61 Fun Things to Do in Terre Haute in January!

January always feels like a bit of 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 to find things to do in Terre Haute in January 2020!

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Local Event Calendar for January


Mondays. 10:00 a.m. Tiny Tot Time at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Ages 0-24 months: Listen to books, rhymes, songs, and finger-plays while letting your baby experience a group setting for the first time. After thirty minutes of storytime, babies and parents can engage in free play.

Mondays. 7:00 p.m. Pokemon Monday! at Full Moon Games. Join Full Moon Games in our weekly fully Sanctioned Pokemon Tournament every single Monday! Entry Fee: $5.

Tuesdays. 9:30 a.m. Story Time Tuesday at Chick fil a. An hour of stories and activities. All kids 12 and under who participate can enjoy Chick-n-Minis on us!

Tuesdays. 1:00 p.m. Art Start at the Swope. Young artists are invited to experience this free art program. We will be reading a book and doing a related art project. For children ages three to five accompanied by an adult. Located at the Swope Education Center, enter from Ohio Street.

Tuesdays (except 7th). 4:30 p.m. Dive into RPGs at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Ages 12-19: Jump into a fantasy adventure of heroic proportions! Players will act as a character in a fantasy world as a new story unfolds each week, with the actions of their character shaping the story – and the world – as it unfolds.

Wednesdays (except 1st). 10:00 a.m. Wiggle Worm Wednesdays at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Ages 2-5: Interact with engaging books, songs, and body movements while building early literacy skills. Thirty minutes of free play will follow storytime.

Wednesdays. 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Manna from Seven Laundry Assistance. Meet us at Suds on Third Laundry on Wednesdays from for assistance with laundry services.

Thursdays. 12:30 p.m. Bingo Bunch at Vigo County Public Library West Branch. Adults: Enjoy refreshments as you play traditional and non-traditional Bingo every week. Prizes will be offered to the first to call out, “Bingo!” All levels of experience welcome. Cards and number markers will be provided.

Thursdays (except Jan 2). 5:30 p.m. Books Before Bedtime at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Ages 0-5: Come have fun and interact during storytime by building early literacy skills through reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing.

Thursdays. 5:30-8:00 p.m. Open Studio at Deming Park Pottery. Basic classes required before Open Studio approval. Cost: $65/month or $165 for 3 months.

Thursdays in Clay County and Fridays in Vigo County YMCA. Dodgeball$10 for 5 nights of fun at the Y ($3 for a day pass to play). Grades 3-5: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Middle School: 7:00-8:00 p.m. January 2nd—March 5th

Fridays. 10:30 a.m. Ready to Read Storytime at  Vigo County Public Library West Branch. Ages 0-5: Listen to stories, sing and dance along to music, and get creative with crafts or playtime. Parents and caregivers can participate with their children during storytime.

Saturdays. 11:00 a.m. Rocky Hollow Ice Hike at Turkey Run and Shades state parks. Guided hike with a Park Naturalist to the Punch Bowl and back along trail 3.  Stunning icicles, frozen waterfalls, and winter silence will be found.

Saturdays (Jan 18-Feb 29) 3:00 p.m. Valley Volley Tot by COA Volleyball. Ages 4-7. Are you looking for an activity to keep your little ones active this winter? Our Valley Volley Tot program is sure to keep them active & smiling! $55.

Sundays. 5:30 p.m. Free Community Dinner. Hosted by Supper at the Center. Sponsored by Highland-Church at the West Vigo Community Center. Everyone is welcome!

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


Through Sun Jan 12. The Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a live Christmas tree drop-off at Hawthorn and Fowler Parks until Sunday, January 12th at dusk. The trees will be used to provide habitat for aquatic wildlife!Find more Terre Haute live Christmas tree recycling locations HERE.

Mon Jan 6. Meet Darth Vader and Chewbacca at Mcdonald’s at 3606 US HWY 41, Terre Haute, IN.

Mon Jan 6. 6:30 p.m. Books & Brews at Terre Haute Brewing Company. Ages 21 & Up: Join us as we discuss the book The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Tues Jan 7. 10:00 a.m. Free haircuts for those in need from Manna from Seven. The first Tuesday of the month we will be offering free haircuts at the St. Stephens Episcopal Church.

Wed Jan 8. Hot cocoa and 4-H info. Join us for a 4-H Open House and Info Night on Wednesday, January 8th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the Purdue Extension Office, 275 Ohio Street! Open to potential, new, or returning families. Stop by to get help with your 4HOnline enrollment, pick up club meeting schedules, get a new member guide, pay your state enrollment fee, or just ask some questions. Don’t miss the hot chocolate bar!

Wed Jan 8. Interested in Children’s Choir? Attend the FUN NIGHT for games and pizza from 4:30-6:15 at the Landini center to get to know other potential choir members and find out more about the choir program.

Wed Jan 8. 5:30 p.m. and Sat Jan 18. 10:00 a.m. Read to Rover at Vigo County Public Library West Branch. Ages 0-18: Therapy dogs from Love on a Leash will provide a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere in which kids of any reading level can practice their reading skills. Registration required.

Thurs Jan 9. 10:00 a.m. Storytime at Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market. Caregivers can participate and learn ways to encourage interaction and pre-reading skills with children while also improving motor coordination and speech development. Breakfast food will be provided.

Fri Jan 10 and Fri Jan 28. 7:00 p.m. Date Night Pottery at Deming Park Pottery. Cost: $40 a couple/class.

Fri Jan 10. 7:30 p.m. Lindsey Webster at Hatfield Hall.  Two time Billboard’s #1 Contemporary Jazz Artist for the year and has two number one albums. Her rich, soulful voice enchants a dedicated following who connect with the raw emotion she shares with them. Tickets start at $24.

Fri Jan 10. 4:00 p.m. and Sat Jan 11. 12:00 p.m. Auditions for The Lion King, Jr.  at World of Dance located at 800 W Johnson Dr. for the Children’s Theatre of Terre Haute Inc.

Sat Jan 11. 9:30 a.m. Baby Explorer: Stack it UP! at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Blocks, boxes, and babies. They will be little construction engineers knocking things over and building them up again and again. Included with admission. Registration is required.

Sat Jan 11. Preschool Clay with Deming Park Pottery. $7 per child. Pre-registration required.

Tues Jan 14. 10:00 a.m. Explore Beyond the Classroom at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch.  We will learn all about New Year’s traditions around the world. Discover what fortunes an apple core has for you, what your sign in the Chinese Zodiac means, and find out why Polka Dots are considered lucky to wear in the Philippines.

Tues Jan 14. 10:00 a.m. Tot Time: Build It! at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Image an oasis of bricks to play with that you don’t have to clean up. Build up our brains doing age-appropriate coding and construction with bricks. Tot Time is an interactive, educational program for children ages 2-5. Included with admission. Registration required.

Tues Jan 14. Trained in Terre Haute Kick-off Meeting hosted by Wabash Valley Road Runner’s Club.

Wed Jan 15. 5:00 p.m. Family Game Night at  Vigo County Public Library West AND Main Branches. Drop-in and experience a classic family game night at the library. We’ll have games for all ages and experience levels available throughout the Library.

Wed Jan 15. 4-6 pm. Auditions for Terre Haute Children’s Choir. The THCC offers three different choirs to accommodate the singing experience of every child.

Wed Jan 17. Family Clay with Deming Park Pottery. Enjoy making art with the family. All ages welcome. Cost: $10 per project

Sat Jan 18. 10:00 a.m. Jim Gill’s Sing-a-thon of Celebrated Songs! at West Vigo Elementary School. Jim Gill is a musician and author known for celebrating active play. At this concert you will see Jim strum energizing rhythms on his banjo while everyone sings, claps, dances and spins along to his silly and inspiring musical games.

Sat Jan 18. Search and Rescue Day at Climbing Cafe. On Saturday Jan 18, several of the search and rescue dogs and their handlers/owners will be set up in the Top Guns entry hallway right outside the Climbing Café and Rollie’s Pizza entrances. These dogs are all no-bite animals, and visitors will be welcome to pet and interact with the dogs while learning about the Search and Rescue mission. We’ll also provide instruction on how to interact with one of these dogs should you become lost and they find you.

Sat Jan 18 and Jan 25. Beginners classes at Deming Park Pottery. Wheel or Handbuilding. $35/class plus a glaze day.

Sat Jan 18. 2:00-5:00 p.m. Workshop with Jim Gill at  Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. In this energizing session for adults, Jim Gill will share examples of his work – both books and songs – that teachers and care providers can bring back to their classrooms, playrooms and family rooms. Registration Required.

Mon Jan 20. 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. School is out Y is in Day Care. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade in need of day care while school is out are welcome to come to the Y for the day! $25/members, $35/nonmembers.

Mon Jan 20. Itty Bitty Make-Up Diva Class.  Perfect for you little loves to feel like a princess!l, learn about makeup and be pampered!👑 Class will include makeup goodie bag, tiara and cookie! Age 4-7 $20

Mon Jan 20. and Thurs Jan 23 4:00 p.m. Osmo: Digital learning in the real world at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Ages 5-11. Osmo uses physical pieces and an iPad to create a unique, hands-on learning experience. Registration Required.

Fri Jan 24-Sun Jan 26. Eagles in Flight Weekend at Turkey Run and Shades state parks. Weekend activities include live birds of prey programs, multiple eagle viewing tours, owl prowl night hikes, and songbird banding led by a researcher.

