Whether it is called “mid-winter break,” “ski week” or “February break” at your kid’s school, a week off so soon after Christmas break might as well be called a “headache.” Lucky for you, you don’t have to tackle the week off from school by yourself. We’ve gathered some of our favorite activities around the bay—camps, art classes and more—and all you have to do is pick and click to get your kids signed up!

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San Francisco

Woodworking Camp at The Butterfly Joint, San Francisco
Put down the iPads and head to The Butterfly Joint for some hands-on good fun. Little makers age 5+ can sign up for the Tuesday – Friday camp and come home with a rad sunglasses and key rack they made themselves.

The Butterfly Joint
2640 Mission St.
San Francisco, Ca
Online: thebutterflyjoint.com

Adventure Camps, San Francisco
This completely mobile camp uses Dodge Maxi vans to take kids on an ever-changing adventure. Hiking, playground exploration, crab hunting and more.

Drop off locations in San Francisco and Mill Valley
Online: adventurecamps.net

The Rabbit Hole Theater Camp, San Francisco
“Imagination” is the word of the week at The Rabbit Hole Theater Camp where your little camper can be anything she wants to be. Tiny thespians ages 3-8 will develop their own unique character and go on an adventure with their character. The week ends with a theatrical presentation for all the adoring fans (a.k.a. parents).

The Rabbit Hole
3435 Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, Ca
Online: therabbitholesf.com

Mix It Up: Around the World Camp at JCCSF, San Francisco
This camp is for kids who like it all – one day of swimming, cooking, art and nature, a trip to Chinatown and movie madness. For grades K-5.

JCC of San Francisco
3200 California St.
San Francisco, Ca
Online: jccsf.org


East Bay

Monkey Business Camp, Berkeley
Play, create and have loads of fun at Monkey Business Camp in Berkeley. Kids will enjoy cooking, sewing, painting, digging in the sand and more. Old-fashioned good fun is guaranteed! Extended care is available. Ages 4 ½ – 10.

Monkey Business Camp
Berkwood Hedge School
1809 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, Ca
Online: http://www.monkeybusinesscamp.com/february/

Art Camp with Brushstrokes Studio, Berkeley
This half-day camp is ideal for little artists. Enjoy pottery, canvas painting, glass fusing, sculpting, drawing and more. Grades K-5.

Brushstrokes Studio
745 Page St.
Berkeley, Ca
Online: brushstrokestudio.com


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South Bay

Mad Science Spy Academy Camp, Mountain View
Do you have a budding detective at your house? Send him or her to the Mad Science Spy Academy where spies aged 5 to 12 will learn all about decoding messages and using metal detectors. Campers can check out real spy tech equipment and take home lots of gadgets like a UV fingerprint finder.

Mountain View Community Center
201 S. Rengstorff Ave.
Mountain View, Ca
Online: thebayarea.madscience.org

Mad Science “Fizz”ical Phenomena & Che-Mystery Camp, Sunnyvale
Science sleuths whip up potions and experiment with chemical reactions in this camp for ages 5 to 12. Grow crystals, make sidewalk chalk and learn the science of chromatography. Then, use what you learned to solve the Mad Science Mystery.

Washington Park Building
840 W. Washington St.
Sunnyvale, Ca
Online: sunnyvale.ca.gov

Star Wars Paper Airplane Camp, Los Gatos
Always wanted to be a Jedi pilot? Kids in grades 2-5 can hone their galactic paper airplane skills at this camp at the New Museum of Los Gatos. Other camps offered include Secret Agent Camp and Castle Construction Camp.

New Museum of Los Gatos
106 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, Ca
Online: numulosgatos.org

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FUZE Fit for a Kid Camp, Los Gatos
Looking for the kids to burn off some of that school break energy? Send them to FUZE Fit for a Kid where there’s tons of physical fun to be had. Play musical chairs on mini trampolines, climb the rock wall and even dance the day away with Dance, Dance Revolution. You are guaranteed to pick up a sweaty kid at the end of the day. Choose from full-day or half-day options.

FUZE Fit for a Kid
15405 Los Gatos Blvd.
Los Gatos, Ca
Online: fuzefit.com

Magic Wizards Camp, Sunnyvale
Enter the magical world of wizardry where kids ages 7 to 12 can learn how to perform optical allusions, sleight-of-hand tricks and more. Participants receive a magician’s starter kit with wand, deck of cards and a magic tricks book. This afternoon camp concludes with a magic show performance for parents on the last day.

Sunnyvale Community Center
550 E. Remington D.
Sunnyvale, Ca
Online: sunnyvale.ca.gov

Creatures of the Night Camp, San Jose 
Investigate the lives of nocturnal animals at this week-long camp for kids ages 5 to 9. Learn how these mysterious animals adapt to surviving in the dark.

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
1300 Senter Rd.
San Jose, Ca
Online: hhpz.org



Forts and Bridges Camp, Sausalito
Learn about design and engineering at this camp at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Use real tools to bring your imagination to life. Extended care options are available.

Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Rd.
Sausalito, Ca
Online: baykidsmuseum.org



Jewelry Making Camp, South San Francisco
Start the camp day with an hour of yoga before a day full of art. Learn about mosaics, candle making, tie dye and copper etching. Full-day and half-day options are available. Select the full week or one day only. They even offer a camp spoken in Mandarin.

Dragonfly Designs
55 Nursery Way
South San Francisco, Ca
Online: jewelrybydfly.com

Aviation Camp at the Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos
If a week of aviation and aerospace sounds like a fun way to spend the school break, then head to the Hiller for Aviation Camp. Delight in flight simulation demos, receive hands-on experience flying models and get behind the scenes tours of the museum. Grades K-8. Full and half-day schedules available.

Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Rd.
San Carlos, Ca
Online: hiller.org

Art + LEGO Robotics Camp at ART-Smart Studios, San Mateo
This awesome camp at ART-Smart Studios combines a day of jewelry making, painting and art with a second day devoted to LEGO robotics. Unleash your creativity as you learn how to think artistically both days.

ART-Smart Studios
3080 LaSelva St.
San Mateo, Ca
Online: artsmartstudios.com

Where are you sending the kids this winter break? Let us know in the comments!

–Kate Loweth