Free Things to Do with Kids in LA This Month

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Editor’s note: Because events are changing rapidly, make sure to check the websites for the latest information.

If most of your budget is going towards your holiday shopping list right now, you’re not alone. But fear not, there’s a ton of fun to be had around the city that won’t cost you a dime. Check out these amazing events (and most importantly) free things to do around Los Angeles this Nov. and don’t forget to scroll to the bottom to find a running list of free activities with kids you can check out all year round.

Día de Los Muertos Celebrations

Downtown Dia de Los Muertos at Grand Park: Bring the whole familia and learn about the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by strolling through 20 colorful, large scale altars located throughout Grand Park. This year’s event honors the honors people, places and ideas that make up the City of Los Angeles. 

When: Now through Nov. 2, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

200 N Grand Ave.
DTLA
Online: grandparkla.org/event/downtown-dia-de-los-muertos-2021

Olvera Street Día de Los Muertos Celebration: Gather in one of the most historic locations in all of Los Angeles for Danza de la Muerte, a lively play that tells the story of Dia de Los Muertos. Then join in on a colorful parade celebrating and honoring past loved ones every night now through Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. The parade starts at the plaza and works it’s way through the heart of Olvera Street as vendors and shop keepers pave a candlelit path. 

When: Now through Nov. 2 starting at 6 p.m. 

845 Alameda St. 
DTLA
Online: olveraevents.com/day-of-the-dead-olvera-street 

photo: Kehinde Wiley

New & Free Must-See Art Exhibitions in Los Angeles

Obama Portraits Tour: From the moment of their unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018, the museum’s official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama have become iconic. Open daily except Wed. Advanced reservations required. 

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: lacma.org/art/exhibition/obama-portraits-tour

Black American Portraits Tour: To complement the presentation of The Obama Portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald on tour from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, this collection spans over two centuries from c. 1800 to the present day, with approximately 150 works draws primarily from LACMA’s permanent collection and highlights emancipation and early studio photography, scenes from the Harlem Renaissance, portraits from the Civil Rights and Black Power eras, and multiculturalism of the 1990s. Open daily except Wed. Advanced reservations required. 

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: lacma.org/art/exhibition/black-american-portraits

Fire! Science & Safety:The newest exhibit to open at The California Science Center is all about fire safety and prevention. Set in a “typical” Los Angeles home presented as a training site for young “fire danger detectives.” Guests will find themselves at the Casa del Fuego Apartments, #911, where they can explore an immersive environment and engage in hands-on activities to learn about the science of fire, discover fire hazards and practice fire-safe behaviors. Open daily.

700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: californiasciencecenter.org

Betye Saar Art Box Family Fun
Come make art with your family and celebrate Los Angeles artist Betye Saar! The Betye Saar Art Box is a collaboration between five local museums: the Autry Museum of the American West; the California African American Museum; the Hammer Museum; the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. For decades Saar has made significant contributions to the history of American art, and, at the age of 95, she continues to produce powerful artwork using a range of materials and often combining everyday objects to create new meanings. Bring the family to honor Saar’s artistic legacy and to make art together at this all-ages program. Event details.

Hours: Sat. Nov. 6, 2:00 p.m.-3 p.m.

CAAM 
600 State Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: caamuseum.org

Hike around LA

National Parks: Visit a local national park for free this Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2021. We've got the whole list here of National Parks you can visit near LA but some local favorites include: Joshua Tree National Park, Channel Islands National Park & Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Online: nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks

Walk in LA: If you prefer an urban hike over a National Park one, check out the Great Los Angeles Walk. Every year, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Great Los Angeles Walk brings together hundreds of walkers for a free urban hike that starts on one side of the city and ends up at the other. You can join (or leave) the walk whenever you’d like. This year, the walk begins at San Gabriel Mission and ends at Olvera Street (where one of our favorite churro shops—Mr. Churro—is conveniently located). Event details.

Free Fun Events at The Grove

Every Wed. morning get whisked away with storytime in The Park! Kids, parents and caregivers are invited to join Barnes & Noble for a safe and special reading. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP prior to the event!

On Thurs. Fit4Mom Stroller Strides offers a free and fun work out every Tues. and Thurs. in Nov. at The Grove.

On Fri., Sat. & Sun., swing by to listen to live entertainment as talented musicians perform for all of The Grove to hear.

Of course, while you are there, swing grab a free ride on the vintage electric trolley—especially fun for train-loving kids.

189 The Grove Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: thegrovela.com/events

Venice Oceanarium Reading of Moby Dick on the Beach

Thar she blows! Every year since, 1995 the Venice Oceanarium acknowledges the start of the Grey Whale migration with a free marathon reading of Moby Dick on the beach. Pull up a chair, or beach towel, and enjoy the scenery and Herman Melville’s magical tail of that hard to catch whale.

When: Nov. 20-21, 9 am.- 9 p.m. 

Venice Breakwater 
Ocean Front Walk 
Venice
Online: veniceoceanarium.org/events-calendar/moby-dick-reading-venice

Festivals, Music & Artwalks

Long Beach Airport Festival of Flight: Get up close and personal with planes, helicopter and jets at the Long Beach Airport Festival of Flight. After a short hiatus due to the pandemic, the event is back. Live music, food trucks and free activities for the kids will round out the day. 

Free parking will be available at the corner of East Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way, as well as an overflow lot.

When: Nov. 6 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

3590 E. Wardlow Rd.
Long Beach
Online: longbeach.gov/lgb/community-information/festival-of-flight/

Leimert Park Artwalk: The Artwalk is a free celebration centric to afro-futurism, youth, art and technology. Sun. Nov. 28, from noon-3 p.m. 

Kids Rock the Promenade: Every Sun. from 3-4 p.m., The First Day of School Band (@fdosofficial) perform on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. 

Smorgasburg LA: Head to the largest weekly open-air food market in America on Sun. Smorgasburg LA offers a variety of tempting dishes, desserts and drinks, overwhelming kids and adults in a scrumptious kind of way. For the latter, a beer garden serves craft beverages with a side of music. More appetizing still, the venue ROW DTLA offers two hours of parking for free, a rarity in our city center.

