If you’re staying in town for the holidays and need to find something for the kids to do, or need child care while you work, there are some great camps offered during the break, from basketball to gymnastics to drama.
Many of the programs also offer some flexibility, whether you need them for the whole break, or just a day or two.
Here are some ideas:
Boca Hoops: The recreational basketball league’s Holiday Mini Camp has two sessions for girls and boys age 7-15: Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 3-6. Both run 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Olympic Heights Community High School, 20101 Lyons Rd. Call 561-395-7372, ext. 106.
City of Boca Raton: Recreational camp for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade at the Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawfod Blvd. Offered Dec. 23; Dec. 26-30; Jan. 2-6; and Jan. 9. $30 a day per child for residents; $43 for non-residents. Call 561-393-7888 to register.
Tennis: Junior Winter Camp for ages 3-16 is offered at two locations.
- The Patch Reef Park Tennis Center, 2000 Yamato Rd., offers the program Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-6. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages 6-16; 9 a.m. to noon for ages 3-5. Call 561-367-7090.
- The Racquet Center, 21626 St. Andrews Blvd., offers Junior Winter Break Camp Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 6-16, all levels. Drills, match play, arts & crafts and swim break. Weekly rate: $210 for residents; $262.50 for non-residents. Daiy rate: $55 for residents; $68.75 for non-residents. Pee Wee camp for ages 3-6 runs 9 a.m. to noon same dates. Weekly rate: $135 for residents; $168.75 for non-residents. Daily rate: $35 for residents; $43.75 for non-residents.
YMCA: Its Winter Break Camp at the Peter Blum Family Center, 6631 Palmetto Cir. S., runs Dec. 20-23 and Dec. 27-30. Members $140 for four days or $40 a day; for non-members, $240 for four days or $70 a day.
Rising Stars: Gymnastics Holiday Camp, 1088 S. Rogers Cir., runs Dec.23 and Dec. 26-30; Jan. 2-6 and Jan. 9. Rates for all 12 days: 1/2 day, $300; 3/4 day, $340; full day, $380. Weekly rates: 1/2 day, $130; 3/4 day, $145; full day, $165. Daily rates: 1/2 day, $27; 3/4 day, $33; full day, $38.
Museum of Discovery & Science: Winter break camp for kids 6-12 at the museum, 401 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale, includes an IMAX movie.
- Dec. 19-23, campers will explore the science behind each of the museum’s new exhibit halls. Step into a whirling tornado, watch otters at play, and explore the Florida Water Story.
- Dec. 26-30, campers will journey into the science of lines, angles, and high thrill rides through the K’NEX exhibit. Build simple machines and watch them go. Experiment with basic architecture and different building materials. See how roller coasters are designed to make gravity work for them. Then test out these theories on the MaxFlight rollercoaster simulator. Camps run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before- and after-care available. Rates are $55 for one day; $90 for two days; $200 for four days; $225 for five days. Call 954-713-0930 to register.
Twisters: Gymnastics Winter Holiday Camp, 3100 NW Boca Raton Blvd, #308, runs Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30. Winter-themed gymnastics fun, games, movies and arts & crafts. Daily rates: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $47; 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $67; 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., $77. Weekly rates: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $187; 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $267; 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., $297.
Showtime: Campers at this performing arts program will learn songs, scenes and choreography from Footloose. Dec. 26-Jan. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended day 8 a.m.-6 p.m. available. Performance on Jan. 6. 561-394-2626. Showtime is at 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Suite 73, Royal Palm Place. www.showtimeboca.com.
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