It’s a New Year and Golden Gate Park has no plans to slow down in offering you endless opportunities to create the memories that last a lifetime. There will always be something new and exciting to enjoy throughout the year – whether you’re giving back to the community or mingling with eccentric locals. This month, park events include a celebration of the magnolia, ballet, art, and dinosaurs. So, to enjoy a roaring time in San Francisco, you should probably consider some of the events being held in Golden Gate Park for January 2013.

Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Show – California Academy of Science – until January 31

January is the last month to catch the Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Show at the Academy. The Forum Theater will offer daily shows at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. Recommended for children ages 5 and older, this dino-themed adventure blends science with discovery to highlight the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period, as well as giants of the Cretaceous. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Ballet Costume Presentations – deYoung Museum – January 9 to February 3

Every month, the museum opens their doors to artists and promotes the installation and demonstration of their specific art form. Visitors are then allowed to meet the artists, as well as interact in different ways. Artists are onsite from Wednesdays to Sundays (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.).

This month, the deYoung Museum welcomes Brad Rosenstein with renowned costumier Jean Lamprell for ‘Floating on Air: Ballet Costume Atelier and Presentations.’ Rosenstein is an independent curator, who will turn the Kimball Education Gallery into a functional atelier – a fancy word for a workshop related to fine or decorative arts. Here, visitors will encounter the beauty of the ballet costume-making process.

On Saturdays and Sundays, come to watch Lamprell recreate the Juliet costume originally made for the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ production starring Rudolf Nureyev. Come learn the ins and outs of tutu construction. A continuous display of videos, sketches, photos and costumes will also take over the gallery.

How-To Nightlife – California Academy of Science – January 10

Experts from all over the Bay Area will gather at the Academy to provide a wide-ranging ‘how-to’ workshop. With the help from the likes of San Franpsycho, The Crucible, and SF Brewcraft, you could be well on your way to getting closer to the activities and hobbies you’ve always wanted to try out – knitting, brewing your own beer, gardening, making screen print T-shirts, self-defense, spinning records, and more. Various stations will be situated throughout the building, allowing you to collect a handful of useful skills.

Nightlife events at the Academy are held on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Participants over 21 years old may enter with valid identification. Tickets are $12 unless you are a member of the Academy, and then you are expected to pay just $10.

Other Thursday Nightlife events at the Academy include:

January 17 – Gallery Crawl – Curators from Warholian, Ever Gold Gallery, and Spoke Art come together to celebrate pop-up art. A drawing event will also take place.

January 24 – Brilliant Science Micro – A music-filled night with infectious viruses will include hands-on activities with scientists from the Academy and Gladstone Institutes.

January 31 – Sketchfest – Stand-up comics and other performers, such as Chris Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Greg Proops, Brent Weinbach, Myq Kaplan, and Will Franken, provide the entertainment for an evening filled with music and cocktails.

Girl Scouts – Living Eco-Wise Patch for Juniors – Academy of Science – January 12

There’s a lot to learn at the Academy, especially when it comes to the environment, sustainability, and being the greenest museum in the world. The insulation uses recycled blue jeans and the roof (dubbed the Living Roof) is covered with native plants. Girl Scout Juniors can also earn a patch for exploring the museum with a two-hour program tailored to fit their needs. Only registered Juniors can benefit, and must be have one adult chaperone for every eight girls. Fees are $24.95 per child and adult, which includes patch and Academy admission. To register, call (415) 379-8000 or purchase online.

Bison Paddock Volunteer Opportunity – Bison Paddock – January 19

In an effort to coax the white crowned sparrow back to Golden Gate Park, you can join the Golden Gate Audubon Society’s effort to revamp the Bison Paddock from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This will include maintaining native plants that play an important role in providing nesting grounds for the endangered sparrow. It is suggested to wear closed toed shoes, long pants and layers. Light refreshments will be provided. Interested parties will meet at the Bison Paddock.

Magnolia Mobile Making for Families – SF Botanical Garden – January 20

If you pay a visit to the San Francisco Botanical Garden on January 20, you can make your own Magnolia Mobile with natural materials, such as magnolia petals and leaves. This program is free with regular admission and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Magnolias by Moonlight – SF Botanical Garden – January 25
There’s something special about viewing nature by the light of a full moon. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., you can enjoy a docent-led tour of the Garden, where the scent of magnolias dances overhead. This event will cost $15 for the general public. 

Rainbow Falls 5K – Kennedy and Transverse Drive – January 27

Isn’t Golden Gate Park an ideal location to enjoy a good outdoor run? Why don’t you slip into those running shoes and take part in the Rainbow Falls 5K? The main race starts at 9 a.m. For kids 12 and under, there is a free ½ Mile Kids Race that begins at 9:45 a.m. at the same location.

The start and finish of the race is at Kennedy and Transverse Drive in Golden Gate Park. Participants will run westbound on Kennedy Drive, make a left (uphill) at Stow Lake Drive, run the clockwise loop around Stow Lake, and then make a right back onto Kennedy Drive. Runners will lastly end up returning eastbound to the Conservatory of Flowers as a finish.

Keep in mind that registration closes on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 9 a.m. and race day registration will begin at 8 a.m. Participants aged 18 or older are expected to pay a fee of $5, where runners (11-17) pay $3. Those under the age of 10 are free. All participants will receive a ribbon with the top 5 overall male/female racers getting place ribbons.

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Magnolia Mixology – SF Botanical Garden – January 31

For the 21 and over crowd, you may want to consider spending the last evening of January 2013 at the San Francisco Botanical Garden to experience a special, hands-on craft cocktail class (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.). Inspired by the Garden’s magnolias, master mixologist H. Joseph Ehrmann (who owns the distinguished bar Elixir) will show you how to gather fresh herbs and spices in the Garden and transform them into enticing libations using premium organic spirits. Learn how to make two craft cocktails, including the Strybing White – named after the snowy magnolia. This unique event will cost $125 to enjoy.