777 S Alameda St.
Los Angeles
Online: la.smorgasburg.com

UCLA's Exploring Your Universe 

Visit the UCLA campus for their annual Exploring Your Universe events where you can learn all about our solar system and the world we live in. Go from booth to booth learning about things like bee keeping, recycling, chemical reactions, meteorites, and more. Join in on a panels where kids can ask real scientists their biggest questions. Why is the sky blue? How deep is the ocean? You name it, they’ll answer it!

When: November 7 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

University of California Los Angeles, Court of Sciences 
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: exploringyouruniverse.ucla.edu/

Annual Tree Lighting

Manhattan Beach Annual Pier Lighting and Open House: The annual Pier Lighting and Holiday Open House is the official start of the holiday season in Manhattan Beach. Wed., Nov. 17, 5-9 p.m.

Check out our list of all the best places to see holiday lights, that will continually be updated now through the end of December

 

Outdoor Activities around LA That Are Always Free

 

Parks, Splash Pads & Tide Pools

photo: Jenifer Scott

Explore Tide Pools Near Me

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Cool Down at a Splash Pad

Nothing beats a hot day like playing in a cool, splashground. Just grab the hats, sunscreen and a towel and your day is made. To find a splash pad nearby, check out our comprehensive list of the best splash pads and spraygrounds near LA—all without spending a dime.

Investigate a New Playground

We've got a running list for the most fun playgrounds around LA—some may even be hiding in your own neighborhood. Check out these gems and never hear "I'm bored" again...almost.

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Spend the Day at Grand Park

There's always something fun happening here! Home to one of our favorite fountains and splashpads (when it's open for waterplay), playgrounds and outdoor art exhibits makes Grand Park a fun and easy destination for everyone in the family to spend the day.

200 N Grand Ave.
Los Angeles 
Online: grandparkla.org 

Explore a New Neighborhood around LA

LA is about as diverse as you can get and there's no better place to explore all the different museums, street art, playgrounds, (and ice cream shops!) than in a neighborhood near you.

Kid-Friendly Hikes Near LA

Leave Runyon to the tourists. Instead, take your little trekkers to one of these lesser known trails where the views are still Instagrammable, but the crowds won’t overwhelm you. From a hidden 58-acre park in Culver City to a natural preserve in Pasadena, here are our favorite easy-to-moderate hikes the whole family.

Easy Bike Trails for Families

So your two-wheelings tots have maxed out on riding around the block? Fortunately, LA’s beach bike paths—along with a few other car-free paths and trails—are open. Finally, kids can feel the wind in their hair, practice their pedaling and enjoy a change of scenery. If you’re looking to avoid crowds (um, yes please), we recommend visiting these routes during the week or early in the a.m. on weekends. Check out all of LA's best kid-friendly bike paths.

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Dine at Hidden Picnic Spots

There’s no better time than now to dine outdoors with your family—and any other members of your quarantine pod. Spread out a blanket and enjoy a meal al fresco at these hidden LA picnic spots

Free Museums & Indoor Spaces in LA

photo: Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum

In addition to offering free admission, this UCLA art museum regularly hosts pop-up art studios for little ones, family-friendly movie screenings and guided tours-plus-games for kids ages 7 and up. A visit to the relatively small yet impressive (and manageable!) museum will expose kids to a range of artwork, from 17th century Rembrandts to the more contemporary work of Kara Walker. Make advance reservations here

10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: hammer.ucla.edu

The Broad

Giant teacups, massive balloon animals, Alice in Wonderland-esque splashes of color and the Infinity Room will convince any kiddo that contemporary art is where it’s at. The museum "For Families" guide offers a "scavenger hunt" and fun art-themed activities. For older kids, they can also download and listen to a free audio tour which includes family-friendly information about the art. Reopening as of May 26, all visitors must reserve timed tickets in advance

221 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: thebroad.org

photo: Courtesy of The Getty Center

The Getty Center

While there are a lot of lovely views in and around Los Angeles, luscious gardens to walk around and loads of places to absorb culture, history, art, architecture, and more, The Getty Center is one of the only spots in the city where you get to experience all of that and then some. (Yes, you'll have to pay for parking, but admission is free.) The fun starts with a tram ride that takes you from the parking lot up to the museum itself. Once you're there, be sure to check out the Family Room for hands-on kids activities. Keep on an eye on their calendar as events open up—throughout the year, The Getty also hosts free family events and festivals that are not to be missed!

Sepulveda Blvd. & Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: getty.edu

LACMA

Right in our home town is a world class museum that wants you to bring your kids so much that they created a fabulous program: LACMA NexGen membership where kids get in free along with one adult. It's a pretty amazing deal, especially when you realize that at LACMA, there are art exhibits that appeal to kids like rad modern art sculptures, a giant suspended rock and of course, every kid (and grown-up kids’) favorite, Metropolis II. There is also a painting studio in the Boone Gallery where your inspired little artists can create watercolor masterpieces and listen to story time. Tickets are released in blocks of two weeks and must be reserved in advance. 

5900 Wilshire Blvd.
Miracle Mile
Online: lacma.org

The California Science Center

Where else can you see a space shuttle and a shark tank, not to mention play in one of three kids-only Discovery Rooms, explore rotating science exhibits and watch as baby chicks hatch? And all for free? Rainy days, hot days, vacation days, or just “I’m bored” days, the California Science Center is here for you. And for just a few extra bucks ($6.75 for kids; $8.95 for adults) you can round the day off with a spectacular 3D IMAX show. 

700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: californiasciencecenter.org

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Start your Aquarium visit with the sea stars in the simulated “tide pool touch tank” then spend your time winding through the thirty-eight aquaria. Don’t miss out on the favorite aquatic babies exhibit and let the little ones learn a little something at the research station. Be sure to look up and meet the giant whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling.

The museum is free for all but they do suggest a donation to help keep this wonderful community resource going. Parking is free and easy on the street or you can pay $1 per hour to park it right out front. The aquarium hosts loads of kid friendly activities and events, including the fabulous spring time grunion runs—a So Cal tradition.

