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Winter Break Activities

By on December 7, 2012

When schools let out for the holidays December 24–January 4 the following locations offer winter break activities for your children.

ATTRACTIONS & PARKS

Winter Camp at Deering Estate
Session I: December 26–28 | Session ll: January 2–4
Participants will come to learn abut the wonderful nature surrounding the Deering Estate at Cutler as part of the “Native vs Non-Native Species” Winter Camp! Children, ages 6–15, will explore the Estate’s natural areas & learn about So Fla’s flora & fauna and which species are invading our natural environment & how you can join different citizen science programs to protect our native species. Two 3-day sessions are available for $115 plus $12 annual regis. fee. 9am–4pm. Early drop off & late pick up available for an additional fee. 16701 SW 72 Ave, Miami. 305-235-1668 x233. www.deeringestate.org

Miami Seaquarium’s Winter Camp
Week A: December 24–28 (closed Dec 25th)
Week B: December 31–January 4 (closed Jan 1st)
Each camp day includes 1 marine mammal show, 1 to 2 animal interactions, arts & crafts, interactive games & much more! Campers will receive a camp T-shirt, a Kodak souvenir photo, daily lunch, snacks & beverages. 9:30am–4:30pm. $175/week. $160/week annual pass holders.$160 add’l sibling. Early care & late care available (add’l $20/ea). Both: $35. E-mail: education@msq.cc. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy. Miami. 305-361-5705×526. www.miamiseaquarium.com

Zoo Miami Winter Break Daze
Where in the World?  Wednesday–Friday, December 26–28
Designed to immerse children ages 4–8 into the world of wildlife & conservation. Children will explore amazing survival adaptations found in animals from different continents in the world, while enjoying animal encounters & other great interactive activities. A fun-filled learning adventure that includes live animal presentations, visits to animal exhibits, wildlife enrichment activities & much more!

Secrets of Animal Boomers  Wednesday–Friday, January 2–4
Why are some animals endangered while others thrive? What caused many animal species to become extinct? Join us to find out the answers to these & many other questions while having a great time at the Zoo! Children will explore cool facts about what animals need in order to survive in the wild & how we can help protect them & their habitats. 9am–3pm. Ages 4–8. Three-Day rate $102/members, $114/non-members. Daily rate: $38/members, $42/nonmembers. Extended Care available. Pre-regis. req. & space limited. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. 305-251-0400. 786-619-3422. www.zoomiami.org

GYMNASTICS

Tumblebees Gymnastics  Session l: January 2–4
Campers will enjoy instructional coaching on trampoline, balance beam, bars, vaulting & tumbling on the spring floor. Pre-schoolers will also enjoy arts & crafts & creative movement activities. Dance, movies & karaoke will be included for the all day campers. Early drop off & late pick up available. 6950 SW 117 Ave. Miami. 305-596-2337. www.tumblebeesgymnastic.com

PLAY & MUSIC

Gymboree Play & Music
All centers closed Christmas Eve,Christmas Day, New Years Eve & New Years Day!

Wednesday Dec. 26–Friday Dec. 28 all centers will be open for Open Gym 10am–2pm. Coral Gables will also be open for Open Gym 3–5pm on those same days. Regular Classes will be held at all centers on Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 29 & 30. Regular hours resume on January 2nd.
Coral Gables: Village of Merrick Park (3rd Fl) 305-476-9500
Doral: 2555 NW 102 Ave (#203) 305-594-3775
Kendall: 8530 SW 124 Ave. 305-270-0021
Pinecrest: 11845 S. Dixie Hwy. 305-232-3399

SCHOOLS

A & A Children Academy Preschool & Child Care

Holiday Drop-Off Days Wednesday–Friday, December 26–28 | Wednesday–Friday, January 2–4

Closed on December 24, 25, 31 & January 1, 2012
School 1–4541 SW 64 Ct, Miami,
School 2–6725 SW 21 St, Miami,
305-310-0243 www.childrenacademy.net

SWIMMING

Born 2 Swim Aquatic Academy

Born 2 Swim offers proven survival skills training to enable your child to “swim, float, & swim” in the event that he/she may fall in the water. Utilizing consecutive private lessons, your child is guided through a program that is personalized to his/her age appropriate level. Swim instruction to children 6 mos&up. Swim & save for the Holidays! Enroll now and receive a 15% discount on the Private Survival Program. State-of-the-art indoor pool located at 1955 NW 108 Ave. Miami. 305-437-SWIM (7946). www.born2swim.com

