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 to take advantage of the compelling programs in our area.

Several live shows are worth booking tickets early for, including the toe-tapping performance by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could and the talented antics of The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater.  For low-tech fun, the Annual Puppet Festival returns. For nature immersion (that’s FREE), head to the Hudson River for Winter Wonders Day. And 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 Hike and Bonfire - Katonah 
Sunday, January 1, 2017
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 

Three Kings Day Celebration - New Rochelle
Friday, January 6, 2017
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 7, 2017
Come in from the cold for some nature-themed activities that focus around the Hudson River. Highlights include crafts, games, refreshments and a take-home bonus. FREE

Martin Luther King Day of Service – Multiple Locations
Saturday, January 14, 2017
The weekend leading up to MLK Day is designated for volunteering (“a day ON, not off”). Volunteer opportunities abound for families, including fun activities like baking and crafting. Some projects can even be done at home. FREE

Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could - Mamaroneck
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Find out why the Washington Post wrote of this performer, "Classic American rock-n-roll with a big ol' heart and a wide smile … like a double dose of happy pills."

Annual Puppet Festival - Nyack
Saturday, January 14, 2017
In addition to enjoying a puppet show, kids also get to make their own puppet—for a potential future as the next Muppeteer, perhaps?

Dia:Beacon Community Free Day - Beacon
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Take advantage of this FREE opportunity to view special exhibitions and performances, as well as participate in interactive family art workshops.

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater - Tarrytown
Friday, January 27, 2017
Get ready for wacky humor and startling entertainment, as this former performer with the Moscow Circus combines comedy, juggling and pet acts (70 of ‘em, in fact, some of which have been rescued from animal shelters).

Paul Taylor Dance Company - Purchase
Saturday, January 28, 2017
The internationally renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company performs in our backyard, with three dances on the bill: "Danbury Mix,” “Ab Ovo Usque Ad Mala” and “Black Tuesday.”

Danceworks for Children – Valhalla
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Get ready for some interactive fun at the return of this combination of performance and workshop, where kids take the stage! 

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