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January 2017 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

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.

3-4:30 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro


Jan. 1st

Journey of Discovery

Learn about Topanga's first locals when you view wildflowers and wildlife with a naturalist on a fun hike.

10 am-12 pm

Topanga State Park

20828 Entrada Rd., Topanga


Jan. 2nd-3rd

Rose Parade Float Viewing

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

Jan. 2nd: 1-4 pm and Jan. 3rd: 9 am-4 pm (ticket sales end at 3 pm each day

Washington Blvd. and Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena

Adults: $13, Children (5 and younger): Free

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. 6th-7th

SoCal Pet Expo

Live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, author readings/book signings, adoptions, agility demos and much more.

11 am-4 pm

1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona


Jan. 7th

Young Explorers – Comet, Meteors, and Asteroids

Learn about space debris! Have you ever wondered what physically separates the terrestrial planets and the gas giants? Where do comets come from? Discover the difference between comets and meteors.

11 am-12:30 pm

Columbia Memorial Space Center

12400 Columbia Way, Downey

Included with $5 admission.

Jan. 7th

Creation Station Winter Wonders

An old fashioned arts and craft program that takes place rain or shine!

1 pm - 4pm

Ranch Los Cerritos Historic Site

4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach


Jan. 8th

Oshogatsu Family Festival

It’s the Year of the Rooster and time to celebrate with food, crafts, performances and more. Watch a rainbow mochi demonstration, see several varieties of chickens at the Live Chicken Petting Zoo, and enjoy a taiko drum performance and more.

11 am-5 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


Jan. 8th

Musical Asia

Experience the graceful traditional dances from Korea presented by the Jung Im Lee Dance Academy. Visitors can create colorful Asian-inspired folk arts in the outdoor art stations.

1-5 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra


Jan. 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

Andell Family Sundays

Think Big

The focus this month is on Artist Toba Khedoori’s mural-sized paper paintings. Study them closely to see you’ll find realistically drawn architectural elements and ordinary objects, like a chair or a door, “floating” in white space. In artist-led workshops participate in exploring Khedoori’s art further by dancing, drawing, and joining in a group project.

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. 14th

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. 16th

Target Free Holiday Monday

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day with tours, free programs, arts and crafts, and live performances by flamenco artist Mark Towns at 12:30 pm and 2:45 pm.

11 am-5 pm


5905 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles


Jan. 21st

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. 22nd

Kids in the Courtyard: Artist Demo: Wood-Block Printing

Watch wood-block printing demonstrations by printmakers Derek Yee and Laura Stickney, and then try your hand at making your own prints using foam printing plates and ink!

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

308 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Free; parking at UCLA is $12.

Jan. 22nd

Birdwatching for Young Children and Parents

Enjoy a special walk with a guide to learn about the native birds at the lagoon. Binoculars provided! Meet at the shaded viewpoint.

10-11 am

Malibu Lagoon State Beach

3999 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu

Free; Parking is

All day – $12.00 per car, per day or 3 dollars an hour.

Jan. 28th

Nature Walk

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

9 am

White Point Nature Education Center and Preserve

1600 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro


Jan. 28th-29th

Art without Walls: A is for Art and Activism

How will you make the world a better place? Contribute to a collective book of ABCs for young activists, taking inspiration from the works of artist and activist Jimmie Durham. Pages created at the Hammer and the library will be combined into a single digital book. Same art-making activities are at both locations.

11 am-1 pm

Sat. Felipe de Neve Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library 2820 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles

Sun: Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free; parking in the attached garage of the Hammer is $3

Jan. 28th-Jan. 29th

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.

Jan. 28th: 10 am-5 pm

Jan 29th: 10 am-4 pm

Pasadena Convention Center

300 E. Green St., Pasadena

$10; kids under age 5: Free

Jan. 29th

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 Museum of the American West, Petersen Automotive Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art


Jan. 29th

Lunar New Year Celebration

Chinese Dragon and Lion Dances, Korean cultural dances, Kung Fu martial arts demos, food demos and more!

2-5 pm

Farmers Market

6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles


Jan. 28th-29th

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. 29th

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. 29th

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. 29th

Stories in the Afternoon: The Story of Ferdinand

Rather than fighting, Ferdinand the bull likes to smell flowers under a cork tree. Find out what happens when he mistakenly gets sent to Madrid for a bullfight. Take a look at Picasso’s Bulls, and draw some flowers that Ferdinand might want to smell.

2 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

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