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Children at a past Orlando Science Center spring break camp learn about "Science on a Sphere." Many camps are being offered.

Children at a past Orlando Science Center spring break camp learn about "Science on a Sphere." Many camps are being offered.

Karen McEnany-Phillips

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Spring break camps can be a great way for kids to explore new interests and preview activities for summer camp. Camps may require pre-registration or fill up quickly — call for enrollment details.

Orange County Public Schools spring break is Monday, March 29, through Friday, April 2; Seminole County's is the following week, April 5-9. Here are some spring break camps around town:

In Orange County:

Art Camp at the Orlando Museum of Art

2416 N Mills Ave., Orlando

Students will create collages, eco-art and paintings while exploring landscape paintings, photographs and contemporary art. Programs are for grades 1-6. Pre-registration is required.

Classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids should wear closed toe shoes and dress for mess. The cost for five days is $200, $180 for museum members. The daily rate is $40-$45, with a $5 fee per child per day for early drop and late pick up. Call 407-896-4231 ext. 262, e-mail info@omart.org or visit www.omart.org.

Orlando Science Center's Spring Break Camps

777 E. Princeton St., Orlando

At "Seahorses, Sharks, and Scales, Oh My!", students will explore the watery world of the ocean including sharks, seahorses and other ocean dwellers. "Spring Break camp is a great time," said Mike Lowe, director of marketing.

Camp times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and pricing includes care from early drop off at 7:30 a.m. to late pick up at 6 p.m. Fees range from one day for $50-$60 to five days for $195-$225. Pre-registration required. Call the reservation office at 407-514-2112, e-mail reservations@osc.org or visit www.osc.org.

In Orange and Seminole counties:

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E Central Blvd, Orlando

During "The Making of a Superhero" kids will explore the courage and nobility of both real and make-believe superheroes and learn what makes a hero.

It's appropriate for grades K-5. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Early drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m. Extended day is available until 6 p.m. for an additional $10 per child, per day. The cost for members is $100 per child, per week; non-members are $125 per child, per week.

Call 407-836-8500, e-mail educationprograms@ocfl.net or visit www.thehistorycenter.org.

Orlando Magic Spring Break Basketball Camp

Camp is held for both Orange and Seminole counties.

From March 29 - April 2 it is held at the RDV Sportsplex near Maitland,

8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando.

From April 5–9 it is held at Lake Mary Preparatory School, 650 Rantoul Lane, Lake Mary.

The camp includes 20 hours of instruction from the National Basketball Academy and a free ticket to a home Magic game. It is for boys and girls ages 7-16; all skills levels welcome. Camp hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $155.

Applications are available at www.OrlandoMagicCamps.com. Call 407-916-HOOP (4667).

Victory Martial Arts Spring Break Camps

In Orange County the camps are offered at:

2175 Aloma Ave., Winter Park (call 407-671-7300)

783 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando (call 407-736-0222)

In Seminole County the camps are offered at:

931 North State Road 434 #1295, Altamonte Springs (call 407-774-5400)

3855 Lake Emma Road, Lake Mary (call 407-444-5636)

150 Alafaya Woods Blvd, Oviedo (call 407-977-5200)

For non-members of Victory Martial Arts arrange to meet with the staff in advance to see if this camp will be a good fit. Campers learn martial arts basics which develops fitness, self-confidence and self-defense. Visit www.victoryma.com.

Just Seminole County:

Aiguille Rock Climbing Center's Spring Break Camp 2010

999 Charles St., Longwood

Campers strengthen minds and bodies, no climbing experience necessary. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 407-332-1430 or visit http://www.aiguille.com.

PAL Spring Day Camp

Held by the Police Athletic League at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, it's $90 per child per week. Fee includes activities like skating, bowling, movies, arts and crafts, including a field trip to SeaWorld.

"We keep our kids busy with activities inside and out," said PAL advisor Pam Kaiser.

Download the application and send to Pam Kaiser at 100 Bush Blvd, Sanford. Spring and summer camps are held at 1151 E. 28th St., Sanford. Call 407-708-7641 or visit www.seminolecountypal.org.

Dinamo Sanford/Lake Mary Gymnastics

901 Central Park Drive, Sanford

Kids ages 3 to 14 years will receive daily gymnastics instruction. Bring your own lunch plus two snacks and two drinks. The cost is $40 for one full day; $100 for three full days; $140 for five full days. Call 407-302-2044 or visit www.dinamosanfordgym.com.