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Kids Winter Break Camps in Kansas City: Activities & More (Complete Guide)

The kids are out of school, but what camps & activities are out there…? 

There are tons of things to do, like Winter Break camps in Kansas City – many you can even do at home. So, check ’em out now:

Ultimate Winter Break Guide for Kansas City

Kids Winter Break Camps, Activities & Things to Do

Winter Break Camps  |  Winter Activities in KC  |  Winter Activities at Home

Winter break to parents mean one thing NO SCHOOL! However it often doesn’t take long before cabin fever sets in and they begin to become rambunctious or bored…

We can all agree, we are already trying to figure out what to do during winter break and planning fun stuff to do when bored at home! 

So, keep the kiddos entertained this Christmas break with the below activities & kids Winter Break camps in Kansas City…

You can also find other fun things to do in December with the December Events Guide.

 

Kids Winter Break Camps in Kansas City:

Code Ninjas Winter Break Camps

December 26th to January 4th; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Leawood, KS

Kids will learn robotics, game-building, & coding through STEM activities & creative thinking at this interactive Winter Break camp. Each camp is 1 day and costs $69. You can even enroll online!

Cooking Camp at Taste Bud’s Kitchen

Wednesday December, 4th; 3:15- 4:15 pm

Leawood, KS

Spend time bonding at Taste Bud’s Kitchen in Leawood for their Gingerbread House Class for ages 2-8 and a caregiver. Register online today!

There are other Winter Break camps including Culinary Cocoa Camp, Holiday Cookie Camp, Baking Techniques Camp, Winter Mystery Basket Camp, & other fun holiday/ Winter Break camps.

Check their online schedule for dates, times, and specific classes. You can even enroll completely online!

Winter Break Horseback Riding Camp

December 23rd to January 3rd

9:00 am -5:00 pm

Sunset Trails: 2100 S.E. Ranson Road Lee’s Summit, MO  64082

Kids will learn to ride horses from experienced, trained staff at Sunset Trails Stables. Campers may choose half-day or full-day Winter Break Camps. You can enroll online or fill out the registration form & mail it and payment to their address above.

Camp is rain or shine, since they have indoor & outdoor arenas. Kids will have fun no matter what! Full day sessions need to bring a sack lunch and all campers need to wear jeans & hard-soled shoes. call 816-554-7699 if you have additional questions. Single full-day is only $79! Walk-in registrations will only be accepted if space is available. 

Kansas City Zoo Schools Out Safari

Multiple dates (listed below); 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Kansas City, MO

Kids 5-12 years old can spend the day at the Kansas City Zoo exploring animals. There are different Winter Break camp themes depending on the day, so check them out below. 

  • December 27th: Animals Around the Clock
  • December 30th: Ice Age
  • December 31st: Polar Opposites
  • January 2nd: Fancy Feathers
  • January 3rd: Strange Flyers
  • January 6th: Panda-monium
  • January 20th: Desert Daze

Aerial Fitness Winter Break Camps

Camp dates to be announced soon. Times vary by day

Learning2Fly: 4711 Lamar Mission, KS 66202

Kids will learn aerial fitness, nutrition, healthy, & do fun kids activities during camp. The Chakra Circus of Health Winter Break Camp will be so much fun for kids!

Learn more about date & time specifics on their website.

Sporting KC Winter Break Camp

December 27th to 29th; Time depends on age (See below)

The Soccer Lot: 2525 Jefferson KCMO

This winter break, boys and girls ages 5-7 and ages 8-14, can learn techniques, sportsmanship, all while having a blast at the official Sporting KC winter camp!

Boys and Girls ages 5-7 are $80 and go from 9:00 am- 10:30 am. Kids aged 8-14 are $130 and go from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm.

Blue Valley Winter Break Camps

Winter activities throughout December & January

Johnson County, KS

There are a variety of Winter Break activities through Blue Valley Recreation. Check their Winter 2019 Spring 2020 catalog for all programs happening during your kids’ Winter Break.

Youth Winter Classes at Nelson Atkins

Classes throughout December & January

Kansas City, MO

Kids learn a variety of different art mediums and topics at art classes provided by the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. They offer classes for 4 year old kids to adults, so there is a fun Winter program for all ages!

