Top local listings for January events in Kent that are perfect for babies, toddlers, big kids and families!

Discover what’s on near you, including children’s activities, workshops, shows, open days and fun things to do. You can add to our list of January events in Kent by visiting our Add Event page.

January Events in Kent

The Frosted Fairground at Dreamland Margate
Sun 1 Jan and Mon 2 Jan 2017, 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Marine Terrace, Railway Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XJ
Dreamland transforms into a magical winter experience with The Frosted Fairground! As well as the vintage rides there’s also lots of yuletide treats to behold across the amusement park each day it’s open. Join Teddy and Betty on the Garden Stage for their Christmas show, enjoy the Pop-Up Panto or even enter the magical festive den and enjoy a Christmas tale told in the cosy comfort of The Secret Story Tent.
www.dreamland.co.uk
Cost: Pay to ride, wristbands from £7.00

Jack and the Beanstalk at Woodville
Sun 1 Jan and Mon 2 Jan 2017, various times
Woodville Place, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1DD
Antony Costa from Blue stars in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Woodville Gravesend this Christmas. He’ll be joined by a cast of top draw performers from stage and screen.
woodville.seatlive.com
Cost: £16.00 – £24.50

Musical Merry-Go-Round at Maidstone Museum
Wed 4 Jan 2017, 10.30am – 11.30am
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Join us at Maidstone Museum on the first Wednesday of every month for our Musical Merry-Go-Round. Sing nursery rhymes and play instruments for under 5s. Book in advance or turn up on the day and pay at reception.
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £3.50 per child

New Year Sensory & Messy Play Class in Ashford SOLD OUT
Mon 9 Jan 2017, 9.30am – 11.00am
Stanhope Parish Hall, Otterden Close, Stanhope, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5TH
Welcome in the New Year with some sensory and messy play! Classes will be held on a monthly basis. Limited spaces, please contact to book.
sensorysensations.co.uk
Cost: £6 per child (£3 siblings)

Child of the Commons Family Trail at Chartwell, National Trust
From 9 Jan – 19 Feb 2017, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS
Explore the gardens and woodland finding out about Sir Winston Churchill’s career.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Cost: Free event, but normal admission applies (£3 parking for non-members)

The Magic Paintbrush at Marlowe Theatre
Sat 14 Jan 2017, 11.30am & 2.30pm
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS
Once upon a time in a grey, colourless world, someone is scribbling. Follow the brave young heroine as she leaps, splatters, swirls, boogies and paints her world into a brighter place. Can our imaginative young artist vanquish the mighty shadow of greed?
www.marlowetheatre.com
Cost: £9 per ticket *75p booking fee per ticket

Breaking the Ice at Gulbenkian Theatre
Sat 14 Jan – Sun 15 Jan 2017, 1.00pm and 3.00pm
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
Have you heard the incredible true story of a wild polar bear who made friends with a Husky? You can watch them playing together. This show is inspired by their unlikely friendship. An interactive adventure for children aged 2-5yrs.
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: Adults and children £8.00, Baby on lap (0-18 months) £1.00, Group 4+ £6.50

Children’s Pom Pom Fun at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre
Sun 15 Jan 2016, 10.00am
11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AF
(Age 7+) Make pom poms of various sizes to create an accessory and learn how to adorn almost anything with these colourful balls of fun. Includes a pom pom maker to take home and free yarn/wool.
www.horsebridge-centre.org.uk
Cost: £5 plus 50p booking fee per ticket

Bring a Book to Life – Story Time Club for Under-Fives at St Edmund’s School Canterbury
Wed 18 Jan 2017, from 10.00am
St Thomas Hill, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8HU
Pre-school children are invited to an extraordinary story time followed by singing, playtime and refreshments for all. This event takes place in the St Edmund’s Pre-Prep Hall. No charge but booking recommended, please call 01227 475601 or email [email protected]
www.stedmunds.org.uk

Cirque Berserk at Churchill Theatre
Wed 18 Jan – Sat 21 Jan 2017, various times
High St., Bromley, Kent BR1 1HA
Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular – created especially for the theatre.
www.cirqueberserk.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 – £28.50

The Snowman at Marlowe Theatre
Wed 18 Jan to Sun 22 Jan 2017, various times
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS
Based on Raymond Briggs’ much-loved book and featuring Howard Blake’s classic song Walking In The Air, this enchanting live show has thrilled audiences throughout the world since first appearing on stage over 20 years ago. Be a part of the magic.
www.marlowetheatre.com
Cost: £15.00 – £34.50 per ticket *75p booking fee per ticket

Beauty and the Beast at Playhouse Theatre Whitstable
Wed 18 Jan – Sat 28 Jan 2017, various times
104 High Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AZ
The Lindley pantomime returns once again this January with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ written by Stuart Ardern.
www.playhousewhitstable.co.uk
Cost: £10 per ticket

The Golden Goose at Spotlites, Kings Theatre
Sat 21 Jan 2017, 4.00pm
338 High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4NR
Professional interactive play for 3 – 8s. Little ‘uns come onstage throughout! Join Boy as he shares his food with a starving old wizard who shows him the magic golden goose! Make the sad princess laugh!
www.spotlites.co.uk
Cost: £6 (£5 Concession), £20 family of 4

Cinderella at Sheppey Little Theatre
Sat 21 Jan & 22 Jan 2017, (18.00pm Sat, 14.30pm Sun)
Meyrick Road, Sheerness, Kent ME12 2NX
You are invited to a up-to-date family friendly presentation of this well-loved, heart-warming rags to riches romance, with loads of comedy, pathos, music and audience participation, it’s a show not to be missed!
www.touringpantos.co.uk
Cost: £7.50 per ticket

Jumping Beaneys: Monster Madness
Fri 27 Jan 2017, 10.30am – 11.30am
The Beaney, 18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA
Take part in fun, interactive sessions of songs, stories and craft. Be inspired by the artefacts on display at The Beaney, and make your own monster to take home. Creative workshop for the under 5s. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
canterburymuseums.co.uk
Cost: £3.50 per child

Discover the Stars at Kent and Surrey Golf and Country Club
Fri 27 & Sat 28 Jan 2017, from 7.00pm (Fri) and 3.00pm (Sat)
Edenbridge, Surrey TN8 5LQ
On both Fri and Sat evenings you will be looking at deep sky nebular. In addition there will be lots of activities for children (and adults!), a meteorite display, various talks, a book stall and raffle. New memebers welcome. No need to book.
www.edenbridgeastro.org.uk

WOW! Said the Owl at Gulbenkian Theatre
Fri 27 Jan – Sun 29 Jan 2017, various times
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
WOW! Said the Owl, the acclaimed children’s book by award winning author Tim Hopgood, is brought to life through a blend of beautiful story-telling, puppetry and music. Directed by Joy Haynes, this show will delight and excite children aged 2-5yrs.
uk.patronbase.com
Cost: Adults and children £8.00, Baby on lap (0-18 months) £1.00, Group 4+ £6.50

Under the Sea: Activity Morning for Under 5s at St Edmund’s School Canterbury
Sat 28 Jan 2017, from 10.00am – 11.30am
St Thomas Hill, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8HU
Pre-school children are invited to an extraordinary story time followed by singing, playtime and refreshments for all. This event takes place in the St Edmund’s Pre-Prep Hall. No charge but booking recommended, please call 01227 475601 or email [email protected]
www.stedmunds.org.uk

Arts Award ‘Discover in a Day’ at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery
Sat 28 Jan 2017, 10.00am – 4.00pm
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH
Children age 5+ have the opportunity to gain a ‘Discover’ Arts Award – all in one day! Children, with a parent/guardian, investigate different art forms, find out about an artist or collector, create a piece of art and share their work. Booking essential.
museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Cost: £20 per child

Maidstone Mum2mum Market
Sat 28 Jan 2017, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
New Line Learning Academy, Boughton Lane, Loose, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9QL
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE

The Enormous Turnip at Spotlites, Kings Theatre
Sat 28 Jan 2017, 4.00pm
338 High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4NR
Professional interactive play for 3 – 7s. Little ‘uns come onstage throughout! Join Boy and Grandad as they tend the seeds! The family’s hungry – what will grow? Will the birds steal the seeds? Will the slugs and snails munch the leaves? Will there be enough for tea? Will the turnip ever stop growing?
www.spotlites.co.uk
Cost: £6 (£5 Concession), £20 family of 4

Cirque Enchantment at Hazlitt Theatre
Sat 28 Jan 2017, 7.30pm
Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1PL
This concert style cirque production features stunning choreography, breath-taking vocals and mesmerising circus performers. With an eclectic musical soundtrack including pop, rock and classical CIRQUE ENCHANTMENT is a stunning family show that will delight you this winter.
www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk
Cost: £23.50 and £19.50 (child/over 60)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at Leas Cliff Hall
Sat 28 Jan & Sun 29 Jan 2017, various times
The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2DZ
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories – The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
www.leascliffhall.co.uk
Cost: Tickets from £15.25 plus booking fee

Orion Orchestra presents Noisy Notes at Margate Winter Gardens
Sun 29 Jan 2017, from 1.00pm (show starts at 2.30pm)
Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent CT9 1HX
Sue Perkins conducts and presents music for children in a spectacular show with the Orion Orchestra.
Programme includes music from the Nutcracker, plus songs from Shrek, Aladdin, Frozen and a chance to meet The Simpsons.
From 1pm there will be the chance for children to try out instruments prior to the concert.
www.margatewintergardens.co.uk
Cost: Adult £7, Child £5, Family of 4 £15 *Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online