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
Creative, project-based crafting is the name of the game at the Handwork Studio. Early care and aftercare are available at an additional cost.
December 23 and 27, 10 am–1 pm
Haverford CREC, 9000 Parkview Dr., Haverford
Kitchen Wizards is running a “Christmas Sweet Surprises” class on December 23, where each kid will leave with plenty of homemade cookies and candy for Santa! Then on December 27, they can join a New Year’s Eve themed “Mocktail Party” where they will toast with Shirley Temples and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres. Ages 8-12.
Julian Krinsky School of Tennis
December 20–31 (closed December 25); see schedule for clinic times
Gulph Mills Tennis Club, 610 S. Henderson Rd., King of Prussia
Throughout break, kids ages 7-16 can participate in tennis clinics taught by full-time USPTA-, USPTR-, and JKST-trained professionals. Clinics are divided by skill level, and are $27 for 1-hour classes at the Red, Orange, and Green levels; and $50 for 1.5-hour classes at the Yellow and Blue levels. Sign up at the front desk of the club or sign up over the phone 610.265.3677.
Elmwood Park Zoo
December 23, 26, 27, and 30; 9 am–4 pm
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
School’s Out Day Camp allows for children ages 6-8 and 9-13 to spend their day exploring and learning all about Elmwood Park Zoo’s animals.
Wayne Art Center
December 27, 9 am–3:30 pm
413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne
Children in grades K-5 can spend a day of break doing arts and crafts. Register online.
December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, and January 1 and 2; 8:30 am–3 pm (half days available)
133 Old Sugartown Road, Wayne
Kids ages 2.5-8 will enjoy a day of sports, games, crafts, and much more in a controlled, indoor environment.
December 27 and 30, 9 am–3:30 pm
515 Painter Rd., Media
These easy-going days are filled with discovery, games, crafts, hikes, and projects for kids ages 6-9. On December 27, kids can let their imagination run wild and build all kinds of creations, including a fort in the woods and a gingerbread house! On December 30, they’ll go on scavenger hunts throughout the day! Register for one day, or both.
Riverbend Environmental Education Center
December 23, 26, 27, and 30, 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. Ages 4-11.
Philadelphia Rock Gyms
Oaks and Coatesville locations: December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, and 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 and 27, 9 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 email@example.com for more information or to register.
December 26 and 27, 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 a fun New Year’s party-themed break camp at Kehler’s.
The Center on Central
December 23, 26, 27, and 30, 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 grades K — 5, and they also offer summer camp!
Sur la Table
Teens (age 12 and up) : December 26 and 27, December 30–January 1; 1 pm
Kids (ages 7-11): December 30-January 1; 10 am
690 West DeKalb Pike, Suite 2068, King Of Prussia
Kids and teens can up their culinary games at these multi-day cooking workshops. Young chefs will enjoy generous samples of each delicious dish and take home a packet of recipes. Book online.
Marple Sports Arena
December 23 — 31 (closed December 24 and 25)
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 27, 9 am-3 pm
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 6-14.
Photograph courtesy of the Handwork Studio.