Liberty Winter Splash Camp

December 26th, 27th, 30th and 31st; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Liberty, MO

Kids can splash around in the water for 4 days during their Winter Break camp. This program is open to kids ages 5-11 and extended care is also available. 

Camp price is $26 a day with extended care available from 7:00 am-8:00 am for only $3 per day and 4:00 pm-6:00 pm for $3 a day.

Fine Arts Winter Break Camps (STEAM Camp)

December 23rd – 27th or December 30th – January 3rd; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center: 8788 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS 66212

Kids ages 6-10 can participate in different camp activities that are STEAM based. There are two different camps to choose from, week 1 will run from December 23rd – 27th (closed the 25th) and Week 2 will run from December 30th-January 3rd (closed January 1st). Registration is open and can be completed online.

Vast Winter Break Soccer Camp

December 26th to 28th; 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Kansas City, MO

Kids from 5 to 18 years old are welcome to attend. Kids will learn game situation drills, shooting, speed & agility, as well as footwork drills and passing progressions for soccer. Free t-shirts are included in your registration. $140 per player.

Integrity Gymnastics Winter Break Camp

9:00 am to Noon OR 4:00 pm

Overland Park, KS

There are half-day camps and full-day camp options. Check online for more options.

Emerald City Gym Winter Break Camps

December 23rd, 27th and 30th 2019; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Overland Park, KS

Spend winter break at Emerald City!

Winter break camp will be $60 a day but a $5 discount applies when you sign up for more than one day or add a sibling. Registration is required and can be completed online.

Camps not Updated for 2019 Yet

Sky Zone Sky Camp

Dec 24 at 8:30 AM – Dec 28 at 5 PM CST

Sky Zone Kansas City: 6495 Quivira Rd. Shawnee, Kansas 66216

Sky Zone Lee’s Summit: 2801 NE McBaine Dr. Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

Come fly at Sky Camp all week long. There are full-day and half-day options available to fit every schedule and budget! Kids 5 to 14 can come bounce around all day during Christmas Week Break.

There will be free jump, kids activities, and a lot of fun. There will be no Sky Camp on Christmas.

FULL DAY: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$45.99 Daily / $179.99 Week
2 snacks, lunch, and unlimited water provided!

20% Sibling discount for second child

HALF DAY: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
$35.99 Daily
$139.99 Week
One snack and unlimited water provided!
20% Sibling discount for second child

Winter Break Adventure Camp

Friday, December 21st

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ernie Miller Nature Center Olathe, KS

Kids will explore nature both inside and outside through activities and experiments. Campers will learn about animal adaptations and survival in the Winter months. There will be supervision from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm for working parents & caretakers. Snacks will be served during the day, but kids will need to bring lunch and a water bottle.

The winter program is $35 for Olathe residents and $38 for non-residents. Find more info on the Facebook event page.

 

Other Winter Break Activities in KC:

If you are looking for fun things to do with your kids over Winter Break, check out these fun activities for kids around town…

Take a Cooking Class at The Cooking Station

Check their class calendar for specific classes & times. Kids 4 & 5 years old must have supervision, but kids 6 and older can take the class alone. Each class is $30, or you can buy them in packages of 10 classes at a discounted rate.

Come bounce at Giggles N Jiggles

Blue Springs, MO

See below for great coupons to save money over Winter Break. Kids can jump for $9, with their current ad makes free jump on $7 per child. Parents jump for free.

Play at Pump It Up!

Overland Park, KS

Schools out so head to Pump it Up for open play! The days vary but open jump is from 11:00 am- 4:00 pm.

Kids are $10 each and receive $1 off with a non-perishable food donation for Harvesters!

** If you’re planning a birthday party, you can get $25 OFF with our exclusive coupon

Visit Science City

Explore science in downtown Kansas City with your kids. There are fun & interactive exhibits even adults will enjoy!

Visit the Library!

Locations & Winter Break programs throughout the Kansas City metro.

Paradise Park Winter Break Specials

December 21st to January 7th

Lee’s Summit, MO

There will be great specials all throughout Winter Break. Check the website for the daily deals. Every day is a different special offer, from $5 off a daily pass to 1 hour unlimited game play to BOGOs on attractions and café items and more! Visit the website for the special of the day.

