The winter weather may still be shivering your timbers but Spring Break is practically here, especially when it comes to securing your camp spot. From archery to arts & crafts, we’ve combed through the best the city has to offer so you don’t have to. Read on for our top six camps you can book now.

Trackers Earth: Forest Kindergarten Informational Night

photo: courtesy of Trackers Earth

Get Outdoorsy With Trackers Earth
Kids ages 4 & up are sure to get muddy, dirty and sweaty while learning life skills under the guise of just having fun, like casting spells, being a spy, or performing ninja moves. More than that, your kids can tend to animals, learn archery and do some general forest camping all in a location convenient to you. The mobile camps mean kids are driven by bus to parks around the city each day. Before and after care is available for these full-day camps. HQ are in Sellwood, but starting locations can be found in every quadrant of the city. $67/day.

4617 SE Milwaukie Ave. is HQ; camps are around Portland in every area – NE, SE, NW, and SW
503-345-3312
Online: trackerspdx.com

Hug Some Trees with Portland Audubon Society
K-12th grades will learn about appreciating animals and nature through a series of activities, including art and hikes around the center in these full day camps. The Audubon Society even interns older children, for an innovative program that at once encourages being in nature while learning more about it. $60/day members; $70/day non-members.

5151 NW Cornell Rd.
503-292-6855
Online: audubonportland.org

Creativity and Wellness Conference - Family Activities

photo: courtesy of Creative Roots

Art, Nature and Culture Come Together at Creative Roots
Even if you or your children don’t believe in woodland creatures that roam the forests, they’ll enjoy Fairies and Gnomes Architecture Camp. Your campers will build houses for fairies and gnomes using their imaginations, building skills and some architecture principles, involving natural and found items. And for the littlest campers, they may receive a note from magical friends that visit their homemade houses.

Mythical creatures not your child’s cup of tea? With All Around This World Cultural Camp, your kids can learn about how different culture exist in the world through dance, art and music. They’ll also learn about the surrounding community through walking trips to Wallace Park and learn about Slabtown history through a tour.

Lunches are available if requested upon registration. Camps are full-day for kids ages 5-12. $75/day.

2661 NW Thurman St.
503-451-5179
Online: creativerootspdx.com

Play Pretend at NW Childrens’ Theater and School
Serving three year-olds to teenagers, NWCTS gives your budding thespians a chance to try acting. A series of opportunities, from all day camps to half-day camps, include portraying an evil villain like Dr. Horrible (you read that right Sing-along-blog fans) or have a very merry un-birthday with the Mad Hatter, Alice and her friends. Weeklong classes range from $140-$270, depending on age. Before and after care is available for $25 extra.

1819 NW Everett St.
503-222-2190
Online: nwcts.org

Wigglers Wanted at The Children’s Gym
Tumbling, boulder climbing, and some outside time – weather permitting – are options for your little athletes. Or if you have a dancer in your house, you can sign them up for Irish dance camp. Either options offers a variety of activities, including arts and crafts. Extended care is available in one hour blocks for $7/hour. Camps end at 3:30 p.m. daily. A variety of price discounts are available, depending on how many days you need, if you’re a member and if you need sibling care. In general, pricing ranges from $65-$80/day to $240-$255/for all 5 days.

1625 NE Sandy Blvd.
503-249-5867
Online: childrensgym.com

swimming indoor pool

photo: ed garcia via flickr

Mix It Up at Mittleman
If you just want a mix of activities for your kiddos, this is it. Swimming in the indoor pool, arts and crafts, some games – it’s all available. And really, what kid doesn’t want to swim? Extended hours are available, too. They accept all kids 3 – 11 years of age. The only ask is that your kids are potty-trained. Prices range according to time and membership status. Half days (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) are $20-$24/child; Full days (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) are $35-$47/child.

Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Highway
503-224-0111
Online: oregonjcc.org


What are you looking forward to for Spring Break? Let us know in the comments below!

—Tami Matthews