Want to make sure the kids get out of the house during spring break and have a chance to meet other people, learn something new or build skills? Below is a list of 10 weeklong spring break camps planned in the area for kids. Registration information is included, but be sure to sign up as soon as possible because Washoe County School District spring break is right around the corner, running from March 18-April 2.
Kids can get their 'act' on at TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada Spring Camp, which features two sessions, scheduled from March 20-24 and again March 27-31. Camp includes theater, dance workshops and the opportunity to participate in an end-of-session camp show. Camp runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, although late pickup is available for an extra fee. Children age 4 to 14 can participate. The cost is $150 per camper per session, but a 20-percent discount is available for a sibling who registers. Camp takes place at IDCA Charter High School, 1195 Corporate Blvd. Register here or by calling 775-284-0789.
More acting opportunities are available with Reno Little Theatre, which offers a "We Could be (Super) Heroes" theme during the first week of spring break and "There's No Business Like Show Business" theme during the second week. Kids learn about creative movement, improvisation, puppetry, and more. Camp runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, but before and after care is available for an extra cost. Cost is $175 per camp with camp occurring at 147 E. Pueblo St. Register here or by calling 775-813-8900.
The Nevada Museum at Art has two half-day clay-themed camps available during the first week of WCSD spring break, March 20-24. The first, for kids ages 7-12, is scheduled 8 a.m. to noon while the other, for kids ages 13-18, is scheduled from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Children will get hands-on experiences with clay, explore its feel and learn the essentials of throwing on the wheel. Cost is $185 for nonmembers and $165 for members. Register here or by calling 775-329-3333.
Alpine Tennis Camp is scheduled during both weeks of spring break, giving children the opportunity to learn about forehand and backhand strokes, serving and more. Instruction, games and fun all fill the agenda of this camp, taking place at the Reno Tennis Center, 2601 Plumas St. The camps, for kids ages 6-17, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily March 20-23 and March 27-30. The cost is $120 per camp. Register here or by calling 775- 689-2975.
The Basketball Spring Break Camp at Alf Sorensen Community Center, 1400 Baring Blvd., Sparks runs during the second week of spring break only, except for Friday. Its focus is on character, key fundamentals and values that kids can use to reach goals both in sports and in life. Developed for children ages 6-14, the program runs from 2 to 5 p.m. daily and is $60 for residents and $72 for nonresidents. Register here or by calling 775-353-2385.
The University of Nevada, Reno offers eight different week-long camps through its KIDS University. These include five camps during the first week of spring break and three camps during the second week. Camps are divided by grade level (2-4, 4-6, and 5-8) with themes that include Mischievous Math, Paint It!, and Espanol from A-Z. Let's face it – you won't find camp names like these elsewhere. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily at a cost of $275 for a week. Free early drop-off and late pickup is available. Register here or by calling 775-784-4062.
The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum offers numerous camps during spring break, providing participants with the opportunity to explore topics like matter, mechanics, silly science and more. Camps are weeklong and divided by theme and by age group. They run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, but child care is available before and after camp for an extra cost. Weekly prices vary between $112.50-$225 based on camp theme, half- or full-day camp and membership status, so check the website for details. Register here or by calling 775-786-1000.
Bricks4Kids has spring break camps available at three schools during spring break: Bud Beasley Elementary School, Double Diamond Elementary School and Jesse Beck Elementary School. Camps are weeklong, but can be chosen for half or full day attendance. Themes include mining and crafting, pocket brick monsters and robotics. Prices vary based on theme and length of the day camp, so be sure to check the website. Register here or by calling 775-200-0445.
A Spring Exploration Camp provides kids with a chance to get outside and enjoy the outdoors at Galena Creek Regional Park, 18350 Mount Rose Highway. Sponsored by the Great Basin Institute, the camps are weeklong and run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Camp is geared toward kids age 8-12 and the cost is $195; some scholarships are available. Camp provides an opportunity to make new friends, hike and investigate natural surroundings. Register here or by calling 775-849-4948.
Kid Farm Camps at Urban Roots, 3001 W. Fourth St., run during both weeks of spring break, with the camp the first week themed "Springing Out of Slumber" and the camp the second week themed "High Desert Harvest." The first camp gives kids the opportunity to explore the garden and see all the critters that are coming out and the second one lets participants examine how native animals and tribes live and adapt to changing seasons. The cost is $200 per week with camp running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Register here or by calling 775-636-5105.