Spring Break Camps in Dallas-Fort Worth 2018By Alex Mitchell
Spring Break is right around the corner for your little ones! Keep your kids busy, learning and having fun this spring break at one of the many camps in Dallas-Fort Worth. Campers can choose from discovering their inner Picasso while painting, creating arts and crafts from recycled materials, exploring zoos and learning about the animals, dance lessons, or practicing their sports skills – the options are endless!
Science & Nature
Keep young minds active during the week away from school at the Spring Break Camp at Sci-Tech Discovery Center. Kids in first through fourth grade will “Spring Into Action” at the STEM camp - they will see and learn how engineering devices come to life with physics and electricity. Fifth through eighth graders can also participate in STEM-themed activities, with wooden workshop builds, circuitry classes and more. The camp is $75 a day for members and $85 a day for nonmembers.
When: March 12–16, 9am–4pm
Where: Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco
Contact: 972/546-3050, mindstretchingfun.org
Little environmentalists will learn the value of recycling at Camp SCRAP. Kids ages 6-12 will create animals, insects and habitats from reused materials at SCRAP. Learning games, instructor-led projects and free creation time is included in the camp. For a 3-day session, March 12-14, the camp is $135; $45 per day. Sibling discounts are available.
When: March 12–16, 9am–4pm
Where: SCRAP, 420 S. Bell Ave., Denton
Contact: 940/808-1611, scrapdenton.org
Sign up young explorers for a week of Astronaut Academy Camp at the Perot Museum. Campers in pre-k through fourth grade will learn what astronauts eat, how they explore planets and conduct experiments on organisms! $226 per week for members, $250 for nonmebers for pre-kindergarten campers, $325 per week for members, $365 per week for nonmembers for kindergarten through fourth grade campers. Extended care is available for an extra cost. Register online.
When: March 12–16, 9am–4pm; times vary by age
Where: Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas
Contact: 214/428-5555, perotmuseum.org
The Wild Adventures Spring Break Camp at the Dallas Zoo hosts single-day activities for young nature lovers from preschool through fifth grade. Kiddos learn about different species, adaptations and habitats, chemical relationships in the zoo and even learn how the veterinary staff cares for all the species. $45 per day for members; $50 per day for nonmembers, with a 5 percent discount for multiple days. Extended care is available for an extra cost. Register online.
When: March 12–16 and 14–18, 9am–4pm
Where: Dallas Zoo, 650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas
Contact: 469/554-7300, dallaszoo.com
The Spring Break Camp at Fort Worth Zoo is the perfect balance of crafts, games and animal fun for first through fifth graders. The theme this year is “Hide and Seek” - campers will uncover knowledge on the Zoo’s creatures as they go on hikes, view presentations and create crafts. The camp is $265 per week and $85 per day, with a 10 percent discount for members. Register online.
When: March 12–16, 9am–4pm
Where: Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth
Contact: 817/759-7200, fortworthzoo.org
Let your children’s imagination run wild at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. The Learning Area will provide fun-filled activities your little explorer is sure to love. Practicing birding skills, learning survivor skills and fishing are just some of the activities planned for the week. $25 per day or $100 for the week; for ages eight – 12. Registration by mail and by phone.
When: March 12-16, 9am–3pm
Where: Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville
Contact: 972/219-3550 (M-F), 469/635-5483 (Sat. & Sun.), llela.org
Arts & Crafts
Allow your children’s inner creativity to soar at Painting with a Twist, Plano this spring break. The little ones will paint polka dot pandas, beach shores and bouncy kittens — just to name a few. Ages five and up are welcome. Cost per class ranges from $25-$30
When: March 12-16, 1pm-3pm
Where: Painting with a Twist, Plano, 4001 Preston Rd. #510, Plano
Contact: 469/814-0050, paintingwithatwist.com
Enjoy family programming at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth with your kiddos this spring break. To kick-off their family program this week, the museum will have free admission March 12 and kids under 12 eat free at the Café Modern, receiving a hot dog and bag of chips. Enjoy 45-minute docent-guided tours and projects for the kids throughout the week. The guided-tour is free, however admission to the museum will apply after March 12.
When: March 12-15, sessions at 11am and 2pm
Where: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth
Contact: 817/738-9215, themodern.org
Awaken your child’s inner Picasso at Oil and Cotton’s creative classes, offering arts and crafts and painting courses. Ages 2 – 12 are welcome at the courses – they will be separated into three groups according to age. Classes include painting spring flowers, creating animal puppets, sculpting and collaging, creating mid-mod cities and towns and more! Class prices range from $35 - $55. Sibling discounts available.
