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 Second Day of Christmas

Red Tricycle gave to me: Two turtle yums...
Keep your tired old turtle doves – we'll take delectable chocolate turtles over them any day. Especially when they're from LA's master of all things chocolaty and wonderful, Compartes Chocolatier. From turtles to double dunked Oreos to insane truffles that look more like fine art than candy, Compartes has organic gourmet chocolates made from scratch in house every day utilizing all natural ingredients at their LA chocolate factory. Little ones will go ga-ga over the bright-colored truffles and might even have an opportunity to see the chocolatiers in action as they handcraft what can only be described as pure decadence. For store location and hours, visit compartes.com.

*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.