Spring break will be springing itself on you in just a few weeks. If you’ll be sticking around town, here’s a round-up of ways to create a memorable spring break for your children. (Most camps are already accepting applications and run March 21 – 25 unless otherwise noted.)

Audubon Society of Portland offers 16 different day and overnight camps—including Amphibians Ahoy (2nd and 3rd grade), Surf’s Up (4th to 6th grade), and Life in Death Valley (6th to 9th grade), which includes and overnight camping trip.

Ages: Grades 1 through 9

Hours: 9:00 am  – 4:00 pm (except for overnight trips)

The Playground Gym (pictured) provides a mix of open-gym time, organized games, skills-building activities, craft, music and art time, and physical activity like martial arts, gymnastics, creative movement, yoga, physical education and more. You can be sure your child will come home happy and a little bit tired each day.

Ages: 5-12

Hours: Full day 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, half day (9:00 am – noon, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm), and after care (3:30 pm – 5:30 pm)

At the Portland Children’s Museum, children learn how clay, paper, paint and other mediums teach us about our world and about ourselves through hands-on exploration. They also learn how to thoughtfully communicate their ideas, thoughts and dreams into their work.

Ages: 4 and 5 year olds; 6, 7 and 8 year olds

Hours: 9:00 am – noon

DO JUMP! Physical Theatre School is an exploration of creative movement, physical theater, acrobatics, and trapeze. There will be a performance during the final 15 to 30 minutes of the last day of camp.

Ages and hours: 9:30 am – noon, ages 4-7; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, ages 6-12

Registration: begins February 14

At World Forestry Center: Spring Break Around the World, each day explores a new and exciting region of the world. Explore the unique and interesting cultures of five different locations: Russia, Mexico, South Africa, Japan, and Hawaii! Get your passport stamped for every country you visit!

Ages: 3-18

Hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

At Scrap Camp: Spring Break, kids play games, work on science experiments, and make lots of art— all through the lens of creative reuse and recycling.

Ages: 6-12

Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Animal themes (like Cruise South America and Trek Across Asia) make each day  at ZooVenture Camp special, along with touchable animal visits in the classroom, guided zoo tours, games, crafts, stories and songs. Children may attend one day, several days or all the days offered.

Ages: 4 years through 4th grade

Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Early drop-off (8:00 am – 9:00 am) and late pick-up (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm) are available.

Kids Cooking Series at In Good Taste (Lake Oswego) Spend three days in the kitchen together creating delicious meals and treats from Asia, Mexico, and Italy. While they are making creative, delicious dishes, children also learn about knife safety, cleanliness in the kitchen, and teamwork.

Ages: 7-12

Dates: March 22, 23, and 24

Hours: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Registration: begins February 14

Five more to explore:

TrackersPDX: Spring Break Adventures

Saturday Academy

Portland Parks and Rec: Spring Break Adventures for Teens

Anthony Newman’s Sport Camps at Nike Campus

Metro: Camp Wild Things: Fairies and Gnomes

—Cheyenne Terbrueggen