Sure, it would be great if we could all escape the winter doldrums and head to someplace sunny, warm and full of outdoor activities. But if you’re sticking around town this year during your school’s mid-winter break, you might want to book a camp for your kids. Otherwise, a week at home with nothing to do could drive both you and your kids up the walls. Scroll down to see some of Seattle’s best mid-winter break camps. But call now to book a spot—these camps fill up fast!

photo: Art 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: Aztecs, Mexico, Native American and Chinese Art.” Your kids will study the art of the Aztecs making Aztec suns and warrior masks. They will learn about Frida Kahlo and use her as inspiration for creating Mexican Oaxaca animals and tin painting. Then, in the Native American workshop, kids will try out different types of pottery techniques learning how to make their own totem poles and draw Native American landscapes. Finally, kids will learn about Chinese dragons, create cherry blossom banners and Chinese scroll paintings. Sign up to attend all four days or just a day or two. Feb. 19-22, 2018 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Grades K-5. $60/day.

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

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 – Magnuson, Redmond, Issaquah, SODO and now Mill Creek – perfect no matter what side of Lake Washington you live on. Feb. 19-23, 2018 at Magnuson; Feb 15-16 & 19, 2018 at Redmond; Feb. 19-24, 2018 at Issaquah; Feb. 19-23, 2018 at SODO; Feb. 19 & 20, 2018 at Mill Creek. Full day camps from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 6-12 with a.m. & p.m. half days; half day camps from 9 a.m.-noon for ages 3-6. Call for more details and pricing. Early drop off and late pick-up available. 

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

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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: Arena Sports Facebook page

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. Camps range from “Plant Magic” for grades K-1, to “Hidden Bears and Snowshoe Hares” for grades 2-3, to “Winter Survival” for grades 4-5. Each camp will include lots of hands-on science experiments as well as fun and challenging projects, so your kids can get their inner scientist on over mid-winter break. Feb. 19-23, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Grades K-8. $350-$380. Afternoon extended day care is available.

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

Play-Well TEKnologies
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 lover to spend his free time than doing the thing he loves most, creating with LEGOs at Play-Well Teknologies. During break, brick builders can participate in one of two week-long camps focusing on Jedi Engineering or Bash ‘Em Bots. Apr. 2-6, 2018 from 9 a.m.-noon for ages 5-7 & 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for ages 7-12 $150-$175.

Play-Well TEKnologies
11743 124th Ave. N.E.
Kirkland, Wa 98034
425-244-9361
Online: play-well.org/northwest-center.shtml

photo: Play-Well TEKnologies

Pacific Science Center – Seattle
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. Campers in grades K-1 will become the “Smartest Artist” mixing art, science and nature together to create a kaleidoscope, creating dyes out of plants and more. Kids in grades 2-3 will become “Robotic Rangers” discovering what makes a robot tick and then putting their new-founds skills to work using LEGO Mindstorms® software and parts. And kids in 4th and 5th grade will delve into the “Forensic Files,” getting a full understanding of how science is used from the crime scene to the courtroom. Feb. 19-23, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Grades K-6. $350-$380. Afternoon extended day care is available.

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

Pacific Science Center – St. Thomas School
This year’s camps at St. Thomas sound especially fun. Kids in grades K-2 can partake in “The Cookie Caper” where a “top secret cookie recipe” has been stolen from Countess Crumb and the kids will have to use chemistry skills to solve the mystery – and make a batch of chocolate chip cookies, of course! Older kids in grades 3-5 will discover “Amusement Park Physics” where they will learn all about pneumatics, hydraulics, circuits and motors while also constructing models of the famed rides. Feb. 20-23, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Grades K-5. $316-$346. Price includes lunch and snacks! Afternoon extended day care is available from 3:45 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

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

photo: The Moonpaper Tent

The Moonpaper Tent
There’s something so magical about The Moonpaper Tent – maybe it’s the way that the teachers let the students lead the classes and camps with their own imagination (and how they never break character!) or maybe it’s all of the fun costumes or the decorations carefully adorning the walls. Whatever it is, Moonpaper Tent’s mid-winter break camp, “Enchanted Forest” is going to leave your child’s eyes beaming. Feb. 19-23, 2018 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 4 & up. $325. 

