As kids wind up for Spring Break, you may be running in circles searching for something to keep them entertained. Fortunately, North Texas is host to several Spring Break camps that cater to all types of kids — animal lovers, tree huggers, artists and athletes. Whether it’s slathering on bug spray for daily nature hikes or competing in back-to-back rounds of dodge ball, we have the perfect camp for your Spring Breaker here.
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Keep the wheels turning outside the classroom at Sci-Tech Discovery Center’s one-day Spring Break Camps. Kids in first–second grades, third–fourth grades and fifth–eighth grades do age-appropriate activities that correspond with the day’s special theme, like STEM Pirates, Junior NASA and Space Explorers. (And Grossology day gets just plain gross with dissections and recipes to make fake snot.) Plus, campers get to enjoy the museum’s many exhibits and activities for a full hour before it opens to the public! Register online for one day or all five.
Cost: $75/day for members; $85/day for nonmembers
When: March 11–15, 9am–4pm
Where: Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco, 972/546-3050
Young explorers in pre-K through 4th grades can explore the scientific days of yore during half- and full-day sessions of Discovery Camp at the Perot Museum. In Storybook Science, pre-K campers will bring the engineering feats from their favorite fairy tales to life and build towers, bridges, boats and beyond. Sign up older kids for Medieval Adventures for the chance to explore everything from old-timey architecture (think castles outfitted with moats and catapults) to medieval alchemy (yes, they’ll be brewing up some potions). The full-day camp is divided according to age group into kindergarten, 1st-2nd graders and 3rd-4th graders; pre-k campers have the choice of joining the morning or afternoon session. Register online.
Cost: Storybook Science ($225/week for members; $250/week for nonmembers); Medieval Adventures ($325/week for members; $365/week for nonmembers). Extended care available for kindergarten and older for an additional $40.
When: March 12–15, Storybook Science (9am–noon or 1–4pm), Medieval Adventures (9am–3pm)
Where: Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214/428-5555
Nature & Animals
Wild Adventures await you at the Dallas Zoo, which hosts single-day activities for young animal lovers from preschool through fifth grade. Each day, the camp theme changes by habitat so kiddos learn about different critters from the African savanna (March 11), African jungle (March 12), South American jungle (March 13), rainforest (March 14) and water (March 15) — plus, campers experience at least one up-close animal encounter and themed craft activity every day. Register online.
Cost: $45/day for nonmembers; discounts available for members and for multi-day campers. Extended care is available for an extra cost.
When: March 11–15, 9am–4pm
Where: Dallas Zoo, 650 R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, 469/554-7300
Enroll your little conservationist in Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area’s Spring Break Eco Adventure Camp. Explorers age 8-12 spend three full days learning about the 2,600-acre space that has been set aside to preserve and restore North Texas’ natural ecosystem. Kids will examine microscopic pond critters, track wildlife along the 1.5-mile Black Jack Trail and visit the Native Plant Nursery where botanists grow endangered prairie, forest and wetland seeds before transplanting them back to their native environment. Campers will record their experiences (including a visit back in time to the 1869 Minor-Porter log house) in a nature journal.
Cost: $75/session; book both sessions for a $25 discount. Extended care available for $30/session.
When: March 11–13, 8am–3pm; March 13–15, 8am–3pm
Where: Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, 972/219-3550
First- through fifth-graders can take a walk on the wild side during Spring Break Camp at Fort Worth Zoo. Campers play games and take daily hikes around the Zoo plus experience up-close encounters with the zoo’s reptiles and amphibians. Campers must pack a lunch and snacks each day. Register online. The whole family can get in on the spring break fun without signing up for camp at the daily animal outreach shows at the Outdoor Learning Theater. March 10-18, you can enjoy quality time with critters at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Cost: $285/week or $85/day, with a 10% discount for members. Extended care is available for an extra cost.
When: March 11–15, 9am–4pm
Where: Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, 817/759-7200
Sports & GYmnastics
If your babe dreams of one day bending it like Beckham, then get them off the sidelines and on the field during FC Dallas’ Spring Break Soccer Camp. Kids ages 6–9 spend three hours each day dribbling, passing, shooting and goalkeeping with FC Dallas’ professional coaching staff. For kids ages 9 and older who already play competitively, coaches teach the same skills but throw in serious conditioning drills and nutrition education so your soccer star can practice like the pros. Campers receive an FC Dallas Training t-shirt, soccer ball and a voucher for an FC Dallas game (the rest of the family will have to buy tickets). Register online.
Cost: $160/week; sibling discounts available
When: March 11–14, 9am–noon
Where: Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, 469/365-0021
Kiddos ages 3 and older somersault their way through vacation at WOGA Spring Break Camp in Plano and Frisco. New and experienced gymnasts spend mornings in the gym rotating through bars, beam, vault, floor and trampoline. Kids build muscle power performing chin-up pullovers on the bars, safely walking the balance beam and learning pencil, straddle and tuck jumps on the trampoline. Mid-morning, kids enjoy a snack with arts and crafts activities upstairs. (Snacks and drinks are provided daily, but campers must bring their own lunch.) After lunch, full-day campers return to the gym for free time where they can tumble some more or perfect their forward and backward rolls with safety-certified coaches. Register online. Walk-ins are welcome for an additional $5 per day.
Cost: $40/half day; $50/full day (for ages 4 and older); 10% sibling discount for full-day week
When: March 11–15, 9am–noon (half day) or 9am–2pm (full day)
Where: World Olympics Gymnastics Academy, 5936 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco, 972/712-9642
1937 W. Parker Road, Plano, 972/985-9292
Keep kids ages 5–13 active during Cooper Aerobic Center’s three-day Fit & Fun Day Camps. Kids team up by age group to play outdoor field games and sports such as soccer, volleyball, capture the flag and softball. As campers rotate through each activity, camp counselors explain the rules of the games and keep kids safe. If your little one prefers free throws to field games, then sign them up for “Get Your Game On” Basketball Camp. The three-day clinic, led by former Southern Methodist University coach Coleman Crawford, teaches players ages 5 and older to dribble, pass and shoot like a pro. At the end of class, little all-stars show off their ball-handling skills during four-on-four scrimmages. Register online.
Cost: Fit & Fun: $150. Basketball: $100 for ages 5–7; $145 for ages 8–14.
When: March 11–13. Fit & Fun: 1–5pm. Basketball: 9–10:30am (ages 5–7) or 10:30am–1pm (ages 8–14).
Where: Cooper Aerobics Center, 12200 Preston Road, Dallas, 972/560-2667
At the half-day camps at The Sportsplex, kids can stay on their feet for four days of volleyball camp or basketball camp. In Volleyball Camp, kids in grades 3–8 start their morning serving, setting and bumping under the instruction of Lindsey Owen. Boys and girls in grades 4–8 can sign up for Basketball Camp with coach Ralph Walker. Register online. For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: March 11–14, 10am–1pm
Where: The Sportsplex, 5702 Alpha Road, Dallas, 972/385-5416
Texas Rangers 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. While rookies learn baseball basics, returning players sharpen their pitching and fielding skills. All skill levels welcome — just be sure to pack a mitt, helmet, bat and water bottle for every day of camp. Register online.
When: March 11–15, 8:30am–noon
Where: Texas Rangers Youth Ballpark, 1251 E. Road to Six Flags St., Arlington, 817/273-5255
Creative kids in grades K-5 can express themselves in countless ways at North Texas Performing Arts camps in Frisco and Plano. Each day is themed around a different popular children’s book or movie and features a roster of different arts activities to bring the story to life. (Got a Potterhead at home? Both locations explore the wizarding world on Wednesday, March 13, before Frisco follows Dorothy in Oz and Plano goes Moana the next day.) Kids have the choice of joining morning, afternoon or full-day camps and will mixed visual arts (painting, collage, sculpture) with performing arts (acting, dance and improv). Register online.
