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Camp it up
Fun for kids during February vacation

02/09/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



There are plenty of ways to spend February school vacation week this year, from creating your own arts and crafts and video projects to getting some air on the slopes and more.

 
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. 27, to Friday, March 3; morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $285 for the week with both sessions; after-camp care is available from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $30
This year’s morning session is themed “Rock, Paper, Scissors!” Participants will use clay, paper, scissors and paint to make their own creations. The afternoon session is themed “Clay, Pencils, Paint!” and offers opportunities for campers to go south for “winter vacation” to Patagonia and Peru, creating exotic animals, plants, cultures and more that inspire them.

Travel the World with Art/Teen & Tween Wheel Throwing (232-5597, 550arts.com)
Where: Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm St., Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3; Travel the World through Art is from 9:15 a.m. to noon; Teen & Tween Wheel Throwing is from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m.
Cost: $155
For kids ages 6 to 8, Travel the World with Art will offer opportunities to learn about different world cultures and creating art inspired by them. For ages 9 and up, participants in the wheel throwing program will learn how to use a basic potter’s wheel, making cups and bowls from a variety of basic decorating techniques.
 
General interest camps
Concord Family YMCA (228-9622, concordymca.org)
Where: 15 N. State St., Concord
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 per day, $168 for full week for members, $60/$188 for non-members.
Each day will feature fun activities like archery, rock wall climbing, swimming and field trips. For grades K to 6.
 
Creative Movers Mini Camp (856-8103, theriverguild.com)
Where: The River Guild, 254 N. State St., Concord
When: Tuesday, Feb. 28, to Thursday, March 2
Cost: $108 per child for the three days
Campers will enjoy games, yoga, dancing, storytelling, group activities, creating a group play, snacks and more. For ages 5 to 10.
 
New Hampshire SPCA (772-2921, nhspca.org)
Where: NHSPCA Learning Center, 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Wednesday, March 1, from 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. Campers can attend one, two or all three days.
 
Winter Workshop (422-7541, strawberybanke.org)
Where: Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Thursday, March 2; sessions are available from 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m., and 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $35 per session, or $50 for the whole day
Campers will become immersed in the past through hands-on crafts, historic cooking, old-fashioned games and dress-up. For grades 1 to 5.
 
YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown (497-4663, ext. 2103, graniteymca.org)
Where: 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3
Cost: Call for details
Campers enjoy swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts and sports games. For grades K through 8.
 
YMCA of Downtown Manchester (232-8670, graniteymca.org)
Where: 30 Mechanic St., Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3
Cost: Call for details
Campers will enjoy sports, swimming time, a scavenger hunt and cooperative team-building games. For grades K through 8.

YMCA of Greater Londonderry (437-9622, graniteymca.org)
Where: 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday March 3
Cost: Call for details
Campers will enjoy arts and crafts, dance, sports and more. Special themed days are also planned, like Sports Day and Inside Out Day, and the camp will include travel to Legoland Discovery Center, the Concord Sports Center and Funspot. For grades K through 8.
 
YMCA of the Seacoast (431-2334, ext. 2556, graniteymca.org)
Where: Camp Gundalow, 176 Tuttle Lane, Greenland
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3
Cost: Call for details
Campers can enjoy swimming, gym games, fitness fun, arts and crafts, outdoor play and more.
 
YMCA of Strafford County (332-7334, graniteymca.org)
Where: Horne Street School, 78 Horne St., Dover, and 35 Industrial Way, Stafford
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3
Cost: Call for details
Campers can enjoy bowling, laser tag, indoor rock climbing, a visit from Wildlife Encounters and more. For grades K through 8.
 
Media camps
Computer Science Camp (742-2002, childrens-museum.org)
Where: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover
When: Tuesday, Feb. 28, to Friday, March 3, from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $195 for members and $215 for non-members
Campers will learn the basics of computer science and programming. Using tiny and versatile Ozobot robots, campers will write programs to guide them through mazes, make up their own games to play and more. For ages 9 to 12; no previous programming experience is necessary.
 
Edventure Builder Game Design Camp (669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org)
Where: SEE Science Center, 200 Bedford St., Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $100 for the week
Campers will work in groups to prototype, design, build and release a location-based mobile adventure game. For students in grades 6 to 8.
 
Youth Video Production Camp (225-8690, concordnh.gov)
Where: Concord TV studio at Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, Concord
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3, 12:30 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $100 for Concord residents, $110 for non-residents
Campers will learn the basics of video production and have opportunities to create their own videos and short films. Topics to be covered include creating studio shows, green screens, scriptwriting 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. 27, to Friday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $42 per day for members, $52 per day for non-members
Campers will participate in outdoor excursions, play games, do crafts, hear stories, and see live animals. After-hours care is available for a $10 additional charge, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
 
Trek 4 Tots/Seaside Safari (436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org)
Where: Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye
When: Monday, Feb. 20, to Friday, Feb. 24; or Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $64 per day, $320 for full week
Camps incorporate outdoor learning at Odiorne Point State Park and the center’s live animal and interactive exhibits. Treks 4 Tots is for ages 3½ to 5, and a half-day option is available; Seaside Safari is for grades K to 5, and an extended care option is available.
 
WildQuest Winter Camp (366-5695, prescottfarm.org)
Where: Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $47 per day, $235 for full week
Campers will enjoy a week of animal tracking, snowshoeing, sledding, games, exploring, 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: Pats Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker
When: Monday, Feb. 20, to Wednesday, Feb. 22; or Monday, Feb. 27, to Wednesday, March 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $330, $426 with rental equipment, $270 for season pass holders
Campers will spend time on the slopes in a group setting. For ages 6 to 14, all abilities.
 
Gymnastics Camp (749-5678, tristargymnh.com)
Where: Tri-Star Gymnastics & Dance, 66 Third St., Dover
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Monday, March 6, 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 available.
 
Junior Fitness Camp (624-9300, ehsc.com)
Where: Executive Health & Sports Center, 1 Highlander Way, Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $310. Daily drop-off rates are available at $60 for members, $80 for non-members.
Activities include team games, swimming, racquetball, arts and crafts, basketball, dodgeball, Zumba and group personal training.
 
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. 27, to Friday, March 3, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 per day; signups for more than one day available; pre-registration encouraged.
Campers will get an introduction to the basics of rock climbing. For ages 6 to 12.
 
Spartans Basketball February Vacation Clinic (537-9663, nhsportszone.com)
Where: NH SportsZone, 7 A St., Derry
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Thursday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $50 per day, $125 for all four days
Campers will learn basketball skills from Spartans founder and director Chris Coates. For boys and girls in grades 2 through 8.
 
Theater camps
Palace Theatre Vacation Camp (668-5588, palacetheatre.org)
Where: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 27, to Friday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; production is Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m.
Cost: $225
Students will learn about all aspects of theater, with a production of  Annie at the end of the week. For grades 2 through 12. 





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