Nine Free Things To Do in Los Angeles This Weekend


Los Angeles can be expensive but having fun with your family doesn’t have to break the bank.  From festivals, to movie events, to arts and crafts, everyone is sure to have some fun! As always, everything on my list is completely FREE!

Saturday, March 5th

Los Angeles Lantern Festival: 12pm-7pm

Join Angelenos beneath Chinese lanterns in the vibrance of Downtown L.A. for the 15th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival. The event culminates the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, museum tours, live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, and food trucks


Gold Line Extension Celebration: 11am-4pm

Celebrate the Gold Line Extension with free metro rides, ribbon cuttings, live music, local businesses and food trucks and more, at all the new stations: Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa.

Lovely Lavender at Rancho Los Cerritos: 1pm-4pm

Old-fashioned, historically-themed crafts and activities for children ages 5-11, rain or shine. Projects include a variety of colorful creations and crafts kids will love making.

Zootopia Themed Day at L.A Live: 11am-5pm

A day full of giveaways and fun all for just the price of the movie ticket! FREE fun activities will include exclusive photo op, character headband giveaway, coloring station, themed raffle prize and additional giveaways.



Crafterday at the Hart Mansion: 11am-4pm

The young ones can try their hands at simple crafts like making their own totem poles, designing their own rope art, making their own dreamcatchers, and so much more! There is also a barnyard area with live animals!

Cabrillo Art Corner at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: 11am-3pm

Have fun doing arts and crafts the first Saturday of the month. Each Cabrillo Art Corner will feature a unique ocean-themed project that jump starts your creativity, engages your senses and relaxes your mind. Focus on the task at hand and forget about life’s craziness for awhile.

Sunday, March 6th

CicLAvia in the Valley: 9 am – 4 pm

4 miles of LA streets open up to pedestrians & bicyclists for a giant experiment in new civic consciousness, from Panorama City to Pacoima. Festivals, performances, bike clinics, & more along the route. Check out their website for the official route.

Family Arts at Barnsdall in Hollywood: 10am-2pm

Free art workshops on arts & crafts from world cultures, led by a different artist each week. Call to verify.

MOCA Grand Sunday Studio: 1pm

Sunday Studio is MOCA’s drop-in gallery exploration and studio art program. Participate in an all-ages tour of MOCA’s permanent collection or join in on arts crafts for the entire family.


As always check out the websites for directions and other information to help you plan your trip. I hope that these FREE Los Angeles events allow you and your family to make your weekend extra special!

P.S  I would love to see you and your family enjoying these events! Post pictures on  Instagram   and use #iamLAmamacita to be entered to win awesome prizes!

See you there.

















Los Angeles Museums Free Admission Master List

At the end of January, many museums in Los Angeles will be offering free admission. I got excited about it but then realized (1)  I’m busy that day and (2) With a toddler in tow, we would only be able to make it to one, maybe two museums in one day. So, I decided to make my own list, because  (1) At least once a month, I find myself searching for museums that offering free admission (2) Because I often joke that the only time I ever visited a museum was when the trip was organized by my school and (3) I like making lists.  

 I’ve used my resources (the internet) to compile a master list of FREE admission days for Los Angeles Museums, and I’m sharing it with you! I went to straight to the source (the museum websites)  and came up with over 30 museums to add to the list, so you don’t have to rush on January 30th to hit up all of them.

I hope that this list will serve as a guide for you and your family to make fun memories in this big city we call L.A!



