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5 (More) Fun Things To Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend

How will you spend the last few days of 2016? Attend a Kwanzaa festival, watch a movie, and more. And don’t forget to click here to read “The Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve As a Family.”

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15th Annual Kwanzaa Heritage Festival and Block Parade
Leimert Park Village
Crenshaw and Vernon, Los Angeles, CA 90008

The Kwanzaa Heritage Festival and Block Parade is happening on Saturday, December 31st from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. This free, day-long celebration includes live musical performances, crafts, food, a special children’s village, fashion show, and much more. There will be a 10:00 am block parade and a 12:00 pm candle-lighting ceremony.

Kiddee Matinee
New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

The New Beverly Cinema will be showing the film Home Alone on Saturday, December 31st and Sunday, January 1st at 2:00 pm each day. This film (rated PG) stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, the boy who is accidentally forgotten at home when his large family leaves for vacation. Each ticket costs $6 and includes a free bag of popcorn for movie-goers 12 and under. Tickets are available online.

Family Storytime: Happy New Year!
Central Library
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Central Library invites families to a special story time celebrating the New Year on Saturday, December 31st from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Little ones (primarily kindergartners and younger) will countdown to 2017 with songs, stories, noisemakers, and more.

Polar Bear Skate: The Los Angeles Edition
Pershing Square Ice Skating Rink
532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

It’s a New Year, and if one of your resolutions is to get more exercise then start the year off by doing just that at the Pershing Square Ice Skating Rink. The Polar Bear Skate will be on Sunday, January 1st from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Participants are encouraged to wear their best beach attire, and cash prizes will be awarded to costumes based on originality and overall appearance. Tickets are available online.

Open and Free for New Year’s Day
The Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA

To start off the new year, The Autry invites families to explore for free on Sunday, January 1st from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Current exhibits include Revolutionary Vision and California Continued. Before you visit there are scavenger hunts available for parents to download and print so that kids can be actively engaged while walking through the Museum’s galleries. During your visit, kids can pan for gold, pose for photos on a pretend horse, explore with the hands-on sound effects station, and much more.



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Wendy is a freelance writer who finds inspiration in her nine-year-old son and from her experiences from her twelve-year teaching career. Her writing has appeared in several publications and anthologies, both in print and online. She prefers sunflowers to roses and thinks chocolate is okay at any meal. You can find her at wendykennar.com.

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