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Camp Craze
February vacation week fun for kids

02/11/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



These February vacation camps offer plenty of fun during school vacation week. 

 
Art camps 
Art Center Vacation Camp (669-6144, ext. 122, currier.org/art-center)
Where: Currier Museum Art Center, 180 Pearl St., Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $160 for the week with one session, $270 for the week with both
In the morning session, “Balancing Act,” campers will sculpt, draw, paint, and collage animals, people and things that “hang in the balance.” In the afternoon session, “Patterns, Textures, Tangles and Color!” campers will create art inspired by the variety of colors, patterns and textures found in the natural world. For ages 5 to 14. Extended care option available.
 
Fridge Art Camp (781-8944, refrigeratordoor.org) 
Where: The Refrigerator Door, 7 Chestnut Drive, Bedford
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon 
Cost: $190
Campers will learn the elements of art and create a piece for a show at the end of the week. For ages 4 to 12. 
 
The World of the Wild/Teen Wheel Throwing (232-5597, 550arts.com)
Where: Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm St., Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, times TBA
Cost: $155 
In The World of the Wild, campers will use clay, paper and other media to explore plants and animals(for ages 6 to 10). In Teen Wheel Throwing, campers will learn the basics of how to throw on a pottery wheel (for ages 11 to 17). 
 
General interest camps 
Concord Family YMCA (228-9622, concordymca.org)
Where: 15 N. State St., Concord
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Cost: $40 per day, $168 for week for members, $50/$188 for non-members. 
Each day will feature fun activities like archery, rock wall climbing, swimming and field trips. For grades K to 6. 
 
New Hampshire SPCA (772-2921, nhspca.org)
Where: NHSPCA Learning Center, 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Wednesday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $60 per day
Camp features games, activities and crafts as well as time to visit with the animals. For ages 6 to 12.
 
Time Travelers (742-2002, childrens-museum.org)
Where: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover
When: Tuesday, Feb. 23, through Thursday, Feb. 25, 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $150
Campers will learn about historical time periods through crafts, games, celebrations and more. For ages 6 to 8.
 
Winter Workshop (422-7541, strawberybanke.org)
Where: Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon 
Cost: $30 per day 
Campers will become immersed in the past through crafts, historic cooking, games and dress-up. For grades 1 to 5. Optional ice skating time from noon to 1:30 p.m. (rental skates are $5). Extended care option available. 
 
YMCA of Greater Londonderry (647-9622, graniteymca.org)
Where: 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26
Cost: Call for details
Kids can enjoy themed days like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and fun with superhero crafts. February Trip Camp includes travel to Lego Land Discovery Center and Derry Sports Zone. Specialty Camp will give kids the chance to enjoy arts and crafts, gym time and more. For grades K to 8. 
 
YMCA of Downtown Manchester (232-8670, graniteymca.org)
Where: 30 Mechanic St., Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26
Cost: Call for details
Kids can enjoy cooking, sports, swim time, fun science experiments and cooperative team building games. Aquatics fun and fitness will give kids the chance to enjoy the pool and more. For grades K to 8. 
 
YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown (497-4663 ext 103, graniteymca.org)
Where: 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26
Cost: Call for details
Kids can enjoy swimming, open gymnastics, the climbing gym, arts and crafts, sports games and organized free play. Kids can work on card making, scrapbooking, painting and more. For grades K to 8.
 
YMCA of Strafford County (994-4117, graniteymca.org) 
Where: 35 Industrial Way, Rochester; Horne Street School, 78 Horne St., Dover
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26
Cost: Call for details
Kids can enjoy a visit from Wildlife Encounters, spend the day at Camp Coney Pine and have fun with crafts and group activities. Kids will have the chance to try bowling, laser tag, ice-skating and more. For grades K to 8.
 
YMCA of the Seacoast (431-2334, graniteymca.org)
Where: 550 Peverly Hill Road, Portsmouth 
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26
Cost: Call for details
Kids can enjoy fun-filled activities including swimming, gym games, fitness fun, arts and crafts, outdoor play and more. For grades K to 8.
 
