what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, December 15 – Sunday, December 17, 2017



Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December (15-17, 22 & 23), participate in the Plimoth Plantation holiday tradition of Light in the Darkness. It’s a fun-for-all-ages stroll where you can savor a taste of holiday history, where music floats on the wintry air, candles glow and cozy heath fires illuminate the faces of Christmas revelers. Program begins on the half hour between 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. and Light in the Darkness covers mixed terrain and is performed in all weather conditions, indoors and outdoors, so be sure to wear comfy shoes and warm clothes and coats for all the standing/walking you will be doing.  Cost is $10 for non-member adults, $8 for member adults, $8 for non-member kids 5 – 12 and $5 for member kids.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/light-in-the-darkness-tickets-39479156219


December 16th and 17th, head to Middleborough’s KOA Campground for their 4th annual Festival of Lights from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. For $2 per carload you can experience driving through the campground and seeing more than 200,000 decorated lights! A visit to the Christmas Village will feature cocoa and cookies for only $1, and hand-made authentic Middleborough Festival of Lights ornaments for purchase. You can have a professional picture taken with Santa or the Grinch for $5 while strolling through the village with the backdrop of seasonal music. You can see the cabins and vote for your favorite decorated cabin! Model trains will be set up as well.  http://discovermiddleborough.com/events/festival-lights-weekends-dec-9-17


For something different in the city, head to City Hall Plaza for Boston Winter, now in its second year! Now through the end of the month you can visit the holiday market with many lovely vendors, a Santa House, a Bavarian Village and also features a mix of winter activities including a skating path!


Head to the Stone Zoo for ZooLights, from now until the end of the month, each night from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (except on Christmas). Stroll along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. New this year, you can visit black bears, Smoky and Bubba, in the festively decorated area along their exhibit. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see bald eagles, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer! The cost is $10 for adult non-members and $9 for adult members, $9 for senior non-members, $8 for senior members, $8 for child non-members and $7 for children members. Kids under 2 are free! And on Mondays members pay $5 per ticket. On Dec 20th and 24th you can meet Mrs. Claus from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. December 28th Big Joe the Storyteller will share holiday tales from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. And on December 31st you can celebrate Zoo Year’s Eve with the zoo from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.! http://www.zoonewengland.org/zoolights


Saturday, December 16, 2017:

Mamasteph returns to the John Curtis Free Library in Hanover today at 11:00 a.m.!  http://www.mamasteph.com/live/ 

Santa is coming to the tropics of the Franklin Park Zoo today from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.! Making spirits bright and the holiday season extra merry, jolly old St. Nick will return to Franklin Park Zoo this winter! Kids can meet and take a photo with Santa inside the always balmy tropical forest building, home to western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, a giant anteater and many more incredible animals. You can also participate in winter-themed arts and crafts, holiday-themed entertainment for the animals and more festive fun!


The town of Kingston’s annual luminary display takes place tonight, beginning with caroling and the tree lighting on the Town Green at 6:00 p.m. The luminaries are set up around Main Street with local churches, the town library, the Surprise Hose House and the Adams Center hosting open houses. The library will offer donut holes and hot cider as well as craft projects for the kids. There will also be hayrides traveling the route of the luminaries for $5 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. At the Reed Community Building you can listen to Silver Lake High School Choir at 6:15 and folk singer Lindsay Straw at 6:30. Kids can enjoy crafts in the lower hall at 6:30 p.m. and you can warm up with cider and hot chocolate. You can help decorate the giving tree by bringing hats, scarves, mittens or gloves to hang on the tree. The items are donated to Pilgrims Hope, a local family shelter.



Head to the Milton Library from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m today for life-sized Candyland! Kids, see if you can beat your parents to the Candy Castle to rescue King Kandy, while at the same time practicing counting and color recognition. This is for all ages – kids must be accompanied by an adult in order to play. Registration is required and you can drop in anytime (it takes about a half hour to play). http://miltonlibrary.org/event/life-size-candyland/




Tonight head to Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills in Milton for a Community Chanukah Celebration from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. At 6 you’ll be entertained by family-friendly comedian and juggler Bryson Lang (Bryson has performed all over the world and has been in movies such as Batman and Rob and Austin Powers II). There will be a community candle lighting for the 5th night and dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and $5 for kids 13 and under – kids 3 and under are admitted free with a family maximum of $25. http://www.bethshalombluehills.org/events/chanukah-event-and-entertainment/
Sunday, December 17, 2017:

The Phoenix Masonic Lodge is hosting their monthly public breakfast today with a very special guest: Santa! From 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. the all you can eat breakfast will be served and includes pancakes, French toast, bacon sausage and their own homemade home fries and roast beef hash as well as scrambled or friend eggs, toast, juice and coffee. The price of breakfast: $8 for adults, $4 for kids 5-12, and free for kids age 5 and under eat for free. Proceeds from their breakfasts are used to support local food pantries in Hanover, Norwell and Pembroke. As a bonus, adults that donate during their blood drive the day before can request a discount card good for $3 off one adult breakfast on Sunday,



Upcoming & Ongoing Ideas

Bubbleology at the South Shore Natural Science Center is back on Friday, December 29th! Two sessions:  11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Reservations strongly encouraged as this program sells out! Ideal for kids ages three and older, come explore the secret world of bubbles with state of the art soap bubble sculptures! From bubbles as big as bathtubs to fog-filled spinning geometric shapes, Keith Johnson will have you and the kids roaring with laughter and you’ll discover hot to continue the experiments at home!! Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Call 781.659.2559 to reserve your tickets!  http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/bubbleology-9/


Been to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? Children under 12 are admitted for free and everyone is admitted for free Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission is free for Brockton residents! www.fullercraft.org 


The Children’s Museum in Boston costs $1 to enter Fridays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.! Current exhibits include Explore-a-Saurus where you can assume the role of scientist and explore the evidence, the science and the features that make dinosaurs so compelling. You can touch and measure a fossil footprint and learn what clues it gives about a dinosaur’s size. You can manipulate a full-size model and learn how they moved and rearrange bone puzzles to learn about dinosaur anatomy. Learn more HERE. http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/exhibits-programs/exhibits/explore%E2%80%A2a%E2%80%A2saurus  


Check out the fun events & activities at the Boston Museum of Science: www.mos.org.


Visit the New England Aquarium: www.neaq.org.





About Lisa Azizian

Lisa loves sitting by Rob’s side as his official Sidekick on The South Shore’s Morning News!