Welcome 2021's much-awaited springtime with a variety of fun Spring Break camps for kids as young as Pre-K. From rocketry to wildlife, science to arts & crafts, sports to healthcare, in-person or virtual Spring Break camps offer kids a way to meet up with their peers, learn a new skill, or return to favorite fun activities. Here is a roundup of Spring Break camps available in the St. Louis area:
Spring Break Art Camps at COCA
Summer's coming early this year at COCA! Join COCA's faculty of amazing and experienced teaching artists for Spring Break Camps March 22-26. Campers will find unique and fun arts learning experiences, some favorites from COCA's Summer Arts Camps, and a few surprises! In-person and virtual camps are available. If you're looking for a full-day camp experience, COCA offers before and after-care, as well as a supervised lunch. At COCA, your child's health and safety are of the utmost importance. In-person camps adhere to St. Louis County-approved Health & Safety Procedures. Learn more and sign up at cocastl.org.
Spring Break Arts Camps at COCA
Spring Break Camp at the Saint Louis Zoo
Ever wonder how cats can see at night? Or how snakes smell with their tongues? Many animals have super senses to help them survive in their habitats. At Spring Break Camp at the Saint Louis Zoo, kids in grades 1-5 will explore the fascinating world of animal senses such as sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste! Campers will meet animals with extreme abilities, do experiments to learn how our senses work, and create fun animal crafts. This is a virtual program being held in two sessions: March 15-19 and March 22-26 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day. Learn more and sign up at stlzoo.org
Mad Science of St. Louis Spring Break Camps
Mad Science of St. Louis is offering two Spring Break camps this year: Mad Science Rocketry Camp and Red Hot Robots. Both camps are set for March 22-26. At Mad Science Rocketry Camp, held at The Lodge of Des Peres, your kids are in for an action-packed week focused entirely on rockets and the physics of rocket flight! After learning the model rocket safety code, campers will build different types of rockets and participate in rocket launches during the week-long program. Rocketry Camp is for kids in grades K-5 and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At Red Hot Robots, held through Hazelwood Parks and Recreation, campers will investigate the inner workings of robots by experimenting with circuits, gear sensors and power supplies. They'll also learn about programming robots and the different tasks robots perform in the world, experiment with sound sensing robots, line tracking robots, and lots more. Finally, they'll become a robot engineer and build their very own robot! Red Hot Robots is for kids in grades K-6 and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To register for either camp, visit stlouis.madscience.org
Spring Break at the J
Not hitting the road for Spring Break? Give the kids a blast with a stay-cation at the J! They'll spend spring break participating in activities such as numerous sports, arts and crafts, cooking, games, swimming and much more! Spring Break camps will be held at the Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex from March 22 - April 2 from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. daily (weekdays) and at the Chesterfield/Marilyn Fox Building from March 15-26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
COVID-19 protocols are in place, including appropriately-distanced small groups, health screening of adult staff campers, mask requirements and enhanced sanitation. All children must wear masks except when they are swimming. All kids can participate at Spring Break Camp at the J! Learn more and register at jccstl.org
Spring Break at The J
Vetta Sports Spring Break Camp
Whether you are looking for a babysitter, or just a break, Vetta Sports Spring Break camp is a healthy, safe and affordable option for children ages 5-12 years old. Each year, we make our camp a little different and a little better, while maintaining the confidence and trust of our customers that their children will have fun and be safe. Camps are set up with a variety of fun activities, including soccer, kickball, Nerf games, arts & crafts and much more! Spring Break Camps run March 22 through April 2 at five Vetta Sports locations across the St. Louis metro area. Go to vettasports.com for more information, dates for each location, safety protocols, and easy online signup.
Spring Break Camp at Little Medical School: Calling All Future Doctors
Kids can become healthcare professionals for a week at Calling All Future Doctors camp hosted by Little Medical School. Attend all week or just a day or two! Cost is $35 per day or $150 for the week. Each day has a new theme: pharmacy, sports medicine, nursing, dental, and nutrition. Camps are for ages 4-11 and are held at the Little Medical School campus in Creve Coeur.
Learn more and register at littlemedicalschool.com/stlouis/register
Calling All Future Doctors Camp at Little Medical School
Spring Break Camp at the Challenger Learning Center: Ground Control Camp and Spring Break Maker Camp
Blast off to far-out fun during Spring Break camps at the Challenger Learning Center. Week-long, virtual camps are set for March 15-19 and March 22-27. At Ground Control Camp, campers will take on the role of scientists and engineers working together from around the world to launch robotic probes that explore our solar system. Each day, the small crew will gather remotely with Challenger Learning Center staff for one hour to complete team building, learn about space exploration, and advance their mission. Then, on their own time, crew members use their creative problem-solving skills to complete challenges using only the materials they have on hand.
At Spring Break Makers Week, creativity and technology collide for young innovators. Campers will learn to use a variety of tools, materials, and skills to complete fun maker projects. Activities will include DIY rockets, circuits, DIY musical instruments, robots, and much more. Each camper will receive a kit of supplies to complete all activities. Ground Control Camp is for kids in grades 3 to 5 and will be held from 10-11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Camp fees are $75 per. child. Spring Break Maker Camp is for kids in grades 6-8 and will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Camp fees are $125 per child.
Register at challengerstl.org
Spring Break Camp at Yucandu Art Studio
Drop in to Yucandu Art Studio for lots of creative fun over Spring Break! Your kids are in for four days of painting, mosaics, and fun favorites. They'll create a shadowbox of colorful 3D designs, paint & plant a flower in a terracotta pot, mosiac a stepping stone, make a mixed-media clay sculpture in any theme they'd like, and more! Spring Break Art Camp at Yucandu Art Studio is set for March 22-25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids should bring a healthy snack and lunch, and wear clothes that can get paint on them. Learn more and register at yucandu.com.
Spring Break at Trout Lodge
Make Spring Break a family affair at Trout Lodge at Lake of the Ozarks. This family-favorite destination is just 90 minutes from St. Louis, and offers tons of activities on its forest-covered hills beside the lake. You can ride a horse, ride a bike, try your hand at arts & crafts, hike the trails, and lots more. Stay in rooms or cabins where everything is taken care of – including the cooking! Spring Break at Trout Lodge is happening March 19-28. Children ages 4 and under stay free. Learn more at ymcaoftheozarks.org.
Spring Break Family Camp at Trout Lodge
Spring Peepers Camp at the Wildlife Rescue Center
The trees are tweeting with the sounds of spring! Come learn new languages to discover what the frogs, birds and squirrels are talking about. Play wild games and create crafts from nature. Explore the woods, wetlands, and forests for wildlife and the clues they leave behind. Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the animal hospital and learn about the types of animals that are cared for at the Wildlife Rescue Center. Spring Peepers Camp is for children in grades 1-4 and will be held in March (dates are to be determined). For more information, visit mowildlife.org
The Saint Louis Chess Club is offering free group chess instruction to kids and teens at various branches of the St. Louis County Library.
Bring your little ones to Toddler Tinker Time at The Magic House for special experiences designed especially for preschoolers. Weekday mornings, Tuesday through Friday, families will enjoy hands-on activities in the Art Studio, plus private playtime featuring limited capacity in Wonder Works and Wonder Why.
The Magic House now offers a virtual art experience for children – multi-sensory Virtual Petite Picasso classes. Classes are taught live from the Art Studio at The Magic House, and a different art activity is featured each week!