Spring Break Camps in and around Louisville

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Spring Break Camps in Louisville & Southern Indiana 2012
The weather has been so warm and beautiful this winter that you may be reminded that Spring Break is near. DO NOT PANIC. We have the scoop on what to do with your kids so they don’t kill each other, or drive you crazy with complaints of “I’m bored!” and “There’s nothing to do!” Luckily there are many fun, entertaining and educational (shhhh, don’t tell the kids) Spring Break Camps offered around Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Animal Antics

Is your child crazy for animals? Why not “turn Spring Break into a wild and wonderful animal safari” for the kids! The Louisville Zoo’s Spring Break Camps are designed for kids 6-12*. Campers will be divided into groups base on age and will guide them through zoo walks, close-up learning with MetaZoo animals, and other themed activities and crafts.
Location: The Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way
Dates: April 9-13
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Regular $195; Members $180
Information and Registration: louisvillezoo.org/education/public/public.htm
*For those with pre-school aged children other Spring Classes are offered the week following Spring Break.
Kentucky Humane Society 
Does your child have a soft spot for their furry, fuzzy friends? Then send them to the KHS Wags n Whiskers camp. They’ll learn the ins and outs of caring for animals and have a ton of fun. Days will be filled with baking animal treats, dog training and agility demonstrations, games and more! The camp is for kids ages 6-12.

Location: KHS East Campus, 1000 Lyndon Lane, Suite B, Louisville
Dates: April 9-13
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (extended hours available)

Cost: $200
Information: http://www.kyhumane.org/camps-for-kids

Artistic Genius 

Are you looking for the perfect outlet for the Drama King or Queen of the house? Camp Shakespeare is your answer! These camps are offered to children ages 11-15. Two different theater camp experiences are offered:
Playwriting Camp where prospective playwrights can explore theater, play theater games and create their own plays in an historical setting at Locust Grove.
Acting and Conflict Resolution where through interactive exercises and games students will explore Muhammad Ali’s core values of respect, understanding, peace and storytelling. The week will end in an invitation-only performance.
Locations: Playwriting – Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane
                  Acting – Muhammad Ali Museum, 144 N. Sixth Street
Dates: April 9 – 13
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $200
Do you have a budding Picasso or Ansel Adams on your hands? The Spring Camps at the Louisville Visual Art Association are your answer! Your children will sculpt masks, use indigo dye on fabric, draw, paint or even explore one of the oldest photographic processes known to man. They offer three different 1/2 day camps, divided among grade levels 4th-6th, 6th-8th and 9th – 12th. 
Location: Louisville Visual Arts, 3005 River Road, Louisville
Dates: April 9-13
Times: 9-12 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $100 members/ $125 non-members

General Camps

If you are looking for an easy option for your kids to learn, grow and enjoy new experiences, the JCC of Louisville may be your answer! Campers will play, swim, participate in arts & crafts, sports activities and games. Camps are designed for kids in preschool-5th grades.
Location: JCC Louisville, 3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville
Dates: April 9-13
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (including partial day and extended care options)
Cost:    Member $35-55/day
            Non-Members $55-$80/day
Extended care options available from $8/day
Information and Registration: www.jcclouisville.org  Spring and Winter Camps
The YMCA (Earworm alert!) is one of the best know places around for keeping the entire family active. Their Spring Break Camp offers daily themes and activities including sports, arts & crafts, and field trips along with healthy snacks. Camps are open to kids in  grades K-8.
Dates: April 9-13
Time: 7 a.m. -6 p.m.
Cost: $125 members
Information and Registration: www.ymcalouisville.org or call

Mad about Science

Louisville Science Center 
Are your children always examining the world around them? The School’s Out Science Camps at the Louisville Science Center will be perfect for them. They offer half day camps for children in Pre-K and full day camps for those in K-6 grades. Depending on their grades, your children will groove to the music of nature (Pre-K), create jam sessions with found objects (K-1), become Lego Jedi Masters (2-3), or explore the geology, flora and fauna of Kentucky (4-6). 

Location: Louisville Science Center, 727 West Main Street, Louisville
Dates: March 26-30 and  April 9-13
Times: 8:30-11:30 a.m. 1/2 day and 9-4 p.m. Full day

Cost: Half-Day: $90 Members, $105 Non-Members
Full-Day: $175 Members, $200 Non-Members
Do you have a little scientist in the making? Then the Mad Science Kentucky Spring Into Science is perfect for little Mr. or Miss curiosity. During this week your child will “Get Crazy for Chemistry, Sink into Cells, discover sound, and learn the Science of Sports in this “Mad’ week of Science! The camps are designed for children in grades 1-5.
Location: The Mad Science Lab, 7212 Dixie Highway
Dates: April 9-13
Time: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $240
Save $20 with your Louisville Family Fun Pass (which is only $10!!)

Sports Enthusiasts

Does your child love to splash, bounce and tumble? The Spring Break Camps featuring swimming, Open Gym, and more are the answer for them! With a different theme added to each day, no two days will be the same. Camps are designed for kids ages 4 and up and are offered in both half, or full-day options.

Location: All About Kids, 2531 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville
Cost: 1/2 Day $30/day and Full Day $45/day
Dates: April 9-13
Times: 9 a.m.-1 p.m Or 1 p.m.-5p.m. 1/2 day and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Full Day (early drop off and late pick up available)
Information and Registration: http://www.allaboutkids.cc/Camps.asp

Hoops Louisville 
Does your child dream of being a Pro basketball player? Sign them up for Hoops Louisville’s Five Star Basketball Camp. They’ll receive training, instruction and competitive league play — all of that and a basketball jersey. Hoops camp is designed for kids ages 7-17.

Location: Hoops, 12101 Sycamore Station Place, Louisville
Cost: $350
Dates: April 9-12
Time: 9 a.m.-3p.m.
Information and registration: http://hoopslouisville.com/?mod=pages&id=55

Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club 
Does your child have a love for all things soccer? The Spring Break Camps at Mockingbird Valley will be the answer for them. Half days and full days are available for kids 3-9. Your kids will have fun while learning the basic skills necessary for them to move to the next level.

Location: Mockingbird Valley Soccer, 3000 Mellwood Avenue, Louisville
Cost: ranges for $25 for the youngest 1/2 single day to $230 to the oldest full-day program for the week.
Dates: April 9-13
Times: 9-11 a.m. or 1-4 p.m. 1/2 day and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Full Day
Information and Registration: 

Southern Indiana

Are your kids ready to take the break to burn off steam and have some fun? Sign them up for fun at the YMCA (anyone else now have the Earworm?)! Daily activities include: games, relays, crafts, fun in the Aquatic Center, trip to Pirate Bay Water Park in Shepherdsville, ISTEP Review, and more. Camps are designed for kids in grades K-6. 
Locations: YMCA SI Floyd and Clark locations, http://www.ymcasi.org/branches.php
Cost:               If Registered before March 20
Week – Members: $100 Non-members: $115
Daily – Members: $30 Non-members: $35
If Registered after March 20
Week – Members: $115 Non-members: $130
Daily – Members: $35 Non-members: $40
Dates: March 26-30
Times: 6:30 a.m. -6:00 p.a.
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