Hours: Wed.—Sun. from noon to 5 p.m.

Check out these other noteworthy Los Angeles aquariums, many of which are also free! 

3720 Stephen M. White Dr.
San Pedro
Online: cabrillomarineaquarium.org

photo: Courtesy of CAAM

California African American Museum

Located in the heart of Exposition Park, California African American Museum (CAAM) is a hub for exploring and learning about the art, history and culture of the African-American diaspora in Los Angeles and beyond. Current exhibitions include Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century and LA Blacksmith, showcasing African American artists who work with metal. Once things return to pre-pandemic life, the museum also offers kid-friendly art workshops inspired by the exhibits.

600 State Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: caamuseum.org

La Brea Tar Pits

Next door to LACMA are the famous La Brea Tar Pits. While the Page Museum at the center will cost you an entrance fee (unless you visit on the first Tues. of the month when admission is free), there is plenty to explore around the tar pits and gardens that surround the museum.

Check out Ice Age plant life in the Pleistocene Garden, roll down the grassy hills and learn all about being a paleontologist with a peek inside Pit 91 and Project 23, which are still actively being excavated. No visit would be complete without snapping a selfie with those perpetually stuck elephants in the bubbling tar pit. Advance timed tickets are required.

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Miracle Mile
Online: tarpits.org

The Griffith Observatory

Spend a day at the Griffith Observatory, poking through the exhibits, figuring out your weight on Jupiter, looking through the telescopes, having lunch in the cafeteria and gazing out from the terrace, where you can see the whole city below. Free public star parties are held monthly, where kids can meet professional and amateur astronomers. And don’t forget about the Planetarium! There are currently two live shows scheduled every 60-90 minutes daily, for just $3-$7 (it’s the only thing at the Observatory with a fee, and kids under 5 can only attend the first show of the day).

If the kiddos need a break, there are beautiful hiking trails behind the Observatory with breathtaking views of the Hollywood sign.

If you want to avoid the parking lot, which fills up fast on weekends, hike one of our favorite trails, Ferndell. Then when you hike back, reward yourself with coffee and pie.

Hours: Fri., noon-10 p.m.; Sat.—Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

2800 E. Observatory Rd.
Griffith Park
Online: griffithobservatory.org

photo: NHM

A Way to Explore Even More LA Museums for Free

With your LA County Library card, you can reserve family passes to local museums and cultural institutions for free through Discover & Go.

How to Reserve a Pass:

  1. Visit the Discover & Go portal and log in using your library card number and PIN.
  2. Browse by museum or date.
  3. Make a reservation by selecting a date and venue.
  4. Shortly before your visit, print out your pass. Note: You cannot cancel your passes once they have been printed.
  5. Enjoy your visit!

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

Travel Town

Every mini engineer and trainspotter will have a blast exploring this outdoor transportation museum dedicated to all things trains. You can climb around on real steam locomotives, check out wagons and other antique vehicles in the barn and even go for a ride on a mini train that circles the park for just $3.

Pack some snacks and grab a seat on the lawn where you can wave at the train as it drives past. 

Don't miss their docent-led tours are available by reservation. Check their events calendar for more great activities.

Insider Tip: You can throw birthday parties at Travel Town or hit the gift shop for an awesome gift for a train-themed birthday party or just because. 

5200 Zoo Dr.
Griffith Park
Online: traveltown.org

LA's Central Library

If you have a budding bookworm at home then a visit to your local library is always treat and LA is full of some really special kids collections. Come for the books and stay for the free story time at dozens of Los Angeles Public Library branches, but the coolest by far is the Central Library downtown which houses a massive children’s literature department and hosts story times, puppet shows, and music.

Our other favorite spots are the Santa Monica Main Library and Beverly Hills Library, both of which have awesome collections and kids activities.

Visit their reopening page for a list of libraries and resources now open.

Good to Know: Once things return to pre-pandemic socializing levels, your LA County Library card is also your ticket to more exciting freebies through the Discover & Go program. Login online here and you can reserve free family passes to dozens of museums and attractions across the city, like The Autry Museum and the Natural History Museum.

LAPL
630 W 5th St.
Downtown LA
Online: lapl.org

Santa Monica Library
Online: smpl.org

Beverly Hills Library
Online:  beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillspubliclibrary

Read & Shop at Children's Book World

Kids can get lost in the stacks at the beloved book store, which regularly hosts readings with top children's authors and performances by popular kiddie musicians. Make an appointment for in-person shopping and make sure to check the upcoming schedule here

10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: childrensbookworld.com

—Christina Fielder

 

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How to Plan a Pirate Treasure Hunt for Kids

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If you’re looking for a fun way to get the kids outside for their daily dose of sunshine and exercise, how about a treasure hunt? Create an adventure deep into the wilds (of your backyard or even indoors) following a map that just might lead to something grand where X marks the spot. From how to set the stage to how to create a map, we’ve got everything you need to know. Gather up the little mateys; it’s time for a treasure hunt!

photo: Meghan Rose

Set the Scene

The first thing you need to do is set the scene. If you’re a born storyteller, you can make up a wild tale to spin at bedtime. Something about how you’ve been waiting for them to finally be old enough to hear the tale of how you came to be the owner of a secret pirate map that you suspect might lead to a treasure. Then let your imagination lead you! Perhaps you were exploring an old pirate ship and found this old map tucked away in a hidden nook on the ship.

If your kiddos are young, you can go crazy with a tale of having been taken captive and held hostage by a brand of brigands and narrowly escaped with your life, and you happened to tuck this map in your boots as you got away. Or, if you’re no Meryl Streep, the story can be simple and just as effective. Perhaps you bring out an old book that looks dusty and musty—as if it might hold a few secrets, and let them discover the map for themselves.

photo: Meghan Rose

Create a Map

Next, you’ll need to produce a map!  It’s pretty easy to make one that looks fairly authentic.  You can either draw one (with specific clues about where you’ll be hunting) or print one out that you find online.  Then to age it, follow these steps:

  1. Tear the edges off in a ragged shape.
  2. Crumple the paper up and smooth it out.
  3. Steep a couple of black tea bags in a cup of hot water.  Pour this over the map in a baking dish and let it sit for about 15 minutes, or until the color you like is reached.  Pour off the tea.
  4. You can let it dry naturally, or add a layer of “age” to it by drying it out in a low (200 degree) oven.  Watch to make sure it doesn’t burn.

