teachers convention camps
Courtesy of Hunterdon Art Museum

Keep the kids occupied at these teachers convention camps while school’s closed November 7 and 8 for the NJEA Teachers Convention.

Abrakadoodle Art Studio
53 Prospect Pl., Hillsdale
201-836-1160
$50/half day, $75/day
9:15 am-2:45 pm

Abrakadoodle’s art camp will be offering a painting, watercolor and sculpting program for kids 4-10 at its Hillsdale location. The program offers half-day and full day programs that include a pizza lunch.

Art Buzz Kids
4700 Park Ave., Weehawken
201-643-7948
$45/day
9 am-1 pm

Spark his creativity and her imagination at Art Buzz’s half-day camp for ages 6-12. There’ll be a Super Duper Kid! themed project.

The Arts Council of Princeton
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon St., Princeton
609-924-8777
$150/members, $175/non-members 
9 am-3:30 pm, late pick up available

Try Astronomical Art camp (ages 5-9), where lil’ artists can find inspiration in the stars, or Art Studio for Pre-Teens and Teens (ages 9-14) to explore techniques in abstract art and figure drawing.

Branchburg Sports Complex
47 Readington Rd., Branchburg
908-203-1600
$65/full day, $40/half day, early drop off and late pick up available
9 am-4 pm, 9 am-noon or 1-4 pm

Drop off your ages 5-13 kiddos for fun-filled activities like laser tag, arcade games, PlayMaze, batting cages and more. A futsal clinic for ages 7-14 is also being offered ($55/day or $100/both days; 9 am-4 pm).

Cedar Stars Academy
Capelli Center
401 Washington Ave., Carlstadt
$175/two days
9 am-3 pm, early drop off and late pick up available

Need a teachers convention camp for your mini Mia Hamm? Ages 6 and up can sharpen their soccer skills and gain confidence with the ball while school’s out.

Elite Climbing
67 Old Kings Hwy., Maple Shade
856-273-1370
$45/day
10 am-3 pm, early drop off and late pick up available

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.

Express Yourself Studios
1877 Springfield Ave., Maplewood
973-763-5256
$90/two days, $50/day
9 am-noon

Four- to 10-year-olds will boost their art skills in multiple mediums from acrylics to clay to watercolors.

Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
142 Bordentown Georgetown Rd., Chesterfield
609-298-4028
$59/day
8:30 am-4 pm, early drop off and pick up available

Grades 1-6 can spend the day feeding farm animals, hiking, cooking fall soup from Fernbrook crops, carve jack-o’-lanterns, take a hayride and enjoy more fun fall activities.

Hoop Heaven
Bridgewater and Whippany locations
732-271-4667, Bridgewater
973-884-4667, Whippany
$75/one day, $140/two days for Bridgewater; $40/half day, $75/two half days or one day, $140/two days at Whippany
9 am-3 pm; half days available at Whippany (9 am-noon)

Get your kids (ages 6-15 for Bridgewater and ages 6-14 for Whippany) off the couch and on the court at either of Hoop Heaven’s locations. There’ll be skills, drills, contests and games.

Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center St., Clinton
908-735-8415
$45, $35/members
Times vary

The museum has four teachers convention camps running during NJEA. Kids ages 6-10 can pick from sculptures and painting to watercolor and clay projects.

Lakeland Hills Family YMCA
The Community Church of Mountain Lakes
48 Briarcliff Rd., Mountain Lakes
973-334-2820
$65, $50/day YMCA members, $25/day for members
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.

Little Ivy Academy
Ridgewood or Park Ridge
201-444-8400
$235/three days Ridgewood, $160/two days Park Ridge, $85/day, early drop off and late pickup available
9 am-3 pm

At either the Ridgewood or Park Ridge locations, kiddos in grades K-2 can try hands-on STEM- and art-based projects. They can develop and program animated stories and games, explore simple machines and work on robotics. Grades 3-5 will also work on STEAM-based projects, which includes creating and coding robots or video games, building electronic inventions, designing and coding web pages and building and programming apps for smartphones.

Monroe Street Movement Space School Break Arts Camp
720 Monroe St. C-504, Fifth floor, Hoboken
201-222-8033
$65-85
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
973-746-5555
$100/day mixed media; $115/day pottery
9:30 am-3 pm

Choose from Mixed Media Mashup (ages 5-12), where they’ll paint, draw, collage, sculpt and print after exploring the gallery and new techniques or Pottery camp (ages 6-8 or ages 9-12), where campers will use ceramic clay and glazes to create beautiful and functional objects. Ages 9 and up can try wheel throwing.

Pump It Up
Blackwood, Marlton, Randolph
$25/half day, $40/full day Blackwood and Randolph; call for Marlton prices
Early drop-off and pickup available
8:30 am-12:30 pm or 12:30-4:30 pm Blackwood; call for Marlton times

He’ll let loose on this huge inflatable playground that has a ninja warrior course and bouncy houses. Camp is only being offered at the Blackwood, Randolph and Marlton locations.

Rebel 76 Soccer
The Football Factory
85 West Madison Ave., Dumont
201-367-1692
$175/ two days, $95/one day
9 am-3 pm

Ages 7-11 can work on soccer skills, whether they’re advanced players or novices, through active game play in a cooperative, engaging indoor environment.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave., Summit
908-273-8787
$60/per day for members, $75/non-members
9 am-2 pm

Drop the kids (ages 5 to 8) off at Animal Hideaways! on Thursday. They’ll venture into the Arboretum to look for animal homes. On Friday, Backyard Detectives! will teach the kids how to observe evidence of wildlife and figure out which animals have been around. In each session, kids will play games, work on crafts, listen to stories and go on hikes that’ll teach them about animals’ unique features and behaviors.

Seaton Hackney Stable Flex Camp
440 South St., Morristown
973-644-3355
Costs and times vary

Your mini jockey will jump on the back of a horse at least twice and learn about barn management. The program’s casual structure allows campers to interact with the horses.

TGA Premier Sports Golf Camp
The Players Club
348 Evelyn St., Paramus
201-375-7406
$99/day
9 am-noon

Kids ages 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
973-731-5800
$85/day
9 am-4 pm

Kids ages 5-10 can join the Foul is Fabulous teachers convention camps, where they’ll check out weird animal features and behaviors alongside zoologists.

US Sports Institute
Locations include Berkeley Heights, Bound Brook, Chatham, Clark, Cranford, Leonia, Montclair, South Orange, Springfield Twp., New Providence, Westfield, Piscataway Twp.
732-563-2530
Prices and times vary by location

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

World Class Soccer Camp
Star Sports Complex
1100 Rte. 17 N, Ramsey
201-261-3771
$75/one day, $140/two days
9 am-3 pm

Ages 6-13 can build their ball handling skills at indoor soccer tennis. There’ll be skills and shooting competitions and prizes, plus they’ll get a great workout.

Do you know of teachers convention camps we should add? Email megan@njfamily.com and let us know.