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Best Outdoor Youth Camps for 2021

Rediscover the joys of summer by planning an outdoor youth camp adventure!

After a year of change and disruption, let’s make 2021 the best year yet! Start planning your child’s spring & summer adventures with some of our top trending outdoor youth camps on ActivityHero. Small group, outdoor, in-person camps are selling fast – from horseback riding to survival skills camps! 

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Horseback Riding Camps for Kids

From the beginner camper to advanced equestrians, find a camp for your horse-loving kids! Learn about horse care: grooming, feeding, bathing and even horse first aid. Saddle a horse, learn about tack, and even explore different styles of riding.

Youth campers will also learn interesting facts about the history, evolution and anatomy of the horse while picking up some horse lingo (did you know that horses are measured in hands?). When not riding, kids will play games, make new friends, and get crafty!

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Paddle Adventure Youth Camps

Outdoors, active, educational, and exciting – create lifelong memories kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, and more. With a wide variety of water sports camps available, there is something fun for every kid!

Campers at Shoreline Lake start on sit-on-top kayaks and learn the skills they need to explore the lake and beyond. Techniques include skills such as the draw, pry, figure-eight and “C” strokes. Campers are also taught safety skills to carry them through wherever they go. These include weather and tides, paddle signals, capsize assisting and self-rescue techniques.

It is a unique camp offering water sports, nature walks, arts & crafts and outdoor games. As a parent I feel very relieved knowing my daughter is safe and in good hands.

5-Star Parent Review for Shoreline Lake Camp
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Mountain Biking Camps for Kids

Campers hit the trails with help of seasoned instructors – learning bicycle maintenance basics and traversing the terrain in some of the best parks and trails!

At Avid4Adventure, youth mountain biking campers learn:

  • Technical Skills:  Campers learn how to properly fit a helmet and bike, practice basic bike commands and get comfortable with technical skills including bunny hops, track stands, braking and shifting, becoming more proficient riders as they take on incremental challenges.
  • Trail Riding: Campers are introduced to a wide range of trails — where they practice good trail etiquette as they learn to ride on rolling single and double track terrain, descending and ascending trail sections and narrow and winding trails.
  • Bike Maintenance: When they’re not riding, campers get familiar with the nuts and bolts of bike maintenance, learning to safety check their bikes, solve gear problems and change flat tires.

If you are interested in including biking as part of your family routine this summer, check out these 6 Practical Tips for Families.

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Outdoor Youth Exploration Camps

Adventure Awaits! Unique outdoor camps for kids include:

  • Wilderness Survival Skills Camp
  • Outdoor Nature Camp
  • Rock Climbing Camp
  • Hiking Camps
  • Overnight Camping Trips
  • and so much more!

The outdoor nature of it, different adventures each day – super unique and fun, and a good option to mix in with other camps for the summer. It was great!

5-Star Parent Review for Avid4Adventure
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Skateboarding Camps for Kids

Skaters of all experience levels work on developing new skills, building confidence, and work up to advanced tricks like 50-50 grinds, frontside 180’s and more!

Find a wide variety in-person camps, online classes, and DIY activities for kids on ActivityHero.com >>

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Valentine’s Day Classes and Camps for Kids

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with art, yoga, baking, and more! These are some of our favorite Valentine-themed online classes and camps for kids.

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SATURDAY SCIENCE: Valentine’s Science

Join this online workshop and experiment with candy chemistry! Create a sugar density gradient and make a Skittles liquid rainbow, and of course, make Valentine’s oobleck. Registration includes a Valentine’s Science Kit with all the materials to follow along in this live, hands-on class.

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Valentine Painting Art Lesson

Sketch and paint a Valentine’s Day masterpiece in this online class! Learn how to draw with step by step instructions from a live teacher. The class will begin with basic shape recognition during the sketching phase and will then move on to coloring and basic shading techniques.

Science Workshop for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Science Workshop

Join this FREE workshop for crafts, science projects, games, and guest speakers. At Hypothesis Haven Science Club’s 2nd Annual HeART of Science event,  kids will learn about the hardest-working muscle in the body (the heart) and how to keep it healthy and strong! They will also learn about new treatments and discoveries that doctors and scientists are working on to help people with heart disease.

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Class

Join this Valentine’s Day cookie-baking class and spread some love in the kitchen! The price includes a shipment of gourmet cookie mix, a new silicon mat, sprinkles, and some surprises. You will learn how to make hand-cut sugar cookies, roll out the dough, bake, decorate with chocolate, royal icing, and sprinkles. 

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Valentines Day Pop-Up Cards!

Make your very own Valentine’s Day pop-up card in this interactive online class!  Pick a special person to make your card for and design something unique and fun just for them. Learn about sign language and how to say “I love you” with your hand as you engage in fun arts and crafts.

Valentine's Clay Sculpting Art Lesson for Kids

Valentine Clay Sculpting Art Lesson

Learn how to sculpt with step-by-step guidance from a live art instructor! The class will begin with ball shapes during the preparation phase and will then move on to color and basic sculpting techniques. Kids of all skill levels can use clay or playdough to sculpt cute Valentine’s Day animals.