1/2 Price Studio Fees at Paint, Glaze & Fire

Overland Park, KS

Studio Fees are always 1/2 price when kids are out of school for Winter Break. Just mention the Winter Break special at the studio!

You can also check for other daily deals. There are always great specials like 1/2 price studio fees Tuesday to Thursday, Girl Scout/Boy Scout discounts, free tile foot print for newborns to 18 month olds, military discounts & other deals.

Play at Gymboree

Mission, KS

Bring your little one to Gymboree to get the wiggles out during the winter! With a variety of classes ranging 0-5 years, you can escape cabin fever will moving and learning together.

Each class is age specific and times will vary. Check their online calendar for the days that work best for you.

Visit Kaleidoscope…it’s Free!

Kansas City, MO (downtown)

Come create for an hour, for free. There’s no catch! Hallmark just wants Kansas City Kids to have fun. 🙂

Bounce at Jump City

Belton, MO

Tuesday to Friday, kids can bounce for only $5 with their current ad!

Visit the World War I Musuem

Who doesn’t want to climb all the way to the top of the tower?!

…it’s included in museum admission 😉

Ceramic Cafe

Overland Park, KS

There are never studio fees at Ceramic Cafe, so come create whenever for just the cost of the pottery! The ceramic studio is open every day of the week, so head over whenever your schedule fits this fun winter activity for kids.

See a movie at B&B Theatres

There are movie theater locations across the Kansas City metro, but ScreenPLAY! locations are in Lee’s Summit, Shawnee, & Liberty.

At these locations, kids can play in tunnels INSIDE the theater, before the show. What more could kids want?!

Release Some Energy at Urban Air Trampoline Park

Overland Park, KS

With various themed nights/toddler times and open jumps, Urban Air is a great place to spend time during winter break. Check their online calendar for times, prices and themes!

Ice Skating at Park Place or Crown Center Ice Terrace

Kansas City, MO

Explore the College Basketball Experience

Downtown KC

Learn about the history of college basketball and get a little workout at the same time.

If you know of other fun Winter Break programs happening in Kansas City, drop them in the comments! We would love to make the list even bigger 🙂

 

25 Winter Break Kids Activities for Home (or Anywhere)

Winter break activities make for fun times to enjoy family over the holidays between parties and get-togethers. 

If you are looking for fun Winter kids activities you can do with your children, we’ve got you covered on things you can do anywhere. You and the kids will keep busy while having TONS of holiday fun…

To keep things fun & your kids engaged, explore these things to do at home to beat the winter blues!  

 

#1 Pajama & Movie Party (Movie Marathon?)

Put on your coziest pair of pjs, pop some popcorn, and watch family Christmas movies!

We’ve got your holiday movie guide, broken down by age group, ready to go for you so be sure to check that out as you plan to watch your favorite family Christmas movies this season.

There are so many different movies and shows available it would probably take years to watch everything! So make a list of the ones you want to see, grab some snacks and enjoy…

Christmas themed movies are always a hit with kids they can sit down and rest from all the crafts or take time to eat some of the treats you have been making. An idea is to let each kid pick out a movie and then maybe you share one of your holiday favorites with them. 

#2 Bake cookies!

Baking can make your day go by so fast! Plan to make a few different items, play some music and fill your home with sweet smells. Plus the littles love using cookie cutters!

They never turn out “magazine perfect” but my kids LOVE doing it and they are perfect in my eyes.

Here’s the recipe I use to our Christmas cut out cookies:

  • 1cup butter softened
  • 1cup sugar
  • 1large egg
  • 1/2cups all-purpose flour
  • 2tablespoons orange juice
  • 1tablespoon vanilla
  • 1teaspoon baking powder

Combine 1 cup butter, sugar, and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed. Divide dough into thirds; wrap in each plastic food wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm.

Heat oven to 400°. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

#3 Build a Snowman

Most of the time there is snow on the ground so why not play in it!? Get all bundled up and head out side to build your own Olaf or snowman. No snow? No problem! Make your own indoor snow with baking soda and white hair conditioner!

If the forecast brings snow, sledding, snowboarding, snowball fights, and snowman building are all things I’m going to add to our winter to do list! 

