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Posted on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 : 3:17 p.m.

Time to plan for mid-winter break: Camps and activities for the kids

By Tammy Mayrend


Need mid-winter break camps or activities for the kids when school is out? Find some great kids events, activites and camps like "Creativity Camp" at

Creativity Camp at the Ann Arbor Art Center

Winter break for several area school districts (Ann Arbor Public Schools and Lincoln Consolidated School District) or a long weekend in honor of President's Day is coming soon. So what's happening during mid-winter break? What activities will keep your kids and teens hopping while they are out of school? Here are some fun camps, activities and events for parents to consider.

If a mid-winter break camp is what you are considering, the Ann Arbor Jewish Community Center (2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor) offers February Fun Days for JCC members in grade K-5. Middle school students may participate as “helpers” for a reduced fee. Admission is $36 and $32 for additional siblings plus $10 for optional after care cost. The program runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with after care available until 6 p.m. For more info, contact Deborah Huerta at 734-971-0990 or

Winter Break Camp is offered at Leslie Science and Nature Center (1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor). The program runs the entire week from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily and offers the kids scientific exploration, sledding, hiking and discovering animals. So, don't hibernate and instead hop on over to the science center over break. Winter is full of adventures! The cost is $225 with programs for children in first through fifth grades. For more information call 734-997-1553 or visit the Leslie Science and Nature Center to register for mid-winter break camp!

Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation also offers mid-winter break camps Feb. 21-25 for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. This year's programs are "Recycle into Art: Monsters," basketball for the sports lovers and writing, trading cards and chess!

Ann Arbor Art Center (117 West Liberty St., Ann Arbor) offers a mid-winter break "Creativity Camp" for children aged 6-12. Spend a week exploring and creating projects inspired by Paleolithic cave paintings or Cubism. Kids are limited only by their imagination! Camp runs 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a $225 cost per child.

For the more physically active student, consider a soccer winter break camp at the Worldwide Sports Center. Kids can participate in either full day or half day camps; Full day camp runs 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ($180/child) with the half day camp running 8:30 a.m.-noon. ($130/child). Before and after care is also available.

The Summers-Knoll school (2015 Manchester Road, Ann Arbor) also offers a mid winter break camp for kids age 4-12. This popular camp offers the opportunity to explore the winter wonderland, getting the children out and about to experience the beauty winter brings to Michigan. Kids will learn to identify animal tracks, see the raptors at Howell Nature Center, snowshoe, go sledding and see how snow and ice make seriously cool science experiments! The program runs 8:45 a.m - 3:30 p.m. for $226/child.

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For older AAPS students, major assignments may still be hanging over your head during winter break. So if you need some skill building or additional support from a tutor, don't forget about our free tutoring subscription to Brainfuse at the Ann Arbor District Library during the week. Call the library or login to register for a time.

If the cold is keeping your kids inside, consider getting them some great exercise at the Xtreme Bounce Zone (82 Aprill Drive, Suite C, Ann Arbor). They will be open from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Feb. 21-24. Admission is only $7/child or $5/child for children under 5. They are also open every Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. for Kids Night Out for $10/person for kids 8 and older. That's a lot of bouncing for the week!

If you would like additional camps listed please drop me a line at tmayrend (at) or post a comment at the bottom of this post!

Tammy Mayrend is a Ann Arbor search marketing professional and mother of two who blogs on low-cost local activities, events, and Ann Arbor area freebies for families at


Tammy Mayrend

Fri, Feb 11, 2011 : 3:38 a.m.

Hi Putt n Glow I typically add activities closer to their happening - My posts are on Tuesday's and Thursday's - so look for more next week and as always on the event calendar of!


Thu, Feb 10, 2011 : 11:14 p.m.

Putt N Glow- Tree Town Toys on the north side of town has some activities all week for the kids. You can look at their website for a listing of all the activities.

Putt N Glow

Thu, Feb 10, 2011 : 10:58 p.m.

Those are some great things to do. I am looking for some day activities not camps. Where can I find some of those?