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
Kids Club Concerts at the Grove
The Grove - 10:00 AM Pick
Read to Pups at the Library
San Pedro Branch Library - 3:30 PM Pick
Annenberg Community Beach House Sunset Picnic
Annenberg Community Beach House - 5:00 PM Pick
Skirball Sunset Concerts
Skirball Cultural Center - 8:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides