Summer entertainment for kids

Summertime in South Florida usually means that the performing-arts community has shifted into standby mode. But for kids, there are a number of opportunities to learn and/or be entertained.

Summer Rocks 2014

The Palm Beach Pops has a music education series for children up to age 12 in Boca Raton in four 45-minute sessions with the four sections of the orchestra (brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion).

When: July 7-11

Photos: 5K on the Runway at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Where: Florence Fuller Child Development Centers at both 200 NE 14th St. (at 9 a.m.) and at 10130 185th St. (at 10:30 a.m.), Boca Raton

Cost: Free

Contact: 561-832-7677 or

Colony Theatre Performance Camp, Where Stars Begin

Geared to children ages 6 through 16, the program will teach costuming, scenic design and performance while spotlighting theater and dance from around the world.

When: July 14-Aug. 8

Where: Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Cost: $1,200 (discounts for active and veteran Armed Services members and city of Miami Beach employees)

Contact: 305-674-1040, ext. 0 or

Cirque Dreams KidsTime

The two-day intensive instructional summer camp pairs children ages 10 to 18 with Cirque Dreams performers, teachers and circus-act experts.

When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 14 and 15

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $250

Contact: 954-975-9525, ext. 205, or

Shrek the Musical