boca Raton
Summer STEM and Tech Adventures
Science & Technology Summer is made for adventure! For young scientists ages 4-14, each exciting week of camp offers hands-on exploration on a variety of STEM topics. The days are packed with interactive lessons, exciting labs, crafts and outside activities led by our expert Science Educators.
Ages: 4-14 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach 561.832.1988 www.sfsciencecenter.org/summer-camp