Things to do in January 2019 With Kids

I’m having trouble wrapping my brain around the fact that we will soon be living in the year 2019 (it just seems so futuristic). While it’s fun to speculate about what’s to come in the near future, here’s one thing that is a solid bet: West Michigan fun is going strong.

Favorite characters like Daniel Tiger and Ms. Frizzle come to life, ice skating, snowshoeing, and sledding will keep you moving, and plenty of snuggly, hygge-worthy events that are more like “innings” than outings, will keep hearts bright this January.

January 2019

Some of these events are only happening on a single day, while several options can be done anytime throughout January (and the rest of winter).

So pick and choose where you can, and as always be sure to check out our daily calendar to find out about other great goings-on in Grand Rapids.

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Tuesday, January 1Bundle up in your cold weather gear and ring in the new year by exploring the outdoors snowshoeing or ice skating through the woods at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.

January 2 – Drop your kids off for FortNite Camp at BattleGR. Kids will play tactical laser tag all day and be provided with a pizza lunch. For ages 7 and up.

January 3 – Explore 1925 era Grand Rapids reconstructed in LEGO and catch the Let It Snow concert in the planetarium during Snowflake Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

January 4 – Learn “half-a-hey,” “down the hall,” and “right-hand star,” during Contra Dancing hosted by the GR Folk Art Society.

January 5 – Bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life as iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song in American Girl Live at Miller Auditorium.

Sunday, January 6 – Bring a blanket and a favorite lovey for a comfy, cozy Fireside Storytime at Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center.

January 7 Imagine & Create this afternoon at the Kent County Recycling & Education Center for FREE.

January 8Create some chaos at the library (and not at home) as kids explore cold sand at the GRPL’s Main Branch.

January 9Rock out with Dewey Finn and his students during School of Rock presented by Broadway GR at DeVos Center.

January 10 – Cheer on the Grand Rapids Drive tonight at the DeltaPlex.

January 11 – Show off your knowledge of all things trivial at Family Trivia Night at the Hudsonville Library.

January 12 – Put your survival skills to the test as you construct forts at Blandford Nature Center (no snow required!).

Sunday, January 13 – Laser lights and disco balls transform bowling into a Rock & Glow fest the whole family can enjoy at BAM! in Holland.

January 14 – Have a royally great time with Daniel Tiger and all his neighborhood friends during King for a Day! Live Show at DeVos Center.

January 15 -Enjoy an indoor Winter Carnival and learn more about your Grand Rapids school of choice options during this FREE event.

January 16 – Littles can jump and tumble without the worry of big kids during Toddler Time at Craig’s Cruisers.

January 17 – GR Children’s Museum is staying open late with a Swashbuckle & Sparkle Party, where patrons are encouraged to dress up and enjoy specially themed activities and entertainment.

January 18 – Witness the flurry five pianos playing some of the greatest instrumental music when The 5 Browns come to Hope College.

January 19 – Skate with some of your favorite Grand Rapids Griffin players during the 24-hour charity marathon, The Great Skate at Rosa Parks Circle.

Sunday, January 20 – Forget the cold while you splash around at open swim at either Goldfish Swim School or Jenison Family Aquatic Center.

January 21 – GymCo is offering an extended Open Gym session today!

January 22 Today’s theme is Flowers during the Cozy Tales for Chilly Days at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

January 23 – Stop by a drop-in indoor playgroup in Kentwood or Grandville or the massive indoor play structure in Holland, all for free.

January 24 – Find out what happens when George Washington takes the advice of Cleopatra, Confucius, and Charlemagne as the Circle Theatre Presents: The George Washington Follies, a musical comedy that examines leadership. Tickets need to be pre-purchased.

January 25Build a cardboard sled this evening in preparation for Grand Haven’s Winterfest, featuring cardboard sled races, an indoor Kid’s Zone, bonfire bash, and an ice cream eating contest.

January 26 – “Climb on the Magic School Bus (and spank a plankton, too!)” in a musical adventure as the class rescues Ms. Frizzle from a remote asteroid.

Sunday, January 27 The Harlem Globetrotters bring their ball-handling wizardry to the Van Andel Arena tonight!

January 28 – Visit the Outdoor Discovery Center and learn what Hungry, Hungry Serpents like to eat.

January 29Story Time with a Twist combines favorite books with music and movement.

January 30 – Let your aspiring baker create deliciousness during a Valentine’s Cookie Decorating class at the Georgetown Township Public Library. Registration is required.

January 31 – The Michigan International Auto Show returns for another year of souped-up rides including show stoppers along the Million Dollar Motorway.

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