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If you're planning a Christmas party for a group of elementary-age children, there are a myriad of really fun games you can include. Be sure to have lots of prizes and take lots of pictures because some of the games can be silly!

To get the kids moving around, start with the “fill the stocking” game. In this game, create teams so there are at least 3 people and no more than perhaps 6 people on each team. Have a stocking for each team. Place the stockings on the wall and have also a bowl of candy and spoons. The first person on each team will put the spoon in their mouth (backwards, so the bowl of the spoon is sticking out) and get some candy out of the bowl. Still holding their spoon in their mouth, they must walk or run to the stocking on the wall and get the candy in the stocking. They run back to the line and the next child has a turn (each child should have his or her on spoon). The game continues until the candy bowl is empty.

The obvious prize for the stocking game is a big bowl of candy!

Another active game is an “unwrap the game” relay. Provide two piles presents at one end of the room (these can be presents with real teats inside, or “dummy” wrapped presents). The children are divided into two teams and a relay is created. One person runs to the stack of gifts, unwraps it, throws away the paper and runs back. Then the next child in line runs up, unwraps a gift, throws away the paper and runs back. If the paper lands outside the trash can, the child must run back and put it back in the trashcan before returning to the line and allowing another person to take a turn.

If these to games are played first the kids might want a little rest. Now's the time to play a sit-down Christmas party game, like “remember this”. Get a large cookie sheet or baking tray and fill it with Christmas-themed items. You might include an ornament, a candy cane, a Santa hat, garland, ribbon, etc. There should be at least 20 items on the tray. Give each child about 20 seconds to look at the items, then cover the tray and remove it from sight. Give the children another 20-30 seconds to remember everything they saw on the tray. Have them quickly write don their guesses. The prize is for whoever remembers the most items!

Another good sit down game and one that's also a learning game is a word find game. Provide children with a list of Christmas words and have them find other words within those words. For example, if one word is “reindeer” they might find in, deer, red, den, and so on. Longer words are best, so think of words like Christmas, snowballs, poinsettia, holly berry and the like).

Children love games that involve sitting in a circle and having fun that way. Here's a “circle” game children are sure to love. This tests their ability to remember little details about other people, like their voice. Have handy a sleigh, either one cut out of cardboard or a small one purchased a gift or dollar store. Blindfold one child and have another child hold the sleigh. The child with the sleigh calls out to the blindfolded child something like this:

Santa, where's your sleigh?
Someone's come and taken it away.
Who has it? Who?

The blindfolded child has to guess who has the sleigh. Give the child 3 chances to get it right before giving the sleigh and blindfold to other children.

For another sit down game, give each child a piece of paper and a pencil. Tell them to close their eyes and then tell them what to draw. Give them the shapes, but don't tell them exactly what they are trying to draw (though most children will figure it out). So, first tell them to draw three circles, with the largest being on the bottom and the smallest on the top. Then tell them to draw dots for eyes, and buttons for a coat. Keep going until you have described a snowman. Then have the children open their eyes to see what they have actually drawn. Award a prize for the drawing that most closely resembles a snowman.

Christmas Games Elementary Age Children

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It used to be that families had no rules about gift buying. Everyone bought for everyone else, and gifts were exchanged when the family all got together somewhere during the Christmas season.

These days, it's more common for people to draw a name out of a hat or get assigned a person to buy for. Or the family creates a type of “white elephant” exchange instead of having family members buy for individuals in particular. So, what many families need is a fun way to exchange the gifts, whether they be for a specific person or whether they are 'white elephant” type gifts.

If the family members drew names, there are several fun things you can do. The gifts can be hidden and clues given as to the location of the gifts. So, if you arrive at grandma's house with your gift for Aunt Martha, you might tuck her gift into a kitchen cabinet. Then you'd create a series of clue as to here it is. You might say, “Cinnamon lurks here” or “it's the hub of the home, but not always the home of the hub”.

The clues can be silly or deadly serious. They can be designed so someone will know where to find their present in just minutes, or designed so that it takes a series of clues to get someone right to their gift. If the group is small or the house particularly large, and the participants have the time you can always create a hunt where more than one tip is left and one tip leads to another, which leads to another until the gift is finally found.

Why should the kids have all the fun? Create some fun gift exchange ideas for adults. Whether the family is doing a name draw and exchanging regular gifts or not, you can have some good family fun with a white elephant gift exchange. How about a themed white elephant gift exchange? If the family is into fishing, you could create that as a theme. Everyone must bring a gift related to fishing (this could be anything from sporting goods items, to a singing bass that goes on the wall). It could be a hand held electronic fishing game or a board game with fishing as a theme.

In that same vein, you could create a “cooking” white elephant exchange or a camping themed gift exchange. Again, it's more about what will please members of the family than anything. Then create some fun games for the exchange itself. Perhaps everyone draws a number and gets to pick their gifts from the pile in the middle based on their number. Perhaps you begin the game that way, but then also people to 'steal' someone else's gift if they choose.

You can require that the gift recipient shakes a gift, studies a gift and makes a good, educated guess as to its contents before opening it. If they are right, they can “steal” someone else's gift, but if they are wrong, they keep theirs. Add to the silliness factor by playing a card game and dictating that people can't get their gift and open it until they win a hand in the card game (ideally something fairly quick like poker or rummy).

The idea behind any family gift exchange should be enjoying each other's company and enjoying the Christmas spirit. As long as it's fun and engaging, there's no reason why the adults in the family can't have some fun games for exchanging gifts just the kids might.

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If being outside or shopping is not on the agenda, you might enjoy the Georgia Aquarium. Not only is this the largest aquarium around the country, but it is also the most entertaining. Family's can sit for hours watching the marine life on webcams or right up front and personal. The entire aquarium holds a little over eight million gallons of marine water and fresh water. The displays are spectacular and engaging. People come from everywhere to see this incredible sight. You will find hours upon hours of enjoyment at the aquarium. The aquarium is home to Deepo, who is the mascot of the aquarium and just turned two this year.

If you happen to be at the aquarium on a Friday night during the summer, you can enjoy the music Jazz Journeys. This is another advantage for the already spectacular aquarium that has been rated one of the top ten places to visit with kids. The webcams show you videos of the zebra shark pups. The aquarium is proud to be able to show you the first pictures of the little ones and offer behind the scene tours of the zebra sharks. You can also visit the Chilly Unknown and see the weedy sea dragon, sea otter, leafy sea dragon, octopus, damselfish and the Beluga whale. The penguins are another funny attraction to watch.

Then visit the Discover our Coast for a peek at the redhorse sucker, right whale, Loggerhead sea turtle, crabs, sea star, Cownose ray and the Bonnethead shark. After seeing the entire collection of marine life take a walk over to the Journey with Giants display. You will see the whale shark, giant grouper, zebra shark, sawfish and the Humphead wrasse. Where else could you possibly see so many different creatures?

Next, you will want to visit the Coral Kingdom for a look at the butterfly fish, seahorse, moon jelly, garden eel, surgeonfish and the mandarin fish. The Coral Kingdom is one great display you do not want to miss. It is just so spectacular that you wonder how in the world these creatures survived all these years. With all these displays, you will want to take the entire day to see everything. At times it is just so peaceful, to just sit and watch the movements of the marine life in an environment similar to their own.

There are some general rules to follow while visiting the aquarium, which includes not bringing in food and beverages, come way before the aquarium closes, at least an hour or you will not be permitted inside and plan on having a security check done upon entrance to the aquarium. One thing that interests people is that you cannot bring any gum into the aquarium, so plan for this as well. The Georgia Aquarium is a smoke free public place and this is enforced by security. Bring socks along for the kids so they can play in the children's play area in the Georgia Explore play area and take plenty of pictures.

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In Orange, California, you can find the Orange County Zoo. Keep in mind that even though this zoo is within the city does not mean it is small. It is set on four hundred and seventy-seven acres of land. Here you will find plants and animals customary to the southwestern area of the country. Will find the zoo, which is in Irvine Regional Park a family adventure. You can plan the entire day to see everything the zoo has to offer.

Next, you will find the Santa Ana area has a great zoo in Prentice Park called the Santa Ana Zoo. Here is where you will spend the day looking at the zoo inhabitants that live there all year long. They can surely amuse you as you spend the days watching them beg for handouts. Although this zoo is only twenty acres, it does pay to plan the entire day and have some fun watching the critters in the zoo.

If you want somewhere to take the kids where they can pet the animals and feed them, you will enjoy Zoomers Petting Zoo and Bird Park in San Juan Capistrano. You are going to feed, touch and mingle with bunny rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, geese, sheep, alpacas, donkeys, llamas, emus and goats. The do have pony rides and a miniature train that you can ride around on.

The Orange County zoo is where you are going to find the bears, lions and tigers. In addition, do not forget to see the foxes, hawks and porcupines. They have a variety of animals that you do not normally see in zoos. They also have the domestic center where you will see the pot bellied pig and some doves as well as other animals. This zoo also special events and programs for the kids from story time to educational learning about the animals.

The Santa Ana Zoo will find you amazed with the wallaby, lemurs, squirrel monkey and the black howler money as well as all the other interesting mammals. Then you can see the birds, which includes swan, eagles and toucan. You can see the frogs and the reptiles as well as the fish and invertebrates. Everyone enjoys the little creatures they see at the zoo. It is always something to talk about because you do not get to see these creatures anywhere else. The snakes are incredible to watch slitter around their habitats.

At Zoomers Zoo, you can plan a birthday party or plan to join the kids club. They also have summer camps available, which is a great experience for all children. Whether you plan to visit one zoo or all of the zoos, you will see more animals and learn more about them, even things you never new. You will even see animals that you never new existed. It is always fun and exciting no matter what your age is or how many zoos you have been too. Some of the animals are so accustom to people that they can put on a show to entertain the audience.

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Taking your family on a cruise could be the trip of a lifetime. Here are a few reasons why you may want to look at a Disney cruise.

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Ten Very good reasons Why All Your Family Should really Try A Disney Vacation cruise Posted By : Jacob Shemayah

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