Spring Break Camps and Activities for Kids in the Hamptons

Bay Street Theater kids theater camp
Bay Street Theater Kids Theater Camp 2014. Photo credit: Michael Heller

Spring break begins April 6! Sign the kids up for workshops and camp now, before all the spaces are filled.  The local college has a writing camp for middle schoolers and high schoolers, the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton has daily workshops for young children ages 4 to 7, and Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor is offering its popular theater camp again for ages 8 to 12.

YAWP Writing Workshops for Gifted Young Writers

The Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP), created and sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program, will offer a week-long creative writing workshop for teens from April 6 to 10. Middle and high school students will work with professional writers in this five-day retreat. Student writers will explore and hone their poetry, fiction, memoir/personal essay and dialogue skills, discovering the most powerful ways to express their ideas and to have their voices heard. By week’s end, each student will have several pieces of completed work to submit or publish.. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop will be offered in Chancellors Hall on the Stony Brook Southampton campus. Student work from the workshop will be eligible for publication in the YAWP Ezine and for presentation in the “Sounding Our YAWP” event at the campus in late April/early May. The course fee is $525. Partial scholarships are available.

For further information or to fill out an application, visit stonybrook.edu/yawp or email [email protected].

Kids School Vacation Theater Camp

From April 6 to 9, Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts will hold a Spring Break camp with revised dates to accommodate a lost vacation day due to snow days this winter. The camp is for boys and girls ages 8 to 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Class sizes are limited and this camp always sells out. The cost is $315.

The four-day camp will be led by Karen Hochstedler and includes instruction in acting, singing, dance, performance, and more. In addition, there are fun, creative theater games and improv to help develop skills and to encourage students to stretch their abilities as young actors. Students will learn standard songs and choreography, and are also encouraged to create their own original work. The camp ends in a performance at the theater for friends and family.

To learn more or register, call 631-725-0818 or visit baystreet.org.

CMEE Daily Workshops

During each day of Spring Break, the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton offers a different 10 a.m. activity for ages 4 to 7.

Monday: Soda Bottle Planters
Kids will prepare for the growing season in this make-your-own planter workshop with recycled soda bottles.

Tuesday: Puppet Theatre Live
Kids will learn the basics of sewing as they create their own puppets.

Wednesday: Upcycled Bird Feeders
With previously used materials, kids will construct birds feeders.

Thursday: Community mural
Kids will don smocks and create a mural that will be displayed in the museum.

Friday: Plant Printmaking
Following a nature walk when they will learn about plants and animals living around the museum, kids will learn how to use vegetables for printmaking.

Each class, including materials, is $24, or $12 for members, with the exception of Thursday’s mural event, which is $10, or free for members. For reservations, call 631-537-8250 or visit http://www.cmee.org.

Spring Fun-cation School Break Camp

The Long Island Aquarium presents Fun-cation School Break for children ages 6-14. Campers will tour the Aquarium and Exhibition Center, feed the sting rays, visit the arcade, make fun crafts, play games and watch a movie. You can send them all week or just for a day or two. Food and drinks are not included. The camp will run from April 6 to 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The cost is $199 for the week or $50 per day. Register by Friday, April 3. Call 631-208-9200, ext. 426

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