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    Winter Zoo Camp
  Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara CA
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The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during Winter Break featuring age-appropriate themed programs for kids for ages 3 to 12 and includes games, behind-­the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, and crafts. December 22, 23, 26, 27, & December 30, 2014 – January 2, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.    
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Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
WEBSITE    (805) 962-5339     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
"Award Winning" Country Wine Tasting Tour
  Captain Jack's Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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Our most popular tour and an experience you will never forget! This wine country tour will escort your party out of Santa Barbara and through the Los Padres National Forest, offering amazing views of mountains, lakes and sprawling hills. You'll enjoy 2 wine tasting stops before heading to an olive oil and vinegar tasting at an actual olive farm (time permitting). We then head into the famous wine country town of Santa Ynez for lunch at Trattoria Grappolo. (Lunch not included in the price. Monday a different lunch location will be chosen.) After lunch we will head into the Santa Rita Hills wine region where you will taste at 2 of the area's top estate wineries. The Santa Rita Hills region is famous for their Pinot Noir & Syrah wines. As we return to Santa Barbara you will be treated to breathtaking views as we descend the mountain while overlooking the ocean, the islands and the American Riviera. (Sometimes the itinerary will be in reverse.) The price includes door to door transportation, as well as all tasting fees. We start this tour between 9:00 & 9:30 and drop back off around 4:00 & 4:30. This is a one of a kind experience for those looking for that "special" day. Captain Jack guarantees it!   
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Captain Jack's Tours
WEBSITE    (805) 564-1819     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
    Heaven on Earth Kayak/Horseback Ride Tour-- Kim Kardashian rode this ride!
  Captain Jack's Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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This may well be the closest to "heaven" you will ever get…in this lifetime. Captain Jack's Tours is proud to offer our newest and most breathtaking tour ever.   
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Captain Jack's Tours
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Guided Horseback Ride -- This is the ride Kim Kardashian rode!
  Captain Jacks Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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Guided Horseback Ride! Get along little doggie & hold on to your hats! Experiance the Wild West of yesteryear...today. Ride through the forest & enjoy beautiful ocean views.   ($65.00
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Captain Jack's Tours
WEBSITE    (805) 564-1819     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
    The Bird Man: John Gould & his Illustrators
  Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara CA
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England’s prolific publisher of books on birds in the nineteenth century relied on a succession of talented artists to bring his vision to reality. John Gould’s passion for Ornithology is explored in this survey of his life and work.   ($7 - $12)
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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
WEBSITE    (805) 682-4711     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
Curiosity Lab
  Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara CA
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Explore the wonders of the natural world through cool hands-on activities in this dynamic new learning lab. Discover our region’s natural history, hone your scientific skills and make your own discoveries. You can bring your questions and specimens to our staff naturalist, join us for a demonstration, and get tips on where to enjoy our local wilderness. The Curiosity Lab is fun for all ages!    ($0 - $12)
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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
WEBSITE    (805) 682-4711     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
Anthony's Christmas Trees & Wreaths
  Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara CA
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Don't miss Earl Warren's Christmas Tree Lot! Great trees. Free Parking. Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm. Sundays: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. Free Admission. Free Parking.   
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Earl Warren Showgrounds
WEBSITE    (805) 966-6668     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
    Harbor Kayak Tour
  Boat Launch (S.B. Harbor), Between Sea Landing & Sail Center, Santa Barbara CA
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Captain Jacks Santa Barbara Tours conducts guided 1.5 - 2 hour kayak tours of the Santa Barbara Harbor at 10:30 & 1:30 daily. Experience California's most beautiful harbor on this fun and easy tour. Our professionally guided tour includes a kayak lesson/briefing, all kayak gear and paddles. This tour is the perfect introduction to kayaking and is fun for the entire family.    ($40
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Captain Jack's Tours
WEBSITE    (805) 564-1819     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
    Beguiled by the Wild-ling: The Art of Charley Harper
  Wildling Museum, 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang CA
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Explore the whimsical and graphic art of Ohio artist Charley Harper at the Wildling Museum. Over 30 original artworks and serigraphs will be on display for the first showing of Harper's on the West Coast in years! The exhibition also includes craft activities for kids of all ages!   ($5.00 - $0)
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Wildling Museum
WEBSITE    (805) 688-1082     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
$60 Wine Tour
  Captain Jack's Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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We'll escort you to 3 wine tasting destinations in one of our comfortable SUVs or vans. You'll enjoy tastings at 3 of the following locations: Summerland Winery tasting room, Carr Winery, Oreana Winery, Kalyra tasting room, Santa Barbara Winery, Kunin/Westerly or Coastal Winery. You will also enjoy an olive oil and vinegar tasting. The tour includes a stop for lunch at the Bay Roadhouse or Pierre Lafond Bistro. This tour does not go into the Santa Ynez Valley, so we do not see vineyards. Includes all Wine Tasting Fees and Transportation.   ($60
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Captain Jack's Tours
WEBSITE    (805) 564-1819     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
Technology Tutoring
Goleta Public Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta CA
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Computer illiterate? Stumped by a gadget? Get individualized help with computers and other electronic devices.   
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Santa Barbara Public Library System
WEBSITE    (805) 964-7878
 
Wine Tasting With the Winter Pass
Various Tasting Rooms in the Santa Ynez Valley, multiple, Santa Ynez CA
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Wine Tasting All Winter Long with The Winter Pass October 15, 2014-January 31, 2015 One Pass--One Price--15 Wineries! The Winter Pass is the ticket to fabulous wine tasting at the premier boutique wineries of California’s Santa Ynez Valley. For just $40, tasters receive one wine tasting at 15 of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association tasting rooms. The Winter Pass is valid from October 15, 2014 through January 31, 2015. Reservations are not required and there are no blackout dates. Passes expire when all 15 tastings have been used, or on January 31, 2015--whichever occurs first. Winter Pass holders also receive discounts and offers from local business partners, including restaurants and transportation companies. Winter Passes are available for $40 online at www.santaynezwinecountry.com. Participating wineries: Alexander & Wayne, Arthur Earl, The Brander Vineyard, Buttonwood Farm Winery, Casa Cassara Wines, Cimarone & 3CV Wines, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Dreamcote Wine Company, Imagine Wine, Lucas & Lewellen, Lucky Dogg Winery, Rideau Vineyard, Standing Sun Wines, Toccata Wines, and Toretti Family Vineyard. Savor the tastes of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country all winter long. Makes a great gift, too!    ($40 - $45)
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Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association
WEBSITE    (800) 563-3183
 
    Segway Sight Seeing Tours (Various Times)
  Boat Launch (S.B. Harbor), Sail Center, Santa Barbara CA
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Get ready for a totally new experience unlike anything you've ever tried. The Segway HT is perfect for touring Santa Barbara. Choose from 4 guided segway tours (prices vary) taking place daily. Your guide will cover the history of Santa Barbara as well as some of the more current points of interest along the way. Tours are offered every day by reservation only. All tours include a lesson and all necessary gear. Renters must be 14 years or older. Call for more information and availability.    ($40
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Captain Jack's Tours
WEBSITE    (805) 564-1819     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
Sailing Cruises (Various Times)
  Boat Launch (S.B. Harbor), Sail Center, Santa Barbara CA
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The perfect way to end your day in Santa Barbara. You'll experience a fun and exciting cruise while enjoying beautiful views of the coast and the channel islands. This 50' Catamaran offers 1400 square feet of deck space and the multi hull construction makes her comfortable, stable & safe. You'll find plenty of room for you and your guest or a large party. On board you'll find a beer, wine and soda bar. Light snacks and restrooms are on hand for your convenience. We also offer the following cruises: Coastal (Daytime) Cruises: $40 per person Live Music Cruises: $55 per person (Friday Nights Only) Dinner Cruises: $80 per person, Kids $45 (Saturday Nights Only) Note: Dinner and Music cruises run from June 1st - August 31st only.   ($40
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Captain Jack's Tours
WEBSITE    (805) 564-1819     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
    Santa's Starry Ride
  Gladwin Planetarium - SB Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara CA
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Join us on a fun-filled trip around the world with Santa and his reindeer. While he is busy delivering his presents, we will be enjoying the different night skies with constellations and stories about them.   ($0 - $4)
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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
WEBSITE    (805) 682-4711     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
    Harbor Kayak Tour
  Boat Launch (S.B. Harbor), Between Sea Landing & Sail Center, Santa Barbara CA
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Captain Jacks Santa Barbara Tours conducts guided 1.5 - 2 hour kayak tours of the Santa Barbara Harbor at 10:30 & 1:30 daily. Experience California's most beautiful harbor on this fun and easy tour. Our professionally guided tour includes a kayak lesson/briefing, all kayak gear and paddles. This tour is the perfect introduction to kayaking and is fun for the entire family.    ($40
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Captain Jack's Tours
WEBSITE    (805) 564-1819     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
    Kids' Space Adventure
  Gladwin Planetarium - SB Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara CA
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Come and ask questions about space and the universe! Kid’s Space Adventure is an interactive place where you can find answers about the planets, constellations, comets, asteroids, galaxies and much more!!   ($0 - $4)
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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
WEBSITE    (805) 682-4711     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
Guided Horseback Ride -- This is the ride Kim Kardashian rode!
  Captain Jacks Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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  Captain Jack's Tours 
Guided Horseback Ride! Get along little doggie & hold on to your hats! Experiance the Wild West of yesteryear...today. Ride through the forest & enjoy beautiful ocean views.   ($65.00
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Captain Jack's Tours
WEBSITE    (805) 564-1819     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
Annual "Candy Cane Train"
  South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta CA
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The Annual “Candy Cane Train,” is a year-end event at the South Coast Railroad Museum. Hours for the event are 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends and 2 to 4 p.m. on weekdays. In order to take part in all Candy Cane Train activities, attendees are urged to arrive before 3:30 p.m. Event tickets are $4 (adult or child). Ticket-holders each receive a ride on the museum's festively-decorated miniature-train, a candy cane, and holiday favors, plus a coupon good for a future ride on the museum train. Additional Candy Cane train rides will be available for $1.50 each (All miniature-train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement). Advance purchases (available only through the museum’s online store) earn buyers an extra train ride with each ticket.    ($4
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South Coast Railroad Museum
WEBSITE    (805) 964-3540     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
    Your Cosmic Quest (in Spanish on Sundays)
  Gladwin Planetarium - SB Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara CA
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  Planetarium Show 
Have you ever looked up at the sky and wondered what you were actually seeing?   ($0 - $4)
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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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    Winter Zoo Camp
  Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara CA
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The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during Winter Break featuring age-appropriate themed programs for kids for ages 3 to 12 and includes games, behind-­the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, and crafts. December 22, 23, 26, 27, & December 30, 2014 – January 2, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.    
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Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
WEBSITE    (805) 962-5339     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
"Award Winning" Country Wine Tasting Tour
  Captain Jack's Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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Our most popular tour and an experience you will never forget! This wine country tour will escort your party out of Santa Barbara and through the Los Padres National Forest, offering amazing views of mountains, lakes and sprawling hills. You'll enjoy 2 wine tasting stops before heading to an olive oil and vinegar tasting at an actual olive farm (time permitting). We then head into the famous wine country town of Santa Ynez for lunch at Trattoria Grappolo. (Lunch not included in the price. Monday a different lunch location will be chosen.) After lunch we will head into the Santa Rita Hills wine region where you will taste at 2 of the area's top estate wineries. The Santa Rita Hills region is famous for their Pinot Noir & Syrah wines. As we return to Santa Barbara you will be treated to breathtaking views as we descend the mountain while overlooking the ocean, the islands and the American Riviera. (Sometimes the itinerary will be in reverse.) The price includes door to door transportation, as well as all tasting fees. We start this tour between 9:00 & 9:30 and drop back off around 4:00 & 4:30. This is a one of a kind experience for those looking for that "special" day. Captain Jack guarantees it!   
MORE DETAILS, MAP & DIRECTIONS
Captain Jack's Tours
WEBSITE    (805) 564-1819     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
    Heaven on Earth Kayak/Horseback Ride Tour-- Kim Kardashian rode this ride!
  Captain Jack's Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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This may well be the closest to "heaven" you will ever get…in this lifetime. Captain Jack's Tours is proud to offer our newest and most breathtaking tour ever.   
MORE DETAILS, MAP & DIRECTIONS
Captain Jack's Tours
WEBSITE    (805) 564-1819     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
Guided Horseback Ride -- This is the ride Kim Kardashian rode!
  Captain Jacks Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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  Captain Jack's Tours 
Guided Horseback Ride! Get along little doggie & hold on to your hats! Experiance the Wild West of yesteryear...today. Ride through the forest & enjoy beautiful ocean views.   ($65.00
MORE DETAILS, MAP & DIRECTIONS
Captain Jack's Tours
WEBSITE    (805) 564-1819     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
    The Bird Man: John Gould & his Illustrators
  Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara CA
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England’s prolific publisher of books on birds in the nineteenth century relied on a succession of talented artists to bring his vision to reality. John Gould’s passion for Ornithology is explored in this survey of his life and work.   ($7 - $12)
MORE DETAILS, MAP & DIRECTIONS
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
WEBSITE    (805) 682-4711     PROFILE     EMAIL A FRIEND
 
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