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Spring break camps for 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

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If you’re not planning any big family trips for the upcoming school break (April 3 through April 10 for NYC public school students), consider signing your brood up for one of these local spring break camps! They can try everything from making their own movies at Automatic Studios to whipping up delicious treats at Taste Buds—and who wouldn't want to learn something this exciting?


Spring break camps for kids

Birthday Parties at Automatic Studios

Birthday Parties at Automatic Studios Photograph: courtesy Che Chisholm/Automatic Studios

Automatic Studios Movie Arts Camp

  • Price band: 4/4

Kids get to be part of a team and make their own movie in a just one week at this creative camp. With guidance from experienced film technicians and teachers, the group works together to write a script, work with lights, cameras, sound equiment, and even a green screen before editing together their final product. Hardworking cinephiles get to munch on healthy snacks throughout the day, but must bring a bagged lunch. On day five, the kids show off their production to their family during a wrap party, complete with popcorn. Ages 8 to14.

  1. Automatic Studios Made in NY Media Center, 30 John Street, between Jay and Pearl Sts, 11210
  2. Mon Jun 15 - Sat Aug 15
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Design Lab at the New York Hall of Science

Design Lab at the New York Hall of Science Photograph: Andrew Kelly

Innovation Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Kids of all ages get the chance to become innovators in the field of science during weeklong camps at NYSCI over midwinter break. First and second–graders can hang out in the Fab Food Lab, exploring engineering and chemistry concepts that apply to the kitchen. Whip up ice cream, design fresh food packaging and more. Third and fourth–graders get an equally cool task: Investigate harsh environments and brave the elements to become Extreme Science Survivors. A mid-morning snack and lunch will be provided. Advance registration required. Ages 6–12.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Until Fri Apr 10
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TADA! One-Day Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Youngsters can spend their day off from school learning the ABCs of musical theater through games, improv and dramatic play. The theme on MLK Day is, appropriately, "Find The Dream in You!" Families are invited to watch the last 20 minutes of the day. Early drop-off is available for an additional $10. Ages 6 to 11.

  1. TADA! Theater 15 W 28th St, between Fifth Ave and Broadway, second floor
  2. Thu Jun 4
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DiMenna Children's History Museum at the New York Historical Society

DiMenna Children's History Museum at the New York Historical Society

April School Vacation Week at The New-York Historical Society

Looking for something fun to do with the little ones during spring break? Head to the New-York Historical Society for fun and educational activities. Kids can search for artifacts like a handwritten letter by Abraham Lincoln and a historic ballot box in the Civil Rights Scavenger Hunt. Or, they can create a paper bird plane to fly into a target wall of clouds in an activity inspired by the exhibit, "Audobon's Aviary: The Final Flight." All ages.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts, 10024
  2. Until Sun Apr 12
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Taste Buds Kitchen: Warm & Cozy Cooking Camp

Taste Buds Kitchen: Warm & Cozy Cooking Camp Photograph: courtesy Taste Buds Kitchen

Taste Buds Kitchen Spring Break Camps

  • Price band: 4/4

School may be out for spring break, but Taste Buds Kitchen is open! At special weeklong camps, little chefs will whip up three delicious recipes per day. In mid-March, youngsters will tackle tasty treats like Confetti Cupcakes, all starring rainbows and sprinkles or cook like an Iron Chef with a top secret ingredient color each day (Mar 16–20). Later on, kids get to see how they stack up with the competition during Chopped-inspired challenges with mystery basket ingredients (Mar 23–27). A special day camp lets chocolate-lovers focus on their favorite treat (April 3), and SuperFoodie Camp encourages kids to embrace their inner superheroes to cut, mix, knead and whisk (April 6–10). Ages 4 to 8 and 9 to 13.

  1. Taste Buds Kitchen Cooking Camps 109 W 27th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, tenth floor, 10001
  2. Until Fri Apr 10
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NYICFF Film Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Young cinephiles who want to try their hand at the craft can get in on a crash course over midwinter break. Kids get to conceive, write, storyboard, construct sets, shoot and produce a mixed media animated short film using techniques like claymation, pixelationa and cutout animation. With help from Dragon frame stop-motion software, they'll be confident in the quality of their work, and they'd better—the films made during camp will be shown on the big screen during the festival! Ages 6–15.

  1. P.S. 89 201 Warren St, at West St
  2. Until Fri Apr 10
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Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO Spring Break Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Kids build, design and have fun with engineering, physics, architecture and more during two unique spring-break programs put on by Brickz 4 Kidz. Themed projects involving space, contruction and amusement parks challenge little builders to use math and creativity to complete models using LEGO. Kids explore concepts like gravity, scale and robotics in a STEM-based camp (ages 4–14) or conceptualizing and producing their own stop-motion film in an animation camp (ages 9–13). They'll spend their vacation making everything from catapults and pyramids to cool movie sets. Ages 4–14.

  1. Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd, at Main St
  2. Until Fri Apr 10
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Kids at Art

Kids at Art

Kids at Art Spring Break Mini Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Creative kids will delve into visual arts like painting, drawing and collage, in addition to getting their hands dirty working on special art projects like mask- and puppet-making, mosaics and plaster work. Ages 4.5 and up.

  1. Kids at Art 1412 Second Ave, between 73rd and 74th Sts, 10021
  2. Fri Apr 3
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Summer Camp at the Painted Cloud

Summer Camp at the Painted Cloud Photograph: Bianca Beck

Imaginary Architectures Spring Break Camp

  • Price band: 4/4

Artistic kids can spend their spring break creating masterpieces at this Brooklyn craft studio. Guided by dedicated artists, children will explore structures like the Egyptian and Mayan pyramids, underwater dwellings and animal homes. After learning how different buildings are structured and decorated to create a particular environment, they'll use their imaginations and express themselves through drawing and sculpture projects. Email thepaintedcloud@gmail.com to register. Ages 4 to 10.

  1. The Painted Cloud 168 Marcy Ave, between Broadway and S 5th St
  2. Until Fri Apr 10
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