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wave hill family art project
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January events calendar for kids in NYC

Kick off the new year with our 2021 January events calendar! There are many in-person and virtual options to peruse!

By Danielle Valente

We're all looking forward to a fresh start after the tumultuous 2020. Fortunately, our January events calendar for kids and families in NYC is the perfect way to start the new year. 

We have a slew of fun offerings: online classes for kids from your go-to family attractions (think the Museum of Natural History and the 92nd Street Y). Plus, you have a little bit of time to catch up on any Christmas events you might've missed. (It's always the perfect time for a light show!) 

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Whether you're looking for something virtually or in-person, we'll guide you toward the best—and safest—activities. We wish you and yours all good things for the new year ahead!  

January events for kids

Time Out + NYPL
Time Out + NYPL
Photograph: Time Out

1. Time Out New York Kids + New York Public Library daily storytimes

Things to do Literary events

Are your little ones missing their favorite reading circle? Don’t worry, Mom and Dad: We have the perfect solution!

Time Out is partnering with the New York Public Library to present digital storytimes for pint-sized bookworms. Beginning August 10, families can tune in Monday through Thursday at 10am—right here—for a remote read-aloud. Curious about the lineup? The Time Out New York Kids newsletter will reveal forthcoming story time schedules on Fridays, so sign up today!


amnh hayden planetarium
amnh hayden planetarium
Photograph: Courtesy AMNH/D. Finnin

2. AMNH's Astronomy Online

Things to do Classes and workshops Remote, Midtown West

Although the American Museum of Natural History is open, the Hayden Planetarium has remained closed. But that doesn't mean out-of-this-world astronomy lessons have to stop. Quite the opposite, actually. The first Friday of each month is dedicated to a virtual lesson on the cosmos on the Museum's YouTube channel. To kickstart the year will be "Secrets of Saturn" on Jan 8. All ages. 


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