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

The Best Things To Do with Westchester Kids in January 2019

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 reasons for getting out and taking advantage of the compelling programs in our area. And, after the high cost of the holidays, you'll be glad to know that many of our picks are FREE!

Several live shows are worth booking tickets early for, among them the a capella sensation The Maccabeats, whose performance history includes the White House, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites. The Best of the New York International Children's Film Festival returns for an encore screening, with nine short flicks hailing from around the world. For outdoor fun that embraces the season, bundle up for the Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest. 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 MLK Day of Service.

Unfortunately, Pete the Cat has long been sold out, and the annual Winter Wonders Day is not being offered this year.

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, 2019
Among the numerous First Day Hikes being offered on New Year’s Day: 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


Enjoy Three Kings Day Celebration with the amazing Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Photo courtesy New Rochelle Public Library

Three Kings Day Celebration – New Rochelle
Sunday, January 6, 2019
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

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Celebrate winter at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest. Photo courtesy of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest – Highland
Saturday, January 12, 2019
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.

Martin Luther King Day of Service – Multiple Locations
Saturday, January 19, 2019
The weekend leading up to MLK Day is designated for volunteering (“a day ON, not off”). Volunteer New York helps match families to opportunities.

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 J-Teen Leadership is co-sponsoring shipments of much needed humanitarian supplies for victims of recent hurricanes, so sign up and pitch in. Photo courtesy of J-teen Leadership

UJA-Federation Interfaith MLK Day of Service – Multiple Locations
Monday, January 21, 2019
UJA-Federation of New York is offering volunteer opportunities for all ages in honor of MLK Day. As part of this interfaith effort, volunteers can pack humanitarian supplies, pack food donations, prepare Blizzard Boxes, or provide foster-care duffel bags. 

Hyde Park Winterfest – Hyde Park
Saturday, January 19, 2019
This FREE festival offers snow tubing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, as well as marshmallow-roasting at the fire pit, a children's craft table, a snowman contest, a nature hike, and more.

Tin-Punch Decorating Workshop – Chappaqua
Monday, January 21, 2019
Step back in time at the Horace Greeley House and learn to create 19th-century–style tin-punch ornaments, reflective of the style adorning everyday objects of centuries ago. We love that it’s FREE.

The Best of the New York International Children's Film Festival – Pleasantville
Monday, January 21, 2019
This encore presentation of Kidflix One (films from the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival) includes nine short films from around the world, including I Want to Live in the Zoo (Russia), If You Fall (Canada), and Party Mouth (USA).

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Three beloved stories by Eric Carle are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. Photo courtesy of the Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites – Tarrytown
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Three of Eric Carle's beloved tales—about caterpillars, clouds, and chameleons—leap from page to stage, told through fanciful puppets and black lighting.

Tamburitzans International Folk Dance – Valhalla
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Now in its 82nd season, The Tamburitzans (players of the tamburitza, a Balkan stringed instrument) will take audiences on a two-hour journey around the world, performing international music and dance—with "stops" along the way in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cuba, Greece, Hungary, Mexico, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. 


The a capella sensation the Maccabeats will perform at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. Photo courtesy of the group

The Maccabeats – White Plains
Saturday, January 26, 2019
This a capella singing sensation has performed at such notable venues as Gracie Mansion and the White House. 

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