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January 2014 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description




Jan. 1

Free Admission Day

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

10 am-4 pm

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


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. 4

Oshogatsu Family Festival

It’s the Year of the Horse and time to celebrate with food, crafts, performances and more. Watch an artist make horse candy sculptures, create your own onigiri rice balls, and enjoy pony rides.

11 am-5 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


Jan. 4

Weekend Tidepool Walk

View a slide show and then come along on the naturalist-led tour on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers are encouraged.

2:30-4 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro


Jan. 5

Lunar New Year

Celebrate the year of the Horse. Create painted Chinese lanterns, beautiful horse puppets and experience traditional musical performances.

10 am-5 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra


Jan. 5

Andell Family Sundays:

Photography and Light. View the exhibition See the Light—Photography, Perception, Cognition and then make your own photography inspired art in workshops.

12:30 pm


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free with admission

Get in free with NexGen membership. Children, ages 18 and younger, are admitted for free and each child can bring one adult guest.

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. 11

Public Tour

Learn about the history, wildlife, and restoration of the wetlands! It is advised to wear close-toed shoes, water, and sunscreen/hat.

10 am-12 pm

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach


Jan. 12

Second Sunday Science

What’s All the Buzz? Enjoy a closer look at honey bees and learn about creating your own beehive.

2-4 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve

3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

$5/person or $10/family

Jan. 12

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. 12

Kids in the Courtyard: Weave a Giant Spider Web

Admire the incredible woven textiles in The Peruvian Four-Selvaged Cloth: Ancient Threads/New Directions and twined works in Māori Cloaks, Māori Voices. Then, add to a giant web of string and tape and build your own take-home cardboard loom.


1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza,

Los Angeles

Free; parking at UCLA is $11.

Jan. 18

World City: Black Violin

Explore the experiment of blending of hip-hop with classical music with this group that has performed with Akon and Alicia Keys.  

11 am and 12:30 pm

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

Free, arrive early to get tickets.

Jan. 18

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. 18

Lunar New Year Festival

Tons of fun for the whole family. Watch lion dances, acrobats, martial art demonstrations, folk dancing and singing. Take part in craft projects and view the terrific artwork on display.

11 am-5 pm

Pacific Asia Museum

46 N. Los Robles, Pasadena


Jan. 19

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And Nelson Mandela–A Celebration

Honor the legacies of these two leaders with music, art and dance performances. There will also be a craft workshop.

12-5 pm

California African American Museum

600 State Dr., Exposition Park in Los Angeles

Free admission, parking is $10.

Jan. 20

Target Free Holiday Monday

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day with tours, free programs, arts and crafts, and a live performance by Afrik Moto’s authentic Congolese dance music known as Soukous.

11 am-5 pm


5905 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles


Jan. 20

Children’s Craft Workshop

Author Pamela Marx and illustrator Debra Vodhanel will share their picture book story, A Story of Seven Sisters. The story is based on a Tongva Native American legend. After create a Tongva-themed craft.

10:30-11:15 am

Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center

26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas


Jan. 25-Jan. 26


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


Jan. 25-26

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.


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


Jan. 25-26

Chinese Cultural Arts Celebration

Activities include cup-rolling acrobatics, a tea-gatherers’ dance, and songs of dragon boats. Watch demonstrations of dragon lantern making, bamboo root carving, stone and clay sculpting, and embroidery.

10:30 am-4:30 pm

Huntington Library and Gardens

1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino

Adults: $23, Seniors: $15, Students ages 12-18: $13, Children ages 5-11: $8 and Children younger than 5: Free

Jan. 26

Stories in the Afternoon: Creative Coloring

Become inspired by artists like Monet who ignored conventional notions of color and chose to paint what they saw in nature. often with surprising results. Listen to a story about this concept and then draw your own colored landscape.

2 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

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

Jan. 26

Whale Fiesta

Celebrate marine mammals and the migration of the Pacific grey whales. Grab a shovel and help build a life-sized whale. Other activities include the Great Duct Tape Whale Contest, music, marine mammal-related craft projects, a puppet show, a life-sized walk-through whale and more.

10 am-4 pm

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