November and December mean chilly nights, festive parties – and lots of in-service and vacations days from school. It can feel as if your kids are at home more than they are in the classroom. Keep your kids busy and happy (and yourself sane) with the help of our Winter Camps guide. 

Trackers Earth

Leave your everyday Winter Break behind for the epic world of Trackers! They offer award-winning camps taught by expert educators and mentors. Step into a fantastical Winter wonderland of authentic outdoor lore, art, and legendary adventure! Choose from 20+ camps including Wilderness Survival, Ninjas Save Christmas, Here We Go a Waffling (caroling + waffles), miniature Donkey Wizards, Flaming Arrows (safely done), Blacksmithing, Snowshoeing, and much much more! Options for Grades K-12 (+ an adult camp).

Ages: 4-Grade 12
Location: 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue Portland, OR

The Circus Project

Keep your child spinning, flipping and jumping while school is out. Each day of circus camp starts with an engaging warm-up, then moves through our core classes in aerial, acrobatics, juggling, and performance. Every day of camp will conclude with a short circus demonstration for friends and family! Camp runs December 30-January 3rd and you are invited to register for one day, all five, or whatever combination works best for your family.

Ages: 7-11
Location: Circus camps take place in the Circus Project’s beautiful, light-filled gym in NW Portland.

Echo Theater Company

Our popular Circus Theater Camps bring together the fun physical challenges of circus with the endless potential of storytelling to make an action-packed week of Circus Theater. Campers will be tumbling like ninjas, spinning like cyclones, and collaborating with peers and directors to create imaginative end-of-camp performances for family and friends! Camps are suitable for all ages and all abilities. If campers need accommodation, just let us know!

Ages: 4-12
Location: Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th Ave., Portland, OR

Friends of Tryon Creek Nature Day Camp

Friends of Tryon Creek Nature Day Camp aims to inspire and nurture relationships with nature by creating experiences rooted in belonging, curiosity and exploration. Here, campers cultivate ecological and cultural understanding while building life-long friendships in our unique, urban forest. Nature Day Camps balance camp traditions like songs, skits, hikes, crafts, and games with hands-on field studies designed to enhance science education and connection to the natural world.

Ages: 4-12
Location: Tryon Creek Natural State Area, Oregon’s only state park within a major metropolitan area.

Holiday Classes from Grace Institute: Home of Grace Art Camps

Beginning November 16, Grace Institute’s Holiday Art Classes offer fused glass ornaments, along with new classes: mosaic gifts, seasonal glass plates; marbled paper, ice-dyed fabric and glass lantern panels! With no calendar space for our Winter Camp in 2019, we have expanded classes, including two classes on Monday, November 25 – a PPS No School Day! See class list and register at Give yourself time to create; give loved ones gifts they will treasure.

Ages: 5-7 with parent; Ages 8 & up without. Great for families, too.
Location: Grace Institute Art Studios at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 NE 17th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Nature Spy Winter Camps

This year’s Nature Spy Winter Camp theme is Winter Survival Games. It may be cold and wet outside, but nature is full of activity & wonder. Hands-on activities, crafts, and active games will engage campers in exploring how plants, animals, and people get through winter. Each day will focus on a different aspect of winter survival. Join us for one day, or all three! Dec 30, Jan 2 & Jan 3 9:00-4:00. Before/After care available. Cost: Grades 1-2: $64.00/day; Grades 3-5: $69.00/day.

Ages: 6-11
Location: Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR

Northwest Children’s Theater and School

Revolting Children: Dec. 30 – Jan. 3 (no class Jan. 1): It’s time to start a revolt! Being “little” isn’t an excuse to sit still when the world isn’t right in this Matilda-inspired play. Tuition includes a ticket to NWCT’s Holiday production of “Matilda the Musical” during the camp. Students will perform their own version on Friday, January 3 at 3:00 pm.

Ages: Grades K-5
Location: Northwest Children’s Theater and School, 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR

OMEGA Gymnastics

Keep your kids active during the upcoming break with our gymnastics filled camps. Choose half day or full day, one day or multiple – built for flexibility.  Full day includes field trip. Camp shirt and annual membership required.

Ages: 4-13
Location: Located in Beaverton off of 217 and Allen. East on Allen and then left on Arctic to right on Harvest.

Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Acting Academy

OCT’s Acting Academy is growing! We are excited to offer our acclaimed variety of classes in two new locations starting in January 2020. Our classes for children ages 3 1/2 – 18 years old are designed to challenge and inspire. We have something for students at every level of experience: expand your skills both onstage and off! Enrollment now open! Learn more at or call 503-228-9571 x 4.

Ages: 3-18
Location: Two locations! Southwest Portland at the Multnomah Arts Center and in Northeast Portland at Curious Comedy Theater.

Vibe Studio: Workshops

Vibe of Portland Studios host no school workshops during most PPS no school days – Thanksgiving Break and Winter Breaks. Each workshop is available for ½ day or full day attendance to work with families ever changing and busy schedules.

Ages: 6-14
Location: Vibe has 2 studio locations – SE Studio at 57th & Division; St Johns Studio in downtown St Johns

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