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 First Day of Christmas

Red Tricycle gave to me: A free way for tikes to plant trees...
Forget partridge in a pear tree. This year, free trees are where it's at, people. Million Trees LA gives residents of the City of LA the opportunity to receive up to seven totally free shade trees to plant in their front yard. If your family qualifies, you choose from 51 species of trees that are then delivered to your home so you can plant them together. The grooviest part is the trees will grow right along side your kiddos – kind of a living growth chart of sorts. Southern California's planting season is actually winter (since that's when we get the most rain) so it's the perfect time to break out those shovels and gloves. To snag your free trees, contact milliontreesla.org.

*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.