Valentine Family Craft Workshop

Pop up card – Family Workshop

This Valentine’s Workshop is a sweet activity for the whole family! The Materials Kit has supplies for 4 guests in the same household. You’ll learn how to make these amazing Pop Up Valentine Cards that you can personalize. A heartfelt gift for friends, grandparents, and teachers. The kids-only workshop is also an option here.

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Valentine’s Day Family Yoga

Focus on self-love with this gentle and relaxing yoga! Follow along in this accessible, live class to center your body and mind. The gentle flow will end with a guided meditation, focusing on love.

Valentine's Day Celebration with Curious Mind Academy

Valentine’s Day Celebration

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Curious Mind Academy! Join this virtual party for 90 minutes of fun. Play themed games, enjoy some Valentine’s Day trivia, and top it all off by making a special treat, chocolate brownie mug cake. 

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Kids Activities for Presidents Day

Searching for kids activities to do during Presidents Day break? Try these on-demand kids activities, which are great for any downtime during the break. Here are some of our favorite DIY activities and printables for school holidays.

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Art History – Hiawatha

In this 60-minute video, learn about an important historical leader, Hiawatha. Follow along in drawing this colorful portrait while learning historical information, color pencil technique, and shading.

Specifically designed for K to 6th-grade students, every lesson is designed to give you an hour break and engage your child’s mind with fun, educational and creative activities. 

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Beginners Yoga Class

In this video, Ms. Priscilla presents this fun class for kids of all ages which is designed as an introduction to the practice of yoga.  Class is slower paced and focused on developing clear and safe alignment in foundational poses. Come to learn, play, and maybe even break a sweat in a supportive environment.  

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Pottery Kit

Explore the history of clay art and become a clay artist yourself!

The Ship & Make Kit includes air dry clay, a ceramic tile, tools, acrylic paints, and a pottery badge! This 30-minute YouTube instructional video will allow children/tweens to follow along and pause when they need more time. This video was recorded to meet the requirements for the Girl Scout Pottery Badge, but fun for all to participate! 

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Learn Soccer At Home

Players will be able to access 6 different videos through your account once registration is complete, covering age-appropriate sessions designed to work on ball mastery, skills, tricks and moves. This is balanced with a fun and educational approach which implements our Champions of Characters philosophy.

The wider world of soccer is important to us too, and we profile a different country every time- this bundle is focused on the USA.

Kids Activities for Presidents Day or any school breaks

Create Flappy Bird Using Scratch

In this video, Hannah from Codemoji.com will show you how to create a flappy bird-like game using Scratch. Code your own game, learn Scratch functions, and build a foundation in programming skills and critical thinking.

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Build a Star Finder

Follow this video and printout tutorial to build your own Starfinder, a version of an ancient model of the sky.

Build your own Starfinder, and it will show you how the sky looks at any hour of any night of the year! All you have to do is “program” the Starfinder with the date and time you want.

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Make Flat Bread Pizza with a Celebrity Chef

Grab your ingredients and join Chef Michelle Minori as she leads your family through the process of making flatbread pizza in this fun-filled cooking adventure! Together, you will learn how to make the flatbread dough, chop toppings, make a dressing and more. Chef Michelle will teach you new techniques and share a little bit about how to make this recipe your own. 

Anime Manga Workshop with Young Rembrandts

Anime Manga Workshop

Follow along with these videos of an Anime Manga workshop and your student will learn to draw our favorite Japanese style art. This five day workshop includes ten on-demand videos with over 10 hours of drawing and coloring direction taught by Young Rembrandts founder and CEO, Bette Fetter. Draw at your own pace! Students can pause and rewind each lesson as needed.

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Rainbow Cake Baking

Follow this on-demand video to bake a delicious and eye-catching rainbow cake. Fun for the whole family, all on your own time! Join Active Art and Science for more hands-on activities you can do on your own.

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Kids On-Demand Activities for Holiday Break

On-demand classes and activities for your child are great for any downtime during the holiday break. Whether traveling or staying at home, these activities will keep your kids busy and having fun. Here are some of our favorite on-demand activities for the holidays.

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On-Demand Music for holiday break

Jingle Bells Piano Lesson

In this fun-filled lesson, your child will learn how to play Jingle Bells on the piano with KidzKeys, just in time for the holidays! The KidzKeys On-Demand Lessons give students in K through 3rd Grade an opportunity to explore and express their own creativity. Your child will love Ms. Emily’s fun and encouraging teaching style.

On-Demand Crafts for Holiday break

Polar Bear Crafts

Create a cute polar bear with cotton balls and complete a fun polar bear research project with Lakeshore Learning’s on-demand crafts for kids. Check out more of their winter themed crafts here.

