Category: Holidays

Kidspace Snow Days

kidspace snow daysLooking for a way to take your kids to snow without going to the mountains? Break out your mittens, boots, and snow hat for a day of winter wonderland fun!

Play in real snow, build a snow family, perfect your snowball making skills, and make snow angels at Kidspace Museum in Pasadena.

In addition to  a full days worth of playing in the the snow, the kids can look foward to the these snow and winter themed activities throughout Kidspace:

Snow Play – All-ages and Toddler Zone During Open hours Free with admission
Cookie Decorating 11:00am – 3:00pm $3
Seedlings Give-away During open hours in the Kidspace Gardens

(while supplies last)

Free with admission
Snow Flakes Craft During open hours at Flutterby’s Art Center Free with admission
The Smells of Winter Open – 4:45pm Free with admission
“Wish-teria”- Holiday Wishes on

Kidspace’s Wisteria

During open hours under the Wisteria Pergola Free with admission
Arctic Animals During open hours in the Nature Exchange Free with admission
Snow in LA with Kidspace Educators 10:30am & 3:00pm Free with admission
Weeble Wobble Penguins One hour after opening – 4pm in Imagination Workshop Free with admission
Weather Station During open hours at the Gazebo Free with admission
Snow/Winter Themed Activities for Ages 3 and Under Story Time – 11:15am & 4:15pm (ECLC)

Messy Winter Art – 1:15pm – 1:45pm (Kirby’s Kid’s Corner)

Winter Wonder Box – 2:15pm – 2:45pm (ECLC)

Free with admission

 

KidspaceSnow Days

  • When: Saturday, December 26 and Sunday, Decemeber. 27, 2015 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Monday, December 28 through Wednesday, December 30, 2015 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Kidspace Museum,  480 North Arroyo Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Cost: Adults & Children: $11.00, Infants (under age 1): FREE
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Snoopy House

Image courtesy of costamesaca.gov
Image courtesy of costamesaca.gov

For the next few nights my family and I are taking in as many Christmas lights displays as possible unitl Christmas Eve. Tonight, I finally get the chance to take my children to visit the very poplar Snoopy House holiday display in Costa Mesa.

The Snoopy House has been a holiday tradition for 48 years, attracting an estimated 80,000 visitors annually. In 2011, with the fate of the Snoopy House in jeopardy, the City of Costa Mesa agreed to host the display and provide other assistance. This partnership with the Jordan family saved the holiday tradition, provided an even larger venue for it and additional features including nightly live music and free train rides for children.

Snoopy House, which features holiday scenes populated by “Peanuts” characters, is available for viewing from 5:30 to  9:00 pm. nightly through Wednesday, December 23, 2015 in front of Costa Mesa City Hall located at 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

You’ll also have the chance to get those last minute photos with Santa. Santa will make special visits every night from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and families will receive free photos.

If get hungry or need a hot drink, nonprofit youth groups will be on hand as a fundraising opportunity selling beverages and snacks.

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Holidays at the Muck

Image courtesy of the TheMuckenthaler facebook page
Image courtesy of the TheMuckenthaler facebook page

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s annual Holiday Festival features various activities, including home and gallery tours, performances and an arts & crafts fair. Plus, delicious food vendors and exclusive craft beer selections.

The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Musical performance to be showcased will include: The Darden Sisters and The Sugar Daddies, as well as the following dance groups; Corona Dance Company, Ballet Folklorico Monte Alban, CF Dance Group and the American Martial Arts Academy.

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A clothing Drive will be taking place as well, so look through you closet and bring along some gently used clothing. Donations are being accepted at the St. Juliana table. .

St. Juliana Church in Fullerton is currently gathering donations of men’s and women’s clothing for staying warm and dry, such as jeans, pants, shirts, sweaters, jackets, shoes and NEW ONLY socks and underwear please. The clothing will be distributed at the emergency shelter for homeless people in Fullerton.

  • When: Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
  • Where: The Muckenthalet Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833
  • Cost: FREE
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Polar Express Party

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Once Upon A Storybook is hosting a “Polar Express Party”, this party was such a hit last year, they decided to double the fun this year! On Monday, December 21, 2015, they will host two Polar Express Parties, one at 5:30 pm and another at 7:00 pm.

The activities will include singing Christmas carols, a reading of The Polar Express, some hot, hot, hot, hot chocolate (sorry the song was ringing in my head) and speaking of ringing – how about some ringing magic bells (to hear them you must believe), AND a visit from good ole’ St. Nick!

Please RSVP quick as they expect both parties to fill up.

  • When: Monday, December 21, 2015 5:30 and 7:00 pm  

  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook is located at 17300 E 17th St #C, Tustin, CA 92780

  • Cost: $10 per child. To reserve your child’s spot for this special event email susie@onceuponastorybook.us or call (714) 669-4377 or even better – visit the bookstore to complete your Christmas shopping and make your reservation in person. 

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Heritage House Christmas Tour

Image courtesy of fullertonarboretum.org
Image courtesy of fullertonarboretum.org

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Father Christmas will stroll the area around Heritage House for photo opportunities with children and families.  Candy canes provided for good little boys and girls.

Ginger cookies and cider/punch to toast the season along with seasonal vocal and instrumental performances on the porch of Heritage House from 2:30 – 3:00 pm – singing along is encouraged!

