Old man winter has been relentless over the past few weeks. With below freezing temperatures and snow storms almost every day, spring is probably not on your radar—but it should be. Spring break has a way of sneaking up on busy parents. If you’re planning to stay local for this no-school holiday at the end of March, read on.
We know that kids benefit from having structure in their daily lives. Going to school is a comforting and familiar routine for kids, and when that routine is disrupted by school breaks, it is important that we fill the void with other enriching activities. Spring break camps are a great way to engage kids in meaningful and positive out-of-school experiences. A few benefits of spring break camps include:
Getting the opportunity to try new things. Kids may discover new hobbies and passions at spring break camps. They may also learn more about themselves and gain new skills.
Reducing time spent in front of screens. When kids are free to roam the house with nothing to do, they often resort to television or video games. Spring break camps encourage physical activity and creativity.
Meeting new friends and socializing. Kids from all different schools and counties meet at spring break camps. It is healthy and beneficial for kids to expand their circle of friends and practice social skills.
Relieving parents/caretakers of stress. Signing up for a spring break camp will let you carry on with your work/daily routine rest assured that your kids are in a safe and fun environment.
There are plenty of spring break camps to choose from in Central Oregon, and we’ve compiled a few that focus on active play and learning. These spring break camps usually fill up, so register online as early as possible. Also note that this is not a complete list of camps and daycares available in Central Oregon, so be sure to research other options as needed.
High Desert Museum Kids Camp Spring Break
Ages: Kindergarten – 5th grade
Fee: $206.25 (full week)
*Members get 20% discount
Wildheart Nature School Spring Break Camp
Fee: $67 (per session, multi-session and sibling discounts available)
Bend Parks & Recreation Operation Recreation Spring Break Camp
Fee: $45-54 (per session)
Bend Parks & Recreation All Sport Spring Break Camp
Fee: $40-48 (per session)
Bend Parks & Recreation Westside Village Adventure Spring Break Camp
Fee: $220 (full week)
Camp Fire Central Oregon Spring Break Camp
Ages: Kindergarten – 6th grade
Fee: $55 (per session)
Riverbend Nature Center STEAM Spring Break Camp
Fee: $50 (per session)
*$40 for members