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Camps Break Up The Holiday Break

It’s almost time for school to be out for the holidays. Whether you’re a working parent looking for child care that provides stimulating activities for your children, or you want to keep the kids active and occupied while you have some time to yourself to shop or cash in that massage gift certificate, several Wheeling agencies and organizations have you covered.

Camp Winter

Wonderland

At the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley, 1000 Main St., Camp Winter Wonderland takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 21-23 and Monday through Thursday, Dec. 28-31. Valerie Reed, acting director, said children will have the opportunity to make snowglobes, paint a mural, take part in MAKESHOP activities and take-apart projects (in which they disassemble cast-off electronic devices), and make (mostly) healthy snacks, among other activities.

“We try to stay healthy. Smoothies are always the most favorite. They are just yogurt and frozen fruit,” Reed said. Weather permitting, the kids will walk down to the Janie S. Altmeyer Heritage Port Playground to “blow off some steam.” Children should bring their own lunches.

The camp is for children ages 4-10. For information, call 304-214-5437 or visit www.cmovkids.org.

Holiday Art Camp

Oglebay Institute once again is offering its Holiday Art Camps for children in grades 1-4 and grades 5-8 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road. This year’s camps are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 22-23.

“They will do three art projects” each day, said Rick Morgan, Stifel director, taught by himself, director of art education Brad Morgan and artist Rachel Shipley. “Each one of us rotates around.” Projects include a clay coil Christmas tree, an oil pastel tree, paper craft ornaments and mosaic candles.

“It’s always a good time. The kids enjoy it. We do some other fun stuff, too. They’ll get to decorate cookies,” Morgan said.

Children should bring their own lunches. For information, call 304-242-7700 or visit www.oionline.com.

Christmas Vacation Camp

The Chambers YMCA in Elm Grove will have its annual Christmas Vacation Camp, sponsored by Bordas and Bordas, on Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30, for children in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade. Children can be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. and picked up no later than 5:30 p.m.

Kids will participate in a variety of sports and elementary-type games, said Brian Blazier, YMCA director of child care. They also will have the opportunity to swim in the indoor heated pool. In addition to their lunches, children should bring a towel and swimsuit.

For information, call 304-242-8086 or visit wheelingymca.org/vacation-camp/.

Holiday Science Camp

Robert and Libby Strong of SMART-Centre Market will host Holiday Science Camps for kindergartners through second-graders on Monday, Dec. 28, and for third- through sixth-graders on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

The kids will engage in holiday-themed science activities, including exploring chemical reactions – possibly with a “Christmas volcano,” said Libby Strong. She also said they may do a Christmas ball reflection activity.

“The surface of Christmas balls are essentially a mirror,” she said, “and you can get virtually an infinity mirror image going.”

She added the science camp is a good way to keep children engaged in learning over their break.

“This is a structured, educational activity that will be fun and get them excited about science and math,” she said.

The half-day camp is from 9 a.m. to noon, and a snack is provided.

For information, call 304-233-4667.

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