Holiday break is approaching fast. While most kids look forward to a couple weeks with no homework, the time off can be tricky for parents who still need to go about their regular work routines between the holidays.
If you need child care during the break – or maybe just don’t want your kids to get cabin fever – there are fortunately plenty of local places gearing up for some super-fun day camps to help keep kids occupied.
Here are some of the holiday break kids camps for 2017-18 we found happening in metro Detroit and beyond.
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- Address: 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-994-8004
This five-day holiday break Creativity Camp with a “Magnificent Makers” theme is held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 2-5, 2018. Kids ages 5-12 will have fun designing a special keepsake box, artwork out of textiles and toys to take home. Camp is priced at $360. Pre- and post-camp care is also available for an additional fee.
- Address: 1515 S. Seventh St., Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-994-2300, ext. 0
- Address: 31555 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills
- Phone: 248-642-8500
Kids ages 5-plus are welcome to take part in fun, safe and supervised camps offering swimming, sports, games, crafts and more. Holiday break camp dates Dec. 26-29, 2017 and mid-winter break camps offered Feb. 19-23, 2018. Camp cost start at $43 for a half day, $55 for a full and varies based on number of days attending
- Address: 29350 Northwestern Highway, Southfield
- Phone: 248-352-8000
The Holiday Hoopmania Camp is offered 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 26-29 and features basketball fun with the Piston’s Academy for $200. They also offer a Hoops Camp basketball camp over mid-winter break for $30-$70, School Break Camp Dec. 21-22 and 26-29, Junior Tennis Holiday camp and a create your own camp option Good for kids in grades 3-8. Register in advance to save money.
- Address: 28600 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
- Phone: 248-473-1800
This holiday break camp includes games, arts and crafts, swimming and special activities. Offered 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 26-29, 2017. Cost is $110 for residents, $120 for non-residents. Extended care also available.
- Address/phone: 500 E. 2nd St., Rochester (248-841-1163); 233 Kay Industrial Drive, Orion Township (248-340-0910)
Holiday break “Holiday Happenings” camps are offered 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 21-22 and 27-29 2017. Choose from the “Trampoline & Pit Camp” or the “Just Having Fun in the Gym Camp.” $25/registered students, $30/non-registered students. Open gym options, too.
- Address: 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-997-1553
Days Off Outdoors camps during the break include Guardians of the Ecosystem on Jan. 3, Solar Power Party on Jan. 4, Burrows, Webs and Nests on Jan. 5, Dream Green on Jan. 15 and others. Good for grades K-5. Runs 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and costs $70 per child.
- Address: 5020 John R St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-577-8400
Mad Scientist Winter Camps are offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 2-5, 2017. Camps are inspired by the museum’s 1001 Inventions exhibit and will feature hands-on activities, experiments movies and more. Costs $160 per week for members, $180 for nonmembers. Before- and aftercare available.
- Addresses/Phones: Birmingham: 637 S. Eton St., 248-723-9100; Rochester Hills: Located in the Village of Rochester Hills, 172 N. Adams Road, 248-213-9960; Grosse Pointe Park: 15201 Kercheval Ave., 313-924-3310
Video game design and robot camp with the Robot Garage experts are available during the holiday break for grades 1-9 (grouped by age). Dates vary by type of camp and location. Camps are offered 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily for $75 per day, with before- and after-care available for $10 per hour.
- Address: 1600 W. Maple Road and 1921 Northwood Drive, Troy
- Phone: 248-816-8496
Winter break camps featuring gymnastics, trampolines and other fun activities are offered during school breaks. Half days available for ages 3-12 and full days available for ages 4-12. Pricing is $35 per half day and $65 per full day. Must provide a change of clothes, snacks and lunch.
- Address: Various locations throughout southeast Michigan.
Offers holiday break camps and mid-winter break camps that correspond with local school schedules. Activities include swimming, wall-climbing, crafts and more. Check with your local YMCA for details.
This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.