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MLK Day-Off Camps in Philly

Working on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Here are some options for kids while school is out.

If your kids have off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day but you have work or an adults-only service project, you’re in luck: lots of places around town are offering one-day break camps sure to entertain kids of all ages and interests!

Philly Art Center

January 18 and 21, 9 am — 3 pm (extended care optional)
Ages 5 — 12
514 Bainbridge St. (Queen Village) or 2501 Olive St. (Fairmount)


Kids can spend the day in the studio at Philly Art Center’s Queen Village and Fairmount locations. Age groups are split up and guided by teachers who structure creative playtime where kids can draw, build, collage, paint, and more. Full day is $76, with extended care available to book at time of drop-off.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

January 18 and 21, 8 am — 3 pm
Ages 5-12
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road


Turn your kids’ days off into an adventure. On January 18, the theme is “Nature Ninjas,” and on January 21 they’ll learn to be “Master Trackers” out in nature. Cost is $62 per day (member discounts apply), and extended day until 6 pm is available for an additional $15.

Philadelphia Rock Gyms

January 21, 9 am — 3 pm (half day and extended care available)
Ages 4 and up
B-3 3500 Scotts Lane (East Falls) and 2412 E. York St. (Fishtown)


Kids can spend the day learning bouldering and top rope skills, while also strengthening their problem solving, communication, and teamwork. Kids will also do team building exercises and arts and crafts. Choose from full day for $80 or half day til noon for $45. Extended care is also available for an additional $10 an hour. Philadelphia Rock Gyms have seasonal camps at all of their locations in the area (including their new Fishtown one!), so check out their website for all the options.

Arden Theatre Company

January 21, 9 am — 5 pm
Grades K-5
Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St.


At Arden Drama School, kids can participate “Play in a Day,” where kids work together to create an entirely original play. Every workshop is unique because it is entirely up to the kids.

Kids on 12th

January 18 and 21, 8:30 am–6:15 pm (extended care available)

204 S. 12th St.


While you’re at work your kids can spend the day playing, taking walks to the park, and enjoying sport or art activities. Full day is $75 for non-members. Extended care from 8–8:30 am is available for an additional $5.

Butcher’s Sew Shop

January 21, 9 am—3 pm (with optional extended care)

Ages 6-11

800 S. Eighth St.


Kids can explore the art of sewing in innovative ways using hand and machine projects. No sewing experience necessary. Camp is $95, with extended care an additional cost.


Photograph courtesy of Philly Art Center.

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