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WildQuest Spring Camp at Prescott Farm. Courtesy photo.




Spring into camp
April vacation week fun for kids

04/14/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 From traditional camps to camps for skateboarding and 3-D printer art, there’s all kinds of fun for kids during April vacation week. For some of these camps, members of the hosting organization get a discount on camp admission.

 
Art 
ConcordTV Video Camp  (225-8690, concordnh.gov) Where: Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, Concord When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 12:30 to 5 p.m. What: Kids ages 9 through 14 can learn about the basics of video production, then create their own videos. Cost: $100 for Concord residents, $110 for nonresidents
Currier Museum of Art (669-6144, currier.org) Where: 180 Pearl St., Manchester When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. What: At the morning session (9 a.m. to noon), kids create shoe-themed art and art inspired by food, animals, fairy tales and more. At the afternoon session (1 to 4 p.m.), kids use various art methods to turn the common sneaker into a bold statement of sports, art and architecture. Sessions are open to kids ages 5 through 14. Cost: $160 for the week with one session, $270 for the week with both 
SERESC Academy for Kids (206-6828, seresc.net/academyforkids) Where: 29 Commerce Drive, Bedford When: Monday, April 25, and Tuesday, April 26 What: Chill Junior (9 a.m. to noon) is for kids dealing with stress and mild anxiety. Activities include art, music, humor and practice in mindfulness, yogic stretching and body-mind integration. At 3-D printing art camp (1 to 4 p.m.), kids can explore creative art by building with 3-D printer pens. Camps are open to kids ages 6 through 10. Cost: $155 for Chill Jr., $99 for 3-D printing
The Refrigerator Door (781-8944, refrigeratordoor.org) Where: 7 Chestnut Drive, Bedford When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to noon What: Kids ages 4 through 12 can learn the elements of art and create a piece for a show at the end of the week. Cost: $40 per day or $190 for the week
You’re An Artist (425-9994, youreanartist.com) Where: 16 Manning St., No. 108, Derry When: Wednesday, April 27, through Friday, April 29, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. What: Kids ages 6 and up can paint on a canvas on Wednesday and Friday, and paint on a slate and with watercolors on Thursday. Cost: $34 per day for Wednesday and Friday, $36 for Thursday 
 
General interest
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua (883-0523, bgcn.com) Where: 1 Positive Place, Nashua 
When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. What: Campers can enjoy computer activities, art projects, gym games, air hockey, foosball and swimming. Camps are offered for age groups 8 through 12 and 13 through 18. Cost: Free for members. Membership is required and costs $35.
Boys & Girls Club of Manchester (625-5031, begreatmanchester.org) Where: Union Street Clubhouse, 555 Union St., Manchester When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. What: Kids in grades K through 8 enjoy daily themed activities like field and teamwork games, a visit from Wildlife Encounters, a luau, an outdoor carnival and playtime at local parks. Cost: $50, non-members pay an additional $25 membership fee
Concord Family YMCA (228-9622, concordymca.org) Where: 15 N. State St., Concord When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. What: Campers in grades K through 6 enjoy different activities each day like trips to Camp Spaulding or New England Aquarium, “Minute to Win It” and “Fear Factor” games, a chili cook-off and more. Cost: $50 per day or $198 for the week. Deadline to register is April 15. 
New Hampshire SPCA (772-2921, nhspca.org) Where: NHSPCA Learning Center, 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Kids ages 6 through 12 can enjoy games, activities and crafts as well as visits with the animals. Cost: $275
YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown (497-4663, graniteymca.org) Where: 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29 What: Kids in grades K through 6 enjoy traditional camp activities based around daily themes like friendship, pajamas and Earth Day. Kids in grades 3 through 8 can take part in a trip camp, where they travel to Fenway Park, Seacoast Science Center and other destinations, and an art camp, where they do art projects with stamping, scrapbooking, painting and more. Cost: Call for details
YMCA of Downtown Manchester (232-8670, graniteymca.org) Where: 30 Mechanic St., Manchester When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29 What: Kids in grades K through 6 enjoy traditional camp activities based around daily themes like spying, homemade goods and world instruments. Kids in grades 2 through 6 can take part in a fiber arts and jewelry camp where they upcycle various fabrics into new creations. At Sport-A-Day camp, kids in grades 1 through 6 participate in a different sport each day like floor hockey, basketball, soccer and more. Cost: Call for details
YMCA of Greater Londonderry (647-9622, graniteymca.org) Where: 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29 What: Kids in grades K through 8 can enjoy “Around the World” games, cooking projects, crafts and other activities centered around different cultures; or Play ’Em All Multi-Sport camp, where they explore Camp Pa-Gon-Ki and participate in soccer, basketball, kickball and more. Kids in grades 3 through 8 can take part in a trip camp, where they travel to Fenway Park, Seacoast Science Center and other destinations. Cost: Call for details
YMCA of Greater Nashua (nmymca.org) Where: Nashua YMCA Branch, 24 Stadium Drive, Nashua, 882-2011; Merrimack YMCA Branch, 6 Henry Clay Drive, Merrimack, 881-7778 When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29 What: At Fancy Fairy Camp (Nashua, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), kids ages 3 through 5 dance, read stories, do arts and crafts, then end the week with a dress-up tea party. Teens in grades 6 through 12 can take part in the dance camp (Nashua, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), where they learn a different style of dance each day, do crafts and learn about dance history through games; and art camp (Merrimack, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), where they experiment with a different art form each day. Cost: Call for details. Teen camps available by week or day. 
YMCA of the Seacoast (431-2334, graniteymca.org) Where: Camp Gundalow, Tuttle Lane, Greenland When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29 What: Kids in grades K through 8 can enjoy swimming, gym games, fitness fun, arts and crafts, outdoor playtime and more. Cost: Call for details
YMCA of Strafford County (994-4117, graniteymca.org) Where: 35 Industrial Way, Rochester; Horne Street School, 78 Horne St., Dover When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29  What: Kids in grades K through 8 can visit Charmingfare Farm or Currier Museum of Art; spend the day at Camp Coney Pine or a carnival at the Y; try a ropes course, make s’mores and more. Cost: Call for details
 
Science & nature 
Beaver Brook Association (465-7787, beaverbrook.org) Where: 117 Ridge Road, Hollis When: Monday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: On Monday, campers make a rock box with Thoreau for Kids author Corinne Smith, then go on an educational hike to the Wekepeke Fault line. Wednesday is letterboxing day; campers make their own unique stamp and letterboxing kit, then go letterboxing on the trails while observing nature. Camps are open to kids in grades 1 through 6. Cost: $55 per day
New Hampshire Audubon (nhaudubon.org) Where: 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, 668-2045; 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 224-9909 When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. What: Kids ages 6 through 10 can enjoy crafts, games, birding, hiking, live animal presentations and more. Cost: $52 per day
Prescott Farm (366-5695, prescottfarm.org) Where: 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Kids ages 6 through 12 participate in animal and plant identification, arts and crafts, quests, games and hands-on learning. Cost: $47 per day or $235 for the week 
RoboTech Center (888-6102, robotechcenter.com) Where: 3 Taggart Drive, Nashua When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. What: Kids in grades 3 through 7 will learn about robots and programming while building with Lego. Cost: $399 
Seacoast Science Center (436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org) Where: 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye When: Monday, April 18, through Friday, April 22, or Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Campers experience outdoor learning at Odiorne Point State Park, plus live animal and interactive exhibits with hands-on science fun. Treks 4 Tots (half-day 9 a.m. to noon option available) is for kids ages 3½ through 5. Seaside Safari is for kids in grades K through 5. Cost: $64 per full day, $43 per half day, $320 for full-day week, $215 for half-day week
 
Sports 
Concord Parks & Recreation Golf Camp (225-8690, concordnh.gov) Where: Beaver Meadow Golf Course, 1 Beaver Meadow Road, Concord When: Tuesday, April 26, through Friday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: Golfers ages 12 through 16 learn how to take their skills from the range and practice area and apply them on a golf course. Cost: $275 
Concord Parks & Recreation Soccer Camp (225-8690, concordnh.gov) Where: Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, and Keach Park, 7 Newton Ave., Concord When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29 What: Kids learn skills and drills from international soccer coaches. Camps offered for preschoolers ages 4 through 6 (1 to 2 p.m.), and for kids in grades 1 through 6 (8:30 a.m. to noon). Cost: Preschool camp is $71 for Concord residents, $81 for nonresidents; regular camp is $125/$135 
Different Drummer Farm Horse Camp (483-2234 differentdrummerfarm.com) Where: 55 South Road, Candia When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to noon What: This equitation camp is for campers ages 9 through 16 at an advanced riding and beginner-competitive level. Each day includes a riding lesson, demonstration, fitness and conditioning exercises to prepare the riders and horses for the upcoming season. Campers may bring their own horses. Cost: $250 
Fear the Bow Cheer Camp (673-7123, hampshirehills.com) Where: Hampshire Dome, 34 Emerson Road, Milford When: Monday, April 25, through Wednesday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. What: Kids in grades 1 through 8 of all experience levels can practice cheer stunting, tumbling and routines. Cost: $120
Fisher Cats Baseball Camp (641-2005, nhfishercats.com) Where: Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive, Manchester When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. to noon What: Campers ages 6 through 15 receive baseball and softball instruction from local college players and coaches Monday through Thursday, and from Fisher Cats players and coaches on Friday. They also receive an exclusive autograph session with the team and a complimentary ticket for the Fisher Cats game on April 29, with the chance to take the field with the players during the national anthem. Cost: $125
Painted Blessings Ranch Horse Camp (568-8482, paintedblessingsranch.com) Where: 50 Manchester Drive, Webster When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: Campers ages 7 through 15 learn basic to advanced horsemanship as well as safe care and handling of horses. Cost: $350 
Play Ball Baseball Camp (goplayball.com) Where: 9 Congress St., Nashua, 883-2323; 16 Industrial Way, Salem, 898-0332 When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to noon What: Kids ages 6 through 12 develop baseball and softball skills like hitting, fielding, throwing and base-running. Cost: $100 
Ramp Camp (964-2800, ryeairfield.com) Where: Rye Airfield, 6 Airfield Drive, Rye When: Monday, April 18, through Friday, April 22, and Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Kids ages 8 through 17 improve their skills in riding skateboards, bikes and scooters. Instructors teach tricks, run drills and work with each camper individually. Cost: $35 per day
Tri-Star Gymnastics Camp (749-5678, tristargymnh.com) Where: 66 Third St., Dover When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. What: Campers in grade 1 through age 13 participate in gymnastics, crafts, games and open gym playtime. Cost: $35 per day, $135 for the week 
Vertical Dreams Rock Climbing Camp (verticaldreams.com) Where: 250 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-6919; 25 E. Otterson St., Nashua, 943-7571 When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. What: Kids ages 6 through 12 learn the basics of rock climbing. Cost: $30 per day
 
Theater
Hopkinton Recreation Theatre Camp (746-2915, hopkintonrec.com) Where: Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Drive, Contoocook When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a performance at the library on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m. What: Kids ages 6 through 12 learn about singing, dancing and acting at this camp built around The Lending Doll about the true story of a doll that saved a library. Cost: $180 for Hopkinton residents, $195 for nonresidents. Deadline to register is April 18.
Palace Theatre (668-5588, palacetheatre.org) Where: 80 Hanover St., Manchester When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. What: Campers in grades 2 through 8 learn about all aspects of theater, including singing, dancing, acting, costumes and set painting, in preparation for a production at the end of the week. This year’s theme is “Storybook Bash,” the end-of-the-year dance party at Storybook School, where fairy tale characters are students. Cost: $225 
Peacock Players (889-2330, peacockplayers.org) Where: 14 Court St., Nashua When: Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Campers ages 6 through 12 participate in theater exercises, games and rehearsals to prepare for a performance at the end of the week. Cost: $225 





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