31 Cool Things To Do In January (In Boston + Beyond)

Here we are, friends, at the last day of 2016! It's been a rocky ride the last few months so I'm really looking forward to 2017 with light and hope and positive intentions. Let's get the party started with 31 cool things to do in January -- one idea for every day of the month! Happy New Year!

January 1: Join the annual Blue Hills First Day Hikes, sip cocoa, and warm up by the fire (Milton)

January 2: Boston Baroque continues its annual tradition with this Free Community Concert (Boston)

January 3: Celebrate National Drinking Straw Day with tinkering, artwork, and inventions, or explore the Discovery Museums at a quieter time with this Especially for Me! Sensory-Friendly Afternoon (Acton)

January 4: Explore Gore Place on Snowshoes (Waltham)

January 5: Lace up some ice skates and glide along Boston Winter’s Skating Path (Boston)

January 6: Enjoy Cat Day Storytime at the Curious George store (Cambridge)

January 7: Create peacock and condor masks, count feeder birds, and more when the Franklin Park Zoo marks World Bird Day (Boston)

January 8: Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along family fun in this rockin’ musical journey through classic kids’ tales and original songs with Debbie and Friends (Brookline)

January 9: Perform at the family-friendly Roslindale Open Mike (Roslindale)

January 10: Bring the Night Sky Inside (Acton)

January 11: Animal Defenses provides an up-close look at deer antlers, furs that help animals hide, sharp teeth, and other intriguing ways that animals protect themselves (Boston)

January 12: Boston Public School students showcase creative reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy with dance, music, theater performances, videos, and essays (Boston)

January 13: Belmont World Film's 14th Annual Family Festival, "Where Books Come Alive,” opens with a screening of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Arlington)

January 14: Explore the Discovery Museums when they are closed to the public at the Especially for Me! Free Evening for Families with Children Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or KODA (Acton)

January 15: At Big Dreams for MLK Day, enjoy interactive songs and stories about Martin Luther King, Jr., create a dream-themed craft to take home, then pack and decorate toiletry bags to donate to Horizons for Homeless Children (Belmont)

January 16: Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the US premiere of Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, plus screenings of Martin’s Big Words, March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Dr. Christina King Farris, and Rosa (Cambridge)

January 17: Giggle along during this performance of A Plate of Cookies, a farce about two friends, the cookies they baked, and their tea time party (Boston)

January 18: Explore the art of scribbles (Boston)

January 19: The littlest sailors enjoy songs, stories, and playtime at the USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)

January 20: Try O-mikuji & Get Your Own New Year’s Fortune (Boston)

January 21: Mike the Bubble Man brings magic and science to the stage (Brookline)

January 22: Find out how a nature-loving explorer becomes a bug’s best friend at a puppet performance of I Spy Butterfly (Brookline)

January 23: Learn the art of set creation during this Theater Design Workshop (West Roxbury)

January 24: Icy Investigations explores water, salt, color, and more (Acton)

January 25: The Stoneham Theatre Winter Festival opens (Stoneham)

January 26: Scoop and splash with water play (Boston)

January 27: Baby Loves Disco is the ultimate family dance party with bubbles, lights, and, of course, a disco ball to dance under (Lawrence)

January 28: Boston’s annual Chinese New Year Parade winds through Chinatown (Boston)

January 29: The Museum of Science unveils its newest exhibition, Chocolate, exploring every aspect of “the world’s perfect food” (Boston)

January 30: Make it a Messy Monday (Boston)

January 31: Celebrate National Backwards Day with silly stories and activities (Acton)