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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.



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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

pumpitupparty.com
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
dtsnewjersey.com
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. 

Schafer Sports Center

5 Graphics Dr., Ewing Twp.
609-393-5855
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.

Limitless

30 Righter Ave., Denville
973-448-7529
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.

The Arts Council of Princeton

Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton
609-924-8777
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.

scienceSeeds

29 Emmons Dr., Ste. G10, Princton
609-759-1626
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.

JumpNasium Open Jump

204 Passaic Ave., Fairfield
973-808-1700
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.

Schiff Nature Preserve

339 Pleasant Valley Rd., Mendham
973-543-6004
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.

Abrakadoodle Art Studio

53 Prospect Pl., Hillsdale
201-383-0027
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.

Professional Baseball Instruction

12 Wright Way, Oakland
201-760-8720
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.

Camp Oakhurst Overnight Respite

11 Monmouth Rd., Oakhurst
732-531-0215
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).

Middletown Arts Center

36 Church St., Middletown
732-706-4100
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.

L3 Academy

1 Greenwood Ave., Montclair
973-783-8333
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.

Ninja Warrior Camp

266 Union St., Northvale
201-768-8600
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.  

Express Yourself Studios

1877 Springfield Ave., Maplewood
973-763-5256
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.

Seaton Hackney Stables

440 South St., Morristown
973-644-3355
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.

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