50 Fun Things to Do in January!

January is a bit of a sleepy month in the Wabash Valley. (Event coordinators, take note. January could be a good time to plan future events!) It’s also one of the hardest months for me to enjoy living in the Haute because it’s often cold, dark, and dreary. But January doesn’t have to be miserable! Use our local event calendar for January 2019 to have some fun as a family this month.

Special thanks to Wabash Valley Bridal Society for sponsoring our January calendar!

If you know someone planning a wedding, let them know about the biggest bridal event of the year!

Click HERE for more Wabash Valley Bridal Society Bridal Showcase information. 

Local Event Calendar for January


Mondays 10:00 a.m. Tiny Tot Time at VCPL Main branch. Ages 0 – 3: Bring your baby or toddler to the library for stories, songs, dance, and activities from 10:00 am – 10:30 am. There will be 30 minutes of free play offered from 10:30 am – 11:00 am.

Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. (except Jan 1) Story time at Chick-fil A.

Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. (except Jan 1) Art Start at Swope Art Museum. A fun introduction to art through books and a hands on art activity. Art Start is geared towards ages 3-5 with an adult caregiver, but siblings are welcome! No need to register, this event is free! Please enter through the Swope Education Center entrance off Ohio Street.

Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. Wiggle Worm Wednesdays at VCPL Main branch. Ages 3-5: Bring your preschooler to the Library for interactive stories, songs, dancing, crafts and play from 10:00am to 10:30am.  There will be 30 minutes of free play offered from 10:30am to 11:00am

Thursdays (except Jan 3 and Jan 24.) 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.  Open Gym at Illiana Gymnastics Complex. $5/child.

Thursdays (10th, 17th and 24th) January Basic Hand Building at Deming Park Pottery. $35 a class plus a glaze day. Project: Butter Dish

Thursdays 6:00 p.m. (Jan 3 will be Mother Goose instead) Books Before Bedtime at VCPL Main branch. Ages 0-5 years.  Bring your child for this evening storytime.  Wear your pajamas to the library for stories, songs, and crafts before bedtime!

Fridays 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Risk Legacy at Gam3. 1 Game, 5 Slots, Shop Fill-In if Necessary. $3 Entry Fee. In Risk Legacy, every game you play will change every future game. A decision you make in Game 1 could come back to haunt you in Game 10. The risks you take in Risk Legacy are not like those in any other board game.

Feeling stir crazy? Don’t miss our guide to local places to play inside! These options are perfect for a snowy and cold month like January!

25 Places to play Inside in the Terre Haute area


Fri 25. Grand opening of American Ninja Warrior course.

Fri 25 and Sat 26. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Learning Lab at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Learn about a variety of animals and their habitats with the museum team and friends from the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department. Children K-4th grade. For members $10/session. For Non-members $15/session.

Fri-Sun Jan 25-27. Eagles in Flight Weekend at Turkey Run and Shades state parks. Discover bald eagle nests, roosts, and hunting grounds as we explore the habitats of our national symbol. Enjoy live eagle, hawk, and owl programs too! $30 2 Adults + 2 Children (13 and under), $5 for each additional child, $15 13 and up, $10 4-13, Free 4 and under.

Fri Jan 25. 9:30 a.m.  January Preschool Clay at Deming Park Pottery. Cost: $7 a child. Project: Penguin Pinch Pot Jar. Registration required.

Sat Jan 26. 9:45 a.m. “A Dog’s Way Home” Sensory Friendly Showing at AMC Terre Haute. Buy tickets here. They turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

Sat. Jan 26. Northview dance clinic. Join the Northview Winter Guard at the 2019! DANCE CLINIC. Registration is open to students K-8th grade. Cost is $28.00–Price includes instruction, lunch, performance T-shirt and game admission.Dance or gymnastic experience is not necessary to attend the clinic. Each grade level will be featured with a dance that is appropriate for their age group and all ages are encouraged to attend.

Tues Jan 29. 3:30 p.m. Winter Fairy Garden at VCPL West Branch. Design a magical fairy garden using miniatures, recycled materials, and more.

Thurs Jan 31- Sat Feb 2. 7:30 p.m. Rose Drama Club Presents: First Date at Hatfield Hall. This first date will leave you laughing instead of a bundle of nerves. First Date follows the eventful and hilarious first dates of a serial dater and a first-date newbie. Tickets $15-$20.

Special thanks to Wabash Valley Bridal Society for sponsoring this calendar. They help to keep our site free to readers like you!

As always, typos happen and event details change. Please check details with coordinators before solidifying your plans.

The fun has ended for these great events:

Tues Jan 1. 10:00 a.m. New Year, No Invasive Hike at Hawthorn Park. Hike into the new year with Regional Specialist, Amber Slaughterbeck, to identify invasive plant species in your county parks. Use your new skill throughout the year to make 2019 the year of “No Invasives.” Hot chocolate and snacks provided,

Tues Jan 1. 11:00 a.m. Turkey Run First Day Hike in Marshall, IN. Celebrate the beginning of a new year by hiking Trails 6 & 11. Join a Naturalist on a guided hike to hear about the natural and cultural history of Turkey Run. Moderately rugged hike will last ~1 hour. Meet at the Turkey Run Inn and then enjoy refreshments afterwards.

Tues Jan 1. 12:00 p.m. New Years Day Run at Deming Park. Kick off the new year by running/walking a few miles with fellow WVRR club members. Bring along friends, family or anyone looking to start running in 2019!! Join after at Java Haute for coffee, hot chocolate, or a sweet treat! This event is FREE and open to everyone!!

Tues Jan 1. 1:00 p.m. Shakamak’s First Day Hike in Jasonville, IN. We will walk a paved path from the long cabin between lake Kickapoo and Shakamak, walk a loop around the west Shelter and back to the Log Cabin. The log cabin will have a warm fire, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies to start your year off right!

Tues Jan 1. 2:00 p.m. McCormick’s Creek First Day Hike in Spencer, IN. A New Year, a new You! Join us for our traditional hike on January 1st! We will meet at the Canyon Inn, then head out on trail 3 to the Falls. After the hike snacks and hot beverages will be provided.

Wed-Sat Jan 2-5. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Craft Time Open House at Dobbs Nature Center. Cost varies depending on craft. Stop by the nature center and make a craft or two. Several crafts will be available to choose from. All materials are supplied.

Wed Jan 2. 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. National Science Fiction Day at Indiana State University Bookstore. Join us for National Science Fiction Day. We are going to have a special 20% off Scifi books and you can make your very own alien themed bookmark. We hope you can stop in and celebrate such an adventurous array of books.

Wed Jan 2. 1:00 p.m. West Gamers’ Alliance VCPL West Branch. Test your gaming skills on West’s game systems. Challenge your friends to Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and more. Or, play cooperatively towards a common goal.

Thurs Jan 3. 8:30 a.m. Senior Bingo at Chick-fil-A.

Thurs Jan 3. 1:00 p.m. Chill Out with Winter Crafts at VCPL Main branch. Chill out at the library!  Kids will have snow much fun decorating clothespin snowflakes and creating crystallizing ice paintings along with other winter activities.

Thurs Jan 3. 6:00 p.m. Mother Goose on the Loose / Mamá Gansa at VCPL Main branch. Mother Goose now in Spanish and English! Join Mother Goose for an interactive bilingual storytime with books, songs, rhymes and musical instruments.  You and your child will play together and develop early literacy skills.

Thurs Jan 3 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. City Council Meeting. City Council Meetings are held on the first and second Thursday of every month.

Thurs- Sun Jan 3-6. Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party in Indianapolis. A brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts! Tickets $15-$110.

Fri Jan 4. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Robotics Challenge 1 SPARK Club. Upon arrival, teams of 2 youth ages 8-18 will be given the tools to build a robot with a specific task.This event is free for 4-Hers, and $15 for non-4-H members. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited!

Fri Jan 4. 3:00 p.m. Clothing Swap for Charity at Barnes and Noble.  In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness month, the Dress Divas are hosting a clothing swap for charity, with all proceeds benefiting the Dressember Foundation. Bring your gently-used clothes to Barnes & Noble and trade them in for new-to-you fashions for a small donation.

Fri Jan 4. 3:00 p.m. Make your own Snow Globe at VCPL Main branch. Ages 5-11: Make your own hand-held winter wonderland while escaping the snowy season! Children can use their imagination to create their own shakeable scene to overcome those winter blues in this interactive crafting program.

Fri Jan 4. 4:00 p.m First Friday: Loco for Hot Cocoa at VCPL Main branch. Warm up on this frosty Friday with hot chocolate art projects, games and play with themed play dough. We’ll have free hot cocoa for attendees and provide sweet fixings so you can customize your own. At 5:00, the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will get cozy and experiment with different hot chocolate recipes. Discover how cooking is science as you create the perfect chocolate concoctions to enjoy on a cold winter evening. First Friday includes special admission- $5 for all ages 2 and up includes these activities.

