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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.

Music Theatre Philly

December 23–January 3 (Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day), 9 am — 3 pm (with optional extended care)

Ages 4-16

262 S. 12th St.

 

Kids ages 4-8 will sing songs from “Stage, Screen, and Beyond,” including Frozen 2, Descendants, Annie, and more. The 9-16 age group will tackle selections from shows like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Mean Girls. Camps are $75 per day, or $525 for all eight days.

Nest Center City

December 26, 27, 30, and January 2 and 3; 9:15 am—12:15 pm (11:15 am end for Wee Ones Camp)

Ages 3-6

1301 Locust St.

 

Kids can experience the “Best of Nest” programming with art, science, tumbling, and dance. Children must be potty-trained. Camp is $50 per day (premium member discounts apply). Call 215-545-6378 to register.

Philly Art Center

December 23– January 3 (Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day), 9 am — 3 pm (half day and extended care optional)

Ages 5 — 12

514 Bainbridge St. (Queen Village) or 2333 Fairmount Ave. (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 $80, while a half day starts at noon and costs $40.

Phield House

December 23–31 (Closed on Christmas), 9 am–3 pm (half days available)

Grades K-8

814 Spring Garden St.

 

Kids will have a fun-filled day of games and sports. Prices are $30 per half day (morning or afternoon), and $50 for each full day.

Splash Lab Arts

December 23-30, 9 am–4 pm (extended care optional)

Ages 4-12

3510 Scotts Lane

 

Kids can spend their days off getting creative with art projects every day. Sign up for one day or the whole session; $55 per day or $250 for the whole session.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

December 26, 27, and 30, 8 am — 3 pm

Ages 5-12

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 $70 per day (member discounts apply), and extended day until 6 pm is available for an additional $20.

Philadelphia Rock Gyms

December 23–January 3 (Closed on Christmas), 9 am — 3 pm (half day available)

Ages 4-15 (must be 6 or older for full day)

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

 

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.

Smith Memorial Playground’s Outdoors Winter Exploration Day-Off Camp

December 26-27, 30-31, and January 2-3; 8 am–4 pm

Ages 3-10 (must be fully potty trained) 

3500 Reservoir Drive

 

Smith is hosting an outdoor drop-off day camp for childrento play outside and explore nature through songs, games, stories, walks, and more. Sign up for one day, or multiple days of camp for $60 per day ($50 for Smith members).

NLArts

December 27, 30, and 31, 8:30 am–3:30 pm

Ages 4-14

700 N. Third St.

 

Kids will spend the day engaging in collaborative art projects, winter craft making, and more. Sign up for one day for $50, or all three for $135.

Butcher’s Sew Shop

December 23 and 30; 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 per day, with extended care an additional cost.

Arden Theatre Co.

December 27, 30, 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 Shrek: The Musical workshop on the afternoon of December 27; and kids in high school (grades 9-12) can do Hadestown on the afternoon of December 30 ($50).

Flip Out Productions

December 23, 26, and 27; 9 am — 3 pm (half day available for ages 3-5)

Ages 4-14 (or Ages 3-5 for half-day)

2757 Frankford Ave.

 

A day full of gymnastics, dance, strength and flexibility, arts and crafts, and more. Half day for ages 3-5 runs from 9 am to noon, and is $40 per day. Full day is $60 per day.

 

Photograph courtesy of Music Theatre Philly.

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