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Kid's Review
Winter Break Activities in SCV
January, 2007 - Issue #27
Since winter break is here, I have been asking people what they most enjoy doing over the vacation with their friends and family in the SCV. The following list includes some of the places and activities kids have recommended to me.

Doing different crafts such as constructing gingerbread houses are a great way to have fun on a cold or rainy day. Let your artistic talents shine as you decorate your dream house with tons of candy. You can build by yourself, with a buddy or even have a group of friends over for a quick get-together.

If you are more of an outdoor type, you may not realize how much fun it is to go to Magic Mountain in the winter. You can be gone all day without having to wear sunscreen and it doesn't seem as crowded this time of year. Personally, I cannot wait to check out their newest rollercoaster, Tatsu.

Mountasia is another exciting place to visit with family and friends. This is the perfect winter fun zone because there are so many things you can do both inside and out regardless of the weather. Two miniature golf courses offer some friendly competition. Practice your driving skills at the go-cart track. My favorite thing to do at Mountasia is laser tag. The more people with you, the more fun you will have sneaking up on your friends and springing out of your hiding place to tag them.

The Ice Station offers year round amusement whether you are wearing skates or not. It is especially fun to ice skate when the rink is dark and the disco lights are on. However, if you do not enjoy gliding around in circles, then hop into one of the bumper cars on ice,and stop worrying about falling down.

I always enjoy a holiday movie, whether in the theater or on the couch. During winter break, there are many recently-released movies vying for your attention. If you prefer to spend the day at home, get some blankets, your pillow and turn on your favorite winter movies while enjoying an endless bowl of homemade popcorn.

Finally, I love celebrating the season with a holiday light tour around the neighborhood. Most folks keep their lights up until the New Year. Touring the town gazing at the creatively-decorated homes and streets is my favorite way to end the day. Either walking in the cool night air or driving through the streets admiring through your car window, this is a great family activity.

In the Santa Clarita Valley, we are fortunate that there are plenty of ways to appreciate the break from school and homework while enjoying our friends and families. This winter, gather up some family and friends and head out to some place new to explore and have fun here in our own valley.

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Jolie will be glad to put away her backpack this winter! E-mail review suggestions to review@insidescv.com.
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