The List: Summer Camps
1. Summer Institute for the Gifted.
Treat kids 5-17 to a three-week academic summer camp at the University of Miami. 866-303-4744
2. Adventure Biscayne Camp.
Skip the cell phone & immerse your child in a summer of sailing, kayaking, fishing, volleyball, sand soccer, sandcastle building and outdoor fun. 305-361-1505
3. Area Stage Company.
Have your child participate in a full production of “Disney’s Aladdin or join one-week intensives designed to improve performance skills in acting, voice, and dance! 305-666-2078
4. Perez Art Museum Miami.
Kids 6-12 will explore weekly themes found in the works on view, make their own works of art and enjoy recess at Museum Park. 305-375-3000
5. Design Lab Miami.
Campers will flex their creative muscles, learn to work with their hands; and develop their own ideas about textile printing, sketching, and fashion technology. 305-891-0440
Find a couple hours of air-conditioned fun and child entertainment at an indoor playspace — Miami’s answer to summer parenting. Some of our favorite spots include Play-In in Wynwood (2501 NW 2 Ave., Miami; 305-576-7604); Jump A Roos in Homestead (20505 S Dixie Hwy, Cutler Bay; 305-238-5867); and Cool de Sac at Village at Gulfstream Park (500 Seabiscuit Trail; 954-399-9953). Offerings and pricings vary by location but include trampolines, climbing gyms, crafts, dress-up and snacks.
Make Movie Magic
Summer is prime movie time as local theaters offer free and discounted family-friendly show times. Cobb Theaters offers free family-friendly films Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday at 10 a.m.; while Regal Cinemas offers $1 screenings at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesdays. 2015 featured films include ‘The Smurfs’, ‘The Lego Movie’, ‘Stuart Little’ and ‘Paddington’. Check websites for locations and schedules.
Storytime 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 offer regular story readings and craft sessions, as do local bookstores like Books & Books (www.booksandbooks.com), the Bookstore in the Grove (www.thebookstoreinthegrove.com) and Barnes & Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com). Visit websites for details.
Visit MunchkinFun.com for more summer options for kids.