Summer day and weekend camp ideas for Playanese kids of all ages

Posted By on July 21, 2015

Local Playanese mums and dads — check out the list of activity options for kids of all ages. Some are day camps and others are weekend adventures. Our list even includes week-long camps that get kids out making new friends and sharing new experiences. if your kids are bored and looking for something to do during their summer vacation, this is the answer!


Spotted Drum Expeditions Coral Reef Camp (Overnight Camp)

Dates:       July 30, 2015 – August 7, 2015 (Advanced)
Location:  Puerto Morelos
Cost:         Coral Reef Camp – $12,000 mn (10 day session)
Coral Reef Advanced – $8500 mn (8 day session)

coral reef day camp for kids

Coral Reef Camp is an exciting opportunity to immerse your teen in the beauty of the coral reefs of the Mexican Caribbean. For 2015, two different camps are offered –Coral Reef Camp & Advanced Coral Reef Camp. Both are open to high school students, ages 16-18, who are curious and enthusiastic about marine and aquatic ecology, want to learn more about coral reefs, and love the adventure of travel and scuba diving.

If you are excited about exploring the ocean, scuba-diving, gaining research skills, and learning alongside a diverse group of students this is an excellent opportunity. The headquarters will be a beach house only four blocks from the main square of Puerto Morelos and two blocks from the beach. The house is large and comfortable with sufficient bedrooms and bathrooms for all, as well as an large kitchen in which to prepare meals.

There is a spacious, palapa-covered patio on the top floor (with an ocean view!) for group meals and meetings and plenty of space to eat and relax when we have down time. We will do dive training at the house — we have a pool to do confined water training, hone buoyancy skills, and practice diving scenarios. There are two sessions open this summer — July 10 – 21 (Coral Reef) and July 30 – August 7 (Coral Reef Advanced). In both, sessions, participants will snorkel, dive, learn about coral reef ecology and make field-trips throughout the area to places like Akumal, Cancun, Playa del Carmen to explore cenotes and even swim with the migratory whale sharks.

Coral Reef Camp students may take either the PADI Open Water or Advanced Open Water course and will need to arrive 3 days before the start of Coral Reef Camp.

Prerequisites for the Advanced Coral Reef Camp:

  • Open Water certification & 25+ logged dives OR
  • Open Water & Advanced Open Water certifications OR
  • Previous participation in our Coral Reef Camp

We also request that students in this class have taken at least one semester of a biology-based class (ex. biology, ecology, environmental science, etc).

The prices posted above are deeply discounted rates offered to Riviera Maya residents only. These fees include everything — diving, gear, instruction, lodging, meals, transportation, etc!  The course is a great way to get kids interested in science, the natural area around them, and to meet kids from all over North America. For more information visit the Spotted Drum Expeditions website or email Megan Banka at

Despertar de Primavera Theatre Camp for Teens (Day Camp)

Dates:      July 6, 2015 – End of August 2015
Time:        5 pm – 7 pm
Location:  A Pasion Arte Teatro – PlayaMed Building, Carretera Federal at Calle 28.
Cost:        $800 mn per month

Teens and young adults age 14+  are invited to spend the summer break in an intensive theatre arts workshop with Shane Southcott and Martina Puch at A Pasion Arte Teatro. A Pasión Arte Teatro  presents the Summer Challenge 2015  “Despertar de Primavera”. The workshop begins Tuesday July 7th and will culminate with presentations on August 28th, 29th and 30th. Rehearsals will run Monday – Friday from 5pm – 7pm. There will be an Information session for participants and parents on July 6th at 5pm in the rehearsal space in the PlayaMed building. Come and meet the crew: Directors Shane and Martina, Vocal Director Rouiller Matias and Choreographer Aldo Adonay Sanchez. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Shane Southcott at 984 183 32 44 or by email

DanceClub Playa Summer Dance Camp 2015 (Day Camp)

Dates:     August 3 – August 7
Time:       9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: DanceClub Playa, Calle 24 between Av. 30 and 35
Cost:       4 Days: $1300 mn per child (Space is limited)

DanceClub Playa Summer Dance Camp ZZZ (Overnight Camp)
Dates:     August 12 – August 14
Time:       Overnight Camp
Location: DanceClub Playa, Calle 24 between Av. 30 and 35
Cost:       3 Days/2 Nights: $1900 mn per child (Space is limited)

The DanceClub Playa day camp is open to all children, boys and girls, ages 6-12. The overnight Dance Camp ZZZ welcomes children ages 11-15 and will be held at the DanceClub Playa campus on calle 24. Children will participate in intensive dance classes, games and fun activities! Students will learn street dance, hip hop, break dance, popping and more.

Fees include all classes and course materials, water and fresh fruit and an official DANCE CAMP t-shirt. Overnight dance campers will receive 5 healthy meals/snacks daily and a dance video at the end of the session. For more information and to register your child email or call Johanna at 984-142-4094.

Talleres Maju/Casa Ananda Cursos de Verano 2015 (Day Camp)
Dates:     July 15 – August 21
Time:       8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Casa Ananda, Av. 32 Nte. and Av. 75
Cost:       1 week $1100 mn per child
1 day $250 mn per child

Talleres Maju and Casa Anada invites children ages 5-8 to spend the day having fun, learning and developing new skills and making new friends! Children will have the chance to participate in a variety of artistic, active and educational pursuits including yoga, cooking classes, dance, arts and crafts, games, storytelling and more. For more information email or call (984) 120 3780. You can also connect with Maju on Facebook.


parque la ceiba camp

Parque La Ceiba Curso de Verano 2015 (Day Camp)

Dates:      July 20 – August 14
Time:        9 am – 2 pm
Location:  Parque la Ceiba – Calle 1a sur and Diagonal 60, Col. Ejido
Cost:       1 week $1200 mn per child
6 weeks $4000 mn per child

Children ages 5 – 11 are invited to spend the summer break in the jungle at Parque la Ceiba in Playa del Carmen. This summer the camp will invite children to “Travel through Mexico” ! The goal of this program is to encourage the development of a child’s curiosity, imagination and creativity through artistic, cultural and recreational activities related to MEXICO. Children will travel “virtually” throughout Mexico discovering the native animals and plants, art, dance, traditional clothing and cuisine of the many and varied regions of Mexico.

Children will progress through the course participating in story-telling, art activities, music, games, dance, cooking, cine club, “Mundo Magico”, education activities, games of skill and tours related to all kinds of interesting themes. Prices include all materials. Instruction will primarily be given in Spanish providing a wonderful opportunity for children new to Mexico to immerse themselves in the language in a casual and fun environment without the pressures of school. Parents are invited to come a bit early at pick-up time to see what the children have been working on! This is the 8th year that Parque la Ceiba has offered a summer camp for local children and it is very popular. For more information and to reserve a spot for your child, contact Lei de Landero at

Kids Theatre Camp 2015 (Day Camp)
Dates:     July 27 –  August 7
Time:        9 am – 12 pm
Location:  A Pasion Arte Teatro – PlayaMed Building, Carretera Federal at Calle 28.
Cost:        Please Inquire

Children ages 8-12  re invited to spend the summer break learning theatre arts with Shane Southcott and Martina at A Pasion Arte Teatro. Theatre games, Improvisation, creating a character, clowning, dance basics (hip hop & Jazz)  Singing for musical theatre ensemble and solo. 2 one week sessions July 13th to 17th and July 20th to 24th.

There is also a 2 week session where kids will work on a short one-act musical and present it on the last day of camp. July 27 to August 7th. For more information and to reserve a spot for your child, contact Shane Southcott at 984 183 32 44 or by email

Artist Factory Summer Program (Day Camp)
Dates:      July 13 – August 16
Time:        9 am – 2:30 pm
Location:  Artist Factory Playa del Carmen
Cost:        Please Inquire

Horseback Riding Camp (Day Camp)
Dates:      July 6 – August 14 Monday – Friday
Time:        8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location:  Hipico Playa del Carmen, located behind Rancho Guadalupana, just south of Xcaret on 307 south.
Cost:        $1000 mn per camper per week

Boys and girls, ages 6 and older, will spend their mornings at the Hipico Playa del Carmen learning all about horses; how to feed and care for the animals and their tack. Riding instruction daily for beginning and intermediate riders. Campers will also enjoy the interactive petting “farm” and learn about the care of the various animals onsite.

This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your children to horses, animal care, stable maintenance and riding in a safe and fun environment under the supervision of experienced equestrians Paco Magallon and Anna Malachowski. After riding class, campers will play games and cool off in the cenote onsite! No previous experience required. Bi-lingual instruction.  For more information, visit the Hipico Playa del Carmen Facebook Page or email


Kiin Ha Swimming Camp (Day Camp)
Dates:      July 6 – August 15 Monday – Friday
Time:        9:00 am – 1:45 pm
Location:  Kiin Ha Calle 34 Nte. between Av. 85 and 90
Cost:        1 week $1250 mn per child
2 weeks $2250 mn per child
3 weeks $2800 mn per child
4 weeks $3500 mn per child
5 weeks $4000 mn per child
1 day $250 mn per child

Kiin Ha offers indoor swimming instruction, mini tennis, tumbling and art classes for boys and girls, ages 3-15.  For more information, call (984) 206 1524 or visit the Kiin Ha Facebook Page.

agua azul summer camp

Agua Azul Camp (Sleep-away Camp)
Dates:     July 27 – August 1 $5300 mn per camper
August 3 – August 8 – $5300 mn per camper
Cost for both weeks –    $10,000 mn per camper
Time:       Sleep-over camp
Location: Camp Agua Azul, 1 hour west of Cancun, in Nuevo Valladolid

Want your kids to experience the traditional “sleep-over” camp like you did as a child? Check out Camp Agua Azul! This summer camp is located just about 1.5 hours from Playa del Carmen near Nuevo Valladolid. Children ages 6 – 16 will spend 1 or 2 weeks sleeping in tents, surrounded by lush jungle and mystical cenotes. Campers will learn about the environment they live in and enjoy all sorts of games and activities including swimming in cenotes, kayak races, water zip-lines, campfires, foam wars, obstacle courses, competitions and all the fun you would expect from a true summer camp. Adult counselors and lifeguards with paramedic training will be onsite at all times. Cost includes transportation to and from Cancun, lodging, meals, accident insurance and all onsite activities. For more information visit the Agua Azul website and check out these camp videos on YouTube and To reserve, call (998) 206 3714, (998) 120 4825 or email

Puerto Aventuras Sailing Camp (Day Camp)

Sailing:   July – August 2015
3 Classes per week 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: The Marina in Puerto Aventuras
Costs:     Please inquire

Since its inception, the sailing club in Puerto Aventuras has attracted a great following and their sailors have had great success in national regattas. Captains in the making train on easily maneuverable Optimist and Laser sailboats, perfect for young ones. This summer the summer program is also offering windsurfing. The classes are available for children and adults and accommodate all levels of sailors. The only requirement is the ability to swim. Space is VERY limited so don’t wait until the last minute to register. For more information and to sign up contact Director Daniele Gracis 984-127-1392 or via email

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