January GoList: Best Things to Do With Kids in Boston

family activities for boston kids in january

The holidays may be (almost) over, but that doesn't mean the fun has to be. January in Boston brings an abundance of special performances, festivals, celebrations, and outdoor adventures for families.  Check out our picks for the month for a stellar start to the new year, and then explore our Winter Guide for plenty more indoor and outdoor activities to keep your family busy during the long, cold winter in New England. 

Learn about Three Kings Day and traditions in JP. Photo courtesy of the Hyde Square Task Force (Facebook)

Three Kings Day Parranda and Celebration—Jamaica Plain
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Learn all about this special holiday while singing songs, making crowns, and then joining a parade to Hyde Square Task Force.

Winter Trails Day—Weston Ski Track, Weston
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Free snowshoeing; see website for additional options        
Winter Trails Day is a national event each January to introduce people to the fun of getting outside on cross-country skis and snowshoes. All snowshoe events are free and do not require pre-registration. Everyone receives a free snowshoeing trail pass, can watch free snowshoe demos, and take free guided tours. 

Josh & the Jamtones—Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Tickets $10-13
Get ready to have a dance party with this interactive "Kindie" band popular with kids and adults alike. 

Judy Saves the Day! —Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline
Saturday, January 12 - Sunday, January 27, 2019
This feisty and hilarious show features handmade puppets and inspiring tales. 

Kids love to browse through mixed media to make artistic creations at the Snowflake Festival. Photo courtesy of Brookline Arts Center 

Snowflake Festival—Brookline Arts Center, Brookline
Saturday, January 13, 2019
This open house features a chance to explore the studio spaces and try out exciting projects in mixed media, comic creation, jewelry making, and 3D sculpture. There will also be hot cocoa, a live pottery demo, and music by Hugh Hanley.

BCMFest - Dayfest - Club Passim, Cambridge
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Tickets $25        
As part of the now four-day Boston Celtic Music Festival, Dayfest features songs, storytelling, and other children's and family entertainment in the morning, plus multiple stages of performances, dance, and sessions throughout the day. 

Belmont World Film's Annual Family Festival—Studio Cinema, Belmont and Regent Theatre, Arlington
Friday, January 18 - Sunday, January 21, 2019
$6-9 per film
This annual festival offers nearly four full days of some of the world’s best films. In English or their native language with subtitles, many are being screened in the U.S. or on the East Coast for the first time. This year’s festival theme is Where Stories Come Alive.

Previous years' MLK Jr Day of Celebration at the Gardner Museum included yoga workshops. Photo by Mneyid.com

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service—Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Monday, January 21, 2019
Combine art exploration with community service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can also just explore the museum's gardens and galleries, take a guided tour, and enjoy live music for free. 

Winter Fun Day at Ward Reservation—North Andover
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Families enjoy an afternoon of guided hikes, refreshments, and a toasty fire at this Trustees of Reservations property. Bring your own snowshoes, cross-country skis, or sleds for an outdoor adventure. There will also be guided adventures through the reservation.