Spring break in the Northwest usually means stormy weather and cold days. But don’t let that keep the kids from getting the most out of it.Camas and Washougal offer several options for kids to be interactive and engaged during their time off from school, without spending several hours in front of the television or computer.
For those parents who don’t have the week off with their kids, there is the option of an all-day or part-day spring break camp through Camas Community Education.
“Not everyone goes on vacations and many parents need childcare,” said Director Mary Weishaar. “And if others are going to be home and just want their kids to have some fun, structured activities, there’s a half-day camp option, too.”
The camps include arts and crafts, baking, interactive games, and outdoor or indoor play.
“We want them to have fun and also to learn how to work as a team, have basic social skills and be polite,” Weishaar said. “We also limit the sedentary time. There is a Wii and PlayStation but we try to keep it interactive with sports games that require movement.”
Washougal Community Education has been offering spring break camps for approximately 20 years.
“We base our camps on a little bit of brainstorming and ideas from community members who want to offer classes,” said Kathy Douglas, community education technician.