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, April 19, continuing through Sunday, April 28. 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 April GoList.
Science and Nature
Long Island Aquarium—Riverhead
Drop your kids off at the Aquarium for a week or day of fun. Program includes movies, crafts, and games, feeding the stingrays, and much more. Perfect for kids ages 6 to 13.
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Quogue Wildlife Refuge's spring camp offers hands-on nature education and more. Photo by Jaime Sumersille
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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.
The Coder School—Roslyn, Syosset
A number of camps are available this spring. For those kids who are new to coding there is a 2-day Intro to Coding camp. For the more experienced coders, weeklong programs include Python Startup and WebRox. Registration is happening now and classes are filling up so act quickly if interested.
Spring Break Camp — Smithtown
Each half-day session has a unique theme at this week-long camp at the Smithtown Historical Society. Suitable for children ages 6-12. 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.
Runs tennis camps at numerous locations around Long Island. Programs include 10 and under Tennis, multi-sport and tennis and Elite Tennis camps. Programs will vary at each location so be sure to check individual websites.
Port Washington Skating Center Mini Camp — Port WashingtonThe rink offers a five-day skating skills development camp April 22-26 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.
Spring Break Camp — Sayville
At Mini Monet Art Studio, daily sessions Monday through Thursday for kids in grades K-5 focus on two fun, creative activities during the 3-hour sessions. Campers should bring a bagged (peanut-free) lunch; water and a snack will be served.
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 will be held Thursday, April 18 & Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26. Children are grouped by age. Snacks and beverages are provided during the half-day sessions.
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.
Spring Break Mini Art Camp—West Hampton Beach
From Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 28, Pawcasso Art Studio & Pet Boutique will be holding two drop-off, half-day sessions per day. Kids can try their hand at numerous art projects, including rock art, pet portraits, egg decorating, pencil and landscape drawing, and much more. All ages welcome. Drinks and snacks provided.
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