From outdoor escapades to snug indoor experiences, the cooler months in Anaheim and the surrounding Orange County area offer a diverse range of opportunities for families to connect and make lasting memories. 


Oak Canyon Boy on Trail

Nature Scavenger Hunt at Oak Canyon Nature Center

Bundle up your little explorers and head to Oak Canyon Nature Center for an exciting nature scavenger hunt. Across from the nature center is the Heritage Trail, which provides some interactive play opportunities for the children.  It’s peaceful on the trails with lots of birds and small wildlife. Armed with a list of winter-themed items, kids can roam the trails, discovering seasonal wonders like pine cones, animal tracks, and unique rocks. It's a hands-on way to connect with nature and spark their curiosity.

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Crystal Cover Reef Point Wildlife

Wildlife Watching at Crystal Cove State Park

Explore Crystal Cove State Park's enchanting wildlife on a family adventure. Grab some binoculars and explore the beaches and tide pools, where kids can spot various wildlife species. Keep an eye out for resident dolphins, migrating gray whales and birds just passing by the coastline. The park offers various themed walks throughout the month including a “Whale and Wildlife Walk” and “Beach Wellness Walks.”

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GardenWalk Anaheim Art Installations

Outdoor Art Exploration at Anaheim GardenWalk

Embark on an enchanting artistic journey at Anaheim GardenWalk's "Art on the Walk." This vibrant outdoor art showcase provides a captivating experience for traveling families. Wander through the pedestrian-friendly spaces adorned with eclectic outdoor exhibits and sculptures that seamlessly blend art with the surroundings. This interactive cultural escapade invites visitors to marvel at the fusion of creativity and nature, creating a visually stunning landscape that adds a unique charm to the Anaheim GardenWalk experience.



Huntington Beach, CA Bikes on Boardwalk

Bike Riding Along the Huntington Beach Bike Path

For an active outdoor adventure, take the family for a bike ride along the scenic Huntington Beach Bike Path. Rent bikes suited for children and cruise along the coastline, enjoying the ocean breeze and stunning views. It's a delightful way for kids to burn off energy while enjoying the beauty of the Southern California coast.



Artful Creations at Pretend City Children's Museum

If you need to head indoors for some warmth, let your little artists unleash their creativity at the Pretend City Children's Museum. With interactive exhibits and themed play areas, kids can engage in imaginative activities, from crafting to role-playing. The museum offers a safe and stimulating environment where children can learn through play and exploration.



Anaheim Packing House Indoors

Culinary Exploration at Anaheim Packing House

Turn winter into a gastronomic journey by exploring the Anaheim Packing House and delight in dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients. With its diverse array of eateries, the food hall caters to all tastes, making it an ideal destination for families with picky eaters. Let kids sample a variety of treats and make mealtime an adventure in itself.

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Storytime Adventures at Local Libraries

Escape the winter chill by cozying up with a good book at your local library. Many libraries in Anaheim and Orange County host engaging story time sessions for children, complete with lively readings and interactive activities. It's a wonderful way to foster a love for reading and storytelling in a warm and welcoming environment.

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Bower's Museum Santa Ana

Cultural Exploration at Bowers Museum

Delve into the rich cultural heritage of Southern California by visiting the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. With diverse exhibits showcasing art and artifacts from various time periods and regions, travelers can enjoy a unique cultural experience. The museum provides an enriching way to spend a winter day, immersing visitors in the artistic and historical treasures of the area.



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