  1. Annenberg Photo Space, West L.A Admission is always FREE
  2. Armory Center for the Arts, PasadenaFREE for Seniors, Students and Armory Members
    $5 Suggested Donation
  3. California African American Museum, Exposition Park-Admission is always FREE
  4. California Science CenterAdmission to the  permanent exhibition galleries is FREE (excluding IMAX and Special Exhibits)
  5. Craft & Folk Art Museum, Museum Row-Children under 10 are always FREE ; Sundays: Pay what you can
  6. Dominguez Rancho Adobe MuseumAlways FREE
  7. Fowler MuseumAlways FREE
  8. Griffith ObservatoryAlways FREE
  9. Hammer Museum, UCLA- Always FREE
  10. Japanese American Museum, Little TokyoFree  every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all day every third Thursday of the month; Children under 5 are always FREE
  11. Kidspace MuseumThe first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 to 8:00pm is Kidspace’s Free Family Night
  12. La Brea Tar PitsFREE Museum admission the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August) and Free Museum Admission daily to: CA EBT cardholders with I.D, CA teachers with I.D, Active or retired military with I.D., Children 2 and under
  13.  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)Children under 17 are always FREE;L.A. County residents receive free general admission after 3 pm every weekday LACMA is open!
  14. Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust-Always FREE
  15. Museum of Latin American ArtChildren under 12 are always FREE; FREE admission every Sunday; FREE admission the fourth Friday of every month between 5:00-9:00 p.m
  16. Natural History MuseumFREE admission the first Tuesday of every month (except July& August) and free Museum admission every Tuesday in September; FREE admission always to CA EBT cardholders with I.D., CA teachers with I.D., Active or retired military with I.D.,Children 2 and under
  17. Norton Simon Museum-Admission is FREE for all visitors the first Friday of every month from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m; FREE admission for children under 18, students and  active military personnel and EBT cardholders with valid I.D.
  18. Orange County Museum of Art– FREE every Friday; Children under 12  are always FREE
  19. Pasadena Museum of California ArtChildren 12 and under are always FREE; FREE admission every 1st Friday from 12–5pm and 3rd Thursday from 5–8pm
  20. Skirball Cultural Center-Noah’s Ark tickets are FREE on Thursdays, first-come, first-served only, subject to availability (no advance tickets).
  21. The Autry, Griffith Park– FREE on the Second Tuesday of every month; Kids under 3 are always free
  22. The Autry, Mt. Washington Always FREE
  23. The Broad-Always FREE
  24. The Getty Center-Always FREE
  25. The Getty Villa, MalibuAlways FREE
  26. The Huntington FREE on the first Thursday of the month; must reserve in advance
  27. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand AveChildren under 12 are always FREE; Jurors with I.D.: FREE ;Present your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the MOCA Box Office to redeem two-for-one general admission.
  28. The Museum of Contemporary Art, GeffenChildren under 12 are always FREE;
    Jurors with I.D.: FREE; Buy One Get One FREE with valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID.
  29. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Pacific Design Center– Always FREE
  30. The Paley Center for MediaAdmission is always FREE but a contribution is suggested
  31. Travel Town Museum, Griffith Park Always FREE
  32. USC Pacific Asia MuseumFree for children 11 and under; Free for All on the Second Sunday of the Month
  33. USC Fisher Museum of ArtAlways Free
  34. Vincent Price Art Museum Always FREE
  35. William S. Hart Museum– Always FREE
  36. Zimmer Children’s MuseumChildren under 1: FREE; Grandparents: FREE on Thursdays

 Take lots of pictures when at the museums and don’t forget to use #iamLAmamacita on your Instagram posts to automatically be entered into my give aways!


Please note that free admission does not include parking or admission to special exhibits. I recommend visiting the museum website to plan your trip


November Family Fun {A Calendar of Free Los Angeles Events!}

I can’t believe November is already here. This year has flown by but I’m excited for all of the fun Holiday events in the city. That mean Christmas is right around the corner and the shopping will soon begin. That’s why, all the events listed here are FREE. Are you excited for a special event is your city?

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Saturday, November 14th

Event: Pop Mania! at Japanese American Museum

Details: A day of pop culture-themed activities in honor of Giant Robot Biennale 4.