Not feeling crafty?  Inexpensive maps are readily available online.

photo: Meghan Rose

Where ‘X’ Marks the Spot

Where does this treasure hunt take place? The short answer is anywhere! It can be your backyard, or a park, the woods or even at home. You can tailor or draw your map to fit the location, but unless your kids are older and more sophisticated, it won’t really be necessary. Kids are so much better at suspending belief and playing pretend than we are, they’re usually willing to play along. Some imaginative kids will even start embellishing the story for you (Or digging out a compass and spyglass to help hunt.)!

photo: Meghan Rose

Don’t Forget the Treasure  

Of course, you’ve got to have a treasure! Again, this can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. The Oriental Trading Company, a drug store, discount store or craft stores are all great places to get treasure and pirate goodies. Mix in a bag of “gold” (aka pennies) and some “gems” (rhinestones from a fabric store), and you’re good to go!

Don’t forget something to hide the treasure in. It could be a treasure chest if you happen to have one lying around, but a wooden box, cloth bag or old tin works just as well. Rub it up with dirt, hide it in a backpack (or bury it in the backyard), and away you go! If you're doing this outdoors, don't forget your shovels for digging. 

photo: Meghan Rose

The Hunt Is On

You can guide the adventure, or let little mateys lead the way … they’ll follow even a made-up map and find their own markers (if the map shows two trees, kids will spot two trees, or a big rock, etc). If you happen to drop a "doubloon" or "gem" for kids to find and realize they're on the right path, their excitement level will only increase. As soon as excitement wanes or tired feet set in, it’s time to scout ahead and dig a shallow hole and hide the treasure. Mark the spot with an ‘X’ and shout to the kids that the treasure must be near.

—Meghan Rose

All images courtesy of Meghan Rose/Featured image: iStock 

 

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If you are looking for last-minute things to do on Labor Day for kids, we’ve got you covered—from in-town Labor Day family events and activities to quick getaways from Los Angeles, here’s your full list for a weekend filled with fun.

Labor Day Weekend Activities around LA

1. While most parts of the country are falling into autumn weather, it's still sunny and hot in SoCal which means ice cream still reigns supreme. Hit up SmorgasburgLA for the last chance to hit Ice Cream Alley—dozens of the best LA creameries located all in one place—or try any of our other favorite ice cream spots around LA.

2. Don’t feel like lighting up your own grill? Then make the most of those still-warm nights and grab a bite at the 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park. Starting at 4 p.m. and running well past bedtime, you’ll find dozens of vendors to tempt your tiny foodies, as well as, an art walk and live performances.

3. Finally get out of your neighborhood bubble and explore one of these epic playgrounds around LA

4. John Williams visits the Hollywood Bowl and conducts his own music that everyone in the family will recognize. 

5. If you’d rather avoid the crowds at the beach (or the sand—hey, you just got the car vacuumed in preparation for carpooling!), hit one of these super splashpads to keep cool.

6. If the big kids want to dive all the way in instead of just splashing, take a dip in a local resort pool that gives you access with a day pass.

7. Grab your little beach bunnies and plenty of sunscreen for an end-of-summer beach bash at Fiesta Hermosa. The entire weekend you’ll find art, live music, food and a mini carnival for kids all just steps from the waves and ocean breeze.

photo: Donut Life Museum

8. Get in touch with LA’s natural wonders and go for a kid-friendly hike.

9. Kick off the weekend with music and wine at LACMA’s Jazz Friday.

10. Go apple picking to officially end summer by celebrating with fall's favorite fruit.

11. Spend the weekend following our guide to LA's Best Donuts and do not forget to check out the Donut Life Museum.

Last Chance Before It's Gone

12. The holiday weekend is one of the last chances to get up close and personal with the colorful butterflies at the Natural History Museum until next summer. 

13. Catch the last of KCRW Summer Nights! This free, all-ages, outdoor concert is being held at Descanso Gardens on Sept. 3.

14. Last chance to see Pageant of the Masters at FOA—slated to close Sept. 3.

15. Reconnecting: A Vision of Unity by Kengo Kito at Japan House—slated to close Sept. 6.

Getaways for Labor Day Weekend

16. Book a weekend getaway that’s just an hour away and is filled with beautiful beaches, gondola rides, wild island adventures, cultural museums and botanical gardens, head to Ventura.

17. Or venture south for a medieval-esque vacation in Buena Park.

18. Are you an annual pass holder for Disneyland and planning on visiting the Magic Kingdom? Why not stay at Hotel Lulu who is offering perks to Magic Key Holders, including early check-in, an artisanal treat that guests can enjoy in their room during Disneyland’s nightly fireworks show plus more. To get the special privileges, present your credentials at check-in or call beforehand.

19. Love to hike and mountain bike? For these reasons and more, Big Bear is a favorite, family-friendly destination

20. Experience the "American Riviera" and some beachfront luxury by spending the weekend in Santa Barbara

21. Skip the hassle of flying to Denmark and drive to Solvang instead—this quaint Danish town will fulfill your wanderlust needs (and fill you up with pastries, pancakes and wine) without the jet lag. 

22. Another spot that feels downright European? Family-favorite, Catalina Island. See why we can't get enough of the tiny town just 30 miles off the coast of LA. 

23. Of course if you want to stay onshore, and just lounge in a pool, nothing beats the desert hot spot Palm Springs.

24. Haven't been to Ojai yet? Just you wait. Once you go, you'll be planning your return trip ASAP. 

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If you’ve put long bike rides on hold because your kids are too young to bike alongside you or big trailers are too clunky to tote on a major ride, you’ll dig this cool bike trailer that makes family bike outings a cinch. Called a Weehoo, this trailer is great for kids of all ages and biking abilities and is easy to set-up and pull along. Now, go find those bike shorts and rediscover your inner weekend warrior.

Weehooo

What it Does
Weehoo is a bike trailer that lets kids pedal, sleep, eat, drink, enjoy the scenery and, most importantly, be with you, while you ride. While traditional bike trailers leave kids looking like ancient Pharoahs, being toted in an enclosed litter, the Weehoo is designed to look and act just like a real bike, so kids can get some exercise and be out in nature, all while safe and secure.

weehoo side by side

Why You’ll Love it
One of the things we really love about the Weehoo is its versatility. Its appropriate for any size, age and riding ability. For most biking families, baby quickly outgrows the child seat on your bike, then they graduated to the trailer, but soon outgrew that too. Then you’re stuck in no-mans land since they’re too big to tote and too small to bike alongside. With a sigh, you resign yourself to 10 minute bikes around the neighborhood for the next half dozen years. Or… attach the Weehoo to your own bike and you’ve got someone to share the load (they pedal) and the ride.

weehoo rose

How it Works
So, how long can they ride along? The Weehoo has an adjustable seat that fit your 2 year-old and your 9 year-old (because big little legs get tired, too). And with a weight limit of 80 pounds, you just might find they fit even longer.

What makes the Weehoo different from other trailers that turn your mountain bike or beach cruiser into a bicycle built for two is that the seat isn’t a regular bicycle seat: it’s a bucket seat that your kids are strapped into, so just in case they nod off around mile 40, your riders strapped in and perfectly safe.

weehoo snow

One last thing that really stood out to us with this bike trailer is that it’s a great tool for all types of kids. It teaches balance to your little one who still needs training wheels, but is raring to go. It’s a perfect segue into biking with the family for those big kids who you’re starting to worry may be stuck on their training wheels until college – they learn peddling and to enjoy (not fear) going fast. And since the Weehoo accommodates the bigger kids, it’s wonderful for kids with special needs who are too big for the tot trailers, but aren’t ready to bike solo.

Not that we’re ever advocating you ditch your beloved tricycle, but we do think this is a spectacular way to Ride On!

The Weehoo iGo Turbo retails for $475.

Buy it here

— Meghan Rose

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A summer in Los Angeles is unlike any other so we pulled together our favorite fun-in-the-sun ideas to keep your precious little ones smiling from head-to-toe (sunscreen not included). Scroll below for the ultimate list of LA’s best family activities to do during the summer in SoCal—guaranteed to make this summer the most epic yet.

1. Pack up your surfer babes and channel your inner Moon Doggy for a day they'll always remember at one of LA's best beaches for families.

2. When your little animals want to pet other little animals, there are plenty of petting zoos to get up close and personal with adorable new friends.

3. For many kiddos, daytime is filled with summer camps and playdates, so why not take them out for some fun after dark with these kid-friendly nighttime activities.

4. Just because school is out, doesn't mean kids can't keep learning—treat them to an afternoon of culture and education at these incredible SoCal museums.

5. Learn all about the rich history and culture of LA thanks to LA's Black community.

6. Grab a big blanket and a basket because there's no better time than summer to spend a relaxing afternoon picnicking with your babes.

7. Every family has that one neighborhood playground they frequent, but the summer is the perfect time to check out some uber cool playgrounds that may have flown under your radar.

8. All aboard! Pint-sized choo-choo fanatics will love visiting these train-related attractions throughout the LA area.

9. There's no shortage of fab movies for kids this summer, so why not see them at these family-friendly movie theaters?

10. LA temps tend to soar in Jul. and Aug., so it's a swell time to chill at LA's coolest indoor play spaces.

11. Is there anything better than a hot slice of ooey-gooey pizza during the summertime (or fall, or winter, or spring)? Check out these pizza spots for the tastiest pies around LA.

12. If you can snag a reservation, one of the top things to do this summer is definitely Disneyland. May the force (and lots of luck) be with you.

13. Sometimes you just want to escape LA for a bit without droppin' lotsa dolla bills. These great day trips are right up your alley.

14. If you're lucky, this summer will allow for lots of hugs and visits from grandma and grandpa, so we've rounded up some wonderful ideas on what to do during their stay.

15. Skip the middle man and head straight to the source! Go pick your own delicious summer fruits at these amazing LA area farms.

16. Sure, it's tad toasty there during the summer, but who doesn't love a kid-friendly getaway to Palm Springs? Just two hours from LA and so many fun things to do, you'll quickly forget those three-digit temps.

17. Looking for an activity that's sure to be a hole in one? How about a day of putt-putt fun at one of the city's best mini golf courses.

18. LA is blessed with some of the best hiking trails in the country, but these unforgettable waterfall hikes take things to the next level.

19. When tots get hangry, think outside the pizza box and dine at one of these super fun themed restaurants totally worth the drive.

20. No pool? No problem! Pop by one of these resort pools that offer day passes for an afternoon of fun in the sun.

21. Take your two-wheeling tot to pedal along these family-friendly bike paths.

22. Mmmm...hot, juicy, burgers. You want 'em, we got 'em. In fact, these are the best burger spots in town.

23. With everything from mountain biking and kayaking to water slides and tram rides, Big Bear Lake makes a convenient getaway this summer just 100-miles outside LA.

24. Before you drop the kiddos at summer camp for the day, treat them to a surprise breakfast at one of these to-die-for donut shops.

25. When you can't decide between orange juice or mimosas, order both! These are our favorite family-friendly brunch spots in LA.

26. Angelenos are lucky to eat outside most of the year, but nothing's better than summertime. Gather up your tykes and dine alfresco at one of these kid-friendly hotspots. Bon appetit!

27. When you've exhausted the public pool scene, these natural swimming holes are just what Mother Nature ordered.

photo: Jenifer Scott

28. We are very lucky to have so many National Parks near LA. Spend the day exploring these treasures and be back before bedtime (or check into a nearby Airbnb to extend your stay).

29. Nothing tastes better on a sweltering summer day than an ice cold beer, and these kid-friendly breweries have you covered. Cheers!

30. Westsiiiide! Between the Annenberg Beach House, the pier and Tongva Park, you could fill a whole day with fun activities in Santa Monica. And getting there's a total breeze when you take the Metro Expo Line.

