Mom, I’m bored! Win­ter camps an op­tion

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel & Life - By Jen­nifer Boehm South Florida Par­ent­ing

It’s 10 min­utes into your kids’ win­ter break and they’re al­ready bored. Sound fa­mil­iar?

With two weeks off from school, most par­ents strug­gle with how to keep the lit­tle ones oc­cu­pied — es­pe­cially if they’re stuck work­ing.

Many cities, coun­ties, zoos, mu­se­ums and af­ter-care pro­grams of­fer mini camps dur­ing the break. Here are just a few:

Palm Beach County

Sea Tur­tle Savers

Log­ger­head Marinelife Cen­ter, 14200 U.S. High­way 1, Juno Beach, 561-627-8280,

Your as­pir­ing sci­en­tist will en­joy a full-im­mer­sion marine sci­ence ex­pe­ri­ence. Par­tic­i­pants will learn about the jour­ney of sea tur­tle pa­tients through and about con­ser­va­tion tools. Camp runs Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $60 per day.

South Florida Sci­ence Cen­ter and Aquar­ium Hol­i­day Camps

4801 Dre­her Trail North, West Palm Beach, 561-832-1988, sf­science­cen­

■ Age of Ex­tinc­tion (Ages 4-12): Jour­ney back in time and ex­plore how di­nosaurs lived, where they went, and which are alive to­day. Camp runs Dec.

26-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $140

mem­ber/$155 non-mem­ber.

■ Hol­i­day C.A.D. (Ages 7-14): Artistry in the dig­i­tal world takes on a whole new form as cam­pers dive into a win­ter won­der­land of tech­no­log­i­cal joy and cheer. Mold dig­i­tal snowflakes and de­sign hol­i­day hard­ware. Camp runs Dec. 26-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost:

$170 mem­ber/$185 non-mem­ber.

■ Sub-zero Space (Ages 4-12): Outer space may have plenty of stars, but it’s not as hot as you think. Ex­plore the frigid fron­tier us­ing liq­uid ni­tro­gen, dry ice and ex­per­i­ment with a vac­uum cham­ber. Camp runs Jan. 2-4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $140 mem­ber/$155 non-mem­ber.

■ MinecraftEDU: Baby It’s Code Out­side (Ages 7-14): Ex­plore the fa­mil­iar blocky world with some un­fa­mil­iar win­ter twists such as snow­ing chick­ens, minecart sled­ding, and ice orbs that can in­stantly freeze wa­ter, all changed with the power of cod­ing. Camp runs Jan. 2-4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $170 mem­ber/$185 non­mem­ber.

■ Vir­tu­ally Im­pos­si­ble (Ages 7-14): Im­merse your­self in the dig­i­tal world of vir­tual re­al­ity. De­sign your own vir­tual land­scape, then travel in­side and look around as if you were ac­tu­ally there. Camp is on Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to

4 p.m. Cost: $55 mem­ber/$60 non­mem­ber.

Aquatic Win­ter Break

YMCA of the Palm Beaches, 2085 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-968-9622, ym­ca­palm­

Get your child ac­tive and in­volved

dur­ing win­ter break. The YMCA of the Palm Beaches has an in­door heated swim­ming pool al­ways at 86 de­grees. Camp runs Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4. Call for times and cost.

Win­ter Break Work­shop

Show­time Per­form­ing Arts The­atre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Ra­ton, 561-394-2626, show­time

Your child will spend their break singing, act­ing, danc­ing and per­form­ing. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 26 through Jan.

4. Ex­tended hours avail­able. Win­ter camp theme this year is Dis­ney’s Z-OM-B-I-E-S. Cam­pers will learn songs, scenes and chore­og­ra­phy from the movie. $195 per week; $375 for both weeks. There is a

20 per­cent sib­ling dis­count.

Win­ter Break Camp

West Jupiter Recre­ation Cen­ter, 6401 In­diantown Road, Jupiter, 561-694-5430, dis­cover.pbc­

Chil­dren ages 5-12 may par­tic­i­pate. Camp is hosted Dec. 26-31 and Jan. 2-7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early bird and late bird times are avail­able. $140/par­tic­i­pant or $35 per par­tic­i­pant per day fee.