#4 Make Snow Ice Cream

Snow ice cream, anyone?  Check out this simple recipe for snow ice cream:

10-12 cups of snow

1 tsp of vanilla extract

10 oz of condensed milk

Mix together and enjoy!

#5 Host a Game Night

Invite some friends over and bring out the classic family board games and compete against each other!

Our Squad loves to host game nights at home , so check out our fun family game night ideas for kids of all ages. Let us know what your favorites are…

Pull out the classics, make your own or play some of your kids. There are so many games out now, you can have game night often! 

#6 Start a Book Series

Start a new book series to read aloud with your kids! Choose a series above their reading level to challenge them a bit!

#7 Make Your Own Fun

Make slime/goop/floam! There are so many recipes out there so the possibilities are endless!  Here’s a recipe we made recently called “Frozen Silly Putty”

1 bottle of Clear School Glue (147ml)

The same amount of water (147 ml)

1/2 teaspoon of Borax

1/2 cup hot water

A few sprinkles of silver & blue glitter

A few drops of blue food coloring

#8 Make Ornaments 

Homemade ornaments are such a wonderful gift idea for parents and grandparents. We made some super cute trees out of salt dough with food coloring and dipped their fingers in shiny paint to resemble lights on the tree!  You could also do handprint salt dough ornaments.

#9 Make a Winter “I Spy”

Create your own winter themed “I Spy” sheet with clip art images that the kids can find inside or outside the house!  See who can complete their list the fastest!

#10 Declutter the House

Make room for new toys and clothes and clean out closets/rooms.  Donate unused toys and clothes to charity.

#11 Get a Head Start on 2020

Work on your “Summer Family Bucket list” and come up with a list of ideas to do when school is out for the summer!

You can get the kids involved so they can contribute things they want to do. 

#12 Host a family talent show

If it’s TOO cold to go outside, have a family talent show. My kids love, love, love America’s Got Talent so they are always up to show what they can do! Let the kids practice during the day and after dinner let the show begin!

#13 Have a scavenger hunt inside

What kid doesn’t like a game where you seek hidden treasures?! Make a list of little toys, random items or shapes and let the kids explore around the house!

#14 DIY night

Hooray for Pinterest lol! You could lose yourself in so many different crafts it’s unreal! Pick a theme and once everyone is done, you can even put on an art show

#15 Have a slumber party

Turn your front room into a fort and let your kiddos imaginations run wild! Or if you don’t want to risk losing a night of sleep, wear your pajamas during the day and make little beds in the front room

#16 Redecorate rooms/home

When the kids are older, this one is definitely a go to! They can help with heavy lifting, deep cleaning and even give you a break by decorating their own space.

#15 Make a special brunch

Brunch is my favorite so why not make a special one during their winter break! They can invite their friends and you can invite yours! Really feeling hum drum during the break? Make it special with unique invites and dress up!

#16 Snowball fight

This one in my opinion is more for the kids themselves lol. Let them burn off some energy with a friendly snowball fight in the yard.

#17 Visit a museum

Many museums are free and have tons of cool stuff that will keep everyone happy.

Explore the Kansas City Museum Guide to find for special kid activities, they are sure to have plenty during the winter time!

#18 Go sledding

Like having a snow ball fight, this is one activity that is sure to use up that extra energy! I mean they are basically running up hills! HAHAHA

#19 Visit distant family members

One sure way to avoid cabin fever is taking trips! Long or short, a change of scenery will keep the entire family pleased!

#20 Karaoke party

We love music in my family so we are always singing! So why not take it up a notch and invite some family or close friends over!

#21 Read your favorite childhood books

Start reading your favorite children’s book with your kiddos! This is fun & also an educational thing to do with your little ones. 

#22 Go to a Hockey Game

Just about every major city has some form of sports team. NFL, NBA, MLB, Arena or Semi- Pro. If you aren’t sure, just look your city up, google knows everything! 

The Kansas City Mavericks have family 4 packs of tickets – including food & drink – at an affordable price…

#23 See a musical or play

There are always special plays or musicals that come to town around this time of year so the pickins aren’t slim! You can go to Coterie Theater to see all kinds of shows…

TIP: want to cut costs on those expensive play tickets, call your local box office and ask for group rates! Get the whole family or group of friends involved so you won’t have to pay as much.

