11 Fun & Free Things to Do with Kids in January


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If one of your resolutions was to spend more time with—not money on—the fam, we’ve got you covered. From dancing and drumming with Debbie Allen to a tea party in the garden, here are 11 fun and free kid-friendly events happening this month in Los Angeles.

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Kidspace Free Family Night
Starting at 4p.m. on the first Tues. of every month, Kidspace hosts its Free Family Night. Check out the museum’s regular exhibits, plus, this month, get to know the local arts community with a special Art of Pasadena showing and performance by the renowned Lineage Dance Company. Tues., Jan. 7. Event details.

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North Valley YMCA Snowfest
Didn’t make it to the mountains over winter break? Not to worry. Your family can play in tons of real snow at this Northridge YMCA open house. In addition to the white stuff, there will be interactive educational booths, kids activities and more. Sat., Jan. 11. Event details.

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Los Feliz Flea
After a brief hiatus during the holidays, this local market is back at John Marhsall High School in Los Feliz. Organized by The Odd Market (the same group that hosts Odd Nights at the Autry and the LA Zoo’s Winter Wild Weekends), this flea has plenty for kids to enjoy, including live music, food trucks, games and more. Sat., Jan. 11. Event details.


Barbie Truck Totally Throwback Tour
Barbie is hitting the road to celebrate her 60-year iconic heritage and the fans who love her. Come check out limited edition retro-inspired Barbie merch and customizable airbrush station that’s only available at the truck. Sat., Jan. 11. Event details.

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The Huntington Family Drop-In Program
Get creative at the Huntington Library’s drop-in makerspace. Kids and parents can design their own perfect world, taking inspiration from the exhibitions “Beside the Edge of the World” and “Nineteen Nineteen.” Your can print maps of an ideal place, make posters inspired by the women’s rights movement, and invent creations to make the world a better place. Sat., Jan. 11. Event details.

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Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends
Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen and instructors from Debbie Allen Dance Academy return with the 5th season of outdoor dance events for the whole family! January’s will feature African dance with Titus Fotso and live drummers. Sun., Jan. 12. Event details.


CAAM 2020 MLK Celebration
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 at the California African American Museum. Kids can participate in art workshops, visit the museum’s exhibitions, and hear recitations of King’s speeches about keeping the spirit of democracy alive. Mon., Jan. 20. Event details.

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Museum Free-For-All
This is your chance to visit Cayton, Kidspace, Skirball and more of our favorite LA museums without without spending a dime (assuming you can score free parking and skip the gift shop). For one day, more than 40 museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend free of charge. Sat., Jan. 25. Event details.

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Franklin Canyon Story Time & Nature Walk
Join a Franklin Canyon Docent for a nature-themed story time followed by a guided nature walk around the lake at Franklin Canyon. Sat., Jan. 25. Event details.

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Fowler Families: Ready, Set, Sculpt!
Bring the kids to the UCLA campus for a little arts, culture and running around on the grassy lawns. Fowler Museums invites your family to discover the dynamic colors, surprising materials, and personal memories shared by artist Rina Banerjee in the special exhibition Make Me a Summary of the World. Afterwards, your budding artists can create a sculpture that expresses their own unique stories. Sun., Jan. 26. Event details.

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Kids Adventure Garden
The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden covers 33 acres of unique terrain in Thousand Oaks. The Kids Adventure Garden  features a tree house and tea-party area and is located near the bird habitat and butterfly garden. Kids can also venture into the Botanic Garden, walking across wood bridges and passing by mossy rocks for a true outdoorsy experience. Sundays. Event details.

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