Day Camps are an opportunity to let kids try something new, and perhaps discover a life-long passion. When schools go on break during the President’s Week Vacation, February 15-19, 2010, many Capital Region organizations offer fun-filled programs that appeal to a wide variety of interests.
This guide is a work in progress. If you know of any other winter day camps, please share!
Albany Area Day Camps
Frozen Ropes – 3 Interstate Ave. Albany, NY 12205, (518) 435-2424
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Cost: $175 / $140, Half Day 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM $100 / $80
Baseball and Softball Camps – Topics: Hitting, Throwing, Fielding, Pitching, and Positional Play
Albany Institute of History & Art – Vacation Art Break – 125 Washington Avenue Albany, NY (518) 463-4478
9:00-12:00 (Ages 6-8) or 1:00-4:00 (9-13), $15 / Session Members ($20 Non-Members)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 – Arts of Ancient Egypt
Learn about how ancient Egyptians made toys. See examples of ancient Egyptian jewelry and the canopic jars used in the mummification process. Then make your own Egyptian toy, jewelry, and/or canopic jar in our studio.
Thursday, February 18, 2010 – Book Arts
Use various materials to make your own book that can be used as a journal or sketchbook when you get home.
Friday, February 19, 2010 – Color and Pattern
Use fabric to explore elements and principles of art and create a collage of color and pattern.
Note – The New York State Museum’s Time Tunnel Day Camp will not be running this winter, but will return in the summer.
Colonie Area Day Camps
Colonie Youth Center – Saddlewood Elementary School in South Colonie, or
Latham Ridge Elementary School in North Colonie, (518) 438-9596
7:00 – 6:00, Cost: $40.00/day Saddlewood Location, $43.00/day Latham Ridge Location
This is a full day of recreationally based programming providing care for your child during extended school breaks. Children enjoy a variety of activities including arts and crafts, cooking, sports activities, dramatic play, and indoor and outdoor fun. Lunch is provided by the parent.
Queensbury Area Day Camps
Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY – Camp Meadowbrook, Queensbury, (518) 792-0947 Tuesday: Mad Science; Wednesday: Winter Fun Day; Thursday: The Drama of it All; Friday: It’s Your Body, Love It
8:30-5:00, $35/Day Girl Scouts (Non-Girl Scouts $12 Registration Fee)
Saratoga Springs Area Day Camps
The Sports Barn – Hayner Brothers Academy – 130 Route 236, Halfmoon, NY 12065,(518) 664-4537
Baseball All Around Camp – Ages 7-13, 9:00-12:00, $145, Lead Instructors: Ken & Norm Hayner, includes RightView Pro video analysis and Arena Ball games.
High School Baseball Catching Camp – Ages 13-18, 3:00-5:00, Monday 2/15 & Wednesday 2/17 only, Instructor Norm Hayner, $80.
Schenectady Area Day Camps
Schenectady Museum – 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY (518) 382- 7890
9:00 – 4:00, Cost $250 Members ($300 Non-Members), Extended Hours Available
Be inspired about the world of science and technology! Discover the world of transportation with a week of activities, experiments, projects, crafts, and games. From bikes to cars, busses and trains, planes, rockets, ships and more, transportation allows humans to travel great distances and explore new places. When school is out, the learning doesn’t have to stop. And, it can be fun, too!
Troy Area Day Camps
The Arts Center of the Capital Region – 265 River St., Troy, NY, (518) 273-0552
9:00-4:00, Cost $235 Members ($250 Non-Members), Studio Fee $35
Animals in Art — Around the World! Instructor: Robyn Cross How do animals find their way into artist’s work around the world? Come find out here! We’ll create Aboriginal dream paintings from Australia, fold Chinese animal origami, and try our hands at Japanese Woodblock style print making. Together, we’ll papier-mâché African Masks and create Oaxacan animal sculptures from Mexico. Families are welcome to join us for a “Wild Animal Art Show” at the end of the week!
The Children’s Museum of Science – 250 Jordan Road, Troy, New York (518) 235-2120
9:00 – 3:00, $45/Day Members ($55 Non-Members), Extended Hours Available
Monday, February 15th – Space Rocks!
Have you ever wondered what the craters on the moon were made from? What’s the surface of Saturn like? Join us in an exploration of space geology. Experiment with making craters, design your own Saturn to take home and more as you delve in and figure out why space rocks!
Tuesday, February 16th – The Ins and Outs of Insects
It’s a bug’s life or so they say. Join us as we investigate the insect world with a bug eyed view. Inspect an insect, learn a luring bee dance and participate in a spider web relay during this exploration of the world of the mini-beasts.
Wednesday, February 17th – Musical Madness
Join CMOST as we explore the science of sound. Experiment by making drums and explore vibrations; build a telephone and measure how sound travels and explore sound waves on guitars that are made from recycled materials.
Thursday, February 18th – Engineer It!
It’s an engineering challenge! Campers will be immersed in engineering and set to work on designing some masterpieces of their own. Experiment with bridges, kites and much more in this fun exploration of the world of engineering!
Friday, February 19th – Krazy Colors
What’s so Krazy about color? Join CMOST as we explore ghost colors, experiment with the color wheel and answer the question whether black is really black.
Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY – Camp Iso-Sho-Da, East Greenbush, (518) 792-0947
8:30-5:00, $35/Day Girl Scouts (Non-Girl Scouts $12 Registration Fee)
Tuesday: Winter Fun Day; Wednesday: Mad Science; Thursday: It’s Your Body, Love It; Friday: The Drama of It All
NYSTI Theatre Arts School – 5 Division St., Russell Sage College, Troy, NY, (518) 274-3295
9:00-4:00, Cost: $250
WinterStage features former Ringling Brothers clown Sean Patrick Fagan, instructing students in juggling, balance beam, clowning, costumes, magic, unicycling, gymnastics, acrobatics, and stilt walking.
Life can be a three-ring circus, juggling many changing demands. Each experience of exploration and achievement provides students a greater sense of self-confidence and insight. Skills learned through “Circus Theatricks” include control, instinct, rehearsal and repetition, courtesy, teamwork, understanding and safety.
Ride With Lisa – AppleCreek, 241 Morner Rd., Rensselaer, NY, (518) 428-0963
Full Day (Riding in the AM, Field Trips to area attractions in the afternoon); Half Day (Riding in the PM); Cost: $85 Full Day/$65 Half Day
Each day will include formal instruction in a variety of riding disciplines as well as games designed to be fun and functional. We will also extensively cover safety, horse care, tack care, breeds and barn maintenence. Each day we will also be completing a craft project for campers to bring home.
YMCA – East Greenbush Vacation Fun Club Program* (518) 477-2570
7:00-6:00, Cost: $30/Day Members ($60/Day Non-Members)
Fun things to do when there’s no school! All day program includes swimming, gym time, games,arts & crafts, fitness activities.
Young Actor’s Guild – RPI campus in Troy, NY, (518) 276-6505
9:00 – 3:00, Cost: $195.00
There will be acting exercises, as well as creative movement projects. In addition, we are excited to announce that we will be holding classes in cartooning being taught by local artist Randy Rumpf during this one week vacation workshop.
Additional Area Day Camps
*YMCA Vacation Fun Club seems to be available at most area locations, but fees vary. To find the YMCA location nearest you, check The Capital District YMCA website.
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