Winter Break Camps
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 to start 2017!
This is a working list, check back often for updates. (Last updated: Dec. 7, 2016)
FREE YouthSpark Camps at the Microsoft Store at Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features a 90-minute workshop that teaches kids how to use fun, interactive coding to create and problem solve in their own gaming world. Workshop designed for ages 8 and older. Preregister. The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every participant must remain in the Microsoft Store for the duration of the event and sign a Participation Agreement. 5 - 7 p.m. Also held: Dec. 9, 10, 14, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24 & 31. 879-3550, www.microsoft.com/youthsparkhub
Saturday Day Camp: Science Soufflé at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features a gastronomic adventure including soft pretzels and lickable wallpaper. Members, $30; nonmembers, $35. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org
Santa Delivers at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Santa will stop by the Zoo to deliver treats to animals in the Children’s Zoo Barnyard area. Families can enjoy free hot chocolate and doughnuts (while supplies last) and have the chance to meet Santa afterward in the Canopy Restaurant. Bring your cameras. FREE with admission. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
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.
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. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Drop-in Art: Holiday Card Making 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.
Saturday Day Camp: Let It Precipitate Ice Particles at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl). Tinker with some old timey toys, take a tour of the Pullman Parlor Car, make popcorn the old fashioned way and explore the coldest stuff in the museum, liquid nitrogen hot chocolate slushies. $35. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org
Dec. 19 - 21
Holiday Magic 2016 Winter Break Camp at NW Optimist Performing Arts Center (3301 NW Grand Blvd) features crafts and festive song routines to perform for family and friends. $75. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 297-2591
Dec. 19 - 23
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 - 12. $160. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 606-7003, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org
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.
Dec. 20 - 23
Winter Break Camps at SoccerCity (4520 Old Farm Rd) offers kids ages 4 - 16 a chance to enhance their soccer skills. $95. 9 a.m. - noon or 1 - 4 p.m. Also held: Dec. 26 - 29. 748-3888, www.soccercityokcity.com
Dec. 20 - 31
FREE Admission for Kids at the 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. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.
First Day of Winter Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulpur). Enjoy cultural demonstrations and crafts, traditional games, storytelling, stomp dancing and more. Admission to the exhibit center applies. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dec 21 - 22
Winter Break Camp at techJOYnt (8328 Glade Ave, OKC or 180 W 15th St, Edmond) is 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 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 345-5010, www.techjoynt.com
Dec. 21 - 23
OKC Energy Holiday Camp 2016 at OKC Sports Center (11100 N Kelley Ave) is designed for boys and girls of all skill levels and abilities. Energy FC coaches and players use age-appropriate technical and tactical exercises to challenge kids ages 7 - 18. $120. 9 - 11 a.m. www.energyfc.com/camps
Dec 21 – 23 & 28 – 30
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
FREE Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features a scavenger hunt with the Gingerbread Man to explore the library's shelves full of interesting characters and a tasty gingerbread craft. Best suited for ages 3 & up. 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Winter Break All-Night Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features an overnight skate. $20. 8 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Dec. 22 & 23
Winter Break Day Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features special skating hours during winter break. $6. 1 - 4 p.m. Also held: Dec. 28-30.
Dec. 22 – 23 & 29 – 30
Winter Break Camps at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features a two-day camp exploring the a variety of scientific principles including a behind the scenes look at the explosive reactions used in Science Live and the dinosaurs in the Red Dirt Dinos exhibit. Members, $90; nonmembers, $100. 9 a.m. -4 p.m. 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org
Dec. 26 - 29
Winter Break Game Design Camp at techJOYnt (8328 Glade Ave, OKC or 180 W 15th St, Edmond) is an exploration of computer programming skills, problem solving and critical thinking. Students use their creativity and imagination to create their own unique and original games. For ages 6 - 17. $240. 8 a.m. – noon. 345-5010, www.techjoynt.com
Winter Break Robotics Camp at techJOYnt (8328 Glade Ave, OKC or 180 W 15th St, Edmond) is an exploration of the engineering design process. Students build their robots and they program them to move, pick up cans, avoid obstacles, follow a line, go through a maze, use sensors, etc. For ages 6 - 17. $240. 8 a.m. – noon. 345-5010, www.techjoynt.com
Winter Break Camps at SoccerCity (4520 Old Farm Rd) offers kids ages 4 - 16 a chance to enhance their soccer skills. $95. 9 a.m. - noon or 1 - 4 p.m. 748-3888, www.soccercityokcity.com
Dec. 26 - 31
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.
Dec. 26 - Jan. 1
Tours of the Historic Palor 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. 27 – 29
Christmas Break Basketball Camp at the Oklahoma City Municipal Gym (720 NW 8th St) features a three-day basketball camp. Kids ages 8 – 12 will work on fundamentals and skill building. $30. 1 – 4 p.m. 297-2211, www.okc.gov
Dec. 27 - 30
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 - 12. $130. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 606-7003, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org
Dec. 27 - 31
Elf The Musical at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. $23.84 - $94.29. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
FREE Winter Science Extravaganza at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Create a snowstorm in a jar, grow your own crystal snowflakes, discover how arctic animals stay warm, and experience the science of ice. No registration required. All materials provided and activities are come & go. 1 - 4 p.m.
FREE Happy Noon Year Celebration at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features games, party hat crafts and a practice countdown. Best suited for kids 12 & under. 11 a.m.- noon.
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: New Year’s Eve Poppers 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.