Keep your kids busy during Spring Break

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1:40 p.m.

Spring Break for Alachua County Public Schools is just around the corner, so to accommodate working parents, the city of Gainesville, Florida Museum of Natural History and Santa Fe College will be hosting camps to offer hands-on activities designed to keep your child safe, happy and learning.



* What: Spring Break camps at city of Gainesville, Florida Museum, Santa Fe College.

* When: City and museum, March 24-28; SF College, March 24-27.

* Where: City, Eastside Recreation Center, 2841 E. University Ave., and Westside Recreation Center, 1001 NW 34th St.; museum, SW 34th Street and Hull Road; SF College, 3000 NW 83rd St.

* Cost: City, $45.25-68.25; museum, $115-$245; Santa Fe College, $199.

* Information: Call 352-334-5067 for city, 352-273-2061 for museum and 352-395-5193 for SF College.

Spring Break will take place March 24-28.

Jennifer Mullis, coordinator of community education at Santa Fe College, said the College for Kids Spring Break program is being offered for the first time in response to requests from parents whose children have attended the College for Kids Summer Camp, which is a two-session two-week camp offered in July.

She said the Spring Break camp, which is designed for students 10 to 14 years old, will be offered from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 24-27 in Building R, Room 1 at the northwest campus at 3000 NW 83rd St. The camp fee is $199 and includes two T-shirts and lunch provided by Subway. The registration deadline has been extended until March 12.

"It's a short camp packed full with activities," Mullis said. "We try to make it easy for parents and fun for the kids."

Shannon Keleher, recreation manager for the city of Gainesville, said the "Spring into Fun" Spring Break camp for students in first through eighth-grade will be offered from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. March 24-28 at the Eastside Recreation Center at 2841 E. University Ave. and the Albert "Ray" Massey Westside Recreation Center at 1001 NW 34th St. The cost will be $45.25 for city residents and $68.25 for non-city residents. The registration deadline is March 20.

"We want the kids to be in a safe place that's affordable and where they can have fun, meet new friends and try new things," Keleher said.

Tiffany Ireland, educator at the Florida Museum, said Spring Break camps for students in kindergarten through fifth-grade will be offered March 24-28 in three sessions — full days from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and half days from 8 a.m.-noon or 12:30-4:30 p.m. — at the museum at SW 34th Street and Hull Road. The cost for full days is $220 for members and $245 for non-members and for half days, the cost is $115 for members and $125 for non-members. The registration deadline also is March 20.

"We want to introduce children to domesticated animals and show how their lives are influenced by these animals," Ireland said.

City camp

At the city of Gainesville, children will participate in indoor and outdoor activities, including sports, arts and crafts, painting, field trips and other activities. Those attending must bring their own lunch; however, snacks will be provided.

To register a child, parents will need a proof of residency, which can be a GRU bill or a voter ID card. Registration is available from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday in Building B, 3rd Floor of the the Thomas Center at 302 NE 6th Ave.

Museum camp

At the Florida Museum, students will explore the sciences and investigate natural history through activities and hands-on exploration.

In the morning, students will participate in "Down on the Farm" to explore domestic animals and their importance to humans. In the afternoon, they will enjoy "Movie Magic" to explore the science behind movies and their special effects. Those attending must bring a sack lunch, but snacks will be provided.

To register and for more information, call 352-273-2061 or visit

College for Kids

At Santa Fe College, students will participate in interactive activities that will include seeing a planetarium show and then applying the science, visiting the zoo, learning about theater, creating art, enjoying sports and creating stories using cartoon animation.

To register and for more information, call 352-395-5193 or visit and click on community education, then click on College for Kids Spring Break and then "Group 1," "Group 2" or "Group 3."

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