Looking for great spring break camps that’ll keep the kids busy (and make sure they have lots of fun) during their time off? These programs are a great way to keep them busy if you have to work.

Branchburg Sports Complex

47 Readington Rd., Branchburg
April 6-10 and 13; 9 am-4 pm

Campers ages 5-13 will go wild with arcade games, laser tag (the multi-level arena is 9,000 square feet!), batting cages, a PlayMaze, the Ga Ga Pit, field sports and more. Full- and half-day options are available. Hot lunch is available for purchase ($6/day). Before care (8-9 am, $7/day) and aftercare (4-6 pm, $16/day) are also available.

Gravity Vault

40 Watchung Ave., Chatham
April 7-10 and 13-16; 9-11 am or noon-2 pm
$50/day, $95/two days, $140/three days, $185/four days

Your lil’ climbers can keep their minds and bodies moving during spring break when they try top-rope climbing, games and more. Details on spring break camps at Upper Saddle River and Hoboken locations to come.

Hopewell Valley YMCA

20 Stephenson Rd., Pennington
April 6-9; 7 am-6:30 pm
$50/day for members, $100/day for non-members

Grades K-8 can work on arts and crafts, see science demos and projects, go on field trips, play games and more.

Hunterdon Art Museum

Hunterdon Art Museum

7 Lower Center St., Clinton
April 14-15; times vary
$10-45/non-members; $10-35/members

Ages 6-10 can choose from six different classes, ranging from Draw, Paint, Sculpt, where kids learn to work with clay and paint; Sculpture Sampler, where they’ll design works using 3-D clay and plush; Animal Art, where young artists will draw and paint lifelike animals, and Nature’s Gallery, where they’ll experiment with printmaking, sculpting, painting and more.

Monroe Street Movement Space

720 Monroe St., C-504, 5th Floor, Hoboken
April 10, 13-17; 9 am-3 pm or 9 am-5 pm

Little artists ages 3-12 will learn about movement through expression while building confidence and trying multiple art forms. They’ll get a well-rounded experience through activities like creative movement, dance, theater, music, writing, storytelling, drawing, painting and sculpture. Early drop-off ($5/day) and late pickup ($15/day) are available.

Montclair Art Museum

3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair
April 13-17; 9:30 am-3 pm
Prices range per class and days

Ages 6-12 can try Pottery Camp to experiment with ceramics and glazes, learn hand-building techniques and create both beautiful and functional pieces. Ages 9 and up can try wheel throwing, too ($100/day for members, $115/day for non-members, $400/five days for members, $460/five days for non-members). At Mixed Media Mashup camp, ages 5-12 can use different materials and learn a variety of techniques to create their own masterpieces through painting, drawing, collaging, sculpting and printing after finding inspiration in the galleries ($85/day members, $100/day for non-members, $340/five days for members, $400/five days for non-members). Before care (8:30-9:30 am; $10/day for members, $12/day for non-members) and aftercare (3-5 pm; $20/day for members, $25/day for non-members) are also available.

Summit YMCA

67 Maple St., Summit
April 6-10, 13-17; 7 am-6 pm
$125/day for members

Your mini-me’s grades K-5 have a blast doing activities, swim, arts and crafts and more. Late pick-up is available until 6:30 pm for an additional fee.

Superdome Sports

134 Hopper Ave., Waldwick
April 6-10, 13-17; 9 am to noon 9 am to 3 pm

Choose from Soccer Camp, where ages 5-14 can hit the turf for focused physical, technical and tactical skill training with professional coaches. At All Sports Camp, kids can play dodgeball, wiffle ball, flag football, kickball, plus contests, raffles, arts and crafts and more. Half and full days available.

Tenafly Nature Center

313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
April 6-10; 9 am-12:30 pm or 9 am-3:30 pm
$50-80/day or $215-365/week

Grades 1-8 will learn about pond ecosystems, eat s’mores around a fire (on Friday), explore the woods and trails and meet animal ambassadors. Kids in pre-K through kindergarten can choose half- or full-day camp, plus experience hands-on nature activities, crafts, stories and games. Before care (8-9 am, $20/day) and aftercare (3:30-5 pm, $25/day) are also available.

Tenafly Nature Center


1013 US-1, Edison
April 6-8 (Edison)
104 Centerton Rd., Mt. Laurel
April 13-15 (Mt. Laurel)
9 am-noon; $99-119

This three-day camp is perfect for teaching your 6- to 12-year-olds the components of a great golf swing. They’ll learn the rules, how to chip and putt (plus how to do that full swing they’re always practicing around the house), etiquette and other technical skills needed to improve their game. Registration includes lunch, a gift and certificate of completion.

Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
April 8-10, 13-15; 9 am-4 pm

The zoo that was voted favorite in New Jersey in our annual Ultimate Bucket List for three consecutive years is hosting a spring break camp the kids will never forget. Campers will be sorted into two age groups for games, science experiments, animal presentations, zoo tours, discovery activities, stories, lessons and snack time. Campers should dress for the outdoors.

US Sports Institute

16 locations
Dates, times and prices vary

Budding athletes ages 5-14 can choose from three different camps: Multi-sport, where they can work on their game in basketball, flag football, cricket, disc golf, bocce, volleyball, handball and more; soccer, where they’ll develop technical and tactical skills along with sportsmanship, and tennis, where they’ll hone everything from stroke technique to rallying and match play. Groups are separated by age and ability.

West Windsor Arts Center

952 Alexander Rd., Princeton Junction
April 6-10 and 13-17; 9 am-3 pm
$72/day for member, $80/day for non-member; $337.50/week for member, $375/week for non-member

Ages 5-12 can enter Fantasy World, where they’ll paint, sculpt, draw and use other mediums to bring their imagination to life. From hidden cities to magical forests, there’s no limit to what they can create. Before and aftercare are available.

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