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Mid-Winter Break Camp Options in NYC

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Jeannine C
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Although it seems like we’ll never get a break from the snow and ice, there’s still a break for the kids coming up...from school. And if you’re looking to keep them busy while you’re at work, or you just want them to have a little fun during their week off, then a holiday camp might be the solution for you. Whether your child is into sports, museums, acting, movies, ice skating, cooking, animals, or art, we’ve got you covered on the perfect camp for the mid-winter break.
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New York Hall of Science
The New York Hall of Science presents a hands-on investigation of concepts in science, technology, and engineering that includes interactive activities, exhibit exploration, a student certificate, and a free student membership. Register here.

For: kids in grades 3 to 4
Runs: 9 am - 3 pm
Cost: $350 for the week
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Children's Museum of the Arts
Enroll your child in a fun and innovative week-long art course taught by professional teaching artists at CMA. Is your child a budding fashionista? In the fashion design camp, she’ll learn the fundamentals of sewing and pattern-making and get started on her very first fashion line. Perhaps your child is more of a movie buff in the making? In the stop motion animation camp, kids will learn how to write, direct, and star in their own 2D and 3D movies.

For: kids ages 6-12
Runs: 9 am - 5 pm
Cost: $595 for the week
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Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
The mid-winter break falls on Kids Week this year, which makes it the best mini-camp of all at the Intrepid. Each day represents a different adventure: science, sports, safari, superheroes, and even Broadway. Every day is a party aboard the Intrepid during Kids Week, with interactive activities, live performances, face painting, balloon animals, live animals, hands-on workshops and more. Find out how to sign your child up.

For: kids ages 5-13
Runs: 9 am - 5 pm
Cost: $500 for the whole week, or $125 per day
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City Ice Pavilion
City Ice offers several options for youngsters looking to spend a week on the ice at this Long Island City skating rink. Beginners can sign up for skate camp or learn the basic fundamentals of hockey; more advanced campers will be interested in the Presidents Week Hockey Camp or the Figure Skating Camp. Times, prices and schedules vary by camp.
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Aviator Sports and Recreation Center
Brooklyn’s largest sports center is offering a well-rounded camp program packed with exciting activities all week long including ice skating, rock climbing, gymnastics, arts and crafts, sports, group games, and movies.

For: kids ages 3-15
Runs: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $385 for the full week, daily rates available
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Chelsea Piers
Chelsea Piers offers a wide variety of athletic experiences during the midwinter break. At the Little Athlete’s Half Day Camp and the Multi Sports Gymnastics Camp, for ages 3-12, kids will learn soccer, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, and rock climbing. A separate hockey camp is offered for kids 6-18 at the famous Sky Rink, and at the Urban Adventure Camp, older kids 12 to 16-years-old will develop their self-confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills through various sports and activities. Prices and schedules vary by camp, see here for more info.
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Taste Buds Kitchen
Every day offers a new and delicious culinary theme at Taste Buds, where younger chefs learn cooking basics and play fun kitchen games while older chefs learn more challenging techniques. Some recipes students will learn are chex mix pumpkin mac & cheese, cinnamon buns and molten lava cakes. Click here to register your child.

Ages: kids ages 4-8 (morning session), kids ages 9-13 (afternoon session)
Runs: 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm
Cost: $430 for the week, or $100 per day
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Chef Toni's Cooking Adventures
Students of Chef Toni’s diverse “around the globe” cooking camp will learn not just about food, but also about culture, art, music and more. The class includes a cooking lesson, apron, chef hat, t-shirt, snacks, and take-home recipes. Learn more on their website.

For: kids ages 4-13
Runs: 9 am - 1 pm (half day) and 9 am - 5 pm (full days)
Cost: $75 per half day, $150 per full day
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Kidz R Cookin
This Staten Island cooking school is cooking up a smorgasbord of classes during the mid-winter break for your little chef. Each day is a new adventure, including baking, chocolate, Italian specialties, Mexican food, and pizzeria specialties. Call for price information and to register. They say that there are special rates if you book for the entire week with them.
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Kids at Art
Your child can roll up his sleeves and get creative at this popular art school’s mid-winter camp. Activities include mask-making, puppet-making, clay building, papier mache, and more. Click here to see the full schedule.

For: kids ages 4.5 and up
Runs: 9 am - 12 pm
Cost: $425 for the week, $95 for the day
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HiArt!
Kids will spend two days exploring the upside down worlds of Japan’s most famous contemporary artists, Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami, through painting, sewing, sculpting, and manga. Adults are required to accompany their children if they are between the ages 3 to 5. Find out how to register here.

For: kids ages 3-16
Runs: Feb 17 - 18, 9:30 am - 12 pm (kids ages 3-5) and 9:30 am - 3 pm (kids ages 5-16)
Cost: $175 per day, $95 per half day
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TADA! Youth Theater
Kids will have the unique opportunity to create their own mini musical to share with their family and friends at this award-winning musical theater school. Register your child on their website.

For: kids ages 6-14
Runs: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Cost: $460 for the week
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New York Aquarium
Campers will learn about the amazing animals of the world’s polar regions and the survival skills of people who live in freezing climates at the NY Aquarium in Coney Island. Camp includes behind-the-scenes observations, hands-on activities, guided exhibit tours, daily crafts, world map explorations, and more. Learn more here.

For: kids 9-11
Runs: Feb 20 to 21, 9 am - 3 pm
Cost: $150 total for both days
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Queens Zoo
In this two-day camp wildlife adventure, campers will meet some of the zoo animals and learn about their habitats, as well as participate in behind-the-scenes tours, animal presentations, arts and crafts, and hands-on activities. Find out more and how to register here.

For: kids ages 5-9
Runs: Feb 19 to 20, 10 am - 3 pm
Cost: $150 for both days.
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Make A Movie Mini Camp
Future filmmakers will delight in this two-day camp. The Good School is offering a mini camp that will teach students all there is to know about making their own animated feature from creating a storyboard to building sets. At the end of the camp kids will be able to share their hard work with their friends and loved ones during a free screening. Email thegoodschoolnyc@gmail.com to register your child or find out more information.

For
: kids ages 6-11
Runs: Feb 17 to 18, 12:15 pm - 6 pm
Cost: $200 for both days
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