Kansas City’s 2020 Winter Break Camps & Activities for Christmas Break (Updated)

The kids are out of school, but what activities & Winter break camps are in Kansas City…? 

There are tons of things to do over Winter Break, including fun kids activities at home & Winter Break camps around town.

We’ve gathered everything you need for Winter break with kids. So, check it out now:

Ultimate Winter Break Guide for Kansas City

Kids Winter Break Camps, Activities & Things to Do

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! It’s hard to believe that Christmas break is already so close.

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

Kids Winter Break Camps in Kansas City:

Winter break camps are the perfect option if you have to work while your children are out of school! Or, if you are just looking for fun things to do during winter to fill away from school.

So, explore these fun kids winter camps around KC…

While Christmas Break activities look a little different this year, you can still enjoy many different things to do! Check them out below.

** We will update the camps as information is available, so keep an eye out!

You can also find other fun things to do in December with the 2020 Guide to Christmas in Kansas City


Winter Break Horseback Riding Camp

December 23rd to December 30th

9:00 am -5:00 pm (Half Day & Full Day Options)

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. 

If you’re looking for fun things to do over winter break, this camp is a great option! You can do one day camps, half day or all week…

Code Ninjas Winter Break Camps

December 28th to December 30th; 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 Camps at Taste Bud’s Kitchen

Leawood, KS

There are multiple Winter Break camps open for enrollment for 2020. You can also 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!

Tuesday, December 8th: Holiday Cake Off Class is for children 9 – 17 years old to make a cake, frost it, and decorate like a pro!

Monday, December 28th to Thursday, December 31st there are two Winter Mystery Basket Camp options available:

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

Aerial Fitness Winter Break Camps

Tuesday, December 22nd & 29th (more dates to come)

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.

Blue Valley Winter Break Camps

Winter activities & camps throughout December & January

Johnson County, KS

There are a variety of Winter Break activities through Blue Valley Recreation. Check their Winter 2020 Spring 2021 catalog for all programs happening during your kids’ Winter Break.

Art Labs Winter Break Camps

December 21st – 24th & December 28th-31st

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

Kids ages 6-12 can participate in different camp activities that are Art based. There are two different camps to choose from, week 1 will be Holidays Around the World & week 2 will be Magic of Winter. Registration is open and can be completed online.

Vast Winter Break Soccer Camp

December 27th to 30th; 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.

Pinnacle Gymnastics Camps

Multiple dates in December & January

Shawnee, KS

If your kids like to get active, there are a variety of Christmas Break camps for kids to enjoy. Check out the different options:

  • Drop ‘N Shop 12/23
  • Wacky Science Camp 12/28
  • Winter Wonderland Camp 12/29
  • Art Camp 12/30
  • Ninja Games Camp 12/28-12/30
  • Ninja Day Camp 1/4/2021

KCFC Winter Break Camp

Monday, December 28th & Tuesday, December 29th

Homefield: 2115 E. Kansas City Rd, Olathe KS

This camp is for 2nd to 5th graders to learn football skills! There are safety precautions in place this year, so you can be sure your little ones are safe while they’re enjoying the break from school!

Great American Basketball League Camp

Monday, December 28th to Wednesday, December 30th

Homefield: 2115 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe KS 66061

If your children are into basketball, this is the perfect camp for children in kindergarten to 7th grade! You can sign-up online and there are safety precautions in place.

YMCA School Break Camps

Happening throughout winter break

Multiple locations across KC metro

No matter what part of KC you live in, there are camps near you! Explore the different kids camps & activities available for 2020.

JCC School Break Camps

Throughout winter

Leawood, KS

This year will look a little different, but school break camps will still go ahead. There will be limited space available, so sign-up quickly if you plan to have your kids attend.

Soccer Winter Break Mini Skills Camp

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 29th & 30th

KC Turf Zone: 15546 W 108th St, Lenexa, KS 66219

KC Fusion is hosting a mini soccer skills camp this Christmas Break for your kiddos to get active and practice their soccer skills after so long off the field! All ages are welcome to attend, so check it out.

Emerald City Gym Winter Break Camps

December 28th to 30th 2020

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.

Winter Break Sky Camp at Sky Zone

Monday, Dec 21st to Tuesday, January 5th

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. You can choose any or all days!

Kids will enjoy jumping, kids activities and a lot of fun. FULL DAY: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and HALF DAY: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Plus, save 20% when siblings attend camp together!

Other Fun Things to Do Over Winter Break: Attractions

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

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.

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 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.

Release Some Energy at Urban Air Trampoline Park

Lenexa, 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

Things to Do Over Christmas Break at Home

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 fun things to do over Winter Break at home. These fun winter activities are sure to beat the winter blues!  

Pajama & Movie Party

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.

Go ice skating

NEED I SAY MORE? Check out where to go ice skating outdoors in KC!

Bake cookies!

Tis the season for holiday baking. Get the kids involved with helping you baking or the age old tradition of cookie cutters and decorating Christmas cookies! They will love getting creative and helping mom in the kitchen.

Before Christmas, we love to get my kids together and bake cut out sugar cookies and decorate them!  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:

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

christmas cookies 6 Kid Friendly Activities for Winter Break

Make Snow Ice Cream

If there’s snow this year, we’ll have plenty of opportunity to get out and play in the snow! Sledding, snowboarding, snowball fights, and snowman building are all things I’m going to add to our winter to do list!  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!

Decorate 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!

You can also purchase at-home gingerbread kits that come with all the fixings. Local pick up is even available!

Gingerbread House 6 Kid Friendly Holiday Activities for Winter Break

Host a Family Game Night

Spend some time as a family with these fun family game night ideas. What better way to spend the night than playing games in your PJs by the fire?

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 and we’ve got your guide for fun games the whole family can enjoy. Let us know what your favorites are!

Make Your Own Slime

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

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.

Make 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. Also if you’re feeling brave enough to let the kids get a little messy they can use their handprints!

homemade christmas paper 6 Kid Friendly Holiday Activities for Winter Break

Visit a museum

Visiting the museums in KC is probably one of my favorite things to do! ‘

Most museums are free and have tons of cool stuff that will keep everyone happy. Check your closest museum for special kid activities, they are sure to have plenty during the winter time!

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

Explore the sledding hills around town – there are 46+ to enjoy!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

Declutter the House

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

Get a Head Start on 2021

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

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!

Have 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!

Play 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!

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!

Host a movie marathon

If I could, I would watch Netflix all day! 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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

Read your favorite childhood books

This one is more for me than the kids lol. I love reading classic books I grew up with to my kids. Plus the looks on their face when they hear a new book is always a great feeling.

Go to a sport event

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!

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!

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.

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.”

Invite family friends over that have kids

Play dates are a win win. You can still do an activity with your kids but also have adult to talk to! Everyone is happy!

Visit the 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. 

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!

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!

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!

Make 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.  For more ideas on Christmas crafts made with Popsicle sticks click here.

Popsicle Stick Ornaments 6 Kid Friendly Holiday Activities for Winter Break

Christmas Card Making

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.

homemade christmas card 6 Kid Friendly Holiday Activities for Winter Break

If you have other kids activities families can do over winter break, drop them in the comments. We can all use more ideas to keep our kiddos busy…

Dance in the Snow

If you are reaching the end of break and your kids are looking for an extra day or two off or maybe a bit of snow is on its way, then you can do a snow dance. There are a few fun rituals that you can do in hopes to bring on a snow day!

Cancelled Christmas Break Events & Attractions for 2020:

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. 🙂

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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?!

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

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