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January 2012 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description




Nov. 18-Jan. 8, 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

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. 2-3

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: $10, Children (5 and younger): Free

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. 7


Get ready to roar over our prehistorically perfect stories, songs, poems and puppet show.  

2-3 pm

KLOS Story Theater at the Richard J. Riordan Central Library

630 West Fifth St.,

Los Angeles

Free; get validated parking when you park at the lot right under the library.

Jan. 8


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. 8

Kids in the Courtyard: Turtles, Turtles, Everywhere

Meet real turtles courtesy of the Wildlife Learning Center and create your own turtle art, inspired by the Testudines in José Bedia’s paintings.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza,

Los Angeles

Free; parking at UCLA is $11.

Jan. 14

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Castle

This castle comes with stickers, paperboard cutouts and a working drawbridge!

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. 14

Family Festival: Pop Up Stories

For children ages 8-13. Carol Barton, a book artist, curator and teacher, leads this delightful workshop in which children and their families produce their own pop-up cards and pages. Online registration is required.

2-3:30 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 West Colorado Blvd.,


Free with paid admission

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

Jan. 14

Family Days: Fantastic Flowers

Find inspiration in the painting Tulips in a Vase by Paul Cézanne, and create a paper floral arrangement for your dinner table. This program recommended for children ages 4-8.

1-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 West Colorado Blvd.,


Free with paid admission

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

Jan. 14

Heroes and Superheroes

Put on your Superhero Capes and come to the library for brave stories, songs, poems and a truly heroic puppet show.

2-3 pm

KLOS Story Theater at the Richard J. Riordan Central Library

630 West Fifth St.,

Los Angeles

Free; get validated parking when you park at the lot right under the library.

Jan. 14

World City: Khac Chi Ensemble & Korean Classical Music and Dance Company

Explore the music of the mountain people of Vietnam featuring rare instruments and be enchanted by exquisite dance that originated with Korea’s royal dynasties.

11 am and 12:30 pm

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

Free, arrive early to get tickets.

Jan. 14

Martin Luther King Jr. Storytime

Singer Uncle Ruthie tells stories in King’s honor.

10:30 am

Children’s Book World

10580 ½ Pico Blvd., Los Angeles


Jan. 14

Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon 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. 15

Dances of The African Diaspora and The Pacific Rim

Celebrate MLK, Jr.’s legacy with this event featuring dance performances and art workshops.

11 am-4 pm

California African American Museum

600 State Dr., Exposition Park in Los Angeles

Free admission, parking is $10.

Jan. 16

Target Free Holiday Monday

Enjoy the museum for free today, with special performances from a Peruvian dance ensemble.

12-5 pm


5905 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles


Jan. 21

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. 21

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: $10

Jan. 21

Hoop It Up

A hula hoop expert will teach kids fun tricks to do while hula-hooping.

11 am

The Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra

Admission to the museum is $7.

Jan. 21

Walk into the Chumash World

Learn about how local Chumash Indians have used the natural resources of their environment for thousands of years on an easy 1 mile walk.

10 am-12 pm

King Gillette Ranch

26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas

Free; parking is $7.

Jan. 21

Funtastic Family Magic Show

Magician Jersey Jim combines comedy and illusion to create a fun show.

11 am and 2 pm

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley

Adults: $10, Children: $8

Jan. 22

Free Cultural Program: Tule Dolls and Ducks

Native American artist Gloria Liggett will show you how to make tule dolls and ducks. Materials provided.

10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm

Satwiwa Native American Culture Center

Via Goleta and Potrero Rd., Newbury Park


Jan. 22

LMU Concerts of Music for Children

Music, dance, Haiku reading and acting performances.

1 and 3 pm

1 LMU Dr., Los Angeles

Free; reservations required by Jan. 20. (310) 568-6164

Jan. 27

Shanghai Circus

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. 28

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


Jan. 28

Lunar New Year Celebration

Crafts and entertainment including Chinese lion dancers, a drums demonstration a Korean fan dance and more.

11 am-2 pm

Americana at Brand

889 Americana Way, Glendale


Jan. 29

Whale Fiesta

Celebrate the migration of the Pacific gray whale and the beginning of whale-watching season with activities and exhibits for all including games, arts and crafts, puppet shows, a duct tape whale sculpture contest and a great cetacean creation sand sculpture contest.

10 am-4 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro


Jan. 29

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 online, $10 at the door; Children under 3: Free

Jan. 29

West Valley Chinese Academy Chinese New Year Celebration

Lion dance, adult and children performances, a raffle, a silent auction, a magician, and Chinese songs and dances.

10 am-12:30 pm

Temple Aliyah

6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills