It's February already and mid-winter break is poised for another sneak attack on the schedules of working parents. Whether you love or hate mid-winter break, a seeming invention of the modern school year, you just might need something for the kids to do.
While most school districts' mid-winter breaks center around Presidents' Day on Monday, February 16, dates of the break vary. For example, Bellevue School District has the week of Feb. 16–20 off school, Seattle Public Schools have only the Monday and Tuesday off, and the Lake Washington School District has off Thursday and Friday, February 12–13 plus the Monday, Feb. 16, holiday.
Here's a sampling of camps happening in the Puget Sound area. For lots more camps for mid-winter break, spring break and summer, check out our camps calendar. and also see our fantastic spring break camps article.
Studio East Smorgasbord! Camp
Studio East, Kirkland
Feb. 12, 13 and 16 or Feb. 16–20, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; extended care available
Grades 1–6, $225–$360
Campers delve into an array of drama classes including acting, improv, musical theater, scene study and more. Each camp session culminates in a performance showcase for families.
Kelsey Creek Farm Cartooniversity Camp
Kelsey Creek Farm
Feb. 17–20, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Ages 9–14, $200–$240
Explore this art form with a local professional cartoonist and illustrator, including character development, action poses, perspective and lettering. All supplies provided.
Dizzy’s Detective Mystery Camp
Dizzy’s Tumblebus & Bus Stop, Bellevue
Feb. 16–20, 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., or until 3 p.m.; extended care available
Ages 2.5–8, $160–$300, depending on length of day selected; single days also available
Tumbling, outdoor play and other fun, all with a mystery detective theme.
Samena Mid-Winter Break Camp
Samena Swim & Recreation Club, Bellevue
Feb. 16–20, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages 5–12, $55–$65/day
Swimming is Samena's specialty and kids never tire of pool time there. Campers will also enjoy dry land activities, like sports, games and arts and crafts. Note: Children age 5 must be in kindergarten to attend. Extended afternoon care available.
SJCC School's Out Camp
Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island
Feb. 16–20, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Grades PreK–5, $60–$70/day
Mid-winter Break Camp at the "J" takes campers to a different country and culture each day, "visiting" places like Mexico, Israel and Japan. Kids also learn about and try traditional foods and play games.
Mercer Slough Winter Survival
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue
Feb. 16–20, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Grades 3–5, $310–$335
Learn strategies to survive the wilds of winter in the outdoors. Collect your skills and an take part in the Survival Challenge at the end of the week of camp. Plant Magic: The Great Disappearing Act! camp for grades K–2 runs the same week.
Thrive Art School Underwater World Art Camp
Thrive Art School, Seattle (Ravenna and Madison locations)
Feb. 16–17, 9 a.m.–noon
Ages 5–9, $120
Campers don their artistic sea legs to explore sea creatures and scenes of the Caribbean through drawing, painting and other mediums. Camp ends with a short art show to celebrate campers' creations and new friends.
Sounders FC Mid-Winter Break Camp
Starfire Sports, Tukwila
Feb. 16–17 or Feb. 16–20, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. or 9 a.m.–noon
Ages 4–15, $70–$240
Winter is great time to work on soccer skills at Starfire Sports' indoor field. Campers work on technical skills and practice them in scrimmages. Older campers will also study the tactics of the game.
Girls Rock Math: Puppet Power
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Seattle
Feb. 16–17, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; extended care available
Girls in grades K–3, $110
Campers get busy creating puppets and engineering their movements. Girls will also work up a puppet theater show.
Discovery Days at the Children's Museum
The Children's Museum, Seattle
Single-day camps, Feb. 16–17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (a.m. or p.m. half-day options available)
Ages 4–10, $35–$80 for half-day to full day
The Children's Museum has a two days of playful activities planned on the themes of Heart Hullabaloo (Monday) and Down Under (Tuesday). Campers are invited to join the fun for one or both days.
Arena Sports School's Out Camp
Arena Sports locations in Seattle, Redmond and Issaquah
Feb. 16–17 (Seattle); Feb. 12–13, 16 (Redmond); and Feb. 16–20 (Issaquah), 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; half-days and extended care available
Ages 3–12, $35–$59/day
A sampling of activities at this super-active camp includes Dodge ball, soccer, the ultra-popular Inflatable Fun Zone, Capture the Flag and much more. If you’re exhausted just thinking about it, that’s the point. Note: Ages 3–5 may only enroll in half-day sessions, morning or afternoon.
HOCM Mid-Winter Break Camp
Hands On Children’s Museum, Olympia
Feb. 16–17, morning or afternoon half-day sessions
Age 3–grade 4, $30–$35/half-day
Hands On offers playful spring break camps on topics that kids will enjoy delving into. Mix and match morning and afternoon camps; lunchtime and afternoon extended care available for campers in grades 1–4.
My Gym Presidents Day Week Camp
My Gym Kent/Covington, Kent
Single-day camps, Feb. 16–20, 1–4 p.m.
Junior ennui can be quickly addressed at My Gym’s active, half-day camps. Just deliver your youngsters for three hours of tumbling, climbing, games, circle time, stories and art projects.
Shoreline School's Out Camp
Spartan Recreation Center, Shoreline
Feb. 16–20, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Ages 4–12, $40–$45/day or $180–$200/week
This camp packs in lots of activity with games, crafts, plenty of gym time and swimming for ages 7 and up. Select needed days or enroll for the whole week.
Already thinking ahead to Spring Break? Check out our guide to fantastic Spring Break Camps in the Puget Sound Area for 2015 and for summer planning, come to one of ParentMap's regional Camp Fairs!Google+