Spring Break Camps and Activities in Tokyo
Spring Break Camps and Activities in Tokyo
It’s almost Spring Break in Tokyo! Whether your children attend a Japanese school or an international one, they'll soon have some time off from class and you’ll need to figure out ways to keep them occupied.
While there is always the option to keep the kids at home, let them lounge around and stream Disney+, it’s likely they’ve already had quite a bit of screen time in the last year…
We’ve written before about things to do in Tokyo in the spring and there’s always the option to head to your neighborhood park and let the kids run wild. But we’ve also rounded up some Spring Break activity ideas that will get them out and about, having fun and maybe even learning a thing or two! Check out our suggestions below and act soon -- spaces fill up quickly!
If you have a budding tech whiz at home, Coding Lab Japan has lots of options to take advantage of! From March 22 through April 2, kids between the ages of four and 18 can choose from classes made for beginners or advanced students. Most classes are available bot in-person or online so you have flexibility. However, classes for the littlest coders, aged four to six, are in-person only at Coding Lab HQ in Shirokanedai. All classes are in English and there are free trial sessions offered weekly, in case you want to try before you buy.
The kids can have one last winter hurrah at English Adventure’s Spring Break Ski Camp! Three nights and four days of skiing immersion are available, with lessons based on your child’s skill level. Kids in first through ninth grades can head to Niigata on March 28. Meals are included and you can also get equipment rentals settled through the camp as well. A good grasp on English is required. This is definitely one of those camps that fills up quickly, so if you’re interested, make sure you sign up soon!
Ayla International School, also located in Shirokanedai, offers Spring Break-specific activities. Camp Ayla is a bilingual program -- perfect for young language learners -- with two programs geared toward kids between the ages of two to four and four to nine. From yoga and baseball to math and science to cultural exchanges and talent shows, there’s no shortage of fun to be had! This year’s program runs from March 12 through April 2 and has an international theme, with each week dedicated to a foreign destination (Madrid, Beijing and Chicago). The hours are also convenient if you’re headed into the office or otherwise need some time with no kids around.
There are YMCA locations all over Japan and several offer monthly excursions to nearby outdoor destinations for guided activities and chances to play. There are also an array of Spring Break camps to choose from. From skiing to swimming to enjoying nature, your kids can spend time outside of the house and hone their Japanese language skills. Additionally, there are camp options that offer English immersion and grammar and spelling help. Some are overnights and others are daily but all are guaranteed to be a great time!
While not restricted to the Spring Break holiday, Spring Break is a perfect time to enjoy all of the fun activities KidZania offers for younger kids! There are dedicated activities led in English or if you head there on a Wednesday, around half of all activities are English-only, making KidZania not only a great place for kids to have fun, it will also help reinforce their English skills. You get a lot of bang for your buck: combined with the opportunity to wear the kids out and help them with English, the myriad activities available teach kids useful life skills and spark creativity.
Is the whole family going to need a getaway this spring? Unwind, explore and enjoy mother nature together in Hakuba with the Evergreen Outdoor Center’s “Green Season” tour options! Mountain biking, rock and wall climbing, hiking in the Northern Alps and rafting on the Himekawa River are all options beginning in April. Take in the fresh air and get an adrenaline rush. As a bonus, the on-site restaurant is vegetarian, so you’re guaranteed a healthy, tasty meal to refuel. There are also Spring Break camps for your resident winter sports fan. The White Horse camp is geared toward seven to 12-year-olds and the Japan Alps camp is for kids aged 13 to 17.