8 Camps That Bust Winter Break Boredom

Your kids might be ready for a break from school but the idea of being at home for three weeks loses its magic after oh, about forty-eight hours. Lucky for us Portlanders, the city has no shortage of awesome winter camps for kids. Click through our slideshow to see a few of our all-time favorites. Just make sure to register early — You’re not the only parent out there who’ll be hearing “I’m bored!”

For kitchen-loving kids: The Merry Kitchen
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For kitchen-loving kids: The Merry Kitchen

Julie Merry, a professional chef who used to teach at Sur La Table, offers kids’ cooking classes in her gorgeous home kitchen. Throughout the weekends of December, she offers two-hour classes  in gingerbread house decorating or making “edible presents.” Over the official winter break, your budding boulanger can indulge in a two-day baking class; they’ll craft goodies like yule logs and gingerbread cake from scratch, eat at the end, and take home recipes you can use, too.

Details: $25-$75/2-hour classes are offered each weekend.  Longer 2-day baking workshops are offered Dec. 30-31 (ages 9-13); Jan. 2-3  (ages 6-10)

5202 NE 72nd Ave.
Online: themerrykitchen.com,

photo credit: The Merry Kitchen’s Facebook page

  1. For kitchen-loving kids: The Merry Kitchen
  2. For the indecisive: Portland Parks and Recreation
  3. For the outdoor lover: Trackers Earth
  4. For animal lovers: Audubon Sanctuary
  5. For drama queens and kings: Northwest Children’s Theater and School
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Will you sign up your kids for a winter break camp? Tell us below!

— Stephanie Booth