Keep the kids busy at holiday camps and classes in D-FW

Are you looking for ways to keep your school-age kids busy during the upcoming holiday breaks? Here's a sampling of some winter camps and classes that may appeal to your aspiring artist, athlete, cheerleader, coder and more. It's best to sign up early for Thanksgiving camps and winter break camps, as most tend to fill up fast.

ARTFUL EXPLORATIONS

Young artists ages 6-13 can get creative painting holiday-themed canvases suitable for framing. Take paper towels and a snack each day.

Dec. 26-28 from 9 a.m. to noon at Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, 5801 W. Parker Road, Plano. $65 for three-day session, with $45 supply fee due on the first day. Register in person or by calling the center at 972-769-4404. For more information, see page 55 of the Plano Recreation catalog.

CAMP S.T.A.R.

This day camp for ages 5-12 offers arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games and other fun activities. Three- and four-day sessions with daily drop-in rates also available. Check the website for more holiday camps offered by Allen Parks and Recreation.

Dec. 26-28, Dec. 31-Jan. 4 (no camp on Jan. 1) from 7:30 a.m. (8 a.m. on Dec. 26) to 5:30 p.m. at Joe Farmer Recreation Center, 1201 E. Bethany Drive, Allen. $65-$85 per session. For more information, see page 32 of the city's Fall 2018 Activity Guide.

CODING CAMP

Three-day coding camps are available for students in kindergarten through grade 12 who like to code, or would like to learn. Campers design their own experiences by selecting from a variety of themed camps. Choose from morning, afternoon or full-day sessions. Early and late drop-off is offered.

Nov. 19-21, Jan 2-4 from 9 a.m. to noon and/or 1 to 4 p.m. at the University of Texas at Dallas, 800 Campbell Road, Richardson. $75-$150 per three-day session ($25 increase after Nov. 12). utdallas.edu/k12

DALLAS COWBOYS FOOTBALL ACADEMY HOLIDAY CAMP

One-day skills and drills camps with Cowboys staff are open to athletes of all skill levels in grades two through eight.

Dec. 27 at AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington
Dec. 30 at the Ford Center at the Star, 1 Cowboys Way, Frisco.
Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $125. dallascowboys.com/fans/Youth-Academies

Jerald Harper competes against Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes in a game of knockout during the Mavs Basketball Academy Hoop Camp.

DALLAS MAVERICKS HOLIDAY HOOP CAMP

Mavs Camp coaches lead basketball skills camps for ages 7-18. Players can learn the fundamentals of the game in fun sessions held in Allen, Carrollton and Dallas.

Dec. 27-29 at Life Time Fitness, 971 State Highway 121, Allen
Jan. 2-4 at Mavs Practice Facility, 1530 Inspiration Drive, Dallas
Jan. 2-4 at Prestonwood Sports and Fitness Center, 6805 W. Park Blvd., Carrollton
Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150 (price increases after Nov. 30). mavs.com/community/basketballacademy/hoopcamp

DALLAS ZOO WILD ADVENTURE CAMPS

Zoo tours, playtime, arts and crafts, and animal experiences are offered in themed, single-day camps for ages 3 through grade five. Early and late drop-off is available.

Nov. 19-21, Dec. 26-28, Dec. 31-Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dallas Zoo, 6500 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas. $45 per day. dallaszoo.com

DCC DANCE ACADEMY YOUTH CAMP

Dancers ages 6-16 can participate in one-day camps with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in Arlington and Frisco.

Dec. 27 at AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington
Dec. 30 at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, 1 Cowboys Way, Frisco
Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $125. dallascowboys.com/fans/Youth-Academies

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Designed for beginners ages 9-13, this three-day session includes picture-taking and lessons in the use of light, lenses and digital editing. Participants must take digital cameras.

Nov. 19-21, Jan. 2-4 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, 5801 W. Parker Road, Plano. $109 per three-day session. Register in person or by calling the center at 972-769-4404. For more information, see page 55 of the Plano Recreation catalog.

FILMMAKING CAMP

Kids 9-13 can learn the basics of filmmaking and create a group project that will be screened for parents on the last day of class. All materials and equipment are supplied.

