Spring Break means that we’re that much closer to summer . . . and that it’s time to think about Spring Break camps here in San Jose. This is a great opportunity for your kids to get out, try something new and meet new friends. There are so many camps that it was hard to pick, but I’ve come up with what I think are the best Spring Break camps in San Jose for 2013.
For your very young ones (K to 5), this camp at the Berryessa Community Center is perfect. While the camp doesn’t provide lunch or water, which is kind of a bummer, kids participate in all kinds of fun games, sports and creative arts projects. After camp care is available and a newsletter will be provided on the first day of camp. This camp costs $168 for the week.
Another great camp for young kids is the one at Starting Arts. They’re offering two separate weeks of camps for those with different Spring Break schedules. Kids will be split up into groups based on age and will get to experience all levels of art: visual art, dance, music and theater! Camps are from 9 am to 2 pm and cost $195.
Whether your child has ridden horses before or not, this is a great camp for kids who love animals and playing outside. This is a hands-on camp, where kids help out with everything from grooming to cleaning so be ensure they wear durable, farm-friendly clothes. Horses might seem big and scary, but they’re really gentle giants. The cost is $370 for a five day camp.
I wish I were coordinated enough for gymnastics! This fun day-camp for kids is held at Gymnastics Center in Earl Carmichael Park, Santa Clara. They will participate in both outdoor and indoor gymnastics activities. This is a Monday to Friday camp, and costs $51 per day.
Forget the mall, make your own jewelry! Lena Okin will teach your child how to make a tassel pendant, Egyptian link bracelet and/or earrings, and a woven bead necklace. This camp runs from 1pm to 3pm and costs $109, so it’s a bit on the expensive side but who knows, maybe your child is an up-and-coming Cartier!
Full-day and half-day chess camps are happening at Warner Hutton House, and while maybe it doesn’t look like a lot of fun to you think about the brain-exercise your kid will get! This fun, non-competitive (unless you want it to be, right?) camp is for beginners and experience chess players alike and involves all kinds of chess-related games. At the end you get a chess board and a cool Chess Wizards t-shirt. The cost is $180 for half-day and $330 for full-day — the camp itself is five days long.
This camp is for little soccer heros. There are two camps, separated by age group, that focus on skills and game play. You have to bring your own tennis shoes and shin guards, but you get a t-shirt at the end! This camp is $188 and goes from 9 am to 12pm every day.
Show your community spirit and get involved in Civically Active Teens. Groups meet at the Cupertino Civic Center and help out a different local organization every day. This is a great opportunity for kids looking for potential summer jobs, as they will get to meet people from many organizations throughout the area. There is a mandatory volunteer meeting on Thursday, March 28, at 7 pm, at the Community Hall. Groups are led by staff and the cost is $14 per person.
I’m crossing my fingers for good weather, but regardless there are indoor and outdoor Spring Break camps in San Jose to suit all styles. If you know of other camps that you’d like to share with us, let us know!