Spring (break) into action with Things to Do
We've been concentrating so hard on making sure you get ready for summer camps that we skipped ahead of spring break. And while we know some schools have already done spring break, many in the bay area have not. Now, we can't list every spring break camp out there, but we can give you a little sampling of some interesting camps that we found.
We found a cool place in Oldsmar that has set up spring camps for Pinellas (March 29-April 2), Pasco (April 5-9) and Hillsborough (April 12-16) when public schools are off. Cafe Kiln, a paint your own pottery studio, offers a large variety of activities, including but not limited to pottery techniques, mosaics, glass fusing, hand claybuilding and pottery throwing. Camp hours on the weeks listed above are 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $150 for the week or $35/ day. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold your child's spot. Extra care is available. Kids must pack a lunch Monday-Thursday but lunch will be provided on Friday. There is also a 5 percent sibling discount and a discount if you were a camper last year. For more information, check here or call (727) 787-5100.
Tampa's Urban Treasures camp at the Tampa Bay History Center will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 12-16. Kids will travel by Tampa's streetcar and water taxi to explore some of downtown Tampa's treasures, including the Tampa Theatre, Plant Museum, Ybor City Streetcar Depot, the Port of Tampa and more. They'll wrap up their week of adventure by making a scrapbook of all the places they visited. The camp is open to kids in grades 3-5 and the cost is $150 for non-members, $135 for members. Extra care available for $15. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register call Jennifer Tyson at (813) 675-8960.
A fun place to look for things to do during spring break is at your local YMCA. Check out your local YMCA in Tampa at tampaymca.org. YMCA of the Suncoast serves Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Check out their offerings here or call (727) 477-9622.
And of course your city will probably offer some type of spring break camp. Check with your city to see what is offered.And your local library might have special programs for spring and summer as well.
We also found spring break camps at MOSI in Tampa, which will have a definite da Vinci feel to them; Great Explorations in St. Petersburg;a one-day camp at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium; at Bounce U in Wesley Chapel, which is having a Schools Out Open Bounce from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on select days April 2-14; and Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg, which has information on spring camps and has now added its summer camp programs.
-- Sherry Robinson