what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, February 23 – Sunday, February 25, 2017

lego falcon

Image taken from American Bird Art Museum in Canton’s Facebook page!


Friday, February 23, 2018:

Today from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and again from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. you can meet author and illustrator Frimma Buckman as she reads from her story, David the Bus Driver at Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth! Frimma will also teach kids the art of illustration – you’ll learn to write and illustrate a book yourself, and make one to take home! This program is for kids ages 5 – 11.


Saturday, February 24, 2018:

Celebrate nature through art, songs, puppets, stories, and nature play along the trails, in the nature play area, museum, and studio space at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton today for their Winter Nature and Art Discovery Program from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. This is a drop-in program for ages 2.5 to 6 with an adult (siblings welcome). Each week is a different theme and will include a story, nature exploration, and an exploration of a different art medium. When the weather is nice you will spend time outside. This will be a weekly program. The program will run through Saturday, March 17.   Each week is $8M/$9NM per child/adult pair. Registration is required and you can call 781.821.8853 or here online: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:startDate=1519448400:endDate=1519534800:whatTags[]=exclude_camps:program_code=56820  


And for kids 6 – 12, you can learn about fantastic foxes and winter animal tracks today from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton! Winter is a great time to look for animal tracks and signs. You’ll be joining naturalist and teaching artist Cam Boyce on an adventure in search of tracks and other signs of animals that stay active during the winter. Finding tracks offers a glimpse into a world that we might not otherwise see. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be surprised at how much you can learn about which animals come to visit your yard – and what they do when they are there!! The wildlife sanctuary in Canton has a resident population of both Gray and Red Foxes and this program will drive deeper into how they use the sanctuary. After searching for animal signs and tracks you’ll head into the art studio to create fox-inspired artwork! You must register for this event which is $7 for member kids and $10 for non-member kids. Call 781.821.8853: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:startDate=1519448400:endDate=1519534800:whatTags[]=exclude_camps:program_code=58950


From 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. today you can go birding with your own tutor – it’s time for the coastal birds by van tour with the staff of the North River Wildlife Sanctuary! This program is ideal for adults and kids 10 and older. You’ll have your own personal birding tutor from the South Shore Sanctuaries cadre of experienced and enthusiastic birders for small groups up to 5 people. Along with approachable expertise, there will be field guides and binoculars to share, as well, as you learn the basics to use you up for a lifetime of birding adventures! This popular series will feature a look at coastal birds as the van heads to winter hot spots. Registration is required and the cost is $8 for adult and kid members, $11 for adult and kid non-members. Call 781.837.9400.



Also from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. today: calling all explorers, builders, and nature lovers! If you love to create, learn about nature and make new discoveries, join the team at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton for their Nature and Art STEAM Lab: LEGO critter creations program! This program is ideal for the family and kids ages 7 – 10 years old. You’ll be able to build with LEGOs and take home an animal that you made out of LEGOs, create art and explore the sanctuary to learn about the amazing wildlife that lives in your neighborhood in the winter. Today you’ll learn about the amazing hawks and falcons that live in Massachusetts! You’ll go on a hike through the sanctuary to search for these birds, including the resident Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, and Red-shouldered Hawk. After the hike you’ll head indoors to create the world’s fastest bird, the Peregrine Falcon, out of LEGO’s! You’ll also create a habitat and prey item for your Falcon out of LEGO’s too! And you’ll take your creation home! Register by calling 781.821.8853. Cost is $22.50 for child members and $27.50 for child non-members (adults free).



Keep your reading skills sharp by reading to Boo, a certified reading and therapy Shih Tzu! Boo will be at the Hingham Library today and he is available for 15 minute sessions from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This is suitable for kids ages 4 and older. Call the library to reserve your spot: 781.741.1405 ext. 1403.


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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