Fri Jan 24. and Sat Jan 25. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Learning Lab: Crazy Construction at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Use these everyday tools to solve problems, then experiment with electrical circuits and visit our newest exhibit, Under Construction. Member Pricing: $13 per session. Non-Member Pricing: $17 per session.

Fri Jan 24. 6:00 p.m. Crochet Club at Honey B’s Crochet School. The event will be very low key with some light snacks. Feel free to bring your WIP or start a new one! The $5 charge is to help cover the cost of using the space. This event is adults 18+.

Fri Jan 24. 7:30 p.m. Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock-N-Roll at Hatfield Hall. Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the fifty year history of the music that changed the world forever. Tickets start at $29.

Fri Jan 24. 8:30 p.m. 90’s dance party  at Terre Haute Brewing Co. Tickets start at $8. Nonstop sing alongs, party throwbacks and choreographed dance moves is what this show is all about! Come prepared to sing your heart out and dance all night long!

Sat Jan 25. 6:00 p.m. Daddy Daughter Date Night event by Chick-fil-A. Will be held at the Holiday Inn on 3rd Street. Tickets sales start on 1/3/2020 at 9am on eventbrite.

Sat Jan 25. Preschool Clay with Deming Park Pottery. $7 per child. Pre-registration required.

Sat Jan 25. 7:00 p.m. Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment in Indianapolis. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Tickets start at $20.

Tues Jan 28. 10:00 a.m. Tot Time: Construction Create at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Help the three little pigs find out if straw, brick, or wood would be the best for a house as you use your construction skills. Tot Time is an interactive, educational program for children ages 2-5. Included with admission. Registration required.



As always, typos happen and event details change! Please confirm with the event coordinators before finalizing your plans.

The fun has ended for these great events:

Wed Jan 1, Thurs Jan 2, Fri Jan 3. 1-3 pm. Admission $2.50. Additional price for skate rental. Winter break skate sessions at Terre Haute Skate World. 

Wed Jan 1-Fri Jan 3. Register for the Clay County YMCA adult basketball league. 

Wed Jan 1. 2:00 p.m. First Day Hike at McCormick’s Creek State Park. The event is snow or shine, please dress appropriately. There is no gate fee at this time, and the event is free, including the photo contest.

Wed Jan 1. New Year Ride at Ivy Tech Community College. 20 miles, social ride, food, and fun!

Wed Jan 1. Polar Bear Ride at Rose-Hulman. Come ride with us (~20 miles) or just join us for the luncheon that happens after the ride (~11:30). Please bring a dish as the luncheon is potluck style.

Wed Jan 1. New Year’s Day Run at the Torner Center in Deming Park.

Thurs Jan 2. Kids, Canvas, Cupcakes at Dawgleg Restaurant and Banquet Center at Idle Creek Golf Course.

Thurs Jan 2. 4:00-8:00 p.m. $5 First Thursdays at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Explore five floors of fun! Tickets can be bought on-site, but we strongly encourage online purchasing.

Thurs Jan 2 – Sat Jan 4. Highland-Church Winter Vacation Bible School. Join us for Vacation Bible School during Winter Break! ALL kids ages 5-12 welcome! Fun! Games! Prizes! Each kid receives a cape! Register by phone (812) 307-4401 or register at West Vigo Elementary on January 2 at 6:30 p.m. (NO CHARGE)

Thurs Jan 2 and Fri Jan 3. 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. School is out Y is in Day Care. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade in need of day care while school is out are welcome to come to the Y for the day! $25/members, $35/nonmembers.

Thurs Jan 2 and Fri Jan 3. 4:00 p.m. Youth Podcasting at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Ages 9-12: Step up to the microphone and get started with basic podcast equipment. Plan your topic, name it, and learn to record with Audacity. Registration required.

Fri Jan 3. 4:00 p.m. First Friday – Ice, Ice, Baby at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Traverse the oceans with virtual reality and see the inside of a glacier. Explore an arctic habitat sensory bin and hop from iceberg to iceberg while enjoying some frosty treats at this drop-in event! 5:00 p.m. First Friday: Awesome Igloos at Terre Haute Children’s Museum.  Explore how igloos work and use your engineering skills to build one. Thaw out with us as we discover igloos!

Sat Jan 4. 10:00 a.m. Saturday Stories at Vigo County Public Library Main Branch. Ages 0-5: Join us Saturday morning for a 30 minute interactive storytime filled with stories, songs, and conversation.

Sat Jan 4. The Farmers Market at The Meadows. Celebrate the New Year with the Farmers Market on Saturday, January 4th from 9:00-1:00!

Sat Jan 4. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 2020 Winter Bridal Showcase.  The area’s biggest bridal event of the year. It takes place annually at beautiful O’Shaughnessy Hall in Providence Center on the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods campus. Tickets $10.


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