31 Things You Must Do with Kids in January

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A new year and a new month are just around the corner. If you’ve resolved to find amazing new adventures with your kids, we’ve got ideas—one for each day of the month, in fact. In between your snowy sledding adventures and your busy back-to-school schedules, try one of these family activities that’s anything but boring.

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1. Celebrate the New Year at a National Park (psst…entrance fees are waived on January 1 because it is National Play Outside Day). These popular parks have the outdoor bells and whistles families love, or try a little-known park for a change of scenery.

2. Looking for other ways to celebrate 2022’s arrival with the kids? We’ve got family-friendly ideas you can do at home.

3. Ditch your family’s New Year’s resolutions for new routines, instead. It’s a great way for kids (and parents!) to set and keep goals all year long.

4. Break out winter activity sheets for a quick family activity during the witching hour.

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5. Get your kiddos ready to head back to the classroom after a long winter break with memory games they’ll love.

6. If ever there was a time to make a family time capsule, it's now.

7. If an art cabinet clean-up is one of your New Year's resolutions, here’s how you and the kids can use old crayons to make stunning art.

8. If you ask us, January should be all about soups and stews that are super-easy to make.

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9. Because popcorn should have its own day, try one of these creative recipes on National Popcorn Day (January 19).

10. Is your milk magic? It’s a question worth asking and answering with a simple science experiment.

11. Set the kids up for success with a cool, new alarm clock that’ll get them going in the morning…so you don’t have to (we hope).

12. Celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King when you sit down to learn fascinating facts about his life and work.

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13. What better way to turn the page on a new year than with this adorable handprint calendar kids can make themselves.

14. Firefighters of all ages will love this easy-to-build fire station you can make together.

15. Make jewelry out of food? We’ve gotta know more!

16. Got sled? Then you’ve got what you need to tackle the snow this season. Don’t forget the warm boots!

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17. We’re pretty sure you can fit all your royal subjects in this castle that’s made from cardboard.

18. Whether you’ve got enough snow on the ground to build a whole snow family (or you’re just dreaming of winter’s favorite frozen stuff), these snowman snacks will make kids smile.

19. Put those leftover gingerbread house gumdrops to good use in a science experiment.

20. These ice-themed activities will help kids chill out this month.

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21. Hide-and-seek is so 2021. This year, play sniff-and-seek with your crew instead.

22. It may be 2022, but there’s still time to read one of the best books of 2021.

23. Celebrate National Thesaurus Day on January 18 with word games even parents will appreciate.

24. Decorate the dollhouse of your dreams with these tiny furniture pieces you craft yourself.

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25. Sit down to a night of family trivia.

26. Make 2022 your year to (finally) get organized.

27. Write a mad-lib style fairy tale that’s as silly as your kids

28. Because January and cabin fever are pretty much synonymous, we’ve got 14 ways to ward it off.

29. Three words: Snowflake. Science. Experiments.

30. Check out these kid’s room decorating trends for some updated ideas.

31. Turn up the volume on playtime when you transform Solo cups into a speaker system for your kindie tunes playlist.

—Allison Sutcliffe & Gabby Cullen

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