Spring brings spring break and out-of-school kids with springy young bodies need activity, exploration and fun. How about a camp that lets kids have a blast while diving into an enriching activity that they might not encounter during the average school day? Here's a list of cool spring break camps happening around Puget Sound.
And a tip from us: Note the dates and day options for each camp. Mix and match to suit your needs. Also search our camps calendar or camps portal to find lots more camp options for spring break and beyond.
Pacific Science Center's "What's Up Doc?"
Pacific Science Center, Seattle
April 11–15, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Grades 3–5, $340–$370
Call it pre-pre-pre-med. Aspiring medical professionals will enjoy learning about basic anatomy, biology and first aid in this camp. Campers will even get to "glove up" and dissect a sheep's eye to learn about how vision works. Pacific Science Center also offers "Wild Ocean Adventures" for grades 1–2 the same week.
Stone Soup's "Lion, Witch, Wardrobe"
Stone Soup Theatre, Seattle (Fremont)
April 11–15, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Ages 5–8, $300
Campers will improvise and imagine their way through the magical world of Narnia in this musically oriented camp. Activities promise to be high-energy for this active age group. Ages 8–13 will go through the "Looking Glass" with Alice in an exploration of Wonderland the same week.
Neo Art School Camp
Neo Art School, Seattle (Wallingford)
April 11–15, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ages 6–12, $80/day
Young artists can try different techniques, which may include ceramics, drawing, painting, papier-mâché, batik, collage, papermaking, bookbinding, printmaking, sculpture, or creative projects using recycled materials. All art supplies are included.
Seattle Opera's "Fairytales & Fantasies"
Seattle Opera, Seattle (South Lake Union)
April 4–8 and April 11–15, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Grades 2–6, $325
With Seattle Opera teaching artists, kids learn fantastic and magical scenes from various operas and musicals. After learning songs and choreography, campers present a performance at the end of the week of camp. Seattle Opera also offers a weeklong "Swords & Sprites" workshop for grades 7–12. No prior experience needed.
SANCA Spring Break Camp
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, Seattle (Georgetown)
April 11–15, 9 a.m.–3 p..m.
Ages 6–17, $450 (including registration fee)
Spring is a fine time to join the circus! SANCA’s day camp activities include lots of work on physical skills such as tumbling, juggling, trampoline and more. No prior experience is needed.
SCT's The Cat in the Hat
Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle (Lower Queen Anne)
April 4–8 and April 11–15, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Grades K–2, $275
"It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." Campers will have a week of fun actitivies centered around the classic by Dr. Seuss and exploring movement, art and drama inspired by the story. SCT also offers Acting Camp: Physical Comedy for grades 3–5, both weeks, and Studio Performance Lab: The Humor Games for grades 5–12 the week of April 11–15.
Children's Museum's Discovery Days
The Children's Museum, Seattle (Lower Queen Anne)
One-day camps, April 11–15, 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 bevy of cool themed activities planned for each day of camp, from Hawaii to bubbles to sushi, plus time to play in the museum.
Zooper Day Camp: Natural History
Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle (Phinney Ridge)
April 11–15, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (half-day available for ages 4–6)
Ages 4–9, $180–$295
Evolution has resulted in an ever-growing number of fascinating creatures! This camp will give kids the chance to unlock a few of the mysteries of the zoological world: Why do jaguars climb trees? How is a tapir related to a horse? Campers will have fun studying the behaviors and the history of wild animals living at the zoo. Extended care available.
EASTSIDE SPRING BREAK CAMPS
Mercer Slough's Rhythms of Nature
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue
April 4–8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Grades 2–4, $340–$370
Get set for some exciting science exploration at this Pacific Science Center camp, held at Bellevue's nature-rich Mercer Slough Center. Campers will investigate the science of sound and learn to recognize meaningful patterns in the natural world. Additional camps include Birds, Bugs and Bunnies for grades K–1, Geocaching Adventure for Grades 4–6 and a two-day, repeatable Wetland Scientists camp held April 4–5 and April 7–8 for grades 6–8.
Tracks Adventure Spring Break Camp
Highland Park and Community Center, Bellevue
April 4–8, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Ages 10–14, $300–$340
No matter the weather, this camp takes spring break outside. Campers can expect an action-filled week with activities like hiking, snowshoeing, geocaching, parkour and more. Each day explores a new location. All equipment and transportation provided. Note: some activities are weather dependent. Bellevue Parks and Recreation offers several other great spring break camps centered around activities like skateboarding and rock climbing.
Samena Spring Break Camp
Samena Swim & Recreation Club, Bellevue
April 4–8, 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.
School's Out Camp
Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island
April 11–15, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Grades PreK–5, $60–$70/day or $250–$280/week
Spring Break Camp at the "J" gives kids the chance to play, run, swim, make art, meet new friends, and take field trips to some of the coolest places in Seattle.
Arena Sports School's Out Camp
Arena Sports locations in Seattle, Redmond and Issaquah
April 4–8 (Redmond), April 11–15 (Seattle and Issaquah), 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; half-days and extended care available; kids can be dropped off as early as 8 a.m. at no additional charge.
Ages 3–12, $35–$59/day
A sampling of activities at this super-active camp includes Dodge ball, soccer, the ultrapopular 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 morning sessions.
Camp TMP: Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma
March 28–April 1, April 4–8 or April 11–15, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Grades 1–12, $325–$350/week
Tacoma Musical Playhouse offers three separate weeks of its theater camp where participants rehearse a show and then perform it for an audience the weekend following the camp. This time campers explore the wacky musical world of Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr.
The Fairy Tale Network
Olympia Family Theater, Olympia
April 4–8, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Ages 7–13, $185
Olympia Family Theater makes fun the focus of its drama camps, and for this one, kids dive headlong into The Fairy Tale Network, a hilarious, fast-paced play by John Woodward. The story delves into familiar classic tales such as The Three Pigs and Goldilocks — with unexpected, new twists. Packed with humor for both kids and adults. Also offered is a four-day Imagination Station camp for ages 5–6.
HOCM Spring Break Camp
Hands On Children’s Museum, Olympia
April 4–8, morning or afternoon half-day sessions
Age 3–grade 4, $120–$140/half-day week (including materials fees)
Hands On Children's Museum offers playful spring break camps with themes including: Puddle Jumpers, Under the Big Top, Handcrafted Toys and Spy Kids. Mix and match morning and afternoon camps; lunchtime and afternoon extended care available for campers in grades 1–4.
My Gym Spring Break Camp
My Gym Kent/Covington, Kent
April 4–8, 1–4 p.m., Call or check the website for schedule specifics
Ages 3–12, $30–$35/day; discounts if you sign up for full week
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.
Camp Killoqua, Stanwood
April 4–8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; extended care available
Grades K–8, $225
Get a jump on outdoor fun and explore all that Camp Killoqua has to offer with activities that includes boating, arts and crafts, archery, games, outdoor cooking and something called "Mud Pie Madness." Daily bus transportation available for additional cost.
Kung Fu 4 Kids Camp
Kung Fu 4 Kids Academy, Marysville
April 4–8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; morning or afternoon half-day options available, $79/half day week
Ages 6–13, $139/full day week
Let your kids discover martial arts while building confidence and practicing manners and self-discipline. Campers participate in crafts, stories, games and more in addition to daily martial arts instruction.
Shoreline School's Out Camp
Spartan Recreation Center, Shoreline
April 18–22, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Ages 4–12, $45–$50/day or $195–$220/week
This camp packs in lots of activity with games, crafts and plenty of outside time. Due to a scheduled pool closure, there will be no swimming this year.