Winter Break Camps & Activities
December means tons of holiday fun, but it also means altered classroom schedules for students. When children are out of school for Christmas and winter holiday breaks, it's important to keep them busy. Oklahoma City features an assortment of winter break activities and mini camps to keep kids occupied. Take your pick from any of these activities based on the current interests of your child, or let them choose a brand new hobby!
This is a working list, check back often for updates. (Last updated: Dec. 14, 2017)
Nov. 10 – Jan. 28
Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens (113 S Robinson) offers ice skating through Downtown in December. $13, includes skate rental; $8, without; $7 for members. See website for hours of operation.
Nov. 13 – Jan. 5
FREE Red Earth Treefest at Red Earth Art Center (6 Santa Fe Plaza) features Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments showcasing the diverse Native cultures. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Nov. 17 – Jan. 7
Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features skating, a Christmas train ride, holiday music and food concessions. $12 with skate rental, $8 without, kids (under 5), $6; train rides, $3Winter Break hours: Dec. 21 - Jan 3: noon - 10 p.m.
Nov. 24 - Jan. 1
Tours of the Historic Parlor Car at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl). Normally closed to the public to maintain its preservation, the Pullman parlor car is decorated for the holidays and open for tours through Jan. 1. FREE with admission. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Dec. 2 – 3, Dec. 9 – 10, Dec. 16 - 24, Dec. 26 - Jan. 1
LifeShare WinterFest at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features two gigantic snow tubing slopes, one for thriller seekers and one for those wanting a moderate thrill, and Santa’s workshop with a children’s train and sparkling holiday décor. Sessions are 90 minutes long and riders must be 48” tall. Riders, $14; non-riders, $3. Noon - 8 p.m.
Drop-in Art: Mixed Media Holiday Card Making at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr). Create works of holiday cards as a family. All ages welcome. No advanced registration required. Free with admission. 1 – 4 p.m.
FREE Kids' Holiday Shoppe at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Kids ages 12 & under can choose two small gifts for family members with the help of library staff and volunteers. Registration is required to sign up for a specific time slot. 3 - 5 p.m.
Dec. 18 - 21
Holiday Magic 2017 Winter Break Camp at NW Optimist Performing Arts Center & Taylor Park (3301 NW Grand Blvd & 1113 SW 70th St) features crafts and festive song & choreography routines to perform for family and friends. For ages 6 - 17. $100. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 297-2591, www.okc.gov/parksignup
Dec. 18 - 22
Winter Break Camp at Mustang Community Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features games, activities and an optional field trip to iFLY Indoor Skydiving. For kids in grades K – 4th. 7:30am-5:45pm. $120 with field trip; $90 without. Also held: Dec. 26-28. 376-3411, www.cityofmustang.org/parksrec
Week-long Winter Break Theatre Camps at the Oklahoma Children's Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) offers kids a look into theater and musical theater. For kids ages 5 - 7 and 8 - 13. $160. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 606-7003, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org
December Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a story time every 30 minutes, holiday ornament or gift making and interactive educational activities. Best suited for ages 2 – 5. 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Dec 18 – 22 & 27 – 29 & Jan. 2 - 3
Safari Day Camps at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2000 Remington Pl) welcomes ages 4-11 to learn more about their favorite animals. Snacks provided, but campers should bring their own lunch. Half day, $25, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; full day, $45, 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. 424-3344, www.okczoo.org/camps
Tiny Tuesdays at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a come-&-go, open-ended Snowflake hand-print art making experience geared for kids ages 5 & under and a care giver. Dress for a mess! No advance registration is required. 10 a.m. - noon.
FREE DIY: Snowglobes at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Kids ages 8 &up can create your very own snowglobe. All materials provided. Preregister. 2 – 4 p.m.
Dec. 20 - 22 & 27 - 29
Winter Break Day Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features special skating hours during winter break. $6. 1 - 4 p.m.
Dec. 20 - 22, 27 - 28 & Jan. 2 -3
Kids Art Camps at Artsy Rose Academy (7739 W Hefner Rd) features all kinds of art fun, such as painting with watercolors & oil pastels, working with air dry clay and creating recycled art projects. For ages 4 - 15. Please bring a sack lunch, snack and refillable water bottle. Before and after care provided for an additional cost. $45 per day. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 603-8550, artsyrose.com/camps/
FREE Third Thursdays at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features a Holiday Fun themed story and coordinating craft time as well as FREE museum admission. 10 a.m.
Winter Solstice Walk at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center (18154 1st St, Spiro) features a guided tour of the prehistoric Native American archaeological site to discuss the powerful Caddoans who created the mounds between 900-1450 A.D., how they became a very important leadership group and why some of the 12 mounds line up to solstice and equinox sunsets. Adults, $5; kids, $3. Tours are held at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
FREE Solstice Suncatcher Craft at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features a come&go craft time to celebrate the shortest day of the year. All supplies provided. 2 – 4 p.m.
