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Main Line Winter Break Camps

Need to work while your kids are out of school? Here's where to send them.

If you’re working for part or all of your kids’ winter break, it’s not so merry. But with one of these fun camps, vacation can become a learning opportunity, or just the chance to try something brand new! Here are some great choices for keeping the kids occupied.

The Handwork Studio

December 24, 26 — 28; and December 31, January 2–3, 9 am — 3 pm (morning and afternoon half days available)
35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth

Creative, project-based crafting is the name of the game at the Handwork Studio. Early care and aftercare is available at an additional cost. 

Kitchen Wizards

December 27–28, 10 am–1 pm

Haverford CREC, 9000 Parkview Dr., Haverford

Kitchen Wizards is running a “Ring in the New Year” cooking camp. On Day 1, they’ll decorate aprons and prepare and eat a New Year’s Eve “Mocktail Party” menu, complete with Shirley Temples. On Day 2, they’ll prepare and eat a New Year’s Day brunch, and will end the mini-camp with a certificate of completion, recipe booklet, and receive their chef’s toques. Ages 6-11.

Bethel Academy

December 26–28, 8:30 am–3 pm (extended care available)

Bethel AME Church of Ardmore, 163 Sheldon Lane, Ardmore

During break, kids can fill their days with cooking classes, arts and crafts, music, enrichment, and more. Camp is $75 per day, and sibling discounts are available. To reserve your spot, call 610-642-8966 or email winterbreakardmore@gmail.com.

Tyler Arboretum

December 27–28, 9 am–4 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

These easy-going days are filled with discovery, games, crafts, hikes, and projects for kids ages 6-9. Register for one day, or both.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center

December 26 — 28, 9 am — 3:30 pm

1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

At Riverbend, focus on wilderness survival during spring break! Children will be engaged with real survival skills like starting fires and building shelters, all in the comfort of the local woods.  Before and aftercare is available.

Philadelphia Rock Gyms

Oaks and Coatesville locations: December 24, 26–28, 31, January 1, 9 am — 3 pm (half day available)

Switch up your child’s sitting at a desk all day routine to climbing walls! Make sure to check out the winter break climbing camps at the Philadelphia Rock Gyms. 

Sweet Mabel Studio

December 26–28, 31 10 am — noon
235 Haverford Ave., Narberth

Let your little artists (ages 8 — 15) explore their creativity with four half-day sessions led by a professional artist. Email sweetmabelstudio@gmail.com for more information.

Kehler’s Gymnastics 

December 27 — 28, 10 am — 3 pm
680 Parkway Dr., Broomall

Swing into the foam pit, climb the rock walls, play in the massive fun zone and much more during break camp at Kehler’s.

The Center on Central

December 26 — 28, 9 am — 4 pm (before and after care available)
24 W. Central Ave., Paoli

This creative arts camp is offered on days when children are out of school. Head to their official website for details and rates for specific days. This camp is best for children in ages K — 5, and they also offer summer camp!

Marple Sports Arena

December 26 — 31
611 Parkway Dr., Broomall

Let your kids enjoy an active break from school with rock climbing, skating, sports play, and arcade time at this fun center.

Tumbling With JoJo

December 26 — 28
970 Pulaski Drive, King of Prussia and 7756 Ditman Street, Philadelphia

Tumbling, strength training, and a huge dose of confidence building are found in every session and camp run by Coach JoJo! Boys and girls welcome, age 6 and up.


Photograph courtesy of the Handwork Studio.

Contributing Writer

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