what to do with the kids this weekend: 1/11 – 1/13/19



This month 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/


Friday, January 11:

Tonight, Plymouth North High School Vocal Music presents their annual Winter A Cappella concert at 7:00 p.m. at Plymouth North High School. Featuring a cappella groups from Plymouth North, Northern Lights, Girl Treble, Menergy, Spectrum and special guests from Ithaca College, Premium Blend, this will be a great night of music! https://www.facebook.com/events/272217650304241/


Saturday, January 12:

Today is a great day for a family animal tracking adventure at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton from 10:30 a.m. – noon! Great for kids ages 6 and older, you’ll learn how animals survive in the winter and you have a chance to become a “nature detective” and learn about “stories in the snow” and many other signs that wildlife leave behind as clues to how and where they travel to find food, water and shelter. In addition, you’ll learn about various animal adaptions which help them survive and thrive in harsh conditions. This program begins in the auditorium with a hands-on investigation of animal specimens and artifacts. Then you’ll hike into the forest around trailside to look for tracks and signs of local wildlife. Please wear sturdy winter boots and weather-appropriate, layered clothing! The cost is $8 for kid and adult members and $10 for kid and adult nonmembers. Registration required: 617.333.0690  https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/blue-hills/62560-family-animal-tracking-adventure


Head to the Hingham Public Library today from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. to read to Boo and his partner, Toni! Boo is a Shih Tzu who provides a supportive environment to practice reading! Reading to trained therapy dogs helps develop literacy skills and builds confidence and self-esteem. The library’s canine friends are all wonderful, patient listeners who are looking forward to reading with you! Reading sessions are 15 minutes for kids ages 5 and older. You’ll need to reserve a spot by calling the children’s department at 781.741.1405 x 1403.


Sustainable Middleborough is hosting a film for ages called Young Voices For the Planet, about young people making a big difference along with a discussion beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Middleborough Public Library on North Main Street. You’ll see a series of short films about kids and teens taking action to help keep our plant clean and healthy, right in their own towns. You’ll also meet two of the young Massachusetts activities in the film who got involved, spoke up at Town Meeting and changed their community for the better! It’s also a chance for you to bring your own ideas and learn what people of all ages can accomplish right in in their own backyard. Find Sustainable Middleborough on Facebook to keep up with their news and projects! https://www.facebook.com/SustainableMiddleborough/ 


Plymouth Public Library is hosting a teen metalsmithing workshop at 2:00 p.m. today. You can try this historic craft with Heather Beck, a Massachusetts-based metalsmith and jewelry maker. You’ll learn about the technical aspects of metalsmithing and create your own copper bookmark! This program is geared for teens 12 – 18 and is limited to a dozen participants so you must register ahead of time: 508.830.4250. http://www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Jan19.pdf



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! Fuller Craft Museum also offers classes, workshops and events throughout the year and they have several sessions and classes kicking off in January! 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. https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/


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


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



About Lisa Azizian

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