what to do with the kids this weekend: 11/16 – 11/18/2018



It’s America’s Hometown Celebration, the Thanksgiving Parade, which takes place on Saturday, November 17th! The festivities kick off at the waterfront around 10:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony and the parade steps off from Benny’s plaza at 11:00 a.m. 

This is one of America’s only historically accurate chronological parades, visually bringing to life America’s rich heritage representing each century from the 17th through the 21st. In showing the preservation of America’s history through the years, beginning with the Pilgrim era, the parade promotes an appreciation among citizens for our rich heritage. It features beautifully decorated floats, nationally recognized Drum and Bugle Corps, re-enactment units from every period of American history and military marching units. You can see the schedule here – http://usathanksgiving.com/parade/  The day also includes food trucks on the waterfront and a Children’s Pavilion with activities for the kids until 4:00 p.m. The Illuminate Thanksgiving program follows at 4:00 p.m. – a program of spoken word, music, art and a lighted procession to the waterfront from the National Pilgrim Memorial Meeting House (formerly the First Parish Church) in Plymouth. The historic and beautiful Brewster Gardens will be brought to life with living historians creating a portal to the past, a village with authentic camps and scenarios of historical eras. A great place to learn and be entertained. 

On Saturday, November 17th, head to the Hingham Public Library for a magical, musical morning as MamaSteph performs from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Also at 10:30 a.m. today at the Hingham Library – you can read to Salty! Salty is a member of the Read to A Dog teams and Salty is a 14-year-old Chihuahua who is a gentle patient listener and a certified therapy dog. Salty listening dates for 2018 are November 17, November 24 and December 08. He will be available for 15 minute sessions on his “listening” days. *Please call the Children’s and Young Adult Department to register for your preferred sitting. Suitable for kids age 5 and up.

On Sunday, November 18th, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. it’s time to walk and talk turkey at the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth.  Did Benjamin Franklin really want it to be our national bird? What’s a snood? If the last native Massachusetts bird was killed in 1851, why do we see so many now? What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to join the Tidmarsh crew on a walk at a former cranberry farm and learn all about the stars of many a Thanksgiving table, turkeys! This program is great for kids who are ages ten and older. The cost for members is $5 and $7 for non members. Registration is required by calling 508-927-1200 or clicking HERE



About Lisa Azizian

Lisa loves sitting by Rob’s side as his official Sidekick on The South Shore’s Morning News!