Camps for Kids During School Holidays


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Looking for fun activities for the kids when local schools are closed during the fall semester? Here are nearby, full- and half-day options for school holidays on October 19, October 30, November 11, and December 4, plus a few week-long options for the December winter break:

Anna Banana Arts and Crafts, 3270 S Street NW, offers a half-day art camp on November 11 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for kids ages 4 to 8 years. The camp includes an art project centered on a specific artist such as Jackson Pollock splatter paintings or Mark Rothko abstract pastel works, sculpting with clay, free coloring time, and outdoor play at the Jelleff Field across the street. Space is limited for the camp, which costs $50 to attend. Registration is available online.

The Children’s Art Studio will hold art workshops for children ages 5 years and older on October 19, November 11, and December 4. Each workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Activities include art exploration, two- and three-dimensional art-making, and outdoor play. Formerly located in Tenleytown, the studio is taking up residence at the Capital Memorial Church, 3150 Chesapeake Street, in Forest Hills for these sessions. Registration is $95 for each workshop and can be made by emailing with your child’s name, age, and the date of the workshop. More details are available on The Children’s Art Studio website.

Dancing Days at CityDance POP! provide an opportunity for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 5th grade to learn dance, explore arts and crafts, and have fun. CityDance POP!, located at 4435 Wisconsin Avenue, will offer Dancing Days on November 11 and December 4. Programs for kids ages 5 to 7 will take place from 9:00 a.m. until noon, while sessions for kids ages 8 to 10 will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enrollment is $70 per child, per day. Register online.

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a “Fun Day” on December 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at select locations in each of the District’s wards. Available for children ages 6 to 12 years, the Fun Day offers athletics and arts and crafts to provide kids with engaging activities throughout the day. Registration for the December day opens on November 20 at noon. More information is available on the DPR website, including how to register. Registration is free, but space is limited.

HoopEd will offer an All Sports and Game camp, which gives kids the opportunity to take part in a variety of playground games, at St. Ann’s Academy in Tenleytown on October 19 and 30 and November 11. Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is geared toward children ages 5 to 13 years. Registration is $60, with an option to add aftercare for an additional $15. Additional information on these camps, as well as other options outside Tenleytown, is available on the HoopEd website under Student Holiday Mini Camps.

The National Zoo will hold a Snow Safari Day Camp from December 28 through December 31 for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Campers will explore the lives, habitats, and conservation of animals around the world through hands-on activities, craft projects, science experiments, and walks through the Zoo. Tuition is $320 for Friends of the National Zoo members; $400 for non-members. Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and before and after camp care is available for additional fees. Registration opens on October 27.

Urban Adventures Squad, which specializes in unique intellectually and physically stimulating experiences for kids up to 6th grade, will hold a four-day Winter Carnival camp from December 28 through December 31. The Carnival will be created entirely by the campers, who will plan and create games, activities, and decorations using mostly recycled materials. The week will also include urban hiking and neighborhood exploration, trail hikes, cooking projects, D.C. history and culture exploration, and more. The Winter Carnival runs from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and costs $280 to attend. More information on UAS is available on their website.

Writopia Lab, located at 4000 Albemarle Street, will offer two week-long young writers workshops during the winter break. Budding authors will have the chance to work with published writers and produced playwrights to complete a fully-developed piece over the course of the week. They will also play enriching and fun writing games during the workshops. The first session runs from December 21 through December 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. each day. The second session runs from December 28 through December 31 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuition is $473 for the former, and $624 for the latter. Writopia Lab also offers a sliding scale tuition option. For more details and to register, visit the Writopia Lab website.


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