what to do with the kids: Friday, February 8 – Sunday, February 10, 2019

QLunar NY festival


Friday, February 8:

The Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting a Winter Night Walk tonight from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. This walk is great for kids ages 6 and older along with their families. Don’t let the darkness of winter bring you down, get outside and celebrate it! Join Education Coordinator Amy Quist for a winter night walk around the sanctuary to explore all things nocturnal. Discover how animals adapt to the night, turn your eyes to the skies in search of winter stars, and participate in some sensory experiments. Come take a walk in the dark and experience the sanctuary in a whole new “light!” This program may include walking over uneven terrain so be sure to wear strong footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. The 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.  https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/north-river/63616-winter-night-walk


Saturday, February 9:

Ring in the Year of the Pig at a free Lunar New Year celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston! Explore Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying a variety of music and dance performances throughout the museum from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You can also go on a tour or talk highlighting works in the Art of Asia galleries, watch and participate in demonstrations of Saebae, a traditional bowing and greeting ceremony practiced in Korea during New Year celebrations, make your own clay tea cup, discover your Chinese zodiac sing and paint it on a scroll and build an origami lantern! Did we mention admission to the museum is free? Free performance tickets are required for the Chinese Lion dance (11:30 a.m. – 12:15 and 1:30 – 2:15) limited availability, first come, first served and available 60 minutes before show times and for the traditional Korean Dances 2-2:30 and again from 3:30 – 4:15. For more details visit https://www.mfa.org/programs/special-event/lunar-new-year-celebration  


You can enjoy a Saturday afternoon at the movies…at Brockton Public Library! Bring the family to watch Incredibles 2 (kids under 12 must have an adult with them). Light refreshments will be available and you can sign up in the Children’s Room or by calling 508.580.7890 x301. The Teen Zone is hosting a movie matinee today too: Mean Girls will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Popcorn and light refreshments will be available.


The Hingham Public Library has a wonderful opportunity for your new(ish) reader to gain comfort and experience reading: it’s their read to a dog program! Saturday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. you can book your 15 minute reading sessions through the children’s department by calling 781.741.1405 x1403 or sending an email to hijuv@ocln.org. Reading to a trained therapy dog helps develop literacy skills and builds confidence and self-esteem. This program is great for kids ages 5 and older.


Sunday, February 10:

The 31st annual Lunar New Year Festival, hosted by Quincy Asian Resources, takes place today from noon until 5:00 p.m. at North Quincy High School. Admission is free and there is free parking at the North Quincy MBTA station. There will be a Dragon Dance at noon as well as a K-Pop demo by the MIT Asian Dance Team. A Super Smash Brothers ultimate tournament takes place from noon until 4:00 p.m. and every half hour winners play for cash prizes. You can make firefly masks and brush up on your hula hoop skills as well as eat delicious Asian food and drinks from bubble tea to crab rangoons and more. There will be magic and a karaoke contest too! Oh and there will be a “year of the pig” photo booth! https://quincyasianresources.org/lunarnewyear/


The Children’s Museum in Easton offers a MakerSpace station in the museum, a place for creativity to come to life through planning, construction, testing and invention. Creative thinking is as vital as math, reading or writing. It fosters problem-solving and experimentation. It evolves questions into ideas and ideas into inventions: trial and error, success and failure. Plan, make, play, repeat! Spread some kindness and hugs in this week’s love inspired art! Today, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. kids will be sowing seeds of kindness. Who would enjoy a treat made with seeds?  J MakerSpace crafts happen just about every day so be sure to check the museum’s schedule to see what fun is to be had in the MakerSpace station. https://www.cmeaston.org/




February Vacation Week


Wednesday, February 20:

The Dinosaur Quest of Dr. T-Rex is “prehysterical” family fun abounds during school vacation week at the Company Theatre with The Dinosaur Quest of Dr. T-Rex! Join well-versed, one of a kind paleontologist Dr. T-Rex as he incorporates six large, highly realistic and life-like dinosaur puppets into a delightfully funny and educational show. Filled with audience participation, the unexpected, and lots of prehistoric mischief and mayhem, perfect for anyone who loves dinosaurs! There are two programs on 2/20: 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. https://www.companytheatre.com/the-dinosaur-quest-of-dr-t-rex/


Thursday, February 21 & Friday, February 22:

Come to the “Canine Cabaret” with Mutts Gone Nuts at the Company Theatre in Norwell. Mutts Gone Nuts, a hilarious pack of talented rescue dogs led by Scott and Joan Houghton. This training team has created a professional dog thrill show line no other. Meet incredible high flying Frisbee dogs, tight wire dogs, the one and only Sammie the Talking Dog, and Geronimo, a Guinness world record holder! Photos may be taken after the performance with the furry stars for a cash donation to the Scituate Animal Shelter.  There are three Mutts Gone Nuts program: 2/21 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 2/22 at 1:00 p.m.  https://www.companytheatre.com/mutts-gone-nutts/


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.! 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.



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