Long Island schools are closed for a whole week for spring break this year. With so much time to fill, why not check out these daily and weekly offerings?
Spring break begins for most school districts on Friday, March 30, continuing through Sunday, April 8. So whether you're entertaining a budding scientist, an aspiring artist, or a sports enthusiast, there's a camp to satisfy seemingly every interest. For more spring break ideas, be sure to check out our daily event calendar and our March GoList.
Science and Nature
Ocean Explorers Camp — Cold Spring Harbor
"Sail" around the world and discover new countries, creatures, and cultures at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and Education Center, which is full of engaging and informational seaworthy tales. The camp is suitable for grades K-3, while crew-leader options exist for those in grade 4, and counselors in training for those in grades 8-12.
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Quogue Wildlife Refuge's spring camp offers hands-on nature education and more. Photo by Jaime Sumersille
Spring Wildlife Camp — Quogue
Spring camp at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge features hands-on experience in wildlife, education, and fun. Every day children enjoy hiking, making a craft, and meeting some friendly animals. It's all set around a picturesque pond with the resident animals on the premises. For children ages 5-11; morning and full-day sessions.
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The Center for Science Teaching & Learning offers full-day programs during school vacations.
School’s Out — Rockville Centre
Ideal for ages 4-12, the Center for Science Teaching & Learning offers full-day programs during school vacations that get kids involved in hands-on discovery. Children can explore 17 acres of nature, visit live animals, conduct experiments, and take part in science demonstrations under the supervision of the center's staff of science teachers.
The half-day camp at Smithtown Historical Society has flexible day options.
Spring Break Camp — Smithtown
From gardening and bees to spying, each half-day session has a unique theme at this camp at the Smithtown Historical Society. It also includes a snack, beverage, and take-home item or craft. Attend one or all five days.
Sing into Spring Week — Stony Brook
Music, games, stories, and movement activities for ages 3-5 are planned. Campers can attend one or all three sessions at the Stony Brook Village Center. For older kids, Springtime Wetland Adventures at the Ernst Marine Conservation Center focus on outdoor and marine science activities. Presented by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization.
Enjoy a farmland-style spring break at Suffolk County Farm camp in Yaphank.
Spring Break Camp at the Farm — Yaphank
If your child loves nature, being outdoors, animals, hands-on activities, and making new friends, then the Suffolk County Farm is the place to be during the week off from school. Kids in grades K-6 can participate in daily camp or visit for the entire week.
All Pro Sports Academy —Bellport
This baseball camp is instructional and fun. It focuses on hitting, pitching, infield, outfield, and running skills. Daily and weekly sessions available for kids ages 5-12. Players of all skill levels are welcome.
Multi-Sport Fun Camp — Northport
Designed for players of all athletic abilities and genders, this weekly and daily camp includes dodge ball, kickball, volleyball, and handball. In fact, name a game with a ball, and your kids probably will play it here. It's ideal for kids in grades K-6.
Port Washington Skating Center Mini Camp — Port Washington
The rink offers a five-day skating skills development camp April 2-6 from 9:45am.-12:45pm. Stick around for public skating at 1pm each day that week.
Technology, Theater, and Art
Hofstra University — Hempstead
These engaging, full-day courses for kids in grades 2-12 explore everything from STEM to sports and the arts. Campers choose from a variety of courses, including sportscasting, Minecraft adventure, fiction writing, video game design, soccer, engineering, and more.
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Spring break art workshops at As You Wish let kids tap into their creative natures.
Holiday Break Art Camp — Bellmore
At As You Wish party center, kids can paint, create a unique craft, have a tea party with their favorite doll, and more—each day brings a new activity. All events include lunch and dessert. Campers can attend one day or all five sessions. Note: Friday, April 6 is sold out.
Spring Break Art Workshops — Roslyn
In these themed art lessons at Abrakadoodle, your little one designs his or her unique masterpiece. Kids also play games, listen to music, and more. This is a drop-off camp suitable for ages 3-12. However, children are grouped by age.
School Vacation Theater Camp — Sag Harbor
At Bay Street Theater, students work together with a teaching artist to create and perform their own musical. Kids develop ideas for an original script, and learn standard songs and choreography, culminating in a performance on the Bay Street stage on Friday. Students receive instruction in acting, singing, dance, and musical theater history, and participate in theater games that develop communication skills and encourage imaginative abilities.
This post, originally published in 2011, was updated in March 2018
Top photo: Explore new worlds at the Ocean Explorers Camp at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and Education Center. Photos courtesy of the camps