11+1 Fun Ideas To Do with Your Kids This Winter Break

With the weather in the Permian Basin hovering at freezing this week, we thought we’d share a few ideas to help enjoy your winter break with your kiddos – even if you’re inside most of the week!

#1 Get Outside
Enjoy some frigid temperatures by going for a walk. Bundle up, try out those new jackets, scarves, and beanies.
Check out the barren trees, search for wildlife, and see who can keep themselves warm running, skipping, and hopping down the street.
Rosy, cold cheeks can be warmed up with hot cocoa and a fire when you return home.

#2 Play a Board Game
Our family got Prime Climb for Christmas and we’ve been having fun testing our math skills. This game is for kids age 10+ but with a little help and a math facts chart included even younger kids can hone their math facts. The goal is to move from 0 to 101 by rolling two die and adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing your way there. There are many variations of the game – and practicing winning graciously and losing with good sportsmanship is an important skill too!

#3 Build
There are so many classic building toys and ideas out there it’s hard to choose just one. Kids can build with Legos, Keva planks, traditional wooden blocks, and everyday items such as plastic cups, marshmallows and toothpicks, and more.

#4 Snuggle Up and Read
Did you know the longest individual thumb nail is over 6 feet long (curled up!) Gross. But it’s true. We read it in the 2019 Guinness Book of World Records. Also, did you know there have been fewer than 30 coyote attacks in the US since the 1800s? I didn’t either. Good thing we can read all about wilderness survival. Ha. There are so many great books it’s fun to read a page or a chapter aloud (and better while sitting by a fire with hot cocoa.) If you have kids age Preschool – 4th grade I highly recommend the new book series, Zoey and Sassafrass.

# 5 – See a Movie
Whether you watch a movie at home or visit a local theater it’s always fun to have a movie night (or day) with popcorn and drinks. Who has already seen Mary Poppins, Ralph Breaks the Internet, or Superman? You can check them out at Cinergy or Regal Theater. Don’t forget to check out Cinergy’s two options for New Year’s Eve Bash events.

#6 – Go Bowling
Taking the kids bowling at Bowlero is always a fun experience! Who would normally be willing to pay to rent used shoes anyway? Ha. Now decide if you want to add bumpers or not and try not to wince too hard when your kid drops the ball too hard down the lane. Eeeks. Speaking of dropping the ball, Bowlero is hosting a day and evening New Year’s Eve party . Check it out.

#7 – Visit the Library or the Bookstore
We have such a fantastic library with a great space for kids of all ages. The cold weather always makes us feel cozy and want to cuddle up with a blanket and a book. Our library has a great story time area for little ones and a nice space for teens too.
On Saturday, January 5th at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Midland join the crew with Emily Elizabeth as they read Clifford the Big Red Dog for Story Time and get a coupon for the Cafe for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4

#8 – Visit and Play at Museum of the Southwest
Free Admission offered from 2-5pm on Sunday, December 30th.
The Children’s Museum has MOVED, but activities can still be found in the Blakemore Planetarium next door. Closed Mondays, but open Tuesdays-Saturdays, free on Sunday afternoons.

#9 Exercise!
We’re not talking about New Year’s resolution type exercise, we’re talking about fun on the floor with kids stretching and doing some classic sits up and pushups… push yourself and your kids to see who can do them the right way. Maybe add a little weights, fun music, (we like Kids Bob Kids Radio on Pandora), and elastic bands. Practice forward and backwards rolls. Some kids enjoy yoga and may enjoy a silly Squish the Fish video (no Baby Shark music I promise. Ha.) For even more indoor exercise and fun check out GoNoodle.com If your kids love yoga consider signing them up at the local studio, Midland Yoga Works.

#10 – Bake or Cook
Perhaps your child got a new apron or chef’s hat for Christmas? Maybe you’ve been wanting to teach your preteen or teen your family’s favorite recipe. We love to bake banana bread and cook spaghetti. These are easy recipes for kids to help with. Enjoy making memories with your kids and encouraging great habits of cooking at home with your family. Put your feet up, sit back, enjoy a cookie or yummy treat.