FREE Gingerbread House Building at the Bethany Library (794 NW 23rd St, Bethany). Create and decorate your very own gingerbread house. This is a come&go event open to all ages. All materials provided. 3 – 6 p.m.
FREE Gingerbread Challenge at The Village Library (10307 N Penn Ave). Compete to make and decorate the best confectionary creation. Best suited for ages 9 & up. Preregister. 4 – 5 p.m.
FREE Gingerbread Challenge at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Compete to make and decorate the best confectionary creation. Best suited for ages 9 & up. Preregister. 6 – 7 p.m.
FREE Family Game Night at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a variety of different games like Monopoly, card games, Ping Pong and more. No registration required. All ages welcome. Kids under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Dec 21 - 22 & 28 - 29
Winter Break Camp at techJOYnt (8328 Glade Ave, OKC or 180 W 15th St, Edmond) features a two-day exploration of engineering design. Students build and program robots and design and create games. For ages 6 - 17. $240. Morning session, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 345-5010, www.techjoynt.com
Dec. 21 - 22 & 27 - 29
Winter Break Camps at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features a two-day camp exploring the a variety of scientific principles. For age 4 - 6th grade. Members, $45 - $135; nonmembers, $50 - $150. 9 a.m. - noon & 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 602-3760, www.sciencemuseumok.org
Dec 21 – 30
Winter Break Drop-In Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a family-friendly Museum Quest to explore the galleries and Prosperity Junction. Locate Howe and Dee, the Museum’s very own cowboy elves, and claim a special prize. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FREE Super Hero School at New World Comics (6219 N Meridian Ave) features a different super hero each week and on occasion of villain or two. All ages are welcome. 10:30 a.m. - noon.
Christmas Ornament Workshop at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr, Norman). Make a nature-inspired ornament with pine cones, acorns, seed pods and more. Preregister. $5 using park-provided items; $3 with your own items. 1 – 3 p.m.
FREE Live Nativity at Edmond First United Methodist Church (305 E Hurd, Edmond) features all the traditional figures, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds and the wise men as well as live stable animals including a cow, donkey, sheep and goats. Families can walk though the scene and enjoy petting the animals while seeing the Christmas Story come to life. Free refreshments are provided. 6 - 7 p.m.
Mannhiem Steamroller Christmas at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave). Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. All ages welcome. $27.09 - $86.70. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 26 - 29
Winter Break Camps at SoccerCity (4520 Old Farm Rd) offers kids ages 4 - 15 a chance to enhance their soccer skills. $95. 9 a.m. - noon or 1 - 4 p.m. 748-3888, www.soccercityokcity.com
Winter Break STEAM Camps at Sylvan Learning of Edmond & OKC ( 3209 S Broadway, Edmond & 9634 N May Ave, OKC) features creative, hands-on projects and daily fun themes highlighting robotics, math edge, art, and creative writing. For kids in grades 1 - 5. $50 per day, $175 for all four days. Noon - 3 p.m. Edmond, 562-5202; OKC, 842-7323, www.sylvanlearning.com
FREE DIY New Year’s Eve Crafts at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Make your own countdown ball, firework art and noise makers. All materials provided. Preregister. 2 – 4 p.m.
Dec. 27 - 29
Breakaway Camp at the Solid Rock Basketball Facility (140 W 15th St, Edmond) offers kids the opportunity to grow in the fundamentals of the game while engaging in hands-on, team-centric environment. Campers will receive a Thunder Youth Basketball reversible jersey, camp basketball and water bottle. For ages 6-14. $185. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. www.nba.com/thunder/youthbasketball/
Winter Break Theatre Day Camps at the Oklahoma Children's Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) offers kids a look into theater and musical theater. For kids ages 5 - 7 and 8 - 12. $40 per day. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 606-7003, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org
Winter Break Day Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features special day skate hours during winter break. $6. 1 – 4 p.m.
Dec. 26 – 31
FREE Admission for Kids at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr). Kids 17 & under can enjoy FREE admission to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art during winter break. Adults, $9; seniors, $7. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. - midnight.
FREE Countdown Clock Craft at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features a come-and-go countdown clock craft. All ages welcome. All supplies provided. 2 – 4 p.m.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features five-movement multimedia symphony concert based on one of the most popular and beloved video game series of all time. $35-$110. 8 p.m.
