2017 Holiday Break Camps in Huntsville and North Alabama

Holiday breaks. They’re the best right? Right? So, I’m not the only one who has concerns about how I’m going to get everything done with little ones under foot the whole time? Awesome.

Lucky for us, there are these things called winter break camps and they offer tons of great options for kids to have fun, learn new things, maybe make a few new friends in the process, and your happiness (and sanity) is an added bonus. Enjoy!

For more holiday fun including all the places to hear holiday music, watch holiday plays, cavort with holiday cheerfulness and just plain get in the holiday spirit visit the main page of our comprehensive 2017 Holiday Happenings Guide sponsored by Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

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Winter Break Camps for Kids

Afterschool Labs

afterschoollabs_winterbreakcamps_huntsvilleWinter Wonderment is an eight-day camp during Winter Break that provides students with a hands-on, learning experience. This camp focuses on all elements of winter – from holidays and traditions, to the science behind creating snowflakes. Students will design, create, build, engage, and work together during this camp. PreK-8th grade.

Date(s)/Time(s): Dec. 18-22 and Dec. 27-29  | 7AM-5:45PM
Cost: $200
Location: Blossomwood, Goldsmith Schiffman, Providence, and Weatherly
Phone: 256.382.1057
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Alabama Kidnastics Fall Break Camp

Stay active over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks with Alabama Kidnastics! Each day is filled with fun activities such as gymnastics, dance, volleyball, soccer, softball, basketball, fitness games, and arts & crafts. Space is limited, so register early! Ages Kindergarten through 12 years old.

Date(s)/Times(s): Nov. 20-22, Dec. 18-22 and 26-29, and Jan. 2-3 | 7AM-6PM
Cost: $125/week or $30/day
Location: 1822 Winchester Road, Huntsville (map)
Phone: (256) 520-3467
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Alexander’s Martial Arts

At Alexander’s Martial Arts, kids get awesome fun-filled days out of school and parents get safety, structure, and learning! We offer a different theme for each of the Day Camps featured throughout the school year, some will even have a related field trip. Our campers are actively learning life skills through martial arts to help them be more successful next school year and for years to come. During camps we offer an early drop-off time of 7:30am with a late pickup time of 5:30pm.

Date(s)/Times(s): Nov. 20 & 21; Dec. 28-20; Jan. 2 & 3
Cost: $45/day
Location: 51 Nance Rd #104, Madison (map)
Phone: (256) 830-8208

Artis Art Studio

Your child will work his/her creativity and imagination while learning new art techniques and even exploring great master artists and their work. All supplies included, must bring lunch and a snack. Plus, need a quick creative outlet or some handmade holiday gifts? Swing by the Artis studio anytime beginning November 27th and choose from a variety of ceramic ornaments, mugs, vases or figurines to paint your own pottery and create unique & personalized gifts, with pieces starting at just $3 each!

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Date(s)/Times(s): Thanksgiving: Nov. 21 & 22, 8:30AM-3PM | Christmas: Dec. 18-22, 8:30AM-3PM (aftercare available until 5:30PM)
Cost:Thanksgiving: $45/day; Christmas: $45/day or $190/week
Location: 7046 Hwy 72, Suite D, Madison (map)
Phone: (256) 272-1625
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The Artnasium

School is out but work is not? The Thanksgiving Break Camp takes place Nov. 20-22, where children will enjoy time in the studio, Thanksgiving-themed activities, and crafts. And this Black Friday don’t drag your kids with you shopping – leave them with us and you can get a head start on their Christmas presents! On Drop While You Shop Days, leave your kids with us and get your shopping done in peace! During Christmas Break Camps, your children will enjoy time in the studio, planned activities and crafts. Space is limited in all camps and you must register in advance. Must be self-sufficient in the restroom to attend.

Date(s)/Times(s): Nov. 20-22, 8AM-12PM | Nov. 24, 9AM-1PM | Drop While You Shop Days: Dec. 22 & 23, 10AM-2PM and Dec. 8 & 15, 6PM-9PM | Christmas Break Camp: Dec. 18th-22nd, Dec. 26th-29th, & Jan. 1 & 2, 9AM-1PM
Cost: $20+ tax per day, (no sibling discounts; 10% discounts available for military families)
Location: 7500 Memorial Pkwy SW, Suite 117 (map)
Phone256-858-1870 or email theartnasium@gmail.com
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Bricks 4 Kidz

With both morning and afternoon camps that include themes like Batman, Star Wars, Minecraft, and more, these Thanksgiving camps are sure to please any Lego fan! Mom and dad will be happy too since they’ll have plenty of time to prepare for visitors.

Date(s)/Times(s): Nov. 20-22 and 24 | 9AM-12PM and 1-4PM | Christmas break camps TBA
Cost: $30 per session
Location: 1111 Wayne Road #2, Huntsville (map)
Phone: 256-722-9183
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Denise Onwere Gallery

This 5-day Elfin Winter Art Camp is designed to encourage artistic expression through a wide variety of creative experiences. Campers will create handmade items for those on our holiday list using art and nature, mixed media and so much more. Young camp goers will receive their own kit to take home to continue their holiday artistic expression upon completion of art camp.