#11 – Create an Art Masterpiece
Take a little time to relax and drop off the kids at our local Kids Art Studio, Kidd’s Canvas for a winter camp full of fun! They have 1 day and 3 day registration options from 10am-2pm. For a session of painting pottery check out The Pottery and select your favorite piece.
If you’d rather create art at home we recommend Deep Space Sparkle where you can buy individual art lessons and find many for free! For more How-To-Draw lessons most kids love Art Hub for Kids.

# +1 Bonus
Kids Choice – Let your kids invite their friends over to play games like hide and seek, tag, football, build forts, play Nerf gun battle, run around outside, ride a scooter or bike on the driveway, and more! Test out new roller blades or skates at KC Nutty Roller for the New Year’s Eve Party from 7pm-1am. Also open January 3, 4, and 5th.

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December Holiday Calendar for Kids and Families

November 16 – December 15
Elf the Musical at Midland Community Theater
This hilarious new musical is the tale of Buddy, a young orphan who crawled into Santa’s bag and made his way to the North Pole. He grows up unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making skills force him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy travels to New York City to find his birth parents and learn his true identity. Based on the beloved holiday film, this musical is sure to make you laugh and warm your heart!

November 17 
Pictures with Santa at Fiddlesticks Farms
Come to the farm to have your photo taken with Santa Claus! Santa is making a special visit to Fiddlesticks Farms! You will be required to pay at admissions to enter Fiddlesticks ($16.49+ tax for ages 4+, 3-free), and Pictures with Santa are $10 (per photo). You will receive a digital download of photo with print release.

December 1
Parade of Lights in Downtown Odessa
Parade of Lights Logo

December 1

Christmas Tree Lighting 

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The public is invited to attend the City of Midland’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade,  held the first two weekends in December.

The Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at the Wadley Baron Duck Pond, 1001 N. “A” Street, on December 1, 2018. Festivities begin at 5:45 PM.

Parrish Photography Christmas Pajama Sessions

December 1 
Christmas Pajama Photos

Christmas Jammie photos… Bring your kids in their favorite Christmas PJs and come for a session to make holidays memories.



December 1
Pictures with Santa
Every little one needs their picture taken with Santa, schedule your mini session December 1st for a 15 minute session with your kiddos and Santa or your family and Santa.

December 1-2 
Nativity Festival
The Midland Nativity Festival – For Unto Us A Child Is Born – will be held on December 1-2, 2018. This year the festival will emphasize music which celebrates the birth and life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Members of the Midland and Odessa Area communities, churches and schools are invited to attend and also to celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ through music, art, and the spoken word.

December 1-14
Very Merry Midland
This year’s theme is Toyland and will be the greatest family-friendly event of the holiday season right here in downtown Midland! Ice skating, giant inflatable snow globe, train ride to the north pole, and games and toys for good girls and boys.

December 8
The Christmas Parade will be held on December 8, 2018 at 6:30 PM. The theme this year is Christmas in Boomtown. The parade route will follow A Street from Ventura Avenue near Windlands Park and conclude near Midland High School. Road closures along A Street will begin at 4:00 PM; drivers are advised to use an alternate route.

December 8
Toddler Time Paint Class – Little Christmas Tree
Looking for a fun, creative time for your child? Sign them up to come paint this awesome painting with us. Our fun instructor will guide your mini-picasso step-by-step in creating their masterpiece and help when needed! They will begin to learn brush techniques, and how to use a variety of art materials in our fun and encouraging painting environment. Colors options will be availabe so that your little one can personalize their painting. Our only goal is for your child to leave with paintings that they had a fun time creating!

December 9
Grasslands Carriage Ride to See the Lights
Can you think of a better way to look at Christmas lights than to ride in a horse drawn carriage?

We will gather in the Midland Lowe’s parking lot.
You should contact Vicky at 432-530-0970 to make your reservation.
Adults $30 Children 12 and under $10

December 22,23
Nutcracker – 25th Anniversary Performance


Special Note and Disclaimer

*We do our best to keep this up-to-date as a resource to our community. No guarantees and all dates, information, and pricing is subject to change without notice.  Please check with venue and event host for updated information.



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