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Holiday Guide

250+ Holiday Activities YAY Winter Camps



Indoor Playgrounds

Snow Tubing Ice Skating

Plus Tons of Winter-Break Fun


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copy of the 2013/14 fall/winter issue of Kidsguide available at libraries and kid-friendly retailers. It has thousands of additional ideas!

1) When looking for something to do on a particular day, first check the individual dates for what’s happening—pages 10-31. 2) Then look at the “Monthlong Events” found on pages 4-8 for more suggestions. 3) Don’t miss the advertisers! They offer activities and services all month long. Be sure to tell them, “I saw you in Kidsguide.” 4) Sign up at for The Buzzz. This free weekly e-letter brings events directly to your inbox. 5) Finally, pick up a free

Important: Be sure to confirm dates and times before going to any activity—things can change. Plan ahead—some activities require reservations or sell out.

Monthlong Events..................................................................4-8 Daily Events.......................................................................10-31 Winter Camps....................................................................31-34

Tubing & Sledding...................................................................20 Ice Skating..............................................................................29 Indoor Playgrounds.................................................................12

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monthlong events A Christmas Carol in Costa Mesa Through December 26: Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this cherished Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-tocome—and, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge himself. Days and times vary. $20-70. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5555. A Christmas Carol in Westminster December 1, 6-8 and 14-15: Watch as Scrooge discovers the meaning of Christmas after he is visited by ghosts in the classic Charles Dicken’s tale. Show days and times vary, visit their website for details. $22-27. Rose Center Theater, 14140 All American Way, Westminster. (714) 793-1150. A Gallery Family Christmas in Anaheim Through December 22: Gather the family for an evening of storytelling and laughter. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7 p.m. $15-18. The Gallery Theater, 3152 E. La Palma Ave., Ste. G. (714) 630-9870.

Aladdin and His Winter Wish at The Pasadena Playhouse December 11-29: An updated version of the classic Arabian Nights tale, Aladdin and His Winter Wish is a singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing, a live pony and contemporary music. Before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy a “Citi® Presents: Winter Wonderland” event in the playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday carolers, crafts, activities, games, and photo opportunities, as well as special on-site benefits for Citi card members. Show times and days vary. $25-100. 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626) 356-7529. Annual Christmas Train in Irvine December 1, 6-8, and 13-23: The Christmas train leaves the brightly-lit station house and takes your family on an enchanting ride to the decked-out Santa’s Village to meet Santa, plus picture with Santa opportunities, stories with Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating and bounce house. Admission: general, $10; infants (under 24 months), free. Visit their website for more train times and activities. Irvine Park Railroad in

Irvine Regional Park, Orange. (714) 997-3968. Aquarium of the Pacific’s Free Shark Lagoon Nights December 6, 13, 20 and 27: The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific for free during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests have the opportunity to touch more than 150 sharks and see large sharks such as the sand tiger shark at the Shark Lagoon exhibit. Shark Lagoon brings guests closer to these predators than they ever imagined was possible. Guests can touch and learn about sharks, shop, purchase drinks and snacks, and enjoy live music. Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 590-3100. • CHILL at the Queen Mary Through January 5: Bring your gloves and parkas for some chilly winter fun! The Queen Mary presents CHILL, a frozen winter wonderland featuring the only “Ice Kingdom” in Southern California, with two million pounds of ice hand carved into magnificent ice sculptures depicting the story of The Nutcracker. Zip down a six-lane Ice Tubing Slide,

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take a spin on the ice skating rink, browse the Holiday Village, play in the world’s largest snowman bouncy, and ride the world’s largest rocking horse! $14.95-39.95, tickets available online. (877) 342-0738. See ad on page 3. Cinderella at Mysterium Theater in Santa Ana Through December 21: When her evil stepmother forbids her from attending a ball at Prince Charming’s castle, Cinderella must clean the house instead. After everyone has left her behind, she’s visited by her Fairy Godmother whose magic can transform dreams into reality. Magic, storybook romance and a selection of fun, original and contemporary song and dance routines all feature in this show that’s sure to win hearts of kids and grownups everywhere. Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 4 and 7 p.m. $15-30. 19211 Dodge Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 505-3454. Cirque du Soleil Totem in Irvine Through December 29: Totem traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, Totem illustrates the evolutionary progress of species. Days and times vary. $60-150 (VIP, Family Packs, Behind-the-Scenes and other offers also available). Orange County Great Park, Irvine. Date Night at Frogg’s Bounce House Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night with Frogg’s Bounce House. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out! 5-8 p.m. $10 per hour for the first child, $8 per hour for additional children within the same family; includes pizza dinner. 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 418-0442. December at Pretend City December 1-31: This month’s theme is “Winter Wonderland,” plus visit their online calendar for daily activities and special holiday celebrations throughout the month. Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine. (949) 428-3900. Dream Come True Party Room 3962 Studebaker Road, Ste. 204, Long Beach. (562) 270-1400. Tuesdays - Fridays: Join Happy Hour. Time to unwind from a long day. Stop by for fun times by playing dress-up from the Castle Wardrobe, face painting, snacks and crafts. 3-4 p.m. $8. Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Join a storytelling hour. Listen to your favorite stories and some new favorites. 11 a.m. - noon. $5, per child; includes refreshments. Walk-ins; no reservation required.

Wednesdays: Weekly tea time includes dress-up play from the Castle Wardrobe, mini muffins, tea or juice in fancy teacups, etiquette and storytelling. 4-5 p.m. $12, per child; reservations required. Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside Through January 4: Your family will be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside’s historic hotel into magic. In addition to the external light display, throughout the season The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa features a decorated Christmas tree, appearances by Santa Claus and Dickensian Carolers singing cheerful holiday tunes, authentic horse-drawn carriages, live reindeer, and hundreds of characters dressed in 17th Century costumes to entertain crowds and evoke the spirit of the season. Daily, 5:30-11 p.m. Note: Day trip visitors can also extend their Festival of Lights tour by dining, shopping or taking in High Tea. Plus, you can stay the night—check out the Festival of Lights room packages on their website. 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. (951) 784-0300. “Frozen” at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood November 22 - January 5: El Capitan is frozen over this holiday season, welcoming guests into a snow-covered wonderland—complete with icecapped opera boxes and a flurry of snowflakes. “Frozen” showings will be preceded by ice carving performance artists on stage, as well as “Frozen” characters Anna and Elsa in their first live-onstage appearances. On opening day, guests receive special souvenir 3D glasses (while supplies last). On select days, guests are invited to have breakfast with Anna at 8:30 a.m., prior to the 10 a.m. showing; advance purchase is required with purchase of a movie ticket. Daily show times, 10 a.m.; 1, 4, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Adults, $16; kids (311), $13. Tickets that include breakfast and the movie: adults, $41; and kids (3-11), $38. VIP tickets that include popcorn, soft drink and reserved seating are also available. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Grinchmas at Universal Studios December 1, 7-8, 14-15 and 20-31: Warm your hearts and spread the merriment this season with a holiday experience that’s fun for the whole family. Enjoy a helping of “Wholiday” cheer with photos with Grinch and his dog Max. Join the Backlot Whobilation as the Whos sing and dance through Whoville, stand beneath the towering 60-foot Grinchmas tree and soak in the festive park decorations. Included in the price of park admission. (800) UNIVERSAL. • Holiday BOGO Sale at Oh Very Young Through Dec. 30: Stop in and take advantage of Oh Very Young’s holiday BOGO Sale, where you can buy one item, and get one item half off! A large selection of carefully curated, pre-loved clothing, shoes, toys, books, gear, handmade goods and much more is offered at this resale

shop. All items are gently used and in very good condition. Contact them about their buying program; they open up a limited number of appointments every month and will purchase your gently used children’s items for cash or store credit! They also offer an exclusive shopping event for the whole family every other month; check their Facebook page for upcoming events. 4378 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 492-6200. www. See ad on page 10. Holiday Skate Center 175 Wayfield Drive, Orange. (714) 997-5515. www. Saturdays: Kids skate to kid’s music, and play games. Recommended for ages 10 years and under, with a parent. Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Admission, $6; skate rental, $3. Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to five can skate for this special deal, includes skate rental. Saturdays, 7-9:30 p.m., $7 each; and Sundays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $5.50 each. Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights at Legoland Through December 31: Holiday Snow Days are back! Families build a snowman with Lego accessories, throw snowballs at targets and witness the lighting of the world’s largest Lego Christmas tree. The spirit continues after dark with Winter Nights featuring entertaining shows, merry music, and festive park lighting just for the holidays. Plus, nightly fireworks, December 26-31. Daily. Carlsbad. How the Grinch Stole Christmas in San Diego Through December 28: Visit The Old Globe for Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” A wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 16th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Days and times vary; 11 a.m. matinee performances are open to all ages; everyone must have a ticket; kids under age 3 will not be admitted except during the 11 a.m. performances. Note: Special autism-friendly performance, Saturday, December 14, 10:30 a.m. It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play in Fullerton Through December 29: This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Fridays and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. $18-20.

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Gingerbread House-Making Workshops Thursday, Dec. 5 or 12 at 5pm

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Stages Theater. 400 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton. (714) 525-4484.

noon. Free. 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach. (949) 675-8915.

Macy’s Letters To Santa Through December 23: Kids can create and decorate a letter to Santa, print it out and drop it off at a Santa Mailbox at a Macy’s department store. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-a-Wish. Daily. Free.

Spot the Elf Game at the Pottery Barn Through December 20: Join the Pottery Barn for a magical game of I Spy. The Elf on the Shelf will be hiding in a new place each week. Kids spot him and win a prize from their holiday chest. 1065 Brea Mall, Brea, (714) 672-1260; and 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 427-0813.

Operation Santa Paws 2013 December 1-20: An annual collection of pet toys, shelter supplies and treats that are delivered to shelter and rescue dogs and cats. Visit their website for program details and drop-off locations. (562) 4393316. Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Cruises December 1-31: Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is viewed by over one million people. Davey’s Locker offers two cruises each night of the boat parade, December 18-22. Monday - Sunday, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m departure times. Adults, $36; kids (12 and under), $31. (949) 673-1434. • North Pole Fun Pack at Golf N’ Stuff December 1-31: With Golf N’ Stuff’s “North Pole Fun Pack,” kids can enjoy two full hours of unlimited use of: go-karts, bumper boats, bumper cars, Disk’O Thrill ride and kiddie train. Plus, enjoy one round of miniature golf, a cool cookie and a 12 ounce soda—all for just $16 per person (prices subject to change without notice). Park opens daily at 10 a.m.; they’re even open on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk. (562) 868-9956. See ad on page 4.

The Gift of the Magi in Long Beach Through December 15: Bring in the holiday season with this beautiful story of selflessness and love by O. Henry. Days and times vary; visit their website for details and tickets. $20. Long Beach Shakespeare Co., 4250 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 9971494. The Lion King at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood December 1 - January 12: Join Simba as he comes of age in his father’s kingdom that one day will be his own. Days and times vary. $94-476. 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 4681700. The Nutcracker by the Los Angeles Ballet December 7-29: Follow Clara and her nutcracker to the magical Land of Snow. Times and ticket prices vary per venue. December 7-8, Alex Theater, Glendale; December 14-15, Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge; December 21-22, Royce Hall, UCLA; and December 28-29, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

Santa Ana Zoo Winter Wonderland Zoobilation December 1-31: Holiday light festival with crafts, strolling musicians, hot chocolate/cider and fun! See the beautiful winter decorations, enjoy the animals, and behold the dancing faerie lights and falling snow as you enter the park. Visit the magic at Santa’s Workshop, Sweet Shop and Post Office. Saturday, 5:30-8 p.m. Included with admission. Santa Ana Zoo, 1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana. (714) 953-8555.

The Secret Garden The Musical at the Chance Theater Through December 29: This enchanting classic of children’s literature is now a brilliant musical. Orphaned in India, an 11-year-old girl returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden. Thursday, 7:45 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m; additional show Sunday, December 29 at 7 p.m. $45. 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. (714) 7773033.

Science of Gingerbread at the Discovery Science Center Through January 5: Inside the kitchen much more is going on than pouring and mixing—it’s science at work! Discovery Science Center’s “The Science of Gingerbread” exhibition features hands-on kitchen-science activities, decorating demonstrations and award-winning gingerbread houses on display. Daily. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 5422823.

Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Festival Through December 15: A winter-themed arts and crafts faire offering a variety of activities for kids including Santa visits, art activities, strolling carolers, magicians, puppet shows and children’s playhouse, plus lights, decorations and real snow! Weekends, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Adults, $6; kids (612), $3; kids (under 5), free; Season pass, $9. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-3030.

Science Saturdays at ExplorOcean Saturdays: Quick and engaging activities bring parents and children together as they make predictions, ask questions, problem-solve and think like scientists. Each month introduces a new theme based on the Ocean Literacy Principles. Saturdays,

Wonder of Dinosaurs in Pomona Through December 30: America’s largest traveling dinosaur exhibition comes to Southern California, featuring over 100 robotic and static dinosaurs, plus fun dinosaur activities for all ages. $12.95-19.95. Fairplex, Pomona.

