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January 2015 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. 1-3

Rose Parade Float Viewing

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

Jan. 1: 1-5 pm

Jan. 2 and 3: 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. 3-4

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.

Sat.: 1-2:30 pm Sun.: 2-3:30 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro


Jan. 4

Oshogatsu Family Festival

It’s the Year of the Sheep and time to celebrate with food, crafts, performances and more. Watch an artist make sheep candy sculptures, create your own sheep from yarn, and enjoy petting sheep at a petting zoo.

11 am-5 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


Jan. 4

Lunar New Year

Celebrate the year of the Sheep/Goat. Create painted Chinese lanterns, beautiful goat puppets and experience traditional musical performances.

10 am-5 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra


Jan. 4

Andell Family Sundays:

Art of the Samurai View the swords and images of samurai in the installation of Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints, and Textiles. Then make your own helmets and other projects in artist-led 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. 10

Family Garden Exploration

Join LA City Rangers as you hike the beautiful terrain and learn about the native landscape at the preserve.

10 am

White Point Nature Education Center and Preserve

1600 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro


Jan. 10

Nature Origami Class

For ages 9 and older. All materials provided. Sharpen your skills or learn this art form for the first time with Richard Ruan at the Preserve. Call 310-782-3989 to pre-register.

1-3 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve

3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance


Jan. 10-11

Snoopy The Musical

A fun, whimsical sequel to You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Enjoy the musical numbers performed by the beloved Peanuts gang.

1:00:00 PM


The Little Theater LA

12420 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles


Jan. 11

Hammer Kids Close Encounters: Dino Laboratory

Have fun learning about dinosaurs by viewing the sculptures by artists Francis Upritchard and Sean Chao. Then create your own dinosaur.

11 am-1 pm

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free; parking in the attached garage is $3

Jan. 17

World City: Samite and H’Sao

Enjoy energizing performances featuring flute music and a cappella harmonies from African artists Samite and H’Sao.  

11 am and 12:30 pm

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

Free, arrive early to get tickets.

Jan. 17

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. 19

Target Free Holiday Monday

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day with tours, free programs, arts and crafts, and a live performance by Japanese folk artist Minyo Station at 12:30 and 2:45 pm..

11 am-5 pm


5905 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles


Jan. 24

Saturday Science-Dissecting a Computer

We all use computers every day, but now we can find out how they work! Get an inside look at the parts of a computer and get excited about technology.

12-4 pm

Columbia Memorial Space Center

12400 Columbia Way, Downey

Included with $5 admission

Jan. 25

Stories in the Afternoon: Creative Coloring

First, hear a story about sorting through shapes and colors in paintings, and then look at some shape-filled paintings in the galleries before participating in an art-making workshop.

2 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

Free with admission. Adults; $12, Children ages 18 and younger, Free

Jan. 25

Kids in the Courtyard: Purdy Birdy

Explore Past Forward to find art that shows falcons and other birds and learn about various species in Intersections. There will be a special live bird presentation. Then, get creative in a special birdhouse making activity.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza,

Los Angeles

Free; parking at UCLA is $12.

Jan. 25

Tu B'Shevat Festival

Celebrate trees with live concerts, a magic show, nature hikes and crafts, tree planting, a zip line, a climbing wall, animal education and pioneer living.

11 am-4 pm

The Shalom Institute,

34342 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu

$5 online, $10 at the door; Children under 3: Free

Jan. 25

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-3 pm

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


Jan. 25

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

Jan. 31

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. 31

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