what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, January 12 – Monday, January 15, 2018



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. Call 781.659.7100 or sign up online at http://www.jameslibrary.org/special-event/creative-kids-art-classes/


The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton is hosting a Kids Clay Studio series on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This workshop runs Jan 13, 20, 27 and February 3. Children love learning about the wonderful medium of clay and in this introduction to hand-building techniques the experienced teachers will explain all the steps of the clay process and encourage individual creativity! All pieces will be glazed and fired in the kiln. The materials are included in the fee: $60 for members/$95 for non-members. This program is for kids ages 6-10 at all skill levels. https://fullercraft.org/event/kids-clay-studio-january/2018-01-13/  Also on this series of Saturday, for the 12+ crowd, is an introduction to the potter’s wheel and hand-built pottery for students ages 12 – 16. Projects include cups, bowls and more as you learn the basic techniques of pottery. You’ll also learn how to decorate with glazes. All supplies are included for this all skill level class running from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Cost is $75 for members and $95 for non-members. https://fullercraft.org/event/youth-pottery-ages-12/2018-01-13/


Saturday, January 13, 2018:
For kids 4 and up what a great idea to keep your reading skills sharp, by reading to Dash, a therapy dog! Dash is a truly loveable Great Dane and a certified reading and therapy dog. He’s at the Hingham Library on select Saturdays, ready to be read to! You must call the library and register for your session – he’s available for 15 minute sessions on his “listening” days from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. http://www.hinghamlibrary.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=3140&month=1&year=2018&day=13&calType=0  

Head to the John Curtis Free Library in Hanover today at 11:00 a.m. to listen to the wonderful MamaSteph perform her music and share her stories with the toddler set. Always a favorite!


Just ahead of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday is your chance to help introduce your elementary aged child to the empowering and enriching work of service projects. Compassion Point will be at the Hingham Library from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. today, providing varying projects utilizing a range of children’s interests that will support local organizations. You can learn more by calling the library directly: 781.741.1405 ext. 1403. http://www.hinghamlibrary.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=3113&month=1&year=2018&day=13&calType=0


The Thomas Crane Public Library is Hollywood East today from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. when their Science Saturday topic is Stop Motion Animation. You’ll learn how to make your own short stop-motion animated movie! You will need to bring your own smartphone or tablet and the library would like you to pre-load one of the many stop-motion apps (Stop Motion Studio, iMotion, and PicPac are just a few) so you’ll be ready to start as soon as you arrive. They will provide the stages to film at, toys to use, stands for your devices and advice on how to make your own mini-movie! This program is geared for families with kids ages 3 and older. Get in touch with the children’s department for questions: 617.376.2411.  http://thomascranelibrary.org/



Monday, January 15, 2018:

The South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell invites you to participate in their Winter Discovery Day today from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Come dressed for the weather for hands on exploration, experiencing the fun of the season.


Celebrate MLK Day of Service by volunteering your time to give back to others today on the nation’s largest day of civic engagement. One such way is to help the team at the Soule Homestead in Middleboro from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Do you love sorting supplies? Do you get excited by organizing storage bins and making things neat and tidy? Then Soule needs you! The winter weather has the team shifting their focus from the fields to the indoor education center. They are looking for volunteers ages 12 to adults who love sorting, ordering, and organizing. You will begin the morning by taking a tour of the farm, visiting the animals, and learning more about Soule Homestead Education Center and the programs. Then it’s time to get to work. You will spend most of your time indoors, in the education center, sorting and organizing educational and craft supplies. Soule is looking for volunteers who love this type of work and who also enjoy socializing with others next to a cozy fire, while sipping coffee/tea. Dress: Wear comfy clothes to work indoors and bring warm outer-wear for the morning tour of the farm. Snack/Lunch: A light lunch will be provided, as well as coffee and tea. If you prefer, you can bring a lunch from home. Donations: If you have any clear storage bins (in good condition with lids) you are looking to get rid of, please bring them with you – they need of all sizes. Sign-up here: https://www.allforgood.org/projects/YQpY9P84 If you have questions email Katie at educator@soulehomestead.org or call Soule Homestead at 508-947-6744. For more Information on MLK Day of Service: https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday

Ongoing Ideas

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!