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 Fourth Day of Christmas

Red Tricycle gave to me: Four metal birds...
Pack up a holiday picnic (read: peppermint bark and hot cocoa) and bring your pint-sized pilots over to the Santa Monica Municipal Airport for an opportunity to soak in all the airplane activity up close. The Runway View Sky Deck and Public Viewing Deck are totally free and accessible 365 days a year, giving tikes an amazing view of helicopters and planes taking off and landing on the runway. Tots can even listen to the control tower broadcast as it plays in the background. There are plenty of picnic tables and benches for families to relax a while and enjoy the show. For more information, check out smgov.net/departments/airport.

Bonus: Kiddos who stop by the main desk during office hours can pick up a free balsa wood airplane, compliments of the airport.

*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.