Media camps
Create Your Own Video Game (742-2002, childrens-museum.org)
Where: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover
When: Tuesday, Feb. 23, through Thursday, Feb. 25, 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $150
Campers will learn the basics of programming and game design while working in groups to create, test and play their own video games. For ages 9 to 12. 
 
Youth Video Production Camp (225-8690, concordnh.gov)
Where: Concord TV studio at Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, Concord 
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26
Cost: $120/ residents, $130/non-residents
Campers will operate professional cameras, act in a film, use video editing programs, create green screen videos and more. For ages 9 to 14. 
 
Nature camps
February Fun Vacation Camp (224-9909, nhaudubon.org) 
Where: McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord; Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Cost: $52 per day
Campers will learn about nature in winter through outdoor excursions, games, crafts, stories, live animals and conservation projects. For ages 6 to 12. Extended care option available.
 
Forest Freetime (465-7787, beaverbrook.org)
Where: Beaver Brook Nature Center, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis 
When: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Cost: $55
In this one-day camp, campers will enjoy a day of forest exploring and playing outdoors. For grades 1 to 8. 
 
Trek 4 Tots/Seaside Safari (436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org) 
Where: Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye
When: Monday, Feb. 15 through Friday, Feb. 19; or Monday, Feb. 22, to Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $64 per day, $320 for full week
Outdoor learning at Odiorne Point State Park, plus live animal and interactive exhibits with hands-on science fun. There is a different theme each day. Treks 4 Tots is for ages 3 ½ to 5, and a half-day is available; Seaside Safari is for grades K to 5, and extended care is available.
 
WildQuest Winter Camp (366-5695, prescottfarm.org) 
Where: Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $45 per day, $225 for full week 
Campers will enjoy animal tracking, snowshoeing, sledding, games, exploring, arts and crafts, maple sugaring, campfire stories and more. For ages 6 to 12. Extended care available. 
 
Sports camps
Camp on the Slopes (428-3245, patspeak.com)
Where: Pat’s Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker
When: Monday, Feb. 15, through Wednesday, Feb. 17; or Monday, Feb. 22, through Wednesday, Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Cost: $330, $426 with rental equipment, $270 for season passholders
Campers will spend time on the slopes in a group setting and enjoy winter exercise. For ages 6 to 14. All ability levels welcome. 
 
Gymnastics Camp (749-5678, tristargymnh.com)
Where: Tri-Star Gymnastics & Dance, 66 Third St., Dover
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $35 per day, $135 for full week 
Campers will participate in gymnastics, crafts, games and open gym playtime. For grade 1 through age 13. Extended care option available. 
 
Indoor Sports Camp (537-9663, nhsportszone.com)
Where: NH SportsZone, 7 A St., Derry
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $40 per day, $150 for full week
Campers will strengthen agility and self-confidence in a team atmosphere by participating in basketball, soccer, football, baseball and more. For ages 6 to 13. Extended care available. 
 
Monkey Play Camp (verticaldreams.com)
Where: Vertical Dreams Indoor Climbing Gym, 250 Commercial St., Manchester, (625-6919); 25 E. Otterson St., Nashua, (943-7571) 
When: Monday, Feb. 22, to Friday, Feb. 26, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 per day
Campers will learn the basics of rock climbing. For ages 6 to 12. 
 
Softball Camp (goplayball.com)
Where: Play Ball, 9 Congress St., Nashua (883-2323); 16 Industrial Way, Salem (898-0332)
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: $100
A camp for developing baseball and softball players to practice hitting, fielding, throwing, base-running and other skills. For ages 6 to 12. 
 
Theater camps
Super Hero High (668-5588, palacetheatre.org)
Where: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $225
Students will learn all aspects of theater, including singing, dancing, acting, costumes and set painting, with a production at the end of the week. This year’s theme is “Super Hero High,” where heroes learn to build character and develop their powers. For grades 2 to 8.

Theatre Camp (889-2330, peacockplayers.org)
Where: Peacock Players, 14 Court St., Nashua
When: Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $225
Theater exercises, games and rehearsals will culminate with a performance for family and friends Friday. For ages 6 to 12.  

 






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