Spring Break Guide 2019

Sing in a rainforest. Spike a volleyball. Paint like Monet. Day camps offer many options for keiki.

Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiʻi Nature Center

Spring break is just three weeks away for most school children on O’ahu. If you want to sign up your keiki for a camp and haven’t yet, you might want to act fast, because spaces are filling up. Here are nine exciting options we think your children might like:

1. Art Explorium

Located in a Kaimukī studio, this camp teaches kids to create food art, basic embroidery and other masterpieces using recycled materials. Keiki also explore their own handwriting and signatures. The camp’s theme is “Flexing Creative Muscles.” Bring lunch and snacks, a refillable water bottle and an old T-shirt to turn into art. Visit website for camp policies.

  • Ages: Ages 6-10
  • Cost: $260 per child; $240 per additional sibling.
  • Dates: Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: Art Explorium, 1132D Koko Head Ave., Honolulu, 96816
  • Deadline: Register until full. Ten spaces left as of Feb. 27.
  • Contact: (808) 312-4316 or info@artexplorium.org
  • Web: artexplorium.org
2. Hawai‘i Nature Center

The spring break theme, “Navigating Nature” encourages keiki to observe their surroundings—from patterns in clouds to tracks left in the mud. Campers navigate trails using maps, participate in geocaching, learn the science of wayfinding on double-hulled canoes, and more. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction, comfortable clothes and bug repellent. Pack a refillable water bottle, morning snack and a hearty lunch, sunscreen, hat, eye protection, and swimsuit and towel for field trips.

  • Ages: 6 to 11
  • Cost: $300 for members. $375 for non-members. Extended care is $120.
  • Dates: Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended care is available until 5 p.m.
  • Location: Hawaiʻi Nature Center. 2131 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, 96822
  • Deadline: Register online until full.
  • Contact: (808) 955-0100 ext. 114 or chai@hawaiinaturecenter.org
  • Web: hawaiinaturecenter.org
3. Honolulu Zoo

Located next to Waikīkī Beach, this camp introduces keiki to the animals of Honolulu Zoo, using arts and crafts, tours and lessons from animal handlers. Campers can sign up for one or both weekly sessions. Lunch is available for a price, or campers can bring their own food. Wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and hat, and comfortable clothes. Pack a snack, lunch and refillable water bottle. Please note that age groups for spring break camp are different from age groups for summer break camp.

  • Ages: Menehune ages 4-5; Imi Loa ages 6-7; Koa ages 8-10
  • Cost: $310 for members; $360 for non-members. After-camp care is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. Lunch is $50.
  • Session 1 Dates: Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. After-camp care is from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Session 2 Dates: Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. After-camp care is from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Honolulu Zoo, 151 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu, 96815
  • Deadline: March 14 at 3 p.m.
  • Contact: (808) 971-7171 or info@honzoosoc.org
  • Web: honoluluzoo.org
4. Kama‘āina Kids

This camp is offered at 11 different sites. Keiki participate in arts and crafts, games, science, singing and dancing, field trips and more. Lunch is provided for an additional cost and typically is a cold-cut sandwich, two snacks and a drink. Pan pizza and a drink are served on the first day. Specialty camps at Bishop Museum, Mānoa District Park and Sea Life Park also are available.

  • Ages: Grades K-6
  • Cost For Day Camp: $165 and up for full session. $34-$36 per day. Lunch is $6 per child per day.
  • Cost For Specialty Camps: $165 to $230 for full session.
  • Dates: Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Program starts at 8 a.m.
  • Location: Various sites. See website for specific locations.
  • Deadline: March 8
  • Contact: (808) 262-4538
  • Web: kamaainakids.com
5. Kroc Center Hawai‘i

Kroc Center in ʻEwa Beach offers three camps for keiki. “Kroc Day Camp” is a Bible-based program with arts and crafts, sports, science, swimming, outdoor play and more. Kids in the “Art Specialty Camp” or “Volleyball Specialty Camp” meet for two hours with specialized instructors, while day-camp kids participate in other scheduled activities. The specialty and day campers join one another for field trips and swimming. Dress to play and bring two snacks, a sack lunch, refillable water bottle, sneakers, sunscreen, backpack, change of clothes, bathing suit and towel.

  • Ages: Grades K-6
  • Cost: “Kroc Day Camp” is $170 for members and $185 for non-members. “Art” and “Volleyball” camps are $200 for members and $215 for non-members. Scholarships and sibling discounts are available.
  • Dates: Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22. 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Kroc Center Hawai’i. 91-3257 Kualakaʻi Parkway, ʻEwa Beach, 96706
  • Deadline: Register until full.
  • Contact: (808) 693-8390 or daycamp@kroccenterhawaii.org
  • kroccenterhawaii.org/day-camp                                                                       
6. Le Jardin Academy

Depending on players’ skill levels, two camps are offered. “Spring Break Camp” is for the recreational and intermediate player ages 6-12. “Advanced Technical Camp” is limited to 28 players and is designed for older kids with club coach recommendations. Campers in both groups should bring labeled water bottles, lunch, snacks, flats (for gym work), cleats and shin guards.

  • Ages: 6-12
  • Cost: $150 for Day Camp. $100 for Advanced Technical Camp. Fee includes T-shirt.
  • Dates For Day Camp: Wednesday, March 27 to Friday, March 29. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dates For Advanced Technical Camp: Wednesday, March 27 to Friday, March 29. 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Location: Le Jardin Academy. 917 Kalanianaʻole Highway, Kailua, 96734
  • Deadline: Register until full.
  • Contact: (808) 261-0707 or soccer.academy@lejardinacademy.org
  • lejardinsoccer.org
7. Lyon Arboretum

Set in a Mānoa rainforest, this camp uses hikes, arts, crafts, music and activities to create positive relationships with nature. The theme is “Rainforest Adventures.” Instructions for pick-up and drop-off, camp packing lists and other details are provided after registration.

  • Ages: Grades K-6
  • Cost: $250
  • Dates: Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Lyon Arboretum. 3860 Mānoa Road, Honolulu, 96822
  • Deadline: March 12. Space is limited. Sign up soon.
  • Contact: (808) 988-0456 or educationlyonarboretum@gmail.com
  • Web: manoa.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum/calendar/spring-2019-nature-camp/
8. Rainbow Art Studio

Held in a classroom at Kāhala Elementary School, “Monet Blossoms” spring camp introduces kids to drawings, pastels and acrylic colorings. Bring snacks, lunch and water. After-camp care is available until 5 p.m. for an additional fee.

  • Ages: 5-14
  • Cost: $290 (includes art supplies). $75 for extended art classes.
  • Dates: Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended art class is from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Location: Rainbow Art School, Kāhala Elementary School, room E23, 4348 Waiʻalae Ave., Honolulu, 96816
  • Deadline: Register until full.
  • Contact: (808) 497-5718 or rainbowart808@gmail.com
  • rainbowartstudiohawaii.com
9. The Oʻahu Club

This sports-themed camp in Hawai’i Kai includes swimming, water polo, tennis, beginner tae kwon do, volleyball and a community-service day at Hāwea Heiau complex. Bring sunscreen, change of clothes, water, snacks and lunch. An after-camp fit kids program is available for an additional fee.

  • Ages: 6-10
  • Cost: $250-$260, depending on club membership. Additional $20 per day for after-camp program.
  • Dates: Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. After-camp program is from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Oʻahu Club, 6800 Hawaii Kaiʻi Drive, Honolulu, 96825
  • Deadline: Register at the pro shop until all slots are filled.
  • Contact: (808) 395-3300 or member@theoahuclub.com
  • theoahuclub.com