#24 Have a dance party

Sometimes you just gotta dance! Forget the dishes, stop folding laundry or whatever chore you have and spend 10 minutes just dancing! You will feel more relaxed and the kiddos while get a break from “boredom.

#25 Visit your local library

Another favorite thing to do is visit the library! They always have family activities that are educational as well! Plus it’s FREE!

Check out Mid-Continent Public Library events & activities OR Explore ALL KC Library resources to visit your local library. 

#26 Update family photos

Winter break is the perfect time to update those family photos. There are no after school activities, no homework to do and you have more time throughout the day to get the whole family picture ready.

Plus, they are usually ready in time for when they go back to school!

Explore places to take family photos in Kansas City…some may be hard due to weather, but you’ll have a great backdrop…

#27 Go shopping

Taking the kiddos shopping is always eye opening even if it’s only window shopping. You find out what they like, dislike and can even get some ideas for birthday presents!

#28 Learn about other countries and what they do in winter

The world is a big place, and whatever you are doing, someone may be doing the complete opposite. Research and discover what other countries are like during winter!

As your kids get ready for winter break, I hope these tips give you some ideas on what you and your kiddos can do for a fantastic break!

#29 Make a Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houses are a holiday tradition & a delicious one at that. The kids will have a blast with this!

Build a big one as a family or let each kiddo make their own! What you will need is graham crackers, frosting, gum drops, peppermints, candy canes, licorice, M&M’s, and whatever other candy you’d like!

#30 Create Popsicle Stick Ornaments & Decorations

Popsicle sticks are the ultimate craft because you can make almost anything out of them including Christmas decorations!

Christmas a tree, reindeer, snowmen, snowflakes, picture frames, sleds, or Santa the possibilities are endless. All you need is Popsicle sticks, glue, paint or markers, beads, googly eyes, or glitter, and string if you want to make it into an ornament. 

#31 Create Homemade Wrapping Paper

This is a fun way to get the kids involved in the gift giving of Christmas plus it puts an adorable personal touch to your gifts!

For small gifts you can use the inside of paper groceries bags or you may need a roll of brown or white paper. You can use acrylic paints, markers, or crayons. To get perfect Christmas shapes you can trace cookie cutters or if using paint you can use sponges.

#32 Make Christmas Cards

Continue you and your kids work as Santa’s little elves and decorate your very own Christmas cards. It is an activity that the kids will enjoy and your friends and relatives will cherish when they receive them.

#33 Make Paper Snowflakes

Since winter is here but the snow has yet to make an appearance, you can decorate your place with paper snowflakes. Your kids will love creating crafts that range from simple homemade snowflakes to more labor intensive crafty snowflakes.

#34 Blow Frozen Bubbles

If you want to add a little science into your break, try out this fun activity and make frozen bubbles on a really cold day. Try other fun science activities at home, too!

#35 Have an In-Home Drive-In Movie

If you save some of those larger boxes from holiday gifts, then your kids can make their own cardboard box cars. After they are done, then you can park them in front of a movie and sell concessions with monopoly money. Use a tutorial for making a car to take the guess work out.

#36 Make Some Healthy Winter Snacks

If you want to make some edible crafts, try some healthy and fun options that can be done at home.

#37 Indoor Obstacle Course

If your kids are getting stir crazy here is a fun way to burn off some energy. You can create an indoor obstacle course with everyday items.

#38 Winter Sensory Play Activities

You can try your hand at making some winter sensory play activities. Kids of all ages love to play and get a little messy. Sensory play is a great learning opportunity.

#39 Play Outside

Outdoor play in winter is important for your child and there are so many activities that they can try. So bundle up and have a little adventure!

#40 Be Your Own Weather Reporter

The weather changes so much this time of year. It is a great time for kids to learn about the weather. They can make their own back yard weather station and report on the weather each day!

#41 Do Some Exploring & Make Winter Murals

This is a great time to head outside and explore. You can look for any objects that they can collect and turn them into a craft project. This activity is for winter murals using real outdoor items. It’s so fun, that they can do it more than once and each time the outcome will be different!

 

Winter break has so many opportunities for fun. I hope that you find some enjoyment in these family fun activities!

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