Date(s)/Times(s): Dec. 18-22 | 9AM-1PM
Cost: $225/week or $75/day
Location: Lowe Mille Studio #203 (map)
Phone: 256-322-0184
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Designbyhart Pottery Studio

We know the week before Christmas is a busy time for most families. Drop your kids off with us for two hours of creative pottery fun while you shop or relax. Students will work on the wheel and do a paint your own pottery project each day. Items will be ready for pick up January 5th. If you need more time, you can sign up for a Lunch Time drop off (noon) for an additional $5 per child per day. You must supply a packed lunch.

Date(s)/Times(s): Dec. 18-22 | 1-3PM
Cost: $35/day or $150/week (siblings $30/day or $140/week)
Location: Lowe Miller Studio #2009 (map)
Phone: 256-322-0184
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Huntsville IcePlex Holiday Learn to Skate Camp

Spend your Holiday break at the coolest place in town! Learn how to skate while having fun making new friends and memories. Geared towards ages 5 and up, there is 90-minute supervised, on-ice practice daily, 45 minutes of coached instruction daily, plus a snowball fight and games. A daily snack and skate rental are provided.

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Date(s)/Times(s): Dec. 18-20, 9AM-12PM
Cost: $110; $99 early bird special when you register before Dec. 1
Location: Huntsville IcePlex (map)
Phone: 256-883-3773, ext. 208

Huntsville Botanical Garden

hsvbg_logoIt’s an evergreen experience in the Garden! A lot of living things sleep in winter but not everything! The garden is still full of life to explore and get to know. Campers will enjoy indoor and outdoor activities to awaken their senses to the natural world when it “sleeps”. As we like to say, at the Garden there is always something growing on. For children 6 to 13 years old; children may attend one or both days.

Date(s)/Times(s): Dec. 18 & 19 | 9AM-4:30PM (early drop-off available starting at 7:30AM for $5)
Cost: $40 per day members/$50 per day non-members per day
Location: 4747 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville (map)
Phone: (256) 830-4104

Huntsville STEAM Works

Huntsville STEAM Works has a little something for everyone ages K+ during this winter break. There will be “Star Wars Maker Days” (Dec 18 and 19), “Frozen Maker Day” (Dec 20), “Day of the Doctors” (Dec 21) and Winter Village Workshops (Dec 22) with all kinds of cool activities to keep your mini-maker busy while you’re wrapping presents.

Date(s)/Times(s): Dec. 18 -22 | 9AM-Noon and 1-4PM
Cost: $30-$80 per workshop
Location: 2211 Seminole Drive SW, Huntsville (map)
Phone: (256) 705-4327
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RCE Skills Academy

Let’s play basketball! The Skills Camp is intended to help players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skill, an enhance their skill set at the post, wing, or guard positions. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, shooting, offensive moves, defense, rebounding, footwork and agility. Campers will spend time on skill development, speed & agility, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 games, and receive a camp t-shirt! Ages 8-15.

Date(s)/Times(s): Nov. 20-23, Dec. 18-22, Dec. 26-29
Cost: $100
Location: Monrovia Community Center (map)
Phone: 256-258-9159
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Spirited Art

Our November 21 camp is a wonderful way to polish up table manners for the holiday season and beyond! Campers will receive a crash course in dining etiquette and they will practice their new skills during camp. We will focus on setting a proper table, the art of conversation, basic table manners including knife skills and tips for being a helpful host and great guest. Campers will leave with a Miss Mabel’s signature placemat, a fall centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table, Miss Mabel’s blessing mix, a Spirited Art Kid’s Cornucopia painting and a game of Turkey Talk for the entire family to enjoy around the Thanksgiving table. A snack will be provided for each camper. Use online codeMANNERS17 when you register before November 3rd to save $10!

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Then, during our Christmas Break camps, campers will create one or two projects as well as a canvas painting each day and a snack will be provided. Use online code WINTER17 when you register before December 10th to save $10!

Date(s)/Times(s): Nov. 21, 9AM-12:30PMDec. 18-22, 9AM-Noon
Cost: $85 for Nov. 21 camp; Christmas break camps are $45/Day $160/Week
Location: 620 Clinton Ave. W. Classroom #217 (map)
Phone: 256-888-3353
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The U.S. Space & Rocket Center

u-s-space-and-rocketIf your child is looking for some out of this world fun then the Rocket Explorer Experience might be the answer! Campers will get to experiment with robotics as they explore basic computer programming, participate in critical thinking and logic-building activities, and even compete in an engineering challenge. For ages 5-10.

Date(s)/Times(s): Jan. 2 and/or 3 | 8AM-5PM
Cost: $55 per day
Location: One Tranquility Base, Huntsville (map)
Phone: 256-837-3400
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YMCA – Hogan

heart-of-valley-ymca-logo-6d13ff82787cf778This full-day camp, available in single, 3- or 5-day sessions on the Hogan YMCA campus, is open to both members and non-members. Parents provide lunch & two snacks, and campers should bring a swimsuit and towel every day. Email Kimberly.Keeton@ymcahuntsville.org for more information

Date/Time: Nov. 22 and Dec. 21-22, 24-29 (no camp on the 25th) plus Jan 2-3 | 7AM-6PM
Cost: 3-day camps $95 members/$120 non-members (you can choose the three days); 5-day camps $135 members/ $185 non-members; Single day camps are $30 members/$40 non-members
Location: 130 Park Square Lane, Madison (map)
Phone: 256-705-9622
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