Moonpaper Tent
8503 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98115
206-708-6741
Online: moonpapertent.org

Woodland Park Zoo
Do animals living in tropical rainforests experience a fall season? What about a winter season for animals on the African savanna? If your kids are fascinated by animals, then they will love discovering these mysteries and more. In addition to exploring Woodland Park Zoo in-depth, campers will explore their world through activities, crafts and animal observations. Feb. 20-23, 2018 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m for ages 5-9. Half-day camps available from 9 a.m.-noon for ages 4-6. $360 for full-day camp; $245 for half-day camp. Extended afternoon care available from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for $12/day.

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

Thrive Art School
Can you imagine a reptile as long as a bendy bus? A bird as tall as two men standing on top of each other? An animal the size of an elephant that used its tusks to make art, tools, and it’s home? At Thrive’s “Amazing Ancient Beasts” camp, your kids will learn about different animatls like the Moa, the Woolly Mammoth, and the adorable Indohhus, which used to roam our planet. They will also use a whole range of art materials to create their own exotic beasts. Feb. 19-22, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Madison and Ravenna locations. Ages 5-10. $225. Class sizes are limited.

Ravenna Location  
6329 Ravenna Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98115
206-522-1659

Madison Park Location
2900 E. Madison St., Suite #200
Seattle, Wa 98112
Phone: 206-522-1659
Online: drawingschool.com

photo: Thrive Art School 

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. And you will get to see your budding performer’s hard work in a spectacular showcase on either Monday or Friday afternoon, depending on which camp you choose. Classes include “Comedy Smorgasbord!,” “Ready Freddy Adventures,” “The Magic Treehouse” and “Musical Theater Camp.” Psst…early drop-off is available starting at 8:30 a.m. at no extra charge and after camp care is available until 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee. Feb. 15, 16 & 19, 2018 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for grades K-2 & 3-6; Feb. 19-23, 2018 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m for grades K-2 & 3-6. $245-$475.

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

Museo Art Academy
If you’ve got a creative kid who wants to make pottery over mid-winter break, Museo Art Academy is holding mid-winter break sessions for pottery novices and pros alike. During a camp session, kids will learn how to create original and functional designs that will not only challenge them to expand their current knowledge and abilities, but give them the chance to experiment with a variety of pottery-making techniques including slab and coil forms, surface design, glazing, firing and 1:1 training on the potter’s wheel. Camps are designed for ages 5-14 and include a supervised lunch hour. Psst…Museo also offers drawing and painting camps for kids who want to get in touch with their inner Picasso. Feb. 15-16 & 23, 2018 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Feb. 19-22 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $149 (for each day) – $459 (for four-day camp). Ages 5-14.

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

photo: Museo Art Academy

School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts
Kids don’t need to run away to join the circus for mid-winter break. They can can attend camp at SANCA! 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. Campers learn it all (under the direct supervision of SANCA’s awesome instructors) including acrobatics, trampoline, rolling globe, juggling, tightwire and even aerial acrobatics (but not the flying trapeze—you can save that one for the summer!). Psst…during the last half-hour of camp on Friday there will be a short performance so you can see what you little circus buff was up to all week. Feb. 19-23, 2018 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. “Circus Odyssey Camp” for ages 6-9; “Big Top Camp” for ages 6-9. $475/full-day camp.

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

Burke Museum – Amazing Animals
Calling all animal lovers. The mid-winter break camp at the Burke will explore the lives of ancient and modern animals. Look high and low to discover glowing creatures of the deep sea and modern dinosaurs perched in the trees! Kids will learn how to create their own camouflage, make a scientific illustration, design their own plumage and peek behind the scenes to see the amazing animal collections at the Burke and the UW Fisheries Sciences building. Feb. 20-23, 2018 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Grades 3-5. $290/non-members; $270/members. After camp care is available from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Burke Museum
17th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, Wa 98195
206-616-3962
Online: burkemuseum.org/programs/camps

photo: Burke Museum

Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners FC
Budding soccer players will want to take advantage of the 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, chipping, passing, first touch and learning how to bend the ball like Beckham. Feb. 19-22, 2018 from 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 8-14. $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

Did we miss your kid’s favorite mid-winter break camp or class? Tell us about it in the comments below.

—Jeffrey Totey, Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla

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