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    The weather has been so warm and beautiful this winter that you may be reminded that Spring Break is near. DO NOT PANIC. We have the scoop on what to do with your kids so they don’t kill each other, or drive you crazy with complaints of “I’m bored!” and “There’s nothing to do!” Luckily there are many fun, entertaining and educational (shhhh, don’t tell the kids) Spring Break Camps offered around Louisville and Southern Indiana.

    Animal Antics                          General Camps                                  Sports Enthusiasts

    Artistic Genius                         Mad About Science                             Southern Indiana


    Animal Antics

    The Louisville Zoo

    Is your child crazy for animals? Why not “turn Spring Break into a wild and wonderful animal safari” for the kids! The Louisville Zoo’s Spring Break Camps are designed for kids 6-12*. Campers will be divided into groups base on age and will guide them through zoo walks, close-up learning with MetaZoo animals, and other themed activities and crafts.

    Location: The Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way

    Dates: April 9-13

    Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Cost: Regular $195; Members $180

    Information and Registration:

    *For those with pre-school aged children other Spring Classes are offered the week following Spring Break.

    Kentucky Humane Society 

    Does your child have a soft spot for their furry, fuzzy friends? Then send them to the KHS Wags n Whiskers camp. They'll learn the ins and outs of caring for animals and have a ton of fun. Days will be filled with baking animal treats, dog training and agility demonstrations, games and more! The camp is for kids ages 6-12.

    Location: KHS East Campus, 1000 Lyndon Lane, Suite B, Louisville
    Dates: April 9-13
    Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (extended hours available)

    Cost: $200


    Artistic Genius

    Camp Shakespeare

    Are you looking for the perfect outlet for the Drama King or Queen of the house? Camp Shakespeare is your answer! These camps are offered to children ages 11-15. Two different theater camp experiences are offered:

    Playwriting Camp where prospective playwrights can explore theater, play theater games and create their own plays in an historical setting at Locust Grove.

    Acting and Conflict Resolution where through interactive exercises and games students will explore Muhammad Ali’s core values of respect, understanding, peace and storytelling. The week will end in an invitation-only performance.

    Locations: Playwriting – Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane

                      Acting – Muhammad Ali Museum, 144 N. Sixth Street

    Dates: April 9 – 13

    Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Cost: $200

    Information and Registration:

    Louisville Visual Art Association 

    Do you have a budding Picasso or Ansel Adams on your hands? The Spring Camps at the Louisville Visual Art Association are your answer! Your children will sculpt masks, use indigo dye on fabric, draw, paint or even explore one of the oldest photographic processes known to man. They offer three different 1/2 day camps, divided among grade levels 4th-6th, 6th-8th and 9th - 12th. 

    Location: Louisville Visual Arts, 3005 River Road, Louisville

    Dates: April 9-13

    Times: 9-12 p.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.

    Cost: $100 members/ $125 non-members

    Information and Registration:

    General Camps

    Jewish Community Center of Louisville

    If you are looking for an easy option for your kids to learn, grow and enjoy new experiences, the JCC of Louisville may be your answer! Campers will play, swim, participate in arts & crafts, sports activities and games. Camps are designed for kids in preschool-5th grades.

    Location: JCC Louisville, 3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville

    Dates: April 9-13

    Time: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (including partial day and extended care options)

    Cost:    Member $35-55/day

                Non-Members $55-$80/day

    Extended care options available from $8/day

    Information and Registration:  Spring and Winter Camps

    YMCA of Greater Louisville

    The YMCA (Earworm alert!) is one of the best know places around for keeping the entire family active. Their Spring Break Camp offers daily themes and activities including sports, arts & crafts, and field trips along with healthy snacks. Camps are open to kids in  grades K-8.

    Location: Various YMCA’s across the area

    Dates: April 9-13

    Time: 7 a.m. -6 p.m.

    Cost: $125 members

    Information and Registration: or call

    Mad About Science

    Louisville Science Center 

    Are your children always examining the world around them? The School's Out Science Camps at the Louisville Science Center will be perfect for them. They offer half day camps for children in Pre-K and full day camps for those in K-6 grades. Depending on their grades, your children will groove to the music of nature (Pre-K), create jam sessions with found objects (K-1), become Lego Jedi Masters (2-3), or explore the geology, flora and fauna of Kentucky (4-6). 

    Location: Louisville Science Center, 727 West Main Street, Louisville
    Dates: March 26-30 and  April 9-13
    Times: 8:30-11:30 a.m. 1/2 day and 9-4 p.m. Full day

    Cost: Half-Day: $90 Members, $105 Non-Members

    Full-Day: $175 Members, $200 Non-Members


    Mad Science Kentucky

    Do you have a little scientist in the making? Then the Mad Science Kentucky Spring Into Science is perfect for little Mr. or Miss curiosity. During this week your child will “Get Crazy for Chemistry, Sink into Cells, discover sound, and learn the Science of Sports in this "Mad' week of Science! The camps are designed for children in grades 1-5.

    Location: The Mad Science Lab, 7212 Dixie Highway

    Dates: April 9-13

    Time: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Cost: $240

    Information and Registration:


    Sports Enthusiasts

    All About Kids 

    Does your child love to splash, bounce and tumble? The Spring Break Camps featuring swimming, Open Gym, and more are the answer for them! With a different theme added to each day, no two days will be the same. Camps are designed for kids ages 4 and up and are offered in both half, or full-day options.

    Location: All About Kids, 2531 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville
    Cost: 1/2 Day $30/day and Full Day $45/day
    Dates: April 9-13
    Times: 9 a.m.-1 p.m Or 1 p.m.-5p.m. 1/2 day and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Full Day (early drop off and late pick up available)
    Information and Registration:

    Hoops Louisville 
    Does your child dream of being a Pro basketball player? Sign them up for Hoops Louisville's Five Star Basketball Camp. They'll receive training, instruction and competitive league play -- all of that and a basketball jersey. Hoops camp is designed for kids ages 7-17.

    Location: Hoops, 12101 Sycamore Station Place, Louisville
    Cost: $350
    Dates: April 9-12
    Time: 9 a.m.-3p.m.
    Information and registration:

    Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club 

    Does your child have a love for all things soccer? The Spring Break Camps at Mockingbird Valley will be the answer for them. Half days and full days are available for kids 3-9. Your kids will have fun while learning the basic skills necessary for them to move to the next level.

    Location: Mockingbird Valley Soccer, 3000 Mellwood Avenue, Louisville
    Cost: ranges for $25 for the youngest 1/2 single day to $230 to the oldest full-day program for the week.
    Dates: April 9-13
    Times: 9-11 a.m. or 1-4 p.m. 1/2 day and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Full Day
    Information and Registration:

    Southern Indiana

    YMCA Southern Indiana 

    Are your kids ready to take the break to burn off steam and have some fun? Sign them up for fun at the YMCA (anyone else now have the Earworm?)! Daily activities include: games, relays, crafts, fun in the Aquatic Center, trip to Pirate Bay Water Park in Shepherdsville, ISTEP Review, and more. Camps are designed for kids in grades K-6. 

    Locations: YMCA SI Floyd and Clark locations,

    Cost:               If Registered before March 20

    Week - Members: $100 Non-members: $115

    Daily - Members: $30 Non-members: $35

    If Registered after March 20

    Week - Members: $115 Non-members: $130

    Daily - Members: $35 Non-members: $40

    Dates: March 26-30

    Times: 6:30 a.m. -6:00 p.a.

    Information and Registration:

    Louisville Science Center 

    Dates: March 26-30

    *See above for details

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