What to do with the kids this weekend: Thursday, December 31, 2015 – Sunday, January 3, 2016


Through January 3rd you can head to Stone Zoo to view the ZooLights! Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, Canada lynx, reindeer and arctic foxes! You can meet Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during nightly photo ops and enjoy holiday hot chocolate with the reindeer! For details visit zoonewenglad.com! And this Saturday, December 19, you can head to Franklin Park Zoo and visit with Santa for photos inside the Tropical Forest building which is home to the newest zoo resident – baby gorilla Azize!


The Hingham Recreation Department has opened their winter indoor playground and kids ages 0-5 are invited to head to 201 Central Street to enjoy the joys of a playground – indoors! The gym includes climbing structures, tumbling mats and ride-on toys and much more – each week brings new surprises! You can just show up between 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. or 3:00 – 5:15 p.m. on Saturdays – the cost is $5 per child. They are also open from 3:00 – 5:15 p.m. on Fridays. This indoor playground is open until March 19, 2016. You can find more details online HERE.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ring in the New Year at the Children’s Museum in Easton! From 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ($10 per person), make new friends and keep the time honored traditions of ringing in the new year at this day long celebration. The party features crafts, games, activities, magic shows with Awesome Robb at 11, 1, and 3:00 p.m. which means family fun for all! Occasionally breaks from the merriment to count down the new year with confetti blasts and a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Food and drinks available for purchase and the confetti blast takes place at noon, 2 and 4:00 p.m. For details visit childrensmuseumineaston.org.


Friday, January 1, 2016:
Happy New Year!


The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will sponsor free, guided hikes in 11 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative – it’s their 25th anniversary of doing so! Park staff will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on the state park. Details about hike locations, difficulty, length, terrain and tips for proper clothing are listed at www.mass.gov/dcr. Hikers are also encouraged to tweet, post, and tag photos on social media using @MassDCR and #FirstDayHikes.


Here are the hikes in or around the South Shore:

-          Pope John Paul Park, Hallet Street, Dorchester, noon. Meet at the Hallet Street entrance. Hot chocolate will be available after the hike at the McKeon Post.

-          Blue Hills State Reservation, Hillside Street, Milton, noon. Meet at the Houghton’s Pond parking lot at 840 Hillside St. Free soup will be served at noon, hikes begin at 1 p.m.

-          Myles Standish State Forest, South Carver, 194 Cranberry Road, 1 p.m. Meet in the Parking Lot near Forest Headquarters, 12:30 p.m.

-          Nantasket Beach, Hull, 10:00 a.m. Meet at the MJM Bathhouse at 204 Nantastket Avenue.

-          Nickerson State Park, Rt. 6A, Brewster, 1:00 p.m. Meet at the Main lot near entrance.


The North and South Rivers Watershed Association invite you to join them for then annual New Year’s Day hike today from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. All are welcome to this free event – just show up at the Norwell middle School at 328 Main Street in Norwell. There will be activities, hot chocolate, snacks and more! For details, visit nsrwa.org.


Saturday, January 2, 2015:
Keith Johnson’s Bubbleology is back at the South Shore Natural Science Center! Join Keith today for one of his three shows: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. 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 will have you roaring with laughter! Discover how to continue the experiments in your own home, too! This program is geared toward kids ages 3 and older, tickets are $7 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Please call soon for your tickets: 781.659.2559.


Sunday, January 3, 2016:


Upcoming and Ongoing Programs:


If you have an upcoming event for families let us know by e-mail at robhakala@959watd.com or send it to “what to do with the kids” c/o The South Shore’s Morning News at 130 Enterprise Drive in Marshfield, MA, 02050!




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