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. 19, 2019)
Through 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. Free with museum admission. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Through Jan. 4
LifeShare Winterfest at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features snow tubing and sparkling holiday décor. Holiday-themed food and beverage items will be available at the concession stands. Riders must be 42” tall to ride the large slope and lap riding is not allowed on either slope. $14. See website for hours.
Through Jan. 5
Edmond 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, $3. Winter Break hours: Monday – Thursday, 3 – 9 p.m.; Friday, 3 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 9 p.m. except on New Year’s Eve, noon – 10 p.m.
FREE Rides on the OKC Streetcars (various locations). Enjoy complimentary fares on the OKC Streetcars on the weekends in celebration of their one year anniversary.
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. $39.99 & up. Saturday, 5 – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 – 9 p.m.
Through Feb. 2
Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens (113 S Robinson) features daily public skating, private parties, and special events all winter long. $13, includes skate rental; $8, without; $7 for members. Monday-Thursday, 3 – 9 p.m.; Friday, 3-11p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 7 p.m.
Third Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features musical performances, art activities, live entertainment and more. $12; members, free. 5 – 9 p.m.
Sounds of the Season Concert at Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium (850 Yukon Ave, Yukon) features a holiday performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. $10. 7:30 – 9 p.m.
FREE Gingerbread Challenge at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Compete to make and decorate the best confectionary creation. All ages welcome. Preregister. 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 – 20
Winter Mornings at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Make a natural ornament, learn about winter plants and animals at the education table, play games, read a holiday book and embark on a scavenger hunt in the Crystal Bridge and Children’s Garden. Then, make a cup of hot chocolate in the Garden Classroom and enjoy more holiday festivities. All ages welcome. Members, $6; nonmembers, $8 (1 free adult Crystal Bridge admission per paying child). 10 a.m. – noon.
Drop-In Art at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features art projects inspired by the museum’s collection, exhibitions and special occasions. All ages welcome, no registration required. Free with admission. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Parent Night Out at Artsy Learning Center (1215 36th Ave NW, Norman) features pizza, a movie, crafts and play time for kids. $35; $30 per sibling. 1 – 5 p.m.
Winter Solstice Celebration at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features live entertainment and the Illuminations light experience. The Devon Ice Rink will be open until 11 p.m. Prices vary. 6 – 9 p.m.
Dec. 23 – Jan 3
Winter Break Camps at OKC Recreation Centers (various locations) features an assortment of activities that promote community involvement in recreation, cultural, health and family life. Daily snacks are included. For ages 6 – 15. $50. See website for times and locations.
Dec. 23, 27, 30 & 31, Jan. 2 & 3
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 – 13. $45 per day. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 606-7003
Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 & 31, Jan. 2, 3 & 6
Kids Art Camps at Artsy Rose Academy (7739 W Hefner Rd) features all kinds of art fun, such as watercolor painting, drawing, mixed media and more. For ages 4-15. Please bring a sack lunch, snack and drink each day. $50 per day. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dec. 23 – Jan. 3
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. 23, 27 & 30, Jan 2,3 & 6
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. Snacks provided, but campers should bring their own lunch. Members, $40 per day; nonmembers, $45. 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 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. 26 – 27 & Jan. 2 – 3
Winter Break Camps at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features a two-day camp exploring a variety of scientific principles. For age 4 – 6th grade. Members, $45-$90; nonmembers, $50- $100. 9 a.m. – noon & 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Christmas Break Camp at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features e games, crafts, sports and field trips. For ages 5 – 11. Preregister. Resident, $45; nonresident, $55. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nutcracker Tea in the Kingdom of Sweets at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features treats and favorite characters from The Nutcracker. $30-$35. 4 – 6 p.m.
Dec. 23, 24, 26 & 27
Winter Break Camps at SoccerCity (4520 Old Farm Rd) offers kids ages 4 – 15 a chance to enhance their soccer skills. $30-$75. 9 a.m. – noon or 1 – 4 p.m. All day option available. Also held: Dec. 30 – Jan. 2. 748-3888
Holly Jolly Horse Camp at Cadence Equestrian (14150 S Pine St, Edmond) features daily horse riding lessons, horsemanship skill building and more. For ages 5-15. Preregister. $100. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dec. 26 – 31
Winter Walk at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology (10301 Sunnylane Rd). Explore the real skeletons on display and enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate while discovering the “cool” adaptations that allow animals to survive in cold environments. Then, complete the special Winter Animals Scavenger Hunt for a prize from the gift shop, chat with Museum educators about your favorite animals and get a photo with a REAL reindeer skeleton. FREE with admission: adults, $10; kids, $8; kids (under 3), free. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Editor’s note: use this exclusive coupon to save money on your visit!)
Dec. 26 – 27 & Jan 2 – 3
Winter Break Day Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Admission includes skate rental. $6. 1 – 4 p.m.
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. 1 p.m.
Thunder Youth Basketball Hustle Camps at The Link at FirstMoore Baptist Church (301 NE 27th St, Moore) is designed for athletes ages 6-14 years old at all skill levels. Campers will have the opportunity to play on the court of the pros, grow in the fundamentals of the game and engage in a hands-on, team-centric environment. $65. Ages 6 – 9; 8 a.m. – noon; 10 – 14, 1 – 5 p.m.
Dec. 30 – 31 & Jan. 2 – 3
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 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.
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
FREE Happy Noon Year’s Activities at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features games, crafts and a noon-time countdown. 11 a.m. – noon.
Opening Night Finale 5K at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) takes you through downtown and back to Bicentennial Park. Participants are encouraged to dress festive. $30-$40. 3 p.m.
Opening Night 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. Prices vary. 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 Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr, Norman) features three trail options beginning at the nature center. 11 a.m.
Jan. 2 – 3
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.
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
Jan. 3 – 5
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.
FREE Fishing Day at OKC Lakes & Ponds (various locations). No city permit required, however a State license is for anyone 16 and older.
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.
Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features horse-related crafts including a horseshoe picture frame, storytelling and a showing of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – noon.
FREE Sooner State Model Yacht Club Races at Scissortail Park Boathouse (650 S Hudson Ave). Club members will race their model yachts and visitors are invited to watch and cheer on your favorites. Weather permitting, check website for updates. Noon – 3 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.