Time: 11AM-4PM

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Event: Jurassic Park at Palisades Library

Details: Take a break with a screening of the 4th installment of the “Jurassic Park” franchise

Time: 1PM

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Event: Art Projects at Reyes Adobes

Details: Hands on activities for kids 3-8

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

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Event: Debbie Allen Academy Presents: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker  at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw

Details: Artistic ‘twist’ with modern spin filled with original music, dance routines and soul!

Time: 2PM

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Friday, November 20th

Event: Jazzed and Motivated in Watts

Details: Kick off your shoes and let your body sway to one of Brazil’s most popular cultural expressions – the samba! Viver Brasil Dance Company will help you pick up the rhythms and movements of this lively dance -After the JAM Session, stay for movie night, a free community event honoring WLCAC’s 50 years of service. Movie starts at 8:00 p.m. with discussion to follow

Time: 6:30PM

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Saturday, November 21st

Event: Art Workshop with Nzuji de Magahlahaes at Cal African American Museum

Details: Learn how to combine yarn & paint to make one-of-a-kind, colorful art

Time: 1PM-3PM

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Event: Navajo Tribe Dances and Stories at the LA County Library in Downtown

Details: Ben Hale, a member of the Navajo tribe from Arizona, introduces a variety of dances & stories from tribes across North America

Time: 2PM

Event: Thanksgiving at the Thousand Oaks Library

Details: Bring the family & learn the real facts about the voyage of the Mayflower & the First Thanksgiving from a descendant of one of the original Mayflower families: Robert Dempster

Time: 2PM

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Sunday, November 22nd

Event: One Wise Man ‘ A Holiday Cantata

Details: Theatre

Time: 4PM-5PM

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Saturday, November 28th

Event: Powwow at Cal State Northridge

Details: 32nd Annual Powwow promises American Indian dance & music, children’s craft activities, arts & crafts vendors, & frybread!

Time: 10AM

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Event: Butterflies at Dominguez Rancho Adobe

Details: Help the museum track the monarch butterflies in the monarch butterfly garden and surrounding gardens

Time: 12PM-2PM

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Event: JAM Session at Debs Park

Details:Old Time String Band Jam Session: Listen & dance to local musicians strum Appalachian-style fiddle & banjo tunes


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Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Autumn Art: Use fall foliage as the inspiration in decorating a ceramic tile

Time: 2PM-4PM

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Sunday, November 29th

Event: Hollywood Holiday Parade

Details: The 84th Hollywood Christmas Parade steps out headed by Grand Marshals Penn & Teller, with marching bands, equestrian groups, characters, floats, & a gigantic red carpet.

From Hollywood Blvd at Orange, East to Vine, South to Sunset, West to Orange

Time: 5PM

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5 Free & Fun Activities You Must Do This Weekend

Do you ever wish you can be in two places at the same time? I wish I could be all over L.A this weekend. I’ve picked 5 places that are offering Free Fun Activities to share with my readers. Did I mention that they are FREE? All of these are sure to be a hit with the kids and I want to go to all of them!

See you there…somewhere.


Saturday, October 10th

Event: Kids Craft Day at FIDM Museum

Details: Your little fashionistas will create spooky crafts while being inspired by the museums unique exhibitions

Time: 11AM-1PM


Event: JANM Free Family Days: What’s Cookin’

Details: A day of food and fun with a green/sustainability theme

Time: 11AM-4PM


Event: Felt Finger Puppets at 7th & Fig

Details: The kiddies will be able to make their very own monsters, bats, ghosts, cats, or pumpkin puppets.

Time: 2PM-4PM


Event: Grand Ave Arts

Details: Open rehearsals, architecture tours, museum exhibitions, performances, food and drink, and kids film screenings. Grab the whole crew to take a peek behind-the-scenes for the ultimate Los Angeles field trip



Sunday, October 11th

Event: Los Angeles Ballet Community Day

Details: Ballet classes, alternative dance/fitness classes, and lectures/demonstrations

Time: 9AM-3PM (check schedule for specific class times)