Find out which of our favorite kids museums are free this weekend, plus get the scoop on Santa Monica’s massive Chinese New Year celebration, and discover where to go sledding in the Valley. Read on for the details on these events and more of our top picks for what to do this weekend with the kiddos.

photo: Courtesy of Kidspace Children’s Museum

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Museum Free for All Day
This is your chance to visit Cayton, Kidspace, Skirball and more of our favorite LA museums without without spending a dime (assuming you can score free parking and skip the gift shop). For one day, more than 40 museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend free of charge. Sat. Event details.


Story Time in the Galleries
Ever wonder why dragons love tacos and why crayons decided to quit one day? Join LACMA’s staff at 2 p.m. on for a reading journey into a world of folk tales and colors. Relate the stories to the art in the galleries in a comfortable space suitable for families and children of all ages. Fri. Event details.

Bob Baker’s January Variety Show
Bob Baker Marionette Theater returns to the Miracle Mile Toy Hall to bring their classic brand of magic and whimsy with a special show each month! Join us for a heartfelt puppet show followed by a meet and greet with your favorite puppets. It’s vintage LA at it’s very best. Sun. Event details.


Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Peter and the Wolf
Bring the kids to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for this special presentation. Young or old, audiences love the delightful adventure in music, which helps children identify different instruments of the orchestra, while the story of Peter and his animal friends will captivate their imaginations. Sat. Event details.


Family Day: Year of the Rat
In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Norton Simon Museum invites families to view a sculpture of the god Ganesha and his rat, which symbolizes Ganesha’s ability to overcome obstacles of all sizes. Afterwards, kids can create a small stuffed animal as a reminder that they can overcome anything. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Dixie Canyon’s Winter Wonderland
Get ready for a family-filled snow day in LA, featuring real snow, games and prizes, inflatables, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food trucks and more. Come for the snow, stay for the fun! Sat. Event details.

Topanga Vintage Market
With 170 vintage vendors, dozens of local artisans, great food trucks and live music, it’s a wonderful place to spend treasure hunting on a beautiful day in LA. Sun. Event details.

Santa Monica

Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place
Celebrate the Year of the Rat with authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese lion dance, Korean fan dance, stilt-walkers, traditional dough artist, balloon twister, family-friendly arts and crafts, and New Year’s Wishing Trees, which will be placed near the event for patrons to hang a wish on the branches. Sat. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Story Time & Nature Walk
Join a Franklin Canyon Docent for a nature-themed story time followed by a guided nature walk around the lake at Franklin Canyon. Recommended for kids, ages are 4-10. Sat. Event details.


Fowler Families: Ready, Set, Sculpt
UCLA’s Fowler Museum invites your family to discover the dynamic colors, surprising materials, and personal memories shared by artist Rina Banerjee in the special exhibition Make Me a Summary of the World. Afterwards, your budding artists can create a sculpture that expresses their own unique stories. Sun. Event details.

Psst… looking for more ways to entertain the kids this weekend? Check out the full LA Events Calendar for ideas. 

-Shannan Rouss


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