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15 Free Things to Do With Kids in January on Long Island

With the holiday season winding down, your family might find itself with some free time on its hands. And what better way to spend that time than by doing fun, family-friendly things that won’t cost you a thing.

To keep your kids and your wallet happy, we’ve come up with a list of 15 FREE things to do with kids this month, including train shows, mommy-and-me classes and storytimes, and even a summer camp open house.

For more things to do that won’t bust your budget, check out our roundup of free indoor play spaces on Long Island, our winter fun guide, and our list of free and inexpensive kids’ ski programs in the Northeast. And don’t forget our January GoList and our events calendar.

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Family destinations really upped their game in 2017. We saw amazing new attractions at some of our favorite amusement parks, the opening of the largest indoor water park in the US, and the opening of the brand new Dr. Seuss Museum. LEGOLAND's new Beach Resort is so awesome it went right into our list of mind-blowing kid-friendly hotels, and technology brought us a whole new way to go camping. Our writers have been busy checking them all out and sharing insider tips. Speaking of insiders, our new Disney experts gave us the scoop on visiting California's Disneyland with a baby or without

Read on for our top travel reviews of family-friendly resorts and beaches, great citiestheme parks, and attractions of 2017. Want more family travel inspiration? Read our top travel spots of 2014 and 2015 or check out our Family Travel Guide

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

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.

New Year's Weekend Activities for Long Island Kids

Close out the year with some good old-fashioned family fun. There's still time to see Long Island's homes with spectacular light displays

Clean out that playroom and donate old toys and gear at these Long Island charitable spots. Then torch some holiday calories at these indoor skating rinks.

Take one last peek at our Long Island Holiday Guide as many seasonal activities are closing at the end of 2017. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

New Year's Eve Celebrations for Long Island Kids

Break out the noisemakers and ring in 2018 with the family. Just do it a few hours earlier, so the kids can take part, too.

There are plenty of family-friendly New Year's Eve events across Long Island. Head to a museum, enjoy a roller skating party, fireworks, or celebrate with dinner and dancing. Best of all? No cleanup required.

We've rounded up 13 great options for the big night that allow everyone to have fun and, hopefully, no overtired little ones the next day.

Don't forget to check out our list of 30 fun things to do over the school holiday break to keep the kids busy all week. More family fun can be found in our events calendar and Holiday Fun Guide.

Christmas Week Events for Kids on Long Island

Make the most of your time off with the kids this holiday week by packing in some family fun. Plan a whimsical day trip or, weather permitting, shred some snow on these sledding hills. Weather outside frightful? Check out a new indoor play space, such as Momo's Clubhouse in Syosset or Sippy Cups Cafe in Seaford. Or make a wintry splash at these indoor pools across Long Island. 

For the most fun per square inch, check out our Holiday Fun Guide.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Activities for LI Kids

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are among those rare times on Long Island when many family-friendly places are closed. But not everything is shut down.

As it turns out, there is quite a bit to do December 24-25. While some of your options are out of the house and may cost money, some free possibilities are listed in this roundup of activities the whole family can enjoy.

For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide. Plus, we have your best bets for things to do with kids over the holiday break, too.

Indoor Swimming Pools for Families on Long Island

If you haven't had a chance to get away this season and spend some time by the pool, there's still hope--and you don’t have to brave the crowds at the airport to do it.

Why not visit one of the many indoor swimming pools Long Island has to offer? We’ve rounded up some of Nassau and Suffolk County's most affordable and family-friendly indoor pools. Check out each location’s website for family swim schedules and rules, as well as information on lessons. And don't forget to take a look at your school district’s website under the “athletics” link to determine if it offers a community swim program. 

Find swimming lessons around Long Island, or for other kid-friendly activities you can enjoy in winter, check out our guide to indoor play spaces.

Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City

When there's no snow to be found in NYC, or your neighborhood sledding hills are worn down to dirt, you still can find perfect slopes for snow tubing with the kids just a short drive away.

Sliding down my parents' front lawn is one of my fondest childhood memories, and now our family's winter trek to a nearby snow tubing spot recreates those magical moments. It's a wonderful seasonal activity that, unlike skiing, requires no skill or gear. Everything you need—a tube, a hill, and snow—is provided by the parks. Just dress warmly and you're good to go.

Here are nine ski resorts in upstate New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania that offer snow tubing. Most are less than a two-hour drive from Midtown Manhattan. They typically open in late December or early January depending on the temperature, so be sure to click through to the listing to read about the day's conditions. You can find more winter sports in our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports Guide.

Christmas Weekend Activities for Long Island Kids

A weekend full of family holiday festivities is at your fingertips across Long Island. Enjoy the final holiday light shows, like Boardwalk Lights and Jones Beach Magic of Lights, a holiday model train display, or holiday theater, such as A Christmas Carol or Frosty. There's still plenty of spots to see Santa with the kids before the big day, or get moving with some outdoor ice skating before you feast on Christmas goodies. 

Looking ahead to the week-plus of school vacation this December break? We've rounded up more than 30 fun activities to keep Long Island kids busy all break. You can drop in on at an indoor play space if the kids are bouncing off the walls, including two new ones: Momo's Clubhouse in Syosset or Sippy Cups Cafe in Seaford. 

For the most fun per square inch, check out the Mommy Poppins December GoList and Holiday Fun Guide. Find more weekend events in our Events Calendar.

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