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December Vacation Guide 2018


Monday, December 3, 2018

"...and mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again!" This verse of It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas never really hits home until you have kiddos that will be out of school for 2.5+ weeks. The upcoming break is extra long for some schools, so whether you need camp as a form of childcare or would simply like a break from the indoor craziness, check out our roundup of vacation camps.

Additionally, you can use our calendar to view special events taking place during the break. Or take a peek at our Holiday Event Guide which is full of things to do for the entire month of December!


YMCA, Darien: December 26-28. Activities include swimming, crafts, outside play, gym, cooking, games and more. 9am–1pm (pre-school only) or 9am-4pm (preschool thru 5th grade). Extended care available: 8am-9am and/or 4pm-6pm. 1/2 day Members: $60, Non-Members: $70. Full day Members: $80, Non-Members: $90. Extended Care: $10 per hour.

Toddlertime, New Canaan: December 21. Everyone knows that Elves are happy little makers, so come join the workshop as we work with our elves to make and wrap a gift for someone special in their lives. Ages 3-7. 9am-12pm. TT Students: $55, Non-TT Students: $70. Register here.

Action Art School, Greenwich: December 17-21; 26-28. Our Vacation Camp will give your kids the boost they need. Our camp offers your children a fun way to spend their free time, and it gives you that most precious commodity, free time for yourself! And we are conveniently located for easy drop off and pick up. Ages 3.5-10. 10am-1:30pm. Extended care available: 9:30am drop off & 2pm pick up.


Darien Nature Center: December 17-21. Join us for this special holiday vacation program. Fun, fun, fun! We will be creating special holiday crafts, baking special goodies, exploring on the trails, searching for signs of winter animals in our woods and visiting our collection of animals in our zoo room. Children will have great stories to tell about all of their discoveries! *Membership is required for all vacation programs. Ages 2-6. 9:30am-11:30am (2's only) or 9:30am-1:30pm (3+). 2 days: $152+, 3 days: $228+, 5 days: $455.



YWCA GreenwichDecember 26-28. This program offers kids a full day of interesting activities! Make new friends or cultivate different interests or skills. Ages 3-12. 9am-3:30pm. YWCA membership is required for camp programs.


New Canaan

New Canaan Nature CenterDecember 17-21. Come on down the hill and join other enthusiastic kids as our expert staff lead a variety of wintry adventures throughout our 40-acre preserve and celebrate the holiday season in true NCNC fashion as nature intended. Ages 3-5. 9am-12pm. Optional Lunch Bunch from 12pm–1pm. Members: $300/week, Non-Members: $375/week.



Tumble Jungle: December 26-28. Activities include trampoline, zip line, bounce houses, games, recreational sports, crafts, & more. 9am-12pm. $45/day. Add on "Monkey Time" from 12pm-1pm for $15 (includes pizza)!

Pump It Up: December 17-21, 24, 26-28. Camp includes play time in our fun-filled arenas, activities, arts & crafts, lunch, festive snacks and more. Hours vary by day. $25/half day, $40/full day. 



Green Moon: December 17-28. Time, age, and price vary by activity. Visit the Green Moon website for more info. Come celebrate the best time of the year with us!



Chelsea Piers: December 26-28; January 2-4. Little Athletes Gymnastics Camp supports each child's natural love of movement and exploration. Ages 3-5. 8:45am-11:45am. Members: $63/day, Non-Members: $75/day.

Great Play: December 17, 21, 24, 26-28, 31. This year our holiday camps are all themed and feel like a party! Each Camp includes some of the kids' all-time favorite games and activities from our classes all with a themed twist. Themes include pajama, superhero, beach, pirate & princess, & more. Ages 3-8. Times vary by day & age. $49/day (discount for multiple days).

My Gym: December 26-28. Three hours of My Gym fun for your littles! Ages 2+ (potty training not required). 8am-11am or 2pm-5pm. Members: $40/session, Non-Members: $45/session.

Kids U: December 24, 26-28, 31. Children will participate in gymnastics, cooking, science, lego, arts & crafts, sports, games and PlayQuad time. Ages 3-9. 9:15am-12:15pm or 9:15am-2:15pm. $55/3 hours, $75/5 hours.



SplatterboxDecember 26-31. Camp SplatterBox is so much fun! We will be creating amazing works of art, playing fun games, cooking up delicious snacks and treats, demonstrating super interesting science experiments and so much more. Ages 5-12 (ask about "almost 5s"). 10am-1pm or 1:30pm-4:30pm. $60/day.

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