  • When: Sunday December 13 & Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Heritage House at the Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Rd.
    Fullerton, CA 92831
  • Cost: This is a FREE event with a suggested donation of $5.00
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Christmas in the Cages

Image courtesy of  rancholaslomas.com
Image courtesy of rancholaslomas.com

Rancho Wildlife will host their annual 6th Christmas in the Cages tomorrow, Sunday December 13, 2015. They have a fun festive day planned for everyone. FOCHP (Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets) will be here will precious dogs in need of forever homes,

The Lily Sanctuary will be there sharing stories about their rescued parrots that are also in need of loving homes, as well as the Reptile Rescue Orange County with some of their reptiles!

A delicious lunch is included with your tickets and provided by 24 carrots catering & events! Let the children enjoy crafts, a bounce house and sharing their Christmas wishes upon Santa’s lap provided by Great Officiants!

Adults can enjoy the silent auction, holiday shopping at the vendor tables and tastings from Towne Park Brew!

Live entertainment will be provided by the talented group A. Rae and The Dog Rescue.

  • When: Sunday December 13, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Rancho Las Lomas is located at 19191 Lawrence Canyon, Silverado, CA 92676
  • Cost: Adults $15.00 ($16.52 with service fee, Children 3 -12 years $10.00 ($11.34 with service fee) , children 2 and under 3 are free, valet $6.00 – your donation includes your catered lunch. 

To purchase your tickets click here.

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Celebrate Christmas with the Anaheim Packing District

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Image courtesy of anaheimpackingdistrict.com

Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with food, dance, song and more at the Anaheim Packing District with one or all of the events taking place Saturday, December 12, 2015. If you’ve never visited Anaheim Packing District, bring your appetite and get ready for a culinary treat.

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Ok, I just lost my focus, let me get back to the events of the day. I hear St. Nick will be making an appearance on Saturday (probably for some of the delicious food to be found here) between 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

At 2:30 and 4:30 pm, The Anaheim Ballet  will conduct two FREE Nutcracker performances  – that’s right, you read that correctly – FREE!!!

If you happen to get hungry while your here visit one of the 20 eateries located inside the Anaheim Packing House before or after you attend the Anaheim Night Market that will be filled with Crafts, artisans and live music from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Image from Anaheim Packing District Facebook page
Image from Anaheim Packing District Facebook page

Stop by to shop local crafters featuring handmade goods, goods with a purpose and sustainable apparel. Enjoy live Christmas Music  from the German Brass Band of Southern California from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

The day’s events are over yet, bring out your lawn chairs and blankets to view one of our favorite Christmas movies “Elf”. The viewing begins at 8:00 pm.

Did I mention in addition to all the good food they have here they also have a live band on Friday and Saturday nights.  Be sure to check their calendar for details.

The Anaheim Packing District is located at 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, California 92805

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Newport Beach Boat Parade

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“Seas the Holidays” at 107th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade for a beautiful display of decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes as they sail along the harbor.

The Christmas Boat Parade sets the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 16 and ending Sunday, December 20, 2014. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.

Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century.

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, has been hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by the New York Times. 

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We enjoy taking in the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade from inside Balboa Island. The property owners in Balboa Island decorate their homes, the streets and the docking slips to provide what’s referred to as the “Ring of Lights”,

Balboa Island comes alive with thousands of twinkling lights making the evening even more spectacular. We find a cozy spot on the waterfront, bring our dinner and get ready for the show.

Although Balboa Island is our favorite viewing spot, it isn’t the only viewing spot in Newport Beach. Click on the link for the best viewing locations as well as options for reserved seating information. Here’s some additional information on the Parade Route & Viewing locations as well as Directions & Parking.

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Christmas at the OC Zoo

wpid-2014-11-25_21.15.11.jpgJoin the OC Zoo for holiday fun! There will be plenty of activities for the kids which will include visits with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, holiday kids crafts, photo area, and games!

Image from OC Zoo facebookk page
Image from OC Zoo facebook page

Come see the zoo animals receive treat-filled “gifts” and treats hidden inside Christmas trees throughout the day! Reservations are not needed.

  • When: Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 10:000 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: OC Zoo at Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, California 92869
  • Cost: All activities are free with paid zoo admission – $2.00 per person, ages 2 & under are FREE, Parking is $5.00.
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Christmas at Heritage Hill

Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest  will host two whimsical Christmas events to celebrate the season. These special events will bring back to a Christmas of the past.

Victorian Christmas

The first is “Victorian Christmas”. A festive traditional Christmas complete with entertainment, music and performances, children’s crafts, historical exhibits, handicraft vendors, tours through decorated historic buildings staffed by our docents, and visits with Santa. 

  • When: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00pm
  • Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
  • Cost: Adults  & Children (3-12) $5.00, children under age 3 are FREE, parking is free

candlelightWalk

The Second event is “Candlelight Walk” and is held over two enchanting evenings. The park paths are filled with luminaria-lit paths, historic buildings and trees aglow with Christmas lighting, strolls through restored historical buildings adorned in period décor and staffed by our docents, Victorian carolers, live entertainment in each building, storytellers, visits with Santa and refreshments.

  • Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road
    Lake Forest, CA 92630
  • Cost: Adults  & Children (3-12) $5.00, children under age 3 are FREE, parking is free
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