10 Mini-Camps for Winter Break in Queens

Maybe your son or daughter is off at the end of the month and you weren’t able to get time off. Or maybe you want stave off the couch potato on vacation syndrome. Take a look at these mini-camps for your junior artist, geologist, or whiz kid.

World Play Mid Winter Break Vacation Camp

Kids can take advantage of a variety of fun and exciting activities like yoga, dance, art, music, cooking lessons, and more. Plus, each day includes 60 minutes of physical exercise with a certified physical education instructor. Nutritional breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided each day.

Where: P.S. 101Q located at 2 Russell Place in Forest Hills

When: February 21, 2011 through February 25, 2011 from 8:00AM to 6:00PM

Cost: $70 per day and $300 for the week. Special sibling rates are available


Art House Astoria Winter Break Mini-camp

Your kids will learn about music, art, writing and drama through participation in a show choir, movie scoring, and more! Classes are taught by working artists. Junior can attend either the morning session or the one in the afternoon or both. At the end of the week, proud mamas and papas can watch their little one in a showcase and art show. Pre-register by 2/13 to receive a 10% discount.

Where: 23-35 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106; 347-738-4148; info@arthouseastoria.org

When: February 20 to 24Ages: 6-15 year olds

Cost: All-day session is $350, Morning or Afternoon session is $175; early drop-off or late pick-up for an extra fee.


Central Queens Y Mid-Winter Break

Campers will participate in athletics, watch a magic show, and take field trips. On Tuesday, they’ll even have the chance to play laser tag or participate in rock climbing.

Where: 67-09 108 Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375; 718-268-5011 extension 203; tlanzillo@cqy.org

When: February 20 to 24Ages: Kindergarten to 6th Grade

Cost: Members pay $50 per day; Non-members pay $55; Extra $2 for early arrival or late pick up


City Ice Pavilion Mid-winter Camp

Students are put into groups based on their level. Classes ranked from off-ice ballet to power skating to strength and conditioning.

Where: 47-32 32nd Place, LIC, NY 11101; 718-706-6667; spascal@cityicepavilion.com

When: February 20 to24 from 10AM to 1PMAges: 4 to 6 or 7+

Cost: 5-day package is $300; One camp day is $75


NY Hall of Science School’s Out! Innovation Camps

The Hall of Science is hosting several camps. High schoolers can participate in a camp exploring the environment. They’ll have the opportunity to look at changing oceans, extreme weather, and different energy sources. This hands-on opportunity is free! Students in grade 3 or 4 can participate in a hands-on geology and archeology camp. This camp is not free—see pricing below.

Where: 47-01 111 Street, Queens, NY 11368; 718-699-0005

When: February 20 to 24 from 9AM to 3PMAges: Grades 3 or 4 or high school grades

Cost: High School camp is free; 3rd/4th grade camp is $350


Parks Department Recreation Center Vacation Camp

Kids spend their week playing games and sports, going on trips, making arts and crafts and more! Run out the door right now for this free opportunity as it is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register and for more information, visit your local recreation center. What’s more, this camp is also offered during Spring Break!

Where: Your local recreation center –

Participating Centers

Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Avenue, Flushing, 718-353-7853

Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, 83-29 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, 718-263-1163

Detective Keith L. Williams Field House, 106-16 173 Street, Jamaica, 718-523-6912

Sorrentino Recreation Center, 18-48 Cornaga Avenue, Far Rockaway, 718-471-4818

Vic Hanson Field House, 133-39 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, 718-978-1536

When: February 20 to 24Ages: 6 to 13 year olds

Cost: Free!


NYC Parks Department Learn to Swim Vacation Camp

Your child can learn basic water safety and swimming skills. Visit your recreation center for an application.

Where: Roy Wilkins Recreation Center: 177 Street and Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11434; Flushing Meadows Park: Call Aquatics at 718-760-6969 extension 0.

When: February 20 to February 24 10 AM to 1PM

Ages: 6 to 14 year olds

Cost: Free!


Queens Zoo Mid-Winter Wildlife Mini-Camp

Your child will get a behind the scenes look at the animals In the zoo through tours, presentations, arts and crafts, and other fun activities.

Where: 53-51 111 Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park; 718-271-7361; qzeducation@wcs.org

When: February 23 and 24Ages: 6 to 10 year olds

Cost: Members pay $125; Non-members pay $150


World Ice Arena Winter Olympic Camp

This camp for 4 to 17 year olds breaks up the day into conditioning, jumps, spins, and choreography among other things—how fun!

Where: Flushing Meadows Corona Park; 718-760-9001; lhunt@worldice.com

When: February 20 to February 24

Ages: 4 to 17 year olds

Cost: $275 for all 5 days; $65 per day


Young Chefs’ Academy Camp Can-I-Cook Min-Camp

Your little cook can taste and learn to prepare new foods. Students can choose from one, two, or all three days of 3-hour sessions. This year’s camp, “Party at Pennsylvania Avenue,” will have a presidential theme. Take advantage of the sibling discount.

Where: 108-10 72 Avenue, 2nd Floor, Forest Hills, NY 11375; 718-268-0343

When: February 20 to February 22 from 9AM to 12PM

Ages: 6 years and older

Cost: Members pay $150 for all three days and non-members pay $199; Members pay $60 per day and non-members pay $75


YWCA of Queens Midwinter Day Camp

Your children will be taught by certified teachers in the morning. The afternoon will be filled with extracurricular activities such as games, movies, sing-alongs and music instruction. Register by Monday, February 13.

Where: 42-07 Parsons Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11355; 718-353-4553; jcho@ywcaqueens.org

When: February 21-February 24

Ages: Pre-K to 5th Grade

Cost: Starting at $90 for 4 days


By: Sandy Jimenez