The holiday school break is upon us. Before the kids decide to get themselves too settled on the couch in front of the TV, consider sending them to a camp for a day or two. Look to your YMCA, local churches or the parks and recreation department; many offer brief camps to help parents keep kids active and engaged. Just for starters, here are several day camp options sure to ignite the learning spark in youngsters.

Winter Safari Day Camp

Zoo Atlanta
Kids can let loose their inner animal at this hands-on, educational camp all about wildlife. Grades K-5. Dec. 21; Dec. 26-28; Jan. 2-4. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE,  Atlanta. 404-624-9453. $56-$70.
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Winter Break Camp

Dunwoody Nature Center
Explore the climate and study its effecta on the animals, plants and habitats of Dunwoody Park. Preschoolers (age 3)-5th grade. Two sessions: Dec. 26-28 & Jan. 2-4. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody. 770-394-3322. $90-$150.
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Camp Kingfisher’s Winter Break Camp

Chattahoochee Nature Center
Day campers will hike, play outside, spend time in the Starlab and romp around the CNC. Grades K-7. Two sessions offered: Dec. 26-28 & Jan. 2-4. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. $180-$200.
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Winter Holiday School Break Clinics

Rising Stars Basketball
Boys and girls can improve their hoops skills and “hustle,” learn sportsmanship skills and more at this basketball camp. Ages 5-13. Camps are found at various church gyms in Atlanta. Dec. 26-27, Jan. 2-4. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 864-325-9552. For location information visit $75-$265.
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School’s Out Camp

Marcus Jewish Community Center
This program for ages preschool to 8th grade offers the chance to enjoy a wide variety of fun-filled activities. Camps focus on swimming, sports, art, drama and more. Visit or call 678-812-4000 for specific dates, times and prices of the extensive camp options.
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– Kate Wallace

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