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Mid-winter break 2013 camps for New York City kids

Your brood can cook up a storm, try their hand at improv and write historical fiction at these mid-winter break camps for kids.

Family Day at the Center: Building Bridges

Family Day at the Center: Building Bridges Photograph: Courtesy of the Center for Architecture

Mid-winter break may be shorter than ever this year (except for some lucky private-school students), but a four-day weekend is still long enough to expose your kids to new subjects like cooking and musical thater at a holiday mini-camp. Little history buffs can head to DiMenna for a two-day course in historical fiction writing inspired by the "WWII & NYC" exhibit, while budding engineers can learn how to construct a bridge at the Center for Architecture. After getting a taste of a mid-winter break camp, your kid may just want to return for a summer camp!

A New Bridge for New York

During this one-day architecture intensive, kids learn about different types of bridges and what makes them work. Then, they'll draft and build a bridge of their own design to span one of the city's rivers, canals or streets. $100. Ages 8 to 14.

  1. AIA Center for Architecture 536 La Guardia Pl, between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
  2. 19 Feb 2013 9am–4pm
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Two-Day WWII Writing Workshop for Kids and Teens

In collaboration with Writopia Lab, the Dimenna Children's History Museum hosts a two-day writing seminar for future historical fiction writers. Writing and history educators will lead groups (divided by age) through the time period surrounding World War II to inspire short fiction, poetry and other styles of prose. $395. Ages 10 and up.

  1. DiMenna Children's History Museum 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
  2. Mon Feb 18 - Tue Feb 19 10am–3pm
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Iron Chef Camp

At this mini-camp based on the cult TV cooking show, pint-sized chefs learn how to cook with a new "secret ingredient" (think potatoes) each day. On the last day, campers use the skills they've learned throughout the week to compete for the title of "Iron Chef" in a cookoff challenge. $100 per day, one-week session $415. Ages 4 to 8.

  1. Taste Buds Classes 109 W 27th St, at Sixth Ave, tenth Floor
  2. Mon Feb 18 - Fri Feb 22 noon–3pm
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Chelsea Piers Multi-Sport Holiday Camp

When school's out, sports are in at Chelsea Piers. Young athletes can experience the thrill of such team sports as basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball and European handball through friendly-yet-competitive classes and games. $135 per day. Ages 5 to 12.

  1. The Field House at Chelsea Piers W 23rd St, at the Hudson River
  2. Mon Feb 18 - Fri Feb 22 8:45am–3:30pm
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TADA! One-Day Camp

Youngsters can spend their day off from school learning the ABCs of musical theater through games, improv and dramatic play (Monday's theme is "If I Were President..." while Tuesday focuses on "Seasons of Love"). Families are invited to watch the last 20 minutes of the day. $100. Ages 6 to 11.

  1. TADA! Theater 15 W 28th St, between Fifth Ave and Broadway, second floor
  2. Mon Feb 18 - Tue Feb 19 9:30am–5:30pm
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Guggenheim Mid-winter Break Camp

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Finger painting is so three years ago: Now that your child has at least a few years of elementary school under his belt, it's time he tried more exciting mediums. In addition to working with watercolors, modeling clay, charcoal and other materials, Guggenheim campers tour the permanent collection to study works by the likes of Picasso, Kandinsky and Cézanne. $200. Ages 8 to 11.

  1. 1071 Fifth Ave, (at 89th St), 10128
  2. Mon Feb 18 - Tue Feb 19 9:30am–4pm
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Intrepid Camp SOSI: School's Out, Ship's In

All hands on deck for Kids Week! While aboard the Intrepid, campers can explore life at sea through interactive hands-on fun tied to Kids Week activities. Each day has its own theme, from On Broadway to Science Meets Science Fiction. $100 per day, one-week session $475. Ages 5 to 13.

  1. Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, (at 46th St)
  2. Mon Feb 18 - Fri Feb 22 9am–5pm
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NY City Explorers School Year Break Camp

During the week, tykes visit city destinations such as Grand Central Terminal, the Toy Museum, Prospect Park and the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park. $125 per day, one-week session $495. Ages 5 to 10.

  1. Multiple locations,
  2. Mon Feb 18 - Fri Feb 22 8am–3:30pm
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ACT Holiday Camp

At this neighborhood program, campers enjoy a new theme every day, from Winter Welcome (think ice-skating and Wii winter sports) to a Mardi Gras costume parade. $40 per day, plus additional fees for materials and field trips. Ages 5 to 13.

  1. 1047 Amsterdam Ave, (at 112th St)
  2. Tue Feb 19 - Fri Feb 22 9:30am–4pm
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The Art Farm in the City Presidents' Day Camp

Campers cozy up to a number of creatures at this urban animal kingdom—think bunnies and guinea pigs—while also playing games and taking part in activities like music making and cooking. Full-day camp $125 per day, half-day camp $75 per day. Ages 3 to 8.

  1. 419 E 91st St, (between York and First Aves)
  2. Mon Feb 18 - Tue Feb 19 9am–noon or 9am–3pm
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NYBG Winter Break Science Camp: Plant Pioneers

  • Critics choice

Kids channel botanist George Washington Carver as they explore the grounds and discover fascinating plants, in addition to participating in exciting experiments, hand-on activities, fun science games and crafts. $250. Ages 8 to 10.

  1. Bronx River Pkwy, (at Fordham Rd)
  2. Mon Feb 18 - Fri Feb 22 9am–4pm
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Super Soccer Stars Presidents' Day Mini-Camp and Kick It! Camp

Hope Solo wanna-bes work with coaches to hone their soccer skills. Your little football star will participate in soccer-themed games, as well as daily arts-and-crafts sessions. Older kids get four hours of soccer-technique instruction each day. $140–$180. Ages 2 to 12.

  1. Multiple locations
  2. Mon Feb 18 - Tue Feb 19 9:30am–noon or 11:30am–3:30pm
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