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

The holidays are happening, soon, and that means children will be out of school for a total of about three weeks during Thanksgiving and winter break. If you want to schedule some engaging activities to keep the kids occupied, entertained and off the couch, this is the time to start. Here's a selection of winter camps and classes in sports, crafts, coding and more for toddlers through teens.


Get crafty over the holidays at the Oil and Cotton art studio. Children will work with local artists on a variety of holiday-themed handcraft and studio arts projects including drawing, painting, paper arts, fiber and more. Choose a morning or afternoon session, or combine two sessions for a full day. Two-day toddler and pre-K camps are also available. Supplies are provided.

Nov. 20-22, Dec. 22 and 26-29, Jan. 2-5. $45 per class, $35-$55 for two-day camps. Oil and Cotton, 817 W. Davis, Dallas. 214-942-0474.


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

Dec. 27-29 and Jan. 2-5 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $70-$90 per session. Joe Farmer Recreation Center, 1201 E. Bethany Drive, Allen. 214-509-4750.


The University of Texas at Dallas offers three- and four-day coding camps 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 camps including Coding With Drones, Playing With Robots, Animation and Games using Alice, MIT Scratch, JavaScript and more. Half- and full-day options are offered along with early and late drop-off. Camps are held on the UTD campus and offsite at Best In Class locations in McKinney and Allen.

Nov. 20-22 (UTD and Allen), Dec. 18-21 (UTD and McKinney) and Dec. 26-29 (Allen) from 9 a.m.-noon, 1 to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75- $200 per session. UTD campus, 800 Campbell Road, Richardson; and Best In Class Education Center, 2023 W. McDermott, Allen, and 1800 S. Independence Parkway, McKinney.

Gambill Whitsitt, 3, gets a good look at Adhamaat the Dallas Zoo's hippo exhibit.


Themed single-day camps offer zoo tours, playtime, arts and crafts, and animal experiences for ages 3 through grade 5. Early and late drop-off available.

Nov. 20-22, Dec. 27-29 and Jan 2-5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $45 per day. Dallas Zoo, 6500 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas.


Kids 5-13 will create holiday-themed paintings under the guidance of a professional artist from Robert Garden School of Art. Each student should wear an old t-shirt and take a roll of paper towels.

Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 18-21 from 9 to 11:45 a.m. $45 (November session), $60 (December session). Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco.


Each day is different at Cooper Fitness Center's three-day camps for children 5-13. Activities include a variety of sports play, inventive games, relay races and more.

Dec. 18-20 and 27-29 from 1 to 5 p.m. $150 for each three-day camp. Cooper Fitness Center, 12100 Preston Road, Dallas. 972-233-4832.


Superhero Science Camp explores the science behind kids' favorite superheroes. The three-day camp in November is designed for children pre-K through grade 4. Lego Engineering, a five-day camp, is offered in December for pre-K through grade 6. The camp delves into the world of machines, mechanics and robotics with age-appropriate and fun learning activities. Early and late drop-off available for both camps.

Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 26-30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (half-day options are available for pre-K). $150-$288. Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 Field St., Dallas.

Dallas Wings star Skylar Diggins leads her basketball camp "Shoot 4 The Sky" at the Plano Sports Authority in April 2017..


Plano Sports Authority locations in Plano, Murphy and McKinney hold a number of camps in basketball, volleyball, soccer, dance, martial arts and special interests for ages 5-14. Want a little bit of everything? The FlexiPass, $30-$45 per day, allows campers to design their own half- or full-day schedules. Early and late drop-off available.

Dec. 19-30; days and times vary by camp. $30-$185. 6500 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano; 7205 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney; 330 N. Murphy Road, Murphy.


Earth Explorer day camps for children in kindergarten through grade 4 meet in December and January to explore bugs, wildlife and the Texas winter. Each camp meets for three days. Early and late drop-off available.

Dec. 27-29 and Jan. 3-5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $140. Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dallas.


Players can work on their skills at two Major League Baseball holiday clinics. Thanksgiving Break Hitting Clinic is designed for ages 8-16. Winter Break Clinic is for ages 7-12. Campers must take their own equipment.

Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. $90 for each clinic. Texas Rangers Youth Ballpark on the north Side of Globe Life Park, Arlington.


Full- and half-day camps at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy locations in Frisco and Plano are available for boys and girls 3 and older. Single-day camps offer gymnastics, tumbling, trampoline, games, arts and crafts, and other activities supervised by safety-certified coaches. Full-day campers should take their lunch. Drink and snack are provided.

From 9 a.m. to noon (ages 3 and older) or 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (ages 4 and older). $35-$45 per day.
Frisco: Dec. 18-22 and 27-29, Jan. 2. WOGA, 5936 Nancy Jane Lane. 972-712-9642.
Plano: Dec. 21-22 and 26-29, Jan. 2-3. WOGA, 1937 W. Parker. 972-985-9292.


Select YMCA locations offer traditional day camp activities for children 5-12. Preregistration and payment are required for these limited-size camps. Children should take peanut-free snacks and lunches.

$25-$30 per day.
Dallas: Nov. 20-21; Dec. 22 and 26-29; and Jan. 2-5 at T. Boone Pickens Family YMCA, 601 N. Akard.
Frisco: Nov. 20-22; Dec. 18-21 a nd 27-29 at Fisher Elementary School, 2500 Old Orchard Road.
Coppell: Nov. 20-22; Dec. 18-22 and 27-29; Jan. 2. Lakeside Elementary, 1100 Village Parkway.

Jackson Cummings and Lex Webber make artistic items during a collage workshop at Oil and Cotton.

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