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Best Camps for Kids Over the Winter Break

Trying to find out where to send the kids while you're working during the holiday break? Here are the best places to keep them entertained for a day.


Presidents' Week Camp at Tenafly Nature Center

313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
​201-568-6093, tenaflynaturecenter.org
February 19-23, 9 am-3:30 pm

Bundle 'em up for some fun in the great outdoors. They'll explore the woods' trails, hike, make nature-themed crafts, play games and venture through both forest and pond ecosystems. $45 half-day, $75 full-day daily, $170 half-day whole week, $325 full-day whole week. 

Winter Break Camp at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

324 Forest Dr. South, Short Hills
973-276-3587, hartshornarboretum.org
February 19-23, 9 am-3 pm

Does your little one love playing in the snow? Gear up for a wintry adventure through the arboretum and bird sanctuary. Campers will learn all about the winter season and how it affects nature and its inhabitants. Prices ranges from $55-75 per day and $250-350 per week. 

Junior Keepers at Jenkinson's Aquarium

300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
732-892-0600, jenkinsons.com/aquarium
February 19, 8 am-1 pm

Is your kid an aspiring marine biologist? They'll have a whale of a time getting a behind-the-scenes look at this beloved Jersey Shore aquarium. Employees will show them the ropes and introduce them to some land and sea critters. $80 per child. Ages 10-16 only. 

Arts Camp at Monroe Street Movement Space

720 Monroe St., C-504, 5th Floor, Hoboken
201-222-8033, movementspace.com
February 16, 19 and 20, 9 am-3 pm or 5 pm (varies by day)

Creative types ages 3-12 will be inspired by a combo of arts such as dance, writing, music, drawing, theater and sculpture. Activities like jewelry making, story writing, weaving and singing will let the kids imaginations go wild. Tuition ranges from $65-85. Early drop-off and late pickup available for an extra fee of $5-15. 

School's Out Camps at the US Sports Institute

Multiple locations
732-563-2520; ussportsinstitute.com
February 16, 19 and 20, times vary by camp 

Mini athletes ages 5-14 can take their pick of multi-sport (Bound Brook, Leonia) soccer (Springfield Twp., Warren), basketball (New Providence) or tennis (Chatham) camps. They can have fun in casual scrimmages in multiple sports, or hone their skills in the sport-specific experiences. Prices range from $40-100; half- and full-day camps available, as well as early drop-off at select locations. 

Winter Break Camp Days at Fernbrook Farms

Rte. 545, Chesterfield Twp, 3 miles east of Rte. 206
609-298-4028; fernbrookeducation.org
February 19; 8:30 am–4 pm

Children ages 6–11 years old can learn all about feeding animals, build bird feeders and explore the farm in this day-long program. Plus, they get to visit the farm animals, learn winter survival tips and then warm up by the fire once they’ve tapped trees to make maple syrup. $58 per child per day.

Pump It Up

8:30 am-4:30 pm
February 16, 19 and 20; (Roselle Park)

February 19 (Freehold and Randolph)

She can spend the day jumping and laughing on inflatables at this super-flexible winter camp with half-day sessions, early drop-off and late pickup available. Times and prices vary by location. Pre-registration is required. $25 for single session, $40 per day, $8 per extra 30 minutes. 

Player Development Camp at Sports Factory

175 Beaverbrook Rd., Lincoln Park
973-696-9199; thesportsfactory.net
February 16 and 19; 9 am-3 pm

Let her kick a soccer ball around for a few hours by working on her shot and playing some small-sided games. Players will learn ball handling, shielding, juggling and more, then show off what they've learned by playing in a 3-on-3 tournament. $50 per day. Pre-registration is required. Ages 7-14. 

School's Out Holiday Soccer Camp

NJ Soccer Centers, 300 Memorial Dr., Somerset
Christ the King School, 99 N. 13th. Ave., Manville
February 16 (Somerset) and 19 (Manville); 9 am–3 pm

On the 16th, kids 7-15 years old will learn and practice a ton of soccer skills including footwork, power shooting, 1-versus-1 drills and speed and agility whether they're newbies or already semi-pro. In Manville on the 19th, don't miss the President's Day FUTSAL Program, a special indoor version of the traditional game. $75 per player. Pre-registration is required.

Mad Science Kids' Lab Camp

The Monroe Center
720 Monroe St., Studio #E314B, Hoboken
973-542-8366; unionhudson.madscience.org
February 19; 8:30 am–3:30 pm

STEM kids will be thrilled to get their hands dirty and flex their noggins at this interactive science camp. They'll use all five senses in various experiments and activities to gain a better understanding of scientific principles (all while having fun!). $65 per child.

Branchburg Sports Complex

47 Readington Rd., Branchburg
908-203-1600; branchburgsportscomplex.com
February 16 and 19; 9 am-4 pm

Campers get to go crazy with arcade games, laser tag (the arena is 9,000 square feet!), batting cages, a play maze the Ga Ga Pit and more. Preregistered rates are $35 per camper for half-days (9 am-noon or 1-4 pm) and $55 per camper for full-day. 

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