Jack Frost may still be nipping at your nose but the month of March is just weeks away and along with it, Spring Break (March 27-31). For families staying in town, this is a great time to secure your camp spot. Unsure where to begin? Not to worry! Here’s a list of some of our favorite local camps. Whether your child loves to build, bake, dance or perform, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn more.


photo: Jeremy McWilliams via Flickr

Engineer Some Fun
Do you have a LEGO maniac in your household? If so, he or she will love to spend hours building to their heart’s content at Play-Well TEKnologies’s half-day camps. Guided by experienced Play-Well instructors, budding engineers in these camps construct LEGO creations inspired by Star Wars, Ninjago and Super Heroes. Ages 5-11, $145-$215.

Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation
1500 Greentree Rd, Lake Oswego

Tyson Recreation Center
1880 NE Griffin Oaks St., Hillsboro
Online: play-well.org

Explore the Great Outdoors
Kids will get muddy, sweaty, and have buckets of fun with Trackers Earth Portland. These award-wining camps offer story-based, role-playing adventures (your kid can become a spy, ninja or wizard for a day) as well as teach outdoor skills like fishing and archery. The all-day programs are mobile, which means campers are driven by bus to various parks around Portland, with starting locations in every quadrant of the city. Ages 4 & up, $74-$78/day, depending on age.

4617 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland (HQ)
Online: trackerspdx.com

photo: Rain0975 via Flickr

Active Children Wanted
Keep your energetic brood on their toes at The Children’s Gym, which offers two action-packed camps: Sports or Irish Dance. Either option offers a variety of fun activities, such as gymnastics, rock climbing, arts & crafts, field games (weather permitting), and, of course, dancing. Camps end at 3:30 p.m. with extended care available in the mornings and afternoons. Cost varies depending on how many days you sign up for, with discounts available for members and/or folks signed up for multiple days, $70-85/day, $245-260/week.

1625 NE Sandy Blvd.
Online: childrensgym.com

Calling All Drama Queens and Kings
At the NW Children’s Theater and School, budding thespians can experience whole new worlds, switch places with a Giant, join a team of crack detectives or journey through the imaginary world of Dr. Seuss. Both the half-day camp and the three daylong camps use performance, games, crafts, songs, etc. to explore dramatic concepts during the week. Before and after care is available as well. Ages 3 & up, prices range $140-$295, depending on the camp.

1819 NW Everett St.
Online: nwcts.org

photo: courtesy of The Kitchen at Middleground Farms

A Farm to Table Experience They’ll Never Forget
Calling all aspiring chefs and bakers! The Kitchen at Middleground Farms, a recreational cooking school located on a family hobby farm about 20 minutes south of Portland, is offering two half-day camps that will run Monday through Thursday. Along with fundamental kitchen and food safety skills, attendees will learn the basics caring for chickens, collecting eggs, soil management and planting from seed. Ages 8-17. Each camp is $200/child.

4651 SW Homesteader Road, Wilsonville
Online: middlegroundfarms.com

Swing, Jump, Tumble, Spin, Flip
Is your little one always climbing the walls? Then why not check out the Echo Theater Company, which offers one of the most well-rounded physical theater schools in town. At camp, young acrobats will learn trapeze, aerial silks, acrobatics, juggling, stilt-walking and more as well as exploring individual creativity and how to collaborate on group challenges. Ages 5-12. Cost last year $180-$210, call office for 2017 pricing.

1515 SE 37th Ave., Portland
Online: echotheaterpdx.org

What’s your family’s favorite Spring Break camp? Let us know in the comments!

—Carrie Uffindell