This article is sponsored by JAG Physical Therapy.
Not flying south for spring break but still need to keep your kids occupied? Consider taking advantage of one of the many spring break camps offered around the state. Whether your child wants to hone his sports skills or get her creative juices flowing, spring break camps are available for a variety of interests. Here are a few camps that might be right for your child.
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Bill Castner Spring Break Golf Camp
Location: Plainfield West 9, 1591 Woodland Avenue, Edison
Details: Bill Castner is a Master PGA Professional and 2015 PGA of America Youth Player Development Award winner. Castner helps budding golfers improve their game at his spring break golf camp held at Plainfield West 9, a golf course known for its challenging greens, as well as at Express Athletic Sports Plex (216 Tingley Road, Edison). This co-ed camp is geared for kids at any level, ages 7 to 17.
Dates and times: April 2 to April 6 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
More info: Visit www.castnergolf.com or call 917-208-5197
Branchburg Sports Complex
Location: 47 Readington Road, Branchburg
Details: Branchburg Sports Complex hosts “School’s Out!” day camps for children ages 5 to 13 during school breaks. Kids play games, sports and other organized activities at this climate-controlled, indoor facility. They can face off against other campers in the 9,000-square-foot fantasy-themed laser tag arena. Or try their hand at other activities such as batting cages, arcade games and the multi-level PlayMaze.
Dates and times: March 26 to March 30, and April 2, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; 9:00 am to Noon; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
More info: Visit www.branchburgsportscomplex.com or call 908-203-1600
Coastal Sports West
Location: 5 Gardner Road, Fairfield
Details: Coastal’s day camp offers a range of activities for children of varying athletic ability. Aside from their sports offerings, kids can enjoy arts and crafts, music and LEGOs. They’ll have a blast with Xtreme activities such as Archery Tag, Bubble Soccer, Nerf Darts and more.
Dates and times: April 2 – April 6 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; 9:00 am to Noon; or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
More info: Visit www.coastalsportsnj.com or call 973-521-5100
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
Location: 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills
Details: The arboretum grounds are home to various native wildflower species, more than 40 different types of trees and over 100 species of birds. Kids can spend their spring break discovering the emerging plants and animals that are returning from their winter homes. Your child and an educator will search the woodlands for signs of spring, discovering frogs, flowers and more. An Arboretum membership is required to attend the camp.
Dates and times: April 9 – April 13 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm for three to five year olds and from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for first to third graders
More info: Visit www.hartshornarboretum.org or call 973-376-3587
Express Yourself Studios
Location: 1877 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood
Details: Spend Spring Break getting creative at Express Yourself Studios. This art studio and gallery lets kids express themselves through art. Budding artists will create paintings inspired by artists such as Basquiat, Warhol, Cezanne and others using a mix of mediums like watercolor, acrylics and pastels. They’ll also work on other projects using clay and paper collages. All materials and 3 hours of studio time are included.
Dates and times: April 10 to April 14 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
More info: Visit www.expressyourselfstudiosllc.com or call 973-763-5256
Location: 1057 Hillcrest Road, Ridgewood
Details: Spring break is a great time for kids to learn about delicious, nutritious food and the healthy lifestyle that goes with it. During this camp, they’ll practice organic gardening in HealthBarn’s new teaching garden, develop culinary skills as they cook healthy recipes, learn about environmental science and participate in arts and crafts. Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided. The program is for ages 5 to 12 and space is limited to 25 children.
Dates and times: April 9 – April 13 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
More info: Visit www.healthbarnusa.com or call 201-444-2955
Location: 111 Midtown Bridge Approach, Hackensack
Details: Kids will definitely feel the Olympic spirit at this world-class facility. Many Olympians have trained here, including Sarah Hughes, Tara Lipinski, Oksana Baiul and Sasha Cohen. At the Spring Break Skate Camp, kids take a one-hour group lesson and participate in fun skating games. They’ll enjoy ice painting, relay races and other games as laser lights and music play in the background.
Dates and times: April 2 to April 6 from 9:15 to 11:45 am
More info: Visit www.icehousenj.com or call 201-487-8444
Mad Science Kids’ Lab
Location: Monroe Center, 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken
Details: Mad Science is a program that encourages scientific learning through fun and educational activities. Their spring break camp lets kids explore several types of radical robots, such as ones that follow sounds and lines. Campers can even play tag with the robots they control. By the end of camp, participants will have built their own robot to take home. The program is for grades two & up and each session is limited to 15 students.
Dates and times: April 2 to April 6 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
More info: Visit www.unionhudson.madscience.org or call 973-542-8366
Location: 134 Hopper Avenue, Waldwick
Details: Superdome Sports features 160,000-square feet of indoor and outdoor sports turf on its 23-acre sports campus. The facility features a climate-controlled, 67-feet tall, 82,000-square feet indoor sports dome with four massive playing fields lined for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey. Outdoor turf fields are available too. Both Soccer and All Sports Camps are offered during Spring Break week, with full and half day options.
Dates and times: April 2 to April 6 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; or 9:00 am to Noon
More info: Visit www.superdomesports.com or call 201-444-7660
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
Location: 68 Elm Street, Summit
Details: The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been around for more than 80 years, acting as one of the leading arts institutions in the tri-state area. Here, your aspiring Picasso can express his creative side by learning about art through a variety of media. Kids will have a blast as they create two to three masterpieces a day and gain knowledge from professional teaching artists. Campers are grouped into two different age groups—grades K to 2 and 3 to 5.
Dates and times: April 9 – April 13 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
More info: Visit www.artcenternj.org or call 908-273-9121