Happy New Year! Set the tone this weekend to make 2015 a truly amazing year: fill it with activities that are new, fun, active, family, silly, or anything else you like. Take a take a hike at night, exploring tide pools, make some Samurai art, visit the Oshogatsu Family Festival, find fairies or see Red Riding Hood. What does your 2015 have in store?

The Gentle Barn


A Free Oshogatsu Family Festival
Oshogatsu is the Japanese Lunar New Year. Celebrate of the Year of the Sheep at the JANM Family Festival. Make a daruma doll, fold an origami sheep, watch a candy artist make sheep sculpture and meet real sheep, too! Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid-City & Hollywood

Make Art Like A Samurai
Check out magnificent swords and images of Samurai at the new LACMA exhibit. Then, in artist-led workshops, make your own Samurai-inspired helmets and art. Sun., 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.

A Marx Brothers Double Feature
The Marx Brothers were meant to be seen in theaters with an audience, so introduce the youngest generation to these comedy classics. You’ll be surprised at how much they’ll relate to the physical comedy! Sun., 2 p.m. Hollywood. $9-$11. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Cool Beans at the Zimmer
National Bean Day is just around the corner (Tuesday), so celebrate with all sorts of bean-tastic activities. Sun., 2 p.m-4 p.m. Mid-City. $7. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Hike By The Light of the Silvery (Full) Moon
Forget the Hollywood stars, get out and see some real stars! Explore the woods by the light of the full moon on this wandering hike, led by a ranger. Sun., 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.


Find Faeries In A Faery Hunt
Parents and pixies lose themselves in the sense of adventure on this show that leads the audience through the park with faery folk on their quest to find Faery royalty. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Brentwood. $12.50. Ages 2-8. Event details.


My, What A Great Show, Little Red Riding Hood
“Little Red Riding Hood” is Storybook Theatre’s award-winning musical retelling with Granny at the pianny, a funny wolf, an adorable Little Riding Hood and plenty o’ audience participation. Sat., 1 p.m. Universal City. $10-$12. Ages 3-9. Event details.

South Bay

Discover What Lives In A Tide Pool
Take the kids for a naturalist-led ramble on the rocks, poking in the tide pools of the Point Fermin State Marine Park, where they can see animals in their natural habitat. Sat. at 1 p.m. & Sun. at 2 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Maaaa! Lunar New Year at the Children’s Museum La Habra
Celebrate the Chinese New Year by making painted Chinese lanterns and experiencing traditional musical performances. Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. La Habra. Free. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your to-do list for this year? Looking for a checklist? We’ve got the top ten things you should do in LA before you turn 10…how many can you check off?

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Meghan Rose and Birch Aquarium