what to do with the kids this weekend and through New Year’s Day 2019!

ice*Photo from the Boston Harbor Now website. https://www.bostonharbornow.org/nye/ 


Have you checked out ZooLights at the Stone Zoo? It runs every day this month! Stroll through the tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Different exhibits are lit and there are special days and guests too. Check out the Trolls and Spirit tree inside Santa’s castle or grab a photo with special Trolls guests Poppy and Branch! https://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/visit-with-dreamworks-trolls-at-zoolights/


All December and January go on a reindeer quest at Weir River Farm in Hingham! Grab your boots (or skis or snow shoes when we need ‘em) and seek out the elusive herd of wooden reindeer sculptures found throughout the farm’s trails. See how many you can find and leave a bell around each one’s neck! Start the quest in the lot by the green house at 140 Turkey Hill Lane, the bells will hang on the bulletin board. This event is free. You’re welcome to wave hello to all the barnyard friends but please note the barnyard itself will be closed. https://www.facebook.com/events/292080241415796/


Something to check out in Boston is taking place at Faneuil Hall, it’s called Blink! It’s a light and sound show running until January 1st. Blink features the signature holiday tree at Marketplace Center joined by other trees and lights throughout the property featuring six holiday favorites. Performances run from 4:30 – 10:00 p.m. daily.


Friday, December 28:

Today from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. head to the Whitman Public Library for active family fun day playing games like mini golf putting, bean bag toss, hopscotch and more!


Get out of the cold and head to the South Shore Children’s Museum in the Hanover Mall for a Moana Beach party at 4:00 p.m.! You’ll meet Moana and Maui and travel to the islands for some fun in the sun! The museum is also unveiling their brand new Mount Rushmore Climb exhibit. Free pizza and refreshments provided with admission to this event.  https://www.facebook.com/events/280563242600337/?active_tab=about


Saturday, December 29:

Plymouth WinterFest 2018 takes place today from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in downtown Plymouth. Featuring a laser light show, street performers and music, an aerial circus at Memorial Hall, face painting and so much more! So many wonderful family-friendly attractions and activities, inside and outside of many Main and Court Street merchants and restaurants, help design a fun-filled celebration of arts and entertainment. A portion of the money raised for WinterFest 2018 will be used for scholarships made available to local your for assistance with payment of fees for organized sports and other activities. The Plymouth Youth Foundation loves building more and more into their special night each year, and work towards promoting positive actions within the community that strive to make an impactful difference in people’s lives. http://www.plymouthwinterfest.org/ 


Monday, December 31:

Celebrate 2019 all day long with the family at the Children’s Museum in Easton! The party is bursting with crafts, magic shows, glitter tattoos, a glow in the dark dance party and more! You’ll count down to midnight at noon, 2:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. with confetti blasters and jubilation! Magic shows at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Pizza will be available for lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Each person received 1 piece with admission – additional pieces are $1 each. All of the excitement of the ball drop, without the sleepy start on New Year’s Day! Cost is $10 per person and members get one family member in for free.  https://www.cmeaston.org/events/newyear/


If you are heading to Boston you may want to take in the Boston Harbor Ice Sculpture Stroll as the Downtown waterfront and Harborwalk will be transformed into a magical, winter wonderland today from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Grab a map and visit all 16 ice sculptures along the route! There is also a free touch-a-truck featuring a vintage firetruck, patrol cars, US Coast Guard and Boston Harbor Pilot Boat vessels and more (marine vessels are docked at the Moakley Courthouse Pier and vehicles are parked on Sleeper Street between the Barking Crab and the Envoy Hotel from 1 – 4 p.m.) And of course, fireworks at midnight over the harbor!

Here’s the sculpture route with details on other events too: https://www.bostonharbornow.org/nye/?fbclid=IwAR0TEWTmaz8HxqY0whTolWDaX1Y87XDie6VO7nc7vQ7hDArpX7tgdxO6C40#icesculpture


Tuesday, January 1, 2019:

Join the North & South Rivers Watershed Association for their 25th year of ringing in the New Year by exploring the watershed on their New Year’s Day walk in Rockland and Abington from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. today. This year’s walk will follow the former corridor of the Hanover Branch Line, built in the 1860s by E.Y. Perry, a Hanover businessman who produced tacks. The railroad originally ran between Hanover Four Corners and North Abington before becoming part of the Old Colony Line in 1887. The walk will cover 2.5 miles of mostly paved trails and take about 1 hour to complete. Refreshments will be served after the walk. Plan to meet at the park at the Robert J. Nyman Rockland Senior center at 317 Plain Street. This event is free and open to the public but they do request you register: http://www.nsrwa.org/nsrwa-events/2019-new-years-day-walk/



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.


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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