If you’re not one of the lucky few to be jet-setting off to warmer weather and sandy beaches during spring break, have no fear. Woodbury offers lots of places to keep minds and bodies occupied while not in the classroom.
Kidcreate owner Lara Olson opened up this just-for-kids studio after being frustrated by the limited art exposure her own children were getting in school. Kids are welcome to grab an apron and make a mess at one of the many classes and workshops, including these spring break camps. 1785 Radio Drive; 651.735.0880.
Once Upon a Time Art Camp
March 10-11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., $65
This part-art, part-book club camp uses childhood favorites like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Rainbow Fish as inspiration for art. Camp-goers will learn about different illustrators, art styles and techniques.
The How-tos of Drawing Camp
March 12-13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., $65
This introductory drawing camp teaches kids the basic techniques and principles of drawing. Budding artists will even receive their very own sketchbook!
City of Woodbury No School Day Programs
18595 Central Park Place; 651.714.3500.
Volcanoes and Earthquakes
March 7, 10 a.m.-noon, $19, ages 5-11, Central Park’s Tamarack Room
Participants will become volcanologists as they experiment with different volcanic eruptions and make a mini model to take home. Investigate tectonics through fault line experiments, and explore how seismic waves travel with Slinky’s and more.
Splat-tacular Art Class
March 14, 9 a.m.-noon, $33, ages 5-12, Evergreen West Park Building
Every kid loves to splatter paint. Come make the mess by throwing and splattering paint on a real canvas board to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Art Play Camp
March 10-11, 9 a.m.-noon, $63, ages 4-9, Evergreen West Park Building
Clay play day, print making fun, capturing bubbles and building roller coasters are just a few reasons why art play is best. Participants will explore a variety of interesting ways to play at making art. Paint, sculpt and make costumes too.
PINZ in Oakdale is much more than bowling. Check out their remodeled, two-story laser tag space, updated menu (new items include fish tacos and pulled pork sandwiches) and 34 state-of-the-art bowling lanes including 10 electrifying glow-in-the-dark cosmic lanes. An added bonus is a 56-foot video screen, which means you won’t miss a beat during March Madness. 7520 32nd St., Oakdale; 651.770.8000.
Cheers Pablo, a new painting studio and café in Woodbury, can make anyone an artist. “Most people walk into the door and say, ‘I can’t even draw a stick figure,’” says owner John Bedard. “At the end of the session, they leave and say, ‘Wow! I didn’t know I could do that!’” The studio offers art classes or open studio almost every day of the week, as well as private parties and birthday parties. 8362 Tamarack Village; 651.207.5034.
District 833 Community Ed
Looking for a meaningful activity for your middle schooler? District 833 Community Ed has you covered. Youth Service Day, set for March 7, is an all-day field trip, with stops at Feed My Starving Children in the morning for a service activity, followed by fun at Water Park of America in the afternoon. A bus will pick up students at all middle schools beginning at 8 a.m. and returning at about 5 p.m. 651.458.6600.