Spring Break Camps, Classes For Kids In The Twin Cities

March 30, 2012 8:10 AM

(credit: Science Museum of Minnesota)

While the kiddos have a whole week off, mom and/or dad may not have the luxury of taking such a holiday. And even if the entire family is on vacation for the whole week of spring break, with all that time on their hands, the children are likely to drive the parents crazy after a few days. I speak from experience.

So, perhaps you should have a plan in place of where to ship the kids off for a little fun on their own once the family togetherness becomes too much. There are a number of locations with fun and educational programming for kids in preschool on up during the spring break season.

The school districts and city park and recreation community education departments are a great place to start when looking for camps, classes and programs. Those organizations often offer creative, affordable and fun programs for school-age kids when school is not in session.

Here in the Twin Cities there is certainly no shortage of educational programming for school-age kids no matter what your child’s interests are. Here are few ideas for finding camps and classes for spring break fun.

Learn about animals, ecology, the environment and more through zoo camps and classes for kids in preschool through high school. These programs often offer hands-on experiences and views that can’t be had in elsewhere. The zoo offers experiences for ages starting at 2, through adulthood! Check website for the exciting details including availability and rates.

Wood Lake is a small nature center, but there is nothing small about the programming offered here. There’s always a lot going on. There’s something going on for adults and children of all ages, all year around. Centrally located in Richfield, it’s convenient and the camps and classes are economically priced, especially for members. Your child will learn about nature, the environment, animal habitats, etc. and will have a blast too. Check website for specific programs, dates and pricing.

There are a number of parks, nature centers and farms included in the Three Rivers Park District that offer camps and classes to kids on nature, science, art, wilderness, cooking, sports, history and more. There’s always something going on at each of the locations. Check the website for schedules and locations. They make it so simple: click on the events calendar, plug in the dates and voila! It will show you what’s going on.

YMCA of the Twin Cities

The YMCA offers camps and classes for kids of all ages. Classes range from exercise and sports to art and dance to swimming and more. They even offer leadership and volunteer opportunities – plus, they have teen and college student programs. Check the website the location most convenient to you (there’s over 20!) and the variety of classes offered.

There are a plethora of interesting and creative classes offered for ages 3- 16 covering various sciences, engineering, meteorology, robotics and more. Check their website for specific offerings and schedules.

W. Minneapolis Phone: 612-605-8379
S. Minneapolis Phone: 952-440-6035

If your youngster loves to express him or herself through art, these classes are just the thing for spring break. Fun, educational and creative, some classes are general types of art and others are quite specific to genres or projects. There are a number of locations in the Twin Cities offering Abrakadoodle classes, making it convenience for you. Check their fun site for more details.

Anna Berend is an attorney and the author of Motherly Law Blog. On Motherly Law, Anna writes about legal issues that affect families and offers tips and resources that pertain to those legal topics. On occasion, inspiration strikes and Anna writes about something totally unrelated to the law.You can find Anna at http://www.motherlylaw.com, on Facebook at Motherly Law and on Twitter @MotherlyLaw.

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