BoGo Sale Buy One Get One ½ Off Through Dec. 30

daily events American Girl Brunch with Santa at American Girl in LA December 1, 8 and 15: Girls (3+) meet The Grove’s Santa and pose for a photo. Then, enjoy a delicious brunch together in the cafe. Includes one 5x7 photo per girl. Saturday, 9 a.m. $22; preregistration required. American Girl Place at The Grove. (877) 247-5223.

Large selection of carefully curated pre-loved clothing, shoes, toys, books, gear, handmade goods & much more. Fun Events for the Lil Ones & Mommy Happy Hour Visit: for dates and times

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Holiday Parade and Pier Lighting in Huntington Beach December 1: Light up the Huntington Pier and light up snowflakes on Main Street with a children’s holiday parade featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus, performances, and hot chocolate and cookies. Sunday, 2-7 p.m.; parade, 5 p.m.; formal pier and Main Street lighting, 6 p.m. Huntington Beach Pier Plaza. (714) 960-9276. Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles December 1: The Hollywood Christmas Parade celebrates with Santa, marching bands, celebrities and more. The U-shaped parade route starts at Hollywood and Orange and travels east to Vine, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset, back to Orange. Sunday, 6 p.m. Kwanzaa Holiday Celebration in Los Angeles December 1: Gather for a special celebration in the spirit of giving and community. Music, spoken word and seasonal reverie. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. (213) 744-7432.

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and Las Posadas. Make beautiful crafts reflecting these cultures’ traditions. Activities will include storytelling, music and sweet treats. Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. and 3:15-5 p.m. Free. 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra. (562) 905-9793. Tree Lighting in Mission Viejo December 1: Bring the whole family down to Kaleidoscope for the lighting of the tree. Enjoy a musical performance by the St. Kilian Choir, be amazed by the Cal Elite Ballet Company as they perform “The Nutcracker.” Little ones enjoy a special visit from Santa, plus, the Capture Studio is also offering complimentary photos of guests with Santa.  Baked goods sale and hot cocoa available for purchase.  Sunday, choir performance, 4 p.m.; “The Nutcracker” performance, 4:30 p.m.; tree lighting, 5 p.m.; and Santa arrives, 5:15 p.m. 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo. Weekend Tidepool at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium December 1: CMA’s educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin tidepools. Attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then come along on the naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. Young children must be accompanied by adults. Sunday, 1:30-3 p.m.; en Español, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. (310) 5487563.

Menorah Lighting in Belmont Shore December 1: Join a celebration and lighting of the Menorah. Features include live music, ice pops, candy gelt and dreidels! Sunday, 4 p.m. In front of Citibank, 5254 E. 2nd St., Long Beach. (562) 6219828.

Hooray for Hanukkah at Pretend City December 2-5: Celebrate Hanukkah at Pretend City! These rich and diverse circle times will teach your child about the Hanukkah miracle and traditional symbols. Games, finger-play rhymes, art projects, and activities are part of the fun. Monday - Thursday, 11-11:30 a.m. Free with admission. Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine. (949) 4283900.

Menorah Lighting in Newport Beach December 1: Celebrate Hanukkah with singing and festive traditions at the Menorah lighting ceremony. Sunday, 3 p.m. Fashion Island. (949) 721-9800.

Legoland California Tree Lighting Ceremony December 2: Nightly tree lighting ceremonies kick off when a celebrity guest lights the Lego tree. Monday, 5:30 p.m. (760) 918-LEGO. Carlsbad.

Patchwork Indie Art and Craft Festival in Santa Ana December 1: Fun family shopping with over 100 vendors displaying their handmade goods; plus enjoy kids’ arts and crafts, food and music. Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission and parking. 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana.

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Community Sing in Westminster December 2: Visit with Santa during and after the ceremony. Monday, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Westminster Civic Center, 8200 Westminster Blvd. (714) 8952860.

Target Free First Sunday at the Children’s Museum at La Habra December 1: Festivals of Lights. Celebrate international festivals of lights including Diwali, Hanukkah

Christmas Fantasia 2013 in Newport Beach December 3 and 6: Classic carols and contemporary holiday favorites performed by Vanguard’s 200-member choir and orchestra. Experience the amazing sounds of Christmas. Tuesday, 8

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Indoor Play AdventurePlex - Manhattan Beach 1701 Marine Ave. (310) 546-7708 BounceU - Huntington Beach 5445 Oceanus Drive, #115. (714) 892-4842 BounceU - Orange 428-A W. Katella Ave. (714) 744-JUMP Frogg’s Bounce House - Fountain Valley 16121 Brookhurst St. (714) 418-0442 Fun City Bounce - Santa Fe Springs 14545 Valley View Ave., Ste. F (562) 926-7864. Kid Concepts U.S.A - Torrance 22844 Hawthorne Blvd. (310) 465-0075 My Giggle Place - Fullerton 160 E. Imperial Hwy. (714) 525-7529 Oodles - Cerritos 17420 Carmenita Road. (562) 888-1496 Playland Cafe - Irvine 880 Roosevelt, Irvine. (949) 829-2789 Pump it Up Anaheim Hills, (714) 693-9663; Huntington Beach, (714) 847-9663; Irvine, (949) 2617867; and Lake Forest, (949) 951-9663. Scooter’s Jungle 921 Via Rodeo, Placentia, (714) 223-5730; 25 Journey, Aliso Viejo, (949) 349-9090; and 606 Hawaii St., El Segundo, (888) 516-1983. Seascape Kids Fun - Anaheim 4771 E. Hunter Ave., Anaheim. (714) 9707100. Trampoline Parks Big Air Trampoline Park, 23251 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, (949) 305-9788,; Sky High Sports, 2970 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 437-5867,; and Sky Zone, 1301 N. Kellogg Drive, Anaheim, (714) 441-8999,

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p.m. at Segerstrom Center for the Arts; and Friday, 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Visit website for ticket prices. (714) 619-6410.

ments and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with a Christmas tree lighting. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Village Green Park.

Gingerbread Family Night at Fullerton Library December 3: Join the library for an evening of puppets, stories, songs, crafts of the season and a surprise or two. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Free. 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6338.

• 20th Annual Queen Mary Tree Lighting December 4: Enjoy live entertainment, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, refreshments and the annual lighting of the Queen Mary Christmas tree at this festive event at the Holiday Village at CHILL. Wednesday, December 4, 3-7:30 p.m. (877) 3420738. See ad on page 3.

Here Comes Santa at the Orange Library and History Center December 3: Kids (all ages) meet the big guy himself and tell him their wishes. Parents may bring cameras to take a picture of their child with Santa. Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. 407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange. (714) 288-2400.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Signal Hill December 4: The public is invited to attend the annual tree lighting ceremony which will officially ring in the start of the holidays. Enjoy festive treats and holiday music. Inclement weather will cancel the event. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. Discovery Well Park. (562) 989-7330.

Holiday Spirit at Grand Park LA December 3, 10, 17: Grand Park in Los Angeles puts on its holiday best right after Thanksgiving with holiday decorations to set the mood of the season. Enjoy carolers and a free gift wrapping station at the Grand Park Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Downtown Los Angeles.

Chanukah Story Time in Huntington Beach December 4: Children come in their PJs for a special Chanukah story time. Dreidels and gelt for all kids! Monday, 7 p.m. Free. Huntington Beach Central Library. (714) 863-0757.

Special Day for Kids with Special Needs at Sky High Sports in Costa Mesa December 3: The first Tuesday of every month, kids with special needs can jump for only $5 (one caretaker per child may participate for free). Sky High Sports will be open to the public during these hours, but music will be turned off for the comfort of guests. Tuesday, 3-6 p.m. 2970 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 437-5867. www. Stories Under the Stars in Newport Beach December 3: Many cultures tell stories about the stars and their meanings. Families (6+) join ENC naturalist Leslie Helliwell on the darkest night of the month under the New Moon to identify some of the major constellations and enjoy the tales that the Greek and Native American storytellers told. Tuesday, 6-7 p.m. $6 per person; preregistration required, call or email Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. (949) 645-8489. Student Financial Aid Teen and Parent Workshop in Fountain Valley December 3: This free workshop is designed to help navigate resources for student financial aid. This workshop will discuss the application process, identify different types of financial aid, and the difference of a student loan versus financial aid. Information will be provided on how to consolidate student loans, and types of repayment options. Offered by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. Fountain Valley Recreation Center, 16400 Brookhurst St. (714) 839-8611. Tree Lighting in Garden Grove December 3: Enjoy festive entertainment, refresh-

Fiesta Navidad Mariachi Los Camperos December 4: Celebrate the holidays “mariachistyle.” The musical journey begins with the timehonored petition for lodging (La Posada), followed by mariachi music selections, and concludes with a sing-along of holiday favorites. Wednesday, 8 p.m. $29-89. Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. A Christmas Carol in Temecula December 5-15: Cold hearted Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his partner, Jacob Marley. Marley tells Scrooge he will be visited by three ghosts in the night, Christmas Past, Present and Future. As Scrooge sees his life flashed before him, he is overcome with abundance, charity and good will towards men. A Christmas tradition, bring the whole family and friends. Days and times vary; visit their website for details. Orchestra, $25; parterre and balcony, $20. Wednesdays and Fridays, $15 for all sections; and Thursday discount, $10 for all sections for seniors, students, teachers and military (active or retired). 42051 Main St., Temecula. (866) 653-8696. • Gingerbread House-Making Workshop at Lil’ Chef School in Irvine December 5 and 12: Lil’ Chefs will have all supplies on hand to build spectacular one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Little chefs create their house to take home ready to be displayed for the holiday. Plus, they’ll also bake cookies from scratch and enjoy holiday tunes, hot cocoa and popcorn while they work. Thursdays, 5 p.m. $59 per child; $49 per sibling. Don’t miss out as space is limited. Lil’ Chef School, 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine. (949) 292-1335. See ad on page 8. Holiday Tree Lighting at Irvine Ranch Historical Park December 5: Gather in the park for holiday

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mances, music and refreshments, and a special appearance by Santa Claus in a beautiful, historic setting. Complimentary festivities will culminate with the lighting of the large redwood tree adjacent to the Katie Wheeler Library. Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. 13042 Old Myford Road, Irvine. (714) 9736609. An Old-Fashioned Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social at OCC December 6-8 and 13-15: Orange Coast College’s Repertory Theatre Company stages “An OldFashioned Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social.” Boo the villain and cheer the hero in the annual holiday melodrama and sing-along. A special visitor is also expected. The program includes music, vaudeville acts, a holiday sing-along, and more. Everyone in attendance will be treated to a free ice cream treat. Plus a visit by Santa; parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. Fun for the whole family! Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Adults, $7-9; kids, $5-7. Orange Coast College Drama Lab Theatre, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. (714) 432-5880. Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show in Pomona December 6-8: Boasting an array of more than 24,000 unique handmade items at affordable prices, it’s the “shoppertunity” that only comes around once a year. The show features more than 200 exhibitors, live entertainment, strolling performers, a kids’ zone with interactive activities and specialty foods. Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $9; kids (13-17), $4; kids under 12, free. Fairplex in Pomona. (909) 623-3111. Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bellflower December 6: Join in the festivities as the City of Bellflower lights their holiday tree. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Friendship Square. (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2267. International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach December 6-8: Family-friendly event features a custom bike show, street bike performers, pit stop challenge, marketplace and the Strider Adventure Zone for kids and demo rides. Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $15-30; kids (6-11), $6. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Lighting of the Newport Beach Back Bay December 6: The annual Lighting of the Bay at Newport Dunes where families enjoy caroling, musical entertainment, seafood chowder and hot chocolate. Friday, 6 p.m. Free, (fee for food/drinks). 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 729DUNE. Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor December 6-7 and 13-14: The annual boat parade of

lights sails into the harbor. This year’s theme is ”Here We Come A’Caroling.” Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Free to spectate by the water’s edge. (949) 496-5794. Seal Beach Christmas and Holiday Parade December 6: Parade along Main Street includes a visit from Santa. Friday, 7 p.m. Free to spectate. (562) 799-0179. • Special Holiday Shopping Reception at the Rancho Gift Shop December 6: Begin your holiday shopping in the relaxed and beautiful atmosphere of Rancho Los Alamitos. Join them for a special evening of shopping for unique gifts for everyone on your list. The gift shop stocks delightful and nostalgic toys and books for children. Enjoy light refreshments while you browse. Friday, 4-7 p.m. Free admission. Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. (562) 431-3541. The Nutcracker at the El Portal Theater in Hollywood December 6-8: The Red Chair Children’s Production Company’s eighth annual season offers up the timeless Tchaikovsky ballet. The Red Chair’s energetic rendition features young performers (5-18), in principal and supporting roles along with adults. Amidst lavish sets and glittering costumes, a cast of over 100 will bring to life the enchanting storybook tale of a young girl’s magical Christmas Eve that takes her, and the audience, on a delightful and exciting journey. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon and 5 p.m. $20-30. 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 5084200. A Christmas Carol in Pasadena December 7-22: Join everybody’s favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season. Bring the whole family and revel in this holiday tradition. Days and times vary. $46-54. A Noise Within, 3352 Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 356-3100. An Enchanted Christmas in Anaheim December 7-8: A holiday concert featuring J.S. Bach’s “Christmas Cantata” along with seasonal favorites. Guest ensemble, Starlight Carolers, will add a Victorian touch to this special holiday event. Saturday, 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m. $25. Saturday performance at Brea Congregational Church; and Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Anaheim, 310 West Broadway, Anaheim. (714) 519-6370. • Audition with the Irvine Classical Players Seraphim Symphony December 7: Youth performers can audition to be part of the spring and summer season that will take them on a concert tour in France, August 12-21, 2014. This will include a concert at the famed La Madeleine Church in Paris. Irvine Classical Players

