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Fun Things To Do With Kids in LA in January 2021!

Updated: 5 days ago

It is a new year, with new hopes, and new things to do in the city, and at the comfort of your home. Here is a list of all the fun and safe things you can do in January 2021 with your kids in and near Los Angeles!



The Elf on The Shelf's Magical Holiday Journey

This holiday drive-thru event runs through January 3, 2021 and features a dazzling light spectacle with toy repair workshop, gingerbread villages, and all the sights and sounds of the holiday blended with a touch of high-spirited fun that only Santa's favorite Scout Elves can deliver. Click here for more info.

Six Flags Magic Mountain Drive-Thru Experience

Six Flags Magic Mountain's Drive-Thru Experience features millions of lights, festive holiday theming, and seasonal music favorites through January 3, 2021. Get transformed into a magical winter wonderland with millions of colorful lights by the wonderful sights and sounds of the holiday season from the comfort of your own car.


Festival of Lights At the Mission Inn

The 28th Annual Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Festival of Lights will continue until January 6, 2021, which feature a “Winter Wonderland” theme. This annual holiday event includes dazzling holiday lights on the front of the hotel, animated characters and much more.



Happy Place – The Drive Thru – Presented by Subaru

enjoy Happy Place at Westfield Century City Mall through January 18, 2021. This event features 18 larger-than-life experiences and interactive moments. Some highlights include the world’s first giant piano you play with your car, a rainbow road, a pulsating nightclub for your car, and supersized sweets. Tickets start at $49.50 per vehicle on weekdays and $69.50 on weekends. use code HAPPY2021 to get your tickets at $20.21.


Hot Wheels Ultimate Drive-Thru

Journey into a one-of-a-kind, contactless experience where the world of Hot Wheels comes to life right outside your windows! Drive through this LARGER THAN LIFE showcase of everyone’s favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks, specialty Monster Trucks, Garage of Legends vehicles, robots and more! This event runs through January 10, 2021. Tickets are on sale on Goldstar for $40 per vehicle.


Holiday Road: A Drive-Thru Experience

Holiday Road is the most exciting drive-thru holiday experience at the King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. Expect to see larger than life light installations, tons of lights, and all your favorite holiday cheer. This event continues through January 3, 2021. Tickets start at $75 per vehicle.


South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW

South Coast Botanic Garden's GLOW is a visually stunning art installation that will transform the lush botanic oasis into an oceanic experience for Garden Lights & Ocean Waters theme using thousands of lights. GLOW runs through January 10, 2021. Click here for details.


Santa's Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru Spectacular

This event is an all ages immersive drive-thru holiday lights experience.The experience will run nightly through January 10, 2021 and will transport you into a holiday wonderland as you drive along an actual NASCAR track and a series of jaw dropping lighting displays, including the world’s largest free standing Christmas tree. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


Reflections at Descanso

Reflection at Descanso is a celebration of all that’s hopeful and peaceful in this world. This daytime festivities will replace Enchanted Forest of Light, which includes art pieces, special plantings, self-guided activities and a beautiful Wishing Tree. Reflections at Descano continues till January 10, 2021.

WinterFest OC: Nights of Lights OC

This magical and immersive winter wonderland drive-thru experience runs through January 10th at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. From the safety of your own vehicles, you will be guided through a clearly defined mile-long course featuring over one million lights, themed holiday scenery and characters including Paw Patrol characters.


Hikari: A Festival of Lights

Hikari means shine in Japanese, and this holiday season Tanaka Farm has made the farm shine with over a mile of twinkling lights! As you drive through the 30-acre farm, you will be dazzled by farm-themed lighting from trees, to scarecrows, tractors, and even the sugarcane got the holiday light treatment! This festival runs through Sunday, January 10, 2021. Drive-thru tickets start at $49 per vehicle, and must be purchased online.


Whales and Dolphins Watching in New Port Beach

Get up close and personal with an incredible array of marine life on this 2.5-hour whale and dolphin-watching cruise from Davey’s Locker. You’ll cast off from picturesque Newport Beach, home to one of the most beautiful coastlines in Southern California, and enjoy a whale-watching trip where each voyage is a unique experience with views of a variety of marine life. During grey whale migration season, cruises regularly run into 5 or more whales on a trip. These cruises run through January 10, 2021, and you can find discounted tickets on Goldstar as low as $9/person.




Grand Our Present, Dot Our Future

Grand Park’s new public art installation, “Ground Our Present, Dot Our Future,” is available to enjoy from January 1st through January 25,2021. It consists of 74 quotes, crowdsourced from Angelenos over the past year, that line park walkways. The artwork “reinvents the current floor distancing decal culture by putting the emphasis back on how Angelenos can be socially connected—by gaining knowledge and understanding about the diverse experiences in Los Angeles County from the perspectives of those who live them.” The installation is free and is available any time at the Grand Park.


