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 and Activities Guide. 

Portland Education Collab

PDX Education Collab provides an afterschool experience centered around outdoor education in an urban setting. Staff receive students from school and travel to a nearby greenspace where they facilitate student lead exploration of naturalist, survival, and science activities. Students can slackline and play field games while the weather holds until herbal salve brewing and bladeless woodworking can be done, cozy, under shelter from the rain.

Trackers Earth

Connect with Trackers during Thanksgiving and Winter Break!

-Camps and programs for Grades K-12
-Regular camp hours are from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm with After Camp available until 5:30.
-Outdoor adventures in Wilderness Survival, Wilders Bonfire, Martial Arts, Mountain Adventures, Paintball, and more!
-Story adventures with Secret Agents, Captain Nick, Wizards, Elves, and the brand new Mystery Trackers: Ghosts, Ghouls & Meddling Kids!
-Art programs: Ceramics, Photography, Woodworking, and Blacksmithing!

The Independence Project

The Independent Dance Project offers school break camps for dancers age 3 and above. Camps for younger dancers will focus on fun, play, and ballet and tumbling technique. Camps for older dancers are great for beginning and intermediate level dancers looking to improve leaps and turns, and learn fun and challenging choreography in jazz, contemporary, and hip hop.

Brooklyn Robot Foundry

Build with Brooklyn Robot Foundry when school is out. Foundry Fundays combine robot-building with games, crafts and other fun! These 3-hour classes are a great time for kids (6-10yrs) at home or on the road and a gift to parents looking to get something done during that time!
Dec. 27, 18 & 29 @ 10a-1p PT

Northwest Children’s Theater and School

Fall and winter break camps are back at Northwest Children’s Theater!

November 22 – 24, NWCT’s wizarding world welcomes wizards, witches, elves, giants, and creatures of all kinds for three days of magic and adventure. Registration is open now!

December 27 – 31, jump into theater for the first time or enhance your acting, signing, and dancing skills with NWCT’s Winter Break Camps in NW & SE Portland! Registration opens November 16.

Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College

Five Winter Explorer Kits are now available for pre-order, perfect for the holiday season from the Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College! Equip your young nature lover with engaging materials that will help them discover the natural world! Kits are designed for children ages 4-8, although we hear that older children enjoy them too! Each kit includes easy to follow instructions, materials for creating one nature-themed craft, nature journal, activities to keep them exploring all week long, and a nature guide or storybook.

Mad Science of Portland and Vancouver

Mad Science camp seeks to spark imaginative learning to get kids excited about science.  Hands-on, interactive programs teach kids about the basics of science and all classes come with exciting take-home projects so that the learning doesn’t have to stop at the end of camp.  1/2 day or full day options are available.


The students will work with a BodyVox teaching artist to dance, expand their imagination, and move their body. They will explore the connections between dance, rhythm, music and creativity. Each day will feature a variety of classes including visual art and creative movement.

Portland Parks & Recreation

Space is available in Portland Parks & Recreation winter break camps! Join your friends December 20-23, and December 27-30, for games, crafts, and a whole lot of fun while school is out for winter break. Preschool and youth camps available at community centers across Portland. Face coverings are required for staff and participants. Flexible payment options available. Sign up today by calling 503-823-2525, or online at

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