(9-14) and Seraphim Symphony (14+) are currently accepting audition applications for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, timpani, harp, wind and brass. This world-renowned group, based in Irvine, has performed in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Scotland and during the 2012 London Olympic Games in England. In 2012, the Irvine Classical Player–Seraphim Symphony celebrated their 10th year anniversary with an extraordinary concert at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. To schedule your child’s audition please call (949) 7057539 or visit See ad on page 19. Bank of America Patrons Receive Free Admission to Museums December 7-8: Bank of America is helping its customers become “cultured” through their program “Museums on Us,” giving bank cardholders free admission to cultural venues in Southern California. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder at participating institutions. Not to be combined with other offers. Museums include: Laguna Art Museum, The Living Desert, Discovery Science Center (excludes Sundays), LACMA, Autry National Center, Skirball Cultural Center, Hammer Museum and the Museum of Latin American Art. Check museums for hours of operation. Belmont Shore’s Annual Christmas Parade December 7: The Belmont Shore Christmas Parade takes place on E. 2nd St. from Livingston Ave. to Bayshore Ave. Thousands line the street to watch the 100+ entries and one dozen marching bands. This year’s theme is “Christmas by the Sea.” Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Free to spectate. 2nd St., Long Beach. (562) 434-3066. Breakfast and Brunch with Santa in Lake Forest December 7: Join Santa for a home-style cooked breakfast and brunch with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and milk. There will be holiday melodies, cookie decorating, and story time with Santa. Be sure to invite your friends and family as Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves will be on hand to join the fun! Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $6 per person; kids (2 and under) are free. Preregistration required, no tickets at the door. Lake Forest Community Center. 25550 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest. Breakfast with Santa in La Habra December 7-8: Start a family tradition at the Children’s Museum at La Habra by having breakfast with Santa Claus. He’ll even stick around to take a photo or two before he heads back to the North Pole! Saturday, 9:45 and 11 a.m. and Sunday, 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. Adults, $12; kids, $10. Reservations required; tickets include breakfast, holiday craft, photo with Santa Claus and admission into the museum. (562) 905-9647.

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Breakfast with Santa in Westminster December 7: Gather the family to have breakfast with Santa. Saturday, 9-10:30 a.m. $8. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. Westminster Civic Center, 8200 Westminster Blvd. (714) 895-2860. Candy Cane Capers In Huntington Beach December 7: Kids (5-12) will sing carols and join in the holiday spirit with other children, including holiday crafts, games, snack time, movie and a visit from Santa. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. $10 per person, plus $10 material fee. Attendance is limited, so purchase your tickets early. Murdy Community Center, 7000 Norma Drive. (714) 9608884. Candy Caneland and Craft Faire in Buena Park December 7: An annual holiday carnival with games and Santa, plus holiday craft and food booths. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park. (714) 562-3860. Christmas at Mission San Juan Capistrano December 7: Kick off the holiday season at the beautifully-decorated Mission San Juan Capistrano with a live nativity scene, Santa’s craft-making workshop and St. Nicholas. Saturday, 5:30-8 p.m., crafts available until 7:30 p.m. $3-5. (949) 2341300. Christmas Parade in Whittier December 7: Watch bands, floats and community groups march up Greenleaf Avenue in Historic Uptown Whittier during the 60th annual Whittier Christmas Parade. Saturday, 10 a.m. - noon. Free. Whittier Blvd. and Greenleaf Ave. www. Cookies with Santa in Signal Hill December 7: Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for story time, singing and cookies. Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. Free for one child and one adult, $5 per additional adult. Each seating is limited to 75; preregistration is required. Register early, this event will fill up! Signal Hill Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St., Signal Hill. (562) 989-7330. Creation Station at Rancho Los Cerritos December 7: December’s theme is “Gorgeous Green.” Kids (6-10) drop in for an afternoon of good old fashioned fun. Children choose from a selection of art supplies to design hand-made holiday cards, sew felt tree ornaments, and make wreaths of seasonal greenery. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Free. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. (562) 5701755. Family Fossil Day in Buena Park December 7: Families (6+) can explore Ralph B. Clark Regional Park’s rich fossil history and visit the marine fossil site for hands-on fossil excavation; bring a picnic lunch and stay to enjoy the park afterward. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; meet

at the amphitheater. Parking, $5. Buena Park. (714) 973-3170. Festival of Carols at Walt Disney Concert Hall December 7 and 14: Ring in Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall with a concert of favorite carols sung by one of the greatest choirs in the world. Sprinkled with new arrangements and traditional songs of the season, this festive concert is an LA tradition guaranteed to put your family in the mood to decorate the tree. Saturday, 2 p.m. $29-99. Los Angeles. (213) 972-7282. Festival of Trees in Yorba Linda December 7-8: Walk through a forest of decorated trees, meet Santa for a photo op, create a craft in Santa’s Workshop and shop for holiday goods. Saturday and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Free to attend. 16850 Bastenchury Road, Yorba Linda. (714) 986-2380. Fishing with Santa at Whittier Narrows December 7: Annual derbies provide an opportunity for kids (2-15) to enjoy fishing while competing for prizes and trophies. Saturday, 8 a.m. - noon; registration begins at 8 a.m. Free. Whittier Narrows, 823 Lexington-Gallatin Road, South El Monte. (916) 322-8911. Garden Grove Family Winterfest December 7: Bring the family and join the fun! The exciting event features a snow play area complete with a snow hill for sledding (bring mittens, jacket and boots). Santa will be on hand for pictures and to listen to all requests from 4-7:30 p.m. Plus, inflatables, carnival rides, train rides, music and fun. Saturday, 4-8 p.m. $10, tickets available only by presale, November 19 - December 6 at City Hall. Atlantis Play Center, 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove. (714) 741-5200. • Holiday Hoedown and Breakfast with Santa at the Rancho Los Alamitos December 7: Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast and a morning of Western music and dancing, holiday activities, games and crafts. Visit the animals in the corral and share your holiday wishes with Santa. Designed for families with children 12 years of age and younger. Paid reservations are required. Saturday, 9 a.m. - noon. Call for ticket prices; tickets include parking, breakfast, entertainment and participation in all activities and crafts. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. (562) 431-3541. See ad on page 17. Holiday Lamplight Celebration in Los Angeles December 7-8: Experience the 19th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration with tours beginning at 4 p.m. Witness as the past becomes the present among the beautiful glow of Victorian homes at Heritage Square’s annual holiday event. Saturday - Sunday, 4-9 p.m. Adults, $30; kids, (6-12) $15; not suitable for kids under 6. Reservations required. Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. (323) 225-2700.

Holiday Treats for the Aquarium’s Animals December 7-8: In celebration of the holiday season, diver Santa will deliver an ocean of gifts to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s sea otters, seals, sea lions, birds, fish and other animals. Families can enjoy holiday music, crafts, special presentations, unique photo opportunities, shopping and more. The Seal and Sea Lion Habitat will be decked out for the “sea”son with frozen “fishmas” treats. Guests can watch the sea otters savor candy cane-shaped ice treats, gourmet lobster tails, and their very own snowman. Throughout the day, Aquarium staff will give special gift delicacies to other marine animals as well. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults (12+), $25.95; seniors (62+), $22.95; kids (3-11), $14.95; and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members. Long Beach. (562) 5903100. LA Rail Streamliner Presents Troop Train From Los Angeles to San Diego December 7: Ride along and experience that “Day of Infamy” aboard vintage railcars and celebrate America. Participate in a salute to America’s World War II heroes; watch and listen as veterans share the hopes, fears and uncertainty of the times. Saturday, visit their website for schedule. Adults, $109.95; kids, $54.95. (800) 539-7245. Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops December 7: Kids (3+) create a Igloo Toss Game. Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255. • Miss Pauletta’s Holiday Hoedown in Santa Ana December 7-8 and 14-15: Grab your pardner and head on down to “Miss Pauletta’s Holiday Hoedown,” a multicultural holiday celebration in song and dance, featuring a range of colorful holiday traditions and musical styles from all over the globe. This one-hour musical also includes an optional Cocoa with Mrs. Claus Party at 1 p.m. followed by the show at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. (Sunday, December 14 at 4:30 p.m., no cocoa party). $10 pre-pay, show only; $15 Cocoa Party and show. All ticket prices are an additional $2 at the door. Ebell Theater, 626 French St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-6939. See ad on page 17. Nutcracker Holiday Village and Tree Lighting in Anaheim December 7: Ring in the holidays with a tree lighting celebration, snow play, shopping and more. Enjoy holiday music from the Anaheim Ballet and Anaheim Union High School Choir, free pictures with Santa from 3-5:45 p.m., free train rides, free crafts for kids, rock climbing from 3-4:45 p.m., shopping, food and fun! Plus, free snow play, so bring your mittens, boots and camera. Saturday, village is open 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. ; and lighting at 6 p.m. Free. Downtown Anaheim, Center St. Promenade and Lemon St. (714) 956-3586.

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Pearl Harbor Day and Holiday Light Parade at the USS Iowa December 7: Meet WWII Veterans and Pearl Harbor Survivors on the 72nd Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. After, join the special Holiday Light Parade (additional admission). Saturday, remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m.; unveiling of exhibits throughout the day, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Holiday Light Parade, 6-9 p.m. Pearl Harbor Day activities are included with admission; the Holiday Light Parade is additional admission. San Pedro. Piecemakers Christmas Village Event December 7: Artisans with handcrafted treasures, including antiques/collectibles, plus great food, live music, Christmas photography and special activities for kids. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. 1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 641-3112. Santa at the Shops at Rossmoor in Seal Beach December 7: Free holiday family fun! Kids of all ages are welcome to meet Santa, share their wish list and have their photo taken with him. There is no charge for this event, simply bring your camera and get ready to take some great shots! Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Shops at Rossmoor, at Yogurtland. 12501 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach. (562) 4300211. Star Party at Griffith Observatory December 7: Look through a large variety of professional and home-built telescopes to view the sun, planets, the moon and deep sky objects like doublestars, star clusters and nebulae. Look at the sky through the Observatory’s Zeiss 12-inch refractor and computer controlled 11-inch lawn telescopes that are set up throughout the event. Saturday, 2-9:45 p.m. Free. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles. (213) 473-0800. Tamale Festival in Indio December 7-8: Try all kinds of tasty tamales to start the holiday season. Plus, hop on a carnival ride, play some games, climb the rock wall, bounce in an inflatable house, visit animals in the petting zoo, watch a parade, dance, listen to traditional music and enter in the tamale eating contest. Ranked the top 10 “All-American Food Festivals” in the nation by the Food Channel! Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Indio. Corner of Miles and Oasis. (760) 832-8620, Ext. 46. The Nouveau Chamber Ballet’s Nutcracker in Whittier December 7-8: The Rio Hondo Symphony performs the music backdrop of the classic ballet. Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. $25; group rates are available. Vic Lopez Auditorium, 12417 E. Philadelphia St.,Whittier. (714)526-3862. The Nutcracker by Ballet Etudes in Westminster December 7-8 and 14-15: The classic production, performed by the students of the non-profit youth ballet company. Saturday, (December 7 only), 7

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p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. $15-25. Rose Center Theatre. Westminster. (714) 9029423. Tree Lighting Festivities in Fountain Valley December 7: Join the festivities with pictures with Santa, games, crafts, and much more. Food available for purchase. Saturday, 4:30-8 p.m. Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St. (714) 839-8611. Tree Trimming Party and Marionettes in Huntington Beach December 7: Come create your own beautiful hand-crafted ornaments for the library tree or to take home, and stay for a special marionette show by the popular Franklin Haynes. Saturday, 10 and 11 a.m. shows. $4 per person. Huntington Beach Central Library. (714) 375-5107. The Okee Dokee Brothers in Costa Mesa December 7-8: The Okee Dokee Brothers (Joe and Justin) put their passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music, recording and performing family music with a goal of inspiring children and parents to get outside and experience nature. The Grammy and Parent’s Choice award-winning duo has gained an enthusiastic following that is drawn to their witty lyrics, strong musicianship and unique folk style, while motivating kids to gain a greater respect

for the natural world, their communities and themselves. Saturday, 1 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 and 3:30 p.m. $20; pre-show activities one-hour before the show. (714) 556-2121. Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Victorian Christmas at Heritage Hill December 7: Enjoy the 32nd annual event with festive holiday entertainment, kids’ crafts, historical exhibits, handicraft vendors, tours through decorated historic buildings staffed by docents, and visits with Santa Claus. Saturday, 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Adults, $4; kids (3-12), $3. Heritage Hill, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. (949) 9232232. Victorian Christmas at the Fullerton Arboretum December 7-8: The Victorian Society gets you in the Christmas spirit with a Victorian melodrama and a Victorian Fair. Enjoy shopping, carolers and refreshments. Fun for the whole family. Saturday and Sunday, 5:45 p.m. $25 per person. Reservations required. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton. (657) 278-3407. Winter in Willmore at Drake Park December 7: Second Annual “Winter in Willmore” celebration at Drake Park in Long Beach. Enjoy holiday lights, treats, crafts and pictures with Santa, music and general merriment. There will also be a tree lighting. In the spirit of the season, they are requesting that you bring a can of food to

donate to Food Finders. Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Free. (818) 266-7110. Winter Market in Fullerton December 7: Enjoy live holiday entertainment, free pictures with Santa, holiday shopping at vendor and food booths, face painting and a bounce house. Don’t forget to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. Free admission. Fullerton Downtown Plaza. Wilshire Ave., Fullerton. (714) 7386545. Winter Wonderland at the Plaza in Los Alamitos December 7: Take part in a fun community event at the St. Isadore Historical Plaza, featuring a snow play area, activities, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting ceremony, music, refreshments and entertainment. Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Free. 10961 Reagan St., Los Alamitos. (562) 430-1073. Children’s Gardening Workshop at Orange County Great Park December 8: Chickens are delightful creatures that provide nutritious meat and eggs, but did you know they are also great composters, wonderful weeders, and amazing pest control specialists? Come and learn all about chickens and their many contributions to our garden, then stay and decorate your own special holiday egg decoration to take home. Workshops run every half hour, and include a brief interactive presentation


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and hands-on activity. Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Irvine. Corona del Mar Christmas Walk December 8: The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce presents the community’s most popular event of the year. This is an absolute, can’t miss special event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends, residents and visitors looking for a spectacular way to ring in the holiday season. Each year “The Walk” brings together thousands of fun-loving people for live entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit. Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free to attend. 2855 E. Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar. (949) 673-4050. Free Family Night at Kidspace in Pasadena December 8: Paint with ice and explore how insulation keeps us warm. Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. Free. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-9144. Nightmare Before Christmas in Los Angeles December 8: This 1993 stop-motion animated feature, produced and co-written by Tim Burton, is a unique holiday treat. To most kids—and their parents—there couldn’t be two holidays more different than Halloween and Christmas. Enter Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town. Sunday, 2 p.m. $5-15. Orpheum Theatre. 842 South Broadway, Los Angeles. (213) 623-2489.