31. Whether you're packing a picnic or just want something quick and easy after a busy day of fun, check out these spots for mouthwatering food on-the-go.

32. There's no better time of year to visit Universal Studios Hollywood, and with so many exciting attractions and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, kid boredom disappears like magic!

33. Treasure hunting never looked so cool. Add to your kid's collection or find that vintage piece of home decor at these LA flea markets.

34. For a little peace and serenity during the summer (is there such a thing?), spend a day exploring Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. The rose garden is blooming like crazy this time of year, so be sure to stop there first.

35. There's hardly any LA beach more iconic than Venice Beach. From the colorful boardwalk scene filled with vendors and street performers to awesome skate parks and the Venice canals, it's the grooviest place to spend the day, brah.

36. I scream you scream, we all scream for...well, you know the rest. It's the perfect time of year to pick up a scoop or two at the best ice cream shops in town.

37. If ice cream isn't cutting it and you want to level up your sweet treats, hit one of these only-in LA dessert spots.

38. Between vacations, camps and outings, it's easy for parents to rack up costs during the summer, so be sure to visit these restaurants where kids can eat for free.

39. With over 16 breathtaking gardens to explore and plenty of room to run around, summer is the perfect time to spend an afternoon at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

photo: Andie Huber

40. Make a day of it and take the kids to Long Beach where they can romp and roam around the famous decks of the Queen Mary, check out sea creatures at The Aquarium of the Pacific and take a harbor cruise.

41. Pint-sized dino lovers will dig the La Brea Tarpits filled with ongoing excavations, prehistoric fossils, and the fabulous Page Museum.

42. Got kiddos who love to horse around? Then giddy-up to the best places in town where lil cowboys and cowgirls can saddle up for a bonafide horse ride.

43. Why not clean out those closets filled with too-small clothes and forgotten toys and donate them to some local organizations who could really use some kids and baby gear?

44. The California Science Center has so much to keep kids occupied for a day but don't miss the special exhibit Art of the Brick—masterpieces reimagined in thousands of LEGOs.

45. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia should definitely be on your to-do list if you haven't been already. It features 232 varieties of birds, gorgeous flowers and plants out the ying-yang and hello, peacocks! What more do you need?

46. If you find yourself in Pasadena in search of tranquility, take the little ones to  Norton Simon Museum. Filled with art from world-renowned masters and a stunning sculpture garden out back that will beg you to linger—it's the most relaxing afternoon you'll have all summer break.

47. Hiking is a great bonding experience for families (at least that's what we've heard). Check out our list of must-do hikes around LA.

48. Malibu is totally worth the trek for a beautiful beach day, some great playgrounds and stellar shopping.

49. Want to support the local community and eat more organic produce? Then start shopping at one of these farmer's markets nearby.

50. Culver City is quickly becoming one of the hippest hoods in LA, so we've rounded up everything you need to see and do to make a day of it.

To see what Red Tricycle Editors are up to this month, follow us on Instagram!

—Meghan Rose, Andie Huber & Jennifer O’Brien

feature image: Eric Saunders via Unsplash

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There’s nothing quite like raising kids in Los Angeles. We can (in theory, at least) go to the beach in December, though we actually never would. Our kids have strong opinions about taking the freeway versus service streets, and they ask for sushi in their lunch box. And we worry about keeping up with the Kardashians, not the Joneses. Read on to see 25 signs that you are an LA parent.

1. You know that one of the perks of having a baby is finally getting to use the carpool lane on the 405.

2. You definitely had a babymoon at one of these nearby favorite destinations

3. When you called the local preschool to get your 6 month old on the wait list, you were told you’re too late.

4. You’ve been to at least one first birthday party that was bigger and more expensive than your own wedding. 

5. Stainless steel PlanetBoxes lunch boxes is the "it" accessory at your kid's preschool.

6. The local kid's boutique has clothes that are more stylish—and more expensive—than your own. 

7. Your kid wears their winter coat when it's 60 degrees out.

8. You personally do not own an umbrella, but you have a color-changing Floss & Rock one for your kid.

9. You have literally never thought of taking a picture of your child by the Hollywood sign, or on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or really anywhere in Hollywood for that matter. 

photo: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

10. You've seriously considered getting an annual pass to Disneyland. 

11. Your kid thinks the four food groups are sushi, burrito, power bar and green juice.

12. Also, your kid loves seaweed. 

13. Your kids think snow is made in a factory and delivered by trucks to museums and parks.

14. And they think "Movie-Screener Season" is an actual season, falling between "Too Hot to Go outside for Recess Season" and "Holiday Season."

15. You politely decline any play date invitations located on the other side of the 10.

16. At 6, your kid announces their lactose intolerant and insists on drinking oat/almond/pea milk instead.

17. But they still happily eat fro-yo at Menchies. 

18. You've spotted a celeb mom at your kid's ballet/music/swim/karate class. 

19. The way you've stocked the car with snacks and toys to make a 5-mile trip across town makes it look like you're heading to the Grand Canyon.

20. You have been moved to tears when you've scored a parking spot in the actual parking lot.

21. You drive to the neighborhood park—even though it's only a few blocks away. 

22. Your kid’s class is filled with names like Berlin, Indy and Ocean.

23. There's also at least 3 kids with “alternate spellings” of the same name.

24. The cost of your kid’s preschool tuition is as much as college tuition.

25. You have more playdates on the calendar than you had dates in all of high school. 

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Sometimes you need a little entertainment with your dinner—and we don’t mean your 2 year-old dumping macaroni on their head when they turn their bowl into a hat.  We have the perfect spot for food that will get devoured, singing waiters straight from Broadway and an atmosphere that will make you think you’ve magically been transported to Little Italy.

This is the kind of Italian comfort food that appeals directly to still-forming palates: spaghetti and meatballs in a sweet red sauce, pizza kept warm over candles, and the rolls, oh, the rolls!  Kids eating here have been known to fill up on baskets of the doughy, warm rolls before orders are even placed.  Yep, this place knows kids, and understands that you don’t want to have to pull out the bags of cheerios to keep them quiet till the food comes; milk or lemonade arrives in no-spill plastic cups and baskets of hot rolls and butter appear like magic while you wait for your entrees.

