5 Fun Ways Parents and Kids Can Enjoy (17-Day!) Winter Break

Picture of a snowman.



Fairfax County Public Schools are closed Dec. 19 through Jan. 2 – that’s two weeks and one day of kids home from school.

Yay! Yay?

The good news is that working parents and bored kids have several options that help make winter break fun.


1. Park Authority Day Camps

The Park Authority has several fun winter break day camps that parents are actually going to wish they could attend.

For example, the JediMaster Engineering Camp for 6 to 11 year-olds is an advanced engineering course for young Jedi. Kids will discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics and eccentric motion. They’ll build LEGO X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, pod racers, star destroyers, cloud cities and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away.

There are a lot more camps to choose from, but space is limited.

Register for Winter Break Day Camps


2. SACC Winter Program

School Age Child Care (SACC)  provides fun, safe and educational care for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. The Winter Program, “Tangled Up Time” is offered at 23 sites throughout the county. To enroll your child at a location near your home or office, call SACC Registration at 703-449-8989, TTY 711 between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, except holidays.

3. Events at Your Library

Take a look at some of the activities taking place at your local library branch, including:

  • Read aloud to a friendly, trained therapy dog at Paws to Read, Tales to Tails and Read to the Dog programs
  • Winter reading clubs
  • A family dance party
  • Chess clubs

Register for Library Events


4. ReCQuest for Grades 1-6

ReCQuest provides parents of students in grades 1 through 6 with an affordable recreation program during winter break that incudes team sports, games, arts and crafts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming, service projects and field trips.

Register for ReCQuest


5. Fun for Teens, Too!

Photo of teens playing basketball.

Teens ages 12 to 18 can enjoy sports, games, crafts and other fun activities at several teen and community centers throughout the county. Teens In Action programming runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Participants are welcome to remain at the center until closing (9 p.m.) for supervised self-guided activities.

Register for Teens in Action


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