Irish Holiday Festival at Bowers Museum December 8: A day of Irish tradition. Enjoy a spirited, traditional music performance and a special holiday storytelling presentation at the Bowers. Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $15. (714) 5673600. Joyful Jingles Concert in Irvine December 8: Capture the spirit of the season at the City of Irvine’s Joyful Jingles free holiday concert. A community tradition, the concert features a selection of uplifting seasonal and holiday music performed by local choral groups. Sunday, ticket distribution starts at 2 p.m. and concert at 2:45 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $10. Guests are welcome to bring a new, unwrapped toy for children up to 12 years of age as part of the city’s toy drive to benefit the families of the Irvine’s adopted Marine Battalion. Irvine Barclay Theater. (949) 724-6606. Los Posadas at the Autry National Center December 8: The Autry celebrates the Mexican tradition in which children portray Mary and Joseph in their journey from Egypt. Adults act as the innkeepers urging them to move on. A singing procession will take place throughout the museum followed by hot cocoa and cookies. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Included with museum admission. Autry National Center in Griffith Park. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 6672000.

Old Time Christmas Festival at Rancho Los Cerritos December 8: Learn about 19th Century holiday customs as families tour the historic adobe, decorated for Christmas. Plus, kids can create decorations for the home, swing at a piñata and have their picture taken with Santa (don’t forget your list). There will be live holiday music and light refreshments. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. $3 donation. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. (562) 570-1755. Santa Visits Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo December 8, 15 and 22: Santa visits Kaleidoscope to hear Christmas wishes and take photos with families. Refreshments available for purchase. Sunday, 3-5 p.m. 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo. • The Rinks Family Skate Night in Lakewood December 8, 15 and 22: Families skate to holiday tunes. Sunday, 5-7 p.m. $25 includes four admissions with skate rental and four hot chocolates. Lakewood ICE, 3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood. (562) 429-1805. See ad on page 9. Tuba Christmas in LA December 8: Hear traditional Christmas songs played by seasoned tuba players of all ages at this annual event. Sunday, 7 p.m. Free. Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Hollywood Hills.

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Tubing Sledding • North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High

December - Mid-March: For the best snow tubing in California come up to Mountain High’s tubing park! The North Pole Tubing Park is the largest facility in Southern California with up to ten lanes, two moving carpets and custom tubes. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Full day, $35; two hours, $20; kids (36-42” tall with paying adult), $15; and season pass, $99. Tubes are included in the ticket price. Kids under 36” tall are not permitted for safety reasons. Located at the North Resort, check website for directions. (888) 754-7878. See ad on page 21.

Big Bear Snow Play

Through April: Head to the hills! It’s prime tubing time at the Big Bear Snow Play. Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Christmas Day, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Tubing: $25 per person ages 7 and up, includes inner tube and unlimited rides down eight runs. Kids (2-6) are free with a paying adult. 42825 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake. (909) 585-0075.

Winter Family Festival in Studio City December 8: The third annual Winter Family Festival presented by Studio City features nearly 70 tons of snow (sledding, snowman building), live music provided by local schools and bands, free photos with Santa, restaurant sampling as part of “A Taste of the Holidays,” crafts for kids, face painting, Radio Disney Road Crew, food trucks and more. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Free; families are welcome to bring canned/packaged food, new, unwrapped toys, new/used clothing and blankets, pet food, pet toys and pet supply gift cards and more. Beeman Park, 12621 Rye St. Community Campfire and Night HIke in Newport Beach December 9: Meet other locals from the community and enjoy a campfire with storytelling followed by a night hike. S’mores will be provided. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. Monday, 7-8:30 p.m. $5; reservations required. Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St. (949) 645-8489.

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Here Comes Santa at the Orange Library Taft Branch December 10: Kids meet the big guy himself and tell him their wishes. Parents may bring cameras to take a picture of their child with Santa. Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. Free. 740 E. Taft Ave., Orange. (714) 2882430.

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Little Naturalists Fabulous Frogs in Newport Beach December 10: Kids (3-5) and their adult guardians explore frogs in the center. Activities are designed to encourage exploration and discovery and to enrich a child’s emerging physical and cognitive skills. Tuesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; and 11 a.m. - noon. $6, reservations required. Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. (949) 6458489.

Through April: Enjoy tubing and snow play, plus take a chairlift ride to the top of the Alpine Slide where riders navigate their own individually controlled sleds down their choice of two quarter-mile-long cement tracks filled with high-banked turns and long straightways. Go-karts and mini-golf also offered. Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Christmas Day, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Tubing: $25 per person ages 7 and up, includes inner tube and unlimited rides down eight runs; kids (2-6) are free with a paying adult. Alpine Slide: $5, single ride; $20, five-ride book. Kids ages 2-6 and under 48” may ride for free with an adult, ages 18 and older. 800 Wild Rose Lane, Big Bear Lake. (909) 866-4626. Through March: Tubing fun on snow tubes that are specially designed with belly straps. Beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes. Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; weather and snow conditions permitting. $12 per person, per hour; kids shorter than 36” are free with a paid adult. Highway 18, four miles past Running Springs. (909) 867-2640.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

Thanksgiving weekend to the end of snow season: Ride to the top of Sugar Pine Chair Lift for a zip downhill at the Mt. Baldy Tubing Park. The $40 online tubing package includes a lift ticket, inner tube and two hours’ worth of rides; daily, 9-11 a.m., 11:30-1:30 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. Or purchase individual sessions ranging from $520 (depending on time and age of child). Kids must be at least 36” tall. Check weather conditions first at (909) 982-0800 and get there a half-hour early for your ski-lift ride. Open weekends only after Thanksgiving weekend, until they get enough snow.

Snow Valley Snow Play

Through April: Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride followed by a downhill sled ride. Snow accessories are available for purchase in the sport shop. Plus, watch your friends/family take part in the Snow Play adventure while enjoying some food or a drink on a sun deck. Friday - Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Full day pass: ages 7+, $31 with lift service, $19 without, $35 on holidays; ages 6 and under, $19 with lift service, $15 without, $25 on holidays. Snow Valley Mountain Resort. (909) 867-2751.

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The Nutcracker at the Fullerton Library December 10: Hear the story of “The Nutcracker” and see it brought to life by the dancers from C.F. Dance Academy. Tuesday, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton. (714) 7386338. Free AAA Car Seat Safety Class December 11 and 21: Child car seats can reduce deaths by up to 70 percent, but nine out of 10 aren’t installed correctly. Make sure yours is at this free class sponsored by the Auto Club. Learn about safety-seat laws, how to choose the right one, how to install and how to secure your child. See times and locations below. Free; registration required by phone. Wednesday, December 11, 7-8:30 p.m. at Hoag Memorial Hospital, Newport Beach; and Saturday, December 21, 9-10:30 a.m., Kasier Permanente, Orange. (714) 885-2312. Messiah Sing-Along at the Walt Disney Concert Hall December 11: The annual Messiah Sing-Along packs the house each year! With an orchestra and soloists on stage, the audience is the chorus for this joyful community event. Whether you sing along or just

come to listen to this Christmas favorite, this festive occasion will bring you holiday cheer. Bring your own score or buy one in the lobby for $10. Join the carolers in BP Hall right after the concert to extend this favorite holiday tradition. Monday, 7:30 p.m. $39-79. Los Angeles. (213) 972-7282. Nature Kids! Parent and Me Workshop December 11: Make new friends and celebrate nature’s seasonal wonders through outdoor exploration, stories, art, music and movement (2½-5). Create your own handmade, heartfelt holiday gifts using natural materials, recycled whatnots and imaginations! Wednesday, 10-11:30 a.m. $20 for one adult and child pair. Preregistration required. 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. (562) 570-1745. One Heart 2 Another Children’s Consignment Sale December 11-15: One Heart 2 Another holds four events per year in various locations of Orange County. You can get paid to clean out your closets and garages! Turn your new and gently used baby and kids items into cash and earn up to 70% on all your sold items. It’s so easy: price and tag your items, drop them off, they sell them for you and mail you a check! Shoppers will find amazing deals up to 90% off retail. Their events are highly organized and hassle free to you. Shop, sell, volunteer and discover the highest quality at the best prices. Register now to participate in their next exciting event. Last day to enter your inventory is December 7th at midnight. Visit their website for locations. (714) 273-3903. Rockin’ Ever After Disney on Ice December 11 - January 5: Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the Academy Award-winning Disney/Pixar film “Brave” competes to win the heart of adventurous, sharp-shooting Merida, making her on-ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. Staples Center in Los Angeles, December 1115; Honda Center in Anaheim, December 17-22; Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, December 25-29; and Long Beach Arena, January 1-5. $22-80. (800) 745-3000. Teen Holiday Gift Making at the Orange Library December 11: Teens decorate a wooden gift box. Wednesday, 4-5 p.m. Free. 407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange. (714) 288-2400. • A Christmas Carol in Long Beach December 12-22: For nearly 170 years, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future have reminded us that even the most miserly can find redemption in kindness and generosity toward

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others. This year, the Long Beach Playhouse brings Dickens’ story to life in its Mainstage Theater from December 12 through 22. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets, $14-24. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. (562) 4941014. See ad on page 8. Cypress Community Holiday Sing December 12: Cypress Recreation sponsors this community event featuring school performances, train rides, cookie decorating, visits with Santa and refreshments. Thursday, 6 p.m. Civic Center Green. (714) 229-6780. • Holiday Open House and Tour at Rancho Los Alamitos December 12 and 13: Come and enjoy the beautifully decorated ranch house and complimentary holiday treats. Evening tours feature seasonal music enjoyed under the eaves of the Horse Barn. Thursday and Friday, 4-8 p.m.; carolers, 5-8 p.m. Free; reservations required. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. (562) 431-3541. California Holly and Other Winter Flora Hike December 13: Explore California Holly and other winter flora of Buck Gully Reserve. An easy, slow-paced, two-mile hike on a fairly flat trail that traverses newly installed bridges. Suggested for kids ages 10 and up. Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water and binoculars. Friday, 9-11 a.m. Free; registration required. Oasis Senior Center at 5th and Marguerite, Newport Beach. Dinner with Santa: A Holiday Train for the Family December 13 and 20: Be on board for a sliced turkey or ham dinner with chicken fingers for the youngsters for a festive holiday evening to meet and greet Santa who will be ready to hear your wish list and pose for pictures. Friday, departs at 5:30 p.m. Fillmore & Western Railway Co. Call for details or visit their website. Adults, $47; kids (2-12), $26. (805) 524-2546. Family Art Night Presents Iconic Assemblage at the Norton Simon Museum December 13: Known for his collage work, artist Wallace Berman set the stage for the assemblage art movement in California. In his 1967 work Untitled, Berman repeats the image of a transistor radio, replacing its screen with a variety of symbols, animals and images. Create your own unique frame and fill it with icons that are meaningful to you. Recommended for families with children ages 4-10. Friday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. 411 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 4496840. Holly Jolly Light Tour in Mission Viejo December 13-14: Enjoy a VIP reception and tour the Home Lighting Contest displays aboard deluxe transportation. Friday and Saturday, 6-7:30 and 8-9:30 p.m. $10 per person. (949) 470-3062.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo December 13 - January 5: The San Diego Zoo’s annual winter celebration, Jungle Bells presented by Donkey Kong, is back and this year has some new holiday cheer! During the three-week wintery celebration, guests can experience allnew, holiday-themed animal presentations and a nightly tree lighting ceremony. Daily, zoo is open until 8 p.m. for the Jungle Bells celebration, most of the activities concentrated in the early evening from 4-8 p.m. Guests can take a ride on the Twinkle Light Trolley or explore the nightly holiday-themed entertainment in the Koalafornia Boardwalk area. Special wintery treats will be available at the Zoo’s restaurants like holiday cookies, gingerbread men and hot chocolate. Happy Hour will be taking place daily at Albert’s Restaurant from 3-5 p.m. Included with admission. Private tours are separate. (619) 231-1515. Kids Night Out In Cypress December 13: Kids (5-12) enjoy a fun night of holiday/ winter activities, games and play. Friday, 6-10 p.m. $15, preregistration required. Cypress Parks and Recreation. (714) 229-6780. Southern California Children’s Chorus December 13: Enjoy the Southern California Children’s Chorus as they perform their Christmas concert. Friday, 7:30 p.m. $5-17. St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. 600 St. Andrews Road, Newport Beach. (949) 631-1521. The Nutcracker at the Irvine Barclay Theater December 13-24: Starting with a spectacular 19th Century holiday party, the story follows a young girl on a journey to the wondrous Land of Sweets into the Sugarplum Fairy’s glorious kingdom. Set to the timeless music of Peter Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl who receives the gift of a nutcracker soldier from her mysterious godfather. Visit their website for show days and times. Adults, $40; kids, $35. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. (949) 854-4646. The Young Americans Present The Magic of Christmas in La Mirada December 13-15: In this special holiday production, The Young Americans will take you on a ride to a magical place. Christmas in the northern mountains, snow and a small town. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. $12-49. 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. (714) 994-9801. Visit with Santa in Garden Grove December 13: Kids drop in with their wish lists to visit with Santa. Saturday, 6-8 p.m. Free. U.S Toy/Constructive Playthings. 12372 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove. (714) 636-7831. 31st Parade of 1,000 Lights in Long Beach December 14: Watch dozens of yachts decked out

