December Vacation Camps

“…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+ weeks…and/or have basically been home with you for 9 months. And who knows how much longer that will go on… Soooo, whether you need camp as a form of childcare or would simply like a break from the togetherness, check out our roundup of vacation camps.

Additionally, you can use our Event Page to view special events taking place during the break.


Darien Nature Center: December 14-18, 21-22. Children will learn about the winter season during this special holiday break program. We’ll search the park and woods to see how local flora and fauna react to the colder weather, go sledding, build snowmen, and create festive crafts and goodies. Ages 2-6. 9:15am-11:45am (2’s only) or 9:45am-1:45pm (3+). *Membership is required for all vacation programs.

Darien YMCA: December 21-23 (preschool only) & December 28-30 (preschool-5th grade). Activities include swimming, crafts, outside play, gym time, and more. Ages 3+. 9am–1pm (pre-school only) or 9am-4pm (preschool-5th grade). Extended care available: 8am-9am and/or 4pm-6pm. 1/2 day Members: $75, Non-Members: $85. Full day Members: $95, Non-Members: $105. Extended Care: $12/hour.


Fairfield YMCA: December 24 & 28-31. Participants will engage in organized play activities, sports programs, arts and crafts. Grades K-6. 8am-1pm or 1pm-6pm. 1/2 day Members: $40, Non-Members: $45. Full day Members: $75, Non-Members: $80.

Happy Hands Art & Pottery: December 28-31. Kids will be introduced to the magic world of pottery. They will see their projects come to life through pottery painting, clay hand-building, canvas, mixed media, and more!​ Ages 4+. 9am-1pm. $65.


Action Art School: December 28-31. 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! Ages 3.5-10. 10am-1:00pm. Extended care available: 9:30am drop off and/or 1:30pm pick up. 2 days: $120, 3 days: $180, 4 days: $220.

Greenwich YMCA: December 28-30. Spend your day off from school having fun with your friends at the Y! Our Vacation Camp program offers tons of creative, engaging and fun choices of activities including arts & crafts, gym games, pool time, fitness classes and much more! 9am-12pm (3-5 year olds) & 9pm-4pm (5-12 year olds). Extended care available: 8am-9am and/or 4pm-5:30pm. 1/2 day Members: $35, Non-Members: $55. Full day Members: $65, Non-Members: $85. Extended Care: Members: $10-$15, Non-Members: $15-$25.

New Canaan

Silvermine School of Art: Various half day mixed media workshops December 21-24 & 28-31. Ages 5-10. $120+.


Tumble Jungle: December 24 & 28-31. Activities include trampoline, zip line, bounce houses, games, recreational sports, crafts, and more. 9am-12pm. $45/day. Add on “Monkey Time” from 12pm-1pm for $15 (includes pizza)!


Mill River Park Collaborative: December 28-30. Come join us when school’s out for a day filled with adventure and fun! Ages 4+. 9am-4pm. Extended care available: 8am-5:30pm. $65/day. Extended care: $15/day.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center: December 14-18. Join our Environmental Educators for some great outdoor fun before the holidays! While we will have a private indoor space and bathroom, we’ll be spending most of our time outdoors exploring our forest! We’ll search for animal tracks, make treats for the birds, launch stomp rockets, and more. If there is snow, we’ll do some snow painting and launch some snowballs into the pond. Ages 4-9. 9:30am-12pm. Members: $30/day, Non-Members: $35/day.


Splatterbox: December 28-31. Camp SplatterBox is so much fun! We will be creating amazing works of art, playing fun games, and so much more. Ages 5-12 (ask about “almost 5s”). 10am-1pm or 1:30pm-4:30pm. $60/session.

Westport Weston YMCA: December 24 & 29-30. Each day your child will enjoy swimming, gym time, a field trip or special event and other fun activities. Grades K-5. Drop-off is between 7:30am & 9:30am and pick-up is between 4pm & 6pm. Members: $95, Non-Members: $115.