10 Things to Do Before Winter Break is Over!

Posted Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Winter break is coming to a close but there’s still time to squeeze in some fun with the kiddos! And because this weekend is just oozing with awesome events, we’ve put together our top 10 that are sure to keep your little kidsguiders entertained and your sanity in tact. 😉


1. Home Depot Kids’ Clinic

1/6: We love these workshops because they’re super fun and totally free! Crafts range from toolboxes to frames and run between 9 a.m. and noon. Kids (5-12) must be accompanied by an adult and classes are offered at all Home Depot locations!


2. Pan For Gold and Make Arrowhead Necklaces at the Mission

1/6-1/7: Try your luck at finding the gold in the custom-designed Mission trough. They’ll supply the pan and the “gold”and you supply the kiddos. Once you’re done panning you can make your own arrowhead necklaces and adobe brick while learning about the lifestyle of Mission Native Americans.  11 a.m. – 3 p.m. $3-10, plus admission.


3. Monthly Wildlife Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

1/6: This nature walk made our list because it’s the perfect way to drop those electronic devices and enjoy the world around you. The interpretive walk takes you around the butterfly garden and ponds to witness interactions between plants, animals and insects! The fun starts at 9 a.m. and it’s 100% free!


4. Drop in and Draw Saturdays in Costa Mesa

1/6: Bored on a Saturday? Check out the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity! It’s a great place for kids to express themselves and good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult). 10 a.m. – noon. Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials.


5. Lakeshore Learning’s Free Workshops

1/6: Lakeshore Learning has some of the best free workshops around and this weekend, kids (3+) get to make a Winter Wonderland Globe! No reservations are necessary and the event runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. There are also three locations to choose from in Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255; and Laguna Hills, (949) 462-9353.


6. BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Los Alamitos

1/6: Does your little one love dogs but can’t have a pet at the moment? This is the perfect event for them! While they read aloud to a certified therapy dog, they’ll also increase their reading skills and self-confidence. Be there or be square! 11 a.m. Free at Rossmoor Library.


7. 1st Saturday Stewards in Long Beach

1/6: Teach your little ones the value of giving back to the community at this super fun event. Volunteers are welcome to help in cleaning the stream, clearing the trails, pulling weeds or painting benches. 10 a.m. – noon. Make sure to call to sign-up in advance, wear sturdy shoes and a hat,  and bring water. Then for an added treat, take your kiddos for some ice cream to celebrate all of their hard work!


8. Creation Station at Rancho Los Cerritos

1/6: If you have some extra time on your hands, why not drop in for some free old fashioned fun? Create unique seasonal crafts and participate in engaging rancho-themed activities! Saturday’s theme is Winter Wonders. 1-4 p.m.


9. Story Time and Crafts at Gatsby Books in Long Beach

1/7: This event made our list because it’s always tons of fun for the tots and for your wallet. 🙂 Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for a story then get to create their very own crafts. 1-2 p.m. Free!


10. Oshogatsu Family Festival in LA

1/7: It’s the Year of the Dog and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate! This festival is jam packed with fun cultural activities and performances, special foods, fun crafts, and more. Start your new year off right with a free bowl of lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) while supplies last. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oh and you guessed it, it’s free!


Don’t see anything you like here? Don’t fret!
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