Philly Winter Break Camps
Stuck working while your kids have winter break? Try one of these fun camps.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — except for in your office, where it’s business as usual. Fortunately, plenty of museums, art centers, and other organizations around town offer break and day-off camps. If you’re working, or just want to give your kids something interesting to do, here’s where they can spend some time over winter break.
December 17—21, and 26—28, 9 am — 3 pm (with optional extended care)
262 S. 12th St.
In “Broadway Kids: Disney and Beyond” winter camp, kids ages 4-12 will enjoy singing, dancing, and visual arts centered around favorites like Moana, Annie, Frozen, and more. You can choose to do either session (five days for $375 or three days for $225), or combine for all eight days for $525.
December 26—28, 9:15 am—12:15 pm
1301 Locust St.
Kids can experience the “Best of Nest” programming with art, science, tumbling, and dance. Camp is $50 per day (premium member discounts apply). Call 215-545-6378 to register.
December 19—21, 26—28, 31, and January 2, 9 am — 3 pm (half day and extended care optional)
Ages 5 — 12
514 Bainbridge St. (Queen Village) or 2501 Olive St. (Fairmount)
Kids can spend the day (or afternoon) 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 (full or half) or any combination of days. Full day is $76, while a half day starts at noon and costs $38.
December 26–28, 8:30 am–4 pm
814 Spring Garden St.
Kids will have a fun-filled day of games and sports. Choose from one day or all three. Prices start at $55 per day.
December 26—28, 9 am — 3 pm
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 all three, and spend time improving their strength and balance while having a blast. Cost is $80 per day, or $225 if you register for the whole session.
December 26-28 and January 2, 8 am — 3 pm
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Turn your kids’ winter break into an outdoor adventure. Kids will spend their day exploring the forest, climbing trees and rocks, tracking winter animals, making primitive shelters, and even experimenting with snow and ice. Sign up for one day or all three. Cost is $62 per day (member discounts apply), and extended day until 6 pm is available for an additional $15.
December 24, 26–28, 31, January 1, 9 am — 3 pm (half day available)
Ages 4 and up
B-3 3500 Scotts Lane
Switch up your child’s sitting at a desk all day routine to climbing walls! 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.
December 20, 21, 27, and 28; 9 am—3 pm (with optional extended care)
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 per day, with extended care an additional cost.
December 27, 28, and 31, 9 am — 5 pm
Grades K-5; and one-day workshops for middle school and high school
Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St., Philadelphia
At Arden Drama School, kids can participate “Play in a Day,” where kids work together to create an original play. Each one is unique, so sign up for one day or all three ($75 per day). Meanwhile, kids in middle school (grades 6-8) can participate in a one-day Once on this Island workshop on the afternoon of December 27; and kids in high school (grades 9-12) can do Mean Girls on the afternoon of December 28 ($50).
Photograph courtesy of Music Theatre Philly.