Spring Break Camps in Dallas Fort Worth / A roundup of spring break camps and classes in DFW

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Carrie Steingruber & Carla Solórzano
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March 5, 2014
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You don’t want spring break to turn into a five-day Disney Channel marathon or a five-day siege of Mommy’s office, do you? So sign the kids up for a spring break class or camp to keep their minds sharp and their hands busy – and to keep them out of your hair. We’ve rounded up an assortment of spring break camps in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, from crafting to critters to ceramics and more.

(Have a fear of commitment? Check out these one-off events and activities also happening over Spring Break.)
 
Oil & Cotton Art Camps
Let your kids unleash their creativity at Oil & Cotton during the school holidays. In the morning, kids will craft whimsical projects in a variety of media, from animal masks to pencil cases. In the afternoon, they’ll take a cue from Calder and create a fully functioning circus from found materials, to be performed on Friday. Choose one session that captures your fancy or stay for a whole week’s worth of artistic play.
 
Morning sessions 9am–12pm:
March 10: Draw-a-thon with Jessica. Ages 4+
March 11: Animal Mask Camp with Alli. Ages 4–12
March 12: Sewing Basics: Pencil Case Camp. Ages 8+
March 13: Photography Camp with Rachel Rushing. Ages 8+
March 14: Music Camp with Kayli. Ages 4–12
$40–$45 per session or $160 for five sessions
 
Afternoon session March 10–14, 1–4pm:
Calder’s Circus. Ages 5–12
$40 per session or $150 for the week
 
Dallas, 214/942-0474; oilandcotton.com

Camptivity Day Camp
Spend all day, every day playing outdoors at Camp Fire First Texas’ jam-packed day camp at Lockheed Martin Recreation Area. Kids will wile away the hours with traditional camp activities, including fishing, archery, sports, games, crafts and outdoor living skills like orienteering and knots. Grades K–8
March 10–14 6:30am–6pm
$170 for the week or $45 per day
Fort Worth, 817/831-2111; campfirefw.org

Wild Worlds at Sci-Tech Discovery Center
Explore the habitats and creatures of the world in this two-part camp. The morning session, Biome Bonanza, is all about the places animals call home, from polar ice caps to deep, dark caves to suburban backyards. In the afternoon session Creature Features, learn about the special adaptations that allow animals to live in all those places (live animal encounters guaranteed). Sign up for morning, afternoon or both. Grades K–5
March 10–14; 9am–12pm and/or 1pm–4pm; extended care available
Half-day $100 members/$115 non-members; Full-day $200 members/$230 non-members
Frisco, 972/546-3050; mindstretchingfun.org

SPCA of Texas Spring Break Camp
Let your animal lover spend the school holidays with the puppies and kittens of the SPCA. For three days, he will learn about animal care, perform volunteer duties (not the messy kind), visit with veterinarians, make crafts and play games related to animal welfare. The SPCA accepts volunteers as young as 12, so this camp could be the perfect prelude to future work at the shelter. Ages 8–11
March 10–12; 9am–3pm
$160
McKinney, 214/461-1811; spca.org
 
Minecraft Camp & Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness Camp
Young Chefs Academy of Fort Worth is offering two camps for spring break. The morning session for ages 6 and up combines cooking and Minecraft for the young gamer in your household. The afternoon session for ages 8 and up will teach survival skills, from first aid to finding food, so you'll know exactly who to pick for your Zombie Apocalypse team.
March 10–12; 9am–3pm and/or 1pm–4pm
$135 members/$150 non-members; 10% discount if you sign up for both camps.
Fort Worth, 817/989-2433; youngchefsacademy.com

Bricks 4 Kids Spring Break Camp
Aspiring engineers and LEGO fans can check out this mining, crafting and remote control camp at the Frisco Discovery Center. Kids will have the chance to build models inspired by Minecraft and remote-controlled vehicles. Completion of the one-week camp is rewarded with a T-shirt and miniature figure. Ages 5+
March 10–14; 9am–4pm
$300
Frisco, 972/668-5180; friscodiscoverycenter.com
 
Spring Break Camp at Putt-Putt Fun Center
Bring your game to Putt-Putt Fun Center for a spring break full of hole-in-ones, arcade action, batting cages, crafts and other activities based on location (Hurst offers rides and go-karts and Arlington provides access to Alley Cats Entertainment Center next door). Daily snacks are provided. Each day has a theme during this curriculum-based week of fun and games – and each night your kid will sleep like a rock. Ages 5–13
March 10–14; 7:30am–6pm
$175 for the full week or $45 per day
Hurst, Arlington, Fort Worth
817/897-6996; putt-puttgolf.com
Sign up by Feb 28 to get the whole week for $99
 
Audubon Adventure Day Camps at Trinity River Audubon Center
Spend five days tracking down critters and exploring the habitat alongside the Trinity River right in Dallas’ backyard. Learn about the wild world through crafts, games and other hands-on activities that correspond with themes like “Have a Hoot with Owls” and “Wade into Fun.” Grades K–5
March 10–14; 9am–3pm
Full week $180 members/$220 non-members; individual sessions $40 members/$50 non-members
Dallas, 214/309-5812; trinityriver.audubon.org
 
Spring Break Camp at the Fort Worth Zoo
Future zookeepers and animal lovers can join the Fort Worth Zoo on a trek through the animal kingdom. This camp includes daily crafts, games, animal presentations and hikes through the zoo. Grades 1–6
March 10 – 14; 9am–4pm; extended care available
$225
Members of the Fort Worth Zoo get a $25 discount
Fort Worth, 817/759-7200; fortworthzoo.org
 
Spring Break at the Dallas Zoo
This year’s theme, “Nature’s Superheroes,” can teach your little ones what their favorite spandex-wearing crime fighters have in common with animals. Perfect for kids enthralled by both nature shows and blockbuster comic book movies. Each day is packed with tours, crafts, games, scientific exploration and live animal encounters. Grades Pre-K–5
March 10–14; 9am–4pm; extended care available
$50 per day (non-member)
Sign-up for multiple days for a 5% discount
Dallas, 469/554-7300; dallaszoo.com
 
Spring Break Camp at Color Me Mine
Keep the creative juices flowing over the break at Color Me Mine in Flower Mound, where kids can paint clay masterpieces like birdfeeders and the loveable Minions from Despicable Me. Kids can explore other techniques like making a mosaic or using science to paint. Better make room on the shelves. Ages 6–12
March 10–14; 1–4pm
$40 per session
Flower Mound, 972/899-9911; dfw.colormemine.com
 
Inner Circle Champions of the Court Basketball Camp
Inner Circle can help your basketball beginner or your advanced all-star improve his game. Your mini Nowitzki will be taught by current and former players in the collegiate and professional world of basketball. The coaches make sure each child gets the attention he or she needs as they teach the fundamentals of dribbling and shooting through drills and scrimmages. Ages 7–18
March 10–14; 9am–5pm
$225
Dallas, 405/708-8117; teamicsports.com
 
Best Gymnastics Spring Break Camp
Get your kids off the couch and into Best Gymnastics for a spring break full of tumbling, running, jumping, group games and other activities designed to keep them moving (though they will slow down for crafts and snacks). Sign them up for one session or a whole week of basic gymnastics fun. The foam pit beckons! Ages 3+
March 10–14; 8:30am–1:30pm and 12:30pm–5:30pm
$25 per half-day session; $109 for a week of half-day sessions; $199 for a week of all-day sessions
Flower Mound, 972/874-8800; bestgymnastics.net

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