Vacation camps give kids some winter fun

Hampton Kids in East Hampton is offering winter

Hampton Kids in East Hampton is offering winter camp for children who want to do a little of everything: baking, crafts, bouncy house fun and science experiments. (Credit: Handout)

Chances are that about two days into winter breaks, your kids start complaining they're bored.

Thankfully, Long Island has you covered with a multitude of December and February camps for every age group and interest level. But these camps tend to fill up quickly, so do your homework and sign up early.
 

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1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre

DATES Dec. 23-24, 26-27, 30-31, Jan. 2-3

BEST FOR Budding scientists and kids who love experimenting.

WHAT THEY'LL DO ALL DAY Hands-on science experiments and explorations. Young campers also will get a chance to explore 17 acres of nature, visit and interact with live animals, conduct experiments and take part in science shows and demonstrations conducted by science teachers.

NEED TO KNOW The camp is full-day, and aftercare is available.

AGES 4 to 12

PRICE $50 a day

CONTACT 516-764-0045, www.cstl.org
 

Suffolk County Farm Winter Camp

350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank

DATES 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17-21

BEST FOR Mini-farmers and animal lovers.

WHAT THEY'LL DO ALL DAY Children will learn how to take care of a farm and do hands-on activities to care for the animals. They'll get to play with the animals and spend time outdoors (dress warmly).

NEED TO KNOW You can pay for one day or sign up for the whole week.

AGES Kindergarten through sixth grade

PRICE $225 for the week or $50 a day

CONTACT 631-852-4603, ccesuffolk.org
 

Winter Wildlife Camp at Quogue Wildlife Refuge

3 Old Country Rd., Quogue

DATES 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18-21

BEST FOR Kids who love the outdoors, animals and hiking

WHAT THEY'LL DO ALL DAY Every day, your child will go on a hike (so dress them warmly, with hats, gloves, sweaters and scarfs). They also will have a chance to feed and handle some of the animals that live in the nature center. And children will get to do a daily craft.

NEED TO KNOW Sign up for one day or all four days.

AGES 5 to 11

PRICE $30 a day or $100 for all four days

CONTACT 631-653-4771, quoguewildliferefuge.org
 

Hampton Kids

175 Daniel's Hole Rd., East Hampton

DATES Typically held whenever schools are closed, including Dec. 23-24, 26-31, Jan. 2-5

BEST FOR Kids who just want to do a little of everything, baking, crafts, bouncy house fun and science experiments.

WHAT THEY'LL DO ALL DAY Every day is different. In the 10,000-square-foot facility, they'll get to play arcade games and squeal while jumping in a bouncy house. There will be crafts and baking and other activities, too.

NEED TO KNOW Morning, afternoon and full-day sessions are offered. There also is a tennis combo add-on available. Times: 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

AGES 2-12

PRICE Pay per day. $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers for a half-day, and $70 for members and $100 for nonmembers for a full day

CONTACT 631-537-4614,hamptonkids.org
 

The Chai Center

501 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills

DATES Feb. 17-21

BEST FOR An all-around winter camp for a little bit of everything.

WHAT THEY'LL DO ALL DAY Baking, science, music, soccer, treasure hunts and a Shabbat party.

NEED TO KNOW If you sign up for summer camp 2014, your child can attend this camp for free with some restrictions. Call for more details.

AGES 2 to 6

PRICE $200 for members and $250 for nonmembers

CONTACT  631-351-8672, thechaicenter.com
 

Musical Theater Camp

76 Main St., Westhampton Beach

DATES Feb. 17-21

BEST FOR Budding divas, little theater-lovers, future stars

WHAT THEY'LL DO ALL DAY The first day, they'll audition for the big musical theater production of "Robinson Crusoe." Everyone has a part, and they'll work on their roles every day, culminating in a final night show. They'll also take improv, music and movement classes.

NEED TO KNOW Your child doesn't need a musical theater background.

AGES 5 (in kindergarten) to 16

PRICE $400

CONTACT 631-288-2350, whbpac.org

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