What to do with the kids: Friday, February 5 – Sunday, February 7, 2016

lunar new year

Been to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? A variety of special exhibits await your discovery: www.fullercraft.org.

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

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

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.


Friday, February 5, 2016:

Head to the Boston Children’s Museum tonight for Italian Culture Night from 6-8:30 p.m. It’s a celebration of Italian culture with performing and visual arts, science and more!

Head to the Ames Nowell State Park in Abington this evening from 5:30-6:45 p.m. for an Owl Prowl! This free event is suitable for kids of all ages. As the season of courtship, the month of February is a very vocal month for owls in New England. Join expert naturalist Judy Macioci on a hike in search of the resident great horned and screech owls of Ames Nowell State Park. Learn first-han about the many amazing adaptations owls are equipped with and how to call an owl. Registration is required for this free event – 781.837.9400 and visit their website HERE for details.


Saturday, February 6, 2015:
Scituate’s Winter Festival is today from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Widow’s Walk Golf Course! This event features face painting and tattoos, a guided bird walk, horse draw hay rides, story time and crafts, music food and refreshments. It’s a fun and free family day for all! Please note, there will be no on-site parking, you can park at the Greenbush lot and a shuttle will take you to and from the golf course. For details visit the town of Scituate’s Recreation Department’s Facebook page HERE.

Join Amy Quist at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield tonight from 6-7:30 p.m. for fireside stories and winter stargazing! This family event is suitable for kids ages 4 and older and registration is required. Bring the family for an evening under the stars and discover the attraction of the winter sky! Listen to stories about Orion the Hunter, the Gemini Twins and more. Enjoy a short walk to explore the stars and learn about some of the more famous constellations that form the great winter hexagon. Begin your journey through the night sky! Light refreshments will be provided and the cost for this event is $10 for adult nonmembers, $8 for adult members, $8 for children nonmembers and $6 for children members. Register online HERE or call 781.834.9400.

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to ring in the Year of the Monkey! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. Be sure to find the vibrant floral arrangements around the building and stop in for an Asian-inspired lunch at the Garden Cafeteria. There are tours, walks, a lion dance and many more performances throughout the day. Admission is free for all! Find the complete schedule online: http://www.mfa.org/programs/series/lunar-new-year-celebration


Sunday, February 7, 2016:
Bring the family and your snowshoes to the South Shore Natural Science Center today (or use a pair from the Science Center!) and join them for a winter adventure in the Science Center’s woods. You’ll explore and have fun in the snow, look for animal tracks, learn about the history of snowshoeing and enjoy some hot cocoa! The family snowshoe hike is today from1:30 – 3:00 p.m. and is suitable for kids ages 3 and up. You must preregister by calling 781.659.2559 or online at http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/family-snowshoe-hike/. Cost of the event is $5 for member children, $8 for nonmember children accompanied by adults.


February Vacation Week Programs 2/14 – 2/21

All week long

Head to The South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell for their week-long program called Unexplored Lands. Taking place from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, this series of classes is designed for kids ages 6-10. There are many places that humans have not fully explored, places of mystery. Can anything live in the complete darkness of a cave or in the depths of the ocean? Is there life on other planets? How can one survive the ice-covered land at the bottom of the world? Join us as we investigate these unexplored areas through hands-on activities, games, and experiments. What will you discover? Dress for the weather.

Monday, February 15: Forests
Tuesday, February 16: Ocean
Wednesday, February 17: Caves
Thursday, February 18: Planets
Friday, February 19: Antarctica

Fees: $33/day Member; $38/day Non-Member; Extended day – $15/day
Preregistration is required. To register for this program please call 781.659.2559 or register online here.

The Science Center is also host to a February vacation week program for younger kids called Human and Animal Connections. Nature Center Preschool Teachers and Science Center Naturalists combine talents for unique Vacation Week Programs for children ages 3 to 6! Please send your child to the program with a peanut free/dairy free snack and lunch, and appropriate dress for going outside. We will explore how humans and animals are very similar. Children will discover how animals play, use their senses, and cooperate with each other in families while comparing these discoveries to their own lives.

Monday, February 15: Animal Play
Tuesday, February 16: Our Five Senses
Wednesday, February 17: Families
Thursday, February 18: Animal Communication
Friday, February 19: Animals at Work

Fees: $33/day Member; $38/day Non-Member; Extended day – $15. Preregistration is required.

Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset has a few special days of vacation fun for the little ones. You can see what’s happening at the farm in the winter with lots of activities and growth, even in the cold months. On Tuesday, February 16 you’ll make and take home rich compost. On Wednesday, February 17 you’ll head into the woods and to the trails for an exploratory hike. And on Thursday, February 18 you’ll be encouraging spring and sow some hearty seeds to bring home. And each day you’ll get to greet and check in on all the farm animals. You can go for 1, 2 or all 3 days. The cost is $45 per day or $135 for all 3 days for members, $50 per day or $150 for all 3 for nonmembers. You must preregister by calling 781.383.6565.


The North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield is hosting vacation week activities to help the little ones explore nature’s playground. From Tuesday, February 16 – Friday, February 19 from 9am until 3pm each day will bring a new set of adventures for kids’ ages 6-11 in grades 1-5. You’ll spend time both indoors and out, investigating tracks and adaptations if winter wildlife, combing the beach for treasures. You’ll experience the joys only winter weather can provide, and be entertained, energized and educated about how plants and animals weather the cold. The cost of the program is $55 for Mass Audubon member children each day, $65 for nonmember children each day. The these for each of the days are:

Tuesday, February 16: Winter Wildlife Detectives

Wednesday, February 17: 4th Annual Winter Beach Party

Thursday, February 18: Winter Tracking Adventure

Friday, February 19: Winter Nature Nuts


For more info and to register call 781.837.9400 or register online HERE.

Monday, February 15

All eyes are on the owls today at The South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell! Owl expert Marcia Wilson will introduce you to her menagerie of owls and you can get an up-close view of these amazing denizens of the New England fields and forests. It promises to be a hoot! This show is geared for kids ages 3 & up, and the cost is $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. There are three shows to choose from on Monday: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Call to reserve your tickets: 781.659.2559.


Friday, February 19

Teddy Bear Picnic and Puppet Show at the South Shore Children’s Museum in Hanover from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wear your pajamas and bring along a teddy bear or favorite stuffed friend to this special picnic event. Pack a blanket and lunch and join the museum crew for a fun puppet show. Each child receives a special gift for their teddy and a book! The cost is $15 for children and adults are free.  For details, visit southshorecm.org.


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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