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January 2011 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description




Nov. 18-Jan. 2, 2011

An American Christmas

See Christmas trees decorated with items that represent the many decades of American history.

10 am-7 pm (hours vary on different days so check the website before going)

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley

Free with paid admission: Adults: $12, Seniors: $9, Students (11-17): $6, Children (11 and younger): Free

Dec. 29-Jan. 2

Disney on Ice:

Let’s Celebrate

This all-new, high-energy show features a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe and is set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs.

Dec. 29 – 7:30 pm

Dec. 30 –1 pm,, 7:30 pm

Dec. 31 – 11:30 pm, 3:30 pm

Jan.  1 –  3:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Jan. 2 – 11:30 am, 3:30 pm

Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario

$16-65; Opening night tickets are available for only $12.

Jan. 1

Free Admission Day

Celebrate the New Year with free admission to all galleries at the museum.

11 am-5 pm

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


Jan. 1-3

Rose Parade Float Viewing

View the beautiful floats on display at the end of the parade route.

9 am-5 pm (ticket sales end at 2:30 pm each day

Washington Blvd. and Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

Adults: $7, Children (6 and younger): Free

Jan. 2


Traditional and contemporary performances that celebrate the New Year

1 pm

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles in Little Tokyo


Jan. 6

Fiesta de los Tres Reyes

Celebrate the three kings, or wise men, with a colorful procession, as well as prizes, free champurado (traditional chocolate drink) pan dulce, and a pinata.

6:30-8:30 pm

Olvera St., Los Angeles


Jan. 8

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Game Box

10-11 am

Various Lowe’s locations throughout Los Angeles

Free: Register online. First 50 kids to register and come to the clinic will receive an apron and goggles.

Jan. 9 and 30

Stories in the Afternoon: Deep in the Forest

Imagine huddling under a tall pine tree as you listen to exciting tales of the forest while drawing your own imaginary woodland retreat in front of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Happy Lovers, c. 1760–65.

2-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 West Colorado Blvd.,


Free with paid admission

Adults: $8; Students and children under age 18: Free; Seniors: $4

Jan. 9

Kids in the Courtyard: Message in a Bottle

On opening day of Fowler in Focus: Art and the Unbreakable Spirit of Haiti, create a message of hope and support for the people of Haiti by embellishing water bottles with sequins and tucking your wish inside. Learn more about water and health issues in Haiti today.  

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza,

Los Angeles


Jan. 15

Makinto – International Music Bus

Get ready to play and sing along with international recording artist Makinto as he shares songs from around the world.

2-3 pm

Richard J. Riordan Central Library

630 West Fifth St.,

Los Angeles


Jan. 15

Underwater Parks Day

Speakers, presentations, interactive activities and handouts will be available so visitors can learn more about preserving and improving California coastal marine resources.

11 am-3 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro


Jan. 15

Martin Luther King Jr. Storytime

Author Hope Anita Smith tells stories in King’s honor.

10:30 am

Children’s Book World

10580 ½ Pico Blvd., Los Angeles


Jan. 22

Baby and Kids Expo

Tons of free activities for kids including bouncy houses, a train ride, arts and crafts, a reptile show, balloon artists, story time characters and face painting plus information for parents on schools, camps, toys, party entertainment and more.

10 am-6 pm

Pasadena Convention Center, Hall B, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena

Kids 12 and younger: Free

Adults: $9

Jan. 22

World City: Chen Kuai Le Puppet Theater

Live traditional Taiwanese music is combined with masterful puppet-manipulation skills and vivid narratives to present this enchanting art form.

11 am and 12:30 pm

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

Free, arrive early to get tickets.

Jan. 23

Tu B'Shevat Festival

Celebrate trees with live concerts, puppet shows, nature hikes and crafts, tree planting, gardening, a climbing wall, animal education, a bouncy house, and a scavenger hunt.

11 am-4 pm

The Shalom Institute,

34342 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu

$5; Children under 3: Free

Jan. 25

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

In this delightful adaptation of her popular children’s book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander’s rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America’s feistiest characters.

10 am and 12 pm

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks


Jan. 28

Shanghai Acrobats

This show mixes award winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques.

10 am and 12 pm

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks


Jan. 29

Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with kung fu demonstrations and teapot balancing, puppet shows and lion dances, plus other Chinese performances and cultural activities.

11 am-5 pm

Pacific Asia Museum

46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena


Jan. 30


This event features artifacts, fossils, and an archaeological dig for kids. There are also live performances throughout the day. A tour of the Eco Station is included with admission. Advance reservations are required.

10 am-4 pm

STAR ECO Station, 10101 W. Jefferson Blvd., Culver City

Adults: $15, Children: $12. There is a reduced admission price if the tickets are purchased prior to the event date.