When schools are closed for spring break, there are plenty of things to do with your kids around Louisville, Kentucky like exploring the Louisville Nature Center and touring the Louisville Slugger Museum. But if parents need to head to the office, or kids simply want to spend time with people their own age, there are spring break day camps, too. If a day camp fits the bill for your family, you'll find a camp for every interest, from acting to zoology.
Learn About Animals and Nature
Especially good for city kids who don't have a regular opportunity to interact with the natural world, spring break camps offer children the opportunity to learn about animals, take a hike in nature, and develop an understanding of science while having fun.
Lifelong Friends Camp at Kentucky Humane Society East Campus: From Monday-Friday, campers meet animals and learn how to take care of a pet responsibly. In addition to pet ownership, participants learn about animal-related careers, make toys and treats, and create animal-related crafts. The camps are open to kids 6-12 years old—it's an opportunity to teach children the benefits of socializing with animals.
Camps at Floyds Fork: Designed for grades 1–3 or 4–5, The Parklands camps give kids a chance to hike, see wildlife, discover fossils, and explore the natural world. Camp hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m. and kids need to be picked up before 5 p.m. Visit the website to register.
School’s Out Science Camp: With camps like Little Farmers, There’s No Body Like the Human Body, and Four Seasons, there is a day at the Science Center for every kid's interests. Camps are available for children in grades pre-Kindergarten to grade 6. Drop off is between 8–9 a.m. Pick-up is from 4–5 p.m. The Kentucky Science Center is centrally located on Main St.
Spring Break Camp at the Louisville Zoo: An entertaining and educational program, kids aged 6–12 years old participate in activities, create crafts, and have one-on-one time with a few animal residents of the zoo. Campers are at the zoo from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and bring their own bag lunch and drink. Contact the Louisville Zoo for more information.
Act Up at Theater Camp
Your budding actor can get an opportunity to learn more about performing at a real theater.
Spring Break Camp at Stage One Theatre: There are various camps, some teach creative movement while others focus on the craft of acting. Each camp is set up as a half day, but if you are looking for a full-day camp, parents can sign up for a full-day session which includes both half-day camps. The camps are designed for students in grades K-5.
Hang Out at the Y
The YMCA has great recreation facilities for families but spring break offers kids the opportunity to have fun with their peers and spend time with coaches and staff who can help them with their swimming, hone their sports skills, and teach them some new crafts.
YMCAs Throughout Louisville: Different branches have different themed camps, but most are open to kids 5–14. Often there are activities, crafts, sports for the kids and time spent swimming. Most camps start drop-off time at 7 a.m. and require kids to be picked up before 6 p.m.