what to do with the kids: Friday, Jan. 18 – Monday, Jan. 21, 2019



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 18:

If you’ve got a kiddo with a half day of school on Friday you may want to head to Soule Homestead in Middleboro for a program called from barn to yarn, all about sheep and wool, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.! Kids ages 7 and older can join Miss Katie, Miss Meg and Education Intern, Miss Kate to learn the steps from the barn into yarn! You’ll head out to the barn to meet some of Soule Homestead’s Shetland Sheep that grow high quality fleeces. You will then card some clean wool and try your hand at making yarn with a hook and a drop spindle. Miss Kate, Soule’s amazing intern has raised sheep, worked at a yarn shop in NYC and loves to practice making natural dyes. She will lead the children through the basics of knitting and they will take home everything they need to keep going with their project. If your child already has their own knitting needles or favorite yarn that they would prefer to use, feel free to send them along. Pre-registration is required so email Soule at educator@soulehomestead.org or call 508.947.6744 to reserve your space. Children from The Burkland School and MKG may be able to take the bus directly to Soule Homestead from school, contact Soule for details. Members: $25, non-members: $30. https://www.facebook.com/events/1104634429722926/ 


Join the Audubon’s Education Coordinator for the South Shore Sanctuaries, Amy Quist, and other naturalists for a Full Moon Owl Prowl for the whole family tonight from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield! Great for kids 4 and older and their families, you’ll want to put on your woolies and prepare to learn HOO’s calling during this chilly time of year! You’ll have a howling good time as you prowl about the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in search of some special creatures of the night. You’ll seek out the great horned and screech owl, learn their calls and discover a few secrets to surviving the nocturnal wild! Cost is $9 for adult members, $11 for adult non-members, $7 for kid members and $9 for kid non-members. Registration is required by calling 781.837.9400 or online here. You may be walking over uneven terrain in limited light so be sure to dress for the weather and wear strong footwear! https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/north-river/63617-full-moon-family-owl-prowl


Saturday, January 19:

The Cameo Theater in Weymouth, across from the Fogg Library in Columbian Square is hosting a free screening of the 2017 Lego Batman movie at 10:00 a.m. today! Lego Batman is rated PG and admission is free courtesy of Weymouth Public Libraries. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Popcorn and snacks will be available for purchase. https://www.facebook.com/events/2020368234922357/


**Program below is full but email/call re: wait list.

For kids 5 and older how about a Full Moon Night Hike at Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.? Join the staff at Oak Knoll for a talk where you will learn about the moon and nocturnal animals. After the talk enjoy special nighttime hike on the trails and see if you can find some interesting nighttime wildlife. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Register by calling 508.223.3060 or online https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/oak-knoll/63538-full-moon-night-hke


Sunday, January 20:

Back at Oak Knoll in Attleboro on Sunday you can attend a Fairy House Workshop from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. today! You’ll take a hike with the staff to learn about the legends of the fairies and trolls that live in Oak Knoll and after the hike you’ll head back to the Nature center to build your very own fairy house! Pre-registration is required for materials for a fairy house kit and this program is great for kids 5 and older. Cost for member adults and kids is $20 and for non-member adults and kids it’s $25. Call 508.223.3060 or online https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/oak-knoll/63542-fairy-house-workshop


Monday, January 21:

Dust off your proper Royal Court attire for cocoa and cookies with Princess Elena of Avalor at the South Shore Children’s Museum in Hanover today at 11:00 a.m. You can enjoy a hot cocoa bar and cookie decorating. Space is limited to 30 children and the cost is $10. You can find more details, along with a link to purchase your tickets, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/344869286108066/?active_tab=about



Saturday, January 26th: Family Outdoor Discovery Days at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth. The last Saturday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. you can take to the trails and discover something new about nature at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth! You could read a story, make a craft or sing songs, but you’ll also always explore the outdoors and have fun. No day will be the same so you should join for each one! These programs are geared toward kids ages 4 – 7 and adults are expected to stay with the kiddos during the program. Both member and nonmember adults are registered for free, member children are $5 and non-member children are $7.

Sunday, January 27th: It’s time to learn about Rainforest Reptiles at the South Shore Natural Science Center today at 11:00 a.m. 1 and 3:00 p.m. Meet alligators, turtles, and snakes from the neo-tropical rainforest to the subtropical rainforests of the world. You will be thrilled and excited by the Science Center’s favorite herpetologist who will give you every fact and dispel your misconceptions about the rainforest and the reptiles that live in them. If you’ve never experienced a rainforest reptile show you’re in for a treat! The cost is $8 for members and $11 for non-members. Call 781.659.2559 to purchase your tickets ahead of time for this very popular show! http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/rainforest-reptile-1100am/


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!