Of course you love spending time with your kids, but no one’s going to judge you for getting a little stir crazy during holiday break. After all, locking up parents and kids in a tiny NYC apartment for two cold, winter weeks is like putting a snake, a hamster and a mongoose in a cage; a recipe for disaster to be sure. So save your sanity, and sign your kids up for a holiday camp. Whether you want to send them off for a day or week of fun, here is a list of holiday break camps happening this year.
If you’ve ever wondered if your kids are running on energizer batteries, then you might want to sign them up for winter camp at Aviator Sports and Entertainment Center (3159 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn) where they’re sure to come home all tuckered out. Kids will be able to participate in gymnastics, rock climbing, dance and more.
When: Dec. 26, 27, 30 & 31, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (before and after care available, too)
Cost: $88/day, $170/2 days, $249/3 days and $320/4 days
Give your kids someplace to express themselves other than your walls. Sign them up for art camp at Hi Art! (227 West 29th St., Studio 4R) where they can spend the day making, seeing, and learning about art. You never know, you might just have a budding Kandinsky on your hands.
When: Dec. 23, 24, 30 & 31, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $95/half day and $175/full day
Play Up the Drama
If your kid can really belt it out or loves to bust a move, sign her up for a one-day camp at TADA Musical Theater (15 West 28th St.). Boys and girls will delve into the world of theater and get to act, sing and dance as they play theater games, do comedic improv and dramatic play. The last 20 minutes of camp, you’re allowed to watch your little star in action.
When: Dec. 23 and Dec. 27, 9:30a.m. – 5:30p.m.
Conquer the Kitchen
Camp Can-I-Cook at Young Chef’s Academy (108-10 72nd Ave., 2nd Fl., Queens) is two days of fondue fun that teaches kids how to make both savory and sweet fondues. Some of the fondues they’ll learn to make include: pizza fondue, garlic and herb cheese fondue and cupcake fondue. Isn’t your mouth watering just thinking about them? Keep your fingers crossed that they bring home the recipes.
When: Dec 26 & 27, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–5 p.m.
Cost: $75/day and $129/2 days (members receive a discounted rate)
Ages: 7 and older
Hang with Animals
Winter mini-camp at the Prospect Park Zoo (450 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn) is perfect for your little animal lover. Not only will they be able to get up close and personal with the animals, but they will also get to participate in hands-on activities and do arts and crafts. This is a zoo though, so they only feed the animals, not people; kids have to bring their own lunch with them.
When: Dec 30-31, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $150/non-members and $125/members
Learn a Sport
If you have a little athlete on your hands, or just need somewhere for your kids to burn off some excess energy, sign them up for a sports camp at Chelsea Piers (62 Chelsea Piers). The super sports complex offers a gymnastics camp and a multi-sport camp during winter break. Kids can learn to play a variety of sports or they can work on learning new skills in gymnastics.
When: Dec. 23–27 (not Dec. 25) and Dec. 30–Jan. 3 (not Jan. 1), 8:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $135/day, $590/week
Build Soccer Skills
Kids can learn to kick it in Super Soccer Stars (131 W 86th St., or Public School 183, 418 E 67th St.) winter break camp. Don’t worry, while there will be plenty of skill building activities, they won’t be running drills all day. Kids also get to play tag, run relay races and take part in group activities.
When: Dec. 23–27 (not Dec. 25) and Dec. 28-29 and Dec. 30–31, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $180/2-day session and $320/4-day session
Bake, Bake, Bake!
If your kid can name all the Top Chefs or plays Cupcake Wars instead of dollhouse, you might want to sign them up for cooking camp at Taste Buds Kitchen (109 West 27th St.). They will be offering two camps during winter break: Holiday Cookie Camp and Food Network Favorites Camp. In Holiday Cookie Camp, they will make cookies celebrating different themes each day. In Food Network Favorites Camp, they will bring Iron Chef, Chopped, Cupcake Wars and more to life. Here’s hoping they come home with leftovers!
When: Dec. 23-27 (not Dec. 25) and Dec. 30–Jan. 3, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: $100/day or $395/week for Holiday Cookie Camp or $415/week for Food Network Favorites Camp
Ages: 4-8 (morning session) or 9-13 (afternoon session)
– Mikaela Walker
Photos courtesy of Young Chefs Academy, Mallory Simon and Super Soccer Stars