Happy New Year!  Something old and something new – no, that’s weddings.  Well, we still think it’s a great way to kick off the New Year – not letting auld acquaintances be forgotten and visiting some longtime faves, while ringing in the new by exploring new spots.  Mix up this first weekend of 2014 with an owly story time, a faery hunt, an exploration of light, the making of a comet, a tangled tale, a freezing adventure or just celebrating some serious rock n’ roll.

faery huntDowntown

Oshogatsu Family Festival
Gallop into a celebration of the Year of the Horse at the Japanese American National Museum. Kids can color zodiac animals, fold an origami horse, jump around in the horse jumper, watch a candy artist make horse sculpture candy, meet real horses – are you sensing the horse theme? Sun, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Make A Comet
Watch a scientist mix common household ingredients with dry ice to make a small comet right before your eyes. It’s fascinating science that’s also lots of fun! Sat. & Sun, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Griffith Park. Free. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

Mid-City

Happy Birthday, Elvis!
Celebrate the upcoming birthday of The King of Rock & Roll – Elvis!  Make rock & rollin’ art and sing and dance along. Thank you, Thank you very much. Sun., 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Miracle Mile. $5-$8.  Ages 3-8. Event details.

Explore Light & Photography
There’s art in science and science in art, and that meeting place is never more obvious than in photography.  First the whole family can check out a new photography exhibit, then you can all make your own photography inspired art, together. Sun., 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Miracle Mile. $28-$103.  Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Little Owl Story Time
Bring your little owlets for enchanting nature-themed story time at the giant nest at Descanso Gardens. Mama and Papa Owl are welcome to snuggle up with their young and enjoy a picture books read aloud. Sat., 10:30 a.m. La Canada. $4-$9. Ages 2 and up. Event details.

Westside

Rapunzel on Stage
Your tangle haired princess will fall for this new stage show of the classic Grimm fairy-tale of the girl with magical golden locks. Cheer and boo along in this interactive musical. Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Santa Monica. $12-$20. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

A Faery Hunt
Who’s hiding in parks across the city?  This show beckons little ones and their families to join faery folk on a quest to find Faery Royalty and other fun creatures hiding in the park. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Brentwood. $12.50. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Chill at Queen Mary
It’s the last weekend to catch the Ice Kingdom, where holiday-inspired scenes fill a 13,000 square-foot Igloo.  Ice tubing, ice skating and other frozen adventures await in a perfect winter wonderland of adventure and activities. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Long Beach. $19.95-$34.95. All ages. Event details.

Lunar New Year at the Kids Museum
Take a drive to La Habra to discover this gem of a children’s museum, where today’s family free day theme is “Lunar New Year”. Celebrate by making painted Chinese lanterns, beautiful horse puppets and experiencing traditional musical performances. Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. La Habra. Free. Ages 3-8. Event details.

Have you made any resolutions for things to do or places to visit in this New Year?  We’d love to hear about them!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Mulad via Creative Commons and A Faery Hunt’s facebook page.