with holiday lights cruise along the coast. With the best viewing points at Shoreline Village, the parade will wind from Shoreline Marina to Rainbow Harbor, past Pine Avenue Pier and alongside the Queen Mary. Saturday, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Long Beach. Boy Scouts Peace Light Ceremony in Rancho Santa Margarita December 14: All ages welcome to join the Boy Scouts for a Peace Light Ceremony. Bring a lantern or candle and any safety precautions needed if traveling with the flame. Patches will be available for sale. Saturday, 6-8 p.m. Free to attend. 30400 Avenida De Las Flores, Rancho Santa Margarita. Breakfast with Santa in Huntington Beach December 14: Put on your best holiday gear and bring the family to enjoy festivities, including a pancake breakfast, holiday music, arts and crafts, and a picture with Santa. Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $5 per person; registration required, space is limited. Murdy Community Center. (714) 9608884. Breakfast With Santa In Seal Beach December 14: Enjoy a holiday breakfast with Santa, a bounce house and photo opportunity. Saturday, 8-10:30 a.m. Free, first-come, first-served. 151 Marina Drive. (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344. Candlelight Walks at Heritage Hill December 14-15: Celebrate the season with two enchanting evenings with luminary lit paths, park aglow with holiday lighting, strolls through restored historic buildings adorned in holiday decor, carolers, live entertainment, storytellers, visits with Santa, and refreshments (nominal fee). Saturday - Sunday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Adults, $4; kids (3-12), $3. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. (949) 923-2232. CARnival Family Fun Day at the Petersen in Los Angeles December 14: Celebrate kids and cars this year at CARnival Family Fun Day! Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of games, arts and crafts, storytelling, tours and much more. CARnival is a drop-in activity, included in museum admission; RSVP is not necessary. Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (323) 964-6308. Children’s Workshop Presents A Parade of Roses in San Marino December 14: Kids (7-12) can explore The Huntington’s century-old Rose Garden with curator Tom Carruth, then build their own miniature parade floats with roses and other natural materials. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $25-30, fee includes one accompanying adult. Preregistration required. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (800) 838-3006.

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Christmas at the OC Zoo December 14: Celebrate Christmas at the OC Zoo! Visit with Santa, listen to story time with Mrs. Claus, make fun kids crafts, and get your face painted. See the animals receive treats hidden inside Christmas trees and gift boxes. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Activities included with zoo admission, $2; parking, $5. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 973-6846. Christmas Candlelight Tours at the Rancho Los Cerritos December 14-15: Step back in time to December 23, 1878 and celebrate a Victorian Christmas. Tour the decorated adobe home with a costumed living history docent, and meet the Bixby family, friends and workers on this active sheep ranch as they share holiday traditions and discuss daily life in the Los Angeles area through theatrical vignettes. You’ll hear how the workers will spend the holidays, learn about advances in technology, and explore women’s views on suffrage, temperance and children’s education. Plus, enjoy gingerbread, hot cider, live music in the gardens and shopping in the museum store. Saturday and Sunday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tours begin every 10 minutes. $15 per person; preregistration required, tickets will not be sold at the door. Call or download the registration form from the website. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. (562) 5701755. Christmas Tree Lane Lighting in Altadena December 14: Officials will flip the switch on a mile of deodar cedar Christmas trees strung with 10,000 lights at the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in the country. The festival includes holiday treats, entertainment, community booths and photos with Santa. Saturday, festival at 2 p.m., lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Walk the lane and see the lights from dusk to midnight through January 1. Santa Rosa Ave., between Woodbury Ave. and Altadena Drive. Colors of Christmas in Cerritos December 14: The popular annual tradition returns with Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, Ruben Studdard, and Gospel and R&B singer CeCe Winans in a program full of holiday cheer and seasonal favorites. Sunday, 7 p.m. $55-100. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (562) 467-8819. Dickens Day Celebration in Carson December 14-15: The highlight of your visit will be Mr. Charles Dickens himself entertaining guests in the Museum’s Heritage Theater retelling “A Christmas Carol” and becoming Scrooge, while randomly using his audience as cast members. There will be a festive lunch of an English Banger, gingerbread and punch included with your ticket. Be sure to come dressed in your finest Victorian dress because it would be a humbug otherwise! Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $18, advance tickets are highly recommended and group discounts available. The International Printing Museum, 315 Torrance Blvd., Carson. (310) 5157166.

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Drop ‘N’ Shop in Garden Grove December 14: Drop the kids off with Lil’ Kickers and have some time for kid-free holiday shopping. Kids play various sports and games. Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $35 includes lunch; register by December 6. The Next Level Sports Complex, 12821 Knott St., Garden Grove. (714) 230-0706. www., Here Comes Santa at the Orange Library El Modena Branch December 14: Kids (all ages) meet the big guy himself and tell him their wishes. Parents may bring cameras to take a picture of their child with Santa. Saturday, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. 380 S. Hewes Ave., Orange. (714) 288-2450. Holiday Candlelight Concert with the Pasadena Symphony December 14: Performance features holiday classics such as “O Holy Night,” “Joy to the World,” “Away in the Manger,” “Deck the Hall,” to popular songs, such as “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” “All is Well Tonight” to “Hanukkah’s L’chi Lach” and a soulful “Go Tell it On the Mountain,” “What Child Is This,” and other sparkling sounds of the season. The performance includes soprano Lisa Vroman, a full chorus of the Donald Brinegar Singers, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and the LA Bronze hand bell choir in this festive concert of traditional and diverse holiday melodies performed by candlelight—an aural respite that is sure to summon the spirit of the season. Saturday, 4 and 7 p.m. $30-100. All Saints Church. 132 N Euclid Ave., Pasadena. (626) 793-7172. Holiday Paint-n-Pour Evening at Color My World in Artesia December 14-15: Join a fun family holiday paint-npour evening. Participants must be age 5 and up. Prior art experience not required. Saturday, 3-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Canvas 16x20, $20; canvas 8x10, $18. Preregistration required; seats are limited. 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia. (562) 8795972. Huntington Harbor Cruise of Lights December 14-15 and 19-23: A narrated cruise through the waterways of Huntington Harbour to see the holiday lighted homes and holiday decorations. Days and times vary. Adults, $17; kids (2-12), $10. Huntington Beach. (714) 840-7542. LA Children’s Film Festival December 14-15: The 9th annual festival will present more than 100 full-length and short animated, live action and documentary films from around the world, for toddlers to teens. Filmmakers and actors will be present for question and answer sessions after each screening. Saturday - Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Check the website for film schedule. Free. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops December 14: Kids (3+) make a festive frame ornament. Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255. • Long Beach Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker” December 14-15 and 21-22: 31st anniversary of Southern California’s most popular production of “The Nutcracker.” The Long Beach Ballet will once again present its trade-mark flying sleigh, amazing pyrotechnics, magical theatrical effects, full symphony orchestra and guest appearances by worldclass ballet stars. “Crammed with special effects, the familiar Long Beach Ballet version of ‘The Nutcracker’ has nearly everything money can buy. Opulent, family-oriented holiday entertainment, seek no further!”––Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times. Performances held: Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $28-65; VIP tickets, $95. Discounts for children, seniors and groups. Long Beach Terrace Theater. Ticket hotline: (877) 852-3177. See ad on page 7. Long Beach Daisy Avenue Christmas Parade December 14: Celebrating its 60th year, see the brightest street in Long Beach and a parade! Bring blankets and chairs. Saturday, 5 p.m. Daisy Ave., between Burnett St. and PCH. (562) 570-7777. Nutcracker for Kids in Costa Mesa December 14: Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet—performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids ages 5-11. This seasonal favorite finishes with a grand holiday finale and is sure to sell out. Saturday, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Musical Playground before each show, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. $29-49. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Towne Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 755-5799. Once Upon a Time at the Homestead December 14-15: Learn about how the celebration of Christmas changed from the 1840s through the 1920s through a tour of the museum’s decorated historic houses. Along the way, you’ll hear from a costumed living history character who will give you a feel for days gone by. Sweet treats will be served in the gallery following each tour. Saturday, 1-5 p.m.; tours depart every 30 minutes. Adults, $5; kids (3+), $3; reservations are recommended. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, Industry. (626) 968-8492. Open Lab at Fashion Camp OC in Tustin December 14 and 15: Spend an hour or so creating, designing and sewing up your very own stocking using holiday fabrics, ribbons and trims. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dropin anytime. $25. The District at Tustin Legacy. 2477 Park Ave., Tustin. (949) 478-0846.

Santa at Simms Park in Bellflower December 14: Don’t miss Santa’s visit to Simms Park. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2268. Santa Run 5/10K and Kids’ Fun Run in Irvine December 14: Participants are encouraged to run with Santa hats and holiday costumes. Medals are given to the top three finishers by age group, plus prizes for the best running Santa, best non-Santa holiday costume and best kid’s holiday costume. Sunday, races start at 8 a.m., kids ½ mile fun run, 10 a.m. Visit their website for registration prices. Hicks Canyon Elementary School. Irvine. (949) 9751812. • Target Free Family Saturday Winter Wonderland at JANM December 14:  Join the museum’s winter-themed fun at Winter Wonderland Target Day. Activities include a presentation of “Star in a Glass Jar,” a winter-time story performed through kamishibai (paper drama), a Japanese art form of storytelling. Paper character craft will follow the performance. Other activities include taking a picture with an Asian-American Santa Claus, making an origami winter reindeer, and more! Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together. For more information, please visit Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 6250414. See ad on page 2. All-American Boys Chorus’ Christmas Performance in Aliso Viejo December 15: The seventy-voice ensemble takes the stage for a dazzling production that will thrill music lovers of all ages. Herald the season as the Chorus presents “Christmas Time is Here!” It’s the perfect family yuletide event! Sunday, 4 p.m. Visit their website for ticket prices. SOKA University Performing Arts Center. 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo. (714) 7081670, Ext. 11. Family Art Workshop in Long Beach December 15: Join a workshop inspired by the exhibition, “Frank E. Cummings: Jeweled Harmony in Wood.” Families have the opportunity to build a functional clock, fusing wood and technology together. Sunday, 1-3 p.m. Free. Long Beach Museum of Art. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 439-2119. • Figure Skating Show at East West Ice Palace December 15: “Rising Stars on Ice” will feature skaters from their basic skills learn-to-skate program in choreographed group numbers, as well as solo performances by EWIP singles and pair skaters who are regional, sectional, and national and international level competitors. Sunday, 6 p.m. $5 admission; kids 5 and under free. 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia. (562) 809-6200. See ad on page 15.

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Holiday Story Time with A Visit from St. Nicholas in San Marino December 15: Kids (3-12) join a special reading of every child’s favorite holiday poem, Clement Clarke Moore’s, “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (‘Twas the Night Before Christmas), and enjoy some festive crafts presented by Little Junebugs. Sunday 1-3 p.m. $12-15, siblings ages 2 and under are free. Preregistration required. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (800) 838-3006. Merry-Achi Christmas at Cerritos Performing Arts Center December 15: Merry-Achi Christmas returns in a colorful and traditional Mexican holiday celebration

full of seasonal songs, dance, and festive merriment. Headlining the exciting extravaganza is the nation’s premier Sol de México de José Hernández Mariachi, joined by America’s first all-female Mariachis—Reyna de Los Angeles—and the captivating Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company. Sunday, 6 p.m. $30-85. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (562) 467-8819. Riley Wilderness Park Loop in Coto De Caza December 15: Families with kids (5+) are welcome to join the Sierra Club’s Little Hikers with a moderately paced three miles, round trip. Hike through the valleys and ridges of this wilderness park in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. As a wildlife sanctuary, Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park is home to an abundant number of native plants and animal life. Sunday, 9 a.m. Meet at parking lot in the park at the east end of Oso Parkway. Bring water, munchies and sturdy shoes. Free; parking, $3. Rain/recent rain cancels. 30952 Oso Parkway.


