December 13-January 9. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Science in Toyland at the California Science Center. In this exhibit, kids can play games while learning science concepts, like how to make bridges stronger or why tops spin. FREE! 700 Exposition Park Dr., L.A.
January 1. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Autry Museum is open and free for everyone! 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027. (323)667-2000.
January 1. 9 a.m. Get tickets for January free day for Huntington Gardens. Call 800-838-3006 or get tickets online at http://www.huntington.org/default.aspx.
January 1. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (different time because of the holiday). Home Depot's FREE Kids Workshop to make a battery organizer. The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.
January 2. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE ADMISSION to Japanese American National Museum. Ring in the New Year with fun arts and crafts, cooking workshops, and exciting performances. 369 East First Street, Los Angeles, 90012. 213-625-0414.
January 4. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Toddler story time at Borders at the Northridge Mall.
January 4. Free day for La Brea Tar Pits and the Natural History Museum.
January 4. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Free evening at Kidspace Museum. This museum in Pasadena is a lot of fun for children and normally $10 a person, so this is a great deal! (It offers free admission the first Tuesday of the month from 4-8 p.m.) 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, 91103. (626) 449-9144. www.kidspacemuseum.org.
January 4. 5 p.m. FREE LEGO® mini model build at the Glendale Galleria LEGO store, the first Tuesday of each month. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. 2148 Glendale Galleria, Glendale, 91210.
L.A. County Junior Golf is a wonderful and free program! They are offering an afterschool weeklong program for children 18 and under starting in January at various golf courses. It is very well organized, with the children grouped by age and plenty of instructors. My boys (ages 4 & 7) participated this summer and loved it! (I got to sit and read a book, so I loved it too!) Here’s a link to the website: http://www.lacountyjuniorgolf.com/applications.htm Click on 2011 After School Free Programs Northern Section.