On-demand printables for holiday break and kids sudoku sheets for free

Free Winter Coloring and Sudoku Sheets

Choose from a collection of free Winter and Holiday themed coloring sheets and Sudoku printables! These are great for long car rides or for the whole family to enjoy.

On-Demand Art Class for Holiday break

Holiday Wreath Art Lesson

Ms. Kristin from AB Fine Art Studio takes you step-by-step in a video that shows you how to draw and paint this beautiful holiday wreath!  You can purchase their December Art Box that has absolutely everything you need to create this holiday painting at home.

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How to Draw a Holiday Puppy

This 60 minute video by Young Rembrandts walks you through drawing an adorable holiday puppy. Specifically designed for K to 6th-grade students, every lesson is designed to give you an hour break and engage your child’s mind with fun, educational and creative activities.

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Making the Perfect Pie Shell

In this free video you’ll learn how to make the perfect pie shell.  You’ll learn how to create pie dough and then how best to roll out out and form it into a pie pan.  Have fun in the kitchen while making a delicious dessert for the holidays!

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Learn Inkscape By Making a Winter Holiday Card

In this on-demand class you will learn the basics of Inkscape while creating your very own winter theme card.  We’ll learn how to create a basic winter scene, including how to make some basic evergreen trees, snow flakes, and form a snow man. You can print and use the card you create as a holiday card, or a card to bring in some winter time cheer.

Galileoscope telescope kit for the holiday break

Galileoscope Telescope Kit for the Holidays

This on-demand activity includes a telescope kit and video instruction, where an expert astronomer and telescope builder will walk you through the process of assembling the telescope. Then, begin exploring the universe like Galileo did over 400 years ago and see the wonders of the winter sky!

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Best Free On-Demand Activities: Printables and DIY for Kids

On-demand classes and activities for your child are a great option when you need an activity at any time of day. ActivityHero provides a wide variety of on-demand content that can be used at any time, free of any cost! Here are our favorite free, on-demand options.

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On-Demand Art - Learn to draw funny llamas!

Pixar in a Box: The Computer Science Behind Movies

What’s your favorite movie – Cars, Frozen, or maybe The Avengers? Did you know that computer technology is behind the making of all of your favorite movies? This video shows children exciting state-of-the-art technologies and how they are applied in the real world!

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Nutrition: Let’s Make a Stir Fry

This class will focus on (1) a review of the basics of nutrition, and (2) how to use the five food groups to create a healthy, well rounded, delicious meal. Some of the student activities will include (1) preparing their own individual menu for a stir-fry (2) watching Dr. Mary cook a nutritious stir-fry, and (3) several choices of posters to create.

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How to Make a Solar Oven

Have fun baking a dessert with your kids and learn some science at the same time with this DIY Solar Oven by Beau Coffron, in partnership with Home Depot. All you need is an old pizza box and a handful of tools and materials. In just a few easy steps, you’ll have created an innovative solar oven!

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Hour of Code – Learn JavaScript

Learn how to code with Javascript in Classroom Antics’ easy-to-use web interface and self-guided lessons. Progress through fun online coding activities at your own pace. Complete up to 9 lessons (one hour each). Lessons feature fun projects such as creating an facetracker, eclipse simulation, greeting card, snapchat filter, community map and more!

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Free French Class for Kids!

Join Madame Barbara from Springs French Music Lingua for a fun introductory class and learn the Itsy Bitsy Spider in French.  This is a 22-minute previously recorded live online class.  Download the coloring page for additional reinforcement of the French vocabulary.

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Music Reading Tutorial with KidzKeys!

Ms. Emily will show students how to read the musical staff and place colorful stickers on your piano or keyboard (Printable Download Included!).

Peter Max Art with Young Rembrandts

Making the Perfect Pie Shell

In this FREE video you’ll learn how to make the perfect pie shell.  You’ll learn how to create pie dough and then how best to roll out out and form it into a pie pan.  This lesson is for a pie shell for sweet pies.  The method can be used for quiche and tart shells by changing just a few ingredients.

Learn Inkscape By Making a Winter Holiday Card

In this on-demand class you will learn the basics of Inkscape while creating your very own winter theme card.  We’ll learn how to create a basic winter scene, including how to make some basic evergreen trees, snow flakes, and form a snow man. You can print and use the card you create as a holiday card, or a card to bring in some winter time cheer.

Draw your own home alone battle plan. Free on-demand from Stanford Library Map Collections

Free Winter Coloring and Sudoku Sheets

Choose from a collection of free Winter and Holiday themed coloring sheets and Sudoku printables! These are great for long car rides or for the whole family to enjoy.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Activities

Are you searching for a fun and creative gift for a kid in your life? Our Gift Guide goes beyond gift cards and gaming systems to give you ideas on kids activities that can still be gift-wrapped!

Whether you are shopping for your child, a niece/nephew or family friend – we’ve rounded up our top gifts for 2020. Can’t decide? Gift an ActivityHero gift card for in-person camps, online classes, or on-demand activities!

