Spring break is almost non-existent as an adult, but for the children: it's coming up quick. Many go on vacations to the beach, but for those who have to work, figuring out what to do with the children during the off week can be a challenge. Here's a list of great camps in Gainesville for your children to have fun at over spring break:

North Central Florida YMCA Schools Out Camp 

At Gainesville's YMCA, their Schools Out Camp is a fun way to get your kids engaged with new friends, nature, and trying new activities. They make sure your child's day is filled with activities so they're never bored but always having fun! This camp is for kids in grades kindergarten through 6th and runs from March 26th through the 30th between 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The camp costs $110, and you can register online

The Hippodrome Theatre's Spring Break Camp 

If your child has an interest in entertainment, a week well spent at Gainesville's Hippodrome Theatre could be the perfect way for them to enjoy their spring break. At the Hippodrome's Spring Break Camp, they teach children all the ins and outs of theater: improv, storytelling, costuming, prop making, voice, movement, and acting. At the end, you can see what your child has learned during spring break break. The cost of the camp is $285, and it runs from March 26th through March 30th starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. You can register your aspiring thespian online.

Gatorball Baseball Academy Spring Break Camp

If your kids are looking to try baseball for the first time or they’re a baseball veteran, Gatorball Academy provides a great camp for the sporty kids over spring break. Ages five through 14 are welcome! The camp will teach kids infield, outfield, catching, pitching, base hitting, and running skills. They ask you to provide your own baseball attire and equipment. The cost of the camp is $210 and will run March 26th through the 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The camp will take place at Jonesville Park Soccer Complex. You can register your kids for this fun week of soccer online.

Santa Fe College for Kids Space Challenge 

Santa Fe College in Gainesville is having their 5th College for Kids Spring Break Space Challenge. The program will be from March 26th through March 29th. Children grades 4th through 8th can participate. This program allows them to learn about space with hands-on, interactive activities. Their website gives great detail on every activity that children will participate in from day to day. They will get a tour of the universe from James Albury, co-host of the PBS TV series “Star Gazers” in the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium. Other hands-on activities include programming robots for missions and learning how to navigate the solar system. The camp costs $259 for the week, including lunch from Subway and two T-shirts. You can register your kids for this camp online.

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Harn Museum of Art Spring Break Camp 

For children who want to spend spring break exploring their artistic abilities, the University of Florida Harn Museum of Art is holding a spring break camp from March 26th through March 30th. The camp hosts children from ages seven to 11 and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Erin Curry, a contemporary artist, will take campers through the museum to teach them about art and guide them through hands-on projects. Art projects will include drawing, collage, cloth, and paper to make unique designs. The camp costs $290 for the week, and you can register online.

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This list has camps for a variety of children’s interests. Use their break from school wisely to have them practice new skills and learn. From sports to science, there’s something to keep all kids entertained over the break. 

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