L.A. Zoo Lights
Thru Jan 4, 6-10pm. A sizzling light show featuring an animal holiday theme. An ideal family outing reminiscent of the Festival of Lights. www.lazoo.org
Reindeer Romp at the L.A. Zoo
Thru Jan 4, 10am-5pm. Santa and his reindeer will be at the zoo daily.www.lazoo.org
660 N. Larchmont Blvd. (323) 463-2562. Art Works Studio and Classroom offers fine art classes for all ages. www.artworksstudio.org
Autry National Center of the American West
4000 Western Heritage Way, (323) 667-2000. Every 2nd Tue of the month Free. Pan for gold every Sat-Sun 11am. Bead Workshop February 7. Sat Matinee Starring Gene Autry, Feb 28 & Apr 25 noon-2pm. www.theautry.org
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 W. First St., L.A. (213) 250-9995. Sat- Sun 2:30pm, Tue-Fri 10:30am. Reservations required. The Nutcracker thru January.
Barnsdall Art Park (Junior Arts Center and Barnsdall Arts Center)
4800 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 644‐6275. Operated by City of L.A. Dept. of Cultural Affairs. Register for music, visual and performing arts classes for young people at Junior Arts Center and adult classes in painting, drawing, sculpting, mosaic, stained glass, and more. Call for fees and registration schedule. www.barnsdall.org
Barnsdall Art Sundays
4800 Hollywood Blvd. Free Family Arts Workshops held at Junior Art Center most Sundays 10am-noon at the Barnsdall Art Park. Free Family Arts Workshops held at Junior Art Center most Sundays 10am-noon.Dec 21: Scandinavia printmaking; Jan 11: Mexico clay vessels; Jan 18: USA MLK quilt; Jan 25: USA washboards; Feb 1: USA recycled cards; Feb 8: Brazil masks and hats; Feb 15: China Dragon Puppets; Feb USA mixed media posters. www.barnsdallarts.org
Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood
850 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (323) 467-2007. Fun with a purpose is their most important rule. Field trips, sports, music, & arts activities daily. Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-7pm. www.bgchollywood.com
Cahuenga Branch Library
4591 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 664-6418. Storytime Tue 4pm-5pm, Mon and Sat 11:30-12:30.
Hours: Mon/Wed 10am-8pm, Tue/Thur 12pm-8pm, Fri/Sat 9:30am-5:30pm.
126 N. Larchmont Blvd. (323) 465-1334. Book Signings, see blog. 10am-6pm every day. http://chevaliersbooks.blogspot.com
National Comedy Theatre, 733 N. Seward Ave. (323) 871-1193. Improv classes for kids 8 -13, and teens. Sat classes start the first of the month. www.comedysportzla.com
Will & Ariel Durant Public Library
7140 W. Sunset Blvd. (323) 876-2741. Make crafts with the whole family Thur 4-5pm, theme changes each week. Storytime Tue 5pm, ages 3 to 6 (all ages welcome). Adult writers groups Thur 1-3pm, also 2nd & 4th Tues 1-3pm. Open Mic 1st Tues 6-7:30 pm. Hours: Mon/Wed 10am-8pm, Tues/Thu 12 pm-8pm, Fri/Sat 9:30am-5:30pm.
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 467‐7674. Classic movie palace built in 1925 is a visual treat showing first‐run Disney family features. Hosts Tiny Tot Tues, 10am; lights dimmed, sound levels reduced. www.elcapitan.go.com (See FILM & PLACES)
Original Farmers' Market
At Third & Fairfax, (323) 933‐9211. Check website for family oriented activities. www.farmersmarketla.com (See PLACES, MUSIC and SPECIAL EVENTS)
John C. Fremont Library
6121 Melrose Ave. (323) 962-3521. Storytime Wed 10:30 & 11am. Hours: Mon/Wed 10am-8pm, Tue/Thur 12pm-8pm, Fri/Sat 9:30am-5:30pm. http://www.lapl.org/branches/john-c-fremont
Frances Howard Goldwyn Public Library
1623 N. Ivar Ave., (323) 856-8260. Storytime, Fri 4pm. Family film, Wed 2pm. Mon/Wed 10am-8pm, Tue/Thur 12:30pm-8pm, Fri/Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 1-5pm.
