If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that we need to think creatively. So if you’re skipping your usual fun-in-the-sun February vacay, consider keeping the kids entertained with one of these engaging mid-winter break camps instead. While some are offering in-person participation (with safety measures in place) many others have converted their usual camps into something special online. Below you’ll find camps that focus on theater, singing, music, visual arts, sports, cooking, computer coding and even LEGOs. Scroll down and call now to book a spot—these camps fill up fast!

Winter Wonderland Engineering with LEGO®

Bundle up, Play-Well is creating a spectacular Winter Wonderland! Build bobsleds, design snowmobiles and take a ride on the Polar Express. Explore your snowiest ideas and learn STEM concepts with tens of thousands of LEGO® pieces at your mitten-tips and the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

Times: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $75
Ages: 6-11

Covington City Hall
16720 SE 271st St.
Covington, WA 98042
Online: anc.apm.activecommunities.com

Camp In a Box

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is offering unique Blowing Off S.T.E.A.M Camp-In-a-Box kits. This box brings "break day" fun to you, wherever you are. Open to box to find the tools you need to explore nearby including classic camp activities like arts and crafts and hands-on STEM projects. Plus, campers will stay connected with each other and their counselor through twice daily interactive meetings. Box with activity supplies can be picked up at your local Seattle-area YMCA.

Dates: Feb. 15-19, 2021
Times: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $75
Ages: 5-11

YMCA of Greater Seattle
Online: seattleymca.org

photo: Mighty Coders

Virtual Coding Camp

No in-person camps this year, but things are happening online. Sure, your kids are tired of school, but they won't balk at learning the basics of 3D game development and fundamental programming concepts with this virtual camp. Designed for beginners to intermediate students, kids will create their own Fortnite-style Battle Royale or Mining Sim game in Roblox, while learning the Lua programming language.

Dates: Feb. 15-19, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $199
Ages: 8-15

Mighty Coders
Online: mightycoders.io/camps/

Seattle Cucina

Seattle Cucina's themed cooking classes have also gone online with a great new offering: Camp De Cuisine Française: French Cooking Camp. While berets are not required (but recommended) in this online French cooking camp, you can choose to join them for one or all four classes. They will be exploring French ways to prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course, dessert. Indirect parental supervision is required for your little Julia or Julian Child. Here's what each day brings:

Day 1: Petit Déjeuner (Breakfast): Chocolate Croissants, Quiche, Fresh Orange Juice

Day 2: Déjeuner (Lunch): Niçoise Salad, Pear Tart

Day 3: Dîner (Dinner): Baguettes, French Onion Soup

Day 4: Pâtisserie (Pastry): Chocolate-dipped Cream Puffs

Dates: Feb. 16-19, 2021
Times: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $20/class or $75 for the full week
Ages: 6-12

Seattle Cucina
Online: seattlecucina.com

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Camp Kindness Counts

Sign up your kids to explore Kind Leadership with Camp Kindness Counts over mid-winter break. This virtual camp couples creative projects, games, character building and mindfulness movement exercises with leadership skills and ideas, to bring out the leader in your kiddo. Campers will focus on helping animals in need, making an environmental impact and how to enact positive change in their communities. We couldn't think of a better way to spend three days!

Dates: Feb. 15-18, 2021
Times: noon-2 p.m.
Cost: $75
Ages: 5 & up

Camp Kindness Counts
Online: campkindnesscounts.org

photo: Studio East

Studio East

If your drama queen or king dreams of standing in the spotlight, then step right up for Studio East's mid-winter break camps. Offered virtually, they give kids the chance to put their theatrical skills to the test from the comfort of home. This year, they've got four camp options, running during break weeks for all the area schools. If you want to be in the room where it happened, check out the Hamilton one day session on February 11 or sing, dance and play with the Descendants of Disney's greatest villains for a day on February 12. February 15 is all about the art of improv. It's also the first day of Drama Makers, the week-long camp that challenges kids to be both playwrights and actors. Take a bow!

Dates: Feb. 11, 12 & 15-19, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $95-$415
Ages: Grades K-8

Studio East
Online: studio-east.org

photo: Neo Art School

Neo Art School

Bring your budding artists for a week of socially-distanced, outdoor art at Neo Art School. Register for just a day or sign your little maker up for the whole week at this Ballard-area day camp. While they're staying cozy under the heated tents, kids will upcycle items and use paint and other mediums to create their masterpieces. And if you need extended care, they've got that too. Kids can stay until 6 p.m. ($95/day) if they need to.

Good to know: Neo Art School's next day off camp will be offered Jan. 28, 2021.

Dates: Feb. 15-19, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $80/day
Ages: 6 & up

4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. #121
Seattle, WA
Online: neoartschool.com

Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners FC

Young soccer players will want to take advantage of this ISC striking camp that will focus on different techniques for striking the ball. Designed for both field players and goal keepers, this camp will include workshops on driven passes, full volleys and half volleys as well as chipping, passing, first touch and learning how to bend the ball like Beckham.

Dates: Feb. 15-18, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-noon
Ages: 8-14
Cost: $150

Issaquah Highlands Central Park Turf Fields
1907 N.E. Park Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98029
Online: iscgunners.org

Seattle Jazzed

No pandemic is going to get in the way of budding musicians. No siree. Seattle Jazzed has been offering a variety of free online resources for kids for months now that include daily guided practice videos, online guided listening to great albums, We-Bop at Home video kits and Music Masterclasses. (However, donations are greatly appreciated.) Or maybe this is the year to try out a private online music classes. Classes offered include the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, electric bass, upright bass, piano, drums, strings, ukulele and voice. You can try out a 30-minute trial lesson for $29 too.

Cost: Free-$299
Ages: Grades Pre-K-12

Seattle Jazzed
Online: seattlejazzed.org

Taproot Theatre Camp

All the world's a stage, even if it's in your living room! Taproot Theatre's mid-winter break classes are a good way for kids to interact, connect and collaborate with their peers. It is also a great way for them to engage their bodies and minds, stimulate their creativity and express themselves freely in a safe place, with teachers and staff who have undergone online safety training. Afraid of tech issues? Teachers and staff will be available to help with those. At the end, an edited video of the show will be provided for students to showcase their work to friends and families. Taproot is offering two camps:

Dramaquest Camp
This at-home camp offers young children a great introduction to drama and is a guaranteed imagination builder. In each session, students may listen to and tell stories, learn dynamic theatre games to play at home and make their very own characters with things from around the house!

Dates: Feb. 15-19, 2021
Times: 10 a.m.-noon
Ages: 1st-3rd grade
Cost: $100

Youth & Teen Showcase
From auditioning and rehearsing to preparing for the performance, students will have a great time working together and developing their acting skills online. Get ready for an action-packed, fastpaced theatre adventure as students are challenged to make bold and detailed character decisions and fully immerse themselves in the world of the play.

Dates: Feb. 15-19, 2021
Times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ages: 4th-12th grade
Cost: $200

Taproot Theatre
Online: taproottheatre.org/acting-studio

—Jeffrey Totey, Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla


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