After spending months on end at home, we’re pretty sure that most Colorado Springs kids are not too excited about the prospect of yet another week stuck in the house over spring break. With travel still limited and most parents needing to work, it seems a bit of a staycation might be in order — for the kids, at least. Fortunately, several Pikes Peak region attractions have created some safe, fun, educational and interactive spring break camps that are absolutely perfect for young minds yearning to roam free. Best of all, they’re all focused on our favorite subject — science! Let’s take a look at what camps you’ll find going on around town over spring break.
Spring Break STEM Camp at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry
Half-day: 9 a.m.-noon, $150 | Full-day: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $225 | Monday, March 22-Friday, March 26
If you have a science-minded youth sleuth on your hands, the spring break STEM camp at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry is an excellent option for a fun and educational experience. Offering full-day and half-day options, the camp offers kids ages 8-12 the opportunity to safely socialize with their peers while enjoying science-focused activities. Guest presenters will visit daily to bring your camper’s favorite STEM topics to life and kids will have the chance to perform science experiments, work on cool craft projects and so much more. Geology, physics, electricity, mining and industry are just some of the fascinating areas that kids will get a chance to explore, all while hanging out on the unique grounds of the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. The space is huge and loaded with interesting exhibits and real mining equipment, which makes the whole experience even better!
Spring Break Tinkering at Space Foundation Discovery Center
Workshop 1: 11 a.m.-noon, GA + $5 materials fee | Workshop 2: 2-3 p.m., GA + $5 materials fee |Sunday, March 23-Saturday, March 27
If your kiddo isn’t as thrilled with the idea of being gone all day over spring break, the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s daily Spring Break Tinkering workshops have some pretty out-of-this-world activities — pun totally intended. Offered in easy, 1-hour slots, the Space Foundation has built a roster of space-themed activities for kids of all ages to enjoy with their families. Not only that, the fee covers the rest of the available exhibits and activities that come with a regular visit to the Discovery Center. That means you can hang out before or after your workshop to maximize your space-themed fun. Kids can learn about automatons and learn how to create one, explore wearable technology, build a robotic grabber, make Scribblebots and turn junk into brand-new inventions. Kids are welcome to attend as many workshops as they want, but it’s worth considering purchasing the $50 family passport if you have more than one kiddo who wants to go or your kid wants to attend more than one workshop. The membership will give you access to the Discovery Center for a whole year, so it’s a pretty great deal anyway.
Spring Break Day Camps at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: Junior Veterinarians
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, March 22-Friday, March 26 | $65.75 per day
Your zookeeper-in-training will be thrilled with all the options for single-day spring break camp at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Designed for kids in grades K-6, each day provides a different way for kids to engage with the zoo’s furry — and sometimes scaly — friends. Spend a day learning about majestic primates or study the mini side of animal medicine as a small mammal junior vet. Scale up and explore the power of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s biggest mammals or just study scales as a junior reptile and amphibian vet. The zoo’s final camp explores the science of birds and insects with their interesting skeletons and exoskeletons. You can pick one day or have your kid attend all week and become an all-around expert junior veterinarian.
**Please note, this one has just sold out. But plan for next year!
Final Thoughts on Spring Break Camps for Kids
Each camp is committed to providing the kids in their care with a safe, memorable experience and all have high standards for cleanliness, social distancing and frequent sanitization. Before you sign up, here are a few tips to help you prepare:
- Check out their individual website ahead of time to ensure your child has the proper items like masks or hand sanitizer to comply with any safety protocols.
- Dress your child in layers. March in Colorado could mean a 70-degree day or an epic snow day — or both.
- Pack water, sunscreen and a hat — many camps will try to get kids outside for at least a little while.
- Make sure your child knows to wash their hands frequently.
Whether your child’s dream spring break is hanging out for an hour at the Space Foundation, a day at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or a whole week at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, there’s no doubt this will be a season to remember.