January GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

Best Things to Do With Kids in Connecticut In January 2018

2018 is here and we are looking forward to new family adventures this year. We've written about what to do on New Year's Day and in this GoList we've covered all of the fun January activities such as a kid friendly bird count, a full moon hike, ice fishing, winter camping, and dancing to the beat at STOMP! You'll find 22 of our best picks for you and your family this January. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get a list of each week's highlighted events. Happy New Year!

Peace on Earth, Creches of the World, New Haven
Now thru February 19
For centuries artists have worked to depict the nativity in many forms.

New Year's First Day HikeHaddam
Monday, January 1

Meet at the Haddam Meadows State Park parking lot for an easy 2-mile hike.
Disney of Ice Presents Frozen, Bridgeport
Thursday, January 4 - Sunday, January 7
Discover the full story of Disney's Frozen like never before as dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle.
Audubon Bird Count, Litchfield
Saturday, January 6

This bird survey is held around the world between the second weekend in December and the third weekend in January every year. Pizza and hot cocoa served after. 
Sensory Friendly MorningNorwalk
Sunday January 7

The Maritime Aquarium can be overwhelming for some families so they are setting aside a special morning to give guests with sensory-processing differences a fun, comfortable, and accepting environment.
Colonial Kitchen Demonstration, Wilton
Sunday, January 7 and Sunday, January 14

See experts in Colonial domestic arts demonstrate cutting, peeling and drying apples, grinding spices, sewing, butter churning, and wool carding and spinning.

Disney on Ice Presents "Let's Celebrate!" at XL Center, Hartford
Thursday, January 11 - Monday, January 15

Tinkerbell takes you on a journey of Disney stories live on ice. Appearances by Ariel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Tiana, Anna and Elsa and many more.
Stories in the Snow, Canton
Saturday, January 12 - Monday, January 15

Take a guided hike through the woods, look for animal tracks and signs, and make an animal craft.
Stomp! at the Bushnell, Hartford
Friday, January 12 - Sunday, January 14

The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows.
Pinocchio, Bridgeport
Weekends Saturday, January 13 - Sunday, February 18

This beloved classic tells the adventures of a little wooden boy, brought to life by a magical wish.  
Pancakes with PenguinsMystic
Saturday, January 13
Your breakfast experience will include a visit by South African Penguins and the Aquarium's mascot, “Petey the Penguin.”
Under Water Bubble Show, Stamford
Saturday, January 13

Join the “inhabitants” of Bubblelandia – seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids, clown fish and others – on this imaginary journey.

Comunity Curation Family Day, Greenwich
Monday, January 15

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Bruce Museum where kids can create a piece of artwork inspired by MLK Jr.’s values of compassion, love, courage, forgiveness, and community and hang it on the Museum’s walls among other visitors’ works of art.

Martin Luther King Jr Family Day at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich
Monday, January 15

Eshu Bumpus captivates his audience by telling tales leavened with music, humor and mystery. His stories encourage laughter, creativity and participation. Eshu is a renowned storyteller, an accomplished jazz vocalist and a master at physical characterization.

Owl Moon Night Hike, New Canaan
Saturday, January 20

Let the light of the FULL moon be your guide as you explore magic in the woods and unravel the myriad mysteries of our nocturnal neighbors – the owls.

Ice Fishing Class at Winding Trails, Farmington
Saturday, January 20
The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program offers a free in-depth ice fishing class that introduces participants to the wonders of water, fish and fishing during the winter.

Fire & Ice Festival, Old Saybrook
Saturday, January 20

Winter-themed festivities and demonstrations will be happening all day.  Enjoy sushi, oysters, sliders or warm up with chili and chowder. Treat yourself to some fried ice cream and a warm cup of hot chocolate. Kids will love the strolling magic shows and parents will love the samples of local beer and wines.  
Winterfest, Westport
January 20
If there's snow, there will be sledding and snowshoeing. If there's no snow, there will be trail walks.
Winter Vocal Festival: Dido and AeneasWallingford
Saturday, January 21 - Sunday, January 22

An operatic retelling of the ancient drama, with magic and mischief sprinkled in. The story is a more positive treatment of Virgil's female characters, with the same tragic ending.  Best for older children and teens.

Family Ice Fishing Derby, Patriots Park Tolland County
Saturday, January 27
Ice fishing jigs will be available for use or you can bring your own, and fishing instruction and demos will also be available. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish. This is designed to be a family derby, so bring the entire family out for a morning of fun.

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Ridgefield
Saturday, January 27

Sheila the Great comes of age in a lively and poignant musical, based on Judy Blume’s popular novel, about discovering the person within.

Under the Wolf Moon Family Night Hike, Hartford
Wednesday, January 31

Come take a guided hike through the woods. You won't hear wolves, but there are plenty of owls and other night creatures. Registration required.