Free Activities for Kids in January: 22 Free Things To Do in Los Angeles with Kids

Nothin' but Sand Beach Clean-up lets kids take part in keeping our beaches pristine. Photo by Dan Do Linh for Heal the Bay
Nothin' but Sand Beach Clean-up lets kids take part in keeping our beaches pristine. Photo by Dan Do Linh for Heal the Bay

The holidays are over, but just because the decorations are getting packed up doesn't mean the fun has to stop. There are plenty of fabulous free events and things to do in Los Angeles this January, when all those Christmas & Hanukkah gifts start to lose their luster. From Oshogatsu festivals to the Kingdom Day Parade and so much more—if you're looking to keep busy without spending another cent, we've got you covered. So grab the winter coat and give your credit cards a rest while everyone enjoys these free activities for kids.

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Be sure to check with the venue for its COVID guidelines and requirements before heading out to any event. Many places in LA now require guests to show either proof of vaccination or a negative test; some events are getting canceled or postponed at the last minute due to the latest COVID surge.

Places featured in this article:


Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

Southern California Live Steamers Station

John Adams Middle School Performing Arts Center

National Parks - Multiple Locations

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Holiday Treats for the Animals
Aquarium of the Pacific - 9:00 AM Pick
CicLAvia -South LA
Multiple Hubs - 9:00 AM Pick
Santa Boat Rides
Dana Wharf - 10:00 AM Pick
71st Annual Downey Christmas Parade
Downey Avenue - 1:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides