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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. 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

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. 21st

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. 21st

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. 27th

Whale Fiesta

Celebrate the migration of the Pacific gray whale and the beginning of whalewatching season! Enjoy activities and exhibits including games, arts and crafts, puppet shows, the building of a life-sized sand sculpture of a Pacific gray whale and its calf and a Duct Tape Whale Sculpture Contest.

10 am-3 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro


Jan. 27th

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. 27th-28th

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. 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, 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