If you are looking to keep the kids busy this month, we’ve got the family-friendly event list for you! January is full of free and cheap things to do with your family around Boston, MA like free outdoor classes for kids, history tours and crafting events. Get your calendar out and block off your days for these awesome events for kids and families.

Tour the Boston Waterworks System

The Waterworks Museum interprets unique stories of one of the country's first metropolitan water systems through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, and public health. Free tours are offered daily. Event details


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Tinkergarten Trial Class

For over 7 years, Tinkergarten has been on a mission to spread a love of learning and nature throughout the country by offering play-based learning to kids in community parks. Check out a trial class near you. Event details

Watch the Cows Being Milked

Step up to the glass viewing windows and watch the cows getting milked every day from 3-4:30 p.m. Event details

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Museums on Us Weekend

Bank of America cardholders can get free admission to many museums the first full weekend of the month, including Boston's MFA. Jan. 4-5. Event details

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Build a Mini Hockey Game at Home Depot

Face off with fun in this Mini Hockey Game Workshop. Kids develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. With help from parents and store associates, your child will make a merry memory this holiday season. Jan. 4. Event details

Visit the Boston Fire Museum for Free

Visit this collection of fire alarm displays and artifacts, firefighting equipment, antique fire apparatus and photographs. Event details

Free Play Date at the ICA

Free for families, Play Dates offer a full day of activities—including hands-on art-making, performance, family gallery tours, films, and more. Jan. 25. Event details

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Family Show at ImprovBoston

Winner of the Nickelodeon award for Best Children's Theater, Family Show dishes out laughs for adults and children every Saturday. Event details

Free Night at the MFA

Wednesday nights after 4 p.m. are donation-only nights so you can see the exhibits at the price you wish to pay. Every Wednesday. Event details

Immerse Yourself in a Quincy Market History Tour

Come hear this Boston story with a free, one-hour historical tour of the architecture, politics and geography of Quincy’s Market. Saturdays at 11 a.m. Event details

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Box Office Babies

New parents and their infants are invited to join us at the Coolidge for these special bi-monthly, baby-friendly screenings of our current features on the giant screen. Event details

MFA Playdates

On the first Monday and third Saturday of each month, bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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