It’s the first weekend of the new year, and it’s easy to stay true to all those resolutions with all the great options we have here in LA. Whether you have resolved to spend quality time with the family (check out the sleepover at the zoo and the LEGO® brick convention) or want to stay true to those fitness resolutions (catch the free group hike in Malibu or Zumbini class), our list gives you options galore. And don’t forget to finish the weekend with a celebratory stop at the Oshagotsu festival to officially kick off the “Year of the Dog” at the Japanese American National Museum. Scroll through the rest of our picks to see how 2018 is already shaping up to be the best year yet.


Los Angeles

Wild Wonder Family Slumber Party at the Zoo
Gather your family, your sleeping bags, and get ready for an overnight adventure at the Los Angeles Zoo. This exciting indoor overnight includes a nighttime guided tour of the Zoo, pizza/salad dinner, and an evening snack. Go to bed with a beastly bedtime story and sleep under cliffs and trees in the California Condor Rescue Zone. In the morning wake up with a walk in the Zoo and then enjoy a full continental breakfast. Finally, have a meet and greet with some of the Zoo’s ambassador animals. Sat. Event details.

Sidewalk Speedsters
A special exhibit dedicated to children and their longstanding fascination with fast cars are showcased in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery of the Petersen Automotive Museum called, “Sidewalk Speedsters: The Grown-Up World of Children’s Cars,” offers guests a look at kids’ competition cars. The display features a diverse range of child-sized race cars —from old to new, electric-to-gas powered to sophisticated, and affordable to luxurious. A $430 million per year industry as of 2015, kids’ vehicles have become a phenomenon, populating the shelves, catalogs and online inventories of toy and game retailers worldwide. While many adults may wonder whether owner-driven automobiles will continue to be part of the everyday driving landscape, small, powered children’s cars are growing in popularity among youngsters. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Children’s Choir
The Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, will continue its six-month U.S. tour featuring a brand new concert, “Signs & Wonders.” The concert will feature worship songs that share the stories of the children. Sat. Event details.

Oshogatsu Festival
Ring in the Year of the Dog with New Year-themed activities, performances, and crafts! Music, crafts, toddler room, dog adoptions and more at this fun, and free festival that’s not to be missed. Sun. Event details.


The Ugly Duckling at Theatre West
See a musical version of the classic story, with opportunities for kids in the audience to participate. Sat. Event details.

Van Nuys

Family Playdate
Play-date hosts their family playdate to help usher in 2018 with a very special lineup of music, activities, and shopping from local artists that are fun (and free) to attend for the whole family! Come join the fun! Sat. Event details.

North Hollywood

Zumbini Babes
Created by Zumba® and BabyFirst for kids ages 0-4, the Zumbini® program combines music, dance and educational tools for 45 minutes of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning, and fun! Try out this free demo class with your babe by registering at the website below.Sat. Event details.

The Valley

Play Pac Man & Frogger
The Arcade Warehouse is a discount arcade shop that opens its doors to the public two days a week to encourage families to get reacquainted with classic games they haven’t seen in years. All for $3 per person. No quarter, no need to keep feeding the money pit! Introduce your kiddos to your favorite Arcade Classics with over 60 games in a fully themed arcade.  They do ask that you refrain from bringing outside food and drink. Sat. Event details.

Doc Mcstuffins: The Exhibit
Doc McStuffins is coming to the Discovery Cube LA  in the first-ever touring museum exhibit based on the Peabody Award-winning television series. The exhibit is designed to model “care and compassion” with immersive activities that reinforce the importance of health and well-being. Young “doctors-in-training” can visit the McStuffins Toy Hospital where they can perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients while learning about healthy habits, compassion and nurturing care. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Calling All Lego Lovers
Come share your love of LEGO® and discover hundreds of fan-created models in over 13,000 square feet of display space at the Pasadena Convention Center! Shop our vendor area with new, used, and vintage LEGO® sets, mini figures, jewelry, and unique brick accessories! Be inspired to create your own creations an play in our Brick Yard building area! Join us January 6th & 7th for a weekend of fun for all ages! Sat.-Sun. Event details


Meet Rescued Wild Animals at the Star Eco Station Tour
Meet parrots and pythons and piranhas – oh my! You can take kids from babies to teens on a tour of the Eco Station to see a host of exotic rescued wildlife. Each tour is led by an expert Eco Station staff member who explains the habits and history of hundreds of rescued exotic animals. The tour also features exhibits on innovative approaches to addressing the challenges facing the environment and offers tips on how to help save the planet through small changes at home and at school. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Craft, Hike and Lunch
Join TrailMothers for their monthly hikes filled with crafts, hiking, and new friends! This hike is located at Solstice Canyon (Location: GPS Coordinates: N 34.0350 W ­118.7445) at the intersection of Corral Canyon Road and Solstice Canyon Road, Malibu, CA, 90265. After the hike we will drive to the beach across the street for Lunch ( potluck, bring what you like, towels and beach toys) We will reside there and do crafts at the beach. This is a family event (Husbands are ok LOL). Sat. Event details.

Movie Magic in Mexico
The pristine turquoise waters and undisturbed rugged beaches of Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral reef in Mexico, are the dazzling setting for a five-year-old boy’s once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Before Natan leaves for Italy to live with his mother, his fisherman father, Jorge, brings him to his native home on the reef where they bond with each other and nature in this wondrous, spellbinding semi-documentary called, “Alamar” (Mexico, 2009). Hosted by UCLA Film & Television Archive and Hammer Museum. Sun. Event details.


What are you doing with your family this first weekend of the new year? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber