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Campers build a prototype invention at the Children’s Museum of NH’s Inventor’s Challenge Camp. Courtesy photo.




Camped out
Where to send the kids for February vacation week

02/12/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Send your children to camp during February vacation where they can choose to trek through the snowy woods, learn how to produce film, or practice their song and dance skills. Know of a camp not listed here? Send information to listings@hippopress.com.

 
Nature camps
February Fun Camp
Where: McLane Center NH Audubon, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord; Massabesic Audubon, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Age: 6 to 12
Cost: $52 per day
Contact: 224-9909 ext 333, nhaudubon.org/get-outside/camps/
Children learn about nature in winter through outdoor excursions, games, crafts, stories, live animals, songs and conservation projects. Bring appropriate outdoor clothing and a lunch. 
 
It’s SNOWtime like Winter
Where: Beaver Brook Nature Center, Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Age: Grades 1 through 5
Cost: $55 per day,  $260 per week 
Contact: 465-7787, beaverbrook.org
Campers will explore the wooded trails looking for signs of animals, building snow forts and using snowshoes. Indoor crafts and games also available. Bring a water bottle, snack and lunch. Come prepared for outdoor discovery with layers and winter gear (snow pants, boots, gloves, etc.).
 
WildQuest Day Camp
Where: Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Age: 6 to 12
Cost: $45 per day, $225 per week
Contact: 366-5695, prescottfarm.org
Campers will enjoy a week of animal tracking, snowshoeing, sledding, exploring the frozen pond and maple sugaring. Campers should come dressed for the outdoors with coats, snow pants, hats, gloves and extra layers. Bring boots and indoor shoes. 
 
Trek 4 Tots and Seaside Safari
Where: Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Age: 3½ through grade 5, depending on the camp
Cost: $60 per day, $300 per week
Contact: 436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org
Environmental program has daily themes such as Out and About in Winter, Cool Camouflage, Stingers of the Sea, Turtle-y Awesome and Day of the Deep.
 
Media & Technology
Video Camp
Where: The Londonderry Access Center, 281 Mammoth Road, Londonderry
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Age: Middle school students
Cost: $45
Contact: 432-1147, lactv.com
Students will learn studio and field production including a new Tricaster switching system, how to shoot on green screen, and how to produce and write their own scripts.
 
Inventor’s Challenge Camp
Where: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover
When: Tuesday, Feb. 24, to Thursday, Feb. 26, from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Age: 6 to 10
Cost: $150
Contact: 742-2002, childrens-museum.org
Three-day camp will start with some “what if …” situations, and kids will brainstorm new ways to solve problems. The museum will provide a wide variety of tools and materials for campers to bring their inventive ideas to life under the guidance of museum educators. Bring a bag lunch each day.
 
Creative Arts
A Trip through Candyland
Where: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Age: Grades 2 through 8
Cost: $225
Contact: 668-5588, palacetheatre.org
Students will learn about all aspects of theater, including singing, dancing, acting, costumes and set painting, with a production at the end of the session. This year’s theme centers on the inhabitants of Candy Land setting out on an adventure to rescue King Kandy. Bring a lunch and afternoon snack.
 
Art Center Camp for Kids: Diners and Drives
Where: Currier Museum of Art, 180 Pearl St., Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Age: 6 to 14
Cost: $160 half day, $270 full day
Contact: 669-6144 ext 122, currier.org
Kids will create art with a retro feel inspired by the current photorealism show with a focus on muscle cars and diners.
 
Sports
Play Ball 
Where: 9 Congress St., Nashua (883-2323); 16 Industrial Way, Salem (898-0332)
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon
Age: 6 to 12
Cost: $100
Contact: goplayball.com
Play Ball vacation camp is for students who want to work on the skills needed to develop as baseball and softball players. Hitting, fielding, throwing and base running will be featured.
 
Winter Break Indoor Soccer Camp
Where: 7 A St., Derry
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Age: 6+
Cost: $195
Contact: nhsportszone.com, 
37-9663
Campers should bring lunch, drinks, shin guards and a ball. Options for recreational and competitive camps available.
 
Tri-Star Gymnastics and Dance
Where: 66 Third St., Dover
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Age: 5 to 13
Cost: $135
Contact: tristargymnh.com,
749-5678
Campers will learn all about gymnastics and how to use the balance beam and bars.
 
General interest
New Hampshire SPCA 
Where: NHSPCA Learning Center, 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Age: 6 to 12
Cost: $60
Contact: 772-2921, nhspca.org/school-vacation-day-camps/
NHSPCA Humane Education department offers many different games, activities and crafts as well as spending time with the animals. Dress comfortably with closed-toe shoes and bring a snack and lunch.
 
The Granite YMCA February School Vacation Camps
Where: YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Age: Grades K through 8, depending on camp
Cost: Contact 232-8670, 232-8632 (for Magic: The Gathering camp), graniteymca.org
Kids can enjoy swimming, creative arts, science experiments, gym games and themed activities. Specialty camp Magic The Gathering and Gym Games will teach kids techniques for the game Magic the Gathering.
 
Where: YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Age: Grades K through 10, depending on camp
Cost: Contact 497-4663 ext. 103, 232-8667 (for X-treme Winter camp), graniteymca.org
Kids can enjoy themed days like Lego Inventions, Winter Olympics, and fun with food and snow crafts. February Trip camp includes travel to Derry Sports Zone and Lego Land Discovery Center. Specialty camp X-Treme Winter Camp will give kids the chance to ice skate, snowshoe, snow tube and more.
 
Where: YMCA of Greater Londonderry, 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Age: Grades 3 through 8
Cost: Contact 437-9622, graniteymca.org
February Trip Camp includes travel to Derry Sports Zone and Lego Land Discovery Center. Also offered is Theatre Camp, which gives kids the chance to work with an experienced actor and director.
 
Where: YMCA of the Seacoast, 550 Peverly Hill Road, Portsmouth
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Age: Grades K through 8
Cost: Contact 431-2334, graniteymca.org
Kids can enjoy swimming, gym games, fitness fun, arts and crafts, outdoor play and more.
 
Where: YMCA of Strafford County, 35 Industrial Way, Rochester
Camp held at YSC and Horne Street School, Dover
When: Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Age: Grades K through 8
Cost: Contact 994-4114, graniteymca.org
Kids will enjoy themed day activities such as sledding and swimming, bowling and laser tag, and trips to the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine. 
 
As seen in the February 12, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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