13 Boredom Busting Spring Break Camps

Are the kids spring breaking it at home this year? No worries, Portland makes keeping your little ones entertained for the week super easy. Do they like everything from archery to mad science, and even a little bit of kung-fu? Well, check, check, check! Here’s our list of Portland’s most engaging, adventurous and energy-expending Spring Break camps.

Portland Timbers Soccer Camp
Regardless of your kiddo’s soccer skill level, he or she can rub elbows with the staff and players of the hometown team at the Portland Timbers Spring Break Camps. These boys and girls day camps are organized by skill level, and each camp stresses not just technical skills, but sportsmanship and a love of the game too. Remember to register before March 18, and bring a packed lunch for your little kicker.

Ages: 5-13
Cost: $90-$175
Dates: March 24-27

Multiple locations, check website.
Online: portlandtimbers.com/camp-program

jason-lander-soccer-kids-portlandphoto credit: Jason Lander via creativecommons flickr

Audubon Society of Portland
The weather in Portland doesn’t mean that the kids can’t spend Spring Break outdoors – the camps at the Audubon Society of Portland are all nature focused with daily themes such as Newts and Boots and Animal Tracking. Kids can also explore artistic skills in coil basketry or aquatic art.

Ages: 6-14
Cost: $60+ per day, depending on camp
Dates: March 24-28

5151 NW Cornell Rd,
Portland, Or 97210
Online: audubonportland.org

Audubon Society of Portlandphoto credit: Joshin Yamada via creativecommons flickr

Mad Science
If your kiddo has dreams of bringing Frankenstein back to life or studying how things fly over his or her Spring Break, Mad Science has a three day camp course that’s perfectly tailored towards them. Your little scientist will have the chance to get their lab coat dirty with cool experiments, or learn all the Wright stuff about aerial locomotion. Each day of camp has a different theme with sky-rocketing levels of fun.

Ages: 5-7
Cost: $37/day; or $140-157 for all four days of camp
Dates: March 24-28

Locations vary, check website
Online: madscience.org/portland

mad-science-flickrphoto credit: Tim Pierce via creativecommons flickr

The Children’s Gym
Here’s one place that can keep up with your child’s never ending energy. At The Children’s Gym, little movers will be able to exercise their legs doing cartwheels and obstacle courses. Or they can jiggy around and learn the Irish dance! No matter which course they choose, kids will build their confidence and self esteem. And we love that you can take your preschool and school-aged children to the same location for camp – one easy drop-off!

Ages: 4+
Cost: $60/day of camp, discounts for multiple day registration
Dates: March 24-28

1625 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, Or 97232
Online: childrensgym.com

children's gymPhoto courtesy of The Children’s Gym

My Masterpiece Art Studio
My Masterpiece Art Studio offers art camps over Spring Break that are perfect for you mini-budding Picasso. Each day focuses on a new mixed media, such as clay, collage or painting. They also do mini-lessons of the other mediums during the workshop to keep the interest of the kids. Choose from a morning (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) or afternoon (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.) session, and remember to bring a lunch or snack!

Ages: 4 – 11
Cost: $48/session
Dates: March 24-28

7905 SW Cirrus Dr
Beaverton, Or 97008
Online: mymasterpieceartstudio.com

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Oregon Zoo
Venture into Oregon Zoo and let your kid explore their wild side with the Nature Ranger Spring Break Camp. Each day of the camp focuses on a different aspect of being a Nature Ranger, from solving a mystery at the zoo to exploring animal habitats like bat homes. Every day is a new adventure. Parents will love knowing that these are full-day camps, with early and late day care available. Pack your kiddo’s own lunch or let them purchase one for $5.

Ages: 4 – 10
Cost: $38/day for members;$45/day for non-members
Dates: March 24-28

4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, Or 97221
Online: oregonzoo.org

oregon-zoo-websitePhoto courtesy of Oregon Zoo

The Playground Gym
Ever wish that you could put your kids in a padded room to get that crazy spring fever energy out? Well then Spring Break camps at The Playground Gym are the next best thing! With a facility run by a staff that’s young at heart, kids can be kids at these well-rounded camps, filled with physical and creative activities. We love that you can truly customize your child’s time there, choosing from half-days to full day weeks. There’s even an aftercare rate for tots that need to be watching until 6 p.m.