Gift Guide for Kids

KidzKeys Holiday Package by FunClubs

Jump into a fun musical experience in our 6-week group piano class and receive your very own Mini-CASIO Keyboard! Students join our inspiring teachers LIVE in Online Classrooms where they learn to read music, play fun songs, and express their creativity.

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30 Day All Access Pass for Unlimited Young Art Lessons + Art Kit

Perfect for your kids who love to explore their creative side through a variety of art mediums. Inspiring instructor-led classes and access to video library for on-demand content at anytime. Learners will choose from a range of lessons including sketching, painting, sculpture, crafts, culinary and digital art.

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Sony KOOV Kit + Camp Program

The Sony KOOV™ Camp Program is designed to be used in a variety of learning environments – whether it’s an existing robotics/coding camp, international competition or at home for enrichment activities involving design. The KOOV Kits provide kids a learning tool that is out-of-the-box ready and includes curriculum for repeated and continued growth.

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Learn to Sew Project Kit by GreenArt Labs

Bring joy and creativity to your child, as they sew their way to confidence! This beginning sewing kit is a perfect holiday gift that will engage for days to come. And paired with our step-by-step video, children will have fun making 3 different sewing projects all by themselves!

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Pottery Kit + Class with Broadway Clay

The Ship & Make Kit from Broadway Clay includes air dry clay, a ceramic tile, tools, acrylic paints, and a pottery badge! The 30-minute YouTube instructional video will allow children/tweens to follow along and pause when they need more time. This video was recorded to meet the requirements for the Girl Scout Pottery Badge, but fun for all to participate! 

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Sound Science Kit + Camp from Science Nature Labs

Kids will learn about concept the of sound, how sound travels, use equipment to measure sound, using tuning forks, make their own musical instrument. This sound kit comes with activities the whole family can do together, make a real musical instrument and do other fun activities involved.

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Chess Set + Classes from Yes For Chess

Chess brings people together. Share stories and spend time together this holiday season. Give your child the gift of chess! Sit down, play a game and plan your next move.

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Guitar Holiday Package by Fun Clubs

Turn up the volume and rock out in our 6-week group guitar class with your very own 34″ Student Size Guitar! Students join our inspiring teachers LIVE in Online Classrooms where they learn new songs, develop new skills, and express their creativity.

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LEGO® Fun-gineering Kit by the ROC Network for Learning

Fungineering keeps little ones busy learning through the holidays while having fun playing with stories and worlds that they build!  With our Supply Set, children spend hours building real-world models that move –  cars, merry-go-rounds, hand mixers, fire trucks and more, all on their own, or alongside our step-by-step Online or On-Demand classes.

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SoccerStars at Home Soccer Ball and Class Kit

Soccer Stars @ Home

Our Soccer Stars @HOME Virtual Classes will take soccer training to the next level. Through our digital classroom, children can see their teammates and work directly with their coach. Wrap up a soccer ball or training cones with the gift of these virtual classes for the perfect gift for your next little Messi or Morgan.

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How To Be A Sports Surgeon + Toy Kit by Little Medical School

This Little Medical School toy kit offers aspiring sports surgeons a wide variety of hands-on and educational activities. Children will learn about the bones in the hand using the hand decal and stickers, make their own skeleton with our bone stickers, learn how to care for a sprain and strain with our bandage, make a ball and socket joint and hinge joint and finish by completing Tommy John surgery on our surgery board. 

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Acoustical Class + Makey Makey Kit with Engineering for Kids of South Kern-Bakersfield

When your favorite song comes on the radio do you sit quietly or do you dance around and play the air drum solo? In Acoustical Engineering with Makey Makey, we will create our own interpretations of common musical instruments like bongo, piano, guitar, and create our very own dancing program. Great Christmas gift for 7yr – 11yrs old.

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Clay Ornament Kit + Virtual Class with Dragonfly Designs

Give the gift of creativity! Who doesn’t remember helping decorate the tree when they were growing up? Each ornament has a special meaning attached to it, especially the handmade ones. Students will learn how to make precious Clay Ornaments. Imagine their sense of pride when giving their loved ones a treasure that they made themselves.

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ActivityHero Gift Card

The perfect gift for every child – from the Minecraft obsessed to the young artist or future chef! ActivityHero has all kinds of activities for kids, including in-person camps, online classes, and printable DIY activities on-demand.

  • Does your child love drawing? Include an ActivityHero gift card with art supplies to take an online art class!
  • For cooking enthusiasts, wrap up a special apron or cooking utensils with an ActivityHero gift card to pick out an online cooking or baking class!
  • Curious kids might enjoy a science kit and an ActivityHero gift card to experiment at an online STEM class!

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Best On-Demand Thanksgiving Activities

On-demand Thanksgiving activities keep kids busy and having fun from home. Kids can enjoy Thanksgiving games and projects on their own time during the holidays!

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite online Thanksgiving on-demand activities. On ActivityHero, you can also find in-person Thanksgiving camps or online Thanksgiving classes and camps for upcoming school breaks.

