What to do with your kids over winter break

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine is offering a number of activities for kids and teens over the two-week winter break, and many of them are free.

Winter Fun Days (free)

“Winter Fun Days”—including free games, crafts, sports tournaments, field trips and holiday celebrations—will be held at numerous parks throughout the city.  The programs are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Dec. 24, 26-28 and 31, and Jan. 2-4. The parks will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

The activities are for youth ages 5-12 at the following park locations:

  • Admiral Kidd, 2125 Santa Fe Ave.
  • Ramona, 3301 E. 65th St.
  • Bixby, 130 Cherry Ave.
  • Scherer, 4600 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Chavez, 401 Golden Ave.
  • Seaside, 1401 Chestnut Ave.
  • Coolidge, 352 E. Neece St.
  • Silverado, 1545 West 31st. St.
  • Drake, 951 Maine Ave.
  • Somerset, 1500 E. Carson St.
  • M.L. King Jr., 1950 Lemon Ave.
  • Stearns Champions, 4520 E. 23rd St.
  • McBride, 1550 M.L. King Jr. Ave.
  • Veterans, 101 E. 28th St.
  • Orizaba, 1435 Orizaba Ave.
  • Wardlow, 3457 Stanbridge Ave.
  • Pan American, 5157 Centralia St.
  • Whaley, 5620 Atherton St.

Free Teen Programs

Teens can also participate in free winter break activities at Chavez, Coolidge, McBride, and Silverado Parks and the Freeman Center. For daily program schedules, click here.

El Dorado Nature Center Winter Break Workshops

Children ages 5-8 (must have kindergarten experience) can participate in nature-themed workshops during winter break at El Dorado Nature Center. Each one-time session is from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $20. Those interested can register at www.lbparks.org. Below is a list of upcoming workshops:

  • Dec. 26, Puppeteria Nature Land, course #29398.
  • Dec. 27, Go Nuts for Squirrels, course #29399.
  • Dec. 28, Down the Ancient Trails, course #29400.
  • Jan. 2, Claws and Paws, course # 29401.
  • Jan. 3, Game On!, course # 29402.
  • Jan. 4, Wild About Art, course # 29403.

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