8 Free Events in January for Families


Posted: December 27, 2019

Ah, January. The hubbub of the holidays is over and we’re now knee deep in the winter season. Luckily there’s plenty of fun still to be had this time of year and Worcester Central Kids Calendar has some great, FREE ideas for you! Check out these 8 free family friendly events in Central Massachusetts this January.

Kids get interactive with art & history at the Worcester Art Museum

1. First Day Hike

January 1 / 11 AM – 1 PM / West Boylston

Celebrate the New Year by taking an easy walk around the Wachusett Reservoir. See the sights and learn about the water supply that delivers the area’s drinking water. 

Where: Wachusett Reservoir, Gate 22, Route 140, West Boylston, MA

2. First Thursday at Fitchburg Art Museum

January 2 / 3 PM - 7 PM / Fitchburg

Every first Thursday of every month, Fitchburg Art Museum (FAM) opens their doors to the public with free admission beginning at 3 PM. Enjoy art tours, special activities and the Fitchburg Farmers Market. 

Where: FAM, 185 Elm St.. Fitchburg, MA

3. Discovery Museum, First Friday Night Free

January 3 / 4:30 PM - 8 PM / Acton

Explore the museum for free on the first Friday night of every month beginning at 4:30pm. The outdoor exhibit, Discovery Woods, is open until dusk. 

Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton, MA

4. Home Depot Kids’ Workshop

January 4 / 9 AM - 12 PM / All Locations 

This month, kids develop hands-on skills making a mini hockey game. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin and bragging rights. 

5. First Free Sunday at Worcester Art Museum

January 5 / 10 AM - 4 PM / Worcester 

Every first Sunday of the month, Worcester Art Museum (WAM) is completely open and completely free! January 5 is the last day of “Deck the Halls” experience and you can also take a free Sunday Public Tour at 1pm. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! 

Where: WAM, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA

6. EcoTarium presents Touchable Tales at Frances Perkins Library

January 10 / 4 PM - 4:45 PM / Worcester

This EcoTarium sponsored program invites families with kids ages 6 and under to explore different animals who use their tails for survival through a themed storybook reading, touchable pelts and other natural history bio-facts. 

Where: Frances Perkins Library, West Boylston St., Worcester, MA

7. Visit a National Park, MLK Day

January 20 / All Day / All US National Parks

All National Parks have free admission today! There are 17 parks in Massachusetts alone—discover one near you by visiting their online directory. 

8. Central MA Summer Camp Fair

January 25 / 2 PM - 5 PM / Worcester 

Crazy as it may seem, now is the time of year to be thinking about summer camps! Visit Auburn High School and meet with summer camp representatives from all over New England and find the perfect camp and activities for your kiddos! 

Where: Auburn High School, 99 Auburn St., Worcester, MA


For a full list of fun things to do with kids in Central MA, visit WCKC’s calendar.