Float Decorating for the Rose Parade
Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Brookside Pavilion (accessible to disabled visitors). Lot 1, South Side of the Rose Bowl Stadium. Tickets: $10 per person (for any two visits); Children 5 and under: Free. Eager to see just how many rose petals it takes to create one of those fabulous New Year’s floats in the Rose Parade? Head over to Pasadena this week to see for yourself. Mom, Dad and the kiddos will be able to check out the flowers as well as the fruit, seeds and bark that go into making those fun pieces of mobile (and fragrant) art.
Holiday Children’s Author Showcase
Los Angeles Central Library 630 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Dec. 28-30; 4 p.m.-5 p.m. The Central Library downtown will be spotlighting a trio of children’s book authors this week, specifically June Sobel (“B is for Bulldozer”), Ann Stalcup (“Mexico in Colors”) and Amy Goldman Koss (“Stranger in Dadland”). Presented by Friends of Children and Literature (aka FOCAL), the free event will host one author each day, during which time kids can hear stories and ask questions.
Los Angeles Equestrian Center 480 Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91506
Dec. 29; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets: $15 per person; Children under 5: Free – http://www.sharpseating.com. Visitors can watch riders saddle up their horses and perform drills, dances and tricks to prepare for the 2011 Tournament of Roses at the annual Equestfest. Little cowboys and cowgirls can also take advantage of some fun photo ops after talking to equestrians about the various horses and costumes.
Noon Year's Eve - Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Dec. 31; 12 p.m. ball drop. Tickets: Free with paid admission -- $10 for adults and children over 1; Members: Free. Kids can count down to the New Year – well, actually noon on Dec. 31 – at Kidspace in Pasadena. Radio Disney will be on hand to supply the tunes, as families await the big balloon drop at 12 p.m. Be sure to get there early, though, as Baby “Noon” Year waits for no one – not even other babies.
Kids’ New Year’s Eve - Legoland California
1 Legoland Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Dec. 31; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tickets: Free with paid admission. Families can ring in the New Year at 6 p.m. in San Diego County at Legoland California. The plastic-brick-friendly park will host live performances from guests such as Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players before counting down to a huge fireworks display – all before bedtime.
The Annual One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue at Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 Fourth St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Dec. 31; 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$49.50. This musical New Year’s celebration will feature songs, dancing and comedy from 50 years of Playhouse productions. In addition to the on-stage entertainment, the event will also feature a complimentary buffet dinner, champagne, as well as favors and prizes.
New Year’s Eve with Kristin Chenoweth at Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dec. 31; 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $74-$191. 'Wicked' front woman and “Glee” guest star Kristin Chenoweth will be hitting the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage twice on New Year’s Eve to perform classics as well as songs from her long list of shows. Expect lots of fanfare, as the Tony-winning singer belts out tunes alongside a band, back-up singers and lots of dancers.
The 122nd Rose Parade
Jan. 1; 8 a.m. Tickets: No charge for curbside viewing. Grandstand tickets available through Sharp Seating Company. Yes, it’s that time of year again – the first day to get started on those resolutions. But first, kick off 2011 with floral floats, marching bands and lots of ponies – both regular-sized and miniature – at the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. This year’s theme is “Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories.” So grab the kids and make some family memories of your own while watching what the rest of the country can see only on TV.
Laura Clark is the founder and editor of Los Angeles Story.