What to do with the Kids: January 31st – February 2nd, 2014

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Weekend Events:
The Marshfield Recreation Department: Winter/Spring Program registration is underway:

Trips include:
Disney On Ice – February 20
Boston Celtics – March 7 (vs Brooklyn Nets)
Exuma Sea Kayak – March

For more information, contact Ned Bangs, Recreation Director, 900 Ferry St in Marshfield at 781-834-5543.


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.

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

Friday, January 31, 2014:
Check out Family Friday Nights at the Children’s Museum in Boston.  From 5 to 9pm admission is only $1 a person.  For more info, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Saturday, February 1, 2014:
Head to the James Library in Norwell today for some tall tale fun with South Shore favorite Big Ryan! This FREE show takes place from 10:30am to 11:30am and is geared towards children age 3 to 6 (with a caregiver). The James Library is located at 24 West Street in Norwell. Call 781-659-7100 to sign up or just drop in.

Bring the family to “Souperbowl Saturday” at the Market at the Pinehills in Plymouth today from 12:00noon to 2:00pm. You’ll be able to sample 5 soups for 5 dollars.

Check out the “Feed the Animals” event today at 10:00am. Visit as the naturalists take time to stop and visit with all of the animals and give them what they need most – food! Learn what an iguana eats, what our turtles prefer and what our snakes need to survive. For more information, visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org
or contact the South Shore Natural Science Center at 781-659-2559.

Check out the “Meet an Animal” event today at 2pm. Join us for a chance to meet a different animal every week. Could be a turtle, could be a bullfrog, could be an owl. Whooo knows? The event is free with admission to the South Shore Natural Science Center. or more information, visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org or contact the South Shore Natural Science Center at 781-659-2559.

Sunday, February 2, 2013:
Looking for some winter fun for the family? The South Shore Natural Science Center has some great Drop-in events for the whole family in February!  Today from 11:00am to 4:00pm, drop in to Celebrate Groundhog Day, and learn all about the groundhog and what “hibernation” is.  Free with admission. www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org

February School Vacation Week Mini Camp: Exploring Sea & Sky!Tuesday-Friday, February 18-21, 201410 am -1 pm . $145 members, $160 non-members
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

In celebration of the museum’s 17th annual Sea & Sky Art Show, our February Lego Club will explore the theme of Sea & Sky by building a Coast Guard plane and fishing boat, as well as a lighthouse with keeper’s cottage.  In addition to building our Lego models, we’ll check out the museum’s Sea & Sky Art show, make some art of our own, and we’ll learn about Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopters and Ocean Sentry planes. This program is open to children ages 5-10 years.  Children should bring a lunch (peanut free, please).For more information, or to register, please call 781-925-5433 or email victoria@hulllifesavingmuseum.org.

Looking for some winter fun for the family? The South Shore Natural Science Center has some great Drop-in events for the whole family in February! On Saturday, February 22nd, from 10:30am to 3:30pm, join us for Winter Discovery Day.  We’ll conduct snow and ice experiments, try out snowshoes, and look for animal tracks in the snow.  Free with admission.

Join the fun at the Science Center’s Owl Festival Weekend, February 15 – 17, 2014.  The weekend kicks off on Saturday, February 15th at 7:00pm with the Owl Prowl, a night walk for ages 8 and up, led by Education Director John Galluzzo, in search of Eastern-screech and Great Horned Owls. Please bring flashlights and dress for the cold! ($5M/$8NM)

On Sunday, February 16th, drop in to the Center between the hours of 11:00am and 4:00pm, for the Owl Festival, and discover Who’s Whooo in the world of Owls.  Have a hootin’ good time as you learn about these nocturnal raptors.  Enjoy crafts, games, live animal presentations and more.  Dissect an owl pellet if you dare!  A fun afternoon for the entire family. ($4M/$7NM)

On Monday February 17th, join us for a presentation from our friends at Eyes on Owls.  Marcia Wilson will introduce us to her menagerie of owls. Get an up close view of these amazing denizens of the New England fields and forests. We promise it’ll be a hoot! Two shows: 11:00am and 1:00pm. Recommended for ages three and up, tickets are $7M/$10NM. Please call 781-659-2559 to purchase tickets.

visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org for more information; call 781-659-2559 to register for programs.


Parents of children between the ages of 5 to 10 years are encouraged to sign up as early as possible for the popular farm-based educational February Vacation Program to be held at the education center located at 46 Soule Street in Middleboro, MA 02346.  This year’s theme is “Farm Fun” and the program is expected to fill up quickly.  Each day offers a different theme: OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS (Tuesday 2/18), ANIMALS IN WINTER (Wednesday 2/19), LETTERBOXING (Thursday 2/20), and MYSTERIOUS FOSSILS (Friday 2/21).  The price per day is $13 for members, $15 for non-members; the price per 4-day week is $50 for members, $58 for non-members.  Pre-registration and payment is required by February 14th by contacting Laurie Amberman, 508-947-6744 or email educator@soulehomestead.org
Please visit www.soulehomestead.org

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About Rob Hakala

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