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Community Players of Concord camp. Courtesy photo.




February fun
Vacation week camps have something for everyone

02/08/18
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 February vacation week is just around the corner. Get the kids signed up now for one of these day camps, where they can participate in art projects, nature adventures, theater productions and more. 

 
Arts and media 
Concord TV (Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, Concord, 225-8690, yourconcordtv.org) offers a camp for kids ages 9 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. each day. Campers will learn the basics of video production and create  videos and short films. The cost is $100 for Concord residents, $110 for non-residents. 
Currier Museum Art Center (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, ext. 122, currier.org/art-center) offers an art camp for kids ages 5 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, with a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. Campers will work sculpture, drawing inspiration from the museum’s current exhibition featuring the work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The morning session theme is heroes and the afternoon session theme is gardens. The cost for the week is $170 for one session or $285 for both sessions. 
NH Coding Academy (Southern NH Education Center, 1 E. Commons Drive, Londonderry, 818-8613, snhec.org) offers a computer programming camp for kids in grades 3 through 5. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., each day. Campers will learn the fundamentals of computer programming and the principles of computer science and receive hands-on instruction for writing code. The cost is $150 for the week. 
Studio 550 (550 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5597, 550arts.com) offers an art camp for kids age 7 and up. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day. The theme is “World of the Wild.” Campers will work with clay and other media to create art inspired by plants and animals from various ecosystems and continents and from their own imagination. The cost is $245 for a full-day week, $165 for a half-day week, or $55 per day. 
 
General interest
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover, 742-2002, childrens-museum.org) offers camp for kids ages 6 to 9. It runs Tuesday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Tuesday is art day, Wednesday is science day, and Thursday is engineering day. The cost is $40 per day or $95 for all three days. 
Concord Family YMCA (15 N. State St., Concord, 228-9622, concordymca.org) offers a traditional camp for grades K through 6. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; drop-off hours are 7 to 9 a.m. Campers participate in activities like archery, rock wall climbing, swimming and field trips. The cost for Y members is $168 for the week or $50 per day; for non-members, it’s $188 for the week or $60 per day. Register by Feb. 16. 
New Hampshire SPCA (NHSPCA Learning Center, 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham, 772-2921, nhspca.org) offers a camp for kids ages 6 to 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. There will be games and activities, crafts and time to visit the animals. The cost is $60 per day. Campers can attend one, two or all three days. 
New Morning Schools (23 Back River Road, Bedford, 669-3591, newmorningschools.com) offers a preschool camp and an Imagine camp for kids in grades K through 6. Camps run Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for preschoolers and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for grade-schoolers. Preschool camp includes games, songs, crafts and outdoor fun. Imagine camp includes outdoor games, fairy house and fort building, STEM experiments, gym games, art projects, fitness challenges and more. The cost is $225 for the week or $50 per day if enrolled by Feb. 12, or $250 for the week or $60 per day if enrolled after Feb. 12 (single-day option available only for Imagine camp). 
Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, 422-7541, strawberybanke.org) offers a camp for kids in grades 1 through 5. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, with sessions from 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 1:30 p.m., and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Each session features different activities, which include crafts, historic cooking, simulations and group problem-solving, outdoor skating, historical games, dress-up and role-playing and more. The cost per day is $35 for the morning session or morning and midday sessions and $60 for a full day. 
YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown (116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown, 497-4663, ext. 2103, graniteymca.org) offers several camps for kids in grades K through 8. They run Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The traditional camp (grades K through 8) features games, crafts, movies and more. The art and cooking camp (grades 2 through 8) has campers doing arts and crafts in the morning and cooking in the afternoon. The trip camp (grades 3 through 8) includes field trips for snowshoeing and sledding, bowling, indoor soccer and more. The cost for Y members is $40 to $55 per day or $180 to $247 for the week, depending on the camp; for non-members, it’s $49 to $64 per day or $220 to $287 for the week. Register by Feb. 20. 
YMCA of Downtown Manchester (30 Mechanic St., Manchester, 232-8670, graniteymca.org) offers two camps for kids in grades K through 6. They run Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. In the traditional camp (grades K through 6), campers will participate in games, crafts, science projects, music activities and more. In the sport-a-day camp (grades 1 through 6) campers will play soccer, basketball, floor hockey and more. The cost for Y members is $38 per day or $168 for the week; for non-members, it’s $47 per day or $210 for the week. Register by Feb. 21. 
YMCA of Greater Londonderry (206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 437-9622, graniteymca.org) offers several camps for kids in grades K through 8. They run Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day. The traditional camp (grades K through 8) features games, crafts, movies and more. The art and cooking camp (grades 2 through 8) has campers doing arts and crafts in the morning and cooking in the afternoon. The trip camp (grades 3 through 8) includes field trips for snowshoeing and sledding, bowling, indoor soccer and more. The cost is $49 to $59 per day (no single-day option for arts and cooking camp) or $199 to $247 for the week, depending on the camp. Register by Feb. 19. 
YMCA of the Seacoast (Camp Gundalow, 176 Tuttle Lane, Greenland, 431-2334, ext. 2556, graniteymca.org) offers camp for kids ages 5 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day. Activities include swimming, gym games, fitness fun, arts and crafts, outdoor play and more. The cost for Y members is $45 per day or $200 for the week; for non-members, it’s $70 per day or $315 for the week. Register by Feb. 21. 
 
