Tulare County Activities This Holiday

The holidays are here! There are many things to do during the month of December. In a few weeks, kids will out of school for 2-3 week; a great opportunity to take advantage of the opportunities for family activities in Tulare County.

As a parent, you might be wondering, “How am I going to keep my kids occupied this break?”

First, check out these ideas for kids: 

31 Things to do During WInter Break

101 Things to do for the Holidays

 

We’ve compiled a list of activities for families to do in Tulare County. What are your favorite ideas? Do you have other ideas to share? Comment below!

Free Lunch During Holiday Breaks

Visalia Branch Library will be offering lunch for kids 1-18, Monday-Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Photos with Santa

Santa visiting kids at the Lighthouse Rescue ission. Photo: Teresa Douglass

There are places throughout Tulare County where there is still an opportunity to get a photo with Santa. In Dinuba, There will be an opportunity at the Alta Family Health Clinic Community Christmas Celebration, Friday, December 20 from 1:00-5:00p.m.

Porterville Train Museum will have a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus Saturday, December 8 at 1pm. Families are welcome to come to take photos and view the annual toy and train exhibit. See information here

Let us know of other locations!

 

Holiday Plays

The Porterville Barn Theatre is presenting Mary Poppins Jr.  through Sunday, December 16. See more information here.

The Enchanted Playhouse is performing A Christmas Carol December 7 and 8. See more information here.

Local Libraries

Winter break is a great time to discover and enjoy new books at your local library. It’s  lovely, warm place to spend a few hours or make a quick trip for new books. Have a book reading challenge to encourage your kids to read throughout the break!

There are also computers and other resources for kids, such as at the Farmersville Branch Library shown here.

Did you also know that the public libraries have free events and activities for kids and teens? Check out some of these events and then go to your local library to see what’s coming up.

Visalia Branch Library

Free movie matinee of Muppets Christmas Carol on December 19, 12, 2, and 4pm showing.

Winter Break Lunch Program-12-1:30 p.m. every day during break (except holidays)

Funtastic Fridays- Every Friday. On December 22: Watch Elf at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.
Board games and Kinect Games from 3:00pm – 5:30pm! [Visalia Branch Children’s Wing]

There are even more activities! See the Visalia Branch Calendar!

Dinuba Branch Library

Rock Painting on Friday, December 15, 3:00 p.m. bring your own supplies or use theirs.

Follow the Dinuba Branch library on Facebook for more events.

Sequoia/ Kings Canyon National Parks

Go to the mountains! Right in our back yard are breathtaking giant trees and beautiful views…and a great open space for fun for the whole family. Go up after it snows to build a snowman and enjoy snow play. Don’t forget to wear gloves and warm clothing! Snow chains may be required on some days, so check out the Sequoias and Kings Canyon National Parks website for current conditions as well as events and other information!

 

Mystery of the Christmas Star and Christmas Traditions Around the World- Sam B. Pena Planterium- December 14, 6:00pm

 

This modern reference to the traditional Christmas story investigates possible dates for the birth of Christ and looks at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during this important time in history. What signs in the sky might have been so intriguing as to cause three wise men to cross a desert in search of a newborn King? Mystery of the Christmas Star will answer all of these questions and more, while charming audiences of all ages. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children. See more information here.

 

Outdoor Ice Skating- Visalia

Downtown Visalia outdoor skating rink. Photo: Visalia Recreation Department

From now until January 9, come out and enjoy the winter experience of ice skating. The Visalia Recreation Center has created their yearly outdoor ice skating rink. Cost: $10 and includes skate rentals. Admission is free on Thursday evening, December 14.

https://www.iceskatevisalia.com/

 

 

 

 

McDermont Field house- Lindsay

When it’s cold outside, the McDermont Fieldhouse is the perfect place for physical activity. There are basketball and volleyball courts, soccer fields,interactive arcades, bounce houses, laser tag, fitness centers, rock wall, and more. Prices depend on activities. See more information here.http://www.mcdermontfieldhouse.com/plan/admission/

 

Porterville Historical Museum’s 34rd Annual Model Trains and Antique Toy Exhibit

Photo: ABC 30

Take your kids to see an array of model cars and antique toys (the kind your grandparents and great grandparents may have had) at the annual Porterville Historical Museum’s 33rd Annual Model Trains and Antique Toy Exhibit, going on through the end of the year. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for students, and 6 years and younger are free. Museum website

Zalud House

Photo: Zalud House

Another opportunity to step back into time! Built in 1891, the historic Zalud House is one of the few houses of that era that has not undergone remodeling. Inside the Zalud house are historic treasures from the region. The Zalud House is open Thursday thru Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm.Regular admission is $1 for children and $3 for adults. It is closed the month of January. See the website for more information.

Exeter’s Murals

Visit Exeter and see their well-known collection of murals. If you are going to the Sequoias, you can see these gems on your way to the mountains, but it is worth a trip in itself.

 

Photo: City of Exeter

Indoors…

Create Art for Tulare County Farm Bureau Coloring Contest

Get artistic! The Tulare County Farm Bureau has announced “Tulare County Agriculture: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead”” as the theme of its annual Student Calendar Art Contest. Students have until February 15 to complete and submit their artwork for the 2018-19 Calendar. The contest is annually sponsored by the Tulare County Farm Bureau and the Tulare County Office of Education.

“Look around your community, outside your classroom and as you travel around the county—agriculture is everywhere! Creative artwork should display images about agriculture, and reflect this year’s theme.”

more information here

 

Play Education Online Games

PBS has a list of online games for free to  promote learning skills here .

If you do not have access to a computer, visit the local library.

Read Holiday Books and other Books Free Online!

Christmas books are available to read online ! Online books are a great way for your children to read more and for families to read more together! Start a tradition of reading a different holiday book each night! Use this site to access free online books throughout the year! Visit site here!