Free Chinese American Museum Lantern Festival Saturday March 1 Rain or Shine

Free Chinese American Museum Lantern Festival Saturday March 1 Rain or Shine

Celebrate the last of the Lunar New Year events at the Los Angeles Chinese American Museum’s FREE Lantern Festival, noon – 10pm, Saturday, March 1, rain or shine.

Free Chinese red lion dance

Lantern Festival activities, from lion dances to Chinese arts and crafts are usually held outdoors, but with the rainy weather visiting the LA-area, the museum has moved most of the free fun fest indoors. And for those activities held outside, like L.A.’s popular food trucks (eats are not free), the museum is providing covering to protect visitors from the rain.

The 13th annual fest includes a variety of performances from comedians to martial arts to Chinese folk dances. Introduce the kids to Chinese and Asian culture with free arts and crafts including Abacus-making, Chinese paper-cutting and an origami workshop. And of course, don’t miss the Red Lion Dance!

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Free Admission to LACMA on Presidents Day Monday Feb. 17

Free Admission to LACMA on Presidents Day Monday Feb. 17

If Presidents Day means a day off for you and the kids, take your flock for free admission and activities at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

LACMA is offering more than a fee-free entrance for the whole family on Feb. 17 — the day is filled with bilingual tours, free programs and art-making activities. Listen to live music by Latin Grammy nominee, Quattro, at 12:30 and 2:45 p.m., in celebration of the museum’s exhibit, Fútbol: The Beautiful Game.

A free, general admission ticket is required to visit LACMA on this Target Free Holiday Monday. For more information contact the museum at 323-857-6010. The ticket does not include admission to the special exhibit, James Turrell: A Retrospective and Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic.

MORE FREE FUN: Visit the Boone Children’s Gallery. Entrance tickets will be timed and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick up your free, timed ticket in the Boone Children’s Gallery on the day of the event. Timed tickets allow for a 30-minute visit.

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 Free Art Filled Science Festival at the Santa Monica Pier Saturday November 9

Free Art Filled Science Festival at the Santa Monica Pier Saturday November 9

In a unique collaboration, Heal the Bay and Time Warner Cable are sponsoring a FREE family-friendly festival on the Santa Monica Pier featuring interactive science, technology, engineering and math activities using art as the medium and fun as the common denominator, on Saturday, November 9. For more than five hours, kids and adults alike can explore science from a unique perspective, starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.

The free fest features S.T.E.A.M. Machines at the east end of the Pier. What are they? Interactive pieces that celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – with an infusion of Art.

Paint by numbers on a grand scale with Time Warner Cable; Trash For Teaching will stage a make-your-own recycling machine station; try games galore courtesy Two Bit Circus and Marbles the Brain Store; and Pacific Park will present a thrilling physics lesson (think roller coasters and the Pacific Wheel).

There’s more at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, beach level just beneath the pier’s historic Carousel – with an underwater ROV and a screening of the awesome Whale Fall video.

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Free Summer Block Party at Malibu Country Mart August 11

Free Summer Block Party at Malibu Country Mart August 11

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Celebrate summer with a FREE block party at Malibu Country Mart this Sunday, August 11! The family-friendly shopping destination hosts this festive street fair starting at 2 p.m. and keeps both the kiddos and grownups entertained with free activities and free food.

Not just any free food — complimentary carnival treats such as funnel cake, cotton candy and sno cones. Yep, all free! Free Sno Cone Malibu

Activities for the kids include a petting zoo, balloon art and face painting. Adults can enjoy Rony’s Photo Booth, tarot card readings by Cathy Crystal, caricature portraits and more.

Stay until the end to catch a free screening of “The Goonies” outside, the last in the Mart’s Summer Movie series. The movie will be projected onto a giant outdoor screen starting at 8:15 p.m., or about 15 minutes after sundown, near the children’s playground on the lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring their beach blankets and picnic baskets. So stretch out under the stars, breathe in the sea-scented air and enjoy.

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Free Family Night at Kidspace Pasadena Tuesday July 2!

Free Family Night at Kidspace Pasadena Tuesday July 2!

Explore Kidspace, the L.A. area’s premier children’s museum and its new Galvin Physics Forest – - gratis — on Free Family Night, 4 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 2!

