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.
313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
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.
324 Forest Dr. South, Short Hills
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.
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
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.
720 Monroe St., C-504, 5th Floor, Hoboken
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.
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.
Rte. 545, Chesterfield Twp, 3 miles east of Rte. 206
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.
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.
175 Beaverbrook Rd., Lincoln Park
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.
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.
The Monroe Center
720 Monroe St., Studio #E314B, Hoboken
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.
47 Readington Rd., Branchburg
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.
5 Graphics Dr., Ewing Twp.
Feb 19., 9 am-3:30 pm, full- and half-days available, plus extended hours
Kids ages 5 to 12 can choose between gymnastics and soccer to focus on at this special School’s Out camp. Call for pricing.
30 Righter Ave., Denville
Feb. 19-23, 9 am-3 pm M-Th., 9 am-1 pm Fri.
This special needs winter camp will keep them busy with everything from crafts to indoor hockey to karaoke. $105/day Monday-Thursday, $70 Friday.
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton
Feb. 16 and 19, 9 am-3:30 pm
Sign your 5- to 10-year-old up for mini-camp on the 16th to learn all about expression through art, or try the camp on the 19th to learn all about the legendary leaders we honor on Presidents Day. $85-100.
29 Emmons Dr., Ste. G10, Princton
Feb. 19, 9 am-3 pm; early drop-off and late pick-up available
Kids ages 6-12 will get the wheels turning at this STEM-focused workshop about the physics of motion.
204 Passaic Ave., Fairfield
Feb. 19, Noon-1:10 pm or 12:45-1:55 pm
Jump around at this indoor inflatables haven and get a coupon for a free kids meal at Houlihan's or Gennaro’s Cucina (must purchase adult meal). $9.95. Winter recess jump also available on the 20th and 21st.
339 Pleasant Valley Rd., Mendham
Feb. 19, 9 am-noon
This School’s Out program is called “Tracking Time,” and it’ll take little naturalists on a hunt for animal tracks and signs. They’ll hike, craft and play games. $15-20.
53 Prospect Pl., Hillsdale
Feb. 19, 20 and/or 21, 9:15 am-2:45 pm
At this location, you can head to the School’s Out workshop full of drawing, painting, clay and pizza. $75. Half-day available.
12 Wright Way, Oakland
Feb. 19-23, 9 am-4 pm; half-day available
Baseball players ages 6-13 can work on their skills including hitting, base running, throwing and more. $59.99 half-day, $79.99 full.
11 Monmouth Rd., Oakhurst
Feb. 19-23 for Youth/Young Adults with Autism
Feb. 16-23 for Traditional
Give your special needs kid a much-needed vacay by sending them to this camp, equipped heated cabins and caring staff. Best part? If you qualify for respite, the state can cover part of the cost (or all).
36 Church St., Middletown
Feb. 19, 8:30 am-3 pm
Get the summer camp experience on this special (and totally free!) camp day for kids 4 and up. MAC covers everything from crafting to dance to STEAM. Call for pricing.
1 Greenwood Ave., Montclair
Feb. 19, 9 am-3 pm, AM and PM half-day available
LEGOS and robots and coding, oh my! They’ll get their STEAM on at this jam-packed day camp full of activities. $42 for PM, $57 for AM, $85 for full day.
266 Union St., Northvale
Feb. 19-23, 9 am-3 pm, AM half-day available
Is your little one obsessed with looking up Parkour videos? How about watching American Ninja Warrior? Kids ages 5-15 will rock climb, boulder and blaze through obstacle courses with the help of pros. Half day pricing ranges from $65-85, $300 for all five days. Full day goes for $105-135, $500 for all five days.
1877 Springfield Ave., Maplewood
Feb 16 and 19, 9 am-noon
Do your kids ages 4-10 like to get creative? They can create their own works of art (worthy of the coveted fridge spot) using acrylics, watercolors, pastels and more. $90 for both sessions.
440 South St., Morristown
Any day or half day, 8 am until close
SHS FlexCamp offers your mini equestrian plenty of options—she can ride 2-3 times throughout the day and learn about barn management. She'll practice alongside instructors and get hands-on experience with the horses. $99/day, $65/half day.