During the Spring break of 2018, we encourage you to take part in all that Uptown has to offer. There are lots of offerings for the kiddos as well as plenty of family fun.

Below are a few Spring camps taking place in Manhattan’s northern neighborhoods during the week off. Most places listed have a fun summer  planned as well. Be sure to check for their summer rates in our Camp Guide.

Spring Camps:


Benswic is a sports program designed to improve the health of the entire family. They cover everything from personal training, homeschool fitness, mommy & me training sessions, track meets, afterschool, and break/summer camps. We have personal experience with Benswic and want you to as well. We’ve teamed up to offer UB subscribers one free week of Benswic spring break camp. Find out how to win here! (The spring camp is on East 82nd, but most other programs ran by BENSWIC are further north.)

Register here

Contact: William Marshall, 917-659-3549


The Center by Reach

Their goal is to provide home-schooled children and families with highly engaging and interactive experiences, but you can indulge for the week off from school. Students will be engaging in energetic inquiry-based activities in the arts, mathematics, robotics, math and more! Join The Center by Reach for their  Spring Break Special! The daily rate special is only $25 per student!
Classes will be in session from 9 am – 2 pm from Monday, April 2nd through Thursday the 5th, with a special rate and hours of operation for Friday tutoring. Note: Lunch will be held from 12 pm to 1 pm. Please send in lunch with your child.
Ages 6-13

Register here

Contact: Porsche Gaddy, 646-678-4275
Address: 434 Malcolm X Blvd, New York NY 10037


Scribble Art Workshop

School’s out but the studio is SO in! Registration for Spring break camp is open and spots are limited. Monday April 2nd- Friday April 6th, join in for one or all five days:
For grades K-5, art, STEAM, yoga, outdoor play, mural making Friday field trip. M-F 9am-3pm. $110/ DAY OR $500 FULL WEEK.
For ages 2-4, art, sensory play, yoga or sign language. M-F 9am-12pm. $55/DAY OR $250 FULL WEEK

Register here
Contact lizzie@scribbleartworkshop.com
5000 Broadway (at 212th ST), Suite A
New York NY 10034


Pouncing Tigers Martial Arts

Pouncing Tigers is a combination of complementary martial arts styles. It is designed to teach children that respect and learning are fun. Strength building games, listening exercises, and martial arts techniques are covered in every class. The goal is to plant a seed now so that a love of martial arts, and the excellent habits that come with it, will grow with your child for the rest of their lives. And they love it!

Spring 2018: April 2nd – 6th
Time 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Ages 5 to 12-year-olds

Register here

Contact info@pouncingtigers.com
Address: 115 W128th Street, Ground floor, New York, New York 10027


Hex & Co

Kids love playing board games but what if you could design an educational program around them? That’s the impetus behind the afterschool enrichment programs at Hex & Company. Kids start by learning a new game and strategy next they revisit the original strategy and develop novel problem-solving skills. Operates March 30th and a few days in April. Full day and half day options available.

Register here

Contact us@hexnyc.com  212-439-1008
Address: 2871 Broadway, New York NY 10025


ACT at St John the Devine

The Adults and Children in Trust in New York City, ACT program provides year-round educational and recreational programs for children and families. Their programs and services are located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, on the 11-acre campus of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Spring camp consists of a trip to Uptown Sports Complex, cooking challenge and more. Runs April 2nd – 6th. Ages 5-11. Activities based on age.  Check here for details on activities.

Contact: 212-316-7530
Address: Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10025
Register at actprograms.org


Other Family Fun

With all the snow storms we’ve been getting lately, you’re likely to still catch some sled action at many local parks. We wrote about a few Harlem hills that are sure to please the entire family. Some flatland areas of large parks can be good for snowball fights.

For the adventure driven kids, you can also trek a cleared walking trail after a storm.


Kids Passport to Adventure is offering   a Montauk adventure:

Historic landmarks, lighthouse tours, beach fun, horseback riding, and splashing around in the pool are just a few of the activities planned.
Ages: 6-12 years

Contact for details: Crystal Williams, 646-464-1456


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Co-creator of Uptown Birdies, Michelle is a Harlem-born mother of three with a passion for anything educational and mindfulness. She enjoys hunting down affordable kid-friendly events within upper Manhattan and teaching mindfulness. Social handle: @mscaines & @tlbmindfulness