Bored and broke after a busy Christmas and New Year’s? There can seem little to look forward to in January, but although the weather is dreary, there’s still plenty of winter fun for families to enjoy.

We’ve listed some top things to do in January with your family that’ll stave off those winter blues.

National Creativity Month

It’s everyone’s favourite time of year – Creativity Month! The whole of January has been dedicated to making our lives and spaces more creative.

Perhaps you could honour Creativity Month by getting arty with 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 Surrey include:

The Lightbox at Woking
The Sculpture Park at Farnham
Chertsey Museum
Surrey Heath Museum

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

Who knew that January had its very own grain?! Oats are a great source of calcium and B vitamins and make a good diet food as they make you feel fuller for longer.

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Celebrate Oatmeal Month by making some tasty oat snacks with your little one. Here are a couple recipes we’ve enjoyed:

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 battle the return to our usual routines after the excitement of December. What better way to do that than with some serious cuddle time?

January 6 is the official day dedicated to embracing all things cuddly and cosy. So close 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

January 11 is the one day of the year to 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? Try checking out one of the many Surrey country parks or nature reserves where you’re more likely to find some waterlogged ground to jump about in.

Jan 18: Winnie the Pooh Day

Celebrate everyone’s favourite bear of very little brain 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.

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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

Getting fed up with the cold weather and dark nights? Now is the time to Inspire Your Heart with Art.

Whether you visit a gallery, read an amazing book, or put on your favourite music at home, other peoples’ art can make us feeling a little lighter and brighter.

If you’re so inspired that you fancy making your own art, we’ve put together a list of great local places that specialise in making personalised masterpieces, such as pottery keepsakes or hand and foot casting sessions: Jewellery, Keepsakes and Baby Casting in Surrey