When: March 12-15, Class times: Toddler Draw & Paint (Ages 2-3) 9:30-10:15am; Preschool Draw and Pain (Ages 3-5) 10:30-11:45am; Ages 5-12, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm
Where: Oil and Cotton Creative Exchange, 817 W. Davis St. #110, Dallas
Contact: 214/942-0474, email@example.com, oilandcotton.com
If you’re not looking for the full commitment of a camp but want some fun vacation-time activities for the whole family, spend a day (or two) at the Kimbell Art Museum’s free Spring Break Art Extravaganza. The museum will offer art activities, interactive family tours, storybook readings, teen studios and children’s films. Check online for a full schedule of activities. Open to kids of all ages with an adult present. No reservations required.
When: March 13 10 am - 3pm and March 16 12- 4pm
Where: Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth
Contact: 817/332-8451, ext. 351, kimbellart.org
Have your kids go on a reflective journey through art at the Arts and Nature Adventure Spring Break Camp! Campers will get to explore their emotions and learn how to portray them through art, including drawing painting, clay, music and dance. Parents are invited to the last day of camp to view their children’s creative collection of expressions. $150 for nonmembers and $140 for members, register online.
When: March 12–16, 9am-12pm (8:30am-9am drop off time)
Where: Greater Denton Arts Council, 400 E. Hickory St. Denton
Contact: 940/382-2787, dentonarts.com
Quiggly’s Clayhouse Spring Break Camp encourages creatives ages 5 and older to engage in multiple art activities each day to prevent repetition. Budding artists spin clay on pottery wheels, paint, fuse glass, paint pottery and more. And everything they make, they get to keep. $150 for four days or $40 for one day, register by phone or online.
When: March 12–15, 9:30am - 12pm
Where: Quiggly’s Clayhouse, 1344 E. Belt Line Rd., Richardson
Contact: 972/234-2644, quigglys.com
For the perfect introduction into the world of ballet, send tiny dancers to spend a week at Staycay Shape Up and Shop Spring Break Camp for kids and tweens. This spring break came was organized with overall wellness in mind. Campers have the opportunity to learn fitness tips, dance moves and about healthy products for overall wellbeing. $25 per day for 5 days, $30 a day for 3 days, $35 a day for 1-day drop in for ages 9-11; $250 for ages 2-3; $300 for ages 4-5. Theatre and Broadway Jazz classes are also offered for ages 6-8, $300 for the week.
When: March 12–16, 9am - 12pm for ages 2-5; 10:45 am - 11am for ages 9-11
Where: Park Cities Studios, 5757 Lovers Lane, Suite 305, Dallas
Contact: 214/357-8888, parkcitiesdance.com
Take your Broadway darling or beau to practice his or her acting skills to the max at The Art Centre Theatre. The kids will learn different skills in visual and performing arts each day, including painting, pottery, sculpting, dance, song and improvisation and more! Not to mention, your little ones will have a 4-hour improve seminar from German Improv Specialist, Juli Vandiver. $200 for the full week, $100 for half-day camp (9am-1pm). Register online.
When: March 12–16, 9am - 5pm
Where: The Art Centre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Dr., Plano
Contact: 214/810-3228, artcentretheatre.com
The North Texas Performing Arts offers half and full day classes for your aspiring young actor or actress. Your little can explore his or her superhero side, Moana, a cat in O’Malley the Alley Cat, or even the one and only, Harry Potter. Prices start at $40 for a half day to $80 for the full day. Camps welcome children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and sixth through 12th grade.
When: March 12–16, 9am - 5pm (times vary depending on half or full day)
Where: Plano Children’s Theatre, 6121 W. Park Blvd. Plano
Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco
Fairview Youth Theatre, 310 Town Place, Fairview
Contact: 972/422-3228, northtexasperformingarts.org
Take your little ones to the Arlington Museum of Art Spring Break Art Camp for arts and crafts project-filled days. Campers will get a chance to get creative weaving and making masks. The camp is for ages 8-12. $100, including all arts materials, register online.
When: March 12–16, 10am-12pm
Where: Arlington Museum of Art, 201 West Main Street, Arlington
Contact: 972/422-3228, arlingtonmuseum.org
The two-day indoor Triumph Sports Spring Break Camp and Dodgeball Spring Break Camp allows young athletes aged 5 - 12 to participate in fun games such as dodgeball, kickball, basketball, flag football and more! The dodgeball camp will focus on teaching kids how to throw, catch and, of course, dodge. $50 per day.
When: March 12 & 13; 9:00am–12:00pm (Sports) and 1:00pm-4:00pm (Dodgeball)
Where: Faith Bible Church, 1437 W. Pleasant Run Rd., Desoto
Contact: 682/502-4227, triumphsports.com
Is your mini David Beckham itching to take the field? Let him (or her) practice dribbling, passing and shooting at FC Dallas’ Spring Break Soccer Camp. Professional coaches provide individualized instruction for players ages 6–16 with two levels available depending on skill set. Kids have the chance to watch FC Dallas’ professional training practices (and maybe even meet some players), an invitation to an FC Dallas game and cool gear, such as an official Adidas soccer ball and training T-shirt. $155 for the week, member and sibling discounts available. Register online.
When: March 12–15, 9am–12pm
Where: Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way, Suite 202, Frisco
Contact: 214/705-6700, fcdallas.com
Texas Ranger Spring Break Camp is a guaranteed home run for young baseball enthusiasts. Littles ages 7–12 practice batting, throwing and catching skills at the state-of-the-art Texas Rangers Youth Ballpark just north of Globe Life Park. All skill levels welcome. $250 per week. Register online.
When: March 12–16, 8:30am–12pm
Where: Texas Rangers Youth Ballpark, 1251 E. Road to Six Flags, St. Arlington
Contact: 817/273-5222; texas.rangers.mlb.com
Kiddos ages 3–13 spring and tumble their way through vacation at WOGA Spring Break Camp. The gymnastics camp balances spring-themed crafts and fun active games, such as tumbling, trampoline, arts and crafts and more. Beginners focus on basics such as balancing on the beam, performing chin-up pullovers on the bars and learning cartwheels, handstands and forward and backward rolls on the floor. More advanced gymnasts work on backbend kick-overs and handsprings. $35 per half day; $45 per full day (for ages 4 and older); 10 percent sibling discount for full week.
When: March 12–16, 9am–2pm; times vary by age
Where: World Olympics Gymnastics Academy, Frisco and Plano locations
Contact: Frisco: 972/712-9642, Plano: 972/985-9292, woga.net
Let active kids release their energy at one of the Sportsplex Spring Break Camps. Third through eighth-graders can select a basketball or volleyball camp, both three-day, three-hour camps with three sessions; March 5-7, March 12-14 and March 19-21. All camps are $125, with an extended session at $75. Register online.
When: March 5-7, March 12-14, March 19-21; 9am - 12 pm.
Where: The Sportsplex at Valley View, 5702 Alpha Rd., Dallas
Contact: 972/385-5416, dallassportsplex.com
Sports fans delight, as the Westlake Athletic & Community Center will offer a Spring Break MegaSports Camp, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football and more! Open to kindergarteners through sixth-graders of any skill level (beginners welcome) who want to improve their sport skills.
4-day option: $295 full day week, $235 half day week for WACC members
$350 full day week, $275 half day week for nonmembers
5-day option: $390 full day week, $280 half day week for WACC members
$450 full day week, $325 half day week for nonmembers
Register online. Late fee registration will apply after February 23.
When: March 12–16; 9am-4pm, times vary depending on half or full day. Lunch options available for an extra cost.
Where: Westlake Athletic & Community Center, 4300 Westbank Dr., West Lake Hills
Contact: 512/852-8358, wacctexas.com
Get novice chefs in the kitchen at Camp Can-I-Cook at Young Chefs Academy. This year’s theme is ‘Baking Mysteries Uncovered’ – little campers will uncover the secrets to oh-so-coveted pastries like cookies, cakelettes and the french pastry, pâte à choux. Ages 4 - 16 are welcome at the Frisco location, with the camp priced at $199 a week or $55 a day. Ages 7 - 14 are welcome at the Fort Worth Camp, with the 4-day camp priced at $200.
When: Frisco: March 12–15; 9am–12pm and 1:30–4:30pm; Fort Worth: March 12–15; 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:30 - 5:30pm
Where: Young Chefs Academy
6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ste 260, Fort Worth
8855 Preston Trace Blvd. Ste. 100, Frisco
Contact: Frisco: 972/335-4449, Fort Worth: 817/989-2433, youngchefsacademy.com
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