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Jump into Jan: 15 things to do and events in January

Dela Gonon

17 December 2020

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Here at Day Out With The Kids, we don’t believe in the January blues! Renew your sense of adventure in the new year with our list of the best January events and things to do in January. From crafts for tots to children’s festivals and bird watching, there will be plenty for you to give 2020 a memorable start. Let’s get started on another year filled with family adventures!

Little kid walking in the forest in warm clothes


  1. First Footing at Woodhorn Museum, Ashington, Northumberland

    29th December 2019 - 5th January 2020

    Let’s begin with First Footing - an immersive journey into local history at Woodhorn Museum. Pick up your quest booklet, journey into the dark depths of the mines and experience the changes the Northumberland area has undergone through the last 100 years. It all ends with a playful future-gazing exhibition that peeks into all the bright things the future holds. It’s the perfect January event to lead you and the kids into the new decade.

  2. Toddler Explorers – Delightful Dinosaurs at Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Somerset and Bristol

    3rd January 2020

    Dinos and tots - do we even need to say more? Museum of Somerset begins the year with a Friday packed with play and interactive activities for its youngest visitors (ages 1-3). It’s a great way to combine learning and fun. There are a couple of sessions during the day but you must book your spot in advance, so make sure you ring the museum up before you go.

  3. Destination Space at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian

    2nd - 5th January 2020

    Looking for something to do in January that is guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired? From exploring the surface of Mars with LEGO rovers to using infrared technology to look back in time, Dynamic Earth’s Destination Space event is filled with exciting interactive action for your young explorers. Explosive demos will give you some awe-inspiring moments, and you’ll get the chance to get hands on with crafts too.

  4. LEGO WeDo Future Machines at ThinkTank Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands

    27th December 2019 - 5th January 2020

    One of the top things to do this January if you want to mark the start of the new decade is visit this LEGO-inspired event at ThinkTank Birmingham. Kids will be challenged to put their imagination to the test and design futuristic machines made out of LEGO. What do you think your little engineers will come up with? The event is just £2 in addition to your usual ticket but booking is essential, so make sure you secure your place in advance.

  5. Taylor Swift Permanent in Madame Tussauds, London, Greater London

    Hey there, Tay Tay fans! In case with all the festive fever around Christmas time you’ve missed the news - Talyor Swift has permanently joined the celeb line-up at Madame Tussauds London since December. Crowned Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards (yes, queen!), she definitely earned her spot there. Fancy dropping by to take a selfie? Could be just the excuse you need to take a trip to the capital in Jan. 

    Cute Asian girl in scarf and hat playing with soap bubbles

  6. Toddler Days - Up, Up and Away at Techniquest Glyndwr, Wrexham, Flintshire and Wrexham

    13th January 2020

    This January, Techniquest Glyndwr is hosting a sky-themed toddler day. Your tiny explorers will get to learn about all the things that live in the sky - planes, birds, even bubbles! It’s a lovely afternoon activity to keep you busy on a Monday. Usually, on toddler days, the museum is closed to the general public, so your tots can discover the exhibits in a stress-free, child-focused environment.

  7. Magical Movies at History of Science Museum, Oxford, Oxfordshire

    11th January 2020

    Up for a trip down the history of movie making? We’re all used to seeing things pop up on the telly but what do you think the Victorians knew about the moving image? Magical Movies at History of Science Museum will answer this and many more curious questions. The event is designed for kids over 7.. Oh and at the end they’ll have the chance to make their own magical movie toy!

  8. Manga Drawing Club at World Liverpool Museum, Liverpool, Merseyside

    11th January 2020

    Ever wanted to draw you own manga? If your kids (and maybe even you!) are into anime and manga, this is a great opportunity to learn how to create your favourite characters. World Museum Liverpool is hosting a whole afternoon of manga drawing classes. It’s perfect for tweens, teens, adults and anybody else who loves Japanese comic books. So pick up your pencils and gambatte!

  9. Percy the Park Keeper comes to Blickling, Blickling Hall, Aylsham, Norfolk

    13 January - 22 November 2020

    It’s Percy The Park Keeper's 30th anniversary and he’s coming over to Blickling Estate to celebrate the occasion. The hall will be hosting Percy-themed events throughout 2020, including trails, story time and dress-up. Your little ones will even get the chance to play in Percy’ s shed at the end of your visit. The theme for the event starting in January is One Snowy Night. Time to help Percy’s woodland friends get inside and keep warm!

  10. Penguin Awareness Weekend at the The Deep, Hull, East Yorkshire

    18th - 20th January 2020

    There are plenty of family-friendly events taking place at The Deep this January but our favourite is Penguin Awareness Weekend because who doesn’t love penguins?! You’ll first get to see the adorable penguins at feeding time, then you’ll have the chance to speak to the keepers and find out what it’s like to work with penguins. That’s not all! There will also be an interactive presentation, plus you’ll have the chance to get hands on with real penguin nests and to take a selfie with Nipper, the penguin mascot. Sounds like fun!

  11.  Children’s Festival at Wells Cathedral, Wells, Somerset and Bristol

    18th January 2020

    Have you been to the annual Children’s Festival at Wells Cathedral? It’s one of the top January events in the area every year, you should definitely give it a try! The day opens with a cathedral canon and worship but then it’s all about fun and games. With an inflatable assault course , Mini-Olympics, crafts and story time in the schedule, there will be enough to keep your kids entertained the whole day.

    Little girl bird watching in the forest

  12. Big Garden Birdwatch at Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Glamorgan and Cardiff

    20th - 27th January 2020

    From the birds of the South Pole to the birds of the gardens - the big January event at Dyffryn Gardens will be a whole week of bird watching. Take your notebook and your camera, find a quiet comfy spot in the gardens and get ready to spot all sorts of feathered friends, including robins, pied wagtails, black birds and maybe a heron. Don’t forget to layer up and put your warm socks on!

  13. Fantasy Heroes at Royal Armouries Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire

    25th - 26th January 2020

    Ready for an action-packed weekend at the Royal Armouries Leeds? Join the Fantasy Heroes event and unleash your imagination into a world where you battle against dragons, orcs, demons and any other mythical creatures that come yo mind. We don’t actually know what the exact activities will be as the organisers are being very cryptic about it but it sounds like you will be going on an adventure! This event marks the opening of a new exhibit at the museum - Make:Believe, which looks at weapons and the magic of cinema.

  14. Wild Kids Attenborough at Attenborough Nature Reserve, Beeston, Nottinghamshire

    25th January 2020

    If you’ve got kids aged 4-8 and you want to get them out and about, exploring, this January, then head out to Attenborough Nature Reserve for the Wild Kids Attenborough event. From outdoor games and woodland workshops to searching for wildlife and nature art, your little ones will enjoy a couple of hours packed with excitement. Who says that you can’t have a great time outdoors in winter?

  15. Get up to 30% off your 2020 short family break

    January is just the start of the year, but having something to look forward to can be just what you need! You can save up to 30% off your 2020 short family break to some of the UK’s top theme parks, staying in a resort or in nearby hotels. Find out more about our exciting short family break offers now!

Mum and daughter having picnic in the park in winter

Our list of the best January events and things to do in January has come to an end but if you fancy even more adventure, check out these other articles on the blog:

Must-see kids’ movie releases in 2020 | Best UK Aquariums | Best UK Museums | Best Places for a Family Walk | Best Motor Museums in the UK