11 Winter School Break Camps for Kids in Westchester

holiday camps in Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Ossining, Katonah, Pleasantville

December is a busy month full of holiday festivities, including live shows, Santa sightings, shopping and more. Before you know it, the holiday break is upon us and you may find yourself wondering how to keep the kids entertained while off from school.

As much as kids love the break, we know how quickly they can become stir-crazy sitting around at home, even during the holidays. No worries—we've rounded up a ton of places that will keep your wee (and not so wee) ones busy and entertained. These drop-off camps include art, sports, games and other activities for kids of all ages. 

Art and Music

Pelham Art Center - Pelham
December 27-29, 2016
Morning and afternoon sessions available
Ages 3-13
Pelham Art Center is offering two options for holiday campers: ages 3-8 will get the chance to work with a variety of art, while ages 7-13 can focus on mixed media and sculpture.

Katonah Art Center - Katonah
December 19-23 and 26-30, 2016
Morning and afternoon sessions available
Grades 1-12
KAC's holiday mini-camp immerses kids and teens in art of all kinds--painting, clay, drawing, crafts and more. Half-day and full-day options are available and campers can register for one day or all sessions. There are also sessions for the pre-school set if you have an active 3.5-5 year old on your hands.

Oodle Monkey! – Rye Brook
December 28-30, 2016
Grades K – 3
 Clay creations, paper maiche and painting are all part of the fun at this in-home studio's holiday workshops. The classes run from 10am-12pm, and your budding artist gets to take home an impressive creation at the end of each day.

School of Rock – Mamaroneck 
December 27-29, 2016
Ages 8-17
Did Santa bring a new guitar for Christmas? Rockers can participate in this three-day workshop that will teach such songwriting components as arrangement, melody creation, chord theory, lyric composition and more. Kids will be broken up into two groups: 8-11 and 12-17. 


A-Game Sports - Scarsdale
December 22-23, 26-30, 2017
Grades K-5
Kids will get out their energy by playing kickball, soccer, flag football, dodgeball and more. There will also be relay races, arts and crafts, and even whiffleball. You can sign up for a single day or for all seven. Camp runs from 9am-3pm, and extended-day care is available for an extra fee. 

The Rock Club - New Rochelle
December 26-30, 2016
Ages 5-16
Morning and afternoon sessions available
Campers at the Rock Club will enjoy a one-of-a-kind mini-camp experience. Kids will learn the basic of rock climbing and participate in different climbing activities. The Rock Club offers morning and afternoon session, and you can pay per day.  

Hooperstown - Mount Vernon 
December 26-30, 2016
Grades 1-8
Boys and girls can get in the game at Hooperstown. Mini-campers will start their morning with calisthenics and jogging, followed by practice shooting and other basketball techniques before breaking for lunch. Afternoon activities include basketball-themed fun, scrimmage games and more.

The Playplace Camp - Elmsford
December 27-30, 2016; January 2, 2017
Ages 4-8
Activities include instruction in tennis and soccer, arts and crafts and more. Kids can also romp in the indoor adventure playground.

BounceU – Elmsford 
December 26-29, 2016
Ages 3-9 
From 9am-2pm, mini-bouncers will tumble and jump in two giant inflatable stadiums, play organized games and spend time on take-home arts and crafts projects. Think of it as a big birthday party for friends of all ages! NOTE: There is a height minimum of 34 inches for kids to be able to participate.


Teatown Lake Reservation - Ossining 
December 27-30, 2016
9am-12pm for ages 4-5; 9am-3pm for ages 6-12
Spend winter break enjoying and exploring nature at Teatown Lake Reservation. Activities include hiking, crafts and lots of fun activities to keep kids active and entertained.

JCC of Mid-Westchester - Scarsdale 
December 26-30, 2016
Ages 2-10
Choose from the early childhood program for ages 2-4’s, Grades K-4 and ages 6-10. Activities include games, gym, arts and crafts, cooking, music, stories, computers and more. Choose the full day program or a half-day program that ends at 1pm.

Check out our Event Calendar for even more family fun events and activities happening in Westchester.

Originally published December 2013 and updated for 2016.

Image credit: Mohammad Hossein Taaghi via Wikimedia Commons  ​

150 Clearbrook Road
10523 Elmsford , NY
Phone: 914-874-5200
41° 4' 28.3656" N, 73° 48' 48.7656" W
New York
Pelham Art Center
155 Fifth Ave,
Pelham , NY 40° 54' 50.3856" N, 73° 48' 31.176" W
New York
School of Rock
One Depot Plaza
10543 Mamaroneck , NY
Phone: 914-777-1500
40° 57' 8.5284" N, 73° 44' 14.298" W
New York
999 Wilmot Road
Scarsdale , NY 40° 58' 58.5336" N, 73° 46' 40.476" W
New York
Katonah Art Center
131 Bedford Road
Katonah , NY 41° 15' 3.5604" N, 73° 41' 1.7556" W
New York
Oodle Monkey
127 North Ridge Street
Rye Brook , NY 41° 0' 53.5464" N, 73° 40' 51.7368" W
New York
Teatown Lake Reservation
1600 Spring Road
Ossining , NY 41° 12' 39.6864" N, 73° 49' 36.8004" W
New York
300 E. Sanford Blvd
Mount Vernon , NY 40° 54' 3.0276" N, 73° 49' 20.4672" W
New York
The Play Place
175-11 Clearbrook Roa
Elmsford , NY 41° 4' 21.4932" N, 73° 48' 56.5884" W
New York
The Rock Club
130 Rhodes Street
New Rochelle , NY 40° 55' 3.8424" N, 73° 46' 34.662" W
New York
A-Game Sports
36 Rutledge Road
Scarsdale , NY 40° 58' 20.6544" N, 73° 46' 50.628" W
New York