By Patti Roth
City & Shore Magazine
When schools break for summer, South Florida sizzles with exciting opportunities for kids and teens. Riding ocean waves. Designing robots. Sketching anime. Interested yet? How about writing science fiction stories. Perfecting soccer skills. Or starring in a Broadway-style musical.
For parents browsing enriching, engaging and plain old fun activities, the bountiful selection provides opportunities to tailor summer to youngsters’ specific tastes and talents. Some programs zero in on fine arts, a specific single sport or academics. Others run broader, including conventional day camps where variety rules.
A peek here at some popular South Florida summer programs.
Surf programs, Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton
Offered by: Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton in partnership with Island
Fun stuff: Primarily surfing in the ocean. Includes ocean safety instruction and beach and water activities like sand sculpting, dodgeball, kickball and snorkeling.
Who: Ages 5 to 13 in Boca Raton; ages 6 to 13 in Deerfield Beach.
Where: Red Reef Park, 1400 N. State A1A, Boca Raton and beach north of Deerfield Beach Pier in Deerfield Beach.
When: One-week increments. June 5 to Aug. 11 in Boca Raton; June 12 to Aug. 18 in Deerfield Beach.
Fees: Boca program is $299 for Boca Raton residents and $344 for non-residents. Deerfield program is $299.
Information: islandcamps.com, 954-427-4929; Deerfield-beach.com (Deerfield);
561-367-7081 (Boca Raton).
north Broward Programs
Four-day Trailblazers and Horsemasters camps. Ages 9 to 16. Includes trail riding, arena lessons and show for parents. Campers learn about grooming and feeding horses. Prices are $300 and $400.
Junior Farmers’ camp. One-day morning or afternoon programs at Tradewinds Park Farm. Ages 5 to 8. Youngsters learn about and work with barnyard animals, including pigs, goats, ponies and sheep. Activities include feeding and grooming animals and pony rides. Price is $40.
When: June 12 to Aug. 7.
Where: Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek.
Information: 954-357-8870, broward.org/Parks/TradewindsPark
Humane Society of Broward Summer Camp
Fun stuff: Youngsters work in the shelter and interact with dogs, rabbits and other adoptable pets. Includes feeding, training and playing with animals, building litterboxes, making pet toys and bathing dogs. Youngsters might clean and decorate cages. Sometimes, they design posters or produce videos promoting adoption. Includes information about kindness to animals, safety, basic care, careers and helping homeless animals.
Program: Five-day sessions in June, July and August.
Ages: 6 to 8 and 9 to 12, limited to one session per person.
When: For ages 6 to 8: June 12-16 or June 19-23; for ages 9 to 12: June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 31-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-11 or Aug. 14-18.
Where: Humane Society of Broward, 2070 Griffin Road, Dania Beach.
Information: humanebroward.com/kids-camps/#Summer or firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer at Pine Crest,
Pine Crest School in
Fort Lauderdale and
Programs: Wide selection, varies by location. Includes day camp, coding and robotics, engineering, performing arts, digital media, tennis, engineering, academics, rowing and others.
Noteworthy: Arcade at both locations; Pine Crest Day Camp includes a zipline.
When: June 5 to Aug. 4.
Ages: 4 to 18, depending on program.
Price: Many about $400 to $570 per week.
Where: Pine Crest Schools, 1501 NE 62nd St., Fort Lauderdale; 2700 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton.
Florida Atlantic University
Programs: Various academic, performing arts, sports and others.
FAU Soccer Academy June 5 to June 23 at FAU in Boca Raton. Ages 4 to 14, fausocceracademy.com or 561-702-0837.
Summer Engineering Technology Program, week increments featuring different topics June 12 to June 30 at FAU in Boca Raton. Examples are Video Game Design and Fundamentals of Engineering.
Crack the Code June 5 to June 9 at FAU in Boca Raton, for beginning coders, grades 6 to 8.
SciFi Collab Lab June 26 to June 30 at FAU, grades 9 to 12. Participants work together to write science fiction and fantasy stories, which they publish in a magazine.
American Heritage Summer Day Camps and American Heritage Summer Institute, Plantation and
Programs: Wide selection, depending on location, includes video production, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, robotics, science adventure, musical theater, art, academic enrichment and others.
Noteworthy: Robotics program includes projects like building a robot that shoots basketballs into a hoop. Swimming lessons offered.
Ages: 3 to 14 for summer camps; pre-kindergarten to 12th grade for
When: Three-week increments, June 5 to Aug. 4 in Delray Beach; June 12 to Aug. 11 in Plantation.
Where: 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; 6200 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach.
Price: $1,200 to $3,600 for summer camps and $900 for summer institute.
954-472-0022, extension 3043, in Plantation; 561-637-2440 in Delray Beach.
Kids & Teens Summer College, ages 11 to 15. June 19 to Aug. 4. The program focuses on select professions, such as aviation, business and robotics; and includes related activities, school tours and information about educational pathways. Information: broward.edu/academics/ce/Pages/Kids-and-Teens.aspx, 954-201-7800, email@example.com
Early Childhood Laboratory School at Broward College in Coconut Creek, ages 3 to 8. Offered in two-week themed segments June 12 to Aug. 18. Includes exercise and dance, art, science experiments, games, foreign languages and other activities. Occasional events include steel drum workshops and petting zoo. Sign up by week, by session or for full run. Information, 954-201-2440, broward.edu/studentresources/childcare
for the Creative Arts
Fun stuff: youngsters and teens write and perform original musicals.
Ages: Fourth to eighth grades and
When: June 12 to July 2 and July 10
to July 30.
Where: Nova Southeastern University, Davie.
Information: lovewell.org, 954-270-6452, firstname.lastname@example.org
Price: $990 per 3-week workshop.
Summer Art Camp,
Boca Raton Museum
Includes: Varied themes for each week-long session, including nature in art, three-dimensional structures, Drawing Fun-damentals and others.
Noteworthy: Youngsters’ work is featured in an exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Ages: 5 to 7, 8 to 10, 11 and 12.
Price: $275 per week, most weeks.
When: June 5 to Aug. 11.
Where: 801 W. Palmetto Park Road,
Summer Arts Camp,
Art and Culture Center, Hollywood
Programs: Broadway Actors for ages 8 to 18, Littlest Actors and Littlest Artists for ages 4 to 6 and Young Actors and Young Artists for ages 6 to 12.
Noteworthy: Youngsters and their work are featured in art exhibits and performances, including Broadway Actors shows Beauty and the Beast Junior and My Son Pinocchio Junior at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center.
Where: Varies by program. Either Art and Culture Center, Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center or ArtsPark.
When: Two-week and four-week increments June 12 to Aug. 18, depending on program.
Prices: $325 to $850.
Info: 954-921-3274, artandculturecenter.org/summer-camp
Programs: English immersion, Spanish immersion, French immersion and The Natives program, which offers the activities without foreign language element.
Activities: Includes language and cultural instruction, field trips, sports, lake activities, archery, dance and others.
Noteworthy: Offers performances
Ages: Pre-kindergarten to 10th grade.
When: Two-week increments June 12
to Aug. 18.
Where: 1200 S. Flamingo Road, Davie.
Price: $175 to $259 per week.
Information: 954-642-2267, camplingua.com