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
I have a list of 100+ Kids Indoor Play Areas, in case the weather isn’t great
Go to the OC Zoo in Irvine Regional Park to see rehabilitated local wildlife
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
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
Wonder at winter surf and sand play
Research a nature-themed road trip for 2019, many campsite reservations open up for summer starting in January – so start thinking ahead to June
There are also some pretty “big deal” museum exhibits in SoCal that are worth a visit this winter before they move on:
- King Tut Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center in LA
- Pompeii The Exhibition at the Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute in Simi Valley
Need more ideas? Read my post from 2012: What to Do Over Winter Break?
Winter Break Road Trips
Here are some ideas of where to go for overnights or weekend escapes with your family in Southern California during Winter Break.