Nature and science 
Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester, 626-3474, amoskeagfishways.org) offers a makerspace vacation program for kids age 9 and up. It runs Tuesday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers will complete various projects using recycled materials. The cost is $5 per day. 
Beaver Brook Nature Center (117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, beaverbrook.org) offers a camp for grades 1 through 8. It runs Tuesday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers will learn, explore and play outdoors. The cost is $55 per day. 
Nashua Public Library (2 Court St., 589-4610, nashualibrary.org) offers a junior naturalist camp for kids age 8 to 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The Nashua River Watershed Association will teach campers about the river and the plants and animals that inhabit it. The camp is free, but registration is required. Campers are expected to attend all five days. 
NH Audubon (McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord; Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn; 224-9909, nhaudubon.org) offers camp for kids age 6 to 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Activities include outdoor excursions, games, crafts, stories, live animal visits, songs and conservation projects. The cost is $43 per day. 
Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center (928 White Oaks Road, Laconia, 366-5695, prescottfarm.org) offers Wildquest Winter Camp for kids ages 5 to 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day. Activities may include animal tracking, snowshoeing, sledding, games, crafts, maple sugaring, campfire stories and more. The cost is $47 per day or $235 for the week. 
Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye, 436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org) offers two camps: Treks 4 Tots for kids ages 4 and 5, and Seaside Safari for kids in grades K through 5. They run Monday, Feb. 19, through Friday, Feb. 23, and Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. (A 9 a.m. to noon option is also available for Treks 4 Tots.) Campers will explore Odiorne Point State Park and the center’s hands-on exhibits and participate in lessons, activities, art projects, games, stories and more. The cost is $65 per full day, $45 per half day, $200 for a full half-day week and $300 for a full full-day week. 
 
Sports
Executive Health & Sports Center (1 Highlander Way, Manchester, 624-9300, ehsc.com) offers a junior fitness camp for kids ages 5 to 13. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Activities include team games, pool time, arts and crafts, basketball, dodgeball, group personal training, hip-hop and yoga. Call for cost details. 
Health Club Of Concord (10 Garvins Falls Road, Concord, 224-7787, healthclubofconcord.com) offers a tennis camp for kids ages 7 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, each day. The camp will focus on building tennis skills and knowledge. The cost is $269 for the week. 
McIntyre Ski Area (50 Chalet Ct., Manchester, 622-6159, mcintyreskiarea.com) offers ski and snowboard camps, including a Little Macs camp for kids ages 4 to 6 and a Mighty Macs camp for kids ages 6 to 16. They run Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., for the Little Macs and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for the Mighty Macs. The cost for Little Macs is $165 for lessons, $60 for rentals and $20 for a helmet. The cost for Might Macs is $170 for lessons, $70 for rentals and $20 for a helmet. 
NH SportsZone (7 A St., Derry, 537-9663, nhsportszone.com) offers an all-sports camp for kids ages 7 to 13 Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with half-day options from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per full day, $25 per half day, $150 for the full full-day week, and $85 for the full half-day week. 
Pats Peak Ski Area (686 Flanders Road, Henniker, 428-3245, patspeak.com) offers a camp for ages 6 to 14 Monday, Feb. 19, through Wednesday, Feb. 21, and Monday, Feb. 26, through Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Campers will spend time on the slopes in a group setting. The cost is $330 for three days; rental equipment for the three days costs $96. Register by Feb. 16. 
Play Ball (9 Congress St., Nashua, 883-2323); 16 Industrial Way, Salem, 898-0332, goplayball.com) offers a baseball and softball camp for ages 6 through 12 Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $115 for the week. 
Tri-Star Gymnastics & Dance (66 Third St., Dover, 749-5678, tristargymnh.com) offers camp for kindergarten through age 13 Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Campers will participate in gymnastics, crafts, games and open gym playtime. The cost is $35 per day or $135 for the week. 
 
Theater 
Bedford Youth Performing Company (155 Route 101, Bedford, 472-3894, bypc.org) offers camp for kids ages 2 to 6. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., each day. Activities will include fort building, hiking, campfire songs, nature themed stories, science activities and games. The cost is $50 to $225, depending on the number of days. 
Community Players of Concord (435 Josiah Bartlett Road, Concord, 753-6653, communityplayersofconcord.org) offers camp for ages 8 to 14 Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, with a first meeting and auditions Sunday, Feb. 25, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Campers will produce Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids. The cost is $200. 
New Hampshire Theatre Project (959 Islington St., Portsmouth, 431-6644, nhtheatreproject.org) offers camp for kids age 7 to 11. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Campers will explore developing characters, comedy improv and more. The cost is $100 to $400, depending on the number of days. Register by Feb. 9. 
Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org) offers camp for kids in grades 2 through 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Campers will learn about theater and prepare for a performance of 101 Dalmatians Kids to be held on Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m. The cost is $225 for the week. 
Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth, seacoastrep.org) offers camp for ages 7 to 15. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers will learn about theater, improve their skills and present a showcase for their families on the final day. The cost is $350. 





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