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Five OC Holiday Break Educational Activities

Five OC Holiday Break Educational Activities

The holidays provide an excellent opportunity for kids to be able to participate in educational activities outside the classroom. Most schools provide more than a week off for kids in elementary and middle school, which leaves a lot of time to fill between holiday family activities. There are tons of things parents have wanted to do with her kids but they simply didn’t have time to experience during the first semester of the school year. Now that kids are at home for winter break, there are some excellent holiday educational activities in and around Orange County.

Aquariums

There are several beautiful aquariums within close driving distance of cities in Orange County. They provide a great field trip for people of all ages and can be pretty educational as well. Whether a kid is in first grade or fifth, there’s plenty to learn about the miles of ocean that makes up a big part of our lifestyle in California. Local aquariums share stories about conservation and the effects of pollution, and offer a look into some of the more exotic species found throughout the world.
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/
https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/

Irvine Arts Center

The holidays are a great time to get creative and flex that right side of the brain while taking a break from core subjects. Irvine Arts Center offers lots of opportunities for kids to learn about pottery and sculpture, painting, and drawing. Additionally, Irvine Arts Center is conveniently located next to a library and a park where families can spend a good portion of the day having fun.
http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-fine-arts-center

Time at the library

Orange County boasts some of the most beautiful libraries in the state. Although many students can get by working from their home computer, it’s important that this generation experiences the concept of a library. These are wonderful places where students of all ages learn about every topic under the sun. Our state-of-the-art libraries offer an opportunity for kids to learn about new technology and research skills that will help them throughout the school year or just sit in the kids’ corner and read a fun book in a peaceful environment.
http://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/library/
http://ocpl.org/libloc/sc

A walk through the gardens

There are beautiful gardens to explore throughout Orange County and within a reasonable driving distance of the county line. Sherman’s gardens, for example, provides families with a relaxing day learning about all the different botanical species living in our climate as well as plants and flowers cultivated from all over the world. A couple hours drive down to San Diego provides families with a beautiful experience in the Arboretum at Balboa Park. While there, why not visit one of the beautiful museum collections just a short walking distance away.
http://www.slgardens.org/
http://www.balboapark.org/in-the-park/botanical-building

Arts and crafts

In many cases, both kids and their parents commute on the freeway every day in order to get to school and work. In this situation, one of the best educational activities is done at home in the comfort of the living room. There are so many wonderful arts and crafts projects that can celebrate the spirit of the holiday season and teach kids some wonderful skills such as spatial awareness, color mixing, step-by-step directions, cause-and-effect, and sharing. A quick trip to your local arts and craft store can fill several afternoons with fun and educational at-home activities.
http://www.michaels.com/kids/craft-ideas/815811862

Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa.

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