what to do with the kids this weekend and during December school break



Friday and Saturday are your final chances to participate in the Plimoth Plantation holiday tradition: 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


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 (except Christmas) from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 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 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


Friday, December 22, 2017:

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and head to the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield for a free showing of the Christmas classic, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas! No registration required – just show up for the movie at 1:00 p.m.! Doors open at 12:45 p.m. Popcorn and refreshments will be served!


Saturday, December 23, 2017:

Build your own birdfeeder at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. with Teacher Naturalist Doug Lowry and Birding Expert Tim O’Neil. This program is great for kids ages 6 – 18 and adults, too. If you’re looking for last minute gift ideas, this is a perfect activity to roll up your sleeves and build a simple bird feeder. Mass Audubon will supply the materials, tools and guidance so that you can build an attractive and meaningful gift for a bird fan in your world. You’ll also learn more bird feeding tips and you’ll go home with a small bag of seed for your feeder. You must register for the event which costs $18 for adults members and $22 for adult non-members – kids are free. You can register online or call 781.837.9400 https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:startDate=1514005200:endDate=1514091600:whatTags[]=exclude_camps:program_code=54704




Upcoming School Vacation Week Activities:

The Kingston Library is hosting Mad Science – Fire and Ice on Wednesday, December 27th. Kids will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with the libraries Mad Scientists. Foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air and even a special Mad Science “burp” position will amaze kids as they learn about scientific method, air pressure and the state of matter. Register by calling 781.585.0533 or visiting kingstonrec.com.


The Hingham Library is hosting Big Ryan on Wednesday, December 27 at 10:30 a.m. Great stories and songs for kids ages 3 – 10.


The North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield is hosting a half-day exploration on Wednesday, December 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – it’s a winter bug hunt! Amy Quist and the staff naturalists will take you on a hike on the trails in search of winter bugs and their hiding places, and then you’ll build a bug motel to take home for your own yard! This program is great for kids ages 6 – 10 and the cost is $35 for non-members and $30 for members. You must register in advance and can do so HERE or by calling 781.837.9400. Bring appropriate layers and footwear for being outside. A snack and a water bottle, too.


On Thursdays, December 28 the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield is hosting another half-day vacation exploration workshop from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. called I-Spy Scavenger Hunt! You’ll join Amy Quist and her team and hit the trails again in search of special secret items and then you’ll create your own “I-Spy” nature bottle to take home and challenge your friends and family. Great for kids ages 6 – 10. Wear layers and appropriate footwear for being outside. Pack a snack and water bottle, too. You need to register ahead of time by calling 781.837.9400 or clicking HERE. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.


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/


You can visit the South Shore Natural Science Center from Tuesday, December 26 – Friday, December 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or even as late as 2:00 p.m. for school vacation week activities for kids ages 6 – 10! Join the staff of the Science Center as you discover “winter skies.” Each day will include hands on activities, experiments and outdoor explorations as you investigate the natural world. You’ll explore the historic and scientific reasons for the winter solstice as well as the constellations and planets. On Tuesday you’ll learn about constellations, Wednesday the winter solstice, Thursday planets and Friday galaxies. The cost is $35/day for members and $40/day for non-members with an additional $20 for the extended day. To register call 781.659.2559 or register online:  http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/online-registration/


The Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands will host their annual New Year’s Day excursion to Thompson Island on January 1st! Pricing and ticket information available online: http://www.fbhi.org/index.html


The James Library & Center for the Arts is hosting creative kids art classes Saturdays in January! The 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. is when the program, designed for kids ages 8 – 14, runs in Norwell. This 4-day art series is run by award-winning artists Lisa Flynn and Karen baker. Kids will work on their own pieces, exploring and creating with a variety of mediums. At the end of the series kids can choose to display some of their artwork at the James!! The fee covers all art supplies. Space is limited and you can register per class for $20 or sign up for all 4 classes for $75. Call 781.659.7100 or sign up online: http://www.jameslibrary.org/special-event/creative-kids-art-classes/


Ongoing Ideas


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.





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