Jr. Win­ter Olympics

Sand­hill Crane Golf Club, 11401 North­lake Blvd., Palm Beach Gar­dens, 561-630-1160,

Your lit­tle Olympian (ages 4-13) can hone their golf skills and then com­pete for a medal. A cer­e­mony will present cam­pers with their hard-earned prize. Par­ents have two weeks to choose from. Week One takes place on Dec. 26-28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Week Two takes place Jan. 1-5 from 9 a.m. to

2 p.m. Fees range between


Camp Shalom Win­ter Break Camp

Man­dal JCC, 5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gar­dens, 561-712-5200, pbg.jcc on­

Two weeks of fun in­clud­ing theme days, swim­ming, art, sports and field trips. Camp runs Dec. 24-Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $70 per day. Be­fore and af­ter care are avail­able. There is also a spe­cial needs camp — Tik­vah Win­ter Break Camp — run­ning dur­ing the same time. Cost is $75 per day.

Camp Boca

City of Boca Ra­ton, 150 Craw­ford Blvd., Boca Ra­ton, 561-393-7888, my­

Your child will en­joy days filled with fun ac­tiv­i­ties. Camp runs se­lect dates from Dec. 24-31 and Jan. 2-7. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fees range from $42-59 per day.

My Gym Win­ter Camp

3755 Mil­i­tary Trail, Suite

B10, Jupiter, 561-575-2434, my­

En­roll your child in a half-day or full day of games, re­lays, songs, dances, zip line, rock climb­ing, gym­nas­tics and sports. Ages 3-10 are wel­come at the camp, which runs Dec. 24-28 and Dec. 31-Jan. 4 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. The camp costs $40 per three-hour ses­sion.

Win­ter Break So­cial Skills Group

Sugar Sand Park Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 300 S. Mil­i­tary Trail, Boca Ra­ton, 561-347-3900, sug­arsand

Kids (ages 4-15) will par­take in ac­tiv­i­ties while prac­tic­ing so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. Ac­tiv­i­ties will be con­ducted by ther­a­pists and in­clude yoga, mak­ing snow, win­ter songs, snow­man con­test and more. Ses­sions are held Jan. 2-4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per ses­sion.

Sugar Sand Park Win­ter Break Spe­cialty Pro­grams

Sugar Sand Park Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 300 S. Mil­i­tary Trail, Boca Ra­ton, 561-347-3900, sug­arsand

■ Fun & Fit­ness (Ages 5-11): Sport games, hip hop dance, gym­nas­tics, arts & crafts, the­ater games, and more. Camp runs Dec. 24, Dec. 26, Jan. 3 and Jan. 4. Cost per day: $65

res­i­dent/$81.25 non­res­i­dent or $180 res­i­dent/$225 non­res­i­dent for all four days.

■ Kid­nas­tics (Ages 5-11): Aer­o­bics, re­lay ac­tiv­i­ties, an ob­sta­cle course, and out­side ac­tiv­i­ties. Camp is on Dec. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $45

res­i­dent/$56.25 non­res­i­dent.

■ Bright & Smart Cod­ing, Robotics & Engi­neer­ing (Ages 7-14): Stu­dents will de­sign, cre­ate, and code to com­mu­ni­cate with com­put­ers to pro­gram their own an­i­ma­tions. Lego bricks, 3D print­ers, and lap­top com­put­ers will help to teach engi­neer­ing skills. Camp runs on Dec. 24, Dec.

26 and Jan. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost per ses­sion:

$75 res­i­dent/$93.75 non­res­i­dent.

■ Drama Kids (Ages 6-13): Stu­dents learn act­ing and con­fi­dence-build­ing skills with fun ac­tiv­i­ties. Silent scenes, im­pro­vi­sa­tions, mini-scripts, and the­ater games. Camp runs on Dec.

26-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $180

res­i­dent/$225 non­res­i­dent.

■ Ooey Gooey Mad Sci­ence Slime Day (Ages 6-11): Chil­dren will com­bine poly­mers, study mat­ter, and test for­mu­las to find the best sticky sub­stance. Camp runs on Dec. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $80

res­i­dent/$100 non­res­i­dent

■ Zap! Elec­tric­ity Day (Ages 6-11): Ex­plore the world of elec­tric­ity with hands-on ex­per­i­ments. Play with static elec­tric­ity, ex­plore a tesla coil, and com­plete sim­ple and com­plex cir­cuits. Camp runs Dec. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $80

res­i­dent/$100 non­res­i­dent

■ Cur­tain Call: 4 Days of The­atre Fun! (Ages 6-15): Four days jam packed with skits, the­atre games, act­ing, mu­sic, and more. Class runs on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2-4 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost for four days is $250

res­i­dents/$312.50 non­res­i­dents.

An­i­mal Ad­ven­tures Day Camp

Gumbo Limbo Na­ture Cen­ter, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca ra­ton, 561-544-8605, gum­

Chil­dren (Grades 3-5) will learn about the ocean. Themed days in­clude Shark Sci­ence, An­i­mal Anom­alies and Sen­sa­tional Sea Tur­tles. Camp runs Jan.

2-4 from 8:30 a.m.–noon. Cost per day: $25

mem­ber/$30 non-mem­ber.

Win­ter Break Camp

Kids Choice Sports, Dance and Fit­ness, 6500 W. Rogers Cir­cle, Boca Ra­ton, 561-998-4225, gokid­schoice .com

Cam­pers will par­tic­i­pate in a va­ri­ety of games, art and crafts, free play, movies, sports, gym­nas­tics and more. Early drop off and late pick ups are avail­able. Camp runs Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 2-7. Cost: $308.70 half day/$396.90 full day. Lake Worth Play­house Win­ter Break Camp

713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, 561-586-6410, lake worth­play­

Death Aboard the Duchess - A Mur­der Mys­tery is a week-long win­ter camp for chil­dren ages 8 to 14. This short, sim­ple mys­tery fea­tures en­gag­ing char­ac­ters and fun twists. Camp runs Dec. 31-Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The per­for­mance takes place on Satur­day, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. Cost is $240 and $216 for sib­lings.

Broward County

Camp Discovery

Mu­seum of Discovery and Sci­ence, 401 SW 2nd St., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-713-0930,

Mu­seum of Discovery and Sci­ence of­fers cam­pers three op­tions of win­ter camps: one-day Win­ter Won­der­land camp (Dec.

24), three-day Mu­seum Ex­plor­ers camp (Dec.

26-18), and five-day Ecosys­tem Voy­agers camp (Dec.

31-Jan. 4). All day camps in­clude an IMAX film ad­ven­ture. Fees range from

$50-$225 depend­ing on camp choice.

City of Fort Laud­erdale Win­ter Break Camps

Mul­ti­ple park lo­ca­tions, 954-828-7275, fortlaud­

Eight fun-filled days of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing arts and crafts, fit­ness, field trips, team sports and more. Camp runs Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost: $180 res­i­dent/$270 non­res­i­dent.

Win­ter Won­der­land Art Camp

Coral Springs Mu­seum of Art, 2855a Coral Springs Drive, Suite A, Coral Springs, 954-340-5000, coral­springsmu­

Win­ter Won­der­land is a spe­cial themed art camp, where kids (ages 6-13) will draw, paint and sculpt to cre­ate some­thing new. Camp runs in two ses­sions – Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4 – from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $165 mem­ber/$180 non-mem­ber.

Camp Live Oak

Two lo­ca­tions: Birch State Park in Fort Laud­erdale and Dr. von Mizell-Eula John­son State Park in Da­nia Beach, cam­

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude sports, arts and crafts, swim­ming, hik­ing, archery, hands-on sci­ence ac­tiv­i­ties and more. Camp runs Dec. 24-28 and Dec. 31-Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to

3 p.m. The camp of­fers a

$65 daily rate or weekly rates of $250 (week 1) and

$310 (week 2). Sib­ling dis­counts are avail­able.

