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January 2013 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description


Time


Location


Price


Nov. 18-Jan. 6, 2013

An American Christmas

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

10 am-5 pm

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

Free with paid admission: Adults: $21, Seniors: $18, Students (11-17): $15, Children (ages 3-10): $6

Jan. 1

Free Admission Day

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

11 am-4 pm

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

Free

Jan. 1-2

Rose Parade Float Viewing

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

Jan. 1: 1-5 pm

Jan. 2: 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. 5

Family Storytime: On the Move

Get up and moving with 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. 5

January Jamboree

Your family will enjoy a day of circus style performances to celebrate the New Year. Learn about plate spinning and juggling!

10 am-5 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra

Free

Jan. 5-6

Tinkering Zone

Get involved in science in a very hands-on way! Create electrified jewelry and play doh creations that light up, make a scribbling robot from recycled material, design a flying object and test it in a wind tube and more.

10 am-5 pm

43 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks

$5/person

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

Free

Jan. 6

Oshogatsu Family Festival

It’s the Year of the Snake and time to celebrate with food, crafts, performances and more. Snake sculpture candy, make onigiri rice balls, a reptile petting zoo and a reptile petting zoo are just a sample of the many activities.

11 am-5 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles

Free

Jan. 12

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. 12-Jan. 13

Dinofaire

Learn about dinosaurs from experts and participate in a dino dig. Admission includes a 1 hr. Dinoman show and a guided tour of the eco station to see all of the animals in residence.

9 am-6 pm

STAR Eco Station

10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City

$15-18

Jan. 13

Second Sunday Science

Enjoy a presentation from A Focus on Wildlife while learning about the wonders of winter.

2-4 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve

3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

$5/person or $10/family

Jan. 13

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. 13

Andell Family Sundays: French Ceramics, Useful and Beautiful

View the useful French ceramics in the exhibition Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics from the MaryLou Boone Collection. Afterward, you can make your own fancy-but-useful art projects.

12:30-3:30 pm

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles

Free with museum admission. Register to be a NexGen member and admission is free for each child/adult pair.

Jan. 19

World City: Juvan Ran Ensemble

Explore the traditions of Judaism, Sufism and the Christian Armenian Church through music and dance.

11 am and 12:30 pm

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

Free, arrive early to get tickets.


Jan. 19

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

Free

Jan. 19

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.

2 pm

King Gillette Ranch

26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas

Free; parking is $7.

Jan. 20

One Dream, a National Influence, a World of People

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

1-5 pm

California African American Museum

600 State Dr., Exposition Park in Los Angeles

Free admission, parking is $10.

Jan. 21

Target Free Holiday Monday

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day with tours, free programs, arts and crafts, and live music by Ernie Andrews at 12:30 pm and 2:45 pm.

11 am-5 pm

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles



Free

Jan. 25

Family Art Night: “Dinner at the Norton Simon: Pictures of Food”

Explore the galleries and discover how artists like Francisco de Zurbarán and Frans Snyders use images of food to tell stories. Then, construct your own appetizing arrangement using paper cut outs.

6:30-7:30 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Free with admission. Adults; $10, Children ages 18 and younger, Free

Jan. 25

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

$14

Jan. 26-27

Museums for All

In an effort to promote the exploration of art, science, history and cultural heritage, the Museum Marketing Roundtable is sponsoring a free admission weekend at twenty LA area museums. Some special exhibits require timed entry or parking reservations. See the website for more details.


Varies

Twenty museums throughout Southern California, including Pasadena Museum of California Art, Autry National Center and Museum of Contemporary Art

Free

Jan. 27

Kids in the Courtyard: Tu B’Shevat, Trees and Me

Learn about the Jewish holiday Tu B’Shevat which honors trees. Sample fruit, make leaf rubbings and plant a sapling with the Tree People.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza,

Los Angeles

Free; parking at UCLA is $11.

Jan. 27

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

Free

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