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 and your little ones could be inspired by 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 Kent include:

Maidstone Museum
Canterbury Heritage Museum
The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge at Canterbury
Dover Museum
The Royal Engineers Museum at Gillingham

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, and they are also slow to digest so leave you feeling fuller for longer, making them perfect diet food.

Beat back that cabin fever by creating some tasty oat snacks with the kids. Here are a couple recipes we love:

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

Jan 6: Cuddle Up Day

We all need a little pick-me-up to dissolve the stresses and strains of returning to our usual routines after the festive season, and what better way to do it than with some serious cuddle time with the ones you love best?

January 6 is the day to embrace the indoor life. Shut the curtains, pull on your PJs and snuggle up with a stack of books or your child’s favourite DVD.

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? Take a trip to a country park or nature reserve in Kent where you’re more likely to find some waterlogged ground to jump about in.

Just don’t forget your wellies!

Jan 18: Winnie the Pooh Day

Celebrate the UK’s favourite bear 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.

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

Whether you read an amazing book or put on your favourite music at home, let other peoples’ art Inspire Your Heart on this national celebration day.

You could also make your own classic art by visiting one of these great local places that can help you make personalised masterpieces, such as clay keepsakes or hand and foot casts: Jewellery, Keepsakes and Baby Casting in Kent.