If you are looking for some free and cheap things to do with your family to fill your January calendar, this is the list for you. Orange County has tons of activities for kids from crafting to live music to free admission days. The month is going to be epic so scroll down for the best things to do with kids this January in the OC.

The Science of Gingerbread

The sweetest season at the Cube returns this winter with Southern California's largest gingerbread competition and display. Through Jan. 5. Event details


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Build a Mini Hockey Game at Home Depot

Face off with fun in this Mini Hockey Game Workshop. Kids develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. With help from parents and Store Associates, your child will create and own their own game. Jan. 4. Event details

Visit Capistrano Lights

Experience Mission San Juan Capistrano at night featuring a nightly tree lighting and music program. After the Mission closes, guests can discover the historic downtown district with plenty of holiday shopping, dining and wine tasting all season long. Through Jan. 6. Event details

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Museums on Us Weekend

Bank of America cardholders can get free admission to many museums the first full weekend of the month, including the DiscoveryCube (Sunday only for this location). Jan. 5. Event details

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Live Concert Thursday at The Source

Head to Buena Park every Thursday for this live concert series at The Source OC. Event details

Free Day at the Huntington Gardens

One of the most beautiful spots in the State is right in our backyard, at the Huntington Gardens & Library. Every first Thursday, the Garden is free—you just have to request a ticket in advance. Jan. 2. Event details

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Wild Tales at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

Bring your little wild ones to learn about nature and enjoy the outdoors with storytelling, a guided nature walk, and arts and crafts. Fridays. Event details

Kids Free Fishing Clinic in Dana Point

Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to our dock side fishing clinic and learn hands on techniques on fishing from the experts. Jan. 5. Event details

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Family Festival Sunday at the Bowers Museum

Enjoy this free family festival on the first Sunday of each month. Jan. 5. Event details. 

South OC Cars & Coffee

South OC Cars and Coffee is a weekly gathering of more than 500 car lovers and enthusiasts here at Outlets at San Clemente, on the top level of our ocean-view parking garage. Saturdays. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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