MUSEUMS

Coral Gables Museum
Wednesday–Friday, December 26–28

Kids ages 5–12 will enjoy holiday arts & crafts as well as design & create the Coral Gables Museum’s costumes & props for the annual Jr. Orange Bowl Parade on Dec. 30! Campers & their families are invited to join the Museum’s unit during the parade. 9am–4pm. Tuition: $110/members, $135/non-members. Download Winter Camp regis. form online. 285 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables. 305-603-8067. www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Miami Children’s Museum
Week 1: December 24–28: Winter Wonderland
Children will be transported to a Winter Wonderland as they learn about our cold weather friends & holidays from around the world. Campers will enjoy fun filled activities & will make unique holiday themed crafts, decorate cookies, play games & much more! (Note: No camp on Christmas Day & no aftercare on Christmas Eve).

Week 2: December 31–January 4: Rockin’ New Year

During this week of camp, children will play, create, sing & dance their way into the New Year. Whether it’s exploring winter sports or creating their own New Year’s resolution, campers are guaranteed to have a rockin’ good time. (No camp on New Year‘s Day & no aftercare on New Year’s Eve.) 9am–3pm. Before & after camp available for additional fee. $160/wk members, $180/wk non-members. 980 MacArthur Causeway. Miami. 305-373-KIDS (5437) x112. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PARKS

Winter Break Camps
December 24–January 4.  Closed on Christmas & New Year’s Day.

Parents can help their child make the most out of the Winter School Recess with affordable, fun & adventure-filled activities being offered at the Parks’ Winter Break Camps. Camp runs Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. Register now. Early drop-off & late pickup available for add’l fee. There are also Specialized Camps, which focus on a specific interest or need. Parents may register their child by visiting the specific Park where they wish their child to attend. Some parks offer online regis. at www.miamidade.gov/parks, where the entire list of camp sites is also found. The public may also dial 3-1-1 for the Miami-Dade Co. 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.

ECOADVENTURES CAMPS
Explore the wonders of our So Fla ecosystem with outdoor activities from trail hikes & wildlife encounters, to canoeing & fishing excursions. There is a 1-time annual registration fee of $12. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available for an additional fee.

A.D. Barnes Park
Nature Detectives (Ages 6–8) | Nature Explorers (Ages 9–14)
Camp hours are 9am–5pm. The cost is $100/week. AD Barnes Park, Sense of Wonder Nature Center, 3401 SW 72 Ave. Miami. 305-662-4124

Arch Creek Park
Camp Manatee (Ages 6–14) | Camp hours are 9am–5pm. The cost is $100/week. Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135 St. Miami. 305-944-6111.

Tropical Park
(Ages 9–15) Camp hours are 9am–5pm. The cost is $125/week. Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. Miami. 305-662-4124

Country Club of Miami
Junior Golf Camp (Ages 7–16) Session 1, December 26–28 | Session 2, January 2–4
Children ages 7–16 get the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of golf. The class is taught by resident instructor Larry Levow, who has been featured on the Golf Channel. Topics to be covered will include putting, short games, full swing, bunkers, rules, & etiquette. $195/3-full day sessions: 9am–4pm, & $105/3-half-day sessions: 9am–Noon. Daily rate $45/half-day session & $85/full-day session. Students must provide their own lunch. Country Club of Miami, 6801 NW 168 St. Miami. 305-829-8456×249.

PARK’S DISABILITY SERVICES

Camps for People with Disabilities

Sponsored by The Children’s Trust, the following Parks provide fun-filled daytime camps for people with disabilities ages 6–21. Participants will be joined by highly experienced & certified staff for adaptive sports, arts & crafts, & field trips.

• Camp Matecumbe, 13841 SW 120 St. Miami. 305-752-4966
• Coral Estates Park, 1405 SW 97 Ave. Miami. 305-226-1622
• Goulds Park, 21805 SW 114 Ave. Miami. 305-234-1673
• Greynolds Park,18601 NE 22 Ave. Miami. 305-945-3425
• Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. Miami. 305-222-2128
• Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave. Miami. 305-380-9106

 

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