If your kids think mid-winter break is time for another round of “I’m bored,” think again. We’re confident that there’s an engaging camp for every kind of Seattle kid; the city is home to some of the best camps for kids around: theater, filmmaking, arts and crafts, singing, sports, science, circus arts and more. Scroll down and call now to book a spot—these mid-winter break camps fill up fast!

Taproot Theatre Camp

Here's when it's okay for your kids to act up! This year, Taproot Theatre is offering two camps for little thespians. Drama Quest is an introductory week of learning theatrical terms, games and developing skills about working together as a team. The Youth and Teen Showcase challenges young actors to create a great production is just one week, and then campers will perform it in front of a live audience!

Drama Quest Camp 
Dates: Feb. 17-21, 2020
Times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Grades: K-3rd Grade
Cost: $200

Youth and Teen Showcased
Dates: Feb. 17-21, 2020
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Grades: 4th-12th
Cost: $325

Taproot Theatre
204 N. 85h St.
Seattle, WA  98103
206-781-9707
Online: taproottheatre.org/acting-studio

SIFF Filmmaking Camp

A star just might be born at SIFF's filmmaking camp. Young directors, actors and artists will be divided up into teams of three to six crew members set with the task of creating their own short film. This includes writing the scripts, directing the actors, using current filmmaking technology, editing and lots of laughs. 

Dates: Feb. 17-21, 2020
Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Ages: 9-12
Cost: $375 ($350 members) After care from 3-5 p.m. is $75 more.

SIFF Film Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Online: siff.net/education

Seattle Children's Museum Discovery Day

Kids will learn big ideas on MLK Day with this day camp featuring art projects, discovering how to make a difference in one's community, learning about inclusion and social justice and a lot more (After care is available if needed.).

Dates: Jan. 20, 2020
Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Ages: 4-10
Cost: $80 (After care: $30)

Seattle Children's Museum
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
206-441-1768
Online: thechildrensmuseum.org/camp

JazzGirl Camp

Girls can grow with confidence in their unique voice as a #JazzGirl! The future women of jazz will play fun music, bond with other girls, laugh a lot and finish things up with a mini-performance for family and friends.

Dates: Feb. 17-21, 2020
Times: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Ages: Grades 5-12
Cost: Varies. A sliding scale from $95-$395

MLK FAME Community Center
3201 E. Republican St.
Seattle, WA 98112
Online: seattlejazzed.org/jazzgirl-camp

photo: Arena Sports

Arena Sports

We guarantee the kids will have more fun at Arena Sports' "School's Out" camps than they will at the office with mom or dad over the mid-winter break. Who wouldn’t want to play dodgeball, soccer and capture the flag or try their skills with the new ropes courses and climbing walls? Arena Sports has five locations for mid-winter break camp, including Magnuson, Redmond, Issaquah, SODO and Mill Creek, and they offer both full-and half-day camps.

Dates: Ranging from Feb. 13-21, 2020, depending on the location.
Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for full day; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for half day. Early drop off and late pick-up available.
Ages: 3-12
Cost: $62/day for full-day camps; $38/day for half-day camps

Arena Sports – Redmond
9040 Willows Rd. N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
425-885-4881

Arena Sports – Magnuson
7751 63rd Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
206-985-8990

Arena Sports – Issaquah
2115 N.W. Poplar Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
425-270-2030

Arena Sports – SODO
4636 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98134
206-762-8606

Arena Sports – Mill Creek
13500 Bothell-Everett Hwy.
Mill Creek, WA 98012
425-341-7050

Online: arenasports.net

photo: Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

The Woodland Park Zoo is offering a unique mid-winter break camp for animal lovers this year. Bear cubs (4-6-year-olds) will poke their noses out of the den and explore the outdoor world at the zoo. Campers will head outside, rain or shine, and through imaginative play, sensory exploration, games and visits to animal habitats at the zoo, they'll investigate nature and the animal kingdom. Black Bears (6-8-year-olds) will investigate the different species of cats and dogs from the grasslands of Africa to the taiga of Alaska to the couches in their homes. These camps will take place outside rain or shine, so send your camper with appropriate gear to be comfortable throughout the day.

Dates: Feb. 18-21, 2020
Times: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages: 4-6 & 6-8
Cost: $350-$395. Extended day program available from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. for $15/day.

