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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? All you need are some Winter Break play ideas.

Whether you feel like the beach or the snow, I have play ideas for you. No matter if the weather is sunny or rainy, you’ll find play ideas.

And if you want to travel further afield than Orange County read to the bottom of the post for some weekend trip ideas!

Winter Break Play Ideas

Take a local train trip

Visit El Dorado Nature Center on an island

Play at Heritage Park Play Island in Cerritos

winter break play ideas - Heritage Park Play Island with a moat around a colonial building and concrete boat -- white birds flying

I have a list of 100+ Kids Indoor Play Areas, in case the weather isn’t great

KidGuide shares 6 Tubing and Sledding spots in our local mountains – or if  you can’t go as far you could try Winterfest OC at the OC Fairgrounds

Go to the OC Zoo in Irvine Regional Park to see rehabilitated local wildlife

Ride your bikes at Bolsa Chica State Beach and then visit 2 nature centers and wander the trails to see water birds at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

winter break play ideas - Bolsa Chica Bird

Choose one of FIVE family walks in Orange County

Visit the Irvine Adventure Playground which just celebrated its three year anniversary of re-opening

Tour all the OC play places for train lovers

winter break play ideas - train trip on amtrak pictured up close with Surfliner on the side of the train

Tour all the accessible parks in Orange County — or visit Shane’s Inspiration website to find inclusive playground in LA

Sit by the stream in Turtle Rock Community Park

Visit a FREE local nature center — and make a small donation while you’re there

winter break play ideas - huntington gardens yellow and green trees

Fall in love with a garden or take in an aquarium

Wonder at  winter surf and sand play

Research a nature-themed road trip for 2022, many campsite reservations open up for summer starting in January – so start thinking ahead to June

winter break play ideas road trip to the Oregon Coast with the highway and road signs on the way to the Oregon Coast

And there’s always rainy day activities for at homecooking with the kids, and giving them your FULL attention!  I’m wishing you the best for the holidays and hoping for an awesome 2022!

turtle rock nature center stream

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