With the yuletide carol for inspiration, we’ve cooked up our own “Twelve Days of Christmas” Red Tricycle style.* Each day is filled with a unique activity to keep little elves occupado (and you somewhat sane) through the holidays and beyond. In fact, most of these jolly ideas can be pulled out of your Santa hat any old time of year. So warm up those vocal chords, channel your inner Adele and sing along. And a one and a two and…

On the Third Day of Christmas

Red Tricycle gave to me: Three rescued hens...
We have a feeling those three French hens are doing just fine with their tiny berets and mini baguettes. But here in So Cal, there are some hens and other fabulous animals who could use a helping hand. Luckily, there's an uber caring organization like Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres that helps rescue and heal our animal friends in need – from cows and goats to chickens, pigs and everything in between. Spending time getting to know these sweet animals and witnessing their enormous capacity for love and joy – despite the extreme hardships they've endured – is a great source of inspiration here during the holiday season. On Sundays, families are welcome to tour the shelter where kiddos can kiss a cow, talk to turkeys and belly rub pigs. For hours and location, please visit farmsanctuary.org.

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*Okay, okay, we know the “Twelve Days of Christmas” don’t officially kick off till Christmas Day, but we’ve never been very good at playing by the rules. Plus, with your kiddos’ winter breaks fast approaching, we know you have tons of tot-tainment time to fill between now and then. Happy Holidays!

How will you keep your kiddos entertained around LA during the holidays? Share any fun ideas you might have in the comments below.

–Jennifer O’Brien

Photo Credit: Million Trees LA via Facebook, Compartes Chocolatier via Facebook, Rick Mueller for Farm Sanctuary, In Sappho We Trust via Creative Commons, DK’s Donuts and Bakery via Facebook, Los Encinos State Historic Park via Facebook, Hotel Bel-Air, Milk via Facebook, Mulholland Memorial Fountain via HQ on Yelp, Sky High Sports, The Pizza Studio via Facebook and Vmiramontes via Flickr

To find more family events and activities in Los Angeles this holiday season click here.