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Thanksgiving Art Classes & Crafts

A collection of Thanksgiving-themed kids and adult coloring sheets. Tag ActivityHero on social media or message us your completed drawing to be featured!

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Thanksgiving Bingo Game – Free Printable

​​Want to keep your kids busy on Thanksgiving while they’re waiting for dinner? How about Thanksgiving Bingo to keep everyone entertained? (you might get some adults, too). This fun Thanksgiving-themed Bingo by Catch My Party can be played with the whole family!

Once you register, you will receive an email with a link to the game page.

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Paint “A Decorative Pumpkin”

Paint a pumpkin at home with a step-by-step, easy to follow instruction taught by a professional artist. This activity includes video and printables, and is up to 135 minutes art practice and fun!

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Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins

Celebrate the season with Pumpkin Muffins! These yummy fall muffins will put a smile on your face. Kids will cook using all their senses, and together they’ll bake up something special to share. This class covers all the basics for beginner chefs, but it is filled with tips and kitchen hacks for any home cook to learn some new tricks! Kids will be able to make this recipe by themselves or bring the whole family to enjoy kitchen time together. Includes up to 75 minutes of video and printables.

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Hand Sew a Friendly Fox

Learn the running stitch, whip stitch, and blanket stitch as you make this friendly fox, then fill it with fluffy stuffing!

The fun doesn’t have to stop there—once you learn these sewing and pattern construction skills, you can make your own creations at home!

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Draw Cartoon Monsters by Young Rembrandts

A new hands-on method of learning art! Specifically designed for K to 6th-grade students, every lesson is designed to give you an hour break and engage your child’s mind with fun, educational and creative activities. Perfect to enjoy over school breaks, rainy days, or whenever you need a fun, flexible activity to fit your schedule.

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Best In-Person Thanksgiving Camps in the San Francisco Bay Area

Whether you need to work for a few days or prep a turkey dinner, upcoming school breaks may have you searching for Thanksgiving camps and activities to keep your kids busy. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite in-person Thanksgiving camps for kids – all locally in the SF Bay Area! ActivityHero also offers online and on-demand Thanksgiving activities that can be done at home.

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KidzToPros On-Campus Thanksgiving Camps

From popular STEM to sports and art programs, KidzToPros is offering fun 3-day camps to keep kids happy, healthy, and safe while they are on break from school. If on-site camps are not available near you, KidzToPros also offers a wide variety of online classes and camps for kids.

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Hiller Aviation Museum Thanksgiving Camp

Investigate the fastest, highest and biggest things in aerospace using realistic flight simulation, exploration of real aircraft, model aircraft construction and more. Aviation Camp is an immersive, hands-on aerospace adventure for campers ages 5-11. All programs are held at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA.

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Chaparrel at Golden Gate Park Thanksgiving Horse Camp

The spirit of the West meets Silicon Valley at Chaparral Ranch. Surrounded by natural trails and open space preserves, the ranch overlooks stunning Bay views. Learn about horse care: grooming, feeding, bathing and even horse first aid! Saddle a horse, learn about tack, and even explore different styles of riding! For riding instruction campers are grouped based on experience and skill level.

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Shredder’s Thanksgiving Skateboarding Camp & Weekend Clinic

Shredders is designed for skateboarders of all skill levels to learn safety, skills and confidence. Award winning instructors lead students in skill development and youth empowerment.

Our shredder LOVED everyday as there was always something to learn. He liked that the instructors taught them new techniques, but also allowed time for lots of practice time, and each staff member was patient and supportive.

– Parent Review

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Thanksgiving Camp: Abstract Expressionist Painting

In this one-day painting camp, our artists will explore abstract forms and abstract techniques as they create their own abstract scrape painting. Our students will play with color combinations, experiment with layering, and create their own abstract movements and designs using paint. At the end of the day, everyone will take home an expressive and colorful masterpiece!

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Thanksgiving Basketball Camp

Our social distanced fundamental camp focus on all of the fundamentals of basketball evenly. Kids will be required to bring their own ball in order to minimize any sharing and our staff will handle the rest! Temperature checks will be conducted daily for all staff and participants, and there will be ample amount of hand sanitizer available upon arrival.

My 11-year old son really enjoyed this camp. The counselors were great and kept the kids active and engaged. The Director was really helpful and accommodating.

– Parent Review

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Thanksgiving Minecraft & STEM In-Person Camp

Join us throughout Thanksgiving WEEK for an academically focused camp featuring Minecraft used for education in various subjects. Our camp will also include academic enrichment in various subjects including English language arts, math, and STEM subjects. Combining fun and learning, your child will be able to best comprehend information using a platform they love, allowing them to stay ahead in school.

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Best Online Thanksgiving Camps & Classes

Online Thanksgiving camps and classes are a good alternative to keep kids busy and having fun at home while you are working or finishing up your famous pumpkin pie.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite online Thanksgiving camps for kids – art, crafts, coding, and more! On ActivityHero, you can also find in-person Thanksgiving camps or on-demand activities for upcoming school breaks.

