15 Winter Break Play Ideas

15 Winter Break Play Ideas

Ahhh, winter break. Time for being with family, sleeping in, and maybe some extra adventures? The ones that take a little more time and are a little more special?

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  1. Take a local train trip
  2. Visit El Dorado Nature Center on an island
  3. Play at Heritage Park Play Island in Cerritos
  4. Page 22 of Kidsguide has all the Tubing and Sledding spots in our local mountains
  5. Go to the OC Zoo in Irvine Regional Park to see local rehabilitated wildlife
  6. Heck! Go to Irvine Regional Park and spend all day exploring the trails and FOUR playgrounds. You might even find the extra time to rent a bike?
  7. Choose one of FIVE family walks in Orange County
  8. Check one of TEN park travel guides to discover overnight destinations
  9. Tour all the OC play places for train lovers
  10. Tour all the accessible parks in Orange County — or visit Shane’s Inspiration website to find inclusive playground in LA
  11. Sit by the stream in Turtle Rock Community Park
  12. Visit a FREE local nature center — and make a small donation while you’re there
  13. Fall in love with a garden or take in an aquarium
  14. Wonder at  winter surf and sand play
  15. Research a nature-themed road trip for 2016

And don’t forget to visit the Irvine Adventure Playground which just opened December 12th!

A few more events to enjoy over Winter Break:

And there’s always rainy day activities for at home, cooking with the kids, and giving them your FULL attention!  I’m wishing you the best for the holidays and hoping for an awesome 2016!

Need more ideas? Read my post from 2012: What to Do Over Winter Break? 

Photos: #1-Balboa Park, San Diego; #2-Turtle Rock Community Park; #3-Ventura, CA