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what to do with the kids this weekend:11/15 – 11/17/19





STARTING NOV 22: The Trustees’ Winterlights event takes place this season at the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton which will sparkle with thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the family for scavenger hunts, crafts, seasonal characters and experiences as well as food and refreshments and more. Winterlights runs multiple evenings each week starting the weekend before Thanksgiving and running through the end of December. Cost for members is $12, non-members $17 and kids under age 12 are admitted for free.


STARTING NOV 22: ZooLights is back at the Stone Zoo from November 22 through January 4th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Stroll along the tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights, where you’ll see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and even reindeer! As you explore the paths of Stone Zoo be prepared to spot over 40 live-size animal sculptures made from millions of colorful LEGO bricks! From the iconic elephant (made from over 270,000 bricks!) to the feisty Tasmanian devil, safari-goers will discover wildlife from all corners of the globe. Enjoy more festive fun by warming up by the fire pits and toasting marshmallows for s’mores, available for purchase. You can visit Santa through December 24 and you’ll want to check out their website for more details on special events at ZooLights like ice princesses and hot chocolate with the reindeer!!


Saturday, November 16:

The Inly School in Scituate is hosting a slither and slime program for kids in pre-k through grade two! This family fun and open house is free and open to the public and features a reptile show by the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and slim making too! Limited capacity; first come, first served from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. More online HERE.


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 Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Designed for kids ages 5 and older you can reserve a 15 minute reading session by calling the Children’s Department: 781.741.1405 x1403. This week you’ll read to Salty, a Chihuahua, and his partner Christina. Reading to a trained therapy dog 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!


The Plymouth Public Library hosts Family LEGO Club today from 2:00 – 3:30 for kids ages 5 and older! They’ve got a large collection of LEGOs and the library wants to see kids use their imagination to build your own creation, or they will provide you with a challenge!


It’s the day of the owls! Two programs to help the kiddos learn about owls. First we’ll start at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. for their Family Owