Kids can explore art, animals, the environment, or STEM activities in December school break mini-camps.
Mini-Camps in Westchester for the December School Break
School vacation means the kids need to be kept occupied. Luckily there are some mini-camps in Westchester for the December school break that can productively occupy their time and talent.
Psst … if you are looking for other fun school break activities see our list of Upcoming Events.
Animal Studies Mini-Camp
In this school break, mini-break camp mini-campers join environmental educators to meet different live animals each day and learn how animals survive the cold of winter. Kids enjoy plenty of time hiking, playing outdoor games, hands-on activities, and crafts.
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Date: Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and Jan 2 and 3
Ages: 6 to 9
Cost: $50 per day
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Dr. across from 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall. 845–534–5506. hhnm.org
It’s School’s Out Art’s In when kids drop-in to the Learning Center for unique artist-led projects where kids can make an artistic mess, experiment with new materials and practice unusual art-making techniques all inspired by the abstract expressionist works on view.
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Date: Dec. 24, 26, 27, 31 and Jan. 2 and 3
Ages: All ages
Reservations: Not required
Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. 914–232–9555. katonahmuseum.org
The Holi-Daze mini camp at Teatown lets kids explore nature with environmental educators. There will be hiking, crafts, outdoor adventures. Attend for a day or more. Full-day campers should take lunch.
Time: 9 a.m. to noon (ages 4-5), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ages 6 to 12)
Date: Dec. 26 to 31
Ages: 4 to 12
Cost: $175 half-day, $315 full-day (full program fees, daily rates prorated)
Teatown Lake Reservation Nature Center, 1600 Spring Valley Road,
Ossining. 914-762-2912, ext. 11. teatown.org
Outdoor Fun & Art Mini-Camp
School-age kids partake in numerous activities in the School’s Out/ Studio’s In program, including walks on the aqueduct trail, outside play and a ton of art-making. A healthy snack is provided.
Time: 9 a.m to noon or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Date: Dec. 23, 24, 26,27, 30, 31 and Jan. 2 and 3
Ages: 5 to 12
Cost: $55 half-day, $110 full-day
Reservations: Not required
Scribble Art Workshop, 63 Main St., Dobbs Ferry. 914–693–3110. scribbleartworkshop.com
Enjoy a day off from school at the DAE Winter Break Workshops for a half-day or full-day drop in. Students can explore 3D printing, coding, robotics, and more with the help of DAE mentors. All of their stations are 100% hands-on and focus on project-based learning, so students can create while they learn and collaborating with their peers. Full-day students should take a nut-free lunch.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Date: Dec. 26, 27 and Jan 2, 3
Ages: School Age Children
Cost: $50 per session
Reservation: Not required
The Digital Arts Experience, 303 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale. 914-644-8100. thedae.com