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Kids get the opportunity to work on art projects at a previous year’s 4-H camp. This year’s “I Can Do It” Camp — which is set for March 25 — will teach third- and fourth-graders all kinds of skills at the Hamilton County 4-H Grounds in Noblesville.
Photo provided Kids get the opportunity to work on art projects at a previous year’s 4-H camp. This year’s “I Can Do It” Camp — which is set for March 25 — will teach third- and fourth-graders all kinds of skills at the Hamilton County 4-H Grounds in Noblesville.

It’s already March and only 11 more days of classes until Noblesville Schools’ two-week spring break.

For some, vacation plans have long been made to head out of town. For others, it’s a “staycation” at home, finding things to do here locally. 

For us, camps where participants can learn something new have always been high among the choices. 

Purdue Extension of Hamilton County’s annual one-day “I Can Do It Camp” was my daughter’s favorite spring-break camp when she was in fourth grade. It’s where she learned to knit, how to plant gardening seeds and how to make vegetable soup, all in a day.

1. The “I Can Do It” camp, this year half day for third- and fourth-graders, on March 25, and Science Camp, a full day for third- through fifth-graders, on March 26, will undoubtedly fill up quickly at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville. It’s only $20 for the first camp and $50 for full-day science session, with signup deadline March 20. Visit www.extension.purdue.edu/hamilton.

We’ve also enjoyed City of Noblesville camps. 

2. The Noblesville Parks Department just announced its full-day camps for kindergarten through Grade 6, featuring crafts, games, nature and science, at Forest Park Inn. Participants can choose a weeklong camp or by just a day or two, depending on needs. Noblesville Parks is also offering a Let’s Go sports camp, with participants learning about basketball, soccer, backyard sports, volleyball and lacrosse, and world sports, during each themed day, the first week of spring break, March 25-29, with before- and after-care available each day. Visit www.noblesvilleparks.org.

3. The Boys & Girls of Noblesville, of which we are big supporters, will have two different spring break opportunities. Camp Crosser, for ages 6-12, will feature zip line, archery, canoeing, gardening, arts and crafts, river stomping, a challenge course and outdoor games and sports during a full-day weeklong camp, the week of March 25 and the week of April 1. Visit www.bgcni.org.

4. Kiln Creations in downtown Noblesville is offering spring break camps with a different project each day, from March 25-29. Visit www.kilncreations.net.

5. My Art, also in downtown Noblesville, offers three half days of art camps open to ages 5 and older. Draw, paint and color birds and then paint a blue bird in Feathered Friends Camp. Draw, paint and collage to create all the wonderful things in springtime at a ‘Spring in the Neighborhood’ camp. Paint an adorable cat on canvas, then a spring duck, in a Quack, Quack Meow Camp. Camps are also offered at Fishers and Carmel locations. Visit www.myartindy.com

6. Hamilton County Sports Complex in Noblesville will have open-complex times and a Double “A” Day Camp at A-Plus Gymnastics within the complex during spring break. Visit www.thesportscomplex.net.

7. SkyZone in Fishers will offer extended hours during spring break, through April 5.

8. IKEA Fishers Restaurant will be the setting for the IKEA Kids’ Academy for ages 12 and younger, with free make-and-take craft workshops from 10 a.m. to noon April 1 and April 9. Conner Prairie in Fishers reopens for the season on March 26. Visit www.connerprairie.org.

10. Hamilton County Parks offers free spring break programs, weekdays March 29-April 7: Silly Safari, March 29; Indiana Wild, Animals in Your Backyard, April 3; Rainforest Animals, April 4; and Hoosier Owls, April 5, all at 11 a.m. at Cool Creek Nature Center in Westfield. Visit www.MyHamiltonCountyParks.com.

There is plenty more to do here in Hamilton County; you just have to look around.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com