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October 31, 2009updated Feb 08, 2013

Montage Laguna Beach Offers A Magical Holiday Season For Kids

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Families can create treasured memories this holiday season at Montage Laguna Beach. There’s something for everyone at the oceanfront resort throughout December, especially children ages 2-12, with special experiences from Paintbox and Paintbox Petite.

The resort’s exclusive children’s programs for ages 2-5 and 5-12 feature daily adventures, including supervised indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts and more to inspire creativity and imagination, complete with holiday enhancements. The Paintbox staff also offers special complimentary activities and events for children and their families.

WHAT: A magical holiday calendar designed just for ages 2-12

WHY: The chance to make treasured holiday memories is one of life’s real luxuries

HOW: With holiday rates beginning at $395 per night (subject to availability) through December 31, families can enjoy a rewarding and restorative retreat. Please call Montage Reservations, 949-715-6000 or 866-271-6953,

Santa’s Workshops

Children may create unique mementos and holiday gifts for family members during special Santa’s Workshops sessions on December 4-6, 11-13, and 17-24; supervised sessions will be offered daily. Specialty activities include gingerbread house building, cookie decorating, Hanukkah crafts and a candy cane scavenger hunt.

-Paintbox (ages 5-12) half-day sessions are offered 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. for $60 per child; full day sessions from 9:00 -a.m. – 4:00 p.m. are $90 per child; all sessions include lunch and snacks

-Paintbox Petite (ages 2-5) is available from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the cost is $20 per child per hour. Snacks are offered and special meals can be arranged, children need not be potty trained. Each day features stories, games and specialized crafts and indoor and outdoor activities designed to keep this age group smiling and engaged; 24-hour advance reservations requested

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Sunset Traditions
Gather your family by the fire pit at sunset and enjoy holiday-themed tales complete with hot cocoa and cookies.
December 11-12, 18-19, 24; complimentary to resort guests, no reservations required.

Santa Claus Tuck-In
Santa Claus will visit younger guests in-room to read a bedtime story, offer milk and cookies, and wish them sweet dreams.
Available December 11-24, $50 per room, 24-hour advance reservations requested.

Holiday Stocking Delivery
Parents can arrange to have a Personalized Holiday Stocking delivered from Santa.
Available December 11-24, $85 per stocking, 48-hour advance reservations required.

Christmas Eve Magic
Following the annual reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” join a twilight search to spot Santa’s sleigh. Children can write a special message to Santa and decorate Christmas cookies to take back to their rooms and leave for St. Nick.
December 24, 7:00 p.m., complimentary to resort guests, no reservations required.

Children’s Night Out
Just for children ages 5-12, Paintbox has created eight magical nights in December. Every evening features games and activities, dinner, a full-length movie and more, such as Friday’s Paintbox Pizza Creations and Saturday’s S’mores by the fire pit.
Available December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; $60 per child.

Paintbox’s New Years Eve Celebration
Children ages 5-12 may ring in the New Year with their very own festive dinner party with entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, karaoke, video games, featured film of the evening and more.
December 31, 6:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., $100 per child, reservations required.

WHERE: Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 866-271-6953

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