Woodland Park Zoo
601 North 59th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
206-548-2500
Online: zoo.org

photo: Studio East

Studio East

For kids who like to sing, act and dance, mid-winter break camp at Studio East is going to be a blast this year. From musical theater to comedic acting, campers in grades K-8 will get to enjoy a mix of theater classes along with plenty of singing, dancing and art making. Both daily workshops and weekly camps are offered this year, and early drop-off is available at no extra charge. Late pick-up is available with the Extended Care option (until 5:30pm) for an additional fee. 

Newsies (Feb. 13)
This Broadway boot camp features characters and music from the musical Newsies. This workshop will explore character development, musical theater and more.

Hamilton (Feb. 14)
Do you wanna be in the room where it happened? Explore character development, stage combat, musical theater and rhythm at this one-day Broadway Boot Camp. 

Wicked (Feb. 17)
Your kids will soar to new heights, and maybe even defy gravity, with the help of Galinda—with a "Ga"—and the Wicked Witch herself, of course.

Broadway Workshop (Feb. 17-21)
This week-long Broadway Boot Camp will let kids explore both Broadway classics and contemporary musical theater hits. 

Dates: Feb. 13, 14, 7 and 17-21
Times: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Extended care options are available.
Ages: Grades K-8
Cost: $95/day for workshops; $415/week for Broadway Boot Camp. $105 for extended care

Studio East Training For The Performing Arts
11730 118th Ave. N.E., Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98034
425-820-1800
Online: studio-east.org

photo: Museo Art Academy

Museo Art Academy

Museo is offering both pottery and art camps for budding Michelangelos and Picassos over mid-winter break. The best part? Both are designed for kids ranging in age from 5-14, so siblings can attend together. 

Pottery Camp 
This camp is more of a one-day workshop where kids will learn a variety of pottery-making techniques and will have time to experiment with them all, including slab and coil forms, surface design, glazing, firing and even the potter's wheel.

Date: Feb. 21, 2020
Times: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $149

Drawing and Painting Camp
Campers will learn a variety of skills including brush control, rendering, mixing colors and more using graphite, colored pencils, watercolors and acrylics.

Dates: Feb. 17-20, 2020
Times: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $229

Cartoons and Comics Camp
Designed for budding artists of all skill levels, this camp will explore various cartooning and comic styles from Disney to Manga.

Dates: Feb. 17-20, 2020
Times: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $229

Good to Know: Camps offer a one-hour supervised lunch hour from 12-1 p.m. for $20/day, but lunch is not provided.

Museo Art Academy
300 N.E. Gilman Blvd., Suite 100
Issaquah, WA 98027
425-391-0244
Online: museoart.com

photo: School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA)

School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts

Kids don't need to run away to join the circus for a mid-winter break. They can attend camp at SANCA instead! Since no previous classes are necessary to attend camp, it's a great place to start if you have a kid who is interested in learning circus arts.

Circus Odyssey (Ages 6-9)
Campers will develop body awareness through tumbling, balancing, ring passing and partner acrobatics.

Ringmasters (Ages 9-12)
Campers will learn how to link individual skills into sequences and practice choreography.

Big Top Circus (Ages 13-17)
After a week of developing skills, campers will put on a show for their families and friends.

Dates: Feb. 17-21, 2020
Times: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: See website or call the school for current pricing.
Ages: 6-17

School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts
674 S. Orcas St.
Seattle, WA 98108
206-652-4433
Online: sancaseattle.org/classes/camps/#schoolsoutcamps

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. The 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. 17-19, 2020
Times: 9 a.m.-noon
Ages: 8-14
Cost: $150

Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners FC
Issaquah Highlands Central Park Turf Fields
1907 N.E. Park Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98029
425-272-2699
Online: iscgunners.org

The Mountaineers Snow Camp

This break camp features a field trip to Hyak Sno-Park! Campers will spend the whole day snowshoeing, sledding and brewing hot chocolate in this winter wonderland while also learning climbing and rappelling skills.

Dates: Feb. 17-21, 2020
Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Ages: Grades 7-12
Cost: $445 (members: $395)

Mountaineers Seattle Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206-521-6000
Online: mountaineers.org

—Jeffrey Totey, Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla

 

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