Mid-winter break activities for kids

Mercer Island schools' mid-winter break is just around the corner. Not sure what to do with your kids? Check out these activities.

• Youth Theatre Northwest is holding camps the week of Feb. 18.

‘Arts Fusion’ for grades K-2 will involve lessons in movement, visual arts and theater. Students will dive into the story “But No Elephants,” by Jerry Smath. Students will be guided through the process of staging each page of the book while contributing their own ideas. On the last day of camp, the students will present their art and performances.

‘Fractured Fairy Tales’ is for grades 3-8.

In this camp, students will tackle a collection of mixed-up fairy tales, including “Cinderella Outgrows the Glass Slipper.” Education director Amanda Lee Williams and stagecraft specialist Phoenix Smith will work with the students to create every aspect of a production as an ensemble. The goal is for students to gain confidence on stage as they bring these characters and stories to life with costumes, props, sets, lights and sound. A final performance will be Friday, Feb. 22.

For information, cost and options for after-camp care, go to

• The Stroum Jewish Community Center will also be holding youth camps between Feb. 18 and 22, including a day of exploration and learning at the Pacific Science Center.

For information and how to register, go to

• At the Mercer Island Community and Event Center, regular activities for young children in the indoor playground and the open gym will be available. For information and schedules, go to and go to the Parks and Recreation link.


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