what to do with the kids this weekend and through February vacation

eyes owls


On both Saturday and Sunday you can build a pine cone bird feeder at World’s End in Hingham! Through  March, you can venture out into the winter landscape and collect supplies to make your own pine cone birdfeeder. Talk to the friendly World’s End rangers before heading out, they will show you great places to find pine cones on the property then take your pine cone back to the gatehouse to build your birdfeeder. They will provide all the supplies you will need. While you’re making your bird feeder, learn from the ranger about all the migrating birds that call Worlds End home! This program is free and fun for kids of all ages. No registration needed, simply visit the property on Saturday or Sunday during normal hours of operation, around 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/south-shore/event-36830.html?srregion=south-shore&srrelated_property=&srevent_type=&dateType=srevent_start_date&srstartDate=01%2F19%2F2018&srendDate=01%2F21%2F2018&x=52&y=7



Saturday, February 17, 2018:

Head to the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield today from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to learn about winter birds! Let’s Explore: Winter Birds at the Feeder is a great program designed for kids 4 and older to help celebrate National Bird Feeding Month and to discover how birdwatching can be fun for the whole family. While lack of food sources force many birds to hear south for the winter, backyard bird feeders can be found booming with life! You’ll learn about Cardinals, Chickadees, Woodpeckers and other beautiful birds that stay with us through the cold winter season. You’ll go on a guided bird walk, make a bird craft and construct a small bird feeder to take home! This program with activities taking place both inside and outdoors – be sure to dress appropriately! The cost is $9 for adult members and $7 for child members; $11 for adult non-members and $9 for child non-members. Please register by calling 781.837.9400 or online https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=56310


From 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. today kids ages 6 – 10 can head to the Fuller Craft Museum’s drawing studio to learn to use line, shape, form, texture and space to make two dimensions come alive in this four-week course (another class held on March 10). Projects may include still life and drawings from imagination using pencils, charcoal, pastel and more. All supplies included in the $60 member and $95 non-member cost.


Keep your reading skills sharp by reading to Luke, a certified reading and therapy Goldendoodle! Luke will be at the Hingham Library today and he is available for 15-minute sessions from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Call the library to reserve your spot: 781.741.1405 ext. 1403.


Monday, February 19, 2018:

It’s President’s Day, and the start of school vacation week. Let’s kick off the week at the South Shore Natural Science Center http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/eyes-on-owls-11am/  for their ever-popular Eyes on Owls program, both at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Great for kids ages 3 and up, families are invited to join owl experts Marcia and Mark Wilson who will introduce you to their menagerie of owls! Get an up close view of these amazing citizens of the New England fields and forests – it will be a hoot! The cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members and it includes admission to the South Shore Natural Science Center. You can call 781.659.2559 to purchase tickets.


February School Vacation Week:

Help Sherlock Holmes Solve the mystery of the vanishing violin at the Children’s Museum in Easton during school vacation week. There are lots of fun things to do at the Children’s Museum this week: solve a mystery, make a craft and of course, explore the museum’s three floors of hands-on exhibits! The mystery of the missing violin runs from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. during the week.


The North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield is hosting February vacation programs Tuesday – Friday for children ages 7 – 11 years old, or in grades 1 – 5. The classes run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday’s program is winter wildlife detective, Wednesday is winter ponding exploration, Thursday is the 7th annual winter beach party and Friday’s class to wrap the week is winter nature nuts. Visit Massaudubon.org for details.


Tuesday, February 20:

The amazing Scott Jameson presents a show that combines magic, juggling, music and humor. He’s back at the John Curtis Free Library in Hanover today from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. You must register for this thrilling program and can do so online http://www.hanovermass.com/library/?page_id=8 or by calling 781.826.2972 x 4



Take the LEGO design challenge at the Hingham Public Library from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.! The theme is Winter Olympics and kids in grades 2 – 5 should bring their Olympic ideas and the library will provide the LEGOs – kids under 9 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.


Wednesday, February 21:

Check out the Music Together program at the Hingham Public Library along with the staff from the South Shore Conservatory today from 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.! Music is truly a universal language and it has the power to bring families and communities together in harmony. Treat yourself and your littles ages zero to four for this special preview class. Space is limited and you must reserve a spot by calling 781.745.1405 ext 1403 or register online http://www.hinghamlibrary.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=3304&month=2&year=2018&day=21&calType=0


Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Hingham Public Library and create traditional Chinese crafts today from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Great for kids 5 and older.


At the Ventress Library in Marshfield today there will be a rubber ducky soap making workshop for kids ages 5- 9 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and for ages 10 and up from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.!


South Shore Natural Science Center Vacation Camp

For kids ages 3 through 6 years old you’ll learn all about “nature’s engineers” each day of the week, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Through outdoor exploration, art, and a special focus on engineering experiences, children will investigate the natural world in winter. From snowshoes to warm puffy coats to ice homes and airplanes, you’ll explore how animals, weather, and plants have inspired people to engineer inventions to survive and enjoy the cold and more. The topics are as follows:

Monday – wonderful owl wings

Tuesday – brave winter birds

Wednesday – sculpting with ice and snow

Thursday – fantastic rabbit feet

Friday – snuggly squirrel nests

The cost is $40 day for members and $45 a day for non-members. An extended day from 12:30 – 2:30 is available for an additional $25.

For kids ages 6 – 10, classes run all week from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with the same theme of nature’s engineers. Join the South Shore Natural Science Center staff exploring the natural world to inspire us to design, build and test ideas and to create a solution to a problem. The topics are as follows:

Monday – flight

Tuesday – camouflage

Wednesday – water locomotion

Thursday – structures

Friday – armor and protection

The cost is $65 a day for members and $75 a day for non-members per class. http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/february-vacation-week-ages-6-10/2018-02-19/


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.







About Lisa Azizian

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