What to do with the Kids: Dec 2-4

Ongoing:

Spend some family time reviewing the latest Marshfield Recreation Department brochure. There are many new programs and trips for the community, activities for ages 1 to 95. Mail or drop off your completed registration form to the recreation office. For more information, call Marshfield Recreation Director Ned Bangs at 781-834-5543. The next trip planned is “Christmas in Newport” on December 4th.  For more information, visit www.marshfield.net/recreation.

Plymouth residents: check out the great recreation department programs in town.  Visit www.plymouthrec.com for more information.

Check out Family Friday Nights at the Children’s Museum in Boston.  From 5 to 9pm admission is only $1 a person.  For more information, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Check out the fun events and activities at the Museum of Science in Boston.  Find out more at www.mos.org.

This Weekend:

Check out the 29th Annual Christmas in the Square in Hingham on Friday, December 2 from 6-8pm and Saturday, December 3 from 10am-4pm. Friday night Santa arrives along with live music and the Festival of Trees. Continue the festivities on Saturday with a day of shopping in downtown Hingham Square with tons of kids activities, horse-drawn hayrides, music and more! For a schedule of events visit: www.discoverhingham.com/events-entertainment/christmasinthesquare.

Check out the 22nd Annual Festival of Trees in Plymouth on Friday, December 2 from 10am-9pm and on Saturday & Sunday from10am-5pm. The trees are uniquely decorated by local groups and individuals including the giant 15-foot Tree of Lights. Stroll among the trees while enjoying varied entertainment. Make a wish with Santa or purchase a butterfly to benefit the Children’s Bereavement Program. Shop in gift shop and choose something as a memento of your day. Contributions go directly to patient care and the Children’s Bereavement program of Cranberry Hospice. Held at Plimoth Plantation’s Henry Hornblower Visitor Center, 137 Warren Ave, Plymouth. For more info call 781-934-7778 or visit www.cranberryhospice.org/festival.

Friday December 2nd, 2011:

The Kiwanis host Kiwanis Christmas in Historic Plymouth from 5:30-8:30pm. From Shirley Square on Main St. to St. Peter’s Church on Court St., there will be carolers, storytellers, Santa, illumination of Christmas trees (Town Square at 6:15pm & Shirley Square at 6:30pm), a Reindog Parade, a “Mommy’s Little Piggy” eating contest, a Ralphie Look-Alike Contest & more! The 1749 Court House in Town Square will celebrate from 5-6pm with live holiday music & performers. For more information call 508-830-1040 or visit www.plymouthkiwanis.org/Christmas.htm.

Saturday December 3rd, 2011:

Check out the North Community Church Holiday Fair in Marshfield today from 9am-2pm. Crafters, holiday greenery items created by Seaside Gardeners, baked goods, children’s craft area, visits with Santa, luncheon, Community League Handmade Quilt Raffle. Free admittance, handicap accessible. The North Community Church Parish Hall is located on Old Main Street in Marshfield Hills.  For more information, call 781-837-3784.

Looking for the gift for the nature lover in your life? A feeder? A field guide? A hand-carved wooden bowl by one of the members of the Southeastern Massachusetts Woodturners’ Guild? At 10 am today, Mass Audubon’s South Shore Sanctuaries will throw open the doors to the North River Wildlife Sanctuary’s gift shop and exhibit rooms, where you’ll find all that and more: hand-crafted pottery, jewelry, carved birds and even an array of art by local artists. The Discovery Room will be open for exploration by kids while you shop, and the StoryBook Trail will feature its new seasonal theme. Local historian and author John Galluzzo will be on hand to sign books from 1-3 pm.

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society invites the public to attend Christmas Tales & Traditions, a free history tour of Burial Hill today at 1pm. Conjuring up the ghosts of Christmas past, local historian Donna Curtin will discuss how local families have observed — or not — this once-controversial celebration. Beginning with Governor Bradford’s account of Christmas observances in early Plymouth colony, this seasonal walking tour will give you new insight on the holiday and its history. Tours meet at the main Burial Hill stairway; no reservations are required for individuals and families. Participants may traverse steep and slippery slopes; please wear appropriate footwear. Severe weather may cancel tour; updates will be posted on the Society website, www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org.

Check out the Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims today at 5:30pm. Your Pilgrim hosts, residents of 1627 Plimoth, will spice up your dinner conversation with tales of England, old and new. Discover the table manners and recipes that traveled across the Atlantic with the Pilgrims, and find out about what happened at the famous harvest celebration of 1621. For reservations call 800-262-9356 ext. 8353, 8364, or 8365. Call early as these popular dinners sell out quickly. For more info, prices & menu visit:
www.plimoth.org/dining-functions/thanksgiving-dining-special-events/harvest-dinner-pilgrims.

