Summer Programs for Children to enjoy in Coconut Grove

Summer is approaching, school’s almost out and your kids need something to do in Coconut Grove.

Maybe you think they should learn to sail or what if they try out martial arts or learn to play the guitar. You don’t have to go far. The Grove has all these this and more for your kids to enjoy during their time off from school 

Here are some places where they can make new friends and create long-life memories.

 The front building of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club (Samaria Clair/Caplin News)

Coconut Grove Sailing Club
2990 So. Bayshore Dr.
Coconut Grove
Camp times: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In 1946, the Coconut Grove Sailing Club was founded by Miami residents who shared an interests in sailing and volunteering.. It is a safe space for those interested in water activities and learning more about the water. Their summer program starts June 12 and continues until August 11. Each week’s session is  $475. Children of ages 6 to 17 can learn to to rig and launch boats, spout sailing terminology, develop wind awareness and sail a race course.

Wall art inside the School of Rock building (Samaria Clair/Caplin News)

School of Rock
3015 Grand Ave, Ste 220
Coconut Grove
(786) 620-9019
Camp times: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Franchised all over the world, School of Rock is the place for those who love rock n’ roll. This program offers a wide variety of music camps and workshops for children who want to learn to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. Unlike other summer camps, this program sponsors one-week sessions throughout the summer for ages 6 to 18. Each one costs $420. “It connects the community in ways that it wouldn’t before,” said Sid Desman, studio coordinator. “Every time we perform, it helps the businesses in the area.” There is also an all-star program, in which students will have to audition and judges will choose someone to be a part of a music tour. The program also provides an opportunity for children to record.

White Tiger and Dragon Martial Arts Academy poster sign in Peacock Park (Samaria Clair/Caplin News)

White Tiger & Dragon Martial Arts
3051 SW 28th St.
Coconut Grove
(305) 505-4919
Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If your child has an interest in martial arts, White Tiger and Dragon offers affordable sessions for children to learn self-defense techniques like American Kenpo Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Mixed Martial arts like kickboxing. Children ages 5 to 15 have the opportunity to be part of a community that helps to build their confidence and learn lifelong habits of physical health. They also focus on anti-bullying and human trafficking awareness. The program starts June 8 and will continue until August 16.

Front building of the Shake-A-Leg program (photo courtesy of: Brian B./Foursquare)

Shake-A-Leg Miami
2620 S. Bayshore Dr.
Coconut Grove
(305) 858-5560
Camp times: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Founded in 1990 by Harry Hogan, Shake-A-Leg Miami is a non-profit water sports facility that provides mentors for people ages 6 and up. Their mission is to utilize the marine environment to help people of all ability levels. In the summer, the program offers two camps. One camp called the Marine Academy offers water activities so that students can learn from certified teachers from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Another camp is called Adventure Island Camp, whereas children will spend their day doing activities like kayaking, sailing, fishing and swimming visiting islands such as, West Island Nature Park and Paradise Island 305. Both camps start on June 12 and will continue until August 4.

This story was produced by a Caplin News student in conjunction with the Coconut Grove Spotlight.

Samaria Clair is currently a senior and expects to graduate summer of 2023. Clair is majoring in Digital Media and Journalism. At Georgia State University, Clair was a news writer for the number one student’s school newspaper in the state of Georgia, The Signal. She currently serves as treasurer of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).