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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring break adventure awaits

Riversport Ropes Course

If you are looking for an action-packed way to spend your spring break, we’ve got you covered. From the thrilling adventures in the Boathouse District to the electrifying experiments at Science Museum Oklahoma, there’s no better place to beat the spring break boredom blues than OKC.

Students in grades 2-9 can have a blast during the Spring Break Ultimate Adventure Camps at OKC’s Boathouse District. They will have an opportunity to navigate roaring rapids at RIVERSPORT Rapids (opening March 11), conquer their fear of heights on the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world, speed down a 72-foot Sky Slide, free fall 80-feet on the Rumble Drop and zip line across the Oklahoma River. Sounds like a thrill-seeker’s paradise to us.

Other family-friendly ways to spend your spring break include exploring the Oklahoma City Zoo, discovering the Jurassic world that existed right here in Oklahoma at Science Museum Oklahoma or getting hands-on history during the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s drop-in activities. OKC MOA’s spring break camps include a variety of activities from sculpture to drawings and paintings. Myriad Botanical Gardens offers a different themed adventure each day during spring break.

museums, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, spring break, western heritage, zoo, Adventure District, arts and culture, Boathouse District, camps
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Spring break camps cater to many interests and help with child care

If you have to work or want to stay closer to Oklahoma City, sign up your child for one of the area’s many spring break programs. Here are a few ideas, both for dropping off or participating with your children:

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo offers spring break day camps for children ages 4 to 11. You can go all week or select full days or half days (cost is $45 per day from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and $25 per day for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Kids will make tasty treats and deliver them each day to the animals, and the zoo will offer other ways to connect them with nature.
  • Sign your child up for Spring Break Science Camp at Science Museum Oklahoma, located in the Adventure District next to the zoo. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, elementary school kids will make things that fly; get dirty with chemistry, bugs and slime; play with water and more on different adventures each day. Cost for the week is $225 for members and $250 for nonmembers, but spots fill up quickly and as of this post, first through third grade slots are already full. But check out other activities at the museum as well.
  • The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63, is offering spring break activities that include weaving, metalworking, water color and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14-18. It is free with museum admission.
  • The Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City is offering Spring Break Pop-Ins from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 8 through 17. They’ll feature walk-up activities that include garden crafts, planting seeds or going on a scavenger hunt. Cost is a suggested $2 donation per child.
  • Oklahoma Contemporary is offering Spring Arts Camps over two sessions, March 7-11 and March 14-18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Tuition is $170 and $40 more if your child needs an extended time there. Depending on the age and session they choose, students will create sci-fi videos, create art projects based on a space theme, explore art and music, work with clay and more.
  • The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is offering spring break arts camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15-18 (Tuesday through Friday). Some are sold out, but children ages 6- to 8 can work with color and abstraction, while 9- to 12-year-olds will be photographing downtown.
  • The Lyric Theatre Thelma Gaylord Academy is offering Spring Break Theatre Camps from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 to 18 for the second through eighth grades. Cost is $225.
  • In the Boathouse District, kids ages 8 to 15 can take part in its Spring Break Adventure Camps either at the Oklahoma River or at Lake Overholser. A half-day option is offered at the Oklahoma River, but full days are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Two of the city’s parks, Martin Park Nature Center and Will Rogers Gardens are offering a Natural Resources Camp on weekdays from March 7 to 18 for children ages 7 to 12. Cost is $275 for both sessions and $175 for a one-week session. Camp will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The first week will be at Will Rogers Gardens, 3400 NW 36; the second at Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W Memorial Road.
  • Finally, look into the OKC Thunder Youth Basketball Camps, which is offering basketball workshops in different locations.

If you have a favorite local hangout for you and your children, check its website for spring break activities. Oklahoma City Public Schools are out for two weeks March 9-18, so some places offer two weeks of programs. Also, the local Metro Family Magazine has an even more comprehensive list of things to do throughout the metro. You can find all kinds of things to do each month at www.visitokc.com.

Thunder, Adventure District, western heritage, arts and culture, zoo, basketball, Boathouse District, camps, downtown, kids, museums, spring break, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sign up for a Spring Break camp

If you have to work over Spring Break, you’ll find all kinds of ways to let your children pursue their interests during that week, whether they are artists, adventurers, chefs, scientists or something else. Here is a sampling:

For more, check out the resource at Metro Family Magazine.

camps, kids, spring break
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Make Your Breaks

Ahh, Christmastime. Snow, lights, Santa, candy canes, carols, and fudge. Mmm, fudge... Sorry. We just really like fudge. Anyway, for you parents out there, all this merriment can mean maybe just a little too much time with your little snow angels now that they’re out of school for a while. But before you go taking numerous nips from the nog in an attempt to deal, check out some of the winter break options to keep those kiddos from being cooped up in the house too much over the holidays.

