Happy New Year! The first week of the year brings some classic annual family traditions. One local favorite, of course, is seeing the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena in person—a bucket list item if ever there was one. Families spend the night staking out prime viewing spots along the 5.5-mile parade route. This year the parade is on Monday, a day later than usual, because New Year's Day fell on a Sunday. Following Monday's parade, and continuing through Tuesday, post-parade viewing of the floral-covered floats parked at the end of the route is another only-in-LA, only-this-week family outing.
The week ends with Los Tres Reyes Magos, Olvera Street's annual celebration of the traditional Christian holiday of the Epiphany of the Magi (visit of the Three Kings), with music and a procession followed by a colorful theatrical production and piñata in the Plaza. In Mexico and other Latin countries, many children receive their Christmas gifts on this day; around here it's more common to celebrate by recycling Christmas trees.
This last week of winter break also brings the last few days to catch the Discovery Cube's Winter Wonder Fest, Descanso Gardens' Enchanted Forest of Light, and The Queen Mary's CHILL.
For more ideas of activities and things to do, check out the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar, as well as our picks for the month in our January GoList. Read on for some favorites for the week.