Most of us don’t get the days off leading up to Thanksgiving, nor do we get much time off over the Christmas holiday or the beginning of the new year.. But our kids do…so what’s a parent to do? I work for myself so I have some flexibility, but I still have work that needs to get done, and I could definitely use the day before Thanksgiving to prepare for the 20 guests coming to our house for dinner the next day.
A day at Gymnastics Zone? A couple of days at Connolly Ranch? A week at Nimbus Arts? Nutcracker camp? Or more traditional camp experience at Camp Ursa Major? We are lucky to have a variety of Thanksgiving and Winter Break camps to choose from in Napa County. If I’ve missed anything, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add it to our online guide.

Thanksgiving Break Camps

November 12-22

Cafeteria Kids Theater Camp (ages 7-13)
9 am-noon
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, Napa
Who says Game Day has to be about football? Come join us for one or two mornings of theater games and pre-Thanksgiving Day fun! On the menu will be improv, laughter, and general comedy mayhem. No first Thanksgiving reenactments (unless of course it’s funny!) So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and sign-up ya turkey.

November 21-23

Junior Farmers (ages 3-5)
Connolly Ranch, Napa
8:30 am-12:30 pm (after care may be available)
This camp is full of playful, educational and safe activitie, designed to inspire a connection with and love of nature and the outdoors. Children will feed and care for the farm animals, get creative with arts and crafts, experience the garden through digging, planting and harvesting seasonal flowers and vegetables, laugh and smile during story and music time and explore freely in the natural open playspace known as the Grove.

Gymnastics Camp (ages 4-12)
Gymnastics Zone, Napa
8 am-4 pm (half-day and individual day options available)
This active camp is filled with tumbling on trampolines and tumbling floors, climbing on ropes, getting strong on bars balancing on balance beams and jumping into the foam pit. Camp days include structured gymnastics sessions as well as group games and special arts and crafts projects. Healthy snack and juice provided morning and afternoon. Campers need to bring their lunch.

Life on the Farm (ages 5-9)
Connolly Ranch, Napa
8:30 am-3 pm
This camp is designed to immerse your child in the inner workings of a farm. Mornings are spent caring for farm animals, tending to the organic gardens, playing in the Grove, hiking in the oak woodlands and cooking fresh, healthy food (most of it from the ranch’s gardens). Daily chores like feeding the animals, milking the goats, gathering eggs from the chickens and mucking stalls are often kids’ favorite part of the day! Along with all the work comes plenty of time to play and explore, take a hike in Westwood Hills, create arts and crafts, build forts with friends and work on nature-based projects. As the day comes to an end, everyone joins together in the Grove to make music and share stories. Be certain you will have a dirty, tired child at the end of the day, who can’t wait to come back for more!

Turkey Camp (grades K-5)
Yountville Elementary School
7:30 am-5:30 pm
Campers can enjoy 1, 2 or 3 days of arts, crafts, games, sports, local walking trips and more. All campers must pre-register. Campers must currently be enrolled in K-5th grades all children from all schools are welcome.

Connolly Ranch Stewards (ages 9-13)
Connolly Ranch, Napa
8:30 am-3 pm
This behind-the-scenes perspective of Connolly Ranch and its natural history offers the opportunity for campers to work on conservation projects, build natural shelters, learn advanced farm chores, explore rarely used areas, hike in the hills, and discover the many lessons Connolly Ranch has to offer this age group.

Winter Break Camps

December 19-21

Hoop it Up Basketball Camp (ages 6-11)
Yountville Community Center
9 am-noon
If you like basketball then you will love our HOOP IT UP Camps! This program is designed
to make you a better basketball player. Whether you are a beginner or advanced player,
the drills taught at this camp will help you improve your game. Come work on the core
fundamentals of your game: footwork, passing, ball-handling and defense. Participants will
enjoy fun challenges, games and daily competitions in a positive and energetic environment.

December 19-22

Holiday Gift Making Workshop (ages 6-13)
Nimbus Arts, St. Helena
9 am-3 pm
Shhhhhh, mum’s the word! Campers will create a treasure trove of gifts for family and friends in this super holiday craft camp. Participants will make tree toppers, gobstoppers and lovely strings of shiny things to take home for your holiday celebrations. Expert crafters will work with your kids to make all sorts of nifty gifties using so much glue & glitter that clouds of sparkles will no doubt follow your children for days!

Cafeteria Kids Winter Comedy Camp (ages 7-13)
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville
1-4 pm Monday and Tuesday; 9 am-noon Wednesday and Thursday
Leave the Christmas cookies at home and make some sweet winter drama instead with CKT! Discover your comedic gifts as we play games, build scenes, and unwrap some mad improv skills together. Make the theater your holiday workshop for fun and hilarious creativity this season!

North Bay Basketball Academy (grades 2-8)
Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School, St. Helena
9 am-3 pm
NBBA Camps provide a competitive and fun learning environment for beginning to advanced players. Players will be broken into various groups by age and skill learning various fundamentals throughout the day. Players will have a chance to put them to use in game situations, such as 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and full court 5-on-5. At the conclusion of the camp, campers will be given a detailed player evaluation to take home.

December 19-23

Junior Farmers (ages 3-5)
Connolly Ranch, Napa
8:30 am-12:30 pm (after care may be available)
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps.
Also December 26-30 and January 2-6

Camp Ursa Major (ages 4-13)
Redwood Middle School, Napa
9 am-4:30 pm
Registration is now open for Winter Camp 2016 and this year is better than ever. There are so much more space this year, and that means more activities, more games, and more friends can come to camp. Spend your winter break playing, exploring, imagining, collaborating, and so much more. Campers will enjoy many of the same activities that they love from the summer and will get a chance to try some new ones as well. Registration for winter camp is flexible! Sign up for a whole week or sign up per day (3 day minimum). It’s a great way to “try out” Ursa Major before your camper comes in the summer.
Also December 26-30 and January 2-6 

Gymnastics Camp (ages 4-12)
Gymnastics Zone, Napa
8 am-4 pm (half-day and individual day options available)
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps
Also December 26-29 

Life on the Farm (ages 5-9)
Connolly Ranch, Napa
8:30 am-3 pm
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps.
Also December 26-30 and January 2-6 

Nutcracker Winter Dance Camp (ages 5-10)
Carnegie Building, St. Helena
9 am—noon (Ages 5-10)
9 am—3 pm (Ages 8-10)
This holiday story will have kids of all ages and abilities reveling in the magic of the season. This is a 2 part camp: 9am-12pm will welcome kids ages 5-10 to explore the story of The Nutcracker (move like mice, soldiers & sugar plums), create a craft, and learn choreography set to Tchaikovsky’s classic music. 12-3pm continues the fun for ages 8-10 with more in depth choreography, singing, and acting. All students will have the option to perform in an informal performance of The Nutcracker on Friday December 23 at noon.

Winter Break Camp (grades K-5)
Yountville Elementary School
7:30 am-5 pm
Campers will enjoy arts, crafts, games, sports, local walking trips and more. All campers must pre-register. Campers must currently be enrolled in K-5th grades; all children from all schools are welcome. One-day options available.
Also see December 26-30 and January 2-6

Winter Break Camp (students grades 1-8)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley, American Canyon and Napa
7:30 am-6 pm
To utilize the day camps, all children and teens must have a current school year membership. Day camps are $10/day per member. Children need to be in at least first grade and at least 6 years old in order to be eligible for day camp programs at the Napa & American Canyon Clubhouses.
Also December 27-30 and January 3-6 

Connolly Ranch Stewards (ages 9-13)
Connolly Ranch, Napa 8:30 am-3 pm
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps.
Also December 26-30 and January 2-6

December 26-29

Gymnastics Camp (ages 4-12)
Gymnastics Zone, Napa
8 am-4 pm (half-day and individual day options available)
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps .
Also December 26-29 

December 26-30

Junior Farmers (ages 3-5)
Connolly Ranch, Napa
8:30 am-12:30 pm (after care may be available)
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps.
Also December 19-23 and January 2-6

Camp Ursa Major (ages 4-13)
Redwood Middle School, Napa
9 am-4:30 pm
See description under December 19-23.
Also December 19-23 and January 2-6 

Life on the Farm (ages 5-9)
Connolly Ranch, Napa
8:30 am-3 pm
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps.
Also December 19-23 and January 2-6 

Winter Break Camp (grades K-5)
Yountville Elementary School
7:30 am-5 pm
See description under December 19-23.
Also see December 19-23 and January 2-6

Artist and Inventor Puppet Camp (ages 6-13)
Nimbus Arts, St. Helena
9 am-3 pm
Part the curtains and join this week-long journey into the magic of puppetry combined with the history of art and invention. Puppeteers will select a historic figure they wish to bring alive, along with their hero’s studio scene, home or inventors workshop, and all the accoutrements. Will it be Edison lighting his new bulb? Picasso painting his master artwork, Guernica? Or will Frida Kahlo be painting her masterpiece from her bedroom studio? Or perhaps Einstein in his studio pondering his next mathematical theory! Students will put on their director’s caps and have their puppets act out a scene on the final day with their character in his or her environment that they have created. Join us for this theater of art and invention!

Connolly Ranch Stewards (ages 9-13)
Connolly Ranch, Napa
8:30 am-3 pm
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps
Also December 19-23 and January 2-6

December 27-30

Winter Break Camp (students grades 1-8)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley, American Canyon and Napa
7:30 am-6 pm
See description under December 19-23.
Also December 19-23 and January 3-6 

January 2-6, 2017

Junior Farmers (ages 3-5)
Connolly Ranch, Napa
8:30 am-12:30 pm (after care may be available)
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps.
Also December 19-23 and December 26-30 

Camp Ursa Major (ages 4-13)
Redwood Middle School, Napa
9 am-4:30 pm
See description under December 19-23.
Also December 19-23 and December 26-30 

Life on the Farm (ages 5-9)
Connolly Ranch, Napa
8:30 am-3 pm
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps.
Also December 19-23 and December 26-30 

Winter Break Camp (grades K-5)
Yountville Elementary School
7:30 am-5 pm
See description under December 19-23.
Also see December 26-30 and January 2-6

Connolly Ranch Stewards (ages 9-13)
Connolly Ranch, Napa
8:30 am-3 pm
See description under Thanksgiving Break Camps.
Also December 19-23 and December 26-30 

January 3-6, 2017

Holiday Horse Camp (ages 7-12)
Hilltop Stables, Napa 
9 am-4 pm
Activities include daily riding lessons, games on horseback, vaulting, dressage, jumping, trail rides, arts and crafts, and lots of fun with friends. Horseback riding provides great exercise while giving children confidence and self-esteem. Come spend a week in the beautiful outdoors on the Kenzo Estate.

Winter Break Camp (students grades 1-8)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley, American Canyon and Napa
7:30 am-6 pm
See description under December 19-23
Also December 19-23 and December 27-30