January tends to be the month when families fall into hibernation. Spent out and tired after a busy Christmas and New Year’s, there seems to be very little to look forward to over the coming weeks. Yet while the weather may be dreary, there’s still plenty of winter fun for parents and kids to enjoy.

We’ve listed some top things to do in January with your family that will get you through the winter blues.

National Creativity Month

It’s everyone’s favourite time of year – Creativity Month! Okay, maybe it’s not marked on your calendar, but the entire month of January has been dedicated to turning homes and work spaces into more creative environments.

You can honour Creativity Month by getting arty with these cardboard box craft ideas or by visiting a local museum or art gallery, which often run activities for children.

Free and low cost options in Essex include:

Hollytrees Museum at Colchester
Firstsite Gallery at Colchester
Saffron Walden Museum
Essex Police Museum at Chelmsford
Chelmsford Museum
Epping Forest District Museum at Waltham Abbey
Essex Fire Museum at Grays Thurrock

If you feel like catching a show at the theatre, check out some of the smaller family productions which often charge significantly less than the headline acts.

National Oatmeal Month

Great news – January has given its very own grain! Oats are a great source of calcium and B vitamins. They also take a while to digest so you feel fuller for longer, making them a good option if you’ve decided to lose a few pounds.

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Say goodbye to boredom by cooking up some tasty oaty snacks with your child. Here are a couple recipes to get you started:

Fruit Oat Smoothies by Quaker Oats
Oat Biscuits by Amber at allrecipes.co.uk

Jan 6: Cuddle Up Day

January 6 is the day to embrace the indoor life, and what better way to do it than with some serious cuddle time with your loved ones?

So shut those curtains, pull on your slouchy clothes and snuggle up together with a stack of books or a favourite movie.

Jan 11: Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

Here’s the one day of the year that we actually hope it will rain. Follow in the footsteps of a certain little mischievous pig and get outside to splash in some muddy puddles.

Running short on puddles? Try checking out your local country park or nature reserve where you’re more likely to find some waterlogged ground to jump about in. Don’t forget some spare clothes!

Jan 18: Winnie the Pooh Day

Celebrate everyone’s favourite bear of very little brain on the birthday of creator A A Milne. Mark the day by holding your own teddy bears’ picnic at home or search online for local events that are observing the occasion.

things to do in january

If you want to go the extra mile and make the day even more exciting, take a trip to visit the real Pooh Corner in Hartfield, East Sussex – the place where the books were written. Pick up a free map to guide you through real Pooh places and even play a game of Poohsticks from the original bridge.

Click here to find out more about Poor Corner.

Jan 31: Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Getting fed up with the cold weather and dark nights? Now is the time to Inspire Your Heart with Art.

If you’re so inspired that you fancy making your own art, we’ve put together a list of great local places that specialise in making personalised masterpieces, such as pottery keepsakes or hand and foot casting sessions: Keepsakes, Jewellery Impressions and Baby Casting in Essex.

things to do in january

Whether you visit a gallery, read an amazing book, or put on your favourite music at home, other peoples’ art can make us feeling a little lighter and brighter.