Spring Break 2013 is shaping up to be one fun-filled week. Sure, we’ve got a kiddo or two to keep in check while they enjoy their well-deserved break from school, but Los Angeles is rife with kid-friendly events that will give you the chance to enjoy some quality time with your little ones. From scouring the city’s finest food offerings to relaxing with a good book, we’ve got you covered with 10 great activities that don’t require you to pack a suitcase. So get out there and get started on your Spring Break staycation Los Angeles style!

Packing up the kids and heading to Hawaii?  Keeping it local and doing a staycation?  Whatever it is that’s on the agenda, Peek Kids’ Spring Collection offers all the must-have clothes for an action-packed Spring Break, whether that means building sandcastles at the beach to cruisin’ the neighborhood on two wheels.

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1. Is the thought of planning an impromptu Spring Break getaway about as farfetched as getting our kids to eat their broccoli without a complaint? Well you can feel like you’ve traveled all the way to Africa without having to pack more than an overnight bag. At the San Diego Zoo, you and your animal-lovers can fall asleep to the sounds of the Serengeti at the Roar and Snore safari.

2. Sometimes it takes a bird’s eye view to fully appreciate the beauty of the city we live in. Once you get above the gridlock traffic and the busy streets, the views are stunning. Ride the Santa Monica Ferris wheel and take in the sights with your kiddies.


3. Few things can take us back to our childhood like riding an old-fashioned carousel. Regardless of your kiddo’s age, he or she will love sitting atop their favorite animal and going for a spin on these magical attractions. Check out our list of kid-approved carousels and enjoy a few go-arounds.

4. Nurturing our kids’ inner food begins with showing them the city’s finest eats. Start with haute couture cuisine like Gordon Ramsay’s mouth-watering mac n’ cheese or sweet treats just-like-grandma-used-to-make–the choice is up to you.

5. The weather in Los Angeles might feel like spring and summer all year long, but that doesn’t mean we’re completely void of options for winter activities. Just a quick car ride away is a snowscape ripe with opportunities for snowball fights, snow angels, and sledding. You’ll want to get on this quick though, because the snow isn’t going to last very long. And even if it’s all melted by the time you get there, at least the aerial tram offers unparalleled views of the surrounding landscape.

6. After all your daily adventures, your kids will (hopefully) be all tuckered out. There’s no better way to unwind after a day of exploring and playing than a trip the library. Find a quiet reading nook and get lost in a book, or pick up a few good read and find a shady patch of grass at a local park and let those little imaginations run wild.


7. Creepy crawlers. Just the sound of it is enough to give us the shivers, but not our kids! They revel in the opportunity to get up close and personal with all kinds of bizarre creatures–the weirder, the better. A visit to the zoo’s LAIR exhibit sounds like it is right up their alley. And while they’re getting their fill of all things creepy, you can post up in their rest area while your little critters crawl around.

8. Even though cheese pizza and butter pasta may be staples for out kid’s diet, we can’t wait for them to start broadening their food horizons. There’s no better way to get your little chefs to appreciate the food they eat than by teaching them how to prepare it themselves. Sharpen those kitchen skills at a cooking camp where kids can start building their very own recipe book–all kid-tested and kid-approved!

9. Spring has just about sprung, and soon we’ll start seeing the blooming colors that signal the return of warmer weather and longer days (not that we don’t get to enjoy those things all year long here in sunny Southern California). Take a break from your busy schedule to stop and smells the flowers at the annual Poppy Festival. It’s the perfect excuse to learn more about the state flower while soaking up the sun.

10. Just because our kiddos aren’t in school this week doesn’t mean their little minds need to slow down. Let their little imaginations take over at a magical play space that will exercise both their bodies and their brains. Play dress up or catch a show about hidden fairies in the forest–your kids will love the chance to explore these magical worlds.

How will you be spending your Spring Break with your kids? Do any of these ideas sound like a hit for your little ones?


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