Spring break is right around the corner – April 4-8 for most local schools – but there's still time to sign your child up for spring break camps.
These camps are about more than just keeping your child occupied for a week. They're about new friends, new places and new adventures. From playing basketball to learning horse care and Chinese culture, local camps offer a range of fun experiences. And from two hours to five days, there's a camp for a variety of schedules.
James City County
James City County Parks and Recreation offers a selection of sports and specialty camps, as well as "REC Connect" camps, taking kids on field trips throughout the community.
REC Connect (ages 5-10) – Five days, five activities: Catching a movie at Williamsburg's Movie Tavern, roller skating around Richmond's Roller Dome, swimming at the Fort Eustis Aquatic Center, jumping around Richmond's Jumpology and, lastly, an activity zone at your registered location – either Clara Byrd Baker, Norge or Rawls Byrd elementary schools. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., April 4-8, $35/day.
REC Connect (ages 10-14) – For older kids, the five activities differ: putt-putt at Pirate's Cove, laser tag at the WISC, swimming at the James City County Recreation Center and bowling at AMF, trips to Bounce House Williamsburg and the Virginia Living Museum. Days start and end at the JCC Recreation Center. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., April 4-8, $35/day.
Art Escape – Young creatives can explore art, artists and mediums while working with charcoal, watercolors, clay and more at the JCC Recreation Center. Ages 5-10: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 4-8, $130.
Horse Care Camp – Kids will learn the basics of feeding, handling and caring for horses at Stonehouse Stables, followed by a group riding lesson. Ages 9 and up: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., April 5-7, $190.
Amazing Designs – In this art camp with a twist, kids will design kaleidoscopic, 3-D and optical illusion art at the JCC Recreation Center. Ages 10-13: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., April 4-8, $95.
Soccer Camp – Players build individual skills and strengthen core techniques, playing small games for practice, at Berkeley Middle School. Ages 6-14: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., April 4-8, $130.
Basketball and Track/Field Clinic –Barry Uzzell will coach players in the essentials of handling, shooting and passing, simultaneously building cardio and endurance through track and field training at the JCC Recreation Center. Ages 7-12: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 5-7, $65.
Pitch, Hit & Run – The Warhill High junior varsity baseball team will offer coaching in baseball and softball techniques, followed by a fun competition at Warhill Sports Complex. Ages 7-12: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 7, free.
SK8 Camp – Kick flip, nose grind and ollie around the JCC Recreation Center's Skate Park in this new half-day camp. Ages 8-11: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 4-8, $95.
Deadline for registration is April 1, accepted online at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation, by phone at 259-4200 or in person at any payment location. Residents of James City County and City of Williamsburg receive $5 off each camp. Discounts are available to residents based on total income; call 259-5414 for more information.
City of Williamsburg
The city's Parks and Recreation department offers three sports camps, led by local coaches. Camps are intended for players of all skill levels.
Basketball – Head coach of Jamestown's boys varsity basketball, Donovan Bridgeforth also founded DreamChasers, a mentoring program for disadvantaged youth. Bridgeforth will instruct a two-day basketball camp for boys and girls ages 5-16 at Quarterpath Recreation Center. Ages 5-8: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., April 6-7, $40. Ages 9-16: 6-8 p.m., April 6-7, $40.
Tennis – A U.S. Professional Tennis Registry instructor, Chuck McHose will lead a four-day tennis camp for grades 3-8 at the Kiwanis Park Tennis Courts. Grades 3-5: 9:30-10:30 a.m., April 4-7, $40. Grades 6-8:10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., April 4-7, $60.
Volleyball – John Lucas, assistant coach for William and Mary women's volleyball, will instruct a two-day volleyball camp for boys and girls ages 8-18 at Quarterpath Recreation Center. Ages 8-12: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., April 4-5, $40. Ages 13-18: 1-4 p.m., April 4-5, $60.
Deadline for registration is April 1, accepted by phone at 259-3760, by mail or in person at Quarterpath Recreation Center, 202 Quarterpath Road. For forms, visit williamsburgva.gov and select Parks & Recreation from the Departments & Services tab.
William & Mary Confucius Institute – Learn about Chinese language, art and culture at Chinese Culture Spring Break Camp. Activities include calligraphy, kite-making, singing and more. The camp is limited to eight students and just a few spots remain. Ages 6-12: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., April 4-7, Rowe House (314 Jamestown Road), $40. Register online at wmu.edu/. For more information, call 221-1286 or email email@example.com.
Artfully Yours – From April 4-8, Artfully Yours will offer a series of creative workshops for kids ages 5 and up. Parents can attend, too. The workshops, occurring each morning and afternoon, center on different projects, from crafting dream catchers to molding clay robots. Workshops are $20 each, with a 15% discount off two or more. To see the workshop schedule and to register, visit squareup.com/store/artfully-yours-4.
Bridges can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.