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Thanksgiving Art Classes & Crafts with Young Art

Join crafty art classes with a fun, Thanksgiving theme – from toilet paper roll turkeys to clay sculpting and Pusheen illustrations. Or register for a Virtual Art Camp for 3 days of live instruction and access to the Young Art on-demand art library.

My son enjoyed this class very much. The teacher was wonderful with the children and the step by step instruction was very well done and easy for my son to follow. He was very proud of his artwork and is looking forward to taking more classes with Young Art.

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LEGO® and Minecraft Classes for Thanksgiving Break

LEGO®, Minecraft & Roblox Camps and Classes for Thanksgiving

KidzToPros: Create your own Minecraft adventures and games that you can share with your friends! Students think through how to make a playable activity, and learn conditionals and event triggering.

CodeRev offers drop-in classes or 1/2 day camps while school is out! Explore Roblox, Minecraft modding adventures, and more – taught by industry tested STEM and computer programming professionals.

TechKnowHow offers fun and enriching online Thanksgiving sessions featuring LEGO® Engineering, Minecraft Adventures, and Coding Classes with Scratch and Python. Kids learn to build within a Zoom small group, interacting with the teacher and each other, getting a chance to show what they build, and talk about their creations.

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Pumpkin Pie Cooking Class for Kids

Just in time for Thanksgiving, join Chef Cindy to learn how to make a classic pumpkin pie. Kids ages 9-14 will learn how to make a light and delicious crust and a perfectly creamy filling!

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Fun with Camp Sassafras

Thanksgiving Fun Camps

Camp Sassafras: Let’s turn off Youtube, put down the video game controller, and come together to learn, connect, laugh, meet new friends, join your best friends, and enjoy our free time together! 

Gobble ‘Til You Wobble with 7EDU: From writing gratitude letters to worksheets and art, 7EDU Impact Academy offers a wide range of fun activities with a Thanksgiving theme.

Curious Minds Academy: Learn some fun facts and trivia about our favorite turkey day.  Discover how the holiday really got started and learn how many of our favorite turkey day traditions got started (including why we even eat turkey on this day to begin with).

Art, Music & Giving Thanks with Family Karate: This 3 day Camp during Thanksgiving Break is a perfect time for your Pre-K through 2nd graders to have fun and get creative about showing their gratitude for all the love and goodness in their lives. 

Interactive Chess Camp with Chess King: Study the essential elements, acquire the proper  tools and play winning chess during this 3 day Thanksgiving Camp!  Learn the basics or train deep into advanced tactical and positional play. Chess for All Levels Beginner to Advanced Grades K-6.

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Best In-Person Thanksgiving Camps

Whether you need to work for a few days or prep a turkey dinner, upcoming school breaks may have you searching for Thanksgiving camps and activities to keep your kids busy. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite in-person Thanksgiving camps for kids – from STEM to skateboarding! ActivityHero also offers online and on-demand Thanksgiving activities that can be done at home.

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KidzToPros On-Campus Thanksgiving Camps

From popular STEM to sports and art programs, KidzToPros is offering fun 3-day camps to keep kids happy, healthy, and safe while they are on break from school. If on-site camps are not available near you, KidzToPros also offers a wide variety of online classes and camps for kids.

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Hiller Aviation Museum Thanksgiving Camp

Investigate the fastest, highest and biggest things in aerospace using realistic flight simulation, exploration of real aircraft, model aircraft construction and more. Aviation Camp is an immersive, hands-on aerospace adventure for campers ages 5-11. All programs are held at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA.

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Chaparrel at Golden Gate Park Thanksgiving Horse Camp

The spirit of the West meets Silicon Valley at Chaparral Ranch. Surrounded by natural trails and open space preserves, the ranch overlooks stunning Bay views. Learn about horse care: grooming, feeding, bathing and even horse first aid! Saddle a horse, learn about tack, and even explore different styles of riding! For riding instruction campers are grouped based on experience and skill level.

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Shredder’s Thanksgiving Skateboarding Camp & Weekend Clinic

Shredders is designed for skateboarders of all skill levels to learn safety, skills and confidence. Award winning instructors lead students in skill development and youth empowerment.

Our shredder LOVED everyday as there was always something to learn. He liked that the instructors taught them new techniques, but also allowed time for lots of practice time, and each staff member was patient and supportive.

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Engineering for Kids of South Kern Thanksgiving STEM Camp

Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids in a fun and challenging way. For ages 8-14, 1/2 day or full day camps are available for school breaks. Thanksgiving themes are Robo-Sports and an Amazing Race Camp.

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School Holiday Adventures with ATX Kids Club in Texas

ATX Kids Club has a mission to inspire inspire youth to fearlessly explore and become independent, self-confident individuals through educational and health-minded field trip adventures.

ATX kids club is my daughter’s favorite camp, she loves the daily trips and I love to give her the opportunity to discover all the aspects of the city in a safe atmosphere.

