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Best spring break camps 2013 for New York City kids

Kids can keep busy during this year's spring break by building robots, making art and exploring local landmarks at one of these NYC spring break camps.

If you’re not planning any big family trips for the upcoming school break (March 23 through April 2 for NYC public-school students), consider signing your brood up for one of these local spring break camps. There’ll be no channel-surfing here: Tots can design a treehouse, watch a live performance of Bello Mania, learn how to make frozen hot chocolate and even work on a movie for the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Check out our favorite spring break camps below.


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  • Best spring break camps 2013 for New York City Kids

    American Museum of Natural History 

  • Best spring break camps 2013 for New York City kids

    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: School's Out, Ship's In

  • Photograph: NY City Explorers' Summer Adventure Camp

    Best spring break camps 2013 for New York City kids

    Backpacks and Binoculars School Year Break Camp

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    Best spring break camps 2013 for New York City kids

    New York Hall of Science: School's Out! Innovation Camps

  • Best spring break camps 2013 for New York City kids

    RoboFun Spring Break Camp

Best spring break camps 2013 for New York City Kids

American Museum of Natural History 

Academic spring break camps

American Museum of Natural History: Adventures in Science

  • Price band: 2/4

The venerable kids' destination offers three camps.
* Astro Adventures: Kids learn whether life can exist outside the Earth's atmosphere, learn to use telescopes, investigate stars, and more. $500. Ages 6 to 8. 
* Paleo Adventures: Campers study how dinosaurs lived and why some scientists call birds “living dinosaurs” as they step into the shoes of a paleontologist. $500. Ages 8 to 10. 
* Me and My Earth: Kids learn about conservation science as they explore endangered habitats and use data-gathering techniques. $550. Ages 11 to 13.Mon Mar 25--Fri Mar 29 9am–4pm. Ages 6 to 13.

  1. Central Park West, (at 79th St), 10024
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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: School's Out, Ship's In

  • Price band: 2/4

Kids can geek out aboard the famous aircraft carrier in this camp whose theme is "Space Explorers." Over the course of the week little ones learn about the space race, NASA, and the evolution of space exploration. Camp runs Mon Mar 18—Fri Mar 22 9am–5pm. Five days $475, one day $100. Ages 5 to 13. 

  1. 1 Intrepid Sq, Twelfth Ave, (at 46th St), 10036
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Backpacks and Binoculars School Year Break Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

In the span of a week, youngsters visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and Statue of Liberty, check out the latest exhibits at the Staten Island Children’s Museum, go on a hike at the Greenbelt Conservancy, and take a tour of the Hamilton Grange. Camp runs Mon Mar 18–Tue Apr 2 8am–3:30pm.One-week session $495, one-day session $125.  Complimentary late pickup available.Ages 5 to 10. 

  1. 110 Schermerhorn Street, (at Boerum Pl), 11201
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New York Hall of Science: School's Out! Innovation Camps

  • Price band: 1/4

Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders can explore journalism in YouBroadcast or develop solutions for environmental issues in Collect, Construct, Change. Older kids (grades 7 and 8) use principles of math and engineering to create their own professional-grade skateboards. Camp runs  Mon Mar 25–Fri Mar 29 9am–3pm.Skateboard-Making Camp $350; YouBroadcast and Collect, Construct, Change: free.
 Ages 11 to 13. 

  1. 47-01 111th St, (at 47th Ave), 11368
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RoboFun Spring Break Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Techie tykes can attend one or both of these workshops.
* Robotics: Kids are schooled in basic mechanics and programming before adding light, sound and touch sensors to their bots made from motors, belts and pulleys. 9am–noon. Ages 6 to 12.
* Video Game Design: Instead of playing games all day, youngsters can design their own. They'll create characters, develop player levels and decide on point systems, all while mastering Scratch software. 1–4pm. Camp runs Mon Mar 18–Fri Mar 22 and Mon Mar 25–Fri Mar 29 9am–4pm Extended hours available for a fee.Full day $675, half-day (for kindergarteners) $400. Ages 6 to 12.

  1. 2672 Broadway, (between 101st and 102nd Sts), 10025
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