  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp – fundamentals and fun for all skill levels. December 29 & 30, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., ages 5-16. An alternative to playing ball in the house!
  • Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center – camps include instruction in different mediums / skills depending on age (5-8 or 9-12). December 18-19 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Let ‘em create art here instead of their bedroom walls.
  • OKC Zoo Safari Day Camps – ages 4-12 can hit the zoo December 30, 31 and January 19. Kids will connect with animals and nature instead of your last nerve. Advance registration and payment required.
  • Holiday Magic Drama Camp at NW Optimist Park – campers sing, dance and learn some classic holiday numbers culminating in a family performance. December 22-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 405-297-1437 for more info ($50 per camper). Now they can be dramatic about something other than that present they won’t shut up about.
  • Soccer City Winter Break Camp – let your kids get their kicks by taking out their frustrations on a soccer ball instead of the furniture and/or their siblings. Ages 4-15 are welcome and will be divided among age, ability and flopping potential (kidding!). December 22-24 and 29-31.
  • Santa’s Adventures at RIVERSPORT – not really a camp per se, but the Rudolph Launch, Candy Cane Rock Wall, Snow Bounce and more are open for riverside fun from 1 – 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through January 4th. Note that this includes the SandRidge Santa Zip, where you drop a wrapped package into a chimney target as you fly down the zip line. Picture that for a second, and just try to tell us it doesn’t sound AWESOME.

What camps are we missing in our list? Let us know in the comments and we’ll get it added!

soccer, theater, zoo, arts and culture, basketball, camps, kids, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Spring Breakers

Have memories from recent snow days left you dreading the two-week terror known (to parents) as Spring Break? Never fear, spring break camps are here!

It is not too early to think about how you can occupy your little tike’s time (and save your sanity) this March. Whether your darling is interested in sports, science or the arts, one of Oklahoma City’s organizations is prepared to show your kids a good, educational time—no matter their age!

Tikes (Ages 4-7)

  • LEGO Robotics Basic, TechJOYnt | March 10-13 | Enroll.
  • Knights and Princesses, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 10-14 | Enroll.
  • Fit & Fun Camp, INTEGRIS Baptist | March 10-14 and 17-21 | Contact camp coordinator.
  • Spring Break Art Camp, Oklahoma City Museum of Art | March 11-14 and 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Spring into Nature, Oklahoma Contemporary| March 17-21 | Enroll.
  • Day Camps, Oklahoma City Zoo | daily from March 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp, Thunder Community Events Center | March 19-21 | Enroll.

 

Tweens (Ages 8-12)

  • Flying High!, Oklahoma Contemporary| March 10-14 | Enroll.
  • Webster Abstraction, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 10-14 | Enroll.
  • Spring Adventure Camp, Boathouse District | March 10-14 and 17-21 | 552-4040.
  • Fit & Fun Camp, INTEGRIS Baptist | March 10-14 and 17-21 | Contact camp coordinator.
  • Stop Motion Animation Camp, Oklahoma City Museum of Art | March 11-14 | Enroll.
  • Soccer Spring Break Camp, Soccer City | March 17-20 | 748-3888.
  • Rock Climbing Spring Break Camp, Rocktown Climbing Gym | March 17-20 | 319-1400.
  • Primitive Masks and Totems, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 17-21 | Enroll.
  • Elemental Hip Hop, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 17-21 | Enroll.
  • Day Camps, Oklahoma City Zoo | daily from March 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Beautiful Black and Whites Art Camp, Oklahoma City Museum of Art | March 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp, Thunder Community Events Center | March 19-21 | Enroll.

 

Teens (Ages 13+)

  • Spring Adventure Camp, Boathouse District | March 10-14 and 17-21 | 552-4040.
  • Soccer Spring Break Camp, Soccer City | March 17-20 | 748-3888.
  • Rock Climbing Spring Break Camp, Rocktown Climbing Gym | March 17-20 | 319-1400.
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp, Thunder Community Events Center | March 19-21 | Enroll.

[Photos courtesy of techJOYnt, Oklahoma Contemporary]

arts and culture, camps, kids, museums, spring break
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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