No plans for Spring Break? No problem! A week off from school doesn’t have to lead to a case of cabin fever. Keep your kids active and engaged with an action-packed spring break camp. Registration is officially open, so it’s time to act-fast before these popular camps fill up. From a wilderness safari at the National Zoo to daily etiquette lessons over tea with Mrs. B (and everything in between), these week-long camps will fill your child’s days with fun. Read on for the best spring break camps near Washington, DC. 

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Washington, DC

Spring Safari Day Camp
Grab the binoculars and send your little explorer on a week-long safari. Each day, campers in grades K-5 explore a specific habitat and learn more about the mammals, reptiles and birds that call it home through hands-on activities and lessons like themed craft projects and science experiments.  Before and after camp care is also available.

When: April 6-10 and 13-17
Cost: Starting at $340
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Woodley Park
202-633-4888
Online: nationalzoo.si.edu

Dino Camp
Pint-sized paleontologists will dig for fossils, build dinosaur replicas and stomp the halls of dinosaur exhibits, all while being guided by scientist Dr. Peter Kranz, an expert on fossils of the National Capital region. Adults are encouraged to go on this dino-fueled adventure where real fossils are found (and donated to museums).

When: April 6- and 13-17
Cost: Varies by date
Location: Changes daily
202-547-3326
Online: dinosaurfund.umd.edu

photo: The Theatre Lab

 

The Theatre Lab
Modeled after their award-winning Summer Acting Camps for Kids, The Theatre Lab’s Spring Break Camp, is ideal for children grades 1-6. They’ll enjoy being imaginative and innovative while making new friends. No need to have acting experience as kids in all acting levels are welcome. Drama Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with the option of extended care until 5 p.m.

When: Apr. 13-17
Cost: $80/day
733 8th St. NW
202-824-0449
Online: theatrelab.org

Maryland

KOA Sports Multisport Spring Break Camp
If your kids are tired of winter and need to get rid of some pent up energy, this is the perfect camp for them! On the daily agenda is kickball, basketball, soccer, flag football, dodgeball, and a whole bunch more! They are guaranteed to be tired by 3 p.m. pick up!

When:  Apr. 6-10
Cost: $199
4960 Boiling Brook Pkwy.
Bethesda, MD
301-229-7529
Online: koasports.org

photo: Silver Star Gymnastics 

Silver Star Gymnastics
With a few locations in Maryland, Silver Star has become a favorite among the gymnastic enthusiasts. With a large space, Silver Stars Gymnastics Camp offers your future Olympian the opportunity to learn cartwheels, navigate the monkey bars and climb the ropes. The best part is their abundance of trampolines which allow kids to SAFELY learn to jump, twist and flip. Attendance options are Full Day, Half Day & Extended Care.

When: Apr. 6-18
Cost: $60-$75/day
2701 Pittman Dr.
Silver Spring, MD
301-589-0938

14201 Woodcliff Ct.
Bowie, MD
301-352-5777
Online: gosilverstars.com

Photo: Twin Oaks Riding Academy

Virginia

Twin Oaks Riding Academy
Giddy up and allow your young equestrian to spend Spring Break at this fun riding camp with gentle horses. Riders will have the opportunity to see what it’s like to own and ride their own horse! Horse lovers will ride every day and learn basic positions, including steering and control. Skilled instructors help campers maintain proper positioning and each rider will learn basic horse care skills.Campers are organized into similar age groups of five to six per group. This is a half day camp with the option for an extra hour to feed the horses, have lunch, and enjoy other horse activities, such as a costume parade, and bareback riding!

When: Apr. 6-10
Cost: $199/week
40788 Red Hills Rd.
Leesburg, VA
703-459-8216
Online: twinoaksriding.com

nMotion at nZone
Keep your kids from climbing the walls with a camp that focuses on physical fun. Campers burn off energy by playing soccer, kick ball, capture the flag, Laser Tag and more. Little brains won’t go idle, either. Days are packed with STEAM activities, like science experiments and art lessons.

When: April 6-10
Cost: $50/day
14550 Lee Rd.
Chantilly, VA
703-266-0118
Online: thenzone.com/camps

Tea With Mrs. B
Ideal for campers ages 4-12, Tea With Mrs. B, offers a truly unique camp experience. Daily activities include: high tea with healthy snacks, crafts and games, exercise at a local park, dance time and dress up. Good manners, proper etiquette and social graces are generously taught by Mrs. B which help develop your child’s conduct while having fun. This is a full day camp with both morning and after care available for an additional charge.

When: April 6-10
Cost: $515/week
136 W Jefferson St.
Falls Church, VA
202-448-2930
Online: teawithmrsb.com

Arlington County Parks and Recreation
Swing into spring at one of Arlington County’s Spring Break Camps, which offer a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for kiddos! The Kids in Action Camp, which takes place in Arlington’s Carver Community Center, focuses on cooperative games, physical activity, nature and creative arts. A fun field trip is even thrown in there to amp up the fun!

When: April 6-10
Cost: Starting at $36/day
1415 S Queen St.
Arlington, VA
703-228-3000
Online: parks.arlingtonva.us

—Meghan Yudes Meyers and Guiomar Ochoa

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