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 Twelfth Day of Christmas

Red Tricycle gave to me: Twelve hippies drumming...
There's nothing more "LA" than Venice Beach. Uh, scratch that. There's nothing more "LA" than the Venice Beach Drum Circle. Chances are you have a tot or two at home who digs banging on things, be it drums, pots and pans or Nana's irreplaceable fine china. This place is heaven for energetic little ones and everyone's welcome to join in – no judgement. Head to the end of Brooks Ave. and Ocean Front Walk any Saturday or Sunday a couple hours before sundown, and you'll likely hear the sound of drums, bongos and dancing feet calling your kids over like a Ringo Starr siren song. Warning: it can get pretty loud, so if you have any tikes who are extra sensitive to sound, earplugs might be in order.

*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.