It’s that time of year again—no not the holidays—that exciting time when parents need to work and children are out of school. We’ve put together a roundup of great Winter Break Camps where kids will be educated and entertained and parents can get their work done. With camps for children ages 4 to 14, there’s something for everyone! So visit the links, and sign up now.

Sign your child up to meet the Zoo’s animals up close and personal at the Birmingham Zoo Winter Break Camp December 20-21 and 27-28 from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM. This interactive camp for children in 4K-5TH grade, features games, crafts, and a variety of animal encounters. The cost is $55 per day for members and $65 per day for non-members. Early care is available from 7:30-8:15 AM for $5 a day and aftercare from 3:45-5:30 PM for $10 per day. 

When school is out, the J is in! The Levite Jewish Community Center hosts Winter Break Camp on December 20-21, 24 and 26-28 and January 2-3 for kids in Kindergarten through 6TH grade from 9 AM-3:30 PM. This full day of activities includes sports, crafts, games, swimming, and more. Cost is $40 per day for members, $50 per day for non-members, $320 for a package for members, and $400 for a package for non-members. Before care is available from 7 AM, and aftercare is available from 3:30-6 PM for $5 each per day.

McWane Science Center has two options for Winter Camp on December 27-January 4 for children preK-6th grade. The Full Day camp for 3rd-6th graders is from 9 AM-4 PM, with lunch provided. The Cost is $95 for members and $110 for non-members. The Half Day Camp for preK and Kindergarten campers (children must be 4 by 12/1 and potty trained to attend) is from 9 AM-1 PM, with lunch provided, and costs $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Campers will enjoy educational activities, conduct fun science experiments, and explore the museum’s exhibits. Before care from 7:45-9 AM and aftercare from 4-5:30 PM are available. 

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Mason Music also offers two winter camp options: Winter Break Preschool Music Camp and Winter Break Camp for Beginners. Preschool Music Camp (for potty trained children from 3-5) is December 26-28 from 9-11 AM at the Cahaba Heights studio. The cost is $75, and you must register by 12/14. This camp is a splendid mix of winter wonderland magic and introduction to musical concepts in a creative environment. Winter Break Camp for Beginners—for 6-9 year olds—is December 27-29 from 1-4 PM in Cahaba Heights. Camp costs $125 and lets campers explore music and movement, sing, and play instruments like the guitar, piano, drums, and violin.  

Red MountainTheatre hosts its Winter Blast workshop from December 26-29 from 9 AM-4 PM. This weeklong workshop, for 7-12 year olds, teaches musical theatre songs and dances and culminates with a performance for family and friends at the end of the week. The cost is $300, and participants do Not have to audition.

UAB offers its active Winter Break Camp on December 17-21 from 9 AM-4 PM. For kids 5-12 years old, this camp is packed with fun games, Rec Center pool swimming, rock wall climbing, sports, crafts, and more. The cost is $155 per child per week for UAB affiliates and $185 per child per week for non-affiliates. You can also register for single days for $40 per day for UAB affiliates and $50 per day for non-affiliates. A $35 deposit is required to hold spots for camp, and a 5% discount is given for registering multiple children. Before care and aftercare options are available for $5 each per day. 


Local YMCA branches will hold Holiday Camps on December 21, 26-28 and  January 2-4 from 7 AM-6 PM for children 5 to14 years old. Campers will swim, play sports and games, make crafts, and take field trips. The cost is $30 per day for members and $50 per day for non-members or $140 per week for members and $210 per week for non-members. 

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