Noon Year’s Eve Activities at the Oklahoma WONDERtorium (308 W Franklin Ln, Stillwater) features fun family activities suited for all ages. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FREE Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Party at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features games, crafts, music and more to celebrate the last noon of 2016. 11 a.m. - noon
Drop-in Art: Tile Art at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features guest artist, guided art making. Create works of art as a family inspired by the Museum's collection, exhibitions and special occasions. All ages welcome. No advanced registration required. Free with admission. 1 – 4 p.m.
Wayne Cantwell, The Flyin’ Fiddler at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Enjoy mood music while perusing the galleries as Wayne Cantwell, The Flyin’ Fiddler, strolls the galleries in period 19th-century clothing playing traditional American old-time music. Free with admission. 1 – 5 p.m.
Opening Night Finale 5K at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) takes you through downtown, across the Skydance Bridge and back to Bicentennial Park. Participants are encouraged to dress festive. $35. 3 p.m.
Opening Night 2017 at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features evening of music, comedy, magic and fireworks at midnight to ring in the New Year. $8 in advance, $10 at the event, children under 5, FREE.7 p.m. to midnight.
New Years Eve at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features dinner in the Museum Café and views of the downtown fireworks from the rooftop at midnight. 7 p.m. - midnight.
New Year's Eve Bash at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features skating, party favors, door prizes and a sparkling grape juice toast and balloon drop at midnight. All age welcome. $15. 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
FREE First Day Hike at Robber’s Cave State Park (HWY 2 North, Wilburton) features a free guided moderate-to-strenuous, two-mile hike along the Belle Starr Loop. This event is in conjunction with the America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative that will take place in all 50 states. 9 a.m.
FREE First Day Hike at Greenleaf State Park (Hwy 10, Braggs) features an easy, one-mile hike along the paved, accessible Family Fun Trail. Afterwards, join park staff for hot chocolate, coffee and campfire s'mores. 10 a.m.
FREE First Day Hike at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr) features a moderate two-mile hike. Be sure to bring your leashed pets, camera, binoculars, water and appropriate dress for cold weather. Afterward, there will be complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and healthy snacks. 1 p.m.
FREE Robotics Class at Sylvan of OKC (9634 N May Ave) features fun, hands-on projects to learn science and engineering concepts. Call to preregister. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
FREE Free Throw Contest at the Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main St, Yukon) features a contest open to boys & girls ages 6 – 13. Competitors will shoot 20 free throws each. Winners of the semi finals will advance to the finals of the Yukon/Mustang Free Throw Challenge. 1 – 2 p.m.
FREE Origami Tsunami at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Learn some new folding techniques and meet some new friends. For ages 9 & up. 4 - 5:30 p.m.
FREE Science Story Time at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a Cinderella story time. Then, the group will construct a wind-power coach. All material provided. Preregister. Best suited for ages 3 – 8. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Taste of Ethiopia OKC at Syrup Breakfast Boutique (1501 NW 23rd St) features a night of savory Ethiopian Dishes, live music, and beautiful art. Ticket includes three-course meal and entertainment. Preregister, space is limited. $30; family, $75. 7 – 10 p.m.
Jan 5 – 7
Eagle Watch at Arcadia Lake (9000 E 2nd, Edmond) features an information display at the park office and majestic eagles in their natural habitat. $3 per vehicle. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oklahoma Winter Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features fine jewelry, fashion jewelry, beads, beading supplies, findings, pearls, silver, designer cabochons, minerals, and tools. $5. Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FREE Fishing Day at OKC Lakes & Ponds (various locations). No city permit required, however a State license is for anyone 16 and older.
FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird Lake State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a tour of the park to catch a glimpse of eagles in their winter home. Preregister, space is limited. 1 – 4 p.m.
Learn to Curl at Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn the basic rules and etiquette of curling from The Oklahoma Curling Club. Dress warm and wear rubber soled shoes. Equipment provided. Preregister. For ages 10 & up. Members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 9 - 10:30 a.m.
FREE Storybook Hour at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St). Children listen to a story while parents enjoy coffee and conversation. 10 – 11 a.m.
FREE Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Explore the art of beadwork and design themes, and make your very own beadwork samples to take home. For ages 4 – 12. Free for children and accompanying adults. 10 a.m. - noon.
First Saturday Hands-on History at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features a variety of activities throughout the museum including crafts, coloring, hands-on carts and educational trunks. Each month has a specific educational theme. Free with admission. Adults, $7; students, $4; kids (5 & under), free. 1 – 4 p.m.
FREE Robotics Class at Sylvan of Edmond (3209 S Broadway Ave, Edmond) features fun, hands-on projects to learn science and engineering concepts. Call to preregister. 1 – 2 p.m.
FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua, Norman) features complimentary admission for kids 17 years old and under on the first Monday of each month. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; Kids (17 & under), FREE. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.