7 Things L.A. Families Should Do in January

By Michael Berick

The first month in 2019 promises great fun for families. You’ll find tricky bricks, historical figures, classic literature, amazing acrobats and terrific concerts among our top picks.

Lego lovers will find bliss at Bricks LA, which offers big-time Lego brick play, amazing Lego displays and an array of Lego vendors at the Pasadena Convention Center Jan. 5.

Join Ben Franklin and some of his “revolutionary” pals Jan. 19 to celebrate big Ben’s 313rd birthday with cake, vintage printing press demonstrations and a little performance from Franklin himself. Ben Franklin’s “Electric” Birthday Celebration takes place at the International Printing Museum in Torrance.

Jack London’s classic adventure tale “Call of the Wild” has been transferred to the stage in a multimedia production featuring 180-degree projections surrounding the performers, and you can see it Jan. 26 at the James R. Armstrong Theatre in Torrance.

The world-renowned Golden Dragon Acrobats combine spectacular athleticism with traditional Chinese music and dance to create a dazzling stage production at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach Jan. 26.

Wheelchair dance, sign language choirs and accessible SCUBA demonstrations are some of the activities featured at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Festival of Human Abilities Jan. 26 in Long Beach.

LMU’s annual (and free) Concerts of Music for Children presents an intriguing program of music, dance and shadow puppetry at Loyola Marymount University Jan. 27.

Catch Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza In Concert Jan. 27 at Pepperdine University and you’re in for a real treat. The fabled family troubadour teams with the Haitian American jazz vocalist to perform Leadbelly songs as well as Zanes’ repertoire of tunes .

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