Sat Jan 5. 9:30 a.m.  January Preschool Clay at Deming Park Pottery. Cost: $7 a child. Project: Penguin Pinch Pot Jar. Registration required.

Sat Jan 5. 10:15 a.m. January Elementary Clay at Deming Park Pottery. Cost $15 per child. Project: Marionette Doll. Ages: 5-12. Registration required.

Featured Event: Wabash Valley Bridal Society: Bridal Showcase. It’s the biggest bridal expo of the year! 

Sat Jan 5.  10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. WVBS Winter Bridal Showcase.  This event is designed with the planning couple in mind as they promote locally-provided products and services and make them available for you to ‘shop’ conveniently in one location!

Sat Jan 5.  10:00 a.m. Wabash Valley Coder Dojo at VCPL Main branch. Ages 7-17: Learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game and explore technology in an informal, creative and social environment. Registration Required.

Sat Jan 5. 10:00 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose / Mamá Gansa at VCPL Main branch. Mother Goose now in Spanish and English! Join Mother Goose for an interactive bilingual storytime with books, songs, rhymes and musical instruments.  You and your child will play together and develop early literacy skills.

Sat Jan 5. 6:00 p.m. Pokemon Tournament at Gam3. Swiss format. $5 Entry Fee 100% of event fees paid out in prize support!

Sun Jan 6. 3:00 p.m. Millikin University Choir at Central Presbyterian Church. They have gained national recognition, due in part to seven invitations to perform conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Their performances have fostered new conversations in response to their approach to tone, style and programming.

Tues Jan 8. 10:00 a.m. Exploration Creations at VCPL Main branch. In this family-oriented program for all ages, families will explore, create and have fun learning about science, art, history and other subjects. Free-play will also be available for younger children.

Tues Jan 8. 10:00 a.m. Tot Time: Arctic Play at The Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Burr… Explore different ways your tot can use ice to build, paint, and experiment with this chilly property of matter. Tot Time is an interactive, educational program for children ages 2-5 and their caregiver. Included with admission.

Wed Jan 9. 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. New student auditions for spring session at Terre Haute Children’s Choir. Brief low-pressure audition for placement of new members.

Fri Jan 11. 3:00 p.m. Watch This! West Smallfoot at VCPL West Branch. The Bigfoot legend is turned upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist-a human. Smallfoot is an all new animated story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery. Rated PG. Refreshments will be served.

Fri Jan 11. 4:00-7:00 p.m. and Jan 12. 1:00-4:00 p.m. Mary Poppins Jr. Auditions Hosted by Children’s Theatre of Terre Haute. Encourage children in grades 1-12 to develop their talent and appreciation for the theatre arts, to participate in all phases of a theatrical production, and to understand theatre arts as an educational entertainment medium.

Fri Jan 11. 9:00 p.m. Backdoor Comedy at Terre Haute Brewing Company. Join them for a night of sketches, improv, and musical comedy as they aim to make light of the reasons that make small-town upbringings unforgettable. Ages 16 and up recommended. $5 cover at the door— cash only.

Fri and Sat Jan 11 and 12. Winter Star Program at the Allen Memorial Planetarium at Terre Haute South. This is an educational program sharing the constellations and other celestial events of the winter season. This program is open to the public at no charge, however, donations are accepted. No reservations. The doors will open 1/2 hour before the program.

Sat Jan 12. 8:00 a.m. Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods college dance team clinic. Calling all children kindergarten through 5th grade! The clinic will consist of learning a dance to one song and performing at the half time show later on that night, along side the SMWC Dance Team! All of the dancers will receive a t-shirt to wear while they perform! $35.

Sat Jan 12. 9:30 a.m. Baby Explorer: Peek-A-Boo, I See You. Does your baby’s smile ever make you laugh? Do they like it when you make a silly face? Baby Explorer is for ages 0-2 and their caregiver. Included with admission.

Sat Jan 12. 10:45 a.m. “Mary Poppins Returns” Sensory Friendly Show at AMC Terre Haute. Buy tickets here. They turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

Sat. Jan 12. Second Saturday at the Swope. You tube. What can you make with a tube, two or three? let’s find out by jump starting your creativity for 2019. we will have tubes, and other materials where you can create works of art. Second Saturday Studio is FREE with help from the Clara Fairbanks Foundation. All ages are welcome!! Stop in anytime between 1-3 pm.

