What to do with the Kids: November 16th – 18th

Weekend Events:
America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration: Friday November 16th through Sunday November 18th. The Thanksgiving Parade begins Saturday at 11am at Holmes Field on Court Street in North Plymouth along Main Street to Water Street. Also on Saturday from 11am-4pm sample chowders, soups, desserts & more at the New England Food Festival. Saturday & Sunday visit the heated Crafter’s Pavilions & Kids Activity Tent. Concerts are held on Friday & Saturday night at Plymouth’s Memorial Hall. For more information, call 508-746-1818 or visit www.usathanksgiving.com

Check out Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries in Marshfield.  There are a variety of classes, events, camps, kid’s activities & more! For more information, call 781-837-9400 or visit www.massaudubon.org/southshore

How about a visit to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? Let the Art Touch You! A variety of special exhibitions await your discovery. There will be workshops & special events available for adults & children.  For more information, call 508-588-6000 or visit www.fullercraft.org

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

Check out the New England Aquarium.  For more information, call 617-973-5206 or visit www.neaq.org

Don’t forget to take a trip over to Hull and take a ride on the Paragon Carousel. The carousel is open weekends: Fridays 4pm to dusk. Saturday and Sunday from 11am to dusk. Weather permitting. For more information, visit www.paragoncarousel.com

Friday November 16th, 2012:
Bring the family to Colony Place in Plymouth this evening for the Tree Lighting Ceremony this evening at 6 outside near Panera Bread. There will be professional Victorian Carolers, dance performances, storytelling and more. For more information, visit www.colonyplace.com

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

Saturday November 17th, 2012:
Check out “Mass Audubon’s Going on a Bark Hike!” today from 10:30am to 12:00 noon. What could be better than getting the family outdoors on “Take a Hike Day”? Learning about tree bark along the way! Yes, tree bark. And the quiet month of November is a great time to take a closer look. Come explore the different textures, shapes, and colors of bark. Learn why it’s such an important part of a tree and discover that each species has something to bark about! This event is for families with children ages 4 and up. The cost is $9, $6 for Mass Audubon members. For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/southshore or contact Amy Quist at 781-837-9400 or aquist@massaudubon.org

Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims: at Plimoth Plantation today at 5:30pm. Take a savory journey into the past. An evening of entertainment and hospitality awaits you as you sit down to a “groaning board” filled with the finest food that this season of plenty has to offer. 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. During dinner, you will be entertained with centuries-old psalms and songs and perhaps you will be convinced to join in singing a round or two. Sittings are at 5:30pm. There are also other dates throughout November. For more information, call or visit www.plimoth.org (Actually, any Saturday or Sunday or weekday a visit to Plimoth Plantation is a great fun event and learning experience, especially in November! Note: Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II is open through the weekend after Thanksgiving)

Sunday Novbember 18th, 2012:
Celebrate Santa’s arrival at Colony Place in Plymouth today from 12noon to 3pm. Santa arrives on horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy free hay rides with Santa and his team of Clydesdales! Free photos when you bring your own camera. Face-painting and caricature drawings while you’re in line. Near Sleepy’s. For more information, call 508-747-3533 or visit www.colonyplace.com

It’s “Grandparents’ Open House” today from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell. The event is FREE for Grandparents and their Grandchildren. Other adults pay regular admission. Families will enjoy trail walks, animal presentations and the EcoZone, our hands-on interactive museum. For more information, visit www.ssnsc.org

It’s the Santa Hat Challenge today in Brockton. Join Brockton USA at 1pm and 6pm in Mullingar Ireland to set a world record for the most Santa Hats in two continents simultaneously! Check-in will begin at 11am and the official count will begin at 1pm. Everyone will be joining together to break the World Record for the number of people wearing Santa hats in one place. There will be music by DJ Joe Lupica, prizes and raffles. For more information, visit www.firstdepartmentstoresanta.com

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Since 2000, Rob has hosted The South Shore's Morning News on WATD.