When children are out of school for 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: Nov. 11, 2021)
Weekend through Jan. 2
FREE Weekends on the OKC Streetcars (various locations)features complimentary fares on the OKC Streetcars on the weekends.
Through Jan. 3
Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features ice skating, a Christmas train ride, holiday music and food concessions. $13 with skate rental, $10 without, kids (under 5), $10; train rides, $3. Dec. 19 – Jan. 3: noon – 10 p.m.
Through Jan. 2
Holiday in the Park at Frontier City (11501 N I-35 Service Rd) features holiday decor, rides, holiday shows, outdoor s’mores pits and more. Prices vary. Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 5 – 9 p.m. Open daily beginning Dec. 17 and 2-8 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 2.
Dec. 12 – 20
The Nutcracker at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features a holiday performance of the story of Clara, her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy performed by the Oklahoma City Ballet with the OKC Philharmonic. $33 & up. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 2 & 7 p.m.
Christmas Show at the Rodeo Opry (2312 Exchange Ave) features festive performances by Owen & Kelcie Pickard, Cindy Scarberry, Darlin’ Darla Morgan, The McCumbers, Maddox Ross, Ashley Osborn, Dustin Jones, Tara Scarberry, & the Rodeo Opry Band. $20. 3:30 & 7 p.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, how they became a very important leadership group and why some of the 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.
Dec. 20 & 21
Very Merry Workshop at Edmond Fine Arts Institute (27 E Edwards, Edmond) features special holiday-themed art projects. Preregister. For kids in grades K – 5th. $60. 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dec. 20 – 31
Winter Break Drop-In Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of family-friendly activities including scavenger hunts, crafts and more. Free with admission while supplies last. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dec. 20-22 & 27-29
Winter Break Camps at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features day camps exploring a variety of scientific principles. For ages 4 – 6th grade. Preregister. Masks are required. Members, $$90 & up. 9 a.m. – noon & 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dec. 20-22 & 27-30
Winter Break Camps at the Foster Recreation Center (614 NE 4th St) feature an assortment of interactive activities including games, swimming and crafts. Preregister. For kids ages 6-11. $75-$100. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Winter Break Camps at SoccerCity (4520 Old Farm Rd) offers kids ages 4 – 16 a chance to enhance their soccer skills. $95-$150. 9 a.m. – noon or 1 – 4 p.m. All-day option available. No afternoon camp on Christmas Eve. 748-3888
Dec. 20-30 & Jan. 3
Schools Out Day Camps at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2000 Remington Pl) welcomes ages 4-12 to learn more about nature and their favorite animals. Pregister. Masks required indoors. Members, $45 per day; nonmembers, $50. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dec. 20-23 & 27-30
Winter Break Theatre Day Camps at the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre Arts Annex at the State Fairgrounds (3000 Land Rush St) features games, workshops and activities that explore theatre. Campers will create their own original performance to share with friends & family. For kids ages 5 – 13. $160. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 606-7003
Dec. 20-21 & 27-28
Christmas Break Camp at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features games, crafts, sports and field trips. For ages 5 – 11. Preregister. Resident, $45; nonresident, $55. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Christmas Break Art Camp at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore). Create colorful paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more. For ages 6-12. Preregister. $55. 9 a.m. – noon.
Christmas Break Volleyball Camp at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) teaches basic techniques to help young athletes improve their volleyball skills. For ages 6-14. Preregister. $55. 10 a.m.-noon.
Christmas Break Gizmos, Gadgets & Thangs Camp: Robots at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore). Learn to build your own robot and more.. For ages 6-12. Preregister. $25. 1-4 p.m.
Christmas Break Basketball Camp at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) teaches basic techniques to help young athletes improve their basketball skills. For ages 6-12. Preregister. $25. 8 a.m. – noon.
Opening Night Finale 5K at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) takes you through downtown. Participants are encouraged to dress festively. $35. 3 p.m.
FREE Opening Night Celebration at the Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features music, mural competition, and a children’s area with the themed hands-on art projects and concludes with a bang at the midnight fireworks extravaganza located at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. $8. 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 & balloon drop at midnight. All ages welcome. $25. 7pm-1am.
FREE Fishing Day at OKC Lakes & Ponds (various locations). No city permit required, however, a State license is for anyone 16 and older.
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.
Museum exhibitions on display in the metro
Through Jan. 24
FREE Abstract Remix at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (11 NW 11th St) features an exhibition of the work of homegrown abstract expressionists who use the large-scale format of muralism as a medium for their giant concepts. Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, until 9 p.m.
Through Jan. 30
For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) provides a unique history of American art as told by many of the best-known American artists. By presenting artists’ portraits together with their representative works, “For America” offers an opportunity to see how the artists viewed both themselves and their country. Adults, $12; kids (17 & under), free. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m; Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
FREE Patrick Nagatani: Nuclear Enchantment at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) features a diverse body of work that pushed the contours of photography, exploring the true after-effects of uranium mining, radioactive mine tailings, missiles and nuclear waste. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Beautiful Beasts: The Unseen Life of Oklahoma Spiders and Insects at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features the work of Oklahoma photographer Thomas Shahan. His fantastical large-scale images of mid-western spiders and insects promise to forever change how visitors think and feel about these creatures. Adults, $8; kids (4 – 17), $5; kids (3 & under) free. Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Through Feb 21
FREE Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (11 NW 11th St) draws attention to this video games influence on contemporary art through painting, sculpture, textiles, prints, drawings, animation, video games, video game modifications and game-based performances and interventions by makers who self-identify as artists. The artworks in Open World reference a broad cross-section of games, ranging from early text adventure and arcade games to modern massively multiplayer online roleplaying games and first-person shooters. Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, until 9 p.m.
Through March 31
FREE I Remember That: Edmond in the 1980s at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) features artifacts and photographs showcasing an era rich in pop culture and large-scale celebrations. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
Through May 8
Santa Fe Trail at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 SE 63rd) recognizes the bicentennial of this most important National Heritage Trail and explores its role in connecting Mexico with the United States, its place in the Texas Revolution and the Mexican War and how these events shaped the history of the American West from Central America to western Canada. Adults, $12.50; kids (6-12), $5.57; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Through May 9
Tattoos: Religion, Reality and ‘Regert’ at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 SE 63rd) features paintings from the permanent collection and photographs from the Dickinson Research Center that explore the traditions and artistic expressions of tattoos. Adults, $12.50; kids (6-12), $5.57; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Through Sept. 4
The Perfect Shot: Walter Iooss Jr. and the Art of Sports Photography at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features over 80 photographs spanning 50 years of Iooss’ career – ranging from a girl striking out at a high school softball game to NFL players winning the Super Bowl, highlighting the universal emotions that athletes the world over know well. Adults, $12; kids (17 & under), free. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m; Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi) features a Skylab 4 Apollo Command Module (CM-118), lunar samples, personal items utilized by astronauts and items associated with Oklahoma aviators and the U.S. air and space program, such as Oklahoma flags flown in space, a NASA Mission Control console and more. Adults, $10; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free; families (up to 6 people), $25. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.