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February 2014 Event Calendar for Los Angeles Families

Event Date

Event Description

Time


Location


Cost

Feb. 1

Creation Station Heart Crazy!

Explore the adobe house and sew, glue and paint your own valentines.

1-4 pm

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site

4600 Virginia Rd., Long Beach

Free

Feb. 1

Lunar New Year Celebration

Activities include a

trolley parade, Lion and Dragon Dances, acrobats, a Korean drum circle, a live concert, calligraphy artists, crafts for kids and Lucky Red Envelopes with surprises.

12-3 pm

Americana at Brand

889 Americana Way, Glendale

Free

Feb. 1

Chinese New Year Celebration

The festivities include  a dragon dance, a calligraphy workshop, and traditional Chinese games. Also, join illustrator Jennifer Wood for a reading and signing of her new picture book: Year of the Horse.

10 am-5 pm

Kidspace Museum

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

10

Feb. 1

Golden Dragon Festival and Parade

Celebrate Chinese New Year with this breathtaking parade featuring two dozen floats and multiple marching bands.

1-4 pm

Hill St., downtown Los Angeles

Free

Feb. 2

LMU Concerts for Children

Annual event featuring performances by the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, The Actor's Gang and LMU student musicians. There will also be a screening of a LMU student film with a live original score.

1 and 3 pm

1 LMU Dr., Los Angeles

Free; reservations required(310) 339-7620

Feb. 2

Target Free Sunday

Celebrating Black History Month

Families are invited to pay tribute to African-American influences and achievements in art, history and culture with a wide range of performances.

1 pm-5 pm

California African American Museum

Exposition Park, 600 State Dr., Los Angeles

Free; parking is $10

Feb. 8

Target Free Family Day: Aloha from Hawaii with KoAloha Ukulele

Art projects including making your own origami Hawaiian canoe, handmade valentines and candy leis. Participate in a cartoon drawing workshop and take a basic lesson on playing the ukelele. Museum admission is also free for the family.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St., Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Free

Feb. 8

Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival

Dragon Boat rowing station, kids craft workshops, lion dances, kung fun demos, ethnic food and more.

10 am-5:30 pm

Valley Blvd. between Garfield and Almansor, Alhambra

Free

Feb. 8

The Princess and the Pirates

The Franklin Haynes Marionettes present this fun show for children and there is a puppet workshop and valentine’s celebration afterward.

3 pm

La Canada Flintridge Library

4545 N. Oakwood Ave., La Canada

Free

Feb. 8-9

Faery Tours of the Camellia Forest

Follow the forest faeries as they guide children and families through Descanso’s Camellia Forest. Learn flower facts, and hear faery stories.

9:30 am-12 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge


 

Free with Gardens admission. Adults: $9, Seniors: $6, Children (5-12): $4 and free for children under age 5.

Feb. 9

Horse Expo Pomona

Love horses? Then you’ll have a bundle of fun at this special event featuring breed demonstrations, an art show with work from equestrian artists and a book corral with storytelling and autographs. There will also be a young rider park with games and contests, clinics for children, cookie making and horse painting.


9 am-6 pm

Pomona County Fairgrounds

1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona

Adults: $18, Children: $5

Feb. 15

World City: Atlantic Steps

This joyful interpretation of traditional sean-nós dance has moved audiences with its riotous footwork. The group is accompanied by a traditional Irish band including accordionist Seamus Begley and fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada.

11 am and 12:30 pm

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Free. Tickets are distributed beginning at 10 am and lineups are not permitted until 9 am.

Feb. 15

Art Activity Day

Have fun making art projects (all materials are provided!).

1 pm

Rosemead Library

8800 Valley Blvd.,

Rosemead

Free

Feb. 15-16

Whale of a Weekend

This annual festival features whale-related crafts, a wildlife observation station, interactive presentations and film screenings.

12:30-5 pm

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica

Adults: $5, Children ages 12 and younger: Free

Feb. 16

Native Ways

Easy guided hike. You will learn how everyday items were created from the surrounding environment. Get hands-on experience with native tools, instruments and baskets.


1 pm

Franklin Canyon Park

2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills

Free

Feb. 17

President’s Day and NASA Visit

Learn more about outer space and being an astronaut from a NASA official. Then, take part in a spacesuit making workshop.

9:30 am-5 pm

Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 North Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena,

10

Feb. 17

Target Free Holiday Monday

Enjoy free admission for the whole family at the museum, along with special art activities and tours. Special performances by Latin group Quattro at 12:30 pm and 2:45 pm.

11-5 pm

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free

Feb. 22-23

Anniversary Celebration

Enjoy train rides, carnival rides, ice cream, hot dogs, and bounce house jumping are all $2 each. Balloon animals are free.

10 am-4 pm

Irvine Regional Park

1 Irvine Park Rd.,

Orange

$2/event or food item, Parking is $5

Feb. 22

The Really Awesome Improv Show

Fun (and appropriate) for all ages, this Second City show, directed by Frank Caeti, features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation. Great for the you're going to Second City they will discount your rate to $5.

3:30 pm

6560 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

$5; $5 parking behind the theater

Feb. 23

Autry Explorers: Family Masterpieces

Turn family silhouettes into majestic mountains. Artist/educator Ilaan Egeland Mazzini leads the group through a process of shadow drawings and watercolor.

2 pm

Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

Adults: $10, Children ages 3-12: $4

Feb. 23

African-American Festival

Celebrate African-American history through arts and crafts and live entertainment.

9 am-5 pm

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

Adults: $25.95, Children ages 3-11: $14.95

Feb. 23

Family Jam: Maori Dance

Enjoy a performance of expressive Māori dance at 2:15 pm in conjunction with Māori Cloaks, Māori Voices. Then make a pendant inspired by pendants from around the world.

 

2-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA, Sunset Blvd. At Westwood Plaza

Free; parking at UCLA is $11