We know, the family is just getting into the swing of things with school and all that goes with it, but lookout!: A big crop of school closings is on the horizon. (The school calendar for the NYC Department of Education has nine days off from September to November alone!) We’re guessing this doesn’t jibe with your work and/or life schedules. If that’s the case, check out one of the many day camps happy to keep your kids’ off days jam-packed with fun!


photo: Treasure Trunk theater 

Treasure Trunk Theatre
You don’t have to dig too hard to find fun in this treasure trunk. Let your child’s imagination run wild in a world of drama, dance and movement, and creative artwork enhanced with themes and music. Fall Holiday Camps will be held in Brooklyn Heights and Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and each day features a theme, such as Dr. Seuss, Hercules, Monsters and Superheroes, to Puppets & Muppets, The Jungle Book and Zoo Adventures. This company is so passionate about sharing performing arts with kids it’s got a Community Outreach Program for those in need, with 5% of registration costs going directly toward funding this important cause.

Ages:  3 to 6 years old

Dates:  Sept. 6-9; Sept. 12; Oct. 3, 4, 10, 12, Nov. 11

Hours:  9 a.m.-Noon; early drop-off and extended day options are available

Price:  $70/day (early drop-off 8:30 a.m.– add $10; extended day:  3 p.m.– add $60)


Xtend Barre Studios
147 Remsen St., 2nd Fl.
Brooklyn Heights
Online: treasuretrunktheatre.com

Brooklyn Brainery
190 Underhill Ave. at Sterling Pl.
Prospect Heights


photo: via Kids at Art Facebook page 

Kids at Art
More than a decade old, Kids at Art boasts that it offers the “best art classes for kids in Manhattan.” Little Picassos to exercise creative juices using mediums such as painting, drawing or sculpture. The art studio offers several types of classes throughout the year for kids, teens and adults (including adult paint party nights), but they also provide special 3-hour holiday workshops perfect for filling non-school days with captivating artistic activities such as mask-making, puppet-making, and papier mache.

Ages:  4.5 & up

Dates:  Oct. 10; Nov. 8; Nov. 11

Hours:  9 a.m.-Noon

Price:  $95/child per day

1412 2nd Ave.
Upper East Side
Online: kidsatartnyc.com


photo: Launch Math & Science Centers 

Launch Math & Science Centers: Adventures In Coding
Older kids get to explore up to three programming languages — Scratch, App Inventor and Python — in this day of coding.

Dates: Oct. 10, Nov. 8,  Nov. 11

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Ages: Grades 1 through 8

Price: $135

Location: Launch – Upper West Side
173 West 81st Street, Lower Level (81st and Amsterdam)
Online: launchmath.com


photo: Brooklyn Nature Days

Brooklyn Nature Days
A “forest school” in Prospect Park, Brooklyn Nature Days allows kids the freedom to actively learn while regularly immersing themselves in nature in the heart of Brooklyn. (In all kinds of weather, too.) Using the seasons, plants, and animals as inspiration, and provided with simple tools and found and recycled materials, kids are invited to lead the way climbing, creating, singing, digging, painting and connecting with nature as the backdrop.

Possible activities this fall include:  collecting and creating with colored leaves, hikes throughout the park to discover and identify different kinds of plants, trees and animals, work with clay and paint incorporating natural materials the kids choose, and work with tools such as magnifying glasses, mortar and pestles, buckets, spades, rope and hammers.

Ages: 2-6 years old

Dates: Sept. 12, Oct. 3 & 4, Oct. 10, Nov. 8, Nov. 12

Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; extended day until 4 p.m. offered

Price: Starting at $90/day; $35 for extended day option

Prospect Park (multiple drop-off locations at park)
Online: brooklynnaturedays.com/vacation-classes


photo: Freshmade NYC

Freshmade NYC
For those looking to fill your little one’s noggin and tummy with healthy lifestyle practices, this is the place for you.  Freshmade NYC is a cooking studio, craft studio and event space with a mission to expose healthy foods to young children and empower parents and caregivers with ideas of how they can create a love for healthy eating in their children.  They offer classes to kids and adults throughout the year, including holiday camps. Camps, workshops and drop-ins are between 1 to 2 hours long.

Ages:  2 to 13 years old

Dates:  Drop-ins start Sept. 19; Camps are on Oct. 4, Oct. 10, Oct. 12, Oct. 24, Nov. 8, Nov. 11

Hours:  Varies based on date and class

Price:  1-hour camp: $40/child; 2-hour camp: $60/child; Drop-in classes: range between $35-$55/child

636 Broadway, Suite 516
Online: freshmadenyc.com


photo: via Queens Zoo Facebook page

Queens Zoo
Ever been asked “Can we get a dog?” by your animal-loving cutie?  Holiday break may be the perfect time to expand his or her horizons and sign them up for Aspiring Vet Techs Day Camp at the Queens Zoo.  Led by a licensed Veterinarian Technician, kids will examine animal x-rays, use their five senses to conduct animal behavioral studies, as well as do research on a particular animal to get a more in-depth understanding of it. You can also catch this zoo’s Wildlife Science Camp during winter break.

Ages:  6 to 12 years old

Dates:  Aspiring Vet Techs Day Camp:  Oct. 10, Nov. 8;  Wildlife Science Camp:  Dec. 27-Dec. 30, Feb. 21-Feb. 24

Hours:  9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Aspiring Vet Techs Day Camp:  $80/kids ($70/members);  Wildlife Science Camp:  $350/kids ($300/members)

53-51 111th St.
Corona, Queens
Online: queenszoo.com


photo: via NY Kids Club Facebook page

NY Kids Club
A one stop shop, NY Kids Club has you covered with school break camps for kids ages 3 to 8 in several locations throughout the metro New York area.  School Break Camp is offered for both Election Day and Veterans Day, and promises a mix of gymnastics, art, interactive theater, science, yoga and more.
Ages:  3-8 years old

Dates:  Nov. 8, Nov. 11

Hours:  12:30 p.m.-3.30 p.m

Price:  $110/day

Location:  Multiple locations throughout the Metro-NY area

Online: nykidsclub.com`


photo: Young Chefs Academy

Young Chefs Academy
Young Chefs Academy was established in 2003 with a mission to help children develop a life-long love for the culinary arts through interactive learning. This academy offers lots of opportunities for your little chefs to master the joy of cooking, including holiday camps.  The next one coming up on October 10 is Camp-Can-I-Cook, during which your next Top Chef can experience a three-hour tour of Italian cuisine by learning how to make Italian staples such as Parmesan Garlic Breadsticks, Homemade Pasta, Classic Marinara, Creamy Alfredo, as well as dreamy Tiramisu Cups.  Who’s ready for dinner?

Ages:  7 & up

Dates:  Oct. 10 (sign up on their mailing list to be notified of holiday camps happening later in the year)

Hours:  9 a.m.-Noon or 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Price:  $85/kids ($69/members)

108-10 72nd Avenue, 2nd Fl.
Forest Hills
Online: youngchefsacademy.com


photo: via Sawyer Facebook page

Give them your email, some cash, and Sawyer gives you the world — or at least the world of kid’s classes offered by the site’s extensive list of participating ‘best-in-class’ providers, located in various areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and parts of New Jersey. Logon to search by location, type of class, age group and date to find the perfect match for your kid. Sawyer has a relationship with all the providers on the site, which means they have reserved spots — spots that perhaps you could not get by going directly to the provider. Sawyer is available as both a monthly subscription plan or  as class packs; prices vary by provider.

Online:  www.hisawyer.com

What’s your school holiday solution? Tell us in the comments below! 

—Meredith Levine