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Philly Spring Break Camps

Working over spring break? Here are some great options for your kids.

Does anyone know when Spring Break is this year? It depends on what school you ask. Easter is unusually late this year, so some schools adhere to that schedule, while others are staying the course with an earlier break. For families with multiple kids in different schools, this is no picnic—you only have so much PTO after all. If your kids have off but you don’t, here are some great options for break camps around town!

Philadelphia Rock Gyms

March 21-29,April 15-22; 9 am — 3 pm (half day and extended care available)

 

Ages 4 and up (Age 6 and up for full day)

B-3 3500 Scotts Lane (East Falls) and 2412 E. York St. (Fishtown)

 

Kids will 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, arts and crafts, and even yoga to help with balance and body positioning. 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, so check out their website for all the options.

Philly Art Center

9 am — 3 pm (extra care available)

Ages 5 — 12

514 Bainbridge St. (Queen Village): March 22, 25-29; April 15-19, 22-23

2501 Olive St. (Fairmount): March 20-22, 25-29; April 1, 5, 15-19, 22-23

 

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. Sign up for one day or any combination of days for $76 each day. Half days are also available for certain dates. Before and after care are available.

SplashLab Arts

March 21, 22,  and 25—29, April 1 and 19; 9 am—3 pm (extended care available)

Ages 4 and up

3510 Scotts Ln.

 

Kids can get messy and creative in the art studio all day long.

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

March 22; April 15—18, and April 22; 8 am — 3 pm (after care available)

Ages 5 — 12

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Turn your kids’ days off into an adventure! Campers hike, do activities, and generally have fun enjoying nature. Cost is $62 per day (member discounts apply), and extended day until 6 pm is available for an additional $15.The March 22 camp is all about geocaching, while Spring Break welcomes the season with a week of playing games, making friends, and creating memories outside. Register for one day or for the whole week.

Butcher’s Sew Shop

March 26—28, April 18, 19, and 22; 9 am–3 pm (extended care optional)

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.

Pinnacle Parkour Academy

April 3—5, 18, 19, 22; 9 am—3 pm

Ages 6 – 16

3500 Scotts Lane

 

Coaches will lead students through challenges, skills, and games, with some awesome open gym time mixed in. Lunch is also included.

PlayArts

April 3—5 and 12; noon—3 pm

Ages 5-9

1241 N. Front Street

 

Kids can spend the afternoon playing, tinkering, exploring, and more. Registration ends 24 hours in advance. Cost is $35 for each half-day.

University City Arts League

  • Full Day: April 18, 19, and 22; 8 am—3 pm (extended care available)
  • Half Day: April 3—5, and 12; noon—3:45 pm

Grades K-8

4226 Spruce St.

 

UCAL day camps offer fun days of art classes, outdoor play time, and optional homework time when school is not in session. Full and half days available on select dates (see above). Prices start at $35 for half day and $58 for full day.

Arden Theatre Co.

April 15—19, 9:30 am — 4:30 pm

Grades K-5 (plus afternoon workshops for middle school and high school)

Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St.

 

 

Kids will spend the week taking acting, improv, music, dance, storytelling, and design classes while they work as a team to create an original show! Family and friends are invited to a performance in the Arden’s Studio Theatre on the last day of camp. Cost is $325 for the session.

 

For grades 6-8, there will be a Matilda workshop on Friday, April 19 from noon—5 pm for $50, where kids will spend the day learning selections from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical,and then put on a revue-style performance for family and friends at the end of the day. For high schoolers, Arden will offer a RENT workshop on Monday, April 22 from noon—5 pm for $50 with the same format.

Academy Science Camp

April 18, 19, 22, and 23; 9 am — 4 pm (extended care available)

Ages 5 — 12

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Spend the day getting to know dinosaurs, bugs, and live animals at the Academy of Natural Sciences! Every day includes hands-on activities, live presentations, crafts, games, and more. It’s $60 per day and $235 for all four days for members (and $65 and $245 for non-members).

Portside Arts Center

  • Full Day: April 18, 8:30 am—5:30 pm
  • Half Day: April 3—5 and 12; noon—6 pm

Grades PreK-5

2531 E. Lehigh Ave.

 

Kids will participate in fun hands-on visual arts activities, creative free play, and playground time. Camp is $45 for full day and $30 for half day.

ZoomDance

April 18, 19, and 22; 9 am — 3 pm (half-day and extended care available)

Ages 2.5-7 (must be potty trained)

Equilibrium Dance, 1802 S. Broad St.

 

Children are welcome at this day camp where moving and grooving is encouraged. You can sign up for one day or the whole session. Half day options as well as aftercare and before care are available. The cost is $180 for the full session; or $70 for a full day and $45 for a half day.

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

April 22–26, 9 am — 3 pm

Ages 6-14

5900A Greene St.

 

If your child harbors a secret desire to run off to the circus, this is the perfect camp for them! Kids can come for a day or the whole week, and spend time improving their strength and balance while having a blast. Cost is $85 per day or $400 for the whole week.

 

Gwyneth K. Shaw contributed to this report. Photograph courtesy of Philadelphia Rock Gyms.

Philadelphia Assistant Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org

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