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January events calendar for kids

Kick off the new year with our 2018 January events calendar! We promise these picks are worth the trip out in the cold.

Photograph: Courtesy American Museum of Natural History

Welcome to the new year! 2018's January events calendar for kids is chock-full of impressive exhibits, yippee!-inducing events and, in general, plenty of ways to combat cabin fever during one of the coldest months of the year. Get inspired with our favorite events below!

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For even more fun, explore our favorite indoor playgrounds, opportunities for rock climbing for kids and these sweet restaurants with play areas.


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The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter


It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which houses up to 500 butterflies living among tropical flowers. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with monarchs, zebra longwings, paper kites other butterfly species as they emerge from their chrysalises. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can watch a short film and read displays on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Monday May 28 2018

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"Block Party"

Party it up at this festive exhibit that invites families to play street games like hopscotch, jump rope and sidewalk chalk drawings. Live DJs will be spinning beats and local artist Anderson Zaca’s photos of New York block parties dress the walls of the gallery. All ages.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum , Crown Heights Until Saturday June 30 2018

Farmhouse Family Day

Children are invited to explore the oldest house in New York City on the third Saturday of every month, for free! This event offers seasonal activities like artifact investigation, scavenger hunts, gardening and other hands-on projects. Ages 4-10.

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Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum , Brooklyn Until Saturday September 22 2018

Mindfulness for Families

Mindfulness teacher Ayman Househam instructs this class at the Rubin Museum, which focuses on creating the foundation for a peaceful life. Learn exercises and gain the tools you need to make your family more mindful! The sessions build upon the previous classes, so it’s best to take them all! Ages 3-7.

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The Rubin Museum of Art , Chelsea Sunday May 13 2018

Jazz for Kids

Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard's weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music including big band classics like “Cherokee” and “Billie’s Bounce." While your family taps their toes, chow down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm. All ages.

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Jazz Standard , Flatiron Sunday March 18 2018 - Sunday May 27 2018

Storytime at Books Are Magic

Each Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am this enchanting independant kids bookstore in Cobble Hill hosts a storytime. Be sure to check out all their unique special events for children and young adult readers. All ages.

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Books Are Magic , Carroll Gardens Until Sunday August 26 2018