Winter Holiday Mini Camps in Queens

 Working parents, families planning to stay local this holiday season, or just moms looking to get your kids out of the house during their holiday break can all benefit from checking out these Queens holiday winter break mini camps going on locally.

Alley Pond

Dec. 28

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

$15 members, $20 non-members

Winter Wildlife – Ages 3, 4 -5, and 6 – 7

This year you can share your winter vacation with birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians while learning how these animals cope with the season’s worst weather. Learn about the amazing winter survival techniques of wildlife through stories, games, crafts and live animals up close. A snack is provided. Ages 3 and 4 limited to 12 participants. Ages 5 and 6-7 limited to 15 participants.

Animal Care Club – Ages 8 – 12

Would you like to help us care for APEC’s animals? This program teaches children about the interesting job of an animal caretaker. Children will have hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning and learning all about the needs of APEC’s animals. Snack and animal care trainee certificate included! Limited to 8 participants.

12 sessions, 1 ¼ hour each.

 More info at: 

Young Chefs Academy

YCA in Forest Hills is hosting Camp I Can Cook: Make the Season White mini camp.

More info here

Central Queens YMCA Winter Break Programs

The Y offers full-day programs for elementary school children that include gym, swimming, arts and crafts, special events, entertainment and trips out of the building.  Our plans for the 2010 Winter Break include:

Friday, December 24, 2010

Sportime USA Indoor Amusement Center

Monday, December 27, 2010

Swim, Gym and Clubs at the CQY

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

“Jump” Moon Bounce & Arcade

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Swim, Gym and Clubs at the CQY

Thursday, December 30, 2010

“Yogi Bear” at the Main Street Theater and Bowling at Whitestone Lanes!

Programs run from 9:00am-5:00pm.  

Contact Mitch Karpp 718-268-5011 ext. 201

More info here

World Play

December 27 thru December 31

8:30AM to 6:00PM

P.S. 101Q

2 Russell Place, Forest Hills

WorldPlay, Inc. is open to students in grades K through 6 and will run during the New York City Public School holiday break. Parents can enroll their child for one, two, three, four or all five days. Cost is $70 per day and $300 for the week. Special sibling rates are available. Children can take advantage of a variety of activities including yoga, dance, art, music, culinary lesson, and more.

347.561.5733 or email at

Visit their site for more info

Winter Wildlife Mini Camp at the Queens Zoo

December 28, 29, & 30

Ages: 6–10 years old

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

$65 members, $75 non-members

Children will discover the natural world around them in this wildlife mini camp. Participants will meet the various animals of the Queens Zoo and learn about their winter behaviors. Campers will see exciting animal presentations, participate in arts and crafts, and enjoy other activities.

More info here