The kids are off from school and that means you need a way to occupy their time for the week. Need a last-minute idea? Don’t fret! From weeklong museum camps to half-day art classes, we found a variety of options around the metro area for spring break fun, sans parents.
Select dates in March and April, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Creative kiddos can dabble in new artforms during hands-on classes at Art Garage. Choose from a variety of art classes for kids, from abstract painting to mosaics and even mask making. Both morning (9 a.m. to noon) and afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.) classes are available. $45 per class. Art Garage, 6100 E. 23rd Ave., Denver.
March 23-27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kids connect with nature and science through hands-on activities and topics representing STEAM disciplines. Each day covers a different theme, with a range of engaging activities including games, crafts, and live animal encounters. Full- and half-day camp options available. Ages 5-12. $30-$60 per day, $135-$265 for the full week. Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster.
Select dates in March and April, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Go on a field trip or participate in a special onsite program, create art, do science experiments, play games, and swim. Ages five to 12. Registration closes three business days before each program. $75, before and after care available for an additional fee. Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver.
March 25-27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Treat your dino-loving kid to a full day of exploration at Dinosaur Ridge. Campers experience arts and crafts, dynamic lesson plans with engaging activities, a guest speaker, and hiking/outdoor fossil discovery (weather permitting). Ages 6-11. $70 per day, $10 post-camp program available from 3 to 4 p.m. Dinosaur Ridge, 16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison.
March 23-27 and March 30 to April 3, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
During weeklong DMNS camps, kids explore activities in the museum exhibits alongside trained adult educators and take in an IMAX film or planetarium show. Each camper receives a camp T-shirt. Camps are divided by grades, from kindergarten to fifth grade. $290 for five days. Need-based scholarships are available. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver.
March 30 through April 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kids are in for a super active week with Dream Big Day Camps. This indoor camp explores art techniques and gets kids moving with activities including basketball, soccer, and yoga. $88 per day. Before care is available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Hill Middle School, 451 Clermont St., Denver.
March 19, 21, 26, and 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Have an animal loving kiddo? See if they have what it takes to be a marine biologist. Kids will Help prepare food, feed animals in the exhibits, and learn how the biologists take care of the animals. Classes are divided by age group (grades first through eighth) and occur on different days. $65 plus tax. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St., Denver.
Select dates in March and April, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Drop kids off for a day of art making in The Craftsman & Apprentice studio. Workshops have a different art, craft, or DIY theme each day and include snacks and outdoor play time. Ages five to 11. $85, after care available for an additional fee. The Craftsman & Apprentice, 1325 E. 22nd Ave., Denver.
March 23-27 and March 30-April 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If your child has ever dreamed of being on stage, this is the camp for them. Throughout the week, campers participate in theatrical activities including acting, improvisation, dance, music, and makeup, closing out camp with a final production for family and friends. Ages five to 10. $75 per day. Available at Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids locations in Boulder and Englewood.
March 17-19, 9 a.m. to noon
Kids learn about Aurora ecosystems while exploring the water and wetlands at the Senac Creek Nature Center at the Aurora Reservoir. Ages six to 12. $10 each day. Senac Creek Nature Center, 5800 S. Powhaton Rd., Aurora.
March 23-27, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sign kids up for a day or weeklong camp experience in the garden. Campers will explore everything about the garden, from beneath the soil to the sky. Activities include games, art, and tasty garden snacks. $80 per day. Register for all five days and receive one day free. Growing Gardens, 1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder.
March 24-26 and March 31-April 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
During these three-day mini camps, kids get an up-close look at the animals at the zoo. Campers explore a different animal habit each day and participate in hands-on activities and animal encounters. Open to kids in pre-K through third grade. $50-$55. Early and late care are available for an extra $10 each. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver.
Select dates in March and April, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Keep the kids active during spring break with a camp filled with sports, including rock climbing, ice skating, gymnastics, aquatics, and swimming. $60 full day, $35 half day. Lunch and before and after care are available for an additional fee. Ritchie Center, 2201 E. Asbury Ave., Denver.