January GoList: The Best Things To Do With Long Island Kids

Enjoy These Great Kid-Friendly Activities on Long Island in January 2017

Meteorologists tell us January is the coldest month on Long Island. It’s also one of the longest.

As we endure that seemingly endless run of Arctic days and nights, it might be natural to fall into a post-holidays depression. After all, once the tree comes down, what do we have to look forward to but three months of head colds and commuting headaches, right?

Nonsense. January is the ideal time to embrace a Long Island winter. Find a sledding hill and challenge the local powder. Indulge your inner Olympian with a day at a local ice rink. Stimulate young intellects with a trip to a nearby children’s museum. Our guide to indoor play spaces on Long Island will help keep cabin fever at bay.

It’s true, you might have to work harder here in January to find your entertainment than in, say, July. But with a little imagination, you’ll find plenty to do in our winter paradise.

That’s where we come in. Our January GoList is laced with events from New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King weekend right through to the end of the month. Our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout January.

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Hey, by the time the month ends it’s but two days until Groundhog Day, where we hope Malverne Mel has good news for lovers of an early spring.

Celebrate the New Year — Port Jefferson
Monday, January 1
The final day of the weeklong celebration at the Maritime Explorium includes the creation of a personal Times Square ball.


Commemorate the 45th anniversary of Apollo 17, the final lunar mission, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Photo courtesy of  NASA

Blast Off to the Moon — Garden City
Monday, January 1
Remember Apollo 17, the final lunar landing, on its 45th anniversary with a series of activities at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Model Train Exhibit — Babylon
Friday, January 5-Sunday, January 7
The final weekend of this holiday train show celebrates the former Babylon trolley system that carried passengers from Amityville to Babylon Village.

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Alexo brings his engaging assortment of magic tricks to Bayway Arts Center. Photo courtesy of The Magic of Alexo

Magic of Alexo — East Islip
Saturday, January 6
The spellbinding magician brings his uncanny tricks to Bayway Arts Center for one performance only.

TMB Model Train Show — Farmingdale
Saturday, January 6-Sunday, January 7; Saturday, January 20-Sunday, January 21
Marvel at this 4,000-square-foot layout that was featured in an episode of the HBO series “The Sopranos.”

Cinderella — Bellmore
Saturdays, January 6, 13, and 20; Sundays, January 7, 14, and 21; Monday, January 15
The classic Disney tale come to life at The Showplace. Enjoy a character meet-and-greet after all shows.

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Enjoy the songs and puppetry of Janice Buckner at the Suffolk County Y JCC. Photo courtesy of Janice Buckner

Janice Buckner Songs and Puppetry Concert — Commack
Sunday, January 7
FREE
The talented children’s performer brings her puppets to the Suffolk County Y JCC.


Mickey, Minnie, and their Disney friends take to the ice at Nassau Coliseum. Photo courtesy of Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars — Uniondale
Thursday, January 11-Sunday, January 14
All of your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and royal sisters Anna and Elsa take to the ice at Nassau Coliseum.

Dynamic Kids of New York — Stony Brook
Fridays, January 12, 19, and 26
Instructor Susan Blake brings her creative movement classes to the Long Island Museum. Each class has a theme, and kids ages 3 to 5 are encouraged to challenge their imaginations. 

Little Red Riding Hood — East Islip
Saturdays, January 13, 20, and 27; Sunday, January 21
The timeless classic at Bayway Arts Center features the wolf, grandma, and, of course, Little Red.

MLK Jr. Paint Event — Amityville
Monday, January 15
Remember the civil rights champion by painting a peace symbol at Key to My Art.

Dream Big — Cold Spring Harbor
Monday, January 15
Remember Martin Luther King Jr. at The Whaling Center with a “dream”-inspired pillow. This event is best for ages 7 and older with an adult partner.

Dreaming With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — Garden City
Monday, January 15
Celebrate the remarkable legacy of Dr. King and create a mosaic commemorating his life and teachings at the Long Island Children’s Museum.

Jungle Bungle Animals Music Class — Seaford
Fridays, January 12, 19, and 26
Toddlers learn about music and, of course, animals in this series of classes at Tackapausha Museum best suited for kids 6 months-3 years of age.

Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny — Port Washington
Sunday, January 28
Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia presents this pair of stories featuring charming bunny characters and soothing musical rhythms at the Landmark on Main Street. It’s best for ages 2 to 6.

Word Up! A Middle-School Celebration of Poetry — East Hampton
Wednesday, January 31
At this popular East End poetry jam, students are encouraged to write and read their own poems. 

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