It’s the first weekend of the New Year, and it’s time to get serious about those resolutions. What were yours? Ours was to find even cooler, more unusual, stupendously fun things for you to do with your whole family each week and weekend. These are our favorite picks for this weekend, with something that’s sure to tickle every fancy, whether you want to take part in a cultural festival like Oshogatsu or Los Tres Reyes, do some art at MOCA or the Getty, watch talented pets or neighbors, take up archery or snowboarding or simply soak up a little bit of Hollywood finery. Now go forth, adventure and have fun!
Oshogatsu Family Festival
Oshogatsu is the Japanese Lunar New Year. This being the year of the snake, kids can fold origami snakes, jump around in the snake jumper, meet real snakes, make and eat yummy treats (like snake candy) and more. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.
Los Tres Reyes Magos
The three kings make a colorful procession down Olvera Street where kiddos can get prizes, sip some champurado (Mexican traditional chocolate drink), munch pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread) as well as take a whack at a piñata. Sun., Evening. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Mix comedy and juggling skills from one silly human with 15 extraordinary cats and 10 amazing dogs who love to show off onstage, and you get a highly entertaining variety act filled with human and pet stunts and skits. Sun., 3:00 pm. Mid Wilshire. $35-$50. Ages 2+. Event details.
Sunday Studio at MOCA
Do you miss your hipper-than-thou, avant-gard, artsy-fartsy pre-kid days? Re-live them, kids in tow, at this art adventure where the whole fam can get creative with an array of art materials just right for a range of ages and ability levels. Sun., 1:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Community Talent Show
Westside’s got talent! Come see what your neighbors can do, at this community talent show that takes place beside the huge vintage fireplace with a cheery eco-log fire. Sat., 8:00 pm. Santa Monica. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.
Family Art Odessey
Start the year with a little culture; designed just for kiddos (and grownups with short attention spans) this is a short, fun-filled guided exploration through the galleries at the Getty Villa. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.
Roving Archers Archery Class (Free!)
Between Brave and The Hunger Games, archery is the new hot thing. If your kids want to use bows and arrows like their heroes, bring them to where they can try out their skills safely with a free lesson. Sat., 8:30 am – 10:00 am. Pasadena. Free. Ages 5+. Event details.
Kids Ski/Snowboard Day Camp
Learn to ski or snowboard at this all day ski/snowboard camp day for all ages- which means that grown-ups are welcome if you’ve always wanted to learn to snowboard, too. Sat., 6:00 am – 6:00 pm. Calabasas. $100-$165. Ages 3+. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Hollywood Film & Fashion Family Festival
Catch multicultural entertainment, art projects and dancing, all inspired by the exhibit Cut! Costume and the Cinema. It’s the ultimate dress up show, with forty-three costumes worn by 30 actors in 25 different films showing off the amazing role costumes play in movies. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Santa Ana. Free. All ages. Event details.
What are you doing for the first weekend of the New Year? Let us know, in the comments below.
— Meghan Rose