A popular destination for the under age 12 crowd, Kidspace lures families of all ages in with its free admission time on the first Tuesday of every month. (Only exception in 2013 is September when the museum is closed for maintenace.) Classical Chinese AcrobatsOn July 2, in addition to all the kid-centric hands-on experiences, there will be a special performance of classical Chinese acrobatics at 6 p.m. in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.

Free Family Nights tend to be crowded during the spring and summer months, so be prepared for a wait to gain entrance. If you want to see the acrobatic performance, get to the museum sooner than later.

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Free Los Angeles Film Fest Family Day June 15!

Free Los Angeles Film Fest Family Day June 15!

If you’re looking for an afternoon of free things to do with the kids, the L.A. Film Festival Family Day on Saturday June 15 is your ticket to free fun!

Hasbro Studios hosts the family-friendly event at Nokia Plaza L.A. Live 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. All the activites are inspired by popular kids TV shows My Little Pony, Kaijudo, Transformers Rescue Bots, Transformers Prime and Littlest Pet Shop.

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Free Open House at L.A.’s Theatricum Botanicum Saturday May 4

For a spectacular free thing do in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 4, celebrate the 40th anniversary one of L.A.’s almost hidden gems — the Theatricum Botanicum!

Tucked away in beautiful Topanga Canyon, the Theatricum Botanicium will celebrate its anniversary with an open house 11 am – 5pm, featuring a full day of food, games, theater and fun for the whole family.

Will Geer Founder of Theatricum BotanicumIt’s not just any old celebration! There are several free mini-classes in juggling, theater games, improv, Elizabethan dance, stage combat and fencing. There will be story telling, garden tours and a photo gallery displaying archival photos.

The day includes a sneak peek of the upcoming five-play summer repertory season and comedy improv from Off the Grid at 3 pm.

This special place owes its vibrant theatrical legacy to actor Will Geer.  Blacklisted during the McCarthy Era, Geer set up a homestead here, opened a theatre for blacklisted actors and folks singers and cultivated a garden so he and his wife could surive by selling fruits and vegetables. Finding successful work as the Grandpa character on the popular TV series The Waltons, Geer was able to further his theatrical reach by forming the non-profit The Will Geer Theatrical Boticanicum.

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Free Mardi Gras in Long Beach Sat. Feb. 9!

Long Beach is letting the free fun roll this Saturday, Feb. 9 with its annual Mardi Gras celebration and parade.

Family-friendly free fun, art and music can be found at Shoreline Village 1pm – 6pm. Plenty of food, too but you’ll have to pay for that.

The community Mardi Gras parade starts rolling from in front of the Aquarium of the Pacific at 3pm. Dancers, stilt walkers, tuba players, mimes and more! Don your mask and beads and join the fun!

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Free Lunar New Year Fest at Pacific Asia Museum Saturday Feb. 2!

Celebrate the Year of the Snake at the free Lunar New Year Festival at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, on Saturday, Feb. 2. The free fun starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

The free family-friendly fest includes events, performances, crafts, demonstrations, and even admission to the museum galleries dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Adult admission is ordinarily $10 so this is a great free deal! Consider taking the free docent tour of the museum at 1 p.m. (meet at the front desk).

Free Lunar Year Festival

Courtesy the Pacific Asia Museum


The festival features a delegation of artists from Jiangsu, China including the incredible Xiao Hong Hua (Little Red Flowers) dance troupe. Other artists will demonstrate a variety of traditional art forms from China, including paper cutting, lantern making, sugar art, cloth art, Chinese knotting, and Suzhou silk art.

Hungry? L.A.-area food trucks will be there! No, the food isn’t free, but it’s definitely fun when you got choices such as Mighty Boba, India Jones, Mandoline Grill and Paradise Cookies.

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Free 25th Annual Long Beach MLK Parade Saturday Jan. 19

Honor the struggle for civil rights at the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Unity Parade, Saturday, Jan. 19 in Long Beach, CA. The free parade, featuring several grand marshals and 100 entries, steps off at 10:30am at Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. and Anaheim St. From there it heads north on MLK Jr. Ave., east onto 19th St., then north on Lemon Ave.

A free peace & unity festival follows at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. 12:30 to 5pm. This festive-filled program includes a children and teen area, with games and rides, plus family-friendly entertainment, food booths, craft and merchandise vendors.

Parking is available at Long Beach City College, Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, with shuttle buses running from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Contact 562-570-6816 or visit www.longbeach.gov/district6 for more information.

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