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Educational Summer Activities For Kids In South Florida

June 13, 2014 8:00 AM

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Biltmore Culinary Academy (Source: www.biltmorehotel.com)

Biltmore Culinary Academy (Source: http://www.biltmorehotel.com)

If the idea of your kids sitting around in pajamas all summer doing nothing but watching mindless cartoons and playing video games is enough to make you scream, this list is for you. Put their minds to work over their summer break with these fun and educational classes and workshops designed to keep their brains in tip-top shape. Whatever their interests, there is a week-long camp designed to keep you sane and keep them thinking..

iD Tech Computer Camp
University of Miami Campus
1320 S. Dixie Highway
Coral Gables, FL 33124
(408) 871-2227
www.idtech.com/computercamp

This amazing summer camp is offered at 80 prestigious college campuses around the nation, including Princeton and Harvard, and here in South Florida, your kids can attend at the University of Miami. Kids and teens ages seven to 17 will have a blast learning things like how to create a video game, develop a mobile app, mod in Minecraft, make a movie and even how to code in C++/Java/iOS. It’s the perfect blend of letting your kids enjoy their computer time while they learn skills that they can use in the future. The camp has tech-savvy instructors who bring the fun every day. Week-long day and overnight STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs will be offered this summer. Spaces will fill quickly so don’t delay registration.

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Art South
Miami Dade College Homestead Campus
500 College Terrace
Homestead, FL 33030
(305) 247-9406
www.artsouthhomestead.org

Idle hands are not an issue at this creative art camp for kids. Instructors will teach a variety of classes and workshops that may include mediums like painting, ceramics, sculpture, mosaics and much more. Kids can bring their works of art home, and at summer’s end, they have an annual end-of-year show where their masterpieces are displayed for all to see. Registration for this weekly day camp is only $65 a week and is funded by The Children’s Trust of Miami. Note that classes will be held at the Miami Dade Homestead campus.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum Of Science
3280 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 646-4222
www.miamisci.org

After 48 years, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum Of Science has its summer educational programs down to a science (pardon the pun). Pre-kindergarten to eighth graders can choose from eight one-week sessions that run from June 16 through August 8, 2014. Class times are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with before and after care available for an added fee. Basic fee starts at $180 per week for members and includes a t-shirt. There are lots of classes to choose from but all include science lessons, craft projects, experiments and time to explore the museum and planetarium.

Related: Top Arts & Crafts Classes And Activities For Kids In Miami

Biltmore Culinary Academy
1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 445-1926
www.biltmorehotel.com

Send your kids to this week-long, hands-on cooking camp where they’ll not only learn to wash dishes, but also menu planning, kitchen safety, cooking techniques of Italian and French cuisine and much more. Acclaimed chef instructors teach the classes and the hotel chefs will also teach some of the workshops. Classes are open to kids ages nine to 16 and the academy limits the size of the classes to 15 campers so each gets individual attention. Campers will be cooking Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch and an apron is included for the cost of $475 per week.

Math Monkey
12659 S. Dixie Highway
Pinecrest, FL 33156
(305) 971-6284
www.mathmonkeymiami.com

Grab math by the tail and keep your kids engaged this summer through Math and Science Safari Summer Camps. Mornings are spent learning math skills in a fun and challenging way with game-based activities. After a nice break for lunch, the afternoons are spent learning science through videos, games, simulations, experiments and more. This learning camp is designed for kids who will be entering first through sixth grade and kids can attend all nine weeks or any combination. Prices vary by weeks and whether you want only mornings or the full day.

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Jill Martin is a family travel expert, appearing on numerous television and radio shows. She spent five years as the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider, has penned children’s books, and is the creator of Sunshine Brain Games – trivia cards about Florida. A Miami native, Jill resides in Redland. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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