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 Sixth Day of Christmas

Red Tricycle gave to me: Six geese a playing...
Bundle up your rugrats and head over to the Los Encinos Historic Park in Encino where you'll find tons of lively geese and ducks ready to take some delicious grub off your hands. For a voluntary 25 cent donation, the park will provide you with a bag of duck food to feed your new-found feathered friends. (Bringing your own bread is frowned upon as geese and ducks have problems digesting the refined grains we're used to eating.) In addition to the park's beautiful fowl population, there are tons of historic sites to check out as well, including a fully functioning blacksmith shop and De La Ossa Adobe built in 1849. For hours and parking, visit parks.ca.gov.

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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.