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Monday, February 19, 2018

2018 spring break camps in Arizona

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Spring Break Camp at Valley Youth Theatre. Photo courtesy of VYT.

Spring break is looming. Don’t know what your kids will be doing? Don’t panic! We’ve collected a list of spring break camps in Arizona that offer everything from arts and animals to science and theater.

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MUSEUMS/LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Arizona Science Center Camp Innovation: Wonders of the World (March 12-16 and March 19-23). Grades K-5. Learn about wildlife, get a close-up look at volcanoes and explore geology, architecture, biology and more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily or weekly. $65-$295 ($55-$255 members). Extended hours available daily ($15) and weekly ($60). 600 E Washington St, Phoenix. 602-716-2000 x216 or azscience.org

Desert Botanical Garden “Reduce, Reuse and Reimagine” Spring Break Camps (March 12-16 or March 19-23). Grades K-5. Discover innovative ways to help the planet by reusing everyday objects to solve real-life challenges. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $210 ($175 members). Snacks included. Campers must bring their own lunches. Extended camp (3-6 p.m.) available for $20/day ($16 members). 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 480-941-1225 or dbg.org

Dolphinaris (Tuesday, March 13). Grades 5-12. Explorer Day Camp offers kids a chance to interact with dolphins. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $199 (includes two dolphin experiences, lunch, a T-shirt, group photo and certificate). 480-407-5163 or email [email protected]

Children’s Museum of Phoenix Spring Break Camp (March 12-16). Ages 5-8. Hands-on activities, games and activities and supervised free-play time in the Museum. Themes vary per day: Children’s Garden and KIDchen, Built By You, Super Sleuths, Walk of Fame, Pop of Color. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended care available. $280 ($235 members). 215 N. Seventh St. 602-648-2777 or childrensmuseumofphoenix.org

i.d.e.a. Museum Spring Break Camps (March 12-16). Ages 4-9. 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa. 480-644-idea (4332) or ideamuseum.org
Mini Maker Camp (ages 4-5) is a chance to tinker, explore, build, play games and create art related to exhibits on display. 9 a.m. to noon. $80 ($65 members). Registration closes at noon March 4.
Wonder Camp (ages 6-9) offers hands-on STEAM projects inspired by the Sonoran Safari exhibit. 8:30 a.m. to noon or 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $80 half day ($65 members), $175 full day ($150 members). Registration closes at noon March 4.
Spring Holiday Day Camp (ages 6-9). Book by day to explore the Sonoran Safari exhibit, create art, play games and have a blast with Museum staff. 8:30 a.m. to noon or 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15-$30/day ($12-$24 members).

Phoenix Herpetological Society (Tuesday-Friday March 13-30). Ages 9-16. Each full-day camp focuses on a specific group of animals (lizards, reptiles, crocs or snakes) and includes physical activity and STEM activities. Campers will participate in animal care. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75/day; discount for multiple days. Scottsdale. 602-550-1090 x3 or phoenixherp.com

SPORTS & FITNESS

Arizona Sunrays Supercamp (Monday-Friday March 12-30). Ages 3-13. Gymnastics, dance, sports, bounce house, Ninja Zone and more. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended hours available. $53-$73/day or $195-$283/week. Sibling discounts and extended care available. Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center (two Phoenix locations): 15801 N. 32nd St. and 3923 E. Indian School Road. 602-992-5790 or arizonasunrays.com

Beginners Edge Sports Training Youth Sports Camp (March 12-16). Ages potty-trained-10 years. Sports (soccer, softball, basketball, football, volleyball, dodgeball, golf, tennis, kickball, track & field, badminton) plus relay races, games and more. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 12:30-4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $40-$65/day or $180-$225/week. Extended hours available at $10/hour. 7000 E. Shea Blvd., Suites 1830-1840, Scottsdale. 623-748-9453 or thebestinaz.com

Fit-N-Fun Camp at Xtreme Gymnastics (March 12-16). Ages 3-12. Gymnastics, trampoline, group challenge activities, obstacle courses, team sports, relay races, inflatables and more. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $199-$256. Also offers daily rates ($49-$62) and before- and after-care ($8-$15 daily or $28-$54 weekly). 15821 N. 79th St., Suite 3, Scottsdale. 480-596-3543 or xtremegymnastics.com

Seth Corey Tennis Academy (March 12-16) . Ages 4-14. Tennis instruction (all skill levels), sports and games. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $45/day or $195/week. After care available at AZ Airtime for $10/hour or $25/day. La Camarilla Racquet, Fitness and Swim Club, 5320 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. 602-803-4006 or sethkoreytennis.com

THEATER ARTS

Baker Performing Arts Spring Break Camp Musical Theatre Camp (March 12-15 and March 19-22). Ages 5-14. Singing, acting, dancing and music (piano or guitar). Performances each Thursday. 9 a.m to 3 p.m. $165/session. 2270 E Williams Field Rd #104, Gilbert. 480-313-7714 or bakerperformingarts.com

Childsplay Spring Break Camps (March 12-16). Merry Monster Performance (ages 5-9) will explore beloved monster stories and use collaborative storytelling to explore character movement and problem-solving. Spring Break Musical Theater Workshop (ages 8-15) is a chance to polish singing, dancing and acting skills while learning a musical in just one week. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $225. Extended hours available. Campus of Imagination and Wonder, 900 S Mitchell Dr, Tempe. 480-921-5751 or childsplayaz.org

East Valley Children’s Theater (March 12-16). Ages 7-13. Learn songs from Broadway musicals while dancing and acting out scenes. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $215. East Valley Children’s Theatre Studio, 4501 E Main St, Mesa. 480-756-3828 or evct.org

QCPAC Spring Break Camp (March 12-16 or March 19-23). Ages 5-12. Bring Back the ’80s Camp (March 12-16) visits music and shows set in the 1980s including “Footloose,” “Flashdance” and more. Musical Madness Camp features Broadway favorites from “Wicked,” “Mary Poppins” and more. Auditions required. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $125 plus $10 registration fee. No discount for siblings. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek. 480-987-7469 or qcpac.com.

Valley Youth Theatre Spring Break Camp (March 12-16 or March 19-23). Ages 7-15. Acting, singing and dance choreography taught by professional instructors. End-of-session performance. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $275. Extended hours available. 525 N. First St., Phoenix. 602-253-8188 x302 or vyt.com.

THEMES

More Than Modeling (March 12-16 and March 19-23). Ages 7-12. Modeling, fashion, runway walking, life skills and etiquette lessons. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $299. Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place (SNAP), 4425 N. Granite Reef Road. 480-442-9833 or morethanmodeling.com

Engineering for Kids (beginning March 12) Ages 4-14. STEM-enrichment activities with hands-on in aerospace, mechanical and chemical engineering, robotics, video game design, Minecraft and more. Camps will be held at AZ Air Time in Scottsdale, Flipside Entertainment in Gilbert, Makutu’s Island in Chandler and Octane Raceway in Scottsdale. 480-779-8184 or engineeringforkids.com

VARIED ACTIVITIES

Camelback Desert School (March 12-16). Ages 1-14. Sports, nature exploration, performing and creative arts, special events. 9606 E. Kalil Drive, Scottsdale. Book by day or any combination of days. $50/day.. 480-451-3130 or camelbackdesertschool.com

Spring Break at Camp Kroc (March 12-16). Grades 1-8. Swim and play in the on-site water park, play sports on NBA-size basketball courts and professional quality fields, enjoy arts & crafts and camp games. This year’s theme: Galactic Starveyors. Campers also participate in daily Bible lessons and age-appropriate worship. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. $125-$163 (includes lunch and two daily snacks). Kroc Corps Community Center, 1375 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix. 602-425-5000 or krocphoenix.org

Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (March 12-16). Sports, arts, games and more. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $75/day for non-members. Extended hours available. 12701 N. Scottsdale Road. 480-483-7121 or vosjcc.org

VISUAL ARTS

Carrie Curran Art Studios Spring Break Art Camp! (March 12-14). Ages 6-13. Drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $225. Bring a 9×12″ spiral sketchbook or purchase one at the studio for $10. 8300 N Hayden Rd, Suite A100, Scottsdale. 480-478-8121 or carriecurranart.com

Phoenix Center for the Arts Spring Break Camp (March 12-16). Ages 6-12 (grouped by age). Kids receive professional instruction in visual and performing arts. Showcase performance on the evening of the last day of camp. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $220 (includes materials); $15 off each additional sibling. Before- and after-care available for $30. 1202 N. Third St. 602-254-3100 or phoenixcenterforthearts.org

Rachel’s Young at Art (March 12-16). Arts and crafts, story time, dramatic play, sensory activities and more. 9 a.m. to 1 or 3 p.m. $55-$70 day or $250-$300/week. 6990 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 115, Scottsdale. 480-621-6155 or rachelsyoungatart.com

Shemer Art Center (March 14-16 or 19-21). Ages 8-12 can learn about and create art projects that represent three great artists: Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne Thiebaud and Pablo Picasso. Or, explore color using a wide variety of mediums including acrylic paint, tempera paint, watercolor and ink. $125. 5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-262-4727 or shemerartcenter.org

Thunderbird Arts Center Spring Break Camp (March 12-16). Ages 6-12 (grouped by age). Kids receive professional instruction in visual and performing arts. Showcase performance on the evening of the last day of camp. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $220 (includes materials); $15 off each additional sibling. Before- and after-care available for $30. 1106 E. Grovers Ave., Phoenix. 602-254-3100 or phoenixcenterforthearts.org

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