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Discover Science Center Thanksgiving Camps for Kids

In this 3-Day Creature Camp by Discover Science Center, kids ages 5-8 will explore some of Earth’s habitats and the creatures that are adapted to these environments: rainforest, desert, and marine!

Discover Science Center is an informal science education enrichment lab whose purpose is to supplement the STEAM curriculum taught in K-12 schools and homeschool programs.

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Thanksgiving kids’ activities inspired by pumpkin spice






Get ready for Thanksgiving Week with these hands-on kids’ activities inspired by Pumpkin Spice and Thanksgiving turkeys.

Enjoy the smell of Pumpkin Spice and try one of these Thanksgiving project ideas with your kids. For a longer activity, find a 1/2 day or full day Thanksgiving camp or workshop.

What makes pumpkin spice smell so good? Betty Crocker‘s homemade recipe is combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Mix the spices together in a small bowl and let your senses take it all in.

Pumpkin slime

Kids love making and playing with slime and this recipe for pumpkin slime adds a Thanksgiving spin to it. Growing a Jeweled Rose has a simple recipe to make pumpkin slime that adds pumpkin spice to the glue and borax slime concoction.

Pumpkin slime from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Pumpkin pie spice play dough

Younger kids will enjoy this simple, homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Play Dough from Left Brain Craft Brain. With just a few ingredients from your kitchen, you can make this pumpkin spice scented play dough with your kids.

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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Dough from Left Brain Craft Brain

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Pumpkin spice latte for kids (coffee-free)

With this simple recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron, pumpkin spice lattes aren’t just for grownups or coffee drinkers.

Kids Pumpkin Spice Latte from Chelseas Messy Apron

Turkey arts and crafts

A simple paper plate is the center of this Turkey art from Lakeshore Learning.

Turkey art from Lakeshore Learning

Thanksgiving camp

Full day or half day camps can keep your kids engaged and busy over Thanksgiving week. Many camps have special themes for Thanksgiving Camp.

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5 Fun Fall Activities






Get ready for falling leaves, cooler weather, and spooky surprises with these hands-on activities for kids.

Leaf piles and pumpkins and candy, oh my! Try one (or all) of these fall ideas with your kids. For a longer activity to keep kids engaged during school holidays, find online or in-person Fall Break camps and classes.

1. Glow-in-the-Dark Water

Nothing says “spooky” like things that glow in the dark. Take your Halloween party to the next level with this recipe from The Science Buddies on how to make glow in the dark water from two very basic items.

Glow in the dark water from Science Buddies
Glow in the dark water from Science Buddies

2. Design Your Halloween Costume

It’s not too early to start thinking about Fright Night! Skip the expensive, pre-made costumes this year and get creative. Try putting together your entire costume using household items and stuff you already own. Need some help or inspiration? Try a DIY Halloween costume design class or a face painting workshop!

Halloween Face Painting Workshop

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3. Play a Game!

With minimal setup and simple rules, this version of a Native American stick game by My Creative Life can be played by even the youngest members of your family.

Native American Stick Game from My Creative Life
Native American Stick Game from My Creative Life

4. Halloween Countdown Calendar

This countdown calendar project from Lakeshore Learning makes the wait a little easier and you can make it at home! Or download a Fall on-demand activity like pumpkin crafting to earn a Girl Scouts badge online, DIY Fall decorations, Halloween art, and more!

countdown calendar from Lakeshore Learning
Countdown calendar from Lakeshore Learning

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5. Take a break, go to camp!

Thanksgiving Art Camp at Achievers
Thanksgiving Art Camp @ Achievers

Full day and half day camps can keep your kids engaged and busy over school holidays. Many even have special themes for their Fall Break Camps.

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Easter Ideas for Kids during COVID-19

Easter ideas for kids during COVID-19.

Many families have traditions for Easter that include fun community activities like egg hunts, visits to the Easter bunny or a special dinner out. With stay-at-home restrictions still in effect, the holiday is going to look very different this year. Here are some alternative Easter ideas for kids to still enjoy the weekend.

Easter Sunday Brunch for Kids

Start the day with a special breakfast or Easter brunch as a family. Before the happy chaos of baskets begins, serve up one of these too-cute recipes for Easter breakfast that not only will your kids love – but they can help make too. Our friends over at SheKnows have compiled a list of 15 Cute Easter Breakfast Ideas.

Alternative Easter Egg Hunts for kids

Even if the neighborhood or community Easter egg hunts are canceled, enjoy an egg hunt at your house. Fill plastic eggs with special treats or rewards. Extra screen time or picking the family movie are great alternatives to a midday sugar crash.

Easter Egg Hunt alternatives during social distancing

Or, get your neighbors to join you for a virtual Easter Egg Hunt. Paint, draw or display eggs that can seen from the sidewalk. Most importantly, spread positivity and enjoyment while practicing safe social distancing. Get the word out by posting on your community NextDoor or create a private Facebook group. Download some fun Easter printables, use colorful window paint or even draw eggs outside with sidewalk chalk.

