January GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester With Kids

January Go List

With the holidays over and the cold weather setting in, January may seem like a good time to hibernate—but not so for Westchester and Hudson Valley families! Our January GoList provides plenty of rationale for getting out and taking advantage of the compelling programs in our area. Many are even free!

Several live shows are worth booking tickets early for, among them Skatetacular, which combines ice skating and theater.  For outdoor fun that embraces the season, bundle up for the Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest. And even if you hadn’t previously thought to hone your rapping technique, how could you resist a workshop led by the first hip-hop ambassador to the U.S. State Department at Freestyle Poetry Workshop with Toni Blackman (which is free, to boot). Lest we forget the key holiday of the month, teach your kids about civic duty by finding a cause to lend a hand to on the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

These are just a sample of the highlights we’ve identified for you, so read on for more and consult our ever-growing Event Calendar for daily picks. Don’t worry: There’ll still be plenty of time to sit home by the fire in your jammies!

First Day Hike and Bonfire - Katonah 
Monday, January 1, 2018
Get a head start on burning off those extra holiday calories with a New Year's Day hike; then warm up by the bonfire with a toasty drink. Free

The Calpulli Dance Company will perform at the Three Kings Day Celebration. Photo courtesy of the New Rochelle Public Library.

Three Kings Day Celebration - New Rochelle
Saturday, January 6, 2018
The cultural traditions of Central and Latin America come alive in this annual event marking the close of the holiday season. Enjoy a live performance and sample Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Bread). Free

Winter Wonders Day - Yonkers
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Come in from the cold for some nature-themed activities that focus around the Hudson River. Highlights include crafts, games, animal encounters, refreshments and a take-home bonus. Free

Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest ;- Highland
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Embrace the cold winter months in the great outdoors with a chili contest, roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, wagon rides, a wood-carving demonstration, refreshments and more.

Free Arts Day - Rye
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Sample an assortment of STEAM-related workshops and activities, from improv to drumming, 3D printing to ceramics and more. Free

Martin Luther King Day of Service – Multiple Locations
Saturday, January 13, 2018
The weekend leading up to MLK Day is designated for volunteering (“a day ON, not off”). Volunteer opportunities abound for families to do together.

Freestyle Poetry Workshop with Toni Blackman – White Plains
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Hip-hop poet Toni Blackman—the first hip-hop ambassador to the U.S. State Department—will teach techniques for creating freestyle verse in a cypher, a collective group performance in a circle. Presented by Rock the Vote!, the largest non-partisan, non-profit organization in the U.S. driving young people to the polls. Free

The Kronos Quartet - Purchase
Saturday, January 20, 2018
This San Francisco-based strings group, with a Grammy award to its name, is known for musical experimentation and championing lesser-known works. Among the composers whose work is on the bill include Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and Pete Townshend.

Meet Piff and Mr. Piffles in a command return engagement. Photo courtesy of the venue.

Piff the Magic Dragon - Peekskill
Saturday, January 27, 2018
The comic and magical talents of Piff the Magic Dragon and his sidekick Chihuahua Mr. Piffles, made famous in season 10 of America’s Got Talent, take the local stage.

Skatetacular - Valhalla
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Figure skating blends with theater for an uncommon full-length musical on ice.

Don't forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more fun happening in Westchester, and be sure to follow us on Facebook!