This month is full of free and cheap things to do with your family from LEGO displays to free museum days to crafting events that are perfect for the whole crew. Scroll through and pick some of your favorites for your January calendar!

Annual BayLUG Holiday LEGO Show

Browse through the imaginative holiday creations, which include holiday trains, miniature cities and more. This year’s theme is BayLUG at the Beach, featuring a whimsical beach scene. Admission is $3. Jan. 3-5. Event details


Visit the Japanese Tea Garden

Visit the Japanese Tea Garden on Christmas and New Year's Day with admission free from 9-10 a.m. Jan. 1. Event details

photo: Kathryn Rummel

Free Admission to the SF Botanical Garden

Create a new holiday tradition wandering through the landscaped gardens and open spaces of the SF Botanical Gardens. With 8,000 plants and flowers to discover and 55 acres to explore, you'll walk off that Christmas ham in no time. Jan. 1. Event details

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Toddler Story Time at the Mill Valley Library

Join Lauren for a Thursday morning story time complete with songs, rhymes, flannelboards and fingerplays especially designed for toddlers aged 2-3 years. Thursdays. Event details

Free Pop-Up: Felted Wool Beads

Using beautifully dyed wool, we will take you step-by-step through the felting process; from fiber to fashion! Registration required. Jan. 4. Event details. 

Free Admission Saturdays at the de Young and Legion of Honor

All Bay Area residents can enjoy the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor for free on Saturdays. Event details

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Family Fun Day at the Asian Art Museum

Visit the museum for free and explore the special exhibition Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan where you can write a letter to a friend. Jan. 5. Event details

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Children's Reading Room at Salesforce Park

Join this impromptu story time with classic picture books to borrow and enjoy while in the park. Daily. Event details

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Get Your Free Pre-K Pass from Great America

Kids ages 3-5 can sign up for a free pass that will get them into California's Great America for the remainder of 2019 and all of 2020 as well. 

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Make a Mini Hockey Game at Home Depot

Face off with fun in this Mini Hockey Game Workshop. Kids develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. With help from parents and Store Associates, your child will create and own their own game. Jan. 4. Event details

photo: Kate Loweth

Saturday Science at the Randall

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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