November 24, 2017

Winter Break Series: Take Your Kids Camping (The Great Indoors)

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The kids are out of school for the winter holidays (or soon will be), and now is the time to start thinking about camping. Now I’m not talking about camping in the great outdoors, but rather enjoying a half-day or more of camp inside at a local learning or sports center. It’s a great way for your kids to flex their brains and their bodies while they’re away from school for a week or two. Here are a few to check out:

Science Camps: I live near Curiosity Zone, which refers to itself as a “kid-sized science lab.” It’s a great place to take the kids for hands-on activities that inspire them to think creatively about science and about their world. Over the holidays, they’re offering half-day camps on topics like space, chemistry and spies.

Sports Camps: Next week, my older girls (ages 8 and 6) will go to a tennis camp during three half-days. It’s a perfect way to get them out of the house, running around and learning new skills. If your kids are into other sports, like soccer or basketball, you should be able to find camps for these sports as well.

Language Camps: If you want your kids to start picking up a second language, you’re in luck since foreign language classes for children have been popping up all over the country. Jabberu, a foreign language center in my area, teaches kids Spanish, Chinese and French. Go online to see if there is a similar center near you and if they are offering holiday camps.

Nature Camps: It may be cold outside, but your kids can still learn a lot about nature at various nature camps, like the Winter Break Camp at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It’s a great way for kids to learn about weather and explore seasonal adaptations of plants and animals. The Houston Arboretum is another place offering nature camps during the holiday break.

It’s not too late to book your kids in an educational or sports-oriented camp or two for winter break, and most camps allow you to drop in for a day or two, rather than commit to an entire week of camp. No doubt you and your kids will get stir crazy after a few days at home for the break, so why not give your child a fun experience that will keep his or her brain active while out of the classroom.

Photo Credit: Curiosity Zone

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