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California School Holidays in 2022-2023 – Plan Your Activities

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Children’s schooling is an essential step to take as a parent. Regardless of the school attended, knowing the holiday calendar is necessary to organize your schedule efficiently.

Discover the dates of the California school holidays, as well as several ideas for activities to do with your family during these periods.

What is the California School Holidays Calendar?

There are approximately 13,000 school districts in the United States with over 50 million students. Each district sets its calendar for the school year.

However, there are a few rules that help to ensure that vacations are consistent across districts and schools.

Elementary and Secondary School Holidays Calendar

California School Holidays are divided into five periods:

School vacationsPeriod
September HolidaysFrom September 2 to 5, 2022
Thanksgiving BreakFrom November 21 to 25, 2022
Christmas BreakFrom December 19, 2022, to January 2, 2023
Spring BreakFrom March 31 to April 7, 2023
Summer HolidaysStarting June 16, 2023

Elementary and Secondary International Schools Holidays Calendar

The school vacation schedule at the two international schools in Los Angeles differs somewhat from that of the local schools:

School vacationsLycée Français de Los AngelesLycée International de Los Angeles
Autumn HolidaysFrom October 10 to 14, 2022From October 10 to 14, 2022
Thanksgiving BreakFrom November 21 to 25, 2022From November 23 to 25, 2022
Winter HolidaysFrom December 19, 2022, to January 2, 2023From December 19, 2022, to January 2, 2023
February HolidaysFrom 20 to February 24, 2023From 20 to February 24, 2023
Spring BreakFrom April 7 to 14, 2023From April 14 to 21, 2023
Summer HolidaysStarting June 8, 2023Starting June 14, 2023

Official Holidays in California

In California, students enjoy several days off during the year on official holidays:

  • New Year’s Day: January 1
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday: Third Monday in January
  • Presidents’ Day: third Monday in February
  • Memorial Day: Last Monday in May
  • U.S. Independence Day: July 4
  • Labor Day: first Monday in September
  • Columbus Day: second Monday in October
  • Veterans Day: November 11
  • Thanksgiving: late November
  • Christmas: December 25

Activities to Do With Your Kids During California School Holidays

One of the main attractions of California is that it is an overflowing state with fun activities to do with your family. No matter what age your kids are, there’s always a new attraction to discover.

Check out these three must-do family activities during the school holidays.

1. Visit Universal Studios Hollywood

The Universal Studios park allows you to live a unique experience with your children on the theme of Hollywood movies.

There is everything you need for a fun-filled day: rides, real movie studios, fantastic shows, and many stores and restaurants.

You can also take the opportunity to discover the magical world of Harry Potter in the famous theme park within Universal Studios Hollywood.

2. A Day at Venice Beach

Venice Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world, but it is also a lot of fun for kids.

You can see the work of many local artists along the boardwalk or enjoy the California sunshine by the water.

The typical LA neighborhoods near Venice Beach are great for a family stroll or to enjoy a good meal. Many street vendors and restaurants offer local and international dishes.

Don’t forget to take a trip to the Santa Monica Pier above Venice Beach. This iconic pier has many attractions that are especially popular with children. There is something for everyone, from the famous Ferris wheel to the roller coaster.

3. The Los Angeles Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo, located in the hills of Griffith Park, is a popular spot for families.

In addition to seeing an impressive number of animal species, you can discover over 800 species of plants in the zoo’s botanical garden.

It is recommended that you visit the zoo on a day with mild temperatures to get the most out of your visit. The California heat may prevent you from observing some animals hiding in the shade.

You now know the calendar of California school holidays. Take advantage of this to discover the many activities to do with your loved ones.

You can also take advantage of this opportunity to enroll your children in one of the schools in Los Angeles. Some schools offer special programs during the children’s school holidays.

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