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 Seventh Day of Christmas

Red Tricycle gave to me: Seven swans a sipping...
Graceful swans, fairy tale like grounds, luxurious service at every turn – there's nothing in LA, nay the world, like Hotel Bel-Air. After your kiddos have oooo'd and ahhh'd over swan lake, kick back and relax for an afternoon tea you'll not soon forget. The Little Royals Tea is always a crowd pleaser with the younger set, but during the holidays, the hotel is also featuring a special "Spoonful of Sugar Children's Tea" in conjunction with the theatrical release of "Saving Mr. Banks." This delightful Mary Poppins themed tea includes whimsical delights like Medicine-Go-Down Cupcakes and Chim Chimeny Quiche. A copy of the children's classic, "Mary Poppins" is included for each guest as well. Cost runs $49 per person. For reservations and hours, visit dorchestercollection.com/en/los-angeles/hotel-bel-air.

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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.