Are you hoping to relax and get some much-needed recovery and downtime from all the Christmas cheer? We thought so! But if you want to spend some family time out of the house, check out one of the events happening around Southern California this weekend. Experience winter by ice staking at Fantasy on Ice. Make a New Year’s craft at Lakeshore Learning. Or head to The New Children’s Museum for the Pajama Jam: New Year’s Family Night Out. Happy New Year!

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San Diego

Belmont Park Festivities and Cheer
It’s the last weekend of this family fun event. Take the kiddos to Belmont Park for some holiday cheer and celebrating. Enjoy free kids activities, a tree lighting, and more! Fri. – Sun., 6 – 8 pm, Belmont Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Fantasy on Ice
Want to experience skating ice skating in the heart of America’s Finest City all while benefiting a great cause? Come to Horton Plaza and join us in a benefit for the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. Make sure to dress warm and bring a pair of mittens/gloves. During the daytime the ice can be a little wet, so bring an extra pair of socks. Fri. – Sun., 10 am – 10 pm, Horton Square,  $12 – $14/person. All ages. Event details.

Pajama Jam: New Year’s Family Night Out
Ring in 2014 with The New Children’s Museum! Jam out in your jammies while enjoying a delicious dinner from local restaurants, New Year’s themed art-making activities, a balloon drop, and live music and dancing with Clint Perry & The Boo Hoo Crew! Adults can enjoy a hosted bar and bid on prizes in the silent auction. Sat., 5 – 8 pm, The New Children’s Museum, $20/person. All ages. Event details.

Free Crafts for Kids
Lakeshore Learning hosts a free craft activity each Saturday, where your kids can get creative. Today’s craft features a New Year’s party hat. Kids can ring in the New Year with pizzazz wearing a glittery handmade hat! Sat., 11 am, Lakeshore Learning, Free. Ages. 3 and up. Event details.

North County

Silly Sing Along
Bring the kiddos to Java Mama and drink coffee, read the paper and relax while the young ones dance and sing to live children’s music.  Some of the kid’s favorite songs include Alice the Camel, You are My Sunshine, 5 Little Monkeys and more. Sat., 11 am, Java Mama, Free with $3.50 play pass. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Festival of Kwanza
Kwanzaa is here, and there are so many fun things to do! Each day children can light another candle on the Kinara and join in various activities to celebrate the Kwanzaa principle of the day, including working at the family stand, making gifts for family and friends, playing African games, and even having a “feast”! Fri. – Sun., 10 am – 4 pm, Pretend City, $12/person. Ages 0 – 8. Event details.

Trains, Trees and Traditions
A magical model train exhibit will deck the halls of the Nixon Presidential Library this holiday season. The exhibit takes visitors through a whistling wonderland of model trains to celebrate a time when little locomotives would round the tracks underneath Christmas trees all across America. Surrounding the toy trains and scattered throughout the museum are 24 breathtaking Christmas trees decorated with more than 5,000 colorful ornaments and 13,000 sparkling lights. Fri. – Sun., 10 am – 5 pm, Nixon Presidential Library (Yorba Linda), $11.95-$4.75/person; kids under 6 free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Winding down after the holidays?

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy the Fantasy on Ice Facebook page