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Philly Winter Break Camps

Stuck working while your kids have winter break? Try one of these fun camps.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year —  except for in your office, where it’s business as usual. Fortunately, plenty of museums, art centers, and other organizations around town offer break and day-off camps. If you’re working, or just want to give your kids something interesting to do, here’s where they can spend some time over winter break.

Music Theatre Philly

December 18-22 and 26-29, 9 am — 3 pm (with optional extended care)

Ages 4-12

262 S. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 4-12 will enjoy a week of singing, dancing, and visual arts centered around a popular animated film. Week One ($375) features Sing!, while Week Two ($300) features Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Each day begins with warm ups, then includes vocal exercises, dance lessons, scene acting, and costume making. Kids are split up into two age groups, so all skill levels feel welcome. The program also includes before- and after-care for an extra $15 per hour.

Nest Center City

December 26-29, 9 am — 3 pm (or 9 am — noon half day)

Ages 2-6

1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

This popular Center City indoor playspace offers a “Winter Wonderland” version of Camp Nest with both full day ($100) and half day ($50) options for kids ages 3-6. Kids can experience the best of Nest with a day of movement, art, music, and more. Games, stories, and craft projects will all reflect the festive winter theme. There is also a two-hour WeeOne camp for kids as young as 2 offered in the morning for $40 a day.  You can sign up for one day or the whole week. Premium members get discounted rates.

Franklin Institute

December 26-29, 9 am — 4 pm (with optional extended care)

Ages 4-12

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

If you are looking for some very fun and exciting science lessons, and experiments, the Franklin Institute is the place to be.  There are different and exciting themes offered each day — from robots to the “Physics of Toys” — so the kids will never get bored. You can pick and choose the days that fit your schedule and interests, so there is no need to commit to the whole week. Cost is $75 per day ($70 for members). Optional extended care is available for an additional cost.

ZoomDance

December 26-January 2, 9 am — 3 pm (or 9 am — 12 pm half day)

Ages 2.5-6

Equilibrium Dance, 1802 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

Kids will move and groove all day with a combination of dance, yoga, music, and art projects. Each day will also feature ZoomDance performance workshops centered around a favorite story. The program ends with a performance for friends and family. You can sign up for one day for $60 or the whole week for $330. Half day options as well as aftercare and before care are available.

Philly Art Center

December 18-22 and December 26-January 2, 9 am — 3 pm (half day and extended care optional)

Ages 5 — 12

514 Bainbridge St. (Queen Village) or 2501 Olive St. (Fairmount), Philadelphia

 

Kids can spend the day in the studio at Philly Art Center’s Queen Village and Fairmount locations. Age groups are split up and guided by teachers who structure creative playtime where kids can draw, build, collage, paint, and more. Sign up for one day (full or half) or any combination of days. Full day is $74, while a half day ends at noon and costs $37.

Arden Theatre Co.

December 27-29, 9 am — 5 pm

Ages 5-18

Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

At Arden Drama School, kids can participate “Play in a Day,” where kids work together to create an original play. Each one is unique, so sign up for one day or all three ($75 per day). Meanwhile, Kids in middle school and high school can participate in a one-day workshop ($50) on the afternoon of December 28. This year’s workshop features the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen, and culminates in a revue-style performance for family and friends.

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

December 26-29, 9 am — 3 pm

Ages 7-14

5900A Greene St., Philadelphia

 

If your child harbors a secret desire to run off to the circus, this is the perfect camp for them! Kids can come for a day or the whole week, and spend time improving their strength and balance while having a blast. Cost is $80 per day, or $300 if you register for the whole session.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

December 26-29 and January 2, 8 am — 3 pm

Ages 5-12

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Turn your kids’ winter break into an outdoor adventure. Kids will spend their day exploring the forest, climbing trees and rocks, tracking winter animals, making primitive shelters, and even experimenting with snow and ice.  Sign up for one day or the whole week. Cost is $62 per day (member discounts apply), and extended day until 6pm is available for an additional $15.

Philadelphia Rock Gyms

December 18-29 and January 1-2, 9 am — 3 pm (half day and extended care available)

Ages 4 and up

B-3 3500 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia

 

Switch up your child’s sitting at a desk all day routine to climbing walls! Kids will spend the day learning bouldering and top rope skills, while also strengthening their problem solving, communication, and teamwork. Kids will also do team building exercises, arts and crafts, and even yoga to help with balance and body positioning. Choose from full day for $80 or half day til noon for $45. Extended care is also available for an additional $10 an hour. Philadelphia Rock Gyms have seasonal camps at all four of their locations in the area, so check out their website for all the options.

 

Looking for options on the Main Line? Click here to see our list.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Music Theatre Philly.

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