Winter Break Camps and Activities Throughout Thurston County

ywca winter summit
Girls from across Thurston County come together January 2 to further their exploration of science and the arts.


By Alyssa Ramsfield

capital medical centerAs the schools of Thurston County let out for Winter Break, parents and students are trying to find ways to enjoy every minute of it. These upcoming weeks are the perfect time for kids to enjoy activities across our area.  Here are a few ideas.

2nd Annual Girls Winter Summit at YWCA

Attention Thurston County girls ages 10-14 – this year’s free YWCA Winter Summit has a fun-filled day planned for January 2. Workshops will focus on this year’s theme: “S.T.E.M., Social Justice, and Art.” Some of these happenings include Gardening with GRuB, Self-Defense, Theater, Salmon Dissection, and Anatomy. Lunch and snacks are provided for this all day event and takes place at South Puget Sound Community College.

ywca winter summit
Girls from across Thurston County come together January 2 to further their exploration of science and the arts.

Lacey Parks and Recreation

From ski trips to visits with Santa, Lacey Parks and Recreation has a wide variety of activities for any age during Winter Break. The Snowball Express Winter Break Day Camp includes events like ice skating, swimming, skating, and movie days to keep children occupied and having fun. Space is limited for all of the break events so be sure to check out their site for an updated list of available spots for these entertaining events.

Olympia Parks and Recreation

Every day of Winter Break is packed full of adventure with Olympia Parks and Recreation. These day camps offer supervision for age groups of children 6-9 years old and 9-12 years old. Activities include swimming, rock climbing, tubing, sledding, snow shoeing, skating, and more. Registration is available online or over the phone at (360) 753-8380.

hands on childrens museum
Students engage with interactive materials, creating their own play at the Hands On Children’s Museum. Here two boys created a “maze” using magnet rods and balls.

Hands On Children’s Museum

Half-day camps will be available throughout Winter Break at the Hands On Children’s Museum. Museum members get a discount on the camps which are either one day or two days in length. There are age groups of 3-Kindergarten and first through fourth grade. Expect a variety of science labs, crafts, painting and more. For online registration visit the HOCM website or call (360) 956-0818 ext. 103.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County

All of the Thurston County Boys and Girls Clubs are offering day camps during Winter Break. A breakfast and afternoon snack are provided each day. Children of all ages will be able create and play together during the day with organized activities provided. For more information and registration information visit the website for Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, or Rochester branches.

Black Hills Gymnastics Winter Break Camp

Tumble through Winter Break with the day camps offered at Black Hills Gymnastics. Children ages 6-12 are welcome to sign up for a full day of gymnastics. There is also a half day camp available for preschool aged children.

For even more to do over Winter Break, check out our events calendar featuring activities across Thurston County.


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