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NJ Teachers Convention Camps

Keep the kids occupied while school’s closed November 8-9 for the NJEA teachers convention.


Courtesy of AR Workshop


AR Workshop Ridgewood

44 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood
November 8, 11 am-1:30 pm

Boys and girls ages 8-14 can make a tote bag and pencil/makeup case. Only 12 seats are available.

Branchburg Sports Complex School’s Out Camp

47 Readington Rd., Branchburg​
$65/full day, $40/half day, early drop off and late pick up available
November 8-9; 9 am-4 pm, 9 am-noon or 1-4 pm (half-day)

Drop off your ages 5-13 kiddos for fun-filled activities like laser tag, arcade games, playmaze, batting cages and more. Soccer and basketball clinics are also available.

Elite Climbing

67 Old Kings Hwy., Maple Shade
$45/day, $35/sibling
November 8-9; 10 am-3 pm

This rock climbing mini camp is a great way for your kids ages 6-13 to spend the day developing climbing skills and knowledge. There'll be climbing races, obstacle courses and team building activities, too. Early drop off and pick up available.

Express Yourself Studios

1877 Springfield Ave., Maplewood
$50/day per child, $45/day for two or more kids
November 6, 8-9; 9 am-noon

Ages 4-10 will boost their art skills in multiple mediums from acrylics to clay to watercolors. Must register at least two days beforehand.

Fairview Lake YMCA Camp

1035 Fairview Lake Rd., Newton
November 7-11

Kids grades 2-10 can enjoy two days of traditional sleepaway camp activities like hiking, archery, climbing, arts and crafts and more.

Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center

142 Bordentown Georgetown Rd., Columbus
November 7-9; 8:30 am-4 pm, early drop off and pick up available

This program is ideal for grades 1-6 and includes farm animal feeding, exploration, activities and journal time. Your kids can go hiking, carve jack-o’-lanterns, take a hayride and enjoy more fun fall activities.

High Exposure Climbing

266 Union St., Northvale
November 8-9, 9 am-noon or 9 am-3 pm

Got fans of American Ninja Warrior at home? When they're off for teachers convention, ages 5-17 can try rock climbing, bouldering, parkour, agility training and more. They'll be grouped by age and skill level, plus work on obstacle and strength training.

Hunterdon Art Museum

7 Lower Center St., Clinton
Prices vary
November 8-9; times vary

The museum has six camps running during teachers convention. Kids age 6-10 can pick from sculptures to painting to pet-themed projects.

Lakeland Hills Family YMCA

The Community Church of Mountain Lakes
48 Briarcliff Rd., Mountain Lakes
November 8-9; 7:30 am-6 pm

Vacation camp explores STEM, arts and crafts, sports, games and more. Kids can participate in areas of their interest while meeting new friends.

Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City
$250/non-members, $225/members
November 8-9, 9 am-4 pm, before care and after care available

First graders can sign up for Curious Chemists, where they'll test chemical reactions, build polymers and try experiments. Grades 2-3 can attend LEGO WeDo 2.0 Robotics, where they'll build problem-solving, collaborating, design and engineering skills. Grades 4-5 can sign up for Junior Detective, where they'll collect and analyze data from lab tests, then visit LSC's new The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. Before care (8-9 am) and aftercare (4-5 pm) are available for an extra $10 per hour.

L3 Academy

195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge
November 8-9; 9 am-3 pm

Grades K-5 can dive into all things STEM at these minicamps. Thursday’s activities revolve around space, which means kids can explore the surface of Mars, build a rover, check out the International Space Station, hit a Mission Control escape room and even code a space game. Friday’s camp is all about building and racing—the kids can design vehicles and build LEGOs while getting a lesson in physics.

Monroe Street Movement Space School Break Arts Camp

720 Monroe St., Hoboken
$65-85, $40-45/sibling
November 8-9; 9 am-3 pm or 9 am-5 pm, early drop off and late pickup available

Ages 3-12 are welcome to join the fall break arts camp, where they will learn about creative movement, dance, theater, music, storytelling, drawing and more.

Montclair Art Museum

3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair
$115 for both days
November 8-9; 9:30 am-3 pm

Ages 5-12 can try Pottery Camp or Mixed Media Mashup classes, which means learning how to use ceramic clay and glazes (ages 9 and up can use the kiln), or taking a stroll through the galleries to create their own imaginative masterpieces by collaging, painting, sculpting or drawing. Before care is available from 8:30-9:30 am ($18) and aftercare runs from 3-5 pm ($32).

Raritan Valley Community College

118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg​
November 8-9; times vary

RVCC offers daytime classes for grades K-5. Kids can work on their own projects while learning to collaborate as part of a team. Classes include Cool Chemistry, LEGO Tech Plus!, Creative Art Lab, Crafty Kids, Jewelry and Fashion Design, Slime-ology, Junior Bakers and Build It, Launch It! Classes are one day and run for three hours on either Thursday or Friday.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Ave., Summit
$60/per day for members, $75/non-members
November 8-9; 9 am-2 pm

Eager explorers ages 5-8 can play games, make crafts, listen to stories and go on hikes at two different camps. At Thursday’s Scaly and Slimy! session, they’ll learn the difference between reptiles and amphibians, plus how to identify animals. During Friday’s Bird Brained! program, it’s all about our feathered friends. Discount available if you sign up for both days.

Schafer Sports Center

5 Graphics Dr., Ewing Township
Prices vary
November 9-10; 9 am-noon or 9 am-3:30 pm, early drop off and late pick up available

Kids ages 5-12 (ages 3-5 can sign up for half-day camp) get to choose between gymnastics and soccer. In gymnastics, they’ll work on building strength, balance and flexibility. At soccer camp, they’ll learn to pass, kick and score while building motor skills and endurance. Early drop-off (7:30 am) and late pick up (5:30 pm) are available.

Schiff Nature Preserve

339 Pleasant Valley Rd., Mendham​
$25/non-members, $20/members
November 8; 9 am-noon

Drop off your kids age 6-12 for some exploratory fun in the forest and fields of Schiff Nature Center. Games, songs and other fun will be included. The kids will dive into topics like garbage and pollution.


29 Emmons Dr., Princeton
$95 per day
November 7-9; 9 am-3:30 pm

Each day is a different camp for kids age 6-14. On Wednesday, join Robot Explorations and dive into programming. On Thursday, sign up for Simple Machines I to learn about simple machines like gears and pulleys. On Friday, create a a mechanical sculpture and design small cranes using LEGOs.

TGA Premier Sports Golf Camp

348 Evelyn St., Paramus​
$150/person for both days
November 8-9; 9 am-noon

Kids age 5-14 can enjoy playing golf using state-of-the-art indoor golf simulators at this half-day camp. Aside from playing various simulated courses, players can gain valuable instruction and skills.

Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
November 8-9; 9 am-4 pm

Do your 5-10 year-olds love all things furry and crawly? The zoo’s Creepy, Weird and Awesome minicamp will keep them entertained with tons of fun animal facts like peculiar habits and odd meals. They’ll also learn about evolution and adaptation, along with how animals survive in the wild.

US Sports Institute

Locations include Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union counties
Prices range from $55-150
November 8-9; times vary by location

Play a variety of sports at Multi Sports Camp, improve your skills at Soccer Camp, refine your technique at Tennis Camp or develop your game at Basketball Camp.

World Class Soccer Camp

The Arena
859 Rt. 17, Paramus​
$80/one day, $140/two days
November 8-9; 9 am-3 pm

Build the ball handling skills of your kids age 6-14. There will be skills and shooting competitions, and they’ll get a great workout.

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