Two weeks off of school! Eeek! With winter break in Seattle just around the corner, it’s time to make plans to keep your kids busy for that long stretch off of school to fend off winter break cabin fever. We’ve rounded up some of Seattle’s best winter break camps for kids ages two to twelve – call now to book a spot for your kiddo – these camps fill up quick!
Adventure Kids Playcare
Located in Issaquah, Adventure Kids Playcare is a great place for winter break camp on Seattle’s Eastside! They offer care for almost any age, which is convenient for spread out families. This winter break, Adventure Kids starts December 19 through the end of the year, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, or a full day. Please visit their website to register or call for more information. 12 and under. Cost varies based on age.
A 2011 winner of Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Award, Arts Aloft, in the Madrona neighborhood, is a super creative place to spend winter break. Arts Aloft is offering camp on December 20 & 21 with fun crafts that celebrate not only Christmas, but the break from school. Each day of camp will feature a different wintery-theme and projects to match! 4.5–8 years old. $60 per day with a $5 per day sibling discount.
Arena Sports Camps
Kids who need to get some energy out over winter break love the camps at Arena Sports. With locations in Redmond and Magnuson Park, Arena Sports camps are broken down by age group and even offer half-day camps for the littler campers who are still getting used to things. Despite being at Arena Sports, the camps aren’t 100% sports focused – they will also do arts and crafts, touch on foreign languages, and much more for a very well-rounded experience. And, don’t forget the huge bouncy houses! 3-5 years for Lil’ Kickers Camps and 6-12 years for Arena Sports Camps. Cost varies, based on age and full-day camps vs. half-day camp.
Dizzy’s Bus Stop
Another one of Red Tricycle’s fantastic Totally Awesome Award winners, Bellevue’s Dizzy’s Bus Stop is offering a Candyland-themed winter break camp this year. The full day of camp runs from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, with hourly drop-off camp also available, pending availability. Kids love coming to Dizzy’s because they get to do a little bit of everything – from tumbling to crafts to story time to creative play. Please visit their website to read the details about what to bring for camp each day. 2–8 years old. $10 per hour, siblings for an additional $5 per hour.
Great Play of Northshore
Families on the Northshore of Lake Washington will love the chance for some fun, post-Christmas winter break camp at Great Play, in Kenmore. Offering full-day and half-day camps, Great Play knows how to have some fun! Each day of their camp is different, so if you’re looking to fill up that entire week, this is a good option – your kiddo is never going to suffer camp-burnout here. Please note that children must be potty trained to attend. 3–9 years old. Cost varies based on days and times. Discounts available for attending the entire week of camp and for sibling.
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts
If spending a week at home during winter break is enough to make your child want to run off with the circus, this may be the camp for you! SANCA offers a fun and unique winter break camp during the second half of winter break where mini-acrobats will learn tightrope walking, juggling, trapeze, and more. Be sure to read all of the registration information closely, paying particularly close attention to clothing requirements so that they will be safe at camp. 6–17 years old. $230 for three days of camp.
Queen Anne Performing Arts
One of Seattle’s newest theater and performing arts spots for kids is Queen Anne Performing Arts. This winter break, they are offering two camps for the week after Christmas – Storybook and the Stage is about bringing their favorite picture books to life on the stage, and Acting for Movies is focused on the experience of movie making. Both camps conclude with a performance for families at the end of the week. 2-6 years old. $200 – 250 per week.
Sprinkles and Sweets
For families looking for a very sweet and very special winter break camp experience, Sprinkles and Sweets is going to be perfect for you. Each day will be filled with different holiday-esque crafts and baking projects – from wreathes to gingerbread houses – all in a small, intimate, class-like setting and led by the talented (and patient!) Annabella Chiocco. There will even be a guest visit from Rainier Club Executive Chef, Bill Morris! This camp is for older children who enjoy being in the kitchen – please call Annabella directly for more details. $150 per child.
Stroum Jewish Community Center
A Seattle and Mercer Island family favorite, the Stroum Jewish Community Center is offering a few winter break camps this year – one for the younger kids, one for the older kids, and one that focuses exclusively on hoops! The camps at SJCC are first rate and include everything from swimming to field trips to art projects – your kids aren’t going to want to go back to regular school after spending a week here! Pre-K through grade 5, grade 3 through 8 for basketball camp. Cost varies based on age and camp selection.
206-232-7115 (Mercer Island), 206-526-8073 (Seattle)
First time at winter break camp for your kiddo? Try signing up with a friend to make them feel more comfortable!
Let us know in the comment section below what your number one piece of advice is for sending your kid off to winter camp!
— Katie Kavulla
photo credit: Dizzy’s facebook page, School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts facebook page, Sprinkles & Sweets Facebook page