Start the year off right with a visit to one of our favorite LA museums (for some kid-friendly creative fun!), a “kindie” rock concert, a Year of the Rat family festival downtown and more can’t-miss events all happening this weekend. Read on for the details.

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Miracle Mile

LACMA First-Time Fridays
Still haven’t made it to LACMA? Kids are always free, and on the first Fridays of the month, adults are too! While you’re there, be sure to take advantage of the museum’s pop-up art-making activities—perfect for little ones of all ages. Fri. Event details.


Oshogatsu Family Festival
Welcome the Year of the Rat with crafts, food, cultural activities, and performances Japanese American National Museum. There will be origami, a scavenger hunt, lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) and osechi ryori (traditional Japanese New Year foods) tastings, face painting and more. Sun. Event details. 

West Los Angeles

Mista Cookie Jar in Concert
LA-based “kindie rocker” Mista Cookie Jar, brings his urban-island-folky-rock-&-roll sounds to Children’s Book World. Settle in he serenades the crowd with his “stars and moon” steel guitar, mixing a rock star excitement with the warmth of family music. Sat. Event details.

Holiday Ice Skating Rink
It’s the last weekend to take a spin on the ice at Westfield Century City’s pop-up rink. Glide along to the music, plus sips and sweets from vendors, surprise snow falls and more in this one-of-a-kind winter wonderland experience. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Wags Kids! Paws & Pajamas
Little ones, ages 6 -12, can bring their favorite book to read to a pooch at Wags & Walks Adoption Center. (The benefits of reading to shelter dogs have long been praised by educational programs and rescue organizations alike.) Advanced registration required. Sat. Event details.


Disney’s FROZEN The Musical
Have a kid who just can’t “let it go” when it comes to all things Frozen? Take them to see Elsa and company on stage at the iconic Pantages Theatre. The Broadway production clocks in at more than 2 hours, so it’s best for little ones four and up. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Universal City

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit
Hop over to Theatre West for Storybook Theatre’s version of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale. As always at Storybook, there will be plenty of audience participation and singing and dancing.  You can even expect audience members to join in a special version of “The Bunny Hop.”Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Magical Chinese Lantern Festival
Experience awe-inspiring lantern displays that tower up to 30 feet high and 85 feet wide … even a 100-yard-long breathtaking Ceramic Chinese Dragon, all at the Pomona Fairplex. Explore vibrant lanterns depicting the four seasons of nature and animals in their native environments. Adventure through the Amazon Jungle or journey deep into a vast wonderland with animals, insects and reptiles, plus exotic trees and illuminated plants. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

-Shannan Rouss


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