Nov. 19-21, Jan. 2-4 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, 5801 W. Parker Road, Plano. $109 per three-day session. Register in person or by calling the center at 972-769-4404. For more information, see page 55 of the Plano Recreation catalog.

Fourth graders are excited to see the hippopotamus swimming in their new tank as part of the African Savanna exhibit at the Fort Worth Zoo.

FORT WORTH WINTER ZOO CAMP

Children in grades one through five will explore wildlife in the zoo and in the classroom. Early and late drop-off is offered.

Dec. 27-28, Jan. 2-4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth. $85 per day or $285 for all five days. fortworthzoo.org/winter-zoo-camp

J's WINTER ART CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS

Three-day art camps are offered for specific age groups: Candy Cottage for ages 5 and older; Sew a Sock Monkey for ages 9 and older; and Teen Portfolio Workshop for ages 12 and older. Supplies included.

Jan. 2-4 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at J's Art Studio, 17630 Davenport Road, Dallas. $100 for three-day session. jsartstudio.com

MAKER CAMPS

Tech-minded kids in grades five through eight who love to tinker, invent, disassemble and create can enroll in one-day themed camps: Robotics Playground (Nov. 19), Electronic Inventions (Nov. 20) and Imagine, Code, and Build With Arduino ( Nov 21).

Nov. 19-21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco. $85 per day. mindstretchingfun.org

PEROT MUSEUM DISCOVERY CAMPS

Gross Science - Kids in kindergarten through fourth grade will get a giggle exploring natural occurrences such as smelly feet, burps and boogers. The three-day camp offers early and late drop-off. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $216.

Ooey Gooey Chemistry - Pre-K tots can play with slime and take part in other messy and fun experiments in three-day morning or afternoon camps. They run from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. $150.

Nov. 19-21 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 Field St., Dallas. perotmuseum.org

S.T.E.M. CAMPS

Kids in grades one through four will experiment in the lab in one-day themed camps: Space Lab (Nov. 19), Junior Mythbusters (Nov. 20) and Mad Scientist Chemistry Lab (Nov 21).

Nov. 19-21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco. $85 per day. mindstretchingfun.org

TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS WINTER CAMPS

Earth Explorer day camps for children in kindergarten through fourth grade explore bugs, wildlife and the Texas winter. Three-day sessions, with early and late drop-off available.

Dec. 26-28, Jan. 2-4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. $140 per session. txdg.org/camps

WINTER BREAK FIT AND FUN CAMPS

Each day is different at fun fitness camps for children 5-13. Campers, divided by age, take part in sports play, inventive games, relay races and more.

Dec. 17-19, 27-28 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cooper Fitness Center, 12100 Preston Road, Dallas. $100-$150. cooperaerobics.com

WOGA WINTER CAMP

Full- and half-day camps at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy locations in Frisco and Plano are available for boys and girls 3 and older. Supervised by safety-certified coaches, activities may include tumbling, trampoline, games and time for arts and crafts.

Dec. 17-21, Dec. 27-29 from 9 a.m. to noon at WOGA, 5936 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco; $40 per day.
Dec. 27-28, Jan. 2-4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at WOGA, 1937 W. Parker Road, Plano; $50 per day. woga.net/winter-camp

YMCA HOLIDAY CAMPS

Select YMCA locations offer traditional day camp activities for children 5-12. Campers should take nut-free breakfasts and lunches.

Camps run from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. $25-$30 per day. ymcadallas.org/holidaycamp.
Coppell: Nov. 19-21, Dec. 27-28, Jan. 2-4 at Lakeside Elementary, 1100 Village Parkway.
Dallas: Nov. 19-20, Dec. 20-21, Dec. 27-28, Jan. 2-4, Jan. 7 at T. Boone Pickens Family YMCA, 601 N. Akard.
Little Elm: Nov. 19-21, Dec. 26-28, Jan 2-4, Jan. 7 at Robertson Elementary, 2501 Woodlake Parkway.
McKinney: Nov. 19-21, Dec. 26-28, Jan 2-4, Jan. 7 at Comstock Elementary, 7152 Silverado Trail.

Check out our Holidays in D-FW hub for more holiday fun.

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