Chianti bottles hang from a ceiling strung with twinkly lights (if you order a straw basket bottomed bottle of vino for yourself, you or your artistic little ones can leave your mark on it with a sharpie and it too will dangle from the ceiling) and checked red and white cloths cover the tables.  But the highlight of the evening is the singing waiters and waitresses that take turns belting out songs that run the gamut from arias to showtunes (including all the Disney classics).  They take requests, and there is always at least one ingénue in the house with Disney classics in her repertoire, happy to sing directly to your little princess.

In addition to being the perfect place for kids, it’s a good spot to entertain out of town guests.  More than one mother-in-law has swooned after being the recipient of a serenade from a handsome waiter with a booming voice.

You Say It’s Your Birthday?
It’s the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, because you know the waitstaff can carry a tune when they bring you a dish of spumoni with a candle in it and sing to you on your special day.

What to Order
Come with your expectations correctly set: this isn’t the upscale northern Italian cuisine of Angelini Osteria or Mozza.  While your kids may love the sweet sauces, most grownups have slightly different tastebuds.  Menu standouts for grown folk include the chicken Marsala, the house salad that has plenty of garbanzo beans and olives to give it a kick, and if you’re feeling old school & hungry do indulge in one of the parmigiana selections (vegetable, eggplant, veal or chicken) that’s dripping with gooey cheese.

Nearby Fun
Universal Citywalk is just across the street, so if you need the bright lights, movies, bowling, shopping, arcades and fun, have an early dinner and head over.  Or if you’ve spent a long day at Universal Studios, this is a perfect spot to get away from crowds, sit back and be entertained.

Finding It
There are two Miceli’s… the one on Cahuenga (at 3655 Cahuenga Blvd W.) is the one you want. The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and stays open through dinner, but don’t get here too early as the singing doesn’t start until 6:00 p.m.  Valet parking is free in the attached lot.

Any tips to add for a fun family outing to Miceli’s? Leave us a comment below!

— Meghan Rose

All images courtesy of Miceli’s Restaurant.

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Just when you thought all the New Year’s festivities were over, we’ve got the scoop on New Year, part two—the Lunar New Year, that is. The holiday begins of Jan. 25, kicking off 15 days of colorful celebrations perfect for family fun. Kids will love the vibrant parades, fireworks and entertainment, while parents will be all over the delicious food and cultural traditions (tiring out the young ones is an added bonus)! Keep reading for our list of favorite places to celebrate the Year of the Rat.

Pacific Asian Museum
This year’s free Lunar New Year Festival includes artmaking workshops, food trucks, and cultural performances featuring music, dance, acrobatics, and martial arts. Patrons will also receive free admission to the museums’ galleries all housed in a Chinese Qing dynasty-inspired mansion boasting a collection of more than 15,000 items that span over 5,000 years!

Good to Know: Because it takes place in various areas of the museum, it’s easy to get to a quieter space in the galleries if the littles are getting antsy (or have them focus on a craft for a bit) and there’s always the Koi pond which brings a sense of zen to all ages.

Date: Sat., Jan. 25
Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

46 N. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena
Online: pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu

photo: Matthew S. via Yelp

Chinatown
Touted as the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the country, Los Angeles’ Chinatown kicks off the Year of the Rat in a big way with cultural performances, kid’s activities, gourmet food trucks, a movie screening, cultural artisans, and plenty of hands-on fun for all ages. The festivities get underway with the famously celebrated (over-one-hundred-year-old) Golden Dragon Parade which starts at Hill & Ord Streets at 1 p.m. on Sat. There will be hundreds of spectacular floats, decked out cars, dancers, and bands parading through the heart of Chinatown. The Lunar New Year Festival starts after the parade with cultural performances by some of the nation’s best Chinese acts and continues all weekend with live music, storytelling, face-painting, art demonstrations, and hands-on workshops, magic acts, and even a film screening.

Good to Know: For an added adventure that your little ones will love, take the train! With all the street closures in effect this day, parking will be nonexistent so head to your closest LA Metro hub and jump on the Gold Line which takes you right to the Chinatown station.

When: Sat. Feb. 1
Hours: 12p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

951 N. Broadway
Los Angeles
Online: lagoldendragonparade.com

photo: M.L. via Yelp

The Huntington Gardens
Ring in the Rat surrounded by botanical beauty as far as the eye can see by taking your garden gnomes to celebrate the Lunar New Year at The Huntington. This two-day (Feb. 1–2) festival takes place in the expansive Chinese gardens and includes lion dancers, mask-changing performances, martial arts, Chinese music and dance, painting and calligraphy demonstrations, children’s activities, and more.

Good to Know: If the February air is still a bit chilly, make a quick stop at the newly renovated Red Car coffee shop (inspired by the Pacific Electric Railway) for a delish coffee or hot chocolate to warm those cold hands.

When: Sat. & Sun., Feb. 1-2
Hours: 10a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Included with the price of admission

1151 Oxford Road
San Marino
Online: huntington.org/calendar


photo: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

Disneyland California Adventure Park
As if there isn’t already enough to do at Disneyland, celebrating the Year of the Rat at California Adventure means getting treated to a slew of special offerings including special Asian-inspired food booths, live musical performances and a lively parade starring Mulan and her faithful dragon, Mushu. Artsy kids will love the complimentary craft booths including Chinese calligraphy, paper lantern making, and free face painting. There’s also a Lucky Wishing Wall where all those hopes for the New Year can be written onto special paper and hung up for all to see. Be sure to find a spot near Paradise Park for “Mulan’s Lunar New year Procession,” which features mesmerizing dances, energizing drumbeats and a huge dragon puppet that’ll have your kids totally wowed (plus a host of Disney favorites to keep them engaged). All of this fanfare can really work up an appetite so treat the family to cultural cuisine offerings at the temporary food booths set up along the parade route. All feature genuinely tasty (albeit Disney-fied) Asian cuisine that even kids will enjoy, like a Mickey-shaped Chinese hot dog bun and crispy shrimp fried rice with bacon, garlic, and edamame. A “Sip and Savor Pass” is also available, which gives you six food items for $42 (a slight bargain) if you want to really dig in.

