Five Ways to Beat Winter Break Boredom


Schools out and while it may be cold outside, kids can warm up and have fun with these winter break camps and activies happening now through January 1.

12 Days of Science

Dec. 21-Jan. 1 at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore. Take a Talk a walk down Sweet Street—a giant, Maryland-themed gingerbread village or check out the planetarium with Starlight Gingerbread Night—something new will be happening every day. Check out the drop in workshops, live demonstrations and hands-on building that will be taking place throughout the Science Center while at-home activities take over the website and social media.

Beginning Dec. 21, the 12 Days of Science will feature a different theme every day through Jan. 1. Participate in drop-in workshops, live demonstrations and hands-on building throughout the Science Center. Activities for those at home will also be available on the Science Center website and social media. Free with admission, $19.95–$25.95.

ArtFarm Annapolis Winter Break Workshops

Let the creativity flow at ArtFarm Annapolis as kids make projects under the direction of local artists. Each session is from 10 a.m. to noon. Preregistration required. Sessions are $40 each or $150 for all four. 

Dec. 26 – Printmaking – Mandalas: Students learn how to use foam shapes to make a beautiful mandala design and then make prints of our design using printmaking ink and techniques.

Dec. 27– Matisse Mixed Media Project with Amy Hood: Learn about a great artist, Henri Matisse and create a mixed media piece in the style of his cut paper collages. Use alternative painting processes to create paper that will then be cut up to create an art paper collage.

Dec. 30 – Dreamcatchers with Susan Mayberry: Use a variety of fun materials to weave, knot, embellish, and twist around a wooden hoop to create a dreamcatcher to venture into the new year with new dreams and creations.

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Masks with Susan Mayberry: Get ready to celebrate the end of a decade and make a mask! Fun materials will be on hand to make a custom and festive mask.

Winter Break: Pajama Party Palooza

Dec. 21– Jan. 1 at Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore. Play with friendly monsters from under the bed, help create jammies for larger than life animal friends, race in pillow cases and skate in socks, and make and munch on “midnight” snacks as you watch a movie with new found friends. This is not your typical PJ party – it’s an over the top week filled with over-sized games, exciting activities, and family fun! Go sock skating, make a new bedtime buddy pillow, build a pillow fort, or boogie along to the DJ Jampire Dance Party! Free with admission. $17.95 per person. 

Pongo’s Learning Lab School’s Out Mini-Camps

At Pongro’s Crofton based camp kids will spend 90 minutes in the morning and 90 minutes in the afternoon participating in activities from one of the following, 3D/VR/AR Club, Arts & Crafts Club, Builders Club, Coder Kids Club, Drone Club, Gamer Club, Robotics Club, STEAM Club, Young Inventors Club, or YouTube Stars & Animators Club. Screen time is limited to 3 hours, so there is also plenty of table-top game fun and socializing included in the day. $35 to $70 per person per day. Camp is offered December 23, 26, 27 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Preregistration required.

Winter Break Camps at Irvine Nature Center

Drop your child off for a day of exploration and outdoor fun! Your child will meet animal friends, perform science experiments, create nature crafts, and more. Children ages 5-10 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2019) welcome. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., $75 per day for members, $85 for non-members. Aftercare available for an additional fee. Preregistration required.

Schedule as follows:

Dec. 23 – Weird Science: Slimy, gooey, and gross? We love it! A day of hands-on science projects designed with kids in mind.

Dec. 26 – Creative Creatures: Animals and art? It’s a winning combination! Kids meet Irvine’s Animal Ambassadors and draw what they see.

Dec. 27 – What’s Cooking? It’s easy to create delicious treats — all you need is a campfire! Kids make tasty snacks with the help of Irvine’s educators.

Dec. 30 – Who’s in the Forest? The winter forest is quiet — where are all the animals? Kids learn about the animals in the forest and how they spend their winter.

For more winter break fun don’t forget to check our full Calendar of Events!