Educational Opportunities During the Holiday Break

Most schools give students two weeks off for winter break so families can enjoy some much-needed time together. If you’re looking to avoid cabin fever or want to keep young minds curious and learning, there are a number of winter camps and events to enjoy. Here’s a roundup of some of our top picks for educational opportunities and outings to enjoy over the holidays. 

Winter Break Camps

The DoSeum

The DoSeum will host holiday camps on January 2 & 3, for children ages 3 – 11 years old. Kids will explore STEM and art concepts, learn to innovate, create, and solve problems—all while having fun. Find out more about DoSeum holiday camps here.

San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo runs winter break camps from December 30 – January 3 for kids in Kinder through 6th grade. All camps include up-close animal encounters, zoo tours, fun activities, and outdoor games, set in a nature-based play environment. Learn more about winter break zoo camps here. The zoo is also open on Christmas day if you’re eager to get outdoors with the kiddos after the flurry of gift opening. 

The Witte

The Witte Museum hosts its winter camp December 30 – January 3 for kids ages 6 – 12. Campers will explore the Witte’s newest exhibition, Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids, while uncovering the origins of some of the world’s greatest folklore. Find more winter camp info here

Family Outings

San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology

Every Saturday is family day at SAMSAT. Make a visit between 10AM – 5PM and learn who Nikola Tesla was, how a Tesla coil works, and why the Tesla coil sends energy through the air that turns on the lights. They’ll even fire up the coil for you. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Learn more about the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology here

Science Mill in Johnson City

The Johnson City Science Mill is just a short drive out of town, with a host of learning opportunities throughout their exhibits. In addition to their regular interactive exhibits, they’ll be hosting 3 days of creative making opportunities December 26 – 28. They’ll be making music with a techy twist. Compose electronic tunes with coding and circuitry activities, and build your own recycled instrument to take home. Learn more on the Science Mill website

San Antonio Public Library

In addition to their regular children’s story times, there are a number of holiday-themed activities, movies, and other fun opportunities to learn at various public library locations. Find a full list of their events on the library’s calendar page. Learn more about children’s story times in and around the downtown area in our previous post here

The McNay Art Museum

On Sunday, December 29, the McNay is hosting a family-friendly Parisian double feature of Ratatouille and The Tale of Despereaux. Children under 12 are free, and adults and children alike can enjoy exploring the museum before and after the showing. Find the details here.

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Amy Johnson