January GoList: The Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids

Best Kid and Family Activities and Events in January 2017 on Long Island

With the holidays behind us, winter is suddenly becoming real! Don't fret. There are plenty of activities happening in January for Long Island families.

There's a new interactive (and full of sillies) exhibit headed to the Long Island Children's Museum, plenty of theater, including Beauty & The Beast Jr. and the The Snow Queen, a FREE live meet-and-greet and show with Sesame Street, plus the Lunar New Year and the year of the rooster is headed our way later this month.

Of course, for more things to do during the month, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and Indoor Family Fun Guide to keep cabin fever at bay and chase away the winter blues.

Celebrate the New Year – ​varies
Sunday, January 1
Design a Times Square New Year's ball, take a Fire Island hike, explore a museum, new-to-you play space, the aquarium or one of these New Year's Day events on Long Island.

Meet Elmo and Abby Cadabby – ​Garden City
Saturday, January 7
See an interactive live show with costumed characters from Sesame Street as the preschooler juggernaut kicks off its "K is for Kindness" national tour from Long Island. There will be three showings of the 15-minute theater show at Roosevelt Field, as well as a chance to meet with favorite stars, Elmo and Abby Cadabby, and bilingual activities facilitated by the local library. The tour introduces fans to the theme for upcoming 47th season of the TV show: kindness. FREE

Beauty & The Beast Jr. – Northport
Saturday, January 7, through Sunday, January 8
How can you resist Beauty? Catch this live musical performed entirely by students of the John W. Engeman Theater Studio.

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure – ​East Islip
​Saturday, January 14 through Saturday, February 4 (times vary)
Inspired by the DreamWorks flick, this children's musical will feature all your favorite jungle characters. 

Father Goose's Tales – Sag Harbor
Saturday, January 14
Catch a new retelling of those classic Mother Goose fables with this shadow box puppet show from Goat on a Boat at the Bay Street Theater. Remember, though, Father Goose is filling in for Mother, so we suspect their may be some improvising! 

Merrymaking in a Gold Coast Mansion – Roslyn
Sunday, January 15
Arrive at the Nassau County Museum of Art dressed for a party inspired by the Frick family. Family-friendly crafts, including hat-making, take place in the stunning mansion home turned museum.

The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket is sure to make you laugh. Photo courtesy of Long Island Children’s Museum.

The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket – Garden City
Sunday, January 15
Catch this one-day show at the Long Island Children's Museum. Henry and Bucket are best pals who can transform their rusty, dusty, battered and bockety world into a place of wonder and adventure.

Paradise Garden Festival – Oyster Bay
Sunday, January 15
Transport the family to a tropical paradise with this Planting Fields Arboretum's winter garden party. There will be live music and free activities throughout the day in all areas of the park.

My Dream Big Workshop – Cold Spring Harbor
Monday, January 16
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, learn about the diverse cultures that made up the local Cold Spring Harbor whaling crews of yesteryear at the Whaling Museum. Sew a special My Dream pillow to take home. 

Learn all about aerodynamics at the new Klutz Amazingly Immature exhibit headed to the Long Island Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of the exhibit.

Klutz Amazingly Immature – ​Garden City
Saturday, January 28-Sunday, May 7
The Long Island Children's Museum opens a brand-new exhibit based on the books, Klutz Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2. The traveling exhibit (first opened in Houston) dares kids to be silly as they explore complex ideas related to science, engineering, and literacy. The fully interactive exhibit includes fun tricks like juggling lessons and card throwing, but also engineering challenges in the form of paper plane building and DIY building projects. Enjoy a preview of the exhibit with the January 21 Air-Mazing Dynamos workshop where kids can test out a wind tunnel and learn about speed and motion.

Imani Winds Family Concert – Sands Point
Saturday, January 28
Introduce kids to the internationally renowned quintet that fuses European, American, African, and Latin-American traditions with a traditional wind chamber repertoire for a beautiful family show.

The Snow Queen – Northport
Saturday, January 28-Sunday, March 5 (weekends)
Fairy tale fans will thrill to see this Hans Christian Andersen story come alive onstage, not to mention Frozen fans. There is an ice castle and plot of friendship, enemies, and royalty.

Lunar New Year – Cold Spring Harbor
Saturday, January 28
Help kids learn the history behind the Lunar New Year with this Whaling Museum & Education Center event. Play a good luck symbol match game, write “whale” in Chinese, and enjoy theme-related craft stations around the museum. 

Welcome in the Chinese new year with traditional Taiko drumming. Photo by Jeffrey Kontur via Flickr.

Chinese New Year Celebration – Stony Brook
Sunday, January 29
Celebrate the year of the rooster with traditional performances, including martial arts, a lion dance, Taiko music, and crafts for the kids with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization. Reservations required.