Ages: All ages
: $40/half single day; $60/full single day; $135/half day week; $215/full day week
Dates: March 24-28

505 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, Or 97232
Online: theplaygroundgym.com

playground-gym-yelpPhoto courtesy of The Playground Gym

Trackers Earth Portland
There really isn’t a cooler outdoor experience in Portland for a kid who loves the outdoors than Trackers Earth Portland. Campers are immersed in the outdoors as they learn practical outdoor skills with fun, imaginative themes like Forest Ninja and Fairies, Elves and Baby Spring Dragons. And this isn’t just regular playground time, kids can learn everything from archery to wilderness survival. Sorry, parents, you can’t come, but your kiddo might want stay longer and join After Camp.

Ages: 4+
Cost: $67+, depending on camp and age
Dates: March 24-28

5040 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, Or 97202
Online: trackerspdx.com

fish-pdxPhoto courtesy of Trackers Earth Portland

One With Heart
Are your little monkeys and fire dragons looking for a way to expel all that extra Spring Break energy? With double sticks training, Poekoelan (pu’ku’lan) animal workouts, and even a field trip to Mt. Scott Community Center pool, this kung-fu camp will introduce your kids to the art of Indonesian self defense. Kids will not only have a blast, but they’ll also build their confidence, focus and fitness!

Age: 6-11
Cost: $265/week
Dates: March 24-28

4231 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
Online: onewithheart.com/kids/kung-fu-summer-camp

2013-kids-camp-photos-102Photo courtesy of One With Heart

Friends of Tryon Creek
With half day camps for young romping rabbits to full day camps dedicated to mushroom hunting and more, the Spring Break Nature Day camps with Friends of Tryon Creek are bound to get your kids excited about nature. Pre-registration is required for this camp, and not all the days are appropriate for all ages, so please check the website for details.

Ages: 6+
Cost: $25+/members; $30+/non members
Dates: March 24-28

11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland, Or 97219
Online: tryonfriends.org

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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Older kids will enjoy immersing themselves into a rocket atmosphere of engineering and sky-high flight. Boys and girls interested in space will learn how to build and launch three different types of functional rockets. They’ll even be able to take two of them home! This camp is a whole day event from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., which will definitely stave off any holiday boredom.

Ages: 9-14
Cost: $101/non members; $76/members
Dates: March 26-28

500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville, Or 97128
Online: evergreenmuseum.org

kids-watching-rocket-flyPhoto credit: Eugene Kim via creativecommons flickr

Mt. Hood Meadows
Do your kids still want a taste of that fluffy winter snow? Whether your little skier has their own gear and needs lessons only, or if they need the full rental and ski-lift package as well, Mt. Hood is the camp for you. Kids will be on the slopes for four hours during the day, and if they come in as early as 8 a.m., they can enjoy some arts, crafts and games. Lunch is provided, but you must register before attending.

Ages: 4-12
Cost: $265-$335; depending on package
Dates: March 24-26

14040 Hwy 35
Mount Hood, Or 97041
Online: skihood.com/

kids-snowboard-flickPhoto credit: Lotzman Katzman via creativecommons flickr

Southwest Community Center
Some of the best Spring Break Camps come from some of the best places for kids in Portland – the neighborhood community centers! Southwest is just one example of a great Spring Break camp where kids can mingle and do activities with kids they hang out with at school and neighbors. At Southwest, they offer sports-themed camp to little adventures for preschoolers. Choose from half-day camp to an entire week of fun!

Ages: 3-15
Cost: $20+; varies per program and time
Dates: March 24-28

1120 SW Fifth Ave.
Suite 1302
Portland, Or 97204

How are you spending Spring Break in Portland? Tell us what you have planned in the comments below!

— Katie Kavulla with Christal Yuen