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January 2016 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description




Jan. 1st

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. 1st-3rd

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. 3rd

Oshogatsu Family Festival

It’s the Year of the Monkey and time to celebrate with food, crafts, performances and more. Watch an artist make monkey candy sculptures, fold your own paper monkey, and enjoy a hip hop dance performance and more.

11 am-5 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


Jan. 3rd

The Giving Tree

An adaptation of the story by Shel Silverstein. Words, dance and music recreate the love between a boy and an apple tree.

4 pm

The Little Theater

12420 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles


Jan. 3rd

Lunar New Year

A celebration honoring the Chinese, Korean and Japanese cultures with folk crafts. Be delighted by special performances including Chinese cultural dancers, the Jung Im Lee Korean Dancers, and Japanese Taiko Drummers!

1-5 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra


Jan. 6th

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. 9th

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. 9th-Jan. 10th

Bricks LA

View all of the models on display and also spend time building your own creations with your family. There will also be vendors selling new and old LEGO sets, parts and accessories.

10 am-5 pm

Pasadena Convention Center

300 E. Green St., Pasadena

$5; kids under age 5: Free

Jan. 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st

Andell Family Sundays

Imagination: Diana Thater

The focus this month is on Diana Thater;s video installations which are often of nature, like the underwater world of dolphins or the communication of bees. After viewing her work, enjoy dance and installation workshops.

12:30-3:30 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. 9th-10th

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.: 2-3:30 pm Sun.: 3-4:30 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro


Jan. 16th

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. 17th

Hammer Kids Close Encounters: Write Your Own Adventure

Take an imaginary trip to the Arctic or to the northern shores of Lake Superior. What would that look like? Writer Summer Block takes families on a writing journey with landscape paintings by Lawren Harris.

11 am-1 pm

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free; parking in the attached garage is $3

Jan. 17th

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. 18th

Target Free Holiday Monday

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day with tours, free programs, arts and crafts, and a live performance by masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing, The California Feetwarmers.

11 am-5 pm


5905 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles


Jan. 23rd

Kids Arts and Crafts Workshop

Join a special workshop for kids in association with LACMA.. This will be a fun filled hour of hands-on art projects, guided by LACMA's creative teacher-artists.

11 am

Van Nuys Branch Library

6250 Sylmar Ave.,

Van Nuys


Jan. 23rd

Saturday Science-Astronomy

Discover what makes stars so brigh, how big our solar system is, how a black hole works, if the universe is expanding and more.

12-3 pm

Columbia Memorial Space Center

12400 Columbia Way, Downey

Included with $5 admission

Jan. 24th

Family Jam

Break a Leg: Break Dancing with Antics Performance

Be inspired by the video works in the special exhibit Disguise  and try out a new dance and style. During the next hour you can make your own dance accessory. There will be special in-gallery performances throughout the day.

2-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza,

Los Angeles

Free; parking at UCLA is $12.

Jan. 30th

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. 30th and 31st

Mardi Gras at the Original Farmers Market

Mutti Gras Pet Parade, bead-throwing, arts and crafts for kids, fa strolling jester, live entertainment and more.

12-7 pm

Farmers Market

6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles


Jan. 30th-31st

Lunar New Year Festival

Live performances, singing contests, lion and dragon dancers, chinese calligraphy demo, petting zoo, carnival rides and more.

Sat.: 10 am-9 pm, Sun.: 10 am-7 pm

Downtown Monterey Park on Garvey Ave. between Ramona and Alhambra Avenues.


Jan. 31st

LMU Concerts for Children

Annual event featuring internationally acclaimed violinist Ken Aiso performing Alan Ridout's Ferdinand the Bull. The concerts for young audiences bring together grade-school participants from the LMU Family of Schools with LMU musicians/opera students and noted Los Angeles professionals.

2 and 4 pm

1 LMU Dr., Los Angeles

Free; reservations required (310) 339-7620

Jan. 31st

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. 31st

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. 31st

Stories in the Afternoon: I am the Dog, I am the Cat

Find out if you are fearless like a cat, or friendly like a dog. Read a story about a dog and a cat who talk about their dog-like and cat-like qualities. Then make a drawing of your chosen animal.

2 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

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