#TopPicks: Winter Break 2017 Outings

The holidays are a time that a lot of kids look forward to, not just because of time spent with loved ones, but because their brains get a break from school! Winter recess for LAUSD schools is through January 6th. Keep your Little occupied during their Winter Break this year with some of these Top Picks! For more ideas, visit our calendar!


  1. Enjoy a beautiful day at the park.
  2. Spend time with some adoptable pets.
  3. Learn about how zoologists care for wild animals.
  4. Go on a hike!
  5. Decorate cookies or bake!
  6. Try ice skating!
  7. Play with snow at Kidspace Children’s Museum.


Dec. 13-Jan. 7 | Chill Ice Adventure Park at the Queen Mary, Long Beach: Explore a world showcase of food, music, and live entertainment, featuring ice skating, bumper boats, shuffleboard, ice tubing, and more! Tickets can be purchased online for children ($25) and adults ($35). Use promo code CHILL25 for a discount on tickets.

Dec. 21-Jan. 7 | WinterFest OC, Costa Mesa: Experience winter activities in SoCal! Play with snow, get lost in a maze, try ice skating, slide down snow in a tube, and more! Tickets can be purchased online for children ($12) and adults ($17).

Dec. 26-30 | Deco Week for the Rose Parade, Pasadena: Help decorate floats for the upcoming Rose Parade! Kids as young as 7 are invited to participate. Those younger than 14 will need to be accompanied by a parent, and all volunteers must sign a waiver (those under 18 must have their parent sign it).

Dec. 28-Jan. 9 | Movie Screenings at the Skirball, Los Angeles: The Skirball hosts afternoon screenings of An American Tail, Up, and Losing Ground.

Dec. 29 | EquestFest, Burbank: If your Little loves horses, check out Equestfest, featuring horse and rider demonstrations and music. General admission tickets can be purchased for $15.

Dec. 29 | Taffy Class, Buena Park: Learn how to make taffy at Farrell’s. The 45 minute class also includes 1 single scoop ice cream sundae. Tickets can be purchased for $15.

Dec. 29 | Free entry at the Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach: Every Friday, LBMA opens its doors to the public for free.

Dec. 29-30 | Bandfest, Pasadena: Check out the featured international high school bands from the Rose Parade. There are three events total over two days. Tickets can be purchased for $15.

Dec. 29-31 | Live on Green Family Festival, Pasadena: This free, family-friendly festival includes live performances, constant activities, and fun brought to you by NASA, the LA Rams, and the Rose Parade.

Dec. 30 | It’s Kwanzaa Time!, Los Angeles: Celebrate this African American cultural event in Leimert Park Village, featuring a noontime candle-lighting ceremony, live music, a fashion show, crafts, food, and more!

Dec. 30 | Polar Bear Swim, Santa Monica: Are you and your Little brave enough to stomach the cold waters of the Pacific? Warm up in the beach house pool and enjoy s’mores, warm beverages, and games at the Annenberg Beach House. Tickets can be purchased for adults ($10) and kids ($4).

Jan. 1 | Polar Plunge, Various Beaches: Make a new year’s resolution to be brave, and celebrate this annual event at a beach near you with your Little!

Jan. 1 | Little Tokyo Japanese New Year Celebration, Los Angeles: Kick off the new year, or “Oshogatsu,” in Little Tokyo at downtown Weller Court Shopping Center. Learn how to make kites and origami, watch mochi pounding, and much more!

Jan. 2 | Free entry at the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles: Reserve your tickets ahead of time for the first free Tuesday admission of the year.

Jan. 5 | Free First Friday at Pasadena Museum, Pasadena: Enjoy free entry all day long at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Jan. 6 | Dia de los Reyes at Segerstrom Center, Costa Mesa: The Segerstrom Center celebrates 3 Kings Day with music, a procession, food trucks, activities, and more during this free festival.



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