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Full Moon Hike in Newport Beach December 16: Join ENC naturalist Leslie Helliwell to learn all about the full moon and the mysterious legends associated with it. Flashlights are discouraged. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. Monday, 6-7 p.m. $6; reservations required. Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St. (949) 645-8489. Las Posadas Fiesta at Pretend City December 16: Kick-off the annual nine-day Las Posadas celebration. Learn about the history of Las Posadas. Monday, all day. Included with admission. Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine. (949) 428-3900.

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reation of Mary and Joseph’s search for a “room at the inn” is presented by the Olvera Street merchants and their family and friends. Visitors are encouraged to join the nightly candle light processions and Christmas carol singing in Spanish and English. A piñata is filled with candies every night for the children to break and enjoy. Daily, 5-7 p.m. Free to attend. Olvera St., Los Angeles. Holiday Organ Spectacular in Costa Mesa December 17: Fast becoming an Orange County tradition, this holiday spectacular captures the spirit of the season with classical and holiday favorites. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. $15-$75. Segerstrom Center for the Arts. (714) 556-2787. Royal Opera House Presents The Nutcracker on the Big Screen December 17: During this special in-cinema series, audiences will be able to step inside the famed Royal Opera House during the holiday season and experience the ballet from the renowned, iconic Covent Garden stage. The Nutcracker unfolds over two acts. Tuesday, 7 p.m. $15, participating theaters may vary. Visit the website for theater locations and to purchase tickets. Screening of The Santa Clause at the Fullerton Library December 17: Gather to watch The Santa Clause where an ordinary man discovers that he might have accidentally signed on to become the new Santa. Tuesday, 2-5:30 p.m. Free. 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6338. Stomp at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills December 17 - January 5: Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue, wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion.....this is Stomp. They use everything but conventional percussion instruments, such as dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, and hub caps to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act. Days and times vary. $41.50-71.50. 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (877) 598-8497. The Nutcracker Ballet at Huntington Beach Central Library December 17-19: A special production designed with young children in mind. This shortened production by Ballet Etudes company delights children of all ages. The ballet lasts roughly 65 minutes. Tuesday - Thursday, 4 and 7 p.m. performances. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended to guarantee a seat. (714) 375-5107. Little Naturalist “The Very Quiet Cricket” in Newport Beach December 18: Kids (3-5) and their adult guardians learn all about the Very Quiet Cricket throughout the center. Activities are designed to encourage exploration and discovery and to enrich a child’s emerging physical and cognitive

skills. Parents remain with children at all times. Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; and 11 a.m. noon. $6, reservations required. Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St. (949) 645-8489. Sensory Sensitive Holidays at Pretend City December 18: Holidays often mean a change in schedules, a houseful of people, loud holiday songs, hustle and bustle, and sights and smells that can be overwhelming to some children. Take a break today as Pretend City creates a sensory-sensitive environment in the city. You can expect: Dimmed lights and minimal sounds, signage alerting guests of the adjusted museum setting, sensitive Santa photo opportunity! (Photos will end promptly at 5 p.m.) Don’t miss this autism-friendly museum environment designed for children who benefit from a less stimulating environment. Wednesday, 1-5 p.m. Included with admission. Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine. (949) 428-3900. The Nutcracker Ballet in Temecula December 18-23: This perennial favorite set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score comes to life with original staging, fabulous dancing, opulent costumes and lush sets. Days and times vary; visit their website for details and to purchase tickets. Orchestra, $25 (Saturday), $29 (Sunday); parterre and balcony, $22 (Saturday), $26 (Sunday). Discount Days: Thursday and Friday, $18 (all sections). 42051 Main St., Temecula. (866) 6538696. • The Rinks Toy Drive at Anaheim ICE December 18: Donate new, unwrapped, toys, books, and games and skate for free and be entered to win Anaheim Ducks raffle items. Plus, enjoy holiday activities and crafts and meet Wild Wing, Power Players and Street Team. Wednesday, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Rinks Anaheim ICE, 300 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim. (714) 535-RINK. See ad on page 9. Viewing of the Newport Beach Boat Parade at the Newport Sea Base December 18-22: Join the Sea Base on their lawn for a view of the 105th annual Newport Beach Boat Parade. Chairs provided, bring blankets. Wednesday - Sunday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; parade starts passing in front of the base around 8 p.m. $10 advance ticket; $20 day of. Snacks and refreshments for purchase. Note: there is no parking at the base; passenger drop off only. 1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 642-5031. • Holiday Baking Workshop at Lil’ Chef School in Irvine December 19: It’s just not the holidays without delicious baked goods and sweet aromas coming from the kitchen! Kids will be baking cookies, pies, and more! Specific menu to be determined. Thursdays, 5 p.m. $45 per child; $35 per sibling. Don’t miss out as space is limited. Lil’ Chef School,

15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine. (949) 2921335. See ad on page 8. Laguna Dance Theatre Presents the Nutcracker December 19-22: Students from the Laguna Dance Theater perform with professional guest artists. Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 and 6 p.m. $20-24. Saddleback College - McKinney Theater. Mission Viejo. (949) 855-4702. Make a Ginger Bread House at American Girl in LA December 19: Girls (8+) design and decorate their own gingerbread house. This festive activity includes everything your girl needs to make a one-ofa-kind holiday centerpiece—gingerbread pieces, frosting, and lots of candy decorations. Thursday, 5 p.m. $38, reservations required. American Girl Place at The Grove. Los Angeles. (877) 247-5223. Charles Dickens Carolers at Kaleidoscope in MIssion Viejo December 20: Enjoy the sounds of Christmas with the Charles Dickens Carolers. Friday, 6-8 p.m. 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo. A Christmas Carol in Long Beach December 20-22: The Long Beach Shakespeare Company presents the classic 1939 radio edition of “A Christmas Carol.” Scrooge, his nephew Fred, Marley’s Ghost, the three Christmas Spirits, Bob Cratchit, and all the wonderful characters you remember, come to life on the intimate stage of the Richard Goad Theatre. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. $10. 4250 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 997-1494. The Nutcracker in Torrance December 20-22: See top-notch dancers from South Bay Ballet perform the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Adults, $30; kids (10 and younger), $20. El Camino College Center for the Performing Arts. 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310) 3295345. A Charlie Brown Christmas in Long Beach December 21: Get the entire family into the holiday spirit by enjoying classic Vince Guaraldi Christmas tunes performed by contemporary jazz pianist David Benoit. Saturday, 8 p.m. $25-30. Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 985-7000. Astronomy Night at the Columbia Space Center December 21: The Columbia Astronomers Club will be meeting at the CMSC this night. If anyone is interested in amateur astronomy or wants to check out some awesome telescopes drop by so that they may answer your questions. Saturday, 7-9

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Christmas Party at Dr. Stella’s Funtastic Dental and Orthodontics December 21: Join Dr. Stella and the team for some holiday fun with crafts, games, a photo op with Santa, hot cocoa, goody bags and a real snow play area! Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free. 2700 Bellflower Blvd., Ste. 217, Long Beach. (562) 6278800. Fiesta Navidenas in La Mirada December 21: A special “south-of-the-border” celebration laden with seasonal accents, including a traditional Christmas processional (posada), Mexican holiday songs (villancicos), a visit from the Three Wise Men, a festive piñata scene, and a finale, showcasing large papier-mâché characters. Saturday, 3 and 8 p.m. $11.75-50. La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. (562) 9449801. Holiday Sing-Along with the LA Phil December 21: Lift your voice and sing along to all your favorite Christmas and holiday songs with special guest, Julie Andrews. Bring the whole family! Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. $35.5089.50. Walt Disney Concert Hall. Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.

Mad Science Workshop in Huntington Beach December 21: Kids (3-12) and mad scientists will have fun with hands-on experiments with four hours for science fun. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $35, plus $5 material fee. Murdy Community Center Hall A. (714) 960-8884. Mrs. Claus and the Christmas Star in Long Beach December 21-22: This original holiday tale features Mrs. Claus and the Elves, a very special gift and favorite holiday songs. Saturday and Sunday; visit their website for times and ticket prices. 3960 N. Studebaker Road, Unit 106, Long Beach. (562) 884-7077. Naples Boat Parade in Long Beach December 21: Hundreds of homes and boats are festively decorated throughout the season. This ith P th art is y! ad

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Las Posadas at the Bowers in Santa Ana December 21: A traditional Mexican Christmas celebration re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s journey. Join for traditional music, dance and food. Entertainment by Rhytmo Incorporated’s Mariachi Kids and Los Sonadores Foklorico Dance Troupe. Plus, traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan dulce (sweet bread). Mexican dress encouraged. Saturday, 5-7 p.m. Free; museum and store will be closed. 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 567-3600.

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• The Rinks Holiday Pickup Play and Public Skate at Corona Inline December 23, 27 and 30: Monday and Friday, public skate, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; hockey pickup play, 3-5 p.m. Public skate: $5 per person includes skate rental; hockey pickup play, $5-10. 4325 Prado Road, #101, Corona. (951) 279-RINK. See ad on page 9. Begin a Christmas Tradition with a Trail Ride at Wagonwheel Ranch December 25: On Christmas day, enjoy the many sights to see along the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their guided horseback rides, including hillside views, and meadows of wildflowers and wildlife. Wednesday, call for times and pricing. 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes. (310) 567-3582. year’s theme is “Vintage Christmas.” Saturday, 6 p.m. Free to spectate. Long Beach. (562) 5989401.

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Santa Shopper Train with Fillmore and Western Railway December 21-22: During the last weekend before Christmas, pull up closer to the Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium for all those looking for great last minute Christmas gifts. If you are still in need of that perfect tree, it’s just a short walk to the Tree Farm where those can be purchased and brought back on the train. Saturday and Sunday, noon. Santa Clara and Central Ave., Fillmore. (805) 524-2546.

Winter Wonder Weekend at the Roundhouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach December 21-22: Bring family and friends for a fun weekend of ocean-themed crafts and games. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - sunset. Manhattan Beach Pier. (310) 379-8117.

The Nutcracker by the Anaheim Ballet December 21: Journey to Candyland with the traditional Christmas tale performed by the Anaheim Ballet. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. $20-40. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. (714) 712-2700. The Nutcracker Adapted by the Southern California Dance Theater December 21-22: Come and see a fun and very entertaining version of the all-time favorite holiday classic as presented by the Southern California Dance Theater. Performances are scheduled Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $22.50-27.50. Downey Theater. 8435 Firestone Blvd., Downey. (562) 496-1766. The Nutcracker by the Maple Youth Ballet in Irvine December 21-23: Maple Youth’s Ballet presents the timeless tale of “The Nutcracker,” highlights include a 55-foot “growing” Christmas Tree, a lifesize gingerbread house and an eight-foot teapot. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.; and Monday, 1:30 p.m. $26-50. On-stage Children’s Workshop for kids (4-10) after the Sunday, December 22, 3 p.m. show only. Northwood Performing Arts Theater, 4415 Portola Parkway, Irvine. (888) 7184253. Tuba Christmas in Anaheim December 21: Hear traditional Christmas songs

Holiday Festival at the Muckenthaler December 22: The festival includes tours, performances, and an arts and crafts fair. Plus, free art workshops for kids, a play area, and an appearance by Santa Claus. Sunday, noon. Free. 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6595. Strong Studios Presents The Nutcracker in Anaheim December 22: Bring family and friends to an affordable show featuring seasoned dancers and local kids. A fun version of the holiday classic appropriate for all ages—even smaller children. Sunday, noon and 4 p.m. $15, general admission ($20 at the door); $25 for front row; $10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more. Servite High School. (714) 404-0002. • Extended Skate Session at East West Ice Palace December 23 - January 4: For winter break, East West Ice Palace will be extending their public session hours and celebrating the holidays with festive decorations and music. Come and join in on the holiday fun! 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia. Public session times vary by day; call for details and skating schedules. (562) 809-6200. See ad on page 15. Fun Crafts for Kids at Mission San Juan Capistrano December 23, 26-27, 30-31 and January 1-3: Mission San Juan Capistrano offers fun crafts for kids (6-12) during the holiday school break. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $3 plus admission. (949) 234-1322.

