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January 2018 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. 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. 5th-7th

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. 5th: 10 am-5 pm

Jan 7th: 10 am-4 pm

Pasadena Convention Center

300 E. Green St., Pasadena

$10; kids under age 5: 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

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. 7th

Oshogatsu Family Festival

It’s the Year of the Dog and time to celebrate with food, crafts, performances and more. View a dog candy sculpture, learn how to fold a barking paper dog, sample traditional New Years foods, watch a Japanese-style lion dance and more.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


Jan. 7th

STEM Sunday

Explore everything Science, Art and Engineering through a variety of tinker stations will encourage youngsters to put their minds in motion and soar!

1-5 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra


Jan. 7th, 14th and 21st

Andell Family Sundays

Hoy en Dia

Explore, sixteeen contemporary Latino artists from Latin America and the US for surprising, playful, and unexpected art. View the special exhibition A Universal History of Infamy, then participate in artist-led workshops in bookmaking, mixed media, and performance/dance.

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. 13th-14th

Rock the Garden

Get your body moving and grooving with a musical garden installation. A selection of trails will host a special “mix-tape” to embellish your visit. Follow your map to create and listen to the sounds that nature makes at highlighted locations throughout the garden. There will be several live performances throughout the day.

11 am-3 pm

South Coast Botanical Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd.

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Adults: $9

Students: $6

Children (ages 4-12): $4

Children (under age 4): Free

Jan. 13th

Storytime and Book Signing

Celebrate the publication of local author Roda Ahmed’s Mae Among the Stars. The beautifully illustrated picture book is inspired by the story of astronaut Mae Jemison and her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space.

10:30 am

Children's Book World

10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles


Book signing available if you have purchased the book at Children's Book World.

Jan. 15th

Target Free Holiday Monday

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day with tours, free programs, arts and crafts, and live performances by Diana Purim & Eyedentity at 12:30 pm and 2:45 pm.

11 am-5 pm


5905 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles


Jan. 20th

Henrietta Basin Nature Walk

Learn about the Storm Water Enhancement Project and the benefits this basin provides. This walk is open to all ages. Bring binoculars and wear close toed shoes.

9-11 am

Madrona Marsh Preserve

3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance


Jan. 21st

Kids in the Courtyard: Artist Demo: Frame Your World

Explore the black-and-white photographs of Pierre Verger and then create and decorate a monochrome frame for your own photographs.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

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

Free; parking at UCLA is $12.

Jan. 27th

San Fernando Valley Audubon Young Birders Group Walk

Have fun while learning about the birds that inhabit the park and the importance of protecting their habitat. Meet in the parking lot below the Sookie Goldman Nature Center.

9-11 am

Franklin Canyon Park

1936 Lake Dr

Beverly Hills


Jan. 28th

Lunar New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with traditional festivities like Lion and Dragon Dances as well as musical performances, culinary demos, arts & crafts, pet-friendly activities and more

2-5 pm

The Original Farmer's Market

189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles


Jan. 28th

Tu B'Shevat Festival

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

10 am-2:30 pm

The Shalom Institute,

34342 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu

$10; Children 6 and under: Free

Jan. 28th

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, Kidspace and Descanso Gardens


Jan. 28th

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.

1-4:30 pm

1 LMU Dr., Los Angeles

Free; reservations required (310) 339-7620

Jan. 28th

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. 28th

Stories in the Afternoon: Madeline

Madeline lives in a vine-covered house in Paris with 11 other girls. Discover what happens when Madeline has to have her appendix removed, and all the little girls visit her at the hospital. Then make a drawing in front of a view of Paris.

2 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena

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