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

Best Things to Do With Kids in Connecticut In January 2017

The new year is here, and it's time to rest, right? Wrong. The kids have other ideas; but don't worry, we are here to help.  Enjoy learning about whales, a full moon hike, ice fishing, winter camping, and a whole lot more this month! You'll find 20 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!

Fancy Nancy, Bridgeport
Weekends Saturday, January 7 - Sunday, February 12
Based on the 2005 children’s picture book written by Jane O’Connor, Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.”  

Celebrate Whales, Norwalk
Saturday January 7 - Monday January 16

Take a selfie with a whale as the Mystic Aquarium has a life-sized 43-foot long walk-in humpback whale display. Get a sense of just how large these creatures are.

Family Nature Adventures: Breakfast with the Animals, New Canaan
Saturday, January 7

At New Canaan Nature Center it’s a daily task to provide healthy food for their creatures. Join them for this opportunity to enjoy your breakfast at NCNC and then help feed the animals their breakfast too!
Candle Dipping Workshop, Wilton
Saturday, January 7

At this candle making workshop children can try their hand at dipping candles and learn about life in Colonial Connecticut.

Free Week, Litchfield
Thursday, January 12 - Wednesday, January 18

The White Memorial Conservation Center is one of New England's finest nature preserves. And children 12 and under can visit free with an adult for one week only.

Disney on Ice Presents "Frozen" at XL Center, Hartford
Thursday, January 11 - Monday, January 15

Journey with Anna to find Elsa, whose magic has trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Special guest appearances by Disney princesses, Buzz, Woody, Dory, and more.

Under the Snow Moon Family Night Hike, Roaring Brook Nature Center, 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.

DEEP CARE Family Ice Fishing Workshop Litchfield
Saturday, January 14
Spend the day learning how to ice fish. All fishing tackle and course materials are provided for free.

Fire and Ice, Old Saybrook
Saturday, January 14

Winter-themed festivities and demonstrations throughout the day. Ice cream, hot chocolate, and roving magic shows for the kids...and oysters, sushi and craft beer and wine for the grown ups.

Fire & Ice Festival, Old Saybrook
Saturday, January 14

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.  

Playtime at the Palace: Bubblemania, Stamford
Sunday, January 15
BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids. Casey's creations grow from intricate and imaginative bubble artforms to "trapping" people inside bubbles!

Martin Luther King Jr Family Day at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich
Monday, January 16
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.

Stories in the SnowCanton
Friday, January 12
Take a guided hike through the woods, look for animal tracks and signs, and make an animal craft.

MLK Day at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich
Monday, January 16

A family fun day that includes African and African-American storytelling by the multi-talented Eshu Bumpus.

Ronald K. Brown's "Evidence" at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford
Friday, January 19
Traditional African dance meets contemporary choreography.

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.

Family Ice Fishing Derby, Patriots Park Tolland County
Saturday, January 28
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.

Winter Camping, Mystic
Saturday, January 28

Join Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center for some classic summer “camping” activities in the middle of winter! Kids will tell stories around a fire, roast marshmallows, and go for a winter hike. Bring your singing voices for singing some classic campfire songs, learn how to set up a tent and basic fire safety. Includes dinner around the fire. 
Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom, Ridgefield
Sunday, January 29

Peter highlights his many adventures with a mix of video clips and bloopers while introducing friendly exotic animals to audience members, and telling inspirational stories dealing with issues of conservation, travel, and wildlife filming.