Courtesy of TopGolf
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.
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
973-731-5800 ext. 103; turtlebackzoo.com/zoo-camp
Get the scoop on animals and cultures from around the world, which she’ll learn through discovery activities, science experiments and special animal experiences. Camp runs April 2-6 and kids can enroll for one day or attend all week. Registration information (including prices) will be made available to the public on Saturday, March 31 at 6 am.
952 Alexander Rd., Princeton Junction
Ages 5-12 can see, touch, hear, feel and taste STEAM by participating in activities that stimulate the senses. They’ll indulge in a week of STEAM-based art and activities meant to associate STEAM with fun. April 2-6 from 9 am-3 pm daily, $375 per kid for the week.
1013 Rte. 1, Edison
This three day half-day camp is perfect for teaching your 6-12 year-olds the components that make a great swing. They’ll learn chipping, putting, etiquette and other tech skills needed to improve their game. Registration includes lunch. April 2-4 from 9 am-noon for $99-129/kid.
1877 Springfield Ave., Maplewood
Artists-in-training ages 4 to 10 create paintings using a mix of mediums (acrylics, watercolor and pastels) and complete other projects using tons of materials, like clay and collages. April 2-20 from 9 am–noon. $200/week or $50/kid per day (sibling rate of $175/week, $45/kid per day).
134 Hopper Ave., Waldwick
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. Serious soccer players can choose soccer camp, which will stick exclusively to the technical, tactical and physical development of the sport. April 2-6 from 9 am–3 pm or 9 am-noon, $299 for the full week, $199 for a week of half-days.
22 Madison Rd., Fairfield
5 Gardner Rd., Fairfield
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 2-6 for ages 7-14. Full day from 9 am–4 pm, $159 per kid for the full week, half-day from 9 am-noon or 1-4 pm, $109 per kid for the full week. Early drop-off and late pick-up available for $10/hour per kid. Lunch also available for purchase.
313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
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. Two camps are available, divided by grade: Pre-K & K, grades 1st-5th. April 2-6, 9 am-3:30 pm (full days) and 9-12:30 pm or noon-3:30 pm, $325 for a week of full days; a week of half-days is $170; $75/daily; $45/half-day.
Locations in Montgomery, Robbinsville and South Brunswick
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. $120 per kid for half-day, $208 per kid for full day.
67 Maple St., Summit
Your mini-me’s have a blast doing STEM activities, swimming, arts and crafts and field trips at this program that runs from April 9-20, 7 am to 6 pm. Ages 5–11. $125 per kid.
720 Monroe St., C-504, 5th Fl.
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 2-7, $65 per kid per half-day (9 am-3 pm), $85 per kid per full day (9 am-5 pm). Early drop off and late pick up are available, plus sibling discounts.
140 Franklin Tpke., Waldwick
Children ages 6-12 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. Tuesday, April 3 from 9 am to noon. $40 per child.
Memorial Field, Park Ridge
Athletes ages 6-14 can try their hand (and foot!) at a variety of sports, like golf, tennis, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, floor hockey, cheerleading and flag football. All skill levels are welcome, equipment will be provided and the kids will learn a thing or two about sportsmanship, perseverance and leadership. April 2-6, 9 am-3 pm (full day) for $200/kid, 9 am-noon (half-day) for $150/kid.
The Arena, Paramus
It’s time to sharpen those skills before the real work begins on the field this spring. These two weeks of camp are dedicated to developing the skills of players ages 6-14. There’ll be skills and shooting competitions (prizes include soccer balls and clothing). Monday-Thursday, April 2-5, 9-12, 9 am-3 pm, $240/4 days, $75/day.
12 Wright Way, Oakland
It’s a holiday of sports! Send your kids grades K-8 to the Sports House for a day of sports, activities and other fun. April 9-13, 9 am-3 pm (before and after care available), $40 per kid per day, $149 for full week.
1 Greenwood Ave., Montclair
Grades K-5 can get their STEM on, trying different themes like Maker Monday, Robot War Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday Science, STEM Thursday and Funky Physics Friday (not to mention Pizza Friday!). April 15-19 and April 22-26, 9 am-3 pm. $85/day or $349/week.