6 Can't-Miss Spring Break Camps for Kids in 2023

From art museums to recreation centers, many local venues offer spring break camps that will keep your kiddos engaged all week long.

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Ah, spring break. The flowers are in bloom, the temperature is rising, and kids are out of school. That's right, for nine days—or more—children across the country enjoy a respite from homework and tests. But for parents, spring break can be a struggle. What do you do with your children when you're preoccupied with work or other responsibilities?

One option: Enrolling them in spring break camp. These day- or week-long programs are aimed to keep children active and enrich their bodies and minds. Here are some of our favorite spring break camp ideas for 2023.

1. YMCA Spring Break Camps

With more than 2,400 locations across the country, the YMCA is a great spring break option for parents and children. Certain locations offer swim camp, art camp, sports camp, and more while getting kids out of the house—and off the screen. Dates and rates vary; check with your local YMCA for more information.

2. Museum Spring Break Camps

From children's centers and zoos to art galleries, museums offer countless camp options, both in-person and online. For example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, and the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul all offer camps for school-aged kids. The Central Park Zoo even boasts its own spring break camp, with slots also available during mid-winter break. For more information about dates, rates, and availability, contact your local museum, zoo, or learning center.

3. Tech-Focused Spring Break Camps

Whether you've got a Minecraft fan or a coding enthusiast at home, you can likely find tech spring break camps in your region. For example, iCAMP offers school holiday camps in the New York City area focused on "teaching STEAM topics like coding, robotics, studio and graphic art, science, filmmaking, video game design, 3D printing, and more," according to its website. You'll also find year-round camps at Code Ninjas, a kids coding franchise with hundreds of locations; check your local center for more informatrion.

4. ActivityHero Spring Break Camps

No matter what they're interested in, ActivityHero has something for kids of all ages (including in-person activities near you). From guitar and musical theater to chess and game design, you'll also find online spring break camps for March to mid-April with ActivityHero. Prices and camp lengths vary.

5. Spring Break Dance Camps

Have a dance lover? Consider signing them up for a dance-focused spring break camp at a local studio! One example is the full-day camp offered by the Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan. Kids ages 3 to 14 can test out a variety of dance styles, including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and more.

6. Spring Break Camps for Sports

If your kid is itching to get active after months of classroom lessons, consider a camp that involves sports. Whether they prefer soccer, baseball, swimming, or gymnastics, you might find a program specializing in training (and fun) during spring break. Contact your local sporting club for more information.

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