HAPPY FEET - Presented by the Roadium Drive-In

The Roadium has revived its classic 1950's drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience once a month during winter months. You can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with hot food, movie concessions, and more! Join on Friday, January 8th for HAPPY FEET! Son of Memphis and Norma, little sweet penguin Mumble has a big problem: he can't sing a single note. In a world where everyone needs a heart song to attract a soul mate, Mumble feels he doesn't belong there. He is the worst singer in the world, but he can tap dance brilliantly. The tickets are $30 per vehicle and cover everyone in your car. For more information, click here.


January Drive-In Theatre @ The Hollywood Roosevelt

The iconic Hollywood Roosevelt has transformed its' valet parking lot into a Drive-In Theatre. VIP, Preferred and General Parking spots available. Everyone will receive complimentary popcorn! They also have a full menu and bar for purchase from the menu at 25° Burger Bar in the hotel. Tickets start at $45 per vehicle. Click here for more information, and to serve your ticket.


Honey I Shrunk the Kids - Presented by the Roadium Drive-In

Join Roadium Drive-in in Torrance on Friday, January 15th for HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS! When kids sneak into inventor Wayne Szalinski's (Rick Moranis) upstairs lab to retrieve an errant baseball, his experimental shrink ray miniaturizes them. When Szalinski returns home, he destroys the device -- which he thinks is a failure -- and dumps it in the trash, throwing out the kids along with it. The four children, now 1/4-inch tall, must survive the journey back to the house through a yard where sprinklers bring treacherous storms and garden-variety ants stampede like elephants. For more information, click here.


Jurassic Quest Drive Thru

Jurassic Quest is a drive thru experience that will take place at Rose Bowl, Orange County Fairgrounds, and Pomona Fairplex from January 15, 2021 through February 28, 2021. This drive-thru experience features over 70 moving and roaring dinosaurs and a 50 foot Megalodon! Click here to learn more about this event.


Insomniac's Electric Mile Drive-Thru

At this drive-thru experience, a curated soundtrack of fun, and uplifting dance music hits will accompany you as you travel through a stunning array of synchronized light installations and visual effects from the comfort of your own car. This event starts on January 1, 2021, and will run through January 24, 2021. Click here to learn more about this event.



UNCLE BUCK - Presented by the Roadium Drive-In

Join Roadium Drive-in in Torrance on Friday, January 15th for UNCLE BUCK. When Cindy and her husband, Bob, have to leave town for a family emergency, there is only one person available to babysit for their three kids: Bob's lazy, carefree brother, Buck (John Candy). While he immediately gets along with the two younger children (Gaby Hoffman, Macaulay Culkin), Buck must change his bachelor lifestyle if he wants to be a responsible caregiver for the angst-filled teenager, Tia (Jean Louisa Kelly). Click here for more information.


MLK Day Read & Feed Drive-Thru 2021

Join Banc of California Stadium for a celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. Kid authors express their voices through reading and writing. Join in a day of hope, feasting and testing information. This event is free but you must register online.


Virtual Events You Can Enjoy At The Comfort of Your Home in January 2021:


WeBop Family Jazz Party: A Virtual New Orleans Jazz Jam

Join for a virtual trip to the birthplace of jazz as the joyful sounds of the Crescent City fill your home. Dance, swing, play and second line with the whole family to music from the WeBop Family Jazz Band from the comfort of your living room. you can access the party whenever it’s most convenient through January 3, 2021. Discounted tickets are available on Goldstar for $10.


Live Virtual Meet and Greet with a Lincoln Park Zoo Animal

During this virtual experience, you will start your day with an intimate look at the fascinating animals living at Lincoln Park Zoo. Each Saturday, you will join other guests and one of the animal curators, on a journey to learn more about a specific animal group — from their habits and diets to their individualized care and general personality traits. Following the meet-and-greet, you will have the opportunity to ask moderated questions about your favorite animals, live from home! This virtual event is on January 9, 2021 at 10:00 am. Tickets are on sale on Goldstar for $10.


Forest of Feelings — Online

The Forest of Feelings is a magical place filled with a vast landscape of emotions. When two friends discover a lost laugh, with the audience’s help, they must take a physical and musical journey through the forest to return it to its faraway home. Created by Yo Re Mi, Forest of Feelings is an interactive show live on Zoom that teaches your youngest theatergoers about emotions, music and yoga. This event is from January 3, 2021 through February 28, 2021. Discounted tickets are available on Goldstar at $15.


Science & Wildlife at CuriOdyssey

Visit CuriOdyssey At-Home Science for fun virtual classes, science and wildlife videos, experiments and more all month long. Watch the science educators perform wonderful experiments that help explain the amazing world around us. Click here to learn more.




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