City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

City to Offer Youth Recreation Programs in Local Parks During School Winter Break
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine

During the upcoming school winter break, the City of Long Beach will offer free youth and teen recreation programs at various parks throughout the city. Parents and guardians also have the option of registering their child for an El Dorado Nature Center workshop for a low-cost fee.

Winter Fun Days - Free

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine will offer “Winter Fun Days,” extended supervision (drop-in, non-custodial care) recreation programs at neighborhood parks. The programs are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on December 24, 26, 27, 28 and 31, and January 2 through 4. The parks will be closed on December 25, 2018, and January 1, 2019.

“Parks, Recreation and Marine’s free programs provide safe and fun opportunities for kids to stay active over the two-week school break,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The youth and teen activities are held in parks throughout the city, so all families have easy access.”

Youth ages five to 12 can enjoy free games, crafts, sports tournaments, field trips, and holiday celebrations at the following park locations:

Admiral Kidd

2125 Santa Fe Ave.


3301 E. 65th St.


130 Cherry Ave.


4600 Long Beach Blvd.


401 Golden Ave.


1401 Chestnut Ave.


352 E. Neece St. 


1545 West 31st. St.


951 Maine Ave. 


1500 E. Carson St.

M.L. King Jr.

1950 Lemon Ave.

Stearns Champions

4520 E. 23rd St.


1550 M.L. King Jr. Ave.


101 E. 28th St.


1435 Orizaba Ave.


3457 Stanbridge Ave.

Pan American

5157 Centralia St.


5620 Atherton St.

*Houghton Park Winter Fun Days moved to Scherer Park due to construction activity.

Free Teen Programs

Teens can also participate in free winter break activities at Chavez, Coolidge*, McBride, and Silverado Parks and the Freeman Center. The public can visit for daily program schedules.

*Houghton Park teen activities moved to Coolidge Park due to construction activity.

El Dorado Nature Center Winter Break Workshops

Children ages five to eight (must have kindergarten experience) can participate in nature-themed workshops during winter break at El Dorado Nature Center. Each one-time session is from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $20. Those interested can register at Below is a list of upcoming workshops:

  • December 26, Puppeteria Nature Land, Course #29398.
  • December 27, Go Nuts for Squirrels, Course #29399.
  • December 28, Down the Ancient Trails, Course #29400.
  • January 2, Claws and Paws, Course # 29401.
  • January 3, Game On!, Course # 29402.
  • January 4, Wild About Art, Course # 29403.

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About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve the quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 171 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space, and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City's Open Space Plan, provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs, maintains public marinas, and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.