Mattapoisett’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 4pm. Enjoy carolers, food & family-oriented events, including time with Santa & Mrs. Claus & their elves. Also, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf will be on hand. Held in Shipyard Park on the town’s waterfront.

Sunday December 4th, 2011:

Marshfield Chamber of Commerce – Holiday Festival and Tree lighting today from 12 to 3:30pm at Library Plaza there will be games, crafts, train rides, face paint, Santa, moonwalks, games, music and more!  The Dandelion Park Tree lighting takes places between 3:30 and 4:30pm.  From 4:30 to 5:30pm, there will be refreshments, raffle drawings, and more at the First Congregational Church.  It is suggested you park behind Marshalls and walk to Library Plaza.  Great family fun! For more information, call 781-834-5543.

Pembroke Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place today from 2:30 -5pm. Come and enjoy popcorn, hot dogs, chili, hot chocolate and warm cider, hay rides, PHS Brass Ensemble & Combined Choir, marshmallow roasting over fire pits, petting the “Holiday” Rabbits, Christmas Cookie decorating, craft making, moonbounce, the New York Life Child ID program & of course, Santa! Held on the Pembroke Town Green, Route 14, 128 Center Street. For more info contact Kathleen at 781-775-4670 or visit www.pembrokechamber.org/calendar.php.

Brockton Symphony Holiday Pops at 3pm featuring 11-year-old Ilana Zaks, violin and 2010 Feinberg honorable mention mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux and Brockton’s South Middle School Chorus. Held at West Middle School, West St. Brockton. For more information visit www.brocktonsymphony.org or call 508-588-3841.

Upcoming:

Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4 Storybooks Come to Life – Clifford, Cruella Deville & the Dalmatiocj. Visit The Enchanted Storybook Village located inside La Z Boy where costumed characters help act out the stories, while professional storytellers read to the children. Bring your own camera for free pictures, view 20 amazing trees decorated like different storybook characters, send your letter to Santa & he’ll respond, bring a new or used book to help a worthy cause. Visit The Village anytime during store hours from December 3-24 at 174 Colony Place in Plymouth. Call 508-747-3533 for more information and visit www.colonyplace.com.

Saturdays in December:

Lunch with Santa through Dec. 17th, from 11am-2pm, bring the kids to Red Robin for a fun-filled afternoon with Santa! Your kids will enjoy holiday activities and entertainment and free photos with Santa and Red (please bring your own camera). Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Jordan Hospital Fragile Footprints! Lunch with Santa is at 174 Colony Place in Plymouth.  For more information call 508-747-3533 and visit www.colonyplace.com.
Tickets on sale this weekend at the Independence Mall for Polar Express train ride by Rotary Club of Plymouth on Saturday, December 10th. The South Shore Polar Express is back on track for 2011! The improved train ride will depart the Kingston MBTA station on Saturday, December 10th, with readings of the popular Christmas story, a visit from Santa and fun for kids of all ages. After a year’s hiatus, the South Shore Polar Express returns with new features and activities to make this holiday experience even more memorable. This community fundraiser is organized by the Rotary Club of Plymouth and Plymouth Housing Authority. Tickets are now on sale for this one-hour train ride on double-decker passenger cars from Kingston to Halifax and back on the MBTA’s Old Colony Line. Selling for $20 each, they can be purchased at NorthEast Community Bank, 8 North Park Ave., Plymouth. Tickets can also be purchased at Independence Mall this weekend. Members of the Rotary Club will sell the tickets at a booth near center court for cash and money order only. Proceeds benefit local charities sponsored by the Rotary Club or Plymouth and the Plymouth Housing Authority. Kids are encouraged to wear their jammies over their clothes for the train ride. Elves will read the “Polar Express” story and present gift bags to each child. Santa Claus will also be present on the train to greet children and adults. For more information about tickets, contact Rotary Vice President Donna Ouellette of NorthEast Community Bank at 508-746-7400.  For more information about membership or the club, contact President Bob Hollis at 508-209-0400 or visit the website at www.plymouthrotary.com.

If you have an event for families coming up, let us know by e-mail at robhakala@959watd.com or send it to What To Do With The Kids c/o The South Shore’s Morning News, 130 Enterprise Drive, Marshfield, MA,02050.

About Lisa Azizian

Lisa loves sitting by Rob’s side as his official Sidekick on The South Shore’s Morning News! Having spent two years co-producing and co-hosting South Shore Live on 95.9 WATD every Monday from 8:00 pm – 10:00