Whether you are celebrating X-mas or Chanukah, we’re headed into the season of wintertime fun. Here are some activities you might want to pencil into your calendar over the next few weeks.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

 

While not free, or even cheap, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway offers a cheaper alternative to spending the day at Disneyland.  Tickets to ride the tram into the mountains and back again–with access to lots of snow, gorgeous views, and winter sports–start at $16.19 for kids over 3, $21.19 for seniors, and $23.19 for adults. A friend assured me that her kids enjoyed the tram ride and enjoyed the snow all day.

For more details, check out: http://www.partner.viator.com/en/8498/tours/Palm-Springs/Palm-Springs-Aerial-Tramway/d648-3238PSTRAM

For cheaper (and closer) snow access, you can drive out towards Mountain High/Wrightwood, Frazier Park, or Mount Baldy with your mittens, hats, and snow gear. It’s just the cost of gas (and maybe a sled!).

(photo by pdebacker via flickr)

Whales also migrate past California at this time of year. You could spend money on a whale-watching excursion out of Long Beach, Marina del Rey, or Dana Point, but the cheapest way to see these beauts is to visit the Point Vincente Interpretive Center. There are opportunities to whale-watch from the cliff and there’s a neat museum about whales, Palos Verdes and the late, sorely missed Marineland (Modest men and children should beware of the barely clad mannequin in the display of Gabrielino Indians).

And what about ice skating? The outdoor skating rinks continue to operate through MLK, I believe, at both Santa Monica and downtown/Pershing Square locations. For info about local outdoor ice skating, see a previous blog post: https://funfreeorcheapla.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/cheap-and-fun-ways-to-handle-thanksgiving/

Here are some more links about wintertime fun with kids:

http://www.bestcaliforniatravel.com/small-children-enjoy-snow-in-socal,

http://gocalifornia.about.com/cs/californiamenu/a/ca_winter.htm

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About beccakinla

Freelance writer and unrepentant homemaker. Writer of many genres and author of "A Dozen Daisies for Raizy," "Sliding Doors and Other Stories," and "Mazal's Luck Runs Out."

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