Virtual Easter Meetings

After the excitement of Easter brunch and egg hunts, check in with friends and family virtually. Set up a family Zoom call or Facetime the grandparents. If your Easter tradition usually includes church, find a live stream service to watch together at home. If you had already picked out the perfect Easter outfit, don’t let it go to waste! Get dressed up and then take pictures for the scrapbook.

Easter Entertainment for Kids

To finish up your Easter during COVID-19, queue up an Easter-themed movie for your kids on Netflix, Hulu or Disney+. Some of our Easter family movie favorites include:

  • Hop
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade

Take a Break for Spring

After a fun-filled Easter weekend with crafts, treats and egg hunts you may want a few minutes for yourself. ActivityHero has live, interactive classes every day for kids of all ages. Schedule an online class with expert teachers in art, music, LEGO® building, sports, coding and more.

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Ideas for Your Spring Break at Home

Staycation has taken on a new meaning during the COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions. With spring break travel plans canceled, many families are looking for fun alternatives.

  • Visit a Zoo, Museum or Aquarium Online
  • Explore a State or National Park virtually
  • Research authentic cuisine from a foreign country, then prepare some of the dishes as a family. Need some guidance? Take an online cooking class.
  • Have your kids pick a country, state or destination they would like to go on a “dream vacation”. Watch YouTube videos, read books and pretend you are there.
  • Host a Virtual Game Night with friends through Zoom.
  • Plant seeds for a garden — veggies, herbs, and/or flowers.
  • Fly a kite or teach kids another low-tech activity you loved as a child.
  • Create your own mini golf course in your house or yard.
  • Create a music video to a favorite song.
  • Take an online class as a family – in art, music, yoga or something else you all enjoy.

How to Display Your Spring Break Ideas

Instead of writing down your ideas on a sheet of paper, you can boost everyone’s excitement by typing up the list using fun fonts in bright colors. Put a small check-box beside each item so you can X it when it’s complete.

Another option: Write down each idea on a small slip of paper, fold the papers in half, and place them in a clean bucket or sand pail. Then when someone says that they’re “boooorrrrrrrrrred,” tell them to go to the bucket and select an activity.

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Need a Little Break Yourself?

Check out ActivityHero for kids’ online camps and classes! There’s something for everyone, and you can find options that are free or paid — in music, art, science, medicine and more!

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Online Classes for Kids: Tips for Success

Extended school closures can be a disruption of routine for many families. Parents are seeking online classes for their children to close the gap of learning, but establishing a new schedule can be a learning curve for all.

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As parents, it can be difficult to keep kids engaged during school closures and breaks. In-home lessons can help children stay busy, even when it is not possible to physically be at a camp. 

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Fiona the Hippo

Facebook Live and YouTube are popular for streaming educational videos like the Cincinnati Zoo’s, “Home Safari”, when zoo staff highlights a different animal each day. Local camps and online e-learning websites are offering a wide range of online classes for kids, from virtual dance classes to online coding classes and workshops. Languages and music are also popular online courses for teaching kids at home.

The act of both entertaining and educating children – while sometimes also working from home – can be a challenge. We’ve put together a list of steps you can take to support your child for online learning.

Setting your Kids up for Success Online

  1. Establish a new routine: Keep in mind that your child is also going through a lot of adjustment, regardless of age. A schedule can keep everyone engaged and happy throughout the day. However, be flexible if your kids need a little more time for an activity. 
  2. Act as if your child is going to class: Establish a time for the class, whether the class is live or self-directed. Post a daily schedule if age-appropriate, or verbally remind your child that morning. Stay comfortable, but don’t forget to change out of those PJ’s! 
  3. Schedule for success: Younger students are often the sharpest in the morning. Start with a more challenging subject early while their brains are most receptive to learning. Each child is different though, so plan accordingly.
  4. Create a quiet, distraction free environment: To help a child focus on their online class, remove toys and electronics from the room. For example, don’t leave out art supplies if they are having an online music lesson.
  5. Consider your child’s age and personality: The younger the child, typically the shorter the attention span. When planning an online course for your child, select a length of time that will keep them engaged. If it’s not a live class, schedule movement breaks. Jumping jacks or a couple laps around the yard can help keep your child engaged.
  6. Plan unstructured play time: Just like at school, it is important to take a break. This is also a good opportunity for parents to check their email, take that work call or finish other household tasks.
  7. Step away from the screens: If you have ever stared at a computer screen for work all day, you know how tired your eyes and brains can get. Plan a craft, science experiment or other fun activity offline. 
  8. Creative Connections: During a time of social distancing, kids may feel isolated from their friends. Plan an online class that your child could attend with friends. After an online session, set up Facetime chats so they can talk about it.  

As parents, we understand a lot of families are searching for enrichment activities to supplement homeschool and virtual learning curriculum. ActivityHero is here to help! Find free virtual events and online classes for your child on ActivityHero or download our iPhone app for faster and easier searching.