• Start a Holiday Tradition with a Round of Golf at Golf N’ Stuff December 25: Bring family and friends for Christmas fun at Golf N’ Stuff. They offer challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including gokarts, bumper boats, bumper cars, Disk’O Thrill ride and kiddie train. Wednesday, opens at 2 p.m. 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk. (562) 8689956. See ad on page 4. Festival of Kwanzaa at Pretend City December 26: Kwanzaa is here! Join in various activities to celebrate the Kwanzaa principles, including working at the family stand, making gifts for family and friends, playing African games, and even having a “feast”! Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Included with admission. Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine. (949) 428-3900. Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops It’s Sense-sational in Long Beach December 26: Kids (5-9) investigate the mysterious sensory world of nature and experience their surroundings in a different way. Thursday, 9 a.m. - noon. $15. Preregistration required. El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. (562) 570-1745. Snow Days at Kidspace Museum December 26-30: Play in real snow, make snow angels and snowmen, learn how snow is formed in nature, and enjoy creating winter art. Check out the live performances each day and discover the science of snow. Thursday - Monday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Included with museum admission. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-9144. • Broadway on Ice at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center December 27-28: Popular songs come to life in the one-of-a-kind showcase “Broadway on Ice.” Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts’ stage will be transformed into an intimate ice arena for an unforgettable show, featuring two-time Olympian Ekaterina “Katia” Gordeeva, who won Olympic gold in 1988 and 1994 skating with her late husband Sergei Grinkov. Joining her will be a cast of champion skaters performing

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to the music of classic Broadway productions, such as “A Chorus Line,” “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” “West Side Story,” “Gypsy” and “Rent.” Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. $40-$65. 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (562) 467-8818. See ad on page 5. Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops Backyard Buddies in Long Beach December 27: Opossums, bugs, sparrows and slugs! Kids (5-9) discover the wonderfully wild world of animals in their own backyard. Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. $15. Preregistration required. 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. (562) 570-1745. Rose Parade Float Viewing in Pasadena December 27-31: Get a backstage glimpse of the floats in their final stages of preparation at any of the three locations. See a variety of fruit, seeds, bark, grasses, and of course, flowers being applied to the floats. Friday, Rosemont Pavilion, Brookside Pavilion and Rose Palace, noon - 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Rosemont, Brookside and Rose Pavilions, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Monday, Rosemont, Brookside and Rose Pavilions, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, Rose Palace, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10. Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St.; Brookside Pavilion, Lot 1, south side of Rose Bowl Stadium; and Rose Palace, 835 South Raymond Ave. Tidepooling for Tots in San Pedro December 27: Families with young kids are invited to a special tidepool presentation and guided walk. Just for preschoolers and their parents. Friday, 10:30 a.m. - noon. Free; preregistration is required, no walk-ins. 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. (310) 548-7563. • U.S. Figure Skating Association’s National Skating Month Celebration in Artesia December 27, January 3 and 24, February 28: Join East West Ice Palace to celebrate National Skating Month! Find discounts for all new skating school registrants, all public skating admission and gym memberships, plus pro-shop and snack bar specials. Free ice skating lessons, 6-6 :30 p.m., on these select Fridays, plus raffles, giveaways and more! Discounts on select services will be offered throughout January and February in honor of the sport’s celebration; call for details. 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia. (562) 809-6200. See ad on page 15. Daisy Avenue Snow Day and Movie Night in Long Beach December 28: The snow returns to the Wrigley area with more than 12 tons of snow, plus games and activities for kids of all ages. Saturday, Snow Day starts at 11 a.m.; movie starts at sunset. Free. Veterans Park. 101 E. 28th St., Long Beach. (562) 570-7777. Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops December 28: Kids (3+) make a New Year’s party hat. Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255.

Ice Skating OUTDOOR SKATING: LA Kings Holiday Ice Nokia Plaza at LA Live November 29 - January 1: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Nokia Plaza LA LIVE in Downtown LA. November 29 December 15: Monday - Friday, 5-11:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3-11:30 p.m. December 16 - January 1: Daily, 3-11:30 p.m. Admission, $13, includes skate rental; kids (7 and under), $6. Supper and Skate options available, adults, $30; kids, $20. • Queen Mary’s CHILL Through January 5: Bring your gloves and parkas for some chilly winter fun! The Queen Mary presents CHILL, a frozen winter wonderland featuring the only “Ice Kingdom” in Southern California, with two million pounds of ice hand carved into magnificent ice sculptures depicting the story of The Nutcracker. Zip down a six-lane Ice Tubing Slide, take a spin on the ice skating rink, browse the Holiday Village, play in the world’s largest snowman bouncy, and ride the world’s largest rocking horse! $14.95-39.95, tickets available online. (877) 342-0738. See ad on page 3. Downtown Disney in Anaheim Through January 11: Monday - Thursday, 3-10:30 p.m.; and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 3-11:30 p.m. General admission, $17; toddler admission (size 8T-13T), $12; includes skate and helmet rental. Doublebladed skates are available for young skaters. Downtown Disney, Anaheim. (714) 300-7800. Irvine Spectrum Through February 17: The festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink returns to Giant Wheel Court. Daily, visit their website for skate times. Skate sessions are one hour long, adults and kids, $14; toddlers, $13 (skates are included with toddler session only, 8-12T). Skate rental, $3.50. Helmets are optional and provided free of charge. Season passes, $129 (includes skate rental). Ice scooter rental, $5 (subject to availability). (949) 753-5180.

Santa Monica Through January 20: Slice through the ice in a festive atmosphere filled with holiday cheer and balmy ocean breezes. The rink is periodically cleared for short periods to groom the ice. If raining, the rink will remain open in light rain or drizzle, closing only for heavy downpours. Monday - Thursday, 2-10 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. - midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m. midnight; and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. $12, includes skate rental. 1324 5th St., Santa Monica. (310) 461-8333.

INDOOR SKATING: • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia. (562) 809-6200 See ad on page 15. KHS Ice Arena 1000 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. (714) 422-1236 Kulik’s Skating  20341 Hermana Circle, Lake Forest. (949) 5989564. Lake Forest Ice Palace 25821 Atlantic Ocean Drive, Lake Forest. (949)305-9658. Paramount Iceland 8041 Jackson St. (562) 633-1171 • The Rinks Anaheim ICE (714) 535-RINK Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE (714) 692-8776 See ad on page 9.

Pershing Square Through January 20: The ice rink is open daily, including holidays. Visit their website or call for times and special events. One-hour skate session, $10 with skate rental. 532 South Olive St., Los Angeles. (213) 847-4970.

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Equestfest with the Tournament of Roses December 29: Meet many of the equestrians you’ll seen at the Rose Parade! Watch the horses and riders perform drills, dances, and trick roping. A oneof-a-kind photo opportunity. Plus, music and food/ beverage concessions. Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $15-35; parking, $5. Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. (626) 7954171. 3rd Annual New Years Noon Party at Children’s Museum at La Habra December 31: Kids celebrate New Year’s noon with a hat and shaker craft, ginger ale toast, a balloon drop and dancing at noon! Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free to museum members and visitors with paid admission. Reservations required. 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra. (562) 905-9793. First Night 2013 in Fullerton December 31: Stop by Downtown Fullerton to ring in the New Year! Enjoy kids’ activities, live entertainment, food vendors, roaming entertainment and a fireworks show at midnight. Tuesday, 7 p.m. - midnight. Admission is free; rides and



activities, $2-7. Downtown Fullerton. (714) 7386545. Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration at Legoland California December 31: Midnight strikes at 6 p.m. and features a countdown with a Lego brick drop and fireworks. Monday, party starts at 2 p.m. All Kids’ New Year’s Eve activities are included in the price of Legoland admission. Carlsbad. New Year’s Eve at Grand Park LA December 31: Ring in the New Year with music, dancing and a large-scale art installation stretching from The Music Center to City Hall, plus an early countdown for kids at 9 p.m., in sync with the Time Square countdown. Tuesday, 6 p.m. - midnight. Free. Downtown Los Angeles. New Year’s Eve Party at Pretend City December 31: With sparkling streamers and festive party hats, this is one celebration you won’t want to miss! Enjoy stories, art projects, a rock ‘n’ roll dance party and a New Year’s Eve countdown at noon. Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with admission. Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine. (949) 428-3900. Noon Year’s Eve at Kidspace December 31: Ring in the “noon” year at Kidspace with live music, streamers, sparkling cider, and a balloon drop. Make noise makers, dance to music, and countdown to the “noon” year. Tuesday, 10



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Weekend Tidepool Walk in San Pedro December 28-29: Tours of tidepools with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Outdoor clothing and sneakers are advised. Saturday, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; and Sunday, noon - 1:30 p.m. Free. 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. (310) 5487563.

a.m. - noon. The balloon drop will occur at noon. Included with admission. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-9144. Annual Surf City Splash January 1: Make a splash into 2014 with pancake breakfast and a swim in the Pacific. Wednesday, 8-11 a.m., pancake breakfast; 10 a.m., countdown to the splash. $5+ donations, pancake breakfast; $20, splash participation and includes a T-shirt. Register on their website. Annual Tournament of Roses Parade January 1: The 125th Rose Parade will be held in Pasadena. Get there early for a seat or watch on TV. Wednesday, 8-11 a.m. Post Parade Viewing in Pasadena January 1-2: A unique opportunity for an up-close look at the floral floats. Please allow two hours to view the display and don’t forget your camera. Wednesday, 1-5 p.m.; and Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $10. End of parade route on Sierra Madre Blvd. Park-N-Ride available. Polar Bear Plunge in La Mirada January 1: Be among the first in 2014 to bravely plunge down the waterslides of Buccaneer Bay into the chilly catch pool. Adventurers will receive a photo taken of the plunge down the waterslides, hot chocolate, and admission to recreational swimming. Sunday, call for times and fees. Splash! 13806 La Mirada Blvd. (562) 902-3191.

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• Oshogatsu Family Festival at Japanese American National Museum January 5: Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Horse with exciting cultural performances, special foods, and fun crafts. Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. 100 North Central Ave., LA. (213) 6250414. See ad on page 2. • YaYa’s Performance Academy Presents Shrek the Musical in Long Beach January 10-12 and 17-19: Join Shrek and his loyal steed, Donkey, as they set out to rescue Princess Fiona who is guarded by a love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad and a gang of fairytale misfits and you’ve got the mustsee musical comedy. Visit website for times and ticket prices. William Link Theater, CSULB Campus, 7th St. and Bellflower. (562) 355-2004. See ad on page 27. • Valley Christian Schools Admissions Open House Events January 25 or February 8: Visit Valley Christian Middle or High School on January 25 or Valley Christian Elementary School on February 8. Valley Christian offers an extraordinary education where Christian students develop in a variety of areas: academics, including AP and Honors courses; fine arts, robotics and sports; missions and service—all with Christ at the Center. Contact Dianne for more information. Saturdays: January 25, Middle School, noon; High School, 2 p.m.; February 8, Elementary School, 10 a.m. (562) 8600556. See ad on page 23.

winter camps Acting Out (562) 901-0111 Save your “drama” for camp! This week-long camp celebrates creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun. Activities include improv, scene study, stage combat, costumes, props, movement, voice over, monologue and dance. Visit website for dates. Email: Alpert JCC in Long Beach 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 School’s out, winter-break camps for grade school through teens: swimming, sports, crafts and much more. Great counselors, fun activities, beautiful facilities! Covers LBUSD winter break, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day; extended hours available. Aquarium of the Pacific Winter Camp Adventures 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-1630 Aquarium of the Pacific offers two winter camps: Sea Squirt Camp, where kids (5-6) discover the underwater world of weird sea creatures, December 26-28; and Winter Day Camp, a marine life exploration (grades 3-4) through games, crafts and hands-on time with various sea animals—all documented in a keepsake camp journal, January 2-4. Billie Jean King and El Dorado Park Tennis Center’s School-Break Camps Billie Jean King Tennis Center (562) 438-8509 1040 Park Ave., Long Beach El Dorado Park Tennis Center (562) 425-0553 2800 Studebaker Road, Long Beach Youth Tennis Camps (4-17) are offered in oneweek sessions during winter vacation; daily dropin rates are available. Instruction is provided by USPTA certified teaching professionals in a large, fun group setting. Participants are arranged by ability. Beginners will be taught basic tennis skills and the fundamental strokes. The intermediate player will work on developing their footwork, ground strokes, serves and volleys. The advanced

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Holiday Safety

... for your pets In the rush to decorate, shop, wrap, bake cookies, stuff stockings and hit all the holiday events, it’s easy to overlook our family pets. “With all sorts of new foods and strangers and unfamiliar decorations, the holidays can be stressful and even dangerous for pets,” said Dr. Kathy Johnson of Yorba Regional Animal Hospital. Here’s how to keep them safe. • Make sure pets always have a place that’s warm and dry, especially short-haired animals. • If you’re going away for a few days, line up someone to check on your pet. • Anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, and don’t let your pets drink the water. It might contain fertilizer, bacteria and other potential tummy troubles. • Holly, mistletoe, poinsettia and many kinds of lilies are poisonous for pets. • Kittens love to play with sparkly tinsel, and may be tempted to nibble and swallow, causing a blockage. • Likewise, keep wires, batteries, and glass or plastic ornaments out of reach. Dogs often mistake them for balls. • Never leave lit candles unsupervised; pets can easily burn themselves or knock them over. Try flameless LEDs instead. • Never give pets chocolate and make sure they don’t overdo it with treats, table scraps and bones. • Don’t let dogs dip into the punch bowl. Alcohol can cause serious, even fatal, illness. • During parties, let your pets relax in a room to themselves, with water and a cozy blanket. • Don’t leave milk and cookies for Santa where your pets can get to them first; they cause tummy troubles. • On New Year’s Eve, avoid noisy poppers and firecrackers, which will spook pets. And skip the confetti; some pets might try a taste. Find frequently asked questions and more pet safety tips at

