*This article has been updated for 2017. 

by Deb D


Are your kids looking for something fun to do over Christmas Break? You’ll want to check out some of the great camps that you’ll find in our area.



Sherman Lake YMCA is offering an overnight camp from December 28 -December 29 for kids in grades 2-10 (ages 7-14) with a separate program for the older campers. Some of the fun activities include archery, swimming, rock climbing, arts & crafts, games, sledding, winter fun, including overnight in their warm cozy cabins and five meals and snacks. Cost is $99.

photo courtesy of the Sherman Lake YMCA



Kalamazoo Nature Center is offering Winter Break Camps January 2-5, 2018. There are two targeted ages groups for camp: Ages 4 & 5 is Half Day Camps and Grades 1-5 is Full Day Camps. The camps geared toward kids ages 4 & 5 will meet from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and the cost is $20 per day for members and $25 per day for non-members. Snacks are provided for younger campers.

Camps geared toward kids in grades 1-5 will have full day camp from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and the cost is $40 per day for members and $45 per day for non-members. Packed sack lunches and snacks are encouraged for older campers. Themes vary by day and activities include: stories, art, games, activities, journaling/observation time, and hikes. Water bottles recommended, as well as weather appropriate clothing. Please leave electronic and distracting toys home.


4-H Camp Kidwell is offering both resident camp (ages 7-16) and day camp (ages 4-16) opportunities from December 28 – January 1, 2018. Some of the fun activities to do while at camp include: sledding, games, snow forts, cookie making, nature walks, a New Year’s Eve Party and more! Activities vary by date. Resident camp is $90 per individual night and day camp is $60 per day.


YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

The YMCA of Kalamazoo is offering Winter Break Sports Camps at both of their locations: Portage and Maple Street Branches.

The Winter Break Sports Camps are for kids ages K – 12 and runs December 27-29 and January 3-5 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. The cost is $33 for members per week and $48 for non-members per week.


More Fun Happening

Air Zoo

Break away from the cold weather and enjoy some family fun at the Air Zoo! Every Wednesday through Friday from December 27 – January 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Air Zoo will host special family-themed activities including arts, crafts, games, special visitors, and interactive demonstrations. Special activities are only $2 more than the general admission while supplies last! See the website here – Air Zoo Winter Break Family Fun Days.



Let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite Winter Break Camps in the comment section below. Thanks! 





By | 2017-12-04T05:36:35+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Kids, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on Winter Break Camps Around Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

About the Author:

Debra is a busy wife and mother of four children: three boys and one girl. She enjoys spending time with her family and attending local events around town. When she's not writing for KZOOkids or taking care of her family, she enjoys movies and the theater.