Every third Monday in February, your little ones cheer over a three-day holiday weekend, while you’re likely not as fortunate to get off from work. President’s Day is every working parent’s struggle and begs the question – what to do with your child? To make your life a little easier, NJMOM found 15 half- or full-day camps in New Jersey when you need to cover the Monday holiday. Whether your child is into athletics, art, or nature, we’ve got something for every parent (and child) who likes to give meaning to days off from school. Here’s to celebrating Honest Abe and George the right way!
1. Colorful Warriors Yoga and Art Camp
9:30AM to 12:30PM
Need a zen moment? Your kids can channel their inner boheme at a yoga-meets-painting-meets-baking camp by the Colorful Warrior Artists. If this doesn’t sound blissed out enough, there will also be clay sculpting and baking gluten and nut-free cookies. This is a half-day camp for kids in grades 1 to 5. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
55 Jefferson Ave., Westwood, NJ 07675
2. Animal Superpowers Mini-Camp
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Do we have any animal lovers in the house? Turtle Back Zoo’s mini-camp is packed with hands-on activities all about furry creatures that will surely have your kids asking to bring one home. They will explore the theme of Animal Superpowers through games, teacher-led lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal encounters, and fun crafts featuring the zoo’s animals. The camp is for kids between the ages of 5 and 10. To register, visit their website.
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052
3. Legends Baseball Instruction Camp
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Batter up! Baseball season is right around the corner and this President’s Day baseball instruction camp is a perfect warm-up for the season. Kids between the ages of 6 and 10 will work on hitting, pitching, position play, and scrimmage games. Register online.
360 Fitness Sports Performance Facility
25 Greenbrook Rd., Fairfield, NJ 07004
4. President’s Day Camp at My Gym Jersey City
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Get moving this President’s Day with My Gym Jersey City. Sign up your kids for morning or afternoon session, or both! Dance class, Martial Arts class, and a craft make up the morning itinerary, while afternoon is all about energizing fitness games, gymnastics, relay races, and crafts. Your kids are sure to be tuckered out after this day camp – we’re getting tired just writing about it! Lunch and story time is carved out between sessions; it’s BYOL (bring your own lunch), but a healthy snack will be provided during each session. Kids between 2 and a half and 13 years old can attend the camp. To register, visit their website.
My Gym Jersey City
252 Ninth St., Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: $40 per session for members/$50 per session for non-members
5. ZONED Sports Academy President’s Day Camp
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Whether your child just wants to learn about baseball or wants to discover other sports like football and kickball, this is the place for them to be on President’s Day. Kids ages 7 to 12 will learn everything they need to know in a variety of sports. Your kids can attend the all-sports camp in the morning, the baseball camp in the afternoon, or both! They also offer aftercare for those parents who might get out of work a little later than 4PM. Register for the camp online at their website.
ZONED Sports Academy
24 Kearney St., Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Cost: $50 per half-day session / $85 for full day (lunch included) / $99 for full-day with aftercare
6. STEM+ Academy Mini-Camp
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Get ready to geek out – if your kids are more into science and engineering than sports and crafts, this is the camp to be. From building robots that will compete in a Sumo competition and learning about computer programming to playing chess and Minecraft, there is something that will keep your left-brained child stimulated throughout the day. For more information or to register, visit their website.
529 Bay Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Cost: Ranges from $15 to $22.50
7. All Season Sports Academy Basketball Camp
8:30AM to 12:30PM
Your mini Michael Jordan in the making can take to the courts this President’s Day at All Season Sports Academy. Led by Phil Colicchio, Linden High School Varsity Coach and New Jersey Coach Hall of Famer, this youth basketball mini-camp will focus on improving ball handling skills, perfect shooting form, and defensive posture. This camp is for kids ages 8 to 15. To register, go to their website.
All Season Sports Academy
2700 Hamilton Blvd., South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Cost: $30 per athlete
8. Pinnacle Parkour Academy President’s Day Camp
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Do your kids love watching parkour videos online or “American Ninja Warrior” on TV? Do they always try the stunts they see these people do? The coaches at this day camp will challenge your kids in their focus, discipline, and creativity all while teaching them new insane skills that will improve their self-confidence and athleticism. Whether they want to do just the morning session, afternoon session, or stay for the whole day, they will have open gym time, structured games, a parkour lesson, and a ninja warrior lesson. Choose from three locations in Cherry Hill, West Windsor, and Washington Township.
Cherry Hill: 1205 Warren Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
West Windsor: 45 Everett Dr., West Windsor, NJ 08550
Washington Township: 505 Route 168 Ste. A, Turnersville, NJ 08012
Cost: Ranges from $40 to $90
9. Youth Hockey Power Hour
9:00AM to 10:15 AM | 10:30 AM to 11:45AM
NHL veteran Randy Velischek will be running this President’s Day hockey camp. Grouped by age and skill level, kids participating in this camp will learn about increasing speed, edge control, and transitional skating. Only 40 skaters are allowed in each of the two sessions, so don’t wait to sign-up on their website.
Twin Oaks Ice Rink
65 Columbia Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: $50 per session
10. Build Your Own Camera Workshop
10:00AM to 3:00PM
Do you have a photography buff? During the camp, your kids will learn about the history of photography, the law of reciprocity between the aperture and shutter speed, and the technology behind a 35mm film camera while building one of their own. The best part: they get to bring it home! This camp is for ages 9 and up, and includes materials, lunch and a snack. Sign up for the camp on their website.
Hamilton Park Montessori School Building
1 McWilliams Place, #206, Jersey City, NJ 07302
11. President’s Day Riding Camp
9:00AM to 3:00PM
Equestrians will jump for joy – for one day, they get to spend the day riding horses at Baymar Farms. Space is limited. Call 732-591-9600 to reserve a spot.
38 Harbor Rd., Morganville, NJ 07751
12. Softball Hitting Camp
9:00AM to 2:00PM
Legends Ballpark is hosting a softball hitting camp for kids ages 7 to 16. They will learn the mechanics of hitting, bunting, and slapping along with game-like situations. There will also be skill competitions and live softball in a Hit Trax Simulator. Lunch is provided. You can register your child on their website.
120 Sewell Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080
Cost: $60 / Extended hours from 8AM to 4PM for additional $20
13. Glitter Mini Art Camp
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Calling all artists over the age of 5! Spare the glittery mess at home and join us at ARTsi Studio Glitter Mini Art Camp. Please dress appropriately for a fun day of art making. Don’t forget to send your kid in with a sealed water bottle and nut-free snack. For more information or to register for the camp, email email@example.com or call 973-262-2514.
Long Valley Arts/Teen Center
214 W. Mill Rd., Long Valley, NJ 07853
Cost: $65/child, $60/sibling
14. Skill Clinic at The Little Gym
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Budding gymnasts between the ages of 5 and 12 can maneuver the bars, beams, vaults, and mats at The Little Gym in Hillsborough. With learning cool tricks like cartwheels, round-offs, handstands, handsprings, leaps, and jumps, don’t be surprised if your kids leave with a zeal for gymnastics that rivals Aly Raisman’s!
The Little Gym Hillsborough
133 Stryker Lane, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Cost: $40 for members/$45 for non-members
15. All Heart Academy Athletic Day Camp
7:30AM to 5:00PM
This full-day camp will keep your kids moving throughout the entire day. All Heart Academy is a dynamic gym offering athletic activities like Ninja Warrior obstacles, martial arts, dodgeball, the LEGO challenge, and more. The camp does sell out quickly, so make sure to reserve your spot by calling or texting 609-577-7609.
All Heart Academy
3 Nami Lane, Unit 5, Hamilton, NJ 08619
Cost: $40 for members / $49 for non-members