Tues Jan 15. 3:30 p.m. Sensory Snow Day at VCPL West Branch. Too cold to go outside? Did it not even snow at all? Make your own kinetic snow to build snowmen, snow castles, and more.

Tues Jan 15. 4:00 p.m Watch This! Teens – Teen Titans Go! To the Movies at VCPL Main branch. The Teen Titans realize they’re not “real” superheroes because there’s not a movie about them. The five friends vow to do something heroic enough to warrant a big-screen adaptation. Rated PG.  Refreshments will be served.

Tues Jan 15. 7:30 p.m. The Russian National Ballet Theatre Presents: Sleeping Beauty at Hatfield Hall. Russia’s finest dancers, the music of Tchaikovski and the choreography of Marius Petipa come together to present one of the world’s best-loved fairytales, Sleeping Beauty. Tickets $29 and $35.

Wed Jan 16. 6:00 p.m. Tap Into Your Creative Side and Get Writing at VCPL Main branch. Students will experiment with writing in fiction or non-fiction, and will leave the class with completed writing exercises and lots of ideas to keep them writing outside of class. Ages 8 – 14. Registration Required.

Thurs Jan 17. 8:30 a.m. Senior Bingo at Chick-fil-A.

Thurs Jan 17. 2:00 p.m. Mingle with the Mayor. A chance for community members to sit down with Mayor Duke Bennett for a one-on-one informal meeting to discuss community issues, build relationships and get a chance to learn more about the Mayors work. Complimentary Pie and refreshments will be served!

Fri Jan 18. Kids’ Night Out at the Vigo County YMCA. Join the YMCA of the Wabash Valley Kids’ Night Out events in Vigo County! The evenings will feature seasonal games, arts and crafts, healthy snacks and more. Ages 18 months to 12 years.

Sat Jan 19. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Girl Scout Badge Workshop: Home Scientist Science is all around us, right? Join the Terre Haute Children’s Museum as we test this theory, conduct messy, bubbly experiments and hands on activities. After lab time, explore all 3 levels of the museum. $13/ girl and $6/adult. Registration is through Girl Scouts.

Sat Jan 19. 10:00 a.m. Clothing & Toy Swap! at MCC Highway 46 Campus. Bring what you can, take what you need. It’s all free as long as you donate something!Drop off gently used toys, books, kids clothes and maternity items. This event is kid-free.

Sat Jan 19. 6:00 p.m. New Wave Pro : The Prelude. New Wave Pro Wrestling Champion & Impact Wrestling Superstar Kongo Kong – Da Juggernaut Osyris Will be in action! Tickets $8-$15.

Sat. Jan 19 and Sun. Jan. 20. LOL LIVE! SPECIAL LOL Character Appearance, meet & greet, photo opportunity, & cupcake party Meet The Diva & The Queen Bee from 1:00pm-4:00pm at Wigwam Skate and Event Center.

Mon Jan 21. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Robotics Challenge II SPARK Club. Upon arrival, teams of 2 youth ages 8-18 will be given the tools to build a robot with a specific task.This event is free for 4-Hers, and $15 for non-4-H members. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited!

Mon Jan 21. 10:00 a.m. Youth Leadership Summit on MLK Day. Area students grades 6-12 are invited to join us for a dynamic, hands on workshop focused around leadership and teamwork skills. This is a free learning experience and a delicious lunch will be provided at no cost. Tickets are limited so reserve yours today!

Mon Jan 21. 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Terre Haute NSCW Ice Cream Social. Join the Indiana Digital Learning School’s families and staff for a fun time of Ice Cream and board games to celebrate School Choice in Indiana! Families will have the opportunity to meet staff and learn more about our program.

Mon Jan 21. 1:00 p.m. Virtual Reality at VCPL Main branch. Experience the world of virtual reality!  Kids ages 12 and up can speak whale to a passerby in theBlu.  Get a rhythm with Beat Saber! Repair BB-8 and his droid pals in Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay.  Enjoy all of these new places with the HTC Vive VR System at VCPL.

25 January events in Terre Haute on HauteHappenings.com.

Tues Jan 22. 10:00 a.m. Tot Time: Shadow Play at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Explore who and what is making shadows during the dark season of Winter. Your tot will discover the properties of light through stories, manipulatives, and art. Included in admission.




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