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players will focus on developing their overall game and match strategy. All camps promote good sportsmanship and a positive attitude is always encouraged. • Bold Girlz Holiday Fashionista Fun Camps 369 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa (949) 764-0098 Holiday Fashionista Fun Camp is a great self esteem program for girls (7-11) to learn fashion basics, runway modeling, outfit coordination, fashion crafts and more. Daily activities include runway modeling and fashion show; hair and make-up; singing on the runway; and a Bold Girlz photo shoot. Lunch and all materials are provided. December 26-27 or January 2-3. $75 per two-day session. Contact for times. Bold Girlz is located in Westport Plaza in Costa Mesa. Mission Viejo location coming soon. See ad on page 27. Boys and Girls Club Day camps (5-18) are offered at most branches during vacation breaks usually Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (hours vary). Most clubs also offer overnight and leadership camps (1318) during school breaks. Click here for a list of branches and contact information. Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley December 23 - January 3 (no camp December 25 or January 1): Kids (grades K-8) participate in arts and crafts, cooking, indoor/outdoor games, computer learning, holiday-themed activities and more. Optional field trips to Nickel! Nickel! Arcade, Frogg’s Bounce House, Fountain Valley Skate Center, Laser Quest and Knott’s Berry Farm, additional $10-28 per trip. Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closes at 3 p.m. on December 24). Full time, $75 per week; part time, $28 per day. $5 lunch. Two locations: Fountain Valley Kingston Branch, 16582 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, (714) 531-CLUB; and Huntington Beach Branch, 2309 Delaware St., Huntington Beach, (714) 3742600. City Recreation Departments Many cities offer camps during winter break. Activities may include, crafts, games and excursion. Most offer full and half-day options and extended care. Click here for contact information. • Covenant Christian School Christmas Vacation Child Care 1855 N. Orange Olive Road, Orange (714) 998-4852 No school? No worries. Join Covenant Christian School for winter-break camp, an interactive, loving and fun-filled environment for kids (grades Kindergarten - 8th). During camp kids will be going off-site on field trips to Scooters Jungle, Sky Zone, Lazer Quest and Chuck E Cheese, as well as participating in on-site activities. Don’t miss out on all the fun. Register now by calling Covenant Christian School. December 16-20: Be a Cougar for a week, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., $100. December 23, 27 and January 2 and

3: $30 a day or $110 for the four days. Email: See ad on page 23. Digital Revolution 4242 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 595-9454 Digital Revolution offers tech camps for kids and teens during winter break. Equipt with the latest technology and instruction, their tech camps are both educational and fun. Digital Revolution teaches students Digital Filmmaking, Video Editing, DSLR Photography, Motion Graphics, Graphic Design and much more. Digital Revolution also offers memorable birthday party packages and educational after-school programs. More information on the website. Learn. Create. Innovate. Environmental Nature Center 1601 16th St., Newport Beach (949) 645-8489, Ext. 103. Camps, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., $175; after-camp extended care, 1-3 p.m. $80. Week one (December 23, 24, 26, 27): Activities include hiking, making snow, meeting the ENC’s educational animals, playing nature games, and making toothpaste for an elephant. After, campers have fun weaving and learning techniques and producing pieces they can take home. Week two (December 30, 31, January 2, 3): Campers learn more about their own senses as they dive into a world of colors, find a bugs’ favorite flowers, blind taste test some sweet treats, write in Braille, and discover how animals move quietly. After, campers have fun creating art in nature, observing and describing in works of art and identifying pairs of complementary colors by creating mini native plant art paintings that utilize proportion, line, texture, space and value. Fullerton Parks and Recreation 303 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6575 Winter day camp, December 23 - January 3 (no camp December 24, 25, 31 and January 1), 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $120; 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., $180. Fees include all camp activities and excursions. Gryphon Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343 Go from Zero to Zorro! Vacation-break camps will teach your child the sport of fencing. They also offer a Variety Camp that teaches popular dance, martial arts, yoga and team work. Kids will have fun, meet new friends, learn new skills and build confidence. Email: • International Water Polo Club (949) 428-7576 In their school-break camps, serving all communities, focus is on getting kids (4-14) used to the water in a

non-competitive environment. In their youth program, kids strengthen swimming skills and are taught the basic fundamentals of water polo in a fun, safe setting. See ad on page 30. Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest (949) 461-3450 Holiday Hoopla Rockin’ Winter Camp (7-11) and Winter Teen Camp (12+), December 20, 23, 24, 26-27, 30 and January 2-3. Call for times and fees. LangoKids Irvine 9070 Irvine Center Drive, Ste. 135, Irvine Camp Lango is an Immersion camp offered during winter break, designed to give children (5-10) a unique experience. Kids get to spend time having fun, acquiring a second or third language, and taking pretend trips along with a passport to different destinations in Latin America or France. The best thing is they don’t have to fly! Without the hassle of lost luggage, they are able to visit these places and learn about their language, traditions, recreation and cuisine. Each week at Camp Lango is a new destination that ends with a celebration for parents, family and friends. Extended care in the morning and afternoon is available for free. • Lil’ Chef School Winter Camps 15435 Jeffrey Road #132, Irvine (949) 292-1335 A three-day Christmas camp workshop. Recipes include: Snowfolk Cookies, Parmesan Knots, Hashbrown Breakfast Pie, Chicken Wellington, Croissant Bread Pudding and many more. Choose week one or two: December 23, 26-27; or December 30, January 2-3; Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. $59-179. See ad on page 8. My Gym - Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers one of the best camp programs in town. Children of all ages can enjoy a day of camp with hands-on arts and crafts, music, dance, games, and overall emphasis on learning solid skills and fundamentals in sports and gymnastics. Themed days and activities add to the fun and atmosphere of the program. Call for details. Next Level Sports Complex 12821 Knott St., Garden Grove (714) 230-0706 One-day holiday camps where kids play a variety of games throughout the complex. Mondays, December 23 and 30, 8 a.m. - noon. $45. Register by December 13th. Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education 151 Kalmus, G-1, Costa Mesa (714) 545-1217 Your child (ages 3-12) will experience music, art

Spotlight ... on kid-friendly businesses • Guidance Center (562) 485-3085 In Long Beach since 1946, the agency provides English/Spanish mental health assessment and treatment, including individual, group, and family counseling and psychotherapy, medication, and psychological testing for children, teens and their families for a wide range of behavioral, social, emotional, family and school problems. Clinic locations in Long Beach, San Pedro, Compton and school-based services in Avalon. See ad on page 21. • MusicStar® Academy of Music (866) 793-9394 First lesson free. Free lesson books. Free recitals. Certified teachers. No long-term contracts. Affordable tuition and low-cost instrument rental! That is the MusicStar® advantage! You are never too young or too old to get into music lessons. MusicStar® is a leader in music education, providing private lessons, and programs for schools. MusicStar® teachers have passed criminal background checks, meet education standards, have passed MusicStar® training and certification. All Instruments and ages. Sign up today! See ad on page 28. • Social Scribbles Caricatures (562) 360-5499 Social Scribbles Caricatures serves the Orange and Los Angeles County area. Send your guest home with a memorable, one-of-a-kind cartoon drawing of them. Your guest will also have a fun time seeing others get drawn and be amazed on how fast their artist works. They keep their caricatures kind and flattering. Book a talented caricature artist for your special event today. See ad on page 25. • Sage Educational Psychology 7755 Center Ave., Ste. 1100, Huntington Beach (714) 270-9004 Is your child struggling in school? Sage Educational Psychology can help. Katy Tinsley will listen to your concerns, learn about your child’s needs and help you create a plan for school success. She’ll guide you to discover your child’s individual needs and learn how to ask the school or district to work with you. Sage

services include insightful interventions, behavioral consultation and testing for special education needs. Contact Sage Educational Psychology today for your free consultation. Make this the best school year yet! See ad on page 10. • The Tutoring Center 4215 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 653-4380 Are you happy with your child’s grades? Call The Tutoring Center today to schedule your Free Diagnostic Assessment. The Tutoring Center uses a unique system known as “The Rotational Approach to Learning.” Your child will receive intense one-to-one instruction in reading, math (all levels) or writing to rapidly increase academic skills while also improving concentration, focus and attention span. See ad on page 25. • United States Youth Volleyball League (888) 988-7985 USYVL provides every child (7-15) a chance to learn the sport of volleyball in a safe, fun and supervised environment.The family-oriented program strongly encourages parents, siblings, grandparents and friends to become involved. Each league is co-ed, with teams ranging from 4 to 8 players, divided into age divisions. Skillbuilding practices are held once a week; games are played on Saturday. Programs in Aliso Viejo, Fountain Valley, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Palos Verdes, San Clemente and Torrance. The USYVL offers financial aid for those who qualify, and community service hours for high school student-Athletes. See ad on page 13. • WhoTat (310) 370-7850 WhoTats are temporary tattoos that keep your children safe whenever they’re out and about: at camp, the beach, amusement park, museum, zoo, playdate, etc... Like a mini emergency card that keeps your kids connected to whoever’s in charge. Personalize them with a phone number or special need reminder for everyone’s peace of mind. WhoTats come in momfriendly, kid-approved designs, and in several formats. They’re perfect for your active or special needs child. See ad on page 18.

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and theatre each fun-filled day at DiscoveryARTS Camps available during winter vacation. This popular camp introduces children to the joys of artistic expression. Younger campers enjoy singing, dancing, related art projects and Fairytale Theatre with provided costumes. Older campers participate in music theatre productions and art classes. Parent performances are included. Silver Gan Israel Winter Camp Huntington Beach (949) 381.5610, Ext. 101 Arts, sports, swimming (indoor), and daily field trips are part of their Jewish values themed winter camp. December 23-27, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; extended care available. Register online. Skatedogs (562) 343-1095 Kids will make new friends, advance their skateboarding or scootering skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered through city parks and recreation departments. They also offer after-school and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties. Team OC Gymnastics, Cheer and Dance 385-B Clinton St., Costa Mesa (714) 444-1144 Camps for kids (4-13) in full- or half-day sessions. Activities include gymnastics, trampoline, inflatable obstacle course and much more! Ask about their sibling and multiple camp discounts. • Tim O’Donoghue’s Orange County Baseball Camp Foothill High School, 19251 Dodge Ave., North Tustin (714) 832-5961

Tim O’Donoghue’s Orange County Baseball Camp presents the 2014 Spring Training One Day Winter Camp on Saturday, January 25. Ages 4-7, 10 a.m. - noon, $30 if paid by January 15; $35 if paid on or after January 16. Ages 7-12, 1-4:30 p.m., $45 if paid by January 15; $50 if paid on or after January 16. See ad on page 31. Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC P.O. Box 15963, Long Beach 90815-0963 (562) 425-2446 Tom Hicks Christmas Baseball Camps in Long Beach’s Heartwell Park and Torrance’s Entradero Park (5-14), run Monday, December 30 - Saturday, January 4, (no camp Wednesday, January 1), 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., $110. Campers receive fundamental instruction, drills, daily games, individualized evaluation, photos, daily prizes and lots of fun activities. Check their website for further information. Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 Camps, offered daily, are four hours long, and include two hours of Western trail ride time. It’s the perfect place for your child to experience country values and horsemanship, where real riding experience is emphasized—there’s no baby sitting at this camp! Campers will enjoy the many sights to see along the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their guided horseback rides, including hillside views, meadows of wildflowers and wildlife. Riders learn to tack the horse; hoof care and the proper way to bridle the horse is also demonstrated with handson experience. Their horses are gentle and suited for the beginner to experienced riders. Class sizes are kept small so that your child receives quality guidance. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Camp can be scheduled by the day or week, 8:30

a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. For more information, call anytime. • Winter Camps & Tryouts with Irvine Slammers FC Club & Junior Academy League Tustin (949) 632-5649 Irvine Slammers FC Club and Junior Academy League has a lot to offer new and experienced youth soccer players this winter! Join the Tustin Club team. Tryouts for ages U10-U12 are held December 3 and 5; and ages U13-U14 are held December 13. Tryout held 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Orange County Great Park, field #2. Junior Academy League offers three soccer camps this winter holiday season. A structured and developmentally appropriate curriculum for youth soccer, players (4-14) receive equal playing time on balanced teams, and age-appropriate curriculum where fun is emphasized. Offered December 21-23, December 28-30 and January 2-4, 9 a.m. - noon; $90 per three-day session. Their Skills Development Camp is an opportunity for young soccer players to receive professional soccer training from the highly qualified and vastly experienced coaching staff that focuses on passing, shooting, dribbling, fakes and turns in a developmentally appropriate environment. Six Fridays, January 24 - February 28. Boys and girls (5-9), 5-6:30 p.m. Boys and girls (10-14), 6:30-8 p.m. $120. See ad on page 11. YMCA,, Individual branches offer day camp (5-15) during traditional and year-round school vacations. Financial assistance is available. Call individual branches for camp dates and details. Click here for locations and contact information.

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Kidsguide Holiday Guide 2013  

Kidsguide's 2013 Holiday Guide, 35 pages bursting with 250+ holiday events, camps, tubing spots and ice rinks to keep your kids busy through...

Kidsguide Holiday Guide 2013  

Kidsguide's 2013 Holiday Guide, 35 pages bursting with 250+ holiday events, camps, tubing spots and ice rinks to keep your kids busy through...