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Ah, Easter is almost upon us once again, a time when we can all celebrate a man miraculously coming back from the dead by scoffing chocolate shaped like bunnies.
Just the way our good Lord had intended.
For the kids, it’s a time for throwing all those nasty schoolbooks on the fire, and heading off on a new adventure – whether it’s making a Lego movie, or learning the back flip, creating their very own chocolate water pistol, or simply going wild in the country.
Yep, there’s plenty of fab agrus groovy Easter Camps happening this year, with something for pretty much every kid.
Children’s Chocolate Creations are hosting two Easter Camps over at the Newcastle Community Centre, on Fridays April 19th and 25th. You can choose between 12pm to 2pm or 3pm to 5pm on the 19th, or 12pm to 2pm on the 25th. The cost for the two-hour camp is €25, and there are discounts for siblings. You can find out more here.
And talking of chocolate, did you see the crazy Easter egg love-in/shove-in happening at Aunty Nellie’s Sweet Shop this year…?
With their first camp already sold out, you should act quickly to catch the Forest Club second Easter Camp, running from Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th of April, all on a beautiful 45-acre woodland. Aimed at kids from 5 to 11 years old, the cost per child is €120, with a 10% sibling discount available. You can find out more here.
The Sugarloaf Gymnastics gang have been busy picking up awards and generally leaping for joy lately, and they have a host of Try It Out classes and Flip Workshops on offer. This year’s Easter Camps are running from Monday, April 15th to Thursday 18th and Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th, from 1pm to 4pm each day. For members, the four-day camp is €88; for non-members, it’s €96. Full details here.
The Sew Fun Easter Camps will have your kid designing and sewing their own creations by the end of their woolly 4-day bonanza. Running from Monday, April 15th, 2pm to 5pm, at the Éire Óg GAA Complex, the camp is aimed at kids between 7 and 13, and costs €79. Go deep wool right here.
If your bright little spark wants to be movie maverick, well, Createschool are back in town for some Brick Flicks fun, wherein kids from 8 upwards can make their very own Lego movies, from idea to edit to screen. A three-day Easter Camp running from Wednesday, April 17th, from 10am to 2pm, at Greystones Studios, you can get the full screen credits right here.
And if your kid loves Lego, there’s also the Brick 4 Kidz Movie-Themed Easter Camp, happening at Éire Óg, and running from Monday, April 15th to Thursday 18th. This LEGO Technic camp is aimed at kids between 5 and 12 years of age, and costs just €79 for the four days. More info here.
Those kids ready to razzle-dazzle the world will want to get themselves along to the East Coast Academy of Performing Art’s Easter Camp, where, alongside games, arts and crafts there will be musical and dance numbers from the likes of Mary Poppins Returns, Aladdin and, of course, The Greatest Showman. Running from Monday 15th to Weds 17th, you can find out more here.
Over at the Shoreline Leisure Park, they’ve got two 4-day camps, running from April 15th to 18th and the 23rd to the 26th. Aimed at 5 to 13 year olds, and happening from 10am to 3pm each day, the cost is €56. You can find out more by giving them a call on 012016145.
For the sporting kid, there are plenty of options. Firstly, the Éire Óg Easter Camp, running from Monday 15th to Thursday 18th, and from 10am to 2pm daily. Aimed at kids from 8 to 13 years of age, the camp covers hurling and football, and costs €50 for the four days. You can book your spot by calling Billy on 0863739391.
Secondly, Greystones United AFC are hosting their annual Easter Camp from Monday 15th to Friday 19th. Aimed at kids from 6 to 12 years of age, the cost is €60, with an additional sibling just €55. You can book your spot here.
Running from April 16th t0 the 18th at Greystones Studios on Theatre Lane, the award-winning Devoted To Cakes Easter Camp is, well, a yummy treat for any kid, with all sorts of baked goodies being created over the three days. Aimed at kids from 8 upwards, the cost is €100, and you can book your spot here. There’s also a camp in Wicklow town from April 23rd to 25th – details here.
Given that science is pretty much the future – and just about all the good bits of our past – the Junior Einsteins Science Club is a chance for the true genius in your child to come gushing forth. Usually in the form of green slime. Or an exploding marshmallow. Running on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th of April – and returning in the summer, from August 5th to 9th! – the Junior Einsteins Easter Camp will help develop your child’s personal self confidence and self-esteem whilst promoting creative thinking, teamwork, imagination and problem-solving abilities. And, you know, blowing stuff up. Boom! Get the lowdown here.
We should have some other groovy camps as the school breaks edges ever closer, but, for now, we reckon your kid might just love you for a good week after any one of the above.