Cheers to new beginnings as 2021 dawns. Celebrate in Times Square during a virtual webcast from the crossroads of the world. Photo by Jody Mercier
Cheers to new beginnings as 2021 dawns. Celebrate in Times Square during a virtual webcast from the crossroads of the world. Photo by Jody Mercier

Best Things To Do in Westchester in January With Kids: First Day Hikes, Eaglefest & More

With the holiday season wrapping up, the arrival of January closes the door on 2020. While the promise of a COVID-19 vaccine looms on the horizon, we're all facing a challenging winter. We’ve been hard at work searching for resources to keep spirits high for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, including our list of 30 things to do this winter with kids.

Zeroing in on January, we’ve rounded up a slew of events and anytime activities that put safety first—some of which are even FREE. Begin the month with one of many first day hikes or attend an ongoing holiday extravaganza before they close shop for the season. Other options include embracing these international New Year’s celebrations, signing up for a wintry walk, nature program, or makers workshop. Be sure to bookmark this list to help you plan fun anytime in January.

Beyond this, our Event Calendar is frequently updated to include both in-person and virtual events. Our Winter Fun Guide has plenty of seasonal picks, from snow tubing and sledding hills to ski slopes welcoming families now. So, grab your planner and read on for ways to keep kids active, enriched, and engaged this month and beyond.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.

Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
3011 Route 9D
Cold Spring, NY 10516

John Jay Homestead
400 Jay Street (Route 22)
Katonah, NY 10536

FDR State Park
2957 Crompond Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Kensico Dam Plaza
1 Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

Untermyer Park & Garden
945 N. Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
200 Hurd Road
Bethel , NY 12720

Orange County Fair
239 Wisner Ave
Middletown, NY 10940

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Rte 35 and 121
Cross River, NY 10518

Westchester Children's Museum
1 Playland Parkway Historic Bathhouse on the Boardwalk at Playland
Rye, NY 10580

Muse Paintbar - White Plains
84 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

Westchester Children's Museum
100 Playland Parkway
Rye, NY 10580

Clermont State Historic Site
1 Clermont Avenue
Germantown, NY 12526

The Rye Arts Center
51 Milton Road
Rye, NY 10580

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
Muser Dr across from Cornwall Dr
Cornwall, NY 12518

Croton Point Park
1A Croton Point Avenue
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

The Franklin Institute
271 North 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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