Those holiday breaks! What’s a parent to do?! It’s hard not to view these school holidays as anything but a lot of juggling schedules and expenses, but there is an upside: your child can try something new and have a great time! This year there is almost double the amount of Presidents Week camps from last year. Which means, there are more options for you and your child. Does she want to try her hand at the circus? Basketball? Gymnastics? Ice Skating? Spanish? It kind of makes me want to be in school again just so I can go on break!
***All dates for the camps are: Monday, February 15- Friday, February 19, 2010 unless otherwise noted.
The American Museum of Natural History
Winter break camp is a week-long immersion in fascinating topics, including behind-the-scenes visits with Museum scientists. Astrophysics Camp and Fossils and DNA Camp are offered on Feb. 15th and other topics are TBA.
Ages: grades 2 through 7
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street. To register, call (212) 769-5200. For more information, call (212) 313-7893.
The Art Shack
Winter Sculpture Workshop: Some of the activities they will do include: Clay Sculpture, Marionette puppet making, Silkscreening, Bookmaking and Stop Motion Animation.
Hours: 8:30 am- 3 pm
Cost: $420 for the week
Details: The classes will take place in the teacher’s new backyard studio. (I have seen it and it is pretty special!)
Aviator Sports and Events (INDOORS)
3159 Flatbush Ave , just south of Belt Parkway (Exit 11S,
Brooklyn, NY 11234
General info: 718-758-7500
Aviator Sports is a mammoth event space. It has twin NHL regulation (200’ x 85’) sheets of ice, an enormous gym, basketball courts, fitness rooms, climbing walls, video games, restaurant, euro bungie, fields and games. For their holiday camps, they use the whole facility for a wide variety of activities: read- gymnastics, basketball, and other sports. They provide lunch for a full day session and snack for the half day groups. This winter break they are offering a new circus clinic- sounds kindof fun!
Cost: $80.00 per day or $350 for the whole week
Cost: $40 per day or $150 for the whole week
Details: Click here to download their holiday break camp brochure. Sign up 2 weeks prior to the start of the program and receive a $25.00 Aviator Gift Card. *Please note there is a $25.00 late fee to sign up the day of the program even if you are adding the day.
421 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
A full day peforming arts program fostering creativity, encouraging exploration and providing a positive and nurturing environment as they explore theater, musical theater, dance, singing, tumbling … and lots of fun! Limited to 30 children.
Hours: 8:30 to 9 am-3 pm. Late pick up from 3-5 pm. Register by the day, or for the entire week.
Cost: $300 for 5 days, $70 per day, late pickup is $5/hour.
Details: For a downloadable brochure visit http://bax.org/youth/school-breaks/presidents-week/ Inaugural Special: Sign up for 3 or more days and receive $25 off! (expires 2/18/09)
Brooklyn Design Lab
413 7th ave bt 13/14th sts
Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope)
Mini Lab classes are intensive week long sessions of art-making and exploring process. Half of each class day will be devoted to observational drawing. The second half will focus on art techniques such as collage, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. They will take trips to museums, parks, and other public spaces for inspiration, research, and new ideas. Students will share and discuss their work every day.
Ages: Grades 3 – 6
Cost: $480 for 5 days (includes a $30 materials and trips fee)
23rd St. & the Hudson River
New York, NY 10011
The Field House offers Multi-Sport and Gymnastics Camps during school breaks. Both camps offer young athletes the opportunity to learn from experienced instructors at our world-class facility. Multi-Sport Camp includes soccer, basketball, baseball, team handball and more. In addition to each camp’s core curriculum, campers participate in other activities around the Piers, including ice skating, rock climbing and bowling.
Ages: 5-12 years
Hours: They offer early drop off at 8 am and after-care until 5:30 pm. Otherwise the hours are from 8:45 am-3:30 pm.
Cost: $525 for 5 days, $125/day (2 day minimum)
Details: Click here for Holiday Preschool Camp information.
Juguemos a Cantar Spanish Institute
438 6ht Avenue – b/w 9th and 10th streets
Juguemos a Cantar is a unique program developed to introduce children birth to 12 years to practical Spanish through music and play.
Ages: 2 – 8 years
No other details at time of writing.
289 Kent Ave (btw. S 1st and S. 2nd St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)
Learn to tumble, balance, swing, jump, and socialize with other neighborhood kids. Together we will grow big and strong! All students must be registered and paid in full by February 8th. After this date there are no changes, exchanges or refunds.
Ages: 3yrs or older
Hours: 9am – 1pm
Hours: 9am – 3:30 pm
Details: Register before February 1st and get 1 afternoon free. Sign up for full day or half day, only two days minimum required.
NY City Explorers
110 Schermerhorn St in BoCoCa
186 Underhill in Prospect Hieights
Send your school-aged child(ren) on a fun-packed day with New York City Explorers. Their teachers will guide them as they explore New York City, have fun in the indoor playspace, and participate in creative enrichment activities.
Hours: 8 am – 3:30 pm and 3:30 – 6 pm
Cost: $100 per day or $400 for 5 days. Late Pickup is an additional $25 per day
Details: 25% off for siblings.
Outdoor and indoor activities with a variety of sports, arts and crafts and trips.
Ages: 4-13 years
Hours: 8 am – 4 pm and 4 pm – 6:30 pm
Cost: Unavailable at writing
Details: Camp held at 611 8th Avenue (corner of 6th) in the Basement of St. Saviours Church in Park Slope
A one day series of workshops for winter break: Wednesday, February 17, 2010. Workshops include: Jim Dine- Mixed Media Collage Workshop (2-3 years), Cool Hands, Warm Hearts Mobile- Collaborative Sibling Workshop (2-3 and 4-6 years), and Paper Mache Mardi Gras Mask Workshop (6-8 years).
Details: All workshops will take place at Still Hip, 283 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Pre-registration via email is required. Interested students can reserve a spot by emailing email@example.com.
Young Players Theater Creative Arts Splash
Children will spend their days engaged in arts-based games and activities. Programs will be supervised and led by professional and experienced teaching artists.
Ages: Pre-K-3rd Grade
Hours: 9 am-3 pm. Sign up for individual days or an entire week.
Details: Camp will be at Home of the Brooklyn Free Space Pre-School in Park Slope at 298 6th Avenue (btw 2nd and 3rd Street). F-train to 4th Avenue or 7th Avenue
**This isn’t a camp, but the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum will have “Kids Week” Activities including: guest performances by Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory presents interactive robot demonstrations, Performances by Rosie O’Donnell’s Rosie’s Broadway Kids, Performances of “Venton’s Visit” by the Puppetry Arts Theater and Science Day at the Intrepid. For the most updated information, please visit www.intrepidmuseum.org.
Location: Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan. Directions by NYC Metro Subway
Take the A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, or 9 train to 42nd St., then walk or take the M-42 West Bus to Hudson River (12th Ave). Walk North to Intrepid.