After a long holiday break, school is finally back in full swing. But that doesn't mean the weekday fun has to stop. Take in a show, brush up on craft skills, and stay fit and peaceful with yoga. Feeling adventurous? Visit one of Long Island's beautiful nature preserves and engage in hands-on science activities that take full advantage of the winter season. Or stay warm but active at one of these indoor play spaces, bounce houses, and action centers.
Don't forget to check out our January GoList and Event Calendar for more ideas on how to keep your entire family entertained, whether the weather outside is frightful—or delightful. There's also plenty of seasonal fun in our Long Island Winter Fun Guide, from skiing to hot chocolate spots to FREE events all winter!
Monday, January 9
Minecraft challenge at Microsoft. Photo courtesy of the store.
Minecraft Build Challenge — Huntington
If you have tweens or teens, you already know about the popularity of Minecraft, a game that allows you to create an entire 3-D universe out of textured cubes. The Microsoft Store at Walt Whitman Mall is hosting a FREE Minecraft challenge, where kids ages 5 and over can work on teams to create an incredible structure in an allotted time. Kids with prior Minecraft experience will likely get more out of the event, but novices are welcome as well. FREE, but RSVP requested.
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Tuesday, January 10
Kids in the Kitchen — Dix Hills
Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to the Chai Center to learn how to whip up their own kosher creations. This is the second week of a three-week course, and the focus is on waffles—next week, cookies! Online registration is required.
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Wednesday, January 11
Red Riding Hood — Garden City
Children ages 3 and up will be mesmerized by this musical theater experience, which takes place twice a day at the Long Island Children's Museum from January 10 to 13. Unable to fall sleep at their grandmother's house, two siblings use props found in her attic to play out scenes from their favorite fairy tale, "Little Red Riding Hood."
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Thursday, January 12
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries — Smithtown
Every other Thursday, children ages 3 to 5 can learn about nature at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve and take part in hands-on science experiments focused on kid-approved topics like snowflakes (this week), seals, space, and owls. Registration is required.
See all Thursday events.
Friday, January 13
Fireside Stories and Conversations with Shinnecock Elders — Quogue
Sit by a roaring fireplace, sip a hot beverage, and share a night of storytelling with Shinnecock elders at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. While aimed at older children and teens, the entire family can learn more about the Shinnecock Indian Nation, which has strong roots in the East End. Reservations are required.
See all Friday events.
Top photo: Kids can join a FREE Minecraft session at the Microsoft Store. Photo courtesy of Minecraft.