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 Ninth Day of Christmas

Red Tricycle gave to me: Nine fountains dancing...
You've probably driven past it a billion times on your way to Griffith Park, but the Mulholland Memorial Fountain is really a treasure worth stopping for. Named after LA aqueduct engineer, William Mulholland, this 74-year-old landmark (at the intersection of Riverside Dr. and Los Feliz Blvd.) has been through several renovations over the years, most recently earlier this year. Now encircled by a new beautifully landscaped park filled with flowers, it's been lovingly restored to glamorous glory. Families can once again enjoy crystal clear waters dancing with the gracefulness of a prima ballerina one moment and shooting upwards with the power of Old Faithful the next. This may very well become your tots' new favorite spot to make a wish.

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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.