Family-Friendly Fun At The Surfside Community Center

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Pool Day at the Surfside Community Center

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By: Jennifer Agress

Every neighborhood needs a good meeting place, and in Surfside, that’s the Town of Surfside Community Center. Sitting right on Collins Avenue, this multipurpose, oceanfront facility was built with everyone in mind. In addition to housing the Parks and Recreation office and the local Tourist Bureau office, there’s a recreational pool with lap lanes, a plunge pool, a waterslide, a children's activity pool, a Jacuzzi, locker rooms, a first aid station, family restrooms and two multipurpose rooms that host a year-round schedule of activities and programs for all ages. Outside, there’s a green space where residents and community leaders can host parties or neighborhood events, and an onsite snack bar and grill with tasty sandwiches, fresh burgers, salads and ice cream cones to go.

Since the Town of Surfside Community Center first opened in 2011, the building has been the site of hundreds of community events, meetings, weddings and holiday functions. It launched a summer camp program over 35 years ago that’s still popular today. Every year, the center works with the Surfside Police to organize a Halloween block party with safe trick-or-treating. During the Christmas season, the town brings in piles of fake snow for kids to play on during “Winterfest.” On New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July, the whole neighborhood comes to the Center to watch fireworks over the sand. In 1964, the Town of Surfside Community Center really gained a claim to fame when World Heavyweight Champion, Sonny Liston, trained at the facility for his historic fight against Cassius Clay—better known as Muhammad Ali.

Programs for All Ages

The Town of Surfside Community Center puts on a schedule of programs and classes for all ages, all year long. Here, more than 90 health and wellness classes, from beach yoga and Aqua Zumba to pilates and more, were created to promote social, cultural and physical well-being.

In particular, the community center offers regular activities geared towards local and visiting students. They include:

After School Program (August-June)

Designed for kindergarten to 8th grade students, this program hosts daily afternoon activities that “pair play with purpose.” This includes PEAR Plus Academic Assistance, wellness-based games and activities, interactive events and swimming. These activities run every school day, from when Miami-Dade County schools dismiss to 6 p.m. The program is priced at $280 per month for residents and $330 per month for non-residents.

Adult Swim Lessons (July)

These beginner swim lessons teach adults about the basics of swimming, as it pertains to both technique and personal safety. Classes run 30 minutes each and start at 6 p.m. every Monday and Friday for three weeks. All classes take place at the Surfside Community Center Pool. Classes are priced at $51 per resident and $75 per non-resident for all three weeks.

Tiny Bubbles Toddler Readiness (July)

This swim class for toddlers (age 24 months to three years) enhances self-confidence in the water through fun games and group instruction. Classes run one hour each and start at 9:30 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday for three weeks. All classes take place at the Surfside Community Center Pool. Classes are priced at $51 per resident and $75 per non-resident for all three weeks. Parents must participate.

Preschool Swim Lessons I & II (August)

This swim class will teach young children (ages 3 to 5) about water adjustment, breathing properly while swimming, floating and basic arm and leg movements. Divided into two levels, Preschool I is for children with no swimming ability and Preschool II is for children with some swimming ability. Classes run 30 minutes each and start at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday for three weeks. All classes take place at the Surfside Community Center Pool. Classes are priced at $68 per resident and $100 per non-resident for eight classes. All teachers are certified Red Cross swim instructors.

Beginners Swim Lessons I & II (August)

This swim class will teach young children and teenagers (ages 6 to 14) about the basic principles of swimming and personal safety. Divided into two levels, Beginners I is for children with little to no swimming ability and Beginners II is for intermediate swimmers. Classes run 30 minutes each and start at 10:05 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday for three weeks. All classes take place at the Surfside Community Center Pool. Classes are priced at $68 per resident and $100 per non-resident for eight classes. All teachers are certified Red Cross swim instructors.

General Information

The Town of Surfside Community Center is located at 9301 Collins Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154. It is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Surfside residents with a current resident ID card can visit for free. Guests of Surfside hotels can also use the facilities for free with proof of their stay.

Residents are allowed to bring up to five guests per household, per day, for a small fee. All guests will be charged $5 per person, per day. Multi-day guest passes are also available. A 3- Day Single Guest Pass is priced at $10 per guest, and a 3-Day Family Guest Pass is priced at $50 per group of up to five people. A 7-Day Single Guest Pass is priced at $25 per guest, and a 7-Day Family Guest Pass is priced at $100 per group of up to five people.

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