Good to Know: The Lunar New Year Celebration takes place along the California Adventure parade route between Paradise Garden Park (across from the Little Mermaid Ride) and Paradise Pier.

Dates: Jan. 17-Feb. 9
Hours: Varies
Cost: Entertainment is included with the price of admission; food, drinks, and merchandise are priced individually

1313 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim
Online: disneyland.disney.go.com

Universal Studios
Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations take place within Universal Plaza, located at the heart of the theme park, and is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. And boy does Universal know how to usher in this holiday! Under a curtain of traditional red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees, the festivities will come to life as guests discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes. Your mini minions can see Po and Tigress from the Kung Fu Panda Adventure attraction up close and personal as they greet guests entering the park (for those with artistic flair, you can even learn how to draw Po and take home the drawing as a keepsake memento). Continuing on with the special character guests, Hello Kitty herself will be on-site stepping out in style wearing her signature red bow and specially designed Lunar New Year attire. If all of this weren’t enough to get the kiddos revved up, how about a run-in with Megatron from the Transformers franchise? This imposing robot leader of the Decepticons will be speaking actual Mandarin and will be engaging guests in real-time conversation (so make sure only the bravest of your brood takes on this challenge)! With so much more to experience such as Mandarin-speaking tour guides, Minions wearing festive attire and lots of cultural food options, this is a great time of year to visit the theme park.

Good to Know: Speaking of food, Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop returns by popular demand to serve up delicious Asian themed food, and Mr. Ping himself will be on hand to interact with guests (which is always a treat in itself). Or check out CityWalk’s Dongpo Kitchen which has yummy Sichuan options available for your family’s dining pleasure.

Dates: Thurs., Jan. 23 thru Sun., Feb. 9
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Included in the price of admission

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City
Online: universalstudioshollywood.com

The Original Farmer’s Market 
To celebrate the most important day of the year on the Chinese calendar, and the beginning of the Year of the Rat, The Original Farmers Market, is hosting a Lunar New Year celebration. Festivities include Lion dances, a magic show, Korean fan dances, martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts, and much more!

Date: Sun., Jan. 26
Hours: 2p.m.-5p.m.
Cost: Free

6333 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles
Online: farmersmarketla.com

Queen Mary
Celebrate the Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights aboard the majestic Queen Mary where the Year of the Rat will be honored with traditional Chinese culture, cuisine, and entertainment featuring Wushu Shaolin lion and dragon dancing, Wushu Warriors Shaolin acrobatics, a guzheng ensemble, Chinese ribbon dance, traditional fan dance, acrobatics, and more. This limited seating event will be a feast of the senses surrounded by stunning decor, a buffet-style dinner featuring classic Chinese cuisine, followed by live entertainment. With the hefty price tag, this event lends itself more to a special occasion sort of outing but is certainly worth its weight in yuan!

Date: Sat., Jan. 25
Hours: 4p.m.–6 p.m. & 8p.m. – 10 p.m. (2 showings)
Cost: $103 for ages 5 & up, kids 4 and under are free; VIP packages are available.

126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach
Online: queenmary.com

Beverly Hills
The 2020 Chinese New Year will be celebrated in three parts at The Saban Theatre: a variety show, a “Jing-Jin-Ji” photo exhibition and a cultural heritage crafts display and demonstration. The variety show will feature performance groups from Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei with Chinese acrobatics, martial arts, folk dance, Peking opera and more. The cultural heritage crafts display and demonstration will include Peking Opera costumes, ceremonial tea service, and traditional folk music.

Date: Sat., Jan. 18
Hours: 3 p.m.
Cost: $10 each

8440 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills
Online: lovebeverlyhills.com

photo: Chris B. via Yelp

Pretend City Children’s Museum
Take your young explorers to this popular tot spot where they will celebrate this most special date by honoring centuries-old Chinese traditions through fun, bright, activities and cultural learning. Bring the Lunar New Year to light with traditional Chinese lantern making where everyone will get to cut, color and decorate their very own lanterns. Folks from the Irvine Chinese School and Ni Hao Chinese will also be on hand to lead your little ones in play-based activities highlighting Asian customs.

Date: Sat., Jan. 25
Hours: 11a.m.-3p.m.
Cost: Included in the price of admission

29 Hubble
Irvine
Online: pretendcity.org

Citadel Outlets
To celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rat, Citadel Outlets will host their annual Lunar New Year celebration where the whole place will be decked out in celebratory décor with festive red and gold lanterns hanging everywhere. Shoppers can feast their eyes on exciting lion dances (traditionally used to bring luck and good fortune) and will have the opportunity to take home art from calligraphy and watercolor artists!

Date: Sat. & Sun., Jan. 25-26
Hours: Noon-3p.m.
Cost: Free

100 Citadel Dr.
Commerce
Online: citadeloutlets.com

photo: Creative Commons

Santa Monica Place
Commemorate the Year of the Rat with Santa Monica Place’s annual Lunar New Year celebration. This family-friendly celebration will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese lion dance, Korean fan dance, martial artist demonstrations, Asian inspired arts and crafts, stilt walkers, K-Pop dancers and much more!

Good to Know: If your culture club still has some energy left after all this excitement, stroll around the adjacent 3rd Street Promenade for more street performer and dining options.

Date: Sat., Jan. 25
Hours: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

395 Santa Monica Pl.
Santa Monica
Online: santamonicaplace.com

photo: Creative Commons

Port of Los Angeles
Join the Port of Los Angeles for the sixth annual Lunar New Year Festival on the LA Waterfront. This community event will feature cultural performances, face painting, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, and a fireworks finale.

Good to Know: In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Port of Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club.

Date: Sat., Jan. 25
Hours: 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

425 S. Palos Verdes St.
San Pedro
Online: portoflosangeles.org

-Meghan Rose, Andie Huber, Missy Heckscher & Jenifer Scott