2800 E. Observatory Rd. (213) 473-0800.
See new exhibitions, peek through its telescope, & tour the universe. Daily planetarium shows. Tue-Fri 12-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. Public star parties, Dec 27, Jan 24, Feb 28, 2-9:45pm. Free. http://griffithobs.org
Hollywood Bowl Museum
2301 N. Highland Ave. (323) 850-2058. Located on the grounds of the Hollywood Bowl. Features photos, film footage, programs & artifacts about the history of the Bowl. Tue-Fri 10am-5pm. Free. (See PLACES)
Hollywood Dance Center
817 N. Highland Ave. (323) 467-0825. Dance classes including ballet, jazz, belly dancing, ballroom & more. For all ages. www.hollywooddancecenter.com (See DANCE)
Hollywood Farmers' Market
Ivar & Selma Ave., between Hollywood & Sunset, (323) 463-3171. Every Sun from 8am-1pm. Farmers, artisans, food vendors, & entertainment. www.seela.org (See PLACES)
Hollywood Recreation Center
1122 Cole Ave. (323) 467-6847. Sports, arts, ballet, piano, fitness programs. Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm. www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/hollywoodRC.htm
1233 N. McCadden Pl. (323) 465-1320. Core curriculum plus dance, drama, art classes, aquatics, woodworking, gymnastics, karate and more for pre-K thru 6th grade. After school programs. www.hollywoodschoolhouse.org
Los Angeles City College (Community Services)
855 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 953‐4000 ex. 2651. Foreign Language, art, music, computer programs, and more. See schedule for adults and children at www.communityservices.lacitycollege.edu
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr. (323) 644‐4200.
World‐class zoo in Griffith Park. Reptile and amphibian exhibit LAIR as well as Sea Life Cliffs, Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, and Red Ape Rainforest. Indian Rhino Encounter is available every Sat, Sun, and on holidays at 1pm-$12. Winter Camp Dec 29-Jan 2. The Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel features hand-carved & painted wooden figures representing the flora & fauna of SoCal. Daily 10am-5pm.
Los Feliz Public Library
1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710. Baby/toddler Storytime, Wed 10:30am. Toddler Time, Mon 11am. Teen Club, Tue 4pm. Free film screenings the 3rd Sat of month at 1pm. New Hours Oct 2: Mon/Wed 10am-8pm, Tue/Thur 12:00pm-8pm, Fri/Sat 9:30-5:30pm.
130 S. La Brea Ave. (323) 933-6944. Les Enfants Magiques! An on-going children's acting workshop (ages 7-17) culminating in a performance. http://theloststudio.com
Nine O'Clock Players
1367 N. St. Andrews Pl., (323) 469-1970. Performs two stage plays each year chosen from classic children's literature featuring a full complement of dancing, singing, and special effects. The productions are offered to school groups during the week and to the public on Sundays at 2pm. The Tortoise and the Hare Mar 1-29.
7377 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 845-0172. Daily programs and activities for youth and teens with monthly excursions. Youth Leadership Program in conjunction with Teen Center. Monday Farmers Market 9am-2pm. www.weho.org (See PLACES)
Second City Studio Theatre
6560 Hollywood Blvd., Second Floor. (323) 464-8542. Improv and sketch comedy teen/youth program open to students 8-18. www.secondcity.com/hollywood (See COMEDY)
Silverlake Children's Theatre Group
904 Mayo St. (323) 216-6363. Fall production 3 one act plays: Red Scare,
Ciao Utah, and
The Mistake on the Lake. Nov 21- 23, Dec 5-7. Fr-Sat 7: 30, Sun 2pm. Original productions written by SCTG's student ensemble. Writing mentorships and directing mentorships. Ages 8-18.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Family activities including Noah's Ark, Dig it Archeological Adventures, Last Week-ends featuring performances and activities that change monthly.
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
7936 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 650-7777. Acting classes for ages 7-17. www.strasberg.com (See THEATRE)
Storybook Theatre at Theatre West
3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, (818) 761-2203. Little Red Riding Hood, thru March, Sat 1pm. Available for school and birthday performances.
5200 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park (323) 662-5874. Over 35 locomotives, cabooses, freight and passenger cars, a trolley and streetcar, and a miniature train ride. Gift shop and docents. Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat-Sun 10-6. Free. www.traveltown.org
Universal City Walk
100 Universal City Plaza. (818) 622-1111. Open every day of the year. www.citywalkhollywood.com (See PLACES)
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, (800) UNIVERSAL. Hollywood's #1 family attraction. Hours vary monthly. www.universalstudioshollywood.com (See PLACES)
West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd. (310) 652-5340. An architectural and visual delight. Family Place library. Toddler Storytime Wed 11:15.Family Storytime Wed 3:30pm. Hours: Mon-Thur 11am-7pm; Fri-Sat 10am-6pm.www.colapublib.org/libs/whollywood
West Hollywood Park
647 N. San Vicente Blvd., (323) 848-6534. Activities for children and parents. For full schedule visit www.weho.org
Wizard of Art
1947 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 661-0341. Year round classes Tues-Sat. All ages. Drawing and painting. http://thewizardofart.com
Yucca Community Center
6671 Yucca St. (323) 957-6339. Activities for children and teens. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm. Sat 10am-5pm. After School Club ages 5-12, 2-6pm. www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/yuccaCC.htm
updated 10/08/2014 SB