City of Mi­ra­mar Win­ter Camp

Mul­ti­ple camp lo­ca­tions, 954-602-4780, mi­ra­marfl .gov

Cam­pers will en­joy days of fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties that in­clude a va­ri­ety of sports, field trips, arts & crafts, games and more. Camp runs Dec. 24-28 and Dec.

31-Jan. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.Cost: $72 per week

res­i­dents/$86 per week non­res­i­dents.

Tiger­tail Lake Recre­ational Cen­ter

580 Gulf Stream Way, Da­nia Beach, 954-201-4500, tiger­tail­

Pack up the kids and head out for some out­door fun. The cen­ter of­fers an 8,000 square foot in­flat­able wa­ter ob­sta­cle course, wind­surf­ing, kayak­ing, ca­noe­ing and stand-up pad­dle board­ing on its five-acre lake.

Twis­ters Hol­i­day Camp

Amer­i­can Twis­ters, 6805 Lyons Tech­nol­ogy Cir­cle, Co­conut Creek, 954-725-9199, amer­i­can twis­

Chil­dren will en­joy win­ter-themed gym­nas­tics, games, movies and arts & crafts in a 15,000 square foot fa­cil­ity. There’s even a cas­tle and bounce house. Camp is hosted on Dec. 24, 26, 27, 28 and 31. Par­ents have a va­ri­ety of camp times and rates to choose from.

Jr. Chef Camp

Viz­caya Park, 14200 SW

55th St., Mi­ra­mar,

954-883-6800, mi­ra­marfl .gov

Win­ter Jr. Chef Camp takes par­tic­i­pants on a jour­ney to be­come culi­nary giants. Camp runs Dec.

24-28 and Dec. 31-Jan. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost:

$80 per week res­i­dent/$95 per week non­res­i­dent.

Kids Day Off

Cooper City Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 9000 SW 50th Place, Cooper City, 954-434-4300, coop­erci­

Cam­pers par­tic­i­pate in in­door and out­door games, crafts, field trips and more. Only avail­able to Cooper City res­i­dents. Camp runs Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per day.

JCC Mini Win­ter Camps

Nina & Louis Sil­ver­man Cam­pus, 5850 S. Pine Is­land Road, Davie, 954-434-0499,

David Pos­nack JCC of­fers two camps – a va­ri­ety camp and a sports camp. Arts & crafts, cook­ing, danc­ing, sports and swim­ming will be en­joyed by the va­ri­ety cam­pers while the sports cam­pers will learn or im­prove in basketball or karate. Week one of the camp runs Dec.

24, 26-28 and week two runs Dec. 31, Jan 2-4. All dates are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prices range from

$55-$70 a day. Weekly rates are avail­able.

Lauder­hill Win­ter Break Camp

Reg­is­ter at Vet­er­ans Park, 7600 NW 50th St., Lauder­hill, 954-572-1459, lauder­

Chil­dren will par­tic­i­pate in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, ad­ven­tures and trips in­clud­ing Xtreme Ac­tion Park, Mi­ami Seaquar­ium and Off The Wall Tram­po­line. Camp dates run Dec.

26-31 and Jan. 2-4 from

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily rate: $25 res­i­dents/$40 non­res­i­dents.

Young at Art Win­ter Day Camp

751 SW 121st Ave., Davie,

954-424-0085, youn­gatart mu­

Kid­dies will work on their cre­ative abil­i­ties and par­tic­i­pate in art ac­tiv­i­ties, in­ter­ac­tive work­shops with pro­fes­sional artists, out­door play days, movie days and more. Camp runs Dec. 24, 26-28, 31 and Jan. 2-4 with a dif­fer­ent theme each day. The day runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $55 per day for mem­bers and $60 per day for non-mem­bers.

Hol­i­day Hours at Xtreme Ac­tion Park

5300 Pow­er­line Road, Fort Laud­erdale,

954-491-6265, xtreme ac­tion­

With more than 220,000 square-feet of at­trac­tions, chil­dren will have plenty to keep them busy over the win­ter break. In­door go kart­ing, roller skat­ing, ar­cade, es­cape rooms, ropes course and more. Xtreme Ac­tion Park is open later dur­ing the win­ter hol­i­day break which means more fun!

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