Looking for Winter Break Fun: We've Got You Covered!


Nothing drives me more crazy than having a houseful of kids who complain they are bored during the winter break. I also tell them there's a room they can pick up or reading they can do and then I get the eyerolls.

So after all the cleaning is done we still have a couple of weeks off and I know it's important for children to get a break from all the work they do at school, the tutoring sessions, the lessons and the extracurricular sports they do. After a tiring routine, every kid needs some metal break which is bestowed in the form of Winter breaks. 

They have a tough schedule throughout the year so Winter breaks are important to blow off steam and for us as a family to regroup and reconnect. Familytime is an important connection which will help them and help us create deeper bonds and memories. 

Research shows us some healthful benefits of having family activities like creating family bonds and memories that will last a lifetime and boosts in their overall morale.


    In order to keep your children occupied and engaged during the winter holidays, we have fun activities:

    1. Dogs! A Science Tail In its final weeks at California Science Center, Dogs! A Science Tail is a hands-on science exhibition that highlights the dynamic nature of the bond between humans and dogs, and enables guests to experience the extraordinary way that dogs see, hear, and smell the world. 

    Guests will be able to explore the world from a dog’s perspective through a variety of hands-on exhibits. 

    Experiences will range from listening to hidden sounds that dogs can hear but humans can’t, excavating replicas of actual fossils to determine if they belong to wolves or dogs, walking a dog through an interactive neighborhood to understand how pets strengthen the community, or testing your pop-culture knowledge during a game of “Jeopawdy!” based on the show Jeopardy! 

    Tickets are on sale now for humans only. Pets are not permitted inside the Science Center*. Dogs! exhibition ticket prices range from $7.95 to $9.95. Discounted combo tickets for both the exhibition and IMAX movies are available. Additional discounts are available for California Science Center members, students, seniors and children. Groups of 15 or more may inquire about group discounts and reservations by calling (213) 744-2019. For tickets or further information, visit www.californiasciencecenter.org . 

    Check out the video here 



    1. MOVIES:

    Always a fun time and escape from the cold. Find some fun movies for your kids.  If they are on the autism spectrum, consider taking them to a theater that offers a special showing and sound down to decrease sensory challenges.


    1. Winterfest OC:

    L.A doesn't own all the fun. OC has staked their claim in winter fun and you need to check out the annual WINTERFEST OC.

    Southern California’s favorite annual holiday tradition, Winter Fest OC, opens on December 19th, offering 18 days of family fun, attractions and nightly live entertainment.   

    Winter will hit the OC with a newly redesigned outdoor ice-skating rink.

    Ice tubing down the nine-lane 150-foot long Snowflake Summit, real snow at Penny’s Snow Play & Slides with fresh snow blown daily.

    Santa and his Reindeer will fly over the Fairgrounds through Christmas Eve during Winter Fest OC’s Christmas tree lighting celebration around the all-new 50 foot walk-thru Tree of Dreams.

    The celebration features a holiday parade of Winter Fest characters, snowfall and fireworks each night at 5:30 p.m.

    Winter Fest racing pigs, seasonal food and drinks, and much more. 


    PJ Masks will perform live shows and host interactive meet-and-greets for guests at The Hangar Stage opening night through Saturday, December 21.


    Winter Fest OC features new food, live entertainment and attractions designed for all ages. Guests can enjoy classic winter treats in the all new Yowie’s Sweet Shoppe, visit Victorian holiday shops and enjoy tea and scones at SoCal Dickens Village, dance the night away with live bands at Hussong’s Cantina, or sing their heart out to their favorite live tribute bands in the Hangar Building. 

    Each night at 6 p.m., the all new Winter Fest After Dark comes alive with live music, dancing, drink specials and more. Featured Hangar Stage entertainment includes tribute bands ESCAPE, Tribute to Journey; Queen Nation, Tribute to Queen; and Paperback Writer The Beatles Experience. Every night, Hussong’s Cantina live entertainment includes DJ Manny Fresco and La Nueva Deligencia, and Yowies Sweet Shoppe features DJ Princess Ellie. 


    Winter Fest OC – Orange County Fair & Event Center  88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, 92626 December 19 – January 5



        4. TRAVEL

    Mammoth, Lake Tahoe or Big Bear are fun snow activities you can do as a family with your kids that are fun.

    Kids can learn to ski or snowboard and watching them learn can be amusing. Roasting S'mores afterwards while listening to how their experience went is always a good time.

    Gather up the whole family and explore your local neighborhood, ethnic enclaves in your city to learn about other cultures or travel afar to learn about others in the world. 

    Or stay home enjoy a staycation and a cup of cocoa.  Cozy up to a good book and Disney+corner and keep it simple.

    Everyone wins when you can spend quality time before the new school semester hits them again.

    Whatever you choose during the winter break we hope you can build a connection with your family that will last forever. 


    *****Disclaimer: I was invited as media to cover WinterfestOC and Dogs! A Science        Tail  but all reviews and opinions are mine *******

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