Athletics, coding, and the arts top the list of summertime activities enriching the lives of kids in the community
The accelerated pace of 2022 has left many parents in a perpetual state of disbelief. Not long ago during the holidays, Moms and Dads were in a frenzy, scrambling around parking lots and anxiously waiting in lines to purchase the latest gifts and gadgets for their children. Then spring arrived, accompanied by a renewed focus on homework, carpools, bake sales, and extracurricular activities. In unbelievable fashion, Aventura schools are currently closing to make way for the relaxed summer season. Now that parents are faced with some grappling decisions of where to leave their children while they work, which local summer camp programs are available for swift enrollment?
Most Aventura parents are seeking summer camps that address their concerns for the health and wellness of their children, along with safe, organized programs promoting educational values. The City of Aventura’s Community Recreation Center provides a thorough listing of activities specifically designed for their youth Summer Camp Programs, which are scheduled from June 13 to August 12. Along with a General Camp created for kids ranging from ages 5 to 12, there are also topical programs available for children in specific areas of concentration, such as art, marine biology, dance, and STEM. Sports programs are also extremely popular as the City offers individual and team instruction in soccer, tennis, and basketball. Additional information can be found here.
Many private Aventura businesses have also created original summer camp programs targeting children interested in more academically-driven niche activities, such as computer coding. Code Ninjas, the world’s largest franchise specializing in learning models promoting coding for kids, recently opened a storefront in the Town Center Aventura shopping plaza, which exposes children to the evolving world of technology and video game construction. Some of the daytime programs include concentrations in LEGO robotics, 3D Roblox development, and YouTube channel creation. Registration for their June, July, and August camps is still open and more details can be found here.
Does your child have dreams of starring in a stage play or musical? Look no further than the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (AACC) for the return of its on-site Summer Theater Camp. The Center, in conjunction with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and The Performance Project School of the Arts, will host the annual Camp for children ages 7 to 14 in two separate sessions– June 27 to July 22, and July 25 to August 19. Campers will enjoy the rare opportunity to study singing, acting, and dancing from an accomplished group of professional actors and musical theater instructors, all while rehearsing selections from Disney’s widely-celebrated repertoire in a conservatory atmosphere. The experience will culminate in a live stage performance at the Broward Center. “It’s always wonderful to have the young performers being trained in our building,” said Jeff Kiltie, general manager of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. “We’re thrilled to finally return to a full capacity program after dealing with COVID restrictions for two consecutive years– which included virtual camp the first year, followed by a year of reduced capacity camp. We’re beyond excited to see what 2022 has in store for us.” To learn more about the Camp, click here.
Parents should note that fees associated with Aventura’s various summer camp programs vary and are subject to change, and each individual camp should be contacted for confirmed dates and pricing options. Additional summer activities, attractions, and resources for children residing in Aventura are listed below.
City of Aventura Founders Park SplashPad
Summer Theater Camp at The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center https://www.aventuracenter.org/education/summer-theater-camp
Northeast Dade – Aventura Branch Library https://mdpls.org/branch-northeast-dade-aventura
Code Ninjas Aventura
My Gym Aventura
Aventura Learning Center
Note: The original article appears in the June edition of the Aventura Digest Newspaper here.