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16 Awesome Camps for Spring Break

Sign your crew up for one of these can't-miss programs


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Looking for a great program that’ll keep the kids busy (and make sure they have lots of fun) during their time off? These camps are a great way to keep them busy if you have to work.

Zoo Camp at the Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Ave., West Orange

973-731-5800; turtlebackzoo.com/zoo-camp

Get the lowdown on why some animals are totally misunderstood at this animal outlaws-themed program. Mini-zoologists ages 6 to 13 get to explore a different group of animals each day and what makes them tick.They’ll also get answers to loads of scientific questions and spend some one-on-one time with a few furry friends outside. Don’t forget to bring a coat! Sessions are April 10-14 from 9 am–4 pm and cost $80 per day.

 

BUILD IT! Camp at the West Windsor Arts Center

952 Alexander Rd., Princeton Junction

973-731-5800; westwindsorarts.org

Engineers-in-training learn all about the process of creation—from the design stage to the finished product—in this program geared towards kids 5 to 12 years old. If they’ve ever asked how a 3D printer works, this STEAM camp will answer all those questions through imagination, experiments and problem-solving using real-life engineering theories. Register by April 2 to avoid a late fee. April 10–14 from 9 am–3 pm daily, $375 per kid for the week.

 

KidZone Camp at Topgolf

1013 Rte. 1, Edison

732-374-4097; topgolf.com

Is there a better way for your future Jordan Spieth to spend spring break than working on his drive? Golfers work on every aspect of the game—from chipping to putting green etiquette—under the careful eye of an instructor. Once they’ve wrapped up on the virtual course, they get to munch on lunch that’s included with registration.  And you can’t beat the price at $99 per person for four days. Sessions run from April 10–13 and April 17–20, 9 am–noon.

 

Spring Break Art Workshop at Express Yourself Studios

1877 Springfield Ave., Maplewood

973-763-5256; expressyourselfstudios.com

Artists-in-training ages 4 to 10 create paintings inspired by world-famous artists like O’Keeffe, Basquiat, Kahlo, Warhol, Rivera, Cezanne, and many others using a mix of mediums (acrylics, watercolor and pastels) and complete other projects using tons of materials, like clay and collages. April 10–14 from 9 am–noon. $200 for the week.

 

Multi-Sports Camp at the Superdome

134 Hopper Ave., Waldwick

201-444-7660; superdomesports.com

Young athletes can burn off some energy playing soccer, kickball, whiffle ball, lacrosse and more. Plus, they reach new heights in an obstacle course and break up all the running around with arts and crafts and contests. April 10–13 from 9 am–3 pm, $289 for the full week, $189 for a week of half-days.

 

Morris County Arts Spring Break Camp

197 Rte. 206, Chester

908-879-8793; mcartsworkshop.com

Kids kick off the morning diving into various projects, including science experiments, before having a snack and getting learning all about Earth Day during lunch. In the afternoon children ages 5 to 11 take their pick from playing Minecraft, battling it out at a game of chess or taking on the LEGO challenge of the day. March 27–30, $280 per kid for the week.

 

Spring Break Camp at Fernwood Farms

142 Bordentown-Georgetown Road Rt. 545, Chesterfield

609-298-4028; fernwoodeducation.org

Spend spring break learning about all the inner-workings of the farm at an outdoor camp centered on plant- and animal-life. Little ones get to peek at growing wildflowers, meet baby lambs and explore the grounds. April 14–21, times vary and before- and aftercare is available. $58 per child each day.

 

Extreme Sports Camp at New Jersey Coastal

22 Madison Rd., Fairfield

5 Gardner Rd., Fairfield

973-521-5100; coastalsportsnj.com

This camp offers sports like basketball and soccer, with an emphasis on technique and improving tactical skills, but kids here can also try the camp’s extreme sports, like running inside a giant hamster ball, bubble soccer (played wearing a big plastic suit for sumo-style play), Nerf darts and archery tag (dodgeball with bows and foam arrows). There are also half-day, sports-specific camps for your rising star. April 10–14 from 9 am–3 pm, $179 per kid for the full week, $10 off each additional sibling.

 

Nature Camp at the Tenafly Nature Center

313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly

201-568-6093; tenaflynaturecenter.com

Hike along the trails, complete nature-based crafts, share stories, play games, and meet some adorable animal ambassadors. The best part for parents? The camp’s super flexible—you can mix it up between half- and full-days. Ages 4 to 12. $325 for a week of full days; a week of half-days is $170.

 

Branchburg Sports Complex

47 Readington Rd., Branchburg

908-203-1600; branchburgsportscomplex.com

Campers go crazy playing tons of different field sports, competing in a few rounds of laser tag and going head-to-head in old school arcade games. 9 am–4 pm before- and aftercare available. April 10–14 and 17. $40 per camper for half-days and $55 per camper for the full-day option.

 

Kids Count Child Center

1308 Englishtown Rd., Old Bridge

732-723-9416; kidscountchildcenter.com

Kids get to chill out on a state-of-the-art playground, go head-to-head in various games and do educational activities that get the wheels turning in areas like math, art and foreign language. There are also movement-type games and time set aside for arts and crafts. Sessions run from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. $140 for the week.

 

Limitless Camp

30 Righter Ave., Denville

973-448-7529; limitlessasd.com

Children with autism and other special needs get to spend their week off from school going on epic adventures! Campers head to amazing local spots like the Jenkinson’s Aquarium and the Turtle Back Zoo and even squeeze in a few rounds of mini-golf. April 17 to 20, 9 am to 1 pm.

 

Bricks 4 Kidz Spring Break Camp

Locations in Montgomery, Robbinsville and South Brunswick

bricks4kidz.com

Sign him up for an academic S.T.E.M. or LEGO-themed camps that dive into everything tech-related. Build and program robots brick-by-brick before wrapping up the afternoon with other educational activities. Ages 4 and older. April 10 to 14. Full- and half-day options available. $140 per kid.

 

Summit YMCA

67 Maple St., Summit

908-273-3330; thesay.org

Your mini-me’s have a blast doing STEM activities, swimming, arts and crafts and field trips at this program that runs from 7 am to 6 pm. Ages 5–12.  $125 per kid.

 

Monroe Street Movement Space School Break Arts Camp

720 Monroe St., C-504, 5th Fl.

201-222-8033; movementspace.com

Tiny dancers ages 3 to 12 get to twirl and dance all afternoon at a studio that specializes in the arts. We're talking dance, theater, music, writing, storytelling, drawing, painting and sculpture. The focus of the program is to provide students with a well-rounded experience and exposure to the arts while nurturing individual confidence and expression. April 10–14, April 17–21. Call for prices.

 

Spring Break at the Gagasphere

140 Franklin Tpke., Waldwick

201-445-2546; thegagasphere.com

Children ages 5 to 12 go crazy in this program (and burn off tons of energy!) at this North Jersey spot that keeps them moving. Your little monkey can jump, tumble and swing through obstacle courses and defy odds in tournament play. FYI: a pizza lunch is included, but if they'd like something else, feel free to send them with a bagged lunch. April 13 and 14 from 9 am to 1 pm. $55 per child. 

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