Spring Break can be tons of fun and lots of local families head to the beaches or mountains to enjoy a little R&R together. However, for every mom and dad that has vacation time socked away, there are several who must work (grown-up life is tough) or just stay in town. We know those families are looking for activities to keep little Johnny and Susie busy. Below are a few options to consider but hurry because these camps are few and far between and tend to fill up fast!
For ages 6 and up, these camps will let your budding builders explore architecture, engineering and technology concepts using LEGO® bricks. Bricks 4 Kidz™ is a creative learning enterprise that provides an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun playing with LEGO® bricks. There are many educational, developmental and social benefits in our approach to learning. These lessons are hidden in fun activities with options for every age level. Jr. Robotics is for ages 8+ and is the morning session (9AM-Noon). Cost is $150 for the week. Space Adventure is for ages 6+ and is the afternoon session (1-4PM). Cost is $125 for the week. Space is limited so register early.
This spring break camp is for children in kindergarten to 5th grade. This year’s Nature Rangers Camp is “From Palaces to Pirates” and is inspired by Whimsical Woods, a special feature in 2013. Each theme comes from one of the Whimsical Wood’s stories. Children will enjoy exploring, hiking trails, as well as playing active, outdoor games and creating fun, unique crafts based on each camp’s theme. Each day, campers will be supervised and led by Burritt’s trained, CPR-certified staff. The camp’s curriculum ensures a combination of fun, learning, and memories! Camp days run 9:00 to 2:00 and students should bring their own lunch, but Burritt will provide a snack each day. Extended day options ($12/day) are available with drop off starting at 7:45 AM and pick-up until 5:30 PM. Five day option is $155/members or $165/non-members. Two and three-day options are also available, click on link above for more information or to register.
This year’s spring camp is called Geology in My BIG Backyard. During the introductory activity, students will learn that geology is a lot like detective work. Geologists infer the sequence and timing of events by collecting evidence and making observations, just like a detective. They will combine indoor and outdoor activities to expose students to their new-found geologic interpretation skills. For ages 6-13, this camp runs 9 AM – 4:30 PM. You can enroll a child for the week ($180 for members or $230 for nonmembers) or pick your days ($40/$50). Early drop off starts at 8 AM for an extra $5/day or $20/week. Email Misty Hertzig for more information or call 256-837-4104.
This co-ed soccer clinic for ages 8-13 is provided by the most experienced coaching staff in north Alabama. Located at Merrimack Soccer Complex (3501 Triana Blvd.) the cost is $100/week for ages 8-10 and $120/week for ages 11-13. Times are 9AM-11AM for ages 8-10 and Noon-2PM for ages 11-13. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If your child is thinking about trying out karate but you’re not sure about making a full summer committment, why not try out this Spring Break Karate Camp. Just like the summer experience but shorter and a great “trial” run to gauge their commitment. Camp is $180 for the week and starts at 7:30 am and pickup is at 5:30 pm. Ages 5 – 12. For more information call 256-837-8624 or email email@example.com
This drop-off camp for ages 3-9 is offering two daily sessions (9-Noon and 2-5PM). Reservations are required along with a $25 deposit. Cost is $25/child per day, $18/sibling. There will be learning activities, crafts and lots of play time. Choose just one day, two days or all week!
No laying around playing video games for your children! Keep those minds active with these uber-educational hands-on activities. With a morning session for the younger set (ages 7-10) – Making Things With Young Minds – and an afternoon class for the older kids (ages 11+) – Dimensions: Building in 2d/3d – you’ll know this was a Spring Break well spent! Classes start at $100 for the week. Register by clicking the link above or call (256) 705-4327 for more information.
Your little ones can play soccer like a pro during these spring break mini-soccer camps. Children ages 5-14 are eligible and prices are $15/$25 depending on length of camp. Offerings are at Dublin Park and Monrovia Middle School. Focuses include skills development, technical and tactical game situation play and modules for every position. For more information or to register, visit the RCU website or Facebook page.
There is fun AND learning to be had when you register your child (grades K-5) for camps like Tinker with Toys, Meatballs and Molecules, and Campasaurus! Camps are 9-Noon or 1-4PM and start at $98 (camp prices increase $10 after March 11). Register today at 256-837-0606 or online at the link above. Early drop off and late pick up is available.
Is your little one a Picasso at heart? Why not try out a painting class at Spirited Art? Spring Break classes are offered at 2:00pm on Monday and Tuesday, March 25th and 26th and at 10:00am on Wednesday and Thursday, March 27th and 28th. The Thursday class is an Open Studio so kids can paint any of the kids painting they offer. The classes are $25 each and last about 1.5 hours. SPECIAL: Pick 2 classes and receive 10% ($5) off or 20% ($15) off if you register for 3. Parents just need to enter TENOFF2 or KIDSPICK3 at check out.
YMCA School Holiday Camps: March 25-29
The Southeast Y and the Hogan Y are offering day camps during Spring Break. These camps consist of supervised, age-appropriate activities and care is provided from 7 AM – 6 PM. Cost is $110/week for YMCA members. To check on availability and to find out cost for non-members call 256.883.YMCA (Southeast Y) or 256.705.YMCA (Hogan Y). Note: There is a one-time only enrollment fee for the School Holiday Camp of $25 per child for YMCA members and $35 per child for non-members.
Click on the organization’s name to go to their website and get more information on their spring offerings.