Monday, January 20 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If your kids have the day off, there are plenty of camps in the Garden State that’ll keep them busy. Sign them up for one of these awesome mini-camps below:

Built by Me STEM Learning Center

150 Tices Ln., East Brunswick
9 am-4 pm, before and after care available

The kids should pack their thinking caps for a Scratch Festival/Mini Code-A-Thon camp. Start the day by creating a one-of-a-kind character and learning the basics of Scratch MIT coding. Then, use everything from a laser cutter to a 3-D printing pen to design the character in a Scratch project. They can choose anything from a digital card to a game to an animated story.

The Eclectic Chic Boutique

547 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair

9 am-4 pm

The kids can get crafty with one of four DIY projects. From 9 am-noon, choose between Canvas Bag Painting (ages 6-10) and Pipe Cleaner Arts (all ages). From 1-4 pm, the kids can work on T-Shirt Painting (ages 6-10) or Jewelry Making (ages 10-14).

Essex County Environmental Center

621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland
9:30 am-3:30 pm

Bundle up the kids for a camp on Forest Animals Winter Survival. Attendees will explore the winter habitats of critters native to NJ. They’ll learn how they endure the cold, then head indoors for activities. Ages 5-10.

Fernbrook Education Center

142 Bordentown Georgetown Rd., Chesterfield
8:30 am-4 pm, full day; before and after care available

Winter Break Camp Days boast a variety of activities: making winter bird feeders, searching for animal tracks, visiting and feeding farm animals, tapping maple sugar trees to make syrup and more.


6 Tennis Court, Hamilton
9 am-noon, half-day only; before care available
$50, $40 for additional siblings

Bust a move here and get creative. Practice gymnastics moves, play group games, take on crafts and activities and more. Don’t leave without shooting down the zip line!

Little Ivy Academy

660 East Glen Ave., Ridgewood
9 am-3 pm, before and after care available

If your kid loves tinkering with brainteasers and STEAM projects, this is the camp for her. Kids in grades K-2 can learn to code their own electronic inventions at +InventionMakers, plus pick a project that’ll help the community. Grades 3-5 can code their own mini-website at +WebDevelopers to promote their own service project.

My Gym

522 Broad St., Glen Rock
1:30-4:30 pm
$45/members, $50/non-members

Get them moving and tuckered out at this camp packed with games, dancing, gymnastics and relay races. They’ll also get to work on some arts and crafts and break for snack. Ages 3-10. Also at My Gym New Providence and My Gym Westfield.

Schafer Sports

5 Graphics Dr., Ewing Twp.
9 am-3:30 pm, before and after care available

She can spend her Monday practicing gymnastics or soccer, sharpening her skills and learning the importance of teamwork. Half-day open to ages 3-5. Full-day open to ages 5-12.

STACK Sports

101 Corporate Dr., Mahwah
9 am-3 pm

Spend the day at a jam-packed basketball camp. Warm up with stretches, practice at various skill stations, play a few games, shoot some free throws and compete in contests. Grades 1-8.

STEM+ Academy

529 Bay Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
9 am-noon

Minecraft Madness! Will work their STEM muscles while they play their fave game. LEGO Robotics will keep any little builder’s wheels turning. Bring a light snack and water for between classes.

Superdome Sports

134 Hopper Ave., Waldwick
9 am-3 pm, before and after care available
$79/full-day, $50 half-day

She can choose from either an all-sports or soccer camp, and if she wants to attend for a full (9 am-3 pm) or half day (9 am-noon). At the all-sports camp she can participate in flag football, lacrosse, kickball and other sports. At soccer camp, she can focus on technical, tactical and physical skills. Ages 5-14.

Turtle Back Zoo

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

Wintertime at the Zoo will wow your little animal lovers. Head to this NJ gem to find out what all the zoo’s residents do when it’s cold outside. The kids will get to tour the facilities and play games, too. Ages 5-10.

US Sports Institute

Locations in Bergen and Union County
9 am-4 pm, half-day available (9 am-12:30 pm)

Go to Leonia for a full- or half-day of multisports camp, which will cover skills like sportsmanship and teamwork through handball, soccer, volleyball and more. Another full-day multisport camp is available in Springfield Twp. If your kid loves basketball, spend the day in Clark or Cranford working on everything from dribbling to defending. Ages 5-14.