#TopPicks: January ’18 Outings

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to plan more engaging, fun, or educational outings with your Little Brother or Sister, there’s no time like the present to get a start on it! January is chock full of activities and events to explore with your Little.

Keep in mind that LAUSD schools have off of school Monday, 1/15- why not take the day off and spend it with your Little?

Check out our Winter Break Outing List and Calendar for even more ideas!

Monday, January 1

  • 2018 Tournament of Roses: the annual, 2 hour parade features floral floats, marching bands, and horses. Curbside watchers typically camp out the night before to stake out a good spot!

Saturday, January 6

Sunday, January 7

  • Oshogatsu Family Festival: Celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Dog in Little Tokyo, featuring dog candy sculptures, Koto performance, drawing demonstrations, a Japanese rice-pounding ritual, and more!
  • An Inconvenient Sequel and Q&A with Al Gore: The Hammer presents a free screening and Q&A with Vice President Al Gore. Tickets are required, available one hour before the event, and are first-come-first-serve, one per person.
  • Festival of India: Bowers Museum presents the music and dance of India. The Key Courtyard features art projects, face painting, and Indian sweets. Check out the Kidseum afterwards!

Saturday, January 13

  • Teen Coding Class: This free program at the Crowell Public Library in San Marino introduces programming to teens and helps them create their own projects. Your Little will learn important concepts in programming and apply their knowledge!
  • Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Perfect for Littles aged 5-11, the LA Philharmonic introduces kids to the joys of classical music and a choice of art workshops.
  • FIGat7th Kids Club: Enjoy a free arts and crafts workshop inspired by MLK Jr.

Sunday, January 14

Monday, January 15

  • MLK Jr. Day Celebration: The California African American Museum presents a free and family-friendly event featuring vibrant programs and activities for visitors of all ages. Contribute to a peace garden, learn about women of the Civil Rights movement, and hear MLK’s lesser known speeches.
  • Kingdom Day Parade: Join America’s largest celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Free admission to National Parks: National parks that typically charge admission will grant free admission in honor of MLK Day.
  • Free admission at LACMA: Enjoy a free day at the museum, plus art workshops and live music.

Wednesday, January 17

Saturday, January 20

  • 2nd Annual Women’s March LA: Make your voice heard and unify your community to help create a community that supports and represents intersecting identities.
  • Winter Snow Fest: The City of Diamond Bar plays host to a day filled with crafts, entertainment, games and snow sledding. Dress warmly for this frosty event!
  • Teen Coding Class: This free program at the Crowell Public Library in San Marino introduces programming to teens and helps them create their own projects. Your Little will learn important concepts in programming and apply their knowledge!
  • Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Perfect for Littles aged 5-11, the LA Philharmonic introduces kids to the joys of classical music and a choice of art workshops.
  • A Faery Hunt: Embark on a musical quest to help the faeries find their true king at Los Encinos State Historic Park. The award-winning “Best Children’s Theater in Los Angeles” creates gentle and silly fun with original stories, dancing, and songs.
  • Touch-A-Truck: If your Little loves trucks, take them to Malibu for the chance to explore all sorts of different trucks, including ones used for construction, emergencies, and donuts!
  • Underwater Parks Day: Celebrate Marine Protected Areas at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium with speakers, presentations, and interactive activities.

Sunday, January 21

  • Beach Walk & Sketch: The LA Audubon Society takes to the sands of Santa Monica beach to sketch nature. They provide binoculars, drawing boards, pencils, and newsprint.

Friday-Sunday, January 26-28

  • stARTup Art Fair: Check out installations, exhibits, performances, and panel discussions incorporated within 51 hotel rooms, outdoor spaces, and hallways at The Kinney hotel in Venice Beach. Tickets start at $10.

Saturday, January 27

  • Night on Broadway LA: This free arts and music festival shuts down traffic on Broadway in DTLA to open up the street and historic theatres to the public, including interactive art and experiences. DTLA Proud is also organizing a block party in collaboration with the event.
  • The Music of East LA: LACMA presents a music and art concert featuring songs, a documentary preview, and a panel discussion. Perfect for matches interested in Chicano singers, visual art, the Chicano music scene in the ’70s and ’80s, and Mexican rancheras.

Sunday, January 28

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