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: Nov. 13, 2018)
Through Jan. 4
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. 1.
Through Jan. 6
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, $3. Winter Break hours: Dec. 22 – Jan. 6: noon – 10 p.m.
Through Jan. 27
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. See website for hours of operation.
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.
FREE Winter Wonderland of Family Fun at the Norman East Library (2201 SW 134th St, Norman). Decorate cookies, drink hot cocoa and enjoy winter-themed crafts and games. Participants are encouraged to wear their pajamas. 4:30 – 6 p.m.
FREE Holiday Make and Take: Snow Globes at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Make your own winter themed snow globe. Preregister. For ages 5-12. All supplies provided. 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Dec. 17 – 21
Holiday Magic 2018 Winter Break Camp at NW Optimist Performing Arts Center & Taylor Park (3301 NW Grand Blvd & 1113 SW 70th St). Camper spend the week preparing for two shows for family and friends with humorous skits, songs and dance. For ages 6 – 17. $100. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 297-2591
Dec. 17 – 21
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. Day camps held Jan. 2, 3 & 4. 606-7003
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. Also held: Dec. 26 – 28 & Jan. 2 – 4 & 7. 603-8550
Dec. 17 – 31
Winter Break Drop-In Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of family-friendly activities Museum quests, crafts and more. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Winter Break Natural Card Making at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Create festive greeting cards using inspiration and items from nature to give as gifts to family and friends this holiday season. Best suited for ages 6 – 11. Preregister. Members, $12; nonmembers, $13. 10 a.m. – noon.
University of Oklahoma Men’s Basketball vs Creighton University at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. 8 p.m. Also held: 1/5 vs OSU.
FREE Winter Wonderland Story Time at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features winter stories, sensory play, crafts and more. For kids ages 5 & under. 10 a.m. – noon.
Dec. 19 – 21
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.
Winter Break STEM Classes at Skeletons Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd) features hands-on educational programs to learn about animals and the wonderful world of osteology. Each day offers a different themed focus. $12 per session. 11 a.m. – noon.
Dec. 20 & 21
"Let's Look At Light" Day Camp at Sooner Flight Academy (1928 Goddard Ave, Norman) lets campers explore the many facets of light. $60 per day. 325-1635
FREE Pop & Palette for Kids at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features local artist, Reagan Kloiber, who will lead families in designing a holiday gift. Drinks provided. Best suited for ages 12 & under and parents, too. Preregister. 2 – 3 p.m.
FREE Gingerbread House Building at the Bethany Library (7941 NW 23rd St). Create and decorate your very own gingerbread house. Preregister. All materials provided. Best suited for ages 5 & up. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Victorian Yuletide Third Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features musical performances, holiday card and ornament making, story time and more. $5. 5 – 10 p.m.
FREE Gingerbread Challenge at 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
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.
Dec. 20 & 21
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. Also held: Dec. 27 & 28.
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 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.
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.
Ride OKC Holiday Light Ride in Downtown Oklahoma City (various locations) features a one and half hour bike tour to see festive light displays while listening to your favorite holiday tunes. A portion of the proceeds will benefits a local charity. $15. 6 p.m.
Dec. 21 – 22 & 27 – 29
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 – $135; nonmembers, $50 – $150. 9 a.m. – noon & 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Christmas Train at Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features a holiday train ride with carols and the reading of Christmas stories. Enjoy cookie and hot chocolate reception after the ride. $15, Kids (under 3), free. 9 a.m. – 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 to 30 people, so reservations are required. 1 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. 4 – 6 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.
Dec. 26 – 28
Winter Break Camps at SoccerCity (4520 Old Farm Rd) offers kids ages 4 – 15 a chance to enhance their soccer skills. $75. 9 a.m. – noon or 1 – 4 p.m. 748-3888
Dec. 26 – 28 & 31
Winter Break Camp at Mustang Community Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features games, activities and more. For kids in grades K – 4th. 7:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. $90. Also held: Jan. 2 – 4. 376-3411
Dec. 27 – 29
Holly Jolly Horse Camp at Cadence Equestrian (14150 S Pine St, Edmond) features daily horse riding lessons, horsemanship skill building, crafting, photo opportunities and more. $150. 9 a.m. – noon.
Thunder Youth Basketball Hustle Camp at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Garden) is designed for athletes ages 9-14 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. Campers will receive two OKC Blue vs. Canton Charge tickets, two hours of instruction, a Thunder Youth Basketball reversible camp jersey and water bottle. For ages 6-14. $65. Noon – 2 p.m.
High Performance Expo at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features race cars, hot rods, tools, motorcycles or ATVs. Adults, $12; seniors & kids (12& under), $5. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
FREE Library Luau at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St) features a themed party with food and fun. Best suited for ages 12 & up. 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Drop-in Art at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features art activities inspired by the Museum's collection and exhibitions. All ages welcome, no registration required. Free with admission. 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.
FREE Happy Noon Year's Bash at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond) features a dance party with crafts and a noon-time countdown. Preregister. 11 a.m. – 12:15 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 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.
Jan. 2 – 4
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 – 13. $40 per day. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 606-7003
Breakaway Camp at the Santa Fe Family Life Center (6300 N Santa Fe) 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.
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 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.
Jan 4 – 6
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.
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). Tornadoes, hail, blizzards, and extreme temperatures are just a few of the elements that impact humans and animals living in the West. Kids can make a tornado in a bottle and participate in other weather-related activities. For ages 4 – 12. Activities available while supplies last. Free for children and accompanying adults. 10 a.m. – noon.
FREE Diaper Dash Baby Crawl and Toddler Trot at the Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main St, Yukon). Babies 6-14 months compete to see who can crawl a set distance in a timed event. Toddlers up to 18 mos can trot to see which baby can walk the fastest. 10:30 a.m. – noon.
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.