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7 Fun Things To Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend

This weekend, several museums are hosting special events. There are also fun things happening at the beach, a special screening, and more!

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Photo courtesy of the Japanese American National Museum

All That Glitters: Winter Festivities at NHMLA
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

You’re invited to the Natural History Museum on Saturday, January 7th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for special activities related to their exhibit Diamonds: Rare Brilliance. The exhibit features rare colored diamonds. Families who attend the event will be able to watch “the transformation from rock to smooth gemstone in live cabbing demonstrations.” There will also be special guided tours of the Gem Vault. And kids (and adults)  can design their own “bling” with hands-on activities made with help from artists from Barnsdall Arts. The event is free with paid Museum admission, and all activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kids Workshop: Crate Toolbox
Hope Depot
several locations including
3040 Slauson Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255

Kids are invited to a free workshop at participating Home Depot locations on Saturday, January 7th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Children will construct and paint their own wooden toolbox. (The toolbox can even help with the new year’s resolution of being neater and more organized as it can serve as a way to keep art supplies and small toys corralled). Upon completion, all children will also receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and commemorate pin. You can register online to reserve a spot for your child. 

International Drum Festival
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

The Bowers Museum invites families to its International Drum Festival happening on Sunday, January 8th from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. Children can bring their own drums and join in a drumming circle. In addition, families will enjoy South Pacific drumming and dances as well as performances by the Taiko Center of Los Angeles. Related art projects include making Chinese and African drums. Admission to the Festival (and the Museum) is free on this day.

Snowy Plover Walk and Family Field Trip Beach Walk
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Annenberg Community Beach House is hosting two different events on Sunday, January 8th. From 8:30 am to 10:00 am, families can participate in the Snowy Plover Walk. A guided walk will allow families to observe the snowy plover and learn about its habitat and life cycle. And then from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, families can join in on a Family Field Trip. Field guides will be on hand to assist families. What will you find as you walk around on the beach? Kelp? Sand crabs? Be sure to wear comfortable clothing, sun screen, and a hat. Binoculars will be provided too or bring your own. Both events are free, but reservations are requested and can be made online. (The Family Field Trip event is recommended for children 5 and older).

Stamp of Approval: Make a Letterpress Postcard
The Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

On Sunday, January 8th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, families can learn about postcards in a hands-on way at the Autry Museum. Designed for children 5-12, this special activity takes a close look at the impact postcards used to have on those who received them. Photographer Jennifer Manley and Panorama Press owner Madeleine Zygarewicz will help kids learn how postcards can make places, cultures, and industries seem desirable and glamorous to others. Kids will then be able to design their own postcards. The event is free with Museum Admission.

Oshogatsu Family Festival
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday, January 8th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. This free event includes live performances, free museum admission, and New Year-themed arts and crafts. And don’t forget to contribute to the “Time After Time Capsule.” You can bring a personal item or write a letter to your future self to be placed in one of 2 gigantic time capsules. (The artist Sebastian Masuda is traveling around the world with ten time capsules which will be assembled in Tokyo in 2020 and then re-opened in 2035). Check the website for a schedule of the day’s activities.

BuzzFeed Presents A Private Screening of Just Add Magic
BuzzFeed Siren Studios
6087 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Families are invited to a private screening of Just Add Magic on Saturday, January 7th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The event celebrates the second season of Just Add Magic, an Amazon Original series. The event features treats, photo booth fun, a fun DIY station, and more. All ages are welcome to this free event, but reservations are required and can be made online. (Space is limited). 

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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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