What to do with the Kids: February 14th – 20th, 2014

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Weekend Events:
Join the fun at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell for their Owl Festival Weekend: Saturday February 15th through Monday February 17th.  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)

Then 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)

And finally on Monday February 17th, join in a presentation from “Eyes on Owls”.  Marcia Wilson will introduce you to her menagerie of owls. Get an up close view of these amazing denizens of the New England fields and forests. Ibe 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. Details on all these programs at www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org
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, February 14, 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 15, 2014:
Black History Tours at the Stetson House in Hanover today. The Hanover Historical Society will be telling stories about Hanover’s black soliders, slaves and inventors. The event is at 2:00pm with a repeat at 3pm. All are welcome. No reservations needed. The cost is FREE. Donations accepted. For more information, call 781-826-9575 or visit www.hanoverhistoricalsociety.com

Sunday, February 16, 2014:   

More School Vaction Ideas:
Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth is pleased to announce a series of February Vacation Family Events, geared towards children and families, focusing on fun and educational topics. Perfect for a family school vacation day!

Monday, February 17th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., “Establishment Day,” co-hosted by Pilgrim Hall Museum and the New Plimmoth Gard, a group of historical reenactors portraying the militia of Plymouth Colony. “Establishment Day” marks the anniversary of the establishment of the original Plymouth militia on February 17th, 1621. Drill demonstrations and proclamations will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be opportunities for children try a bit of 17th century drill using broomsticks.

Tuesday, February 18th, from 10 a.m. to Noon, “Colonial Samplers, An Introduction for Children.” In conjunction with Pilgrim Hall Museum’s upcoming exhibit “Needlework Samplers: Wrought by Tradition,” which will feature nearly 70 samplers from throughout Plymouth County, including that of Loara Standish, the oldest example of American needlework. The program for children will include some simple crafts (no sewing needles involved) designed to teach them about sampler making and the traditions surrounding this art form.

Wednesday, February 19th, 10 a.m. “Native American Storytelling with Perry Ground.” Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been telling stories for over 15 years at venues including the Smithsonian. Ground learned most of the stories he shares from the elders of various Native American communities and feels that practicing and perpetuating the oral traditions of Native people is an important responsibility.

Students and children under 18 years of age are admitted free to all February Family events. Admission for adults in $8, $7 for seniors, $6 with a AAA discount. There is no admission fee for residents of Plymouth or members of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
February School Vacation Week Mini Camp: Exploring Sea & Sky! Tuesday-Friday, February 18-21 from 10am to 1:00pm. $145 members, $160 nonmember, pre-registration is required. In celebration of the Hull Lifesaving Museum’s 17th annual Sea & Sky Art Show, their 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 Lego models, you’ll check out the museum’s Sea & Sky Art show, make some art of your own, and 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

Kids! Become a 17th-Century Apprentice during February vacation! The Plimoth Plantation Visitor Center and the Plimoth Grist Mill are open and brimming with hands-on family activities. Digital badges will be awarded for each skill mastered during their February vacation workshop series  – collect all 10 and receive a certificate for a free ice cream at our Patuxet Café! Every day during vacation week, a different activity will begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. After each activity, you can take a brief museum tour and see how we prepare for our open season. Visitors can meet some of the people who make all the 17th-century magic happen. Break out of the winter doldrums and make Plimoth Plantation part of your February vacation. The fee for each workshop is $5 ($4 for museum members). Bundles of five and 10 workshops can be purchased for $22 ($17.50 for museum members), and $40 ($32 for museum members) respectively. Ticket bundles can be purchase by calling (508) 503-2653 or emailing groupsales@plimoth.org
Below are program descriptions for the fun-filled February vacation workshops  at Plimoth Plantation. For more information, visit www.plimoth.org

Plimoth Grist Mill: Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, February 23
The Plimoth Grist Mill will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering tours and hands-on activities throughout the day, with a special Make Your Own Millstone activity at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (included with admission).
Each admission is $5 ($4 for members)

Plimoth Plantation:

Monday, February 17
10 a.m. Modern Bracelet, 17th-Century Weaving  –  earn your weaver badge
Love weaving bracelets? Try 17th-century finger weaving! Learn about the finger-weaving techniques used in the 17th century, and compare the materials used by the English and the Wampanoag. Use the technique to design and make a bracelet of your own.
11:30 a.m. Behind the Scenes Museum Tour
Our living history sites are closed for the winter, but there is always something going on! See how we prepare the Museum for our open season, and meet some of the people who make it happen. Tour occurrence and stops are weather dependent.

1 p.m. Arms & Armor of Plymouth and Patuxet – earn your warrior badge
Gain hands-on experience with the weaponry of the 17th century. Spend time exploring Wampanoag and English arms and armor, followed by live demonstrations of Wampanoag bows and English muskets. Maybe even see how you would look in armor!

2:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Museum Tour

Tuesday, February 18:
10 a.m. Take and Bake – earn your baker badge. Make an apple pie to take home and bake. When the English arrived in New England, there were no apple trees here. They created orchards here as soon as possible – they really missed apples! You will learn all sorts of modern-day kitchen skills while you follow a 17th-century English recipe to make your pie!

11:30 a.m.  Behind the Scenes Museum Tour

1 p.m. Cook over a Hearth Fire – earn your chef badge. Prepare a few familiar foods over an indoor hearth in the modern Visitor Center. In the 17th century, pancakes weren’t made from a box! Learn about interesting English recipes for pancakes and fritters, and how to prepare some deliciously different versions of foods we still eat today.

2:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Museum Tour

Wednesday, February 19:
10 a.m. The Sporting Life of the 17th Century – earn your Olympian badge. Discover the wild world of 17th-century sports. Partake in Plimoth Olympics with sports for all ages. We will play several historic ball games that our sources tell us were probably played right here in Plymouth in the 1620s. Come challenge yourself!

11:30 a.m.  Behind the Scenes Museum Tour

1 p.m. Make Your Own Games –  earn your gamer badge. Games were very popular in the 17th century. They made children stronger, developed hand-eye coordination and provided a way to relax. Learn how Wampanoag and English people made their own games out of the materials that had at hand. Make an English ball and a Wampanoag hoop and pin game with us.

2:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Museum Tour

Thursday, February 20:
10 a.m. Model Mayflower –  earn your shipwright badge. Make a model of Mayflower II. Work with the artisans who keep Mayflower II shipshape to make a wooden model of the ship. Each deck is represented by a different piece of wood, so this model will show you all the decks and sails on the real Mayflower II!

11:30 a.m.  Behind the Scenes Museum Tour

1 p.m.  Flag-tastic! – earn your sailmaker badge. Make your own canvas flag. Learn about maritime flags with the artisans who keep Mayflower II shipshape. After you learn about the designs, and their meanings, paint your very own maritime flag to take home.

2:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Museum Tour

Friday, February 21:
10 a.m. Painted with Tradition – earn your painter badge. Create a leather pouch and design it yourself. Personalize your design to express something about yourself. Learn about why bags and pouches were important in Wampanoag life. Also learn how paints were made in the 17th century, where they came from and why the designs are important for tribal citizens.

11:30 a.m.  Behind the Scenes Museum Tour

1 p.m.  Boating and fishing, Wampanoag-Style – earn your net making badge. Living on Cape Cod and the Islands for thousands of years, the Wampanoag were very much a coastal nation reliant on the Atlantic for travel, trade, and food. Come be immersed in the tools, techniques and boat making processes that were used off these shores. Learn about net making and work with your team to create a full-sized net.

2:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Museum Tour

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.

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