It happens every year. Seattle kids are thrilled to be out of school for mid-winter break, but two hours into it they’re singing the “I’m bored” blues. Not this year, kids. Seattle is home to some of the best mid-winter break camps around. From art classes to science workshops to circus acts, there is a mid-winter break camp for every kind of Seattle kid. Scroll down and call now to book a spot—these camps fill up fast!

photo: Arts Aloft

Arts Aloft

The weather might call for rain outside, but things will be sunny inside at Arts Aloft as your young artist explores "Art From Different Cultures." This year, the class will virtually go to India to learn how to draw the Taj Mahal, paint elephants on canvas and make clay. Then, campers will visit the Aztecs to make masks, explore the Art of Japan where they will paint on silk, learn calligraphy and paint Japanese landscapes. Finally, they'll venture into the Amazon jungles to learn how to draw and paint animals. Sign up to attend all four days or just a day or two. It's going to be a blast! 

Dates:Feb. 18-21, 2019
Times: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages: Grades K-5
Cost: $65/day

Arts Aloft
3302 E. Spring St.
Seattle, WA 98122
206-920-2015
Online: artsaloftforkids.com

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photo: Arena Sports

Arena Sports

Who wouldn’t want to play dodgeball, soccer and capture the flag over mid-winter break? We guarantee the kids will have more fun at Arena Sports than they will being dragged to the office with mom or dad over break. Arena Sports has five locations for mid-winter break camp, including Magnuson, Redmond, Issaquah, SODO and Mill Creek.

Dates: Feb. 19-22, 2019 (Feb. 14, 15 & 18 at Redmond).
Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for full day; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for half day. Early drop off and late pick-up available.
Ages: 3-12
Cost: $59/day for full day camps; $39/day for half day camps

Arena Sports – Redmond
9040 Willows Rd. N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
425-885-4881

Arena Sports – Magnuson
7751 63rd Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
206-985-8990

Arena Sports – Issaquah
2115 N.W. Poplar Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
425-270-2030

Arena Sports – SODO
4636 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98134
206-762-8606

Arena Sports – Mill Creek
13500 Bothell-Everett Hwy.
Mill Creek, WA 98012
425-341-7050

Online: arenasports.net

photo: Pacific Science Center 

Pacific Science Center - Mercer Slough

For kids who love to explore, experiment and discover new things, a week-long camp with the Pacific Science Center at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is the perfect choice.

Legends of Polliwog Pond (Grades K-1 for $410)
Campers will be encouraged to help their team members follow a map and find the treasures of the wetlands. As a group, kids will solve puzzles and explore their surroundings during this outdoor expedition.

Winter Survival (Grades 2-3 for $410)
Kids will learn safety skills as well as how to use a compass, read a map, paddle the Mercer Slough waterways and build a shelter.

Trash or Treasures (Grades 4-5 for $460)
Kid will bypass the rules of "reduce, reuse and recycle" and will go straight toward creating new things out of old junk, including making paper and creating crafts out of old t-shirts and more.

Dates: Feb. 18-22, 2019
Times: 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Afternoon extended care is available.
Ages: Grades K-8
Cost: Varies. PSC members will receive an extra discount.

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
1625 118th Ave. S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98005
425-450-0507
Online: pacificsciencecenter.org/camps

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Play-Well TEKnologies - Seattle

There’s something about LEGOs that makes kids feel like belting out "Everything is Awesome” when sitting down to build and create. So what better way for your LEGO lovers to spend their free time over break than doing the thing they love most, creating with LEGOs at Play-Well Teknologies.

Super Hero Engineering with LEGO (Ages 5-8)
Save the world with LEGO Super Heroes at this camp where Play-Well instructors will guide kids as they design, build and save a city while learning how ingenuity and imagination can solve just about any conflict.

Dates: Feb. 19-22, 2019
Times: 9 a.m.-noon
Ages: 5-8
Cost: $176

Queen Anne Community Center
1901 1st Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
206.386.4240
Online: apm.activecommunities.com

photo: Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center

If you've got a budding scientist who is considering a career in the industry, a week-long camp at PSC is guaranteed to curb mid-winter break boredom. Here's is what the science crew has in store this year:

Wild Ocean Adventures (Grades K-1 for $410)
It's never too early to learn about marine animals and their environment while also creating an underwater viewer. Kids can also check out real shark teeth, learn the difference between saltwater and fresh water creatures and much more.

Science Myths Busted (Grades 2-3 for $410)
Here's a great way for kids to learn about urban legends. During this mid-winter break camp, kids will test out some popular urban legends—can you really slip on a banana peel, if Pop Rocks are mixed with soda will they make your stomach explode? Find out the answers to these burning questions and more.

Duct Tape Challenge (Grades 4-5 for $460)
Learn about the history of duct tape, test its strength, design a messenger bag using the sticky stuff and craft 3D works of art.

App Inventors with Computing Kids (Grades 6-8 for $590)
Learn how to build games and solve real world problems using App Inventor while also learning fundamental computer science concepts.

Dates: Feb. 18-22, 2019
Times: 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Afternoon extended day care is available.
Ages: Grades K-8
Cost: Varies. PSC members receive an extra discount.

Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
206-443-2925
Online: pacificsciencecenter.org/camps

photo: Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center - St. Thomas School

This year's mid-winter break camps at St. Thomas offers two completely different types of experiences for kids in grades K-2 and 3-5. 

Out of This World (Grades K-2 for $455)
Junior astronomers will take a virtual spaceship adventure and learn about Saturn's rings, how to build a telescope and about the stars.

Grossology (Grades 3-5 for $455)
Kids will have plenty of time to get slimy, squishy, icky and sticky exploring the messiness of science. It's a rare opportunity for kids to learn about digestion, dirt and decay while also learning about real biology and chemistry.

Dates: Feb. 18-22, 2019
Times: 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Grades K-5
Cost: Varies (includes lunch and snacks). Afternoon extended day care is available. PSC members receive an extra discount.

St. Thomas School
8300 N.E. 12th St.
Medina, WA 98039
425-454-5880
Online: pacificsciencecenter.org/camps

photo: Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

The Woodland Park Zoo is offering a unique mid-winter break camp this year for animal lovers. In addition to exploring Woodland Park Zoo in-depth, campers will explore the Zoo's world through fun activities, crafts and animal observations.

Myths and Legends 
Learn more than you ever thought possible about unicorns, dragons, Anansi tales, Aesop's Fables and more!

Dates: Feb. 19-22, 2019
Times: 9 a.m.-noon half-day sessions for ages 4-6; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. full day sessions for ages 5-9.
Ages: 4-6 & 5-9
Cost: $230. Extended day program available from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. for $15/day.

Woodland Park Zoo
601 North 59th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
206-548-2500
Online: zoo.org

photo: Studio East

Studio East

For kids who like to sing, act and dance, mid-winter break camp at Studio East is going to be a blast this year. From musical theater to comedic acting, campers in grades K-6 will get to enjoy a mix of theater classes along with plenty of singing, dancing and art making. Both daily workshops and weekly camps are offered this year. 

Studio Day Workshops (Grades K-6)
Three daily workshops are available. Sign up for one or all three. Workshops choices:

Greatest Showman Workshop (Feb. 14)
Students will spend the day acting, dancing, singing, and exploring circus arts with Studio East's highly skilled professional teaching staff in a fun and safe environment.

Harry Potter Workshop (Feb. 15)
Act as witches, wizards, and fantastic beasts for a day of magical, theatrical fun!

Comedy & Combat Workshop (Feb. 18)
Spend a day learning the art of comedy and combat from several different skilled instructors.

Heroes and Villains Play Creations (Feb. 18-22)
Campers will be divided into groups by age and will participate as both playwrights and actors, performing an original script inspired by favorite heroes and villains.

Dates: Feb. 14, 15 & 18-22, 2019
Times: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Extended care options are available.
Ages: Grades K-6
Cost: $90/day for workshops; $395/week for Heroes & Villains camp; $105 for extended care

Studio East Training For The Performing Arts
11730 118th Ave. N.E., Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98034
425-820-1800
Online: studio-east.org

photo: Museo Art Academy

Museo Art Academy

Museo is offering both pottery and art camps for budding Michelangelos and Picassos over mid-winter break. The best part? Both are designed for kids ranging in age from 5-14, so siblings can attend together. 

Pottery Camp 
This camp is more of a one-day workshop where kids will learn a variety of pottery-making techniques and will have time to experiment with them all, including slab and coil forms, surface design, glazing, firing and even the potter's wheel.

Art Camp
Campers will have four days to create a variety of visual art forms and stretch their creative juices in the art of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Pottery Camp Dates: Feb. 14, 2019 and/or Feb. 22, 2019
Pottery Camp Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pottery Camp Cost: $149/day

Art Camp Dates: Feb. 18-21, 2019
Art Camp Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Art Camp Cost: $459

Good to Know: Both camps include a one-hour supervised lunch hour (lunch is not provided).

Museo Art Academy
300 N.E. Gilman Blvd., Suite 100
Issaquah, WA 98027
425-391-0244
Online: museoart.com

photo: School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA)

School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts

Kids don't need to run away to join the circus for mid-winter break. They can attend camp at SANCA instead! And since no previous classes are necessary to attend camp, it's a great place to start, if you have a kiddo who is interested in learning the art of the circus.

Circus Odyssey (Ages 6-9)
Campers will develop body awareness through tumbling, balancing, ring passing and partner acrobatics.

Circus Apprentice (Ages 6-9)
In this camp, kids will learn a variety of circus disciplines including acrobatics, aerial, object manipulation, clowning and tightwire.

Big Top Circus (Ages 10-17)
After a week of developing skills, campers will put on a show for their families and friends.

Ringmasters (Ages 10-17)
Campers will learn how to link individual skills into sequences and practice choreography.

Aerial Fundamentals (Ages 10-17)
In this camp, students will practice on aerial rope, fabric, trapeze and sling with an emphasis on excellent technique.

Camps with Inclusion (Ages 6-17)
This special camp will emphasize inclusion, social skills and circus skills.

Dates: Feb. 18-22, 2019
Cost: $475. $495 for Aerial Fundamentals and $300 for camps with inclusion. 
Ages: 6-17

School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts
674 S. Orcas St.
Seattle, WA 98108
206-652-4433
Online: sancaseattle.org/classes/camps/#schoolsoutcamps

Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners FC

Budding soccer players will want to take advantage of this ISC striking camp that will focus on different techniques for striking the ball. The camp will include workshops on driven passes, full volleys and half volleys as well as chipping, passing, first touch and learning how to bend the ball like Beckham.

Dates: Feb. 18-21, 2019
Times: 9 a.m.-noon
Ages: 8-14
Cost: $200

Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners FC
Issaquah Highlands Central Park Turf Fields
1907 N.E. Park Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98029
425-272-2699
Online: iscgunners.org

—Jeffrey Totey, Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla

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