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

Enjoy These Great Kid-Friendly Activities on Long Island in January 2019

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

As we endure a 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 nightmares, right?

Not so fast. While January presents its challenges, parents with a little imagination can find plenty of ways to stave off cabin fever, which is where we come in.

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 can provide even more inspiration.

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.

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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.

Now on to what’s happening.


Spot the friendly pinnipeds on a Montauk Point seal walk on New Year's Day. Photo courtesy of the Montauk Chamber of Commerce

Celebrate the arrival of 2019 – Islandwide
Tuesday, January 1
The new year comes in grand style across Long Island with first-day events planned at Connetquot River, Jones Beach and Montauk Point state parks; at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery; at in Stony Brook’s village center.

Earthrise: The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8 – Garden City
Tuesday, January 1
Fifty years ago, on Christmas Eve, 1968, the first manned mission to the moon entered lunar orbit. Kids can learn about the Apollo program and create their own Apollo activity.     

Model Train Exhibit — Babylon
Friday, January 4-Sunday, January 6
The final weekend of this holiday train show celebrates the former Babylon trolley system that carried passengers from Amityville to Babylon Village.

Once Upon a Snowflake – Bellmore
Saturday, January 5-Sunday, January 6
This live theatrical performance includes a character meet-and-greet after each performance.

Trout Birthday Party – Cold Spring Harbor
Sunday, January 6
Join the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery as it celebrates the birth of its baby trout. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the newborns.

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Thrill to Anna’s adventure and help find her sister Elsa in Disney on Ice: Frozen. Photo courtesy of Disney

Disney on Ice: Frozen – Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale
Thursday, January 10-Sunday, January 13
Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and others in this memory-making show hosted by Mickey himself.

PBS Kids Live – Westbury
Saturday, January 12
PBS Kids’ first-ever live theatrical event stops at The Space at Westbury Theater with favorite characters from shows such as Arthur, Nature Cat, Ready, Jet Go!, and more.

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Kids can enjoy a jam session with the Mickmags in Riverhead. Photo courtesy of the band

The Mickmags Live – Riverhead
Saturday, January 12
The children’s rock group performs at Riverhead Free Library joined by mascot Cheerio and a pair of smart-aleck puppets.


Explore the castle in the sky with Jack and his many friends. Photo courtesy of Theatre Three

Jack and the Beanstalk — Port Jefferson
Saturdays, January 19 and 26; Sundays, January 20 and 27
The beloved fairy tale comes to life on the Theatre Three stage. The Sunday, January 20 performance is for sensory-sensitive audiences.

100 Years as a Gold Coast Mansion — Roslyn
Sunday, January 20
Celebrate the Nassau County Museum of Art’s paleontology anniversary. Make an animal-inspired craft and listen to a fossils lecture from members of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Events — Islandwide
Monday, January 21
On the national holiday, celebrate the life and legacy of the great civil rights leader at events in East Rockaway and Westbury.

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series — Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale
Friday, January 25-Sunday, January 27
Enjoy a world-class monster truck meeting that promises more racing, freestyle and wheelies. Note: This event can get loud; ear protection is recommended. Headphones can be purchased on site.

Winterfest at Heckscher Museum — Huntington
Sunday, January 27
Celebrate creativity at the Heckscher Museum's first annual Draw In, part of the museum’s Winterfest. Enjoy art activities for kids of all ages.

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Laurie Berkner performs some of her greatest hits at the Paramount in Huntington. Photo courtesy of the artist

Laurie Berkner Live — Huntington
Sunday, January 27
The award-winning children’s recording artist performs two shows at The Paramount.