If you’re staying in town for spring break this year, you’ll need something to keep the kids from turning into screen-dazed zombies. You can keep them busy, stimulated and entertained with one of the many spring break activity camps offered throughout the DMV area. With half-day and full-day camps designed for all ages and interests (science, art, music, sports), you’ll have no trouble sparking excitement in each of your kids. And you won’t have to shell out loads of cash if you don’t want to!

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Lowell School
Lowell’s Spring Break Club offers community members themed days of events and age-appropriate activities including cooking, field trips, picnics, arts and crafts and sports. This year, participants will enjoy a walk to Candy Cane City Park, a karaoke party, a pajama party, a scavenger hunt, and more.

Dates: March 27-31
Age: Grades K-6
Price: $80/day full-day; $50/day half-day

DPR Spring Break Camps
DPR offers full-day Spring Break Camps for kids ages 3 to 13, during DC Public School’s Spring Break (April 18-21, 2017). Engage in structured games, sports, character-education exercises and arts and crafts. Camps are designed to plant the seeds of personal development and environmental responsibility in a fun and engaging recreational setting. Registration begins March 20th and camp locations and prices vary based on ages, so please visit their website for further information. 

Dates: April 18-21

NCA Spring Break
For your aspiring piano player, NCA offers a spring break program of focused musical study in an inspiring environment. Students participate in private lessons, group lessons, masterclasses, piano ensembles, and music theory sessions, while they grow their love of and enthusiasm for piano music.

Dates: April 17-21, 2017
Age: 6 to 12
Price: $400

National Zoo Spring Break
The National Zoo’s Spring Safari program explores the lives, habitats and conservation of animals from around the world. Week-long sessions include exciting hands-on activities, lessons, craft projects, science experiments, and walks through the zoo.

Dates: April 10-21
Age: Grades K to 5
Price: $320

In Virginia:

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Sportz Campz 4 Kidz
Choose from five different sports camps: All American Sports Camp for ages 6 to 12 is ideal for kids looking for a variety of sports, including basketball, soccer, flag football, and volleyball; Basketball School for ages 5 to 14 focuses exclusively on building the fundamental skills of basketball; Shooting Stars for ages 5 to 8 attempt to ignite a passion for sports through creative games and competitions; and Youth Football Camps for ages 8 to 12 features non-contact skill building in the fundamentals of football.

Dates: April 10-14
Age: 5 to 12
Price: $175/core camp

Arlington Arts Center
Students spend the week working with a variety of different art materials to build skills in drawing, painting, construction and more. Choose from morning or afternoon sessions.

Dates: April 10-14
Age: 4 to 14
Price: $205

Creative Difference Spring Break
Combine STEM and ART in this investigative and creative camp of discovery. Activities feature a minds-on, hands-on approach to designing, creating, and building in open-ended, unique, and fully-engaging activity stations. Challenges will have students launching water rockets, conducting candy experiments, designing earthquake-proof skyscrapers, erupting volcanoes, and creating stop-motion movies.

Dates: April 10-14
Age: grades K to 5
Price: $300/week or $70/day

Encore Stage and Studio
If you have a budding actor on your hands, this is your camp. Encore Stage and Studio camp explores the exciting music, movement and magic of theatre. Each day focuses on a different theme. Students use their imagination to bring popular stories and musicals to life.

Dates: April 10-14
Age: 4 to 12
Price: $375/week; $75/day

In Maryland:

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ANS Spring Break Camp
Use spring break to earn 20 SSL hours while learning about the natural environment. Campers will spend each day on the Eco Action Team, taking on new projects to improve the sanctuary, while learning about the environment and having fun.

Dates: April 10-14
Age: Grades K to 9
Price: $347/members; $432/nonmembers

Camp Sonshine Spring Break
Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring with this active full-day camp designed to keep your kids moving. Grades K to 4 will enjoy go-karts, archery, assembly, moon bounce and field trips, to destinations such as Wheaton Regional Park and the National Zoo. Grades 5 to 10 will enjoy paintball, cooking, group games, and field trips to the like of Sky Zone and National Harbor.

Dates: April 10-14
Age: Grades K to 10
Price: $49/day +

Catylator Spring Break Camp
Here’s the chance for rising STEM stars to put their talents to task. This camp allows your child to be immersed in the new world of 2D/2.5D and 3D design, digital fabrication and physical computing. She’ll use these new skills to learn how to engage in and shape her world with art, design and technology.

Dates: April 10-14
Age: Grades 5 to 10
Price: $445+

Imagination Stage Spring Break
the youngest tots (3-5) there’s Commotion in the Ocean which explores the ocean world and the characters that live there. For slightly older kids, there’s the Theater Sampler, Broadway Dance, Story Creation, or Hip Hop Dancing. And for older kids there’s Filmmaking and Acting.

Dates: April 10-14
Age: Grades K to 8
Price: $255+

Where will your kid be Spring Breaking this year? Dish in the comments section.

–Jamy Bond