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: Dec. 18, 2020)
Through Jan. 3
FREE Rides on the OKC Streetcars (various locations). Enjoy complimentary fares on the OKC Streetcars on the weekends in celebration of their second anniversary.
Through Jan. 4
Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features ice skating, a Christmas train ride, holiday music and food concessions. $12 with skate rental, $8 without, kids (under 5), $8; train rides, $3. Dec. 19 – Jan. 4: noon – 10 p.m.
Through Jan. 5
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. Saturday, 5 – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 – 9 p.m. Open daily beginning Dec. 18.
Through Jan. 31
Geekapalooza: a virtual STEAM Festival for Kids (online) features an exciting intro session with KFOR-TV’s Meteorologist, Emily Sutton and a fun series of 10, one-hour workshops designed to get kids involved in all aspects of STEAM. $10 tickets provide access to pre-recorded STEAM workshops, downloadable supplies and educational activities.
Dec. 12 – 20
The Nutcracker: Short & Sweet 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. This year’s production will be shortened to one act. $20 – $80. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Dec. 12 – 31
FREE Model Train Display at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) features model trains focusing on Oklahoma trains past and present in the Sandy Bell Gallery in the lower level of the museum. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
FREE Holiday Movie at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features The Grinch Movie on the spacious Love’s Travel Stops Stage & Great Lawn with ample room for social distancing. 6 p.m.
Rodeo Opry Virtual Christmas Show (online) features a virtual Christmas Show with family-friendly entertainment, door prizes, sing-alongs and more. $15. 4 & 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. 21 & 22
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. Pizza lunch provided. $60. 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dec. 21 – 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. 21 – 22 & 28 – 29
Winter Break Camps at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features day camps exploring a variety of scientific principles. There is also a virtual option available. For ages 4 – 6th grade. Preregister. Members, $30-$90; nonmembers, $34-$100. 9 a.m. – noon & 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dec. 21-24 & 28-31
Winter Break Camps at the Taylor & Macklanburg Recreation Centers (various locations) feature an assortment of interactive games including indoor snowball fights. Preregister For kids in 1st -7th grade. $90. See website for times and locations.
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. 21 – 31 & Jan. 4
Schools Out Day Camps at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2000 Remington Pl) welcomes ages 4-11 to learn more about nature and their favorite animals. Members, $45 per day; nonmembers, $50. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dec. 23-23 & 28-31
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 virtually with friends & family. For kids ages 5 – 13. $40 per day; four-day camp, $150. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 606-7003
FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a tour of the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress appropriately. Each eagle watch is limited, so reservations are required. 12:45 p.m.
Dec. 26-27 & Jan. 2-3
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.
Dec. 28 & 29
Extreme Animals Christmas Break Camp at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore). Get up close and personal with endangered species, creepy crawlies and more to learn about different animal habitats. For ages 6 – 12. Preregister. $80. 9 a.m. – noon
FREE New Year’s Around the World with the Capitol Hill Library (327 SW 27th St). Learn about New Year’s traditions from cultures around the world with a take-home kit, no passport needed! Preregister. One kit per family.
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 7 – 14. Preregister. $55. 9 – 11 a.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 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 7 – 14. Preregister. $55. 9 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. For ages 7 – 14. Preregister. $25. 1 – 4 p.m.
FREE Thunder Days at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum (620 N Harvey Ave) features free admission in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing. In accordance with social distancing guidelines, reservations are required. Get your timed tickets here. The museum is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sunday, noon – 6 p.m.
Opening Night Finale 5K at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) takes you through downtown. Participants are encouraged to dress festively. $30-$40. 3 p.m.
FREE New Year Early Bird at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features an early-bird New Year’s Eve celebration created for families with young children. Countdown to 2021 at 7 p.m. and make it home in time to get the kids to bed. 5-7 p.m.
FREE Opening Night Virtual Experience at the Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features a variety of bands and family entertainment and concludes with a bang at the midnight fireworks extravaganza located at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Stay tuned for more information. 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. $15. 7pm-1am.
FREE First Day Hike at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr, Norman) features three hiking options including an accessible trail and stroller friendly option. Be sure to bring your leashed pets, camera, binoculars, water and appropriate dress for cold weather. Preregister. 11 a.m.
FREE First Day Walk at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features a community day to enjoy the parks, trails and public spaces available in the Greater Oklahoma City area. The event is open to everyone, including children of all ages and dogs. Please keep dogs on leashes. The event is part of a nationwide initiative meant to encourage people to get outdoors. 11 a.m.
FREE Fishing Day at OKC Lakes & Ponds (various locations). No city permit required, however, a State license is for anyone 16 and older.
Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of themed, hands-on activities including an Annie Oakley Markswomanship Shootin’ Gallery, rodeo events and storytime. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – noon.
Jan. 8 – 10
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. 3
Wild Wooly Western Wildlife in 3D at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 SE 63rd) features a selection of sculptures of bison, pronghorn, moose, mountain lions, bears and other critters in bronze,
wood and plaster from the 19th and 20th centuries. 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 Jan. 4
FREE Bright Golden Haze at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (11 NW 11th St) explores the ways in which artists use light to create place, both geographic and conceptual. Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, until 9 p.m.
Through Jan. 10
Share Lives, Distant Places: Recent Acquisitions in Photography at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features contemporary photographers who employ different photography styles, like documentary, photojournalism and street photography, to capture the global human experience, offering alternative ways of seeing and understanding the people, places and events that shape the world in which we live. Adults, $12; kids (17 & under), free. Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Through Jan. 30
FREE Darci Lynne’s Got Talent at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) features America’s first-ever museum exhibit dedicated to Darci Lynne, winner of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Artifacts featured include clothing from her television performances, her first practice puppets, tour posters and scripts. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-noon & 1:30-4 p.m.
Through Oct. 2021
JUMBLE at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) activates the senses by encouraging play and collaboration. Up to 16 visitors at a time can interact with the exhibit by pressing buttons that create a unique composition of sounds and visuals. Adults, $16.95; kids (3-12), $13.95. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through Dec. 2021
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.