The upcoming school break means you might be looking for child care, and Winter Break or Holiday camps offer the chance for your kids to have fun, meet new friends and try new activities (or enjoy old favorites). Here's a line up of local organizations offering Winter Break camps:
• Winter Break Camps at the Y
Where: Your local Family YMCA Branch (find it here)
When: Dates vary by branch
The YMCA – Missouri’s largest child care provider – has a variety of winter camps offered through its branches. Your child will have a blast with activities, like arts & crafts, games, field trips and more, while in a safe, supervised environment. Camps and activities vary by branch. For more information or to register contact your local branch.
Contact: Visit www.ymcastlouis.org for details.
• YMCA Camp Lakewood Overnight Winter Break Camp
Where: YMCA Camp Lakewood in Potosi
When: Dec. 27-30.
Camp Lakewood's annual Winter Camp overnight program is jam-packed with activities for kids ages 7 to 16. Many of your camper's favorite summer counselors return for Winter Camp at Camp Lakewood, and camp includes lodging (in a warm, cozy cabin), hot meals and all activities. Some of the scheduled activities include archery, Pines Peak, arts & crafts, visits to the nature center and campfires with s'mores. Snow or no snow, campers will enjoy winter fun, like bobsled races, luge races, hockey and counselor curling. Cost is $195 per camper.
Contact: Visit www.ymcaoftheozarks.org or call 888-386-9622.
• Holidazed Day Camps at the Saint Louis Science Center
Where: 5050 Oakland Ave. St. Louis
When: Dec. 23, 27, 30. Jan. 2, 3. Holidazed Camps are also held on school holidays throughout the year.
Kids in grades 1 through 5 can spend the day doing fun, hands-on science projects, explore the exhibits and galleries and watch exciting shows at the Saint Louis Science Center during winter break. Camp counselors lead the group in educational activities, and campers get to make projects to take home.
Cost is $30 per half-day session; $60 for the full day with discounts for members. Extended care is available.
Contact: Call 314-289-4439 or www.slsc.org for details and a registration form.
Where: Two locations: Baxter and Manchester Roads in Manchester and at Highways K and N in O'Fallon, Mo.
When: Dec. 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. Jan. 2, 3.
Winter Camp at Kidsplay is available per day, for the entire session or for a few hours on any day you need child care. Special activities include crafts, science shows, balloon animals, gymnastics, the indoor playground, XBox games and lots more. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended care available until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and midnight on Fridays. A special New Year's Eve party will be held 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Dec. 31 with pizza, ice cream, party favors, balloons and lots more.
• Miss Kelly's Gym
Where: 12802 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur.
When: Morning, afternoon and full days camp is available Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30, 31. Jan. 2, 3.
Your kids can burn off all of their holiday energy at Miss Kelly's Gym. Each camp day is different, with a new theme, and center around active play and fitness in the full gym designed just for kids.
Morrning camp is from 9 a.m. to noon, and afternoon camp is from 1 to 4 p.m. Or choose the full day camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children need to be at least 3 years old and must be potty trained to attend.
Contact: Call 314-439-1100 or visit www.misskellysgym.com
• Winter Break Art Camp at My Handyworks
Where: South Main Street in St. Charles.
When: Dec. 26, 27, 30 and 31. Full-day and half-day sessions are available.
Kids can explore four different kinds of art at My Handyworks during Winter Break Art Camp. Thursday, Dec. 26 is "A Day With Wax" where campers will make wax hands and explore how art can be made with wax. Friday, Dec. 27 is "A Day with Crayons," Monday, Dec. 30 is "A Day with Wire." and Tuesday, Dec. 31 is "A Day with Paper Mache."
Cost is $45 for a full day or $25 for a half day with a multi-child discount for siblings of $5 off the second child. Morning sessions are 9 a.m. to noon, and afternoon sessions are 1-4 p.m. Full-day campers (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) should bring a sack lunch.
Contact: Learn more at www.myhandyworks.com or call 636-724-7337 to register.
• Winter Racing Camp
Where: Pole Position Raceway, 8800 Watson Road, St. Louis, 63119.
When: December 30, 31, Jan. 1, 2 and 3.
Racing camp is full of fast-paced fun, like Xbox and arcade games, open racing around the track. science experiments, movies and racing instruction. Your child can attend for the entire week, one day, or just the days that suit you. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch is included. Cost is $60 per child per day (additional siblings are $40 per day) or $240 per child per week ($160 per sibling per week.
Contact: For a daily schedule, more information and to register, go to www.polepositionraceway.com
• City of O’Fallon Holiday Break Camp
Where: Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Mo. 63368
When: Dec. 26, 27, 30 and 3. Jan. 2 and 3.
Holiday Break Camps are designed for ages 5 to 12 with a focus on fitness, games and crafts, and are held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center, the city’s indoor recreation complex. Campers should bring a sack lunch. Rates vary from $28 to $63 with a discount for O’Fallon residents.
Contact: 636-474-2732 or www.renaudspiritcenter.com (click on the Parks and Rec Guide to Just for Kids/Camps)
• Saint Louis City Open Studio and Gallery (SCOSAG)
Where: 4255 Arsenal in St. Louis, just inside Tower Grove Park
When: Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30. Jan. 2, 3
Winter break at SCOSAG means plenty of art, music and hands-on fun for kids. Each day of camp has a different theme, from Holidazed, where kids will explore different holiday traditions, to Hibernation Station (learning about how animals adapt to winter), to Old Man Winter, where they'll learn about the myths and legends of winter. Camp is open to kids in kindergarten through fifth grade and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day with extended care available (7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Cost is $40 per child not including extended care.
Contact: Visit www.scosag.org to register online or call 314-865-0060.
• Winter Break Workshops at Craft Alliance
Where: The Delmar Loop location of Craft Alliance.
When: Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30. Jan. 2, 3.
Your child can bring out their inner artist through clay, stamp making, book making, decorating tiles, making jewelry, doing tye dye and lots more at morning and afternoon workshops. Each 2½-hour workshop (9:30 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 3 p.m.) allows kids to design and create their own keepsake to take home.
Workshops are for kids ages 4-15. Cost is $30 per workshop ($25 for members) and all materials are included.
Contact: Register online at www.craftalliance.org or call 314-725-1177.
• Adventure Camp at Variety St. Louis
Where: Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Ave.
When: Dec. 26, 27
Variety Adventure Camp is open to children ages 4-16 with physical and mental disabilities. The two-day session is free of charge and is led by trained counselors with medical professionals on site each day. Campers enjoy swimming, rock climbing, games and more, and all activities are adjusted for each child's ability level.
Contact: Visit www.varietystl.org or call 314-453-0453.
Photo courtesy YMCA Camp Lakewood
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