Summer Fun: Your guide to kids programs and camps for the summer in Miami

 

Keep the kids happy and active

Children's storytime

By Valerie Schimel and MunchkinFun.com

The List: Summer Camps
1. Princess Academy at Le Petit Studio.
Treat princesses ages 3-6 to a summer of dancing, art, music, dress up, tea parties, ballet, jazz, tap, belly dancing and hip hop. 2246 NE 123rd St., North Miami; MunchkinFun.com/LPS or 888-982-8618 for details.

2. Chess Camp at Stormont Kings in Pinecrest.
Beginning, intermediate and advanced chess players learn strategies and tactics, play with puzzles and make new friends. 8353 SW 124th St. #201, Pinecrest; MunchkinFun.com/the-stormont-kings or 888-982-8618 for details.

3. Flag Football Camp at the Miami Beach JCC.
Kids 6-10 develop fundamental skills, take field trips and play weekly games. 4221 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach; MunchkinFun.com/mbjcc or 888-982-8618 for details.

4. Better Families Through Tae Kwon Do.
Kids 5-12 learn concentration, self-esteem, discipline and motivation via this engaging, culture-driven camp. 6723 SW 81st St., Miami; 888-982-8618 for details.

5. Summer Camp at My Gym Coral Gables.
Kids 2-9 spend three hours enjoying games, relays, songs, dances, story time, music and sports. 2531 Coral Way, Miami; 888-982-8618 for details.


Make Movie Magic
Summer is prime movie time as local theaters offer free and discounted family-friendly show times. Paragon Grove 13 (3015 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove; 305-446-6843) offers free kids movies Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. from June 17 - Aug. 14. Or invest $1 and head to a participating Regal Cinema location and enjoy a G or PG-rated film at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 10 to Aug. 6. Participating locations include Cypress Creek (6415 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale); Oakwood (2800 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood); Kendall Village (8595 SW 124th Ave., Miami); Southland Mall (10505 S. Dixie Hwy., Homestead); the Falls (9000 SW 136th St., Miami), and Sawgrass (2600 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise).


Get Bookish
Story time is a South Florida parent’s best friend. Up to an hour of books, crafts and indoor fun that’s good for the little ones, good for parents and easy on the wallet. Various library branches (mdpls.org) offer regular story readings and craft sessions, as do local bookstores like Books & Books (booksandbooks.com) and The Bookstore in the Grove (thebookstoreinthegrove.dreamhosters.com). Visit websites for details.


Indoor Playspaces
Find a couple hours of air-conditioned fun and child entertainment at an indoor play space — Miami’s answer to summer parenting. Some of our favorite spots include Play-In in Wynwood (2501 NW Second Ave., Miami 305-576-7604); Jump A Roos in Homestead (20505 S Dixie Hwy., Cutler Bay; 305-238-5867); and Peek-a-Boo Café in Aventura (18821 NE 29th Ave., Aventura; 305-974-0189). Offerings and prices vary by location but include trampolines, climbing gyms, crafts, dress-up and snacks.

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