Cost: $40/day (morning), $50/day (afternoon), $80/day (full day)
When: March 11–15, 9am–noon or noon–5pm (half day), 9am–5pm (full day)
Where: North Texas Performing Arts–Frisco, 6500 Preston Road, Suite 101, Frisco
Willow Bend Center of the Arts, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Suite B216, Plano
During Theatre Arlington’s Spring Break Camp, drama kings and queens ages 6–13 memorize lines, lyrics and dance routines to perform a musical production. By the end of the week of full-day sessions, campers will put on a live performance of Bugsy Malone Jr. for friends and family on Friday evening. Register online. For more information, email Education Director Cindy Honeycutt at email@example.com.
Cost: $275/session; $50 deposit due at registration
When: March 11–15, 9am–5pm
Where: Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington, 817/261-9628
Though the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is normally closed on Mondays, on March 11, it will open its doors to spring breakers for two 45-minute sessions of docent-guided tours and themed arts and crafts projects — all for free. Children ages 12 and younger (and their parents) learn about selected works from the museum’s collections then do a project together such as collage-making or drawing. On Free Monday, children also eat for free at Cafe Modern. The rest of the week follows the same tour and project schedule but admission and cafe prices are back to normal. No registration required; just show up early to ensure a spot in the tour.
Cost: Free for children ages 12 and younger; $10 for adults (free on Monday only).
When: March 11–14, 11am and 2pm
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, 817/738-9215
Crunchy kids in grades 1–6 make art out of recyclable materials at Camp SCRAP in Denton. SCRAP staff lead campers in themed art projects, and then campers will have the chance to flex their creative muscle during daily free building time. Campers will have access to SCRAP’s inventory of everyday items like bottle caps, soda can tabs, corks, clothespins, Popsicle sticks and more. Kids weave yarn on old CDs turned into looms, assemble collages with paint samples, sew with felt and embroidery floss and create nature-scene dioramas. After lunch, kids go outside for recess and can collect natural materials to use for drawing, building and sewing projects during free time. Register online.
Cost: $150/session; scholarships available.
When: March 11–13, 9am–3:30pm
Where: SCRAP Denton, 402 S. Bell Ave., Denton, 940/808-1611
Send your aspiring chef to Camp Can-I-Cook: Spring Ahead & cHOP To It! at Young Chefs Academy outposts in Frisco, Rockwall and Fort Worth. The single-day or weeklong camp cooks up all sorts of sweet, salty, party-ready and healthy foods with an emphasis on seasonal farm-to-table fare. With kid-friendly kitchen tools, mini chefs (ages 6+ at Rockwall location; ages 7–14 at Fort Worth; Frisco accepts campers as young as 4) are split into age groups for some culinary fun. Campers mix and bake cupcakes and chocolate treats and even participate in team showdowns. Little cooking enthusiasts can’t take home their dishes but do take home recipe packets to try with Mom and Dad. Register online.
Cost: Frisco ($60/day; $199/week); Rockwall ($65/day; $225/week); Fort Worth ($250/session)
When: Frisco (March 11–15, 9am–12pm or 1–4pm); Rockwall (March 12–15, 10am–1pm); Fort Worth (March 12–15, 9am–12pm or 1pm–4pm)
Where: 9350 Pasadena Drive, Suite 300, Frisco, 972/335-4449
910 Steger Towne Road, Rockwall, 469/264-7445
6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 260, Fort Worth, 817/989-2433
A Bit of Everything
Lewisville littles ages 8-12 can enjoy a full week of fun at Spring BreakOUT Camp, which will be held in Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center. Campers will take part in art activities, indoor gym games and even venture round town on camp field trips. The full-day sessions are perfect for working Moms and Dads who don’t want to stress as they schedule camp carpool with their 9-to-5. Visit the website to register and to explore more recurring classes and fun.
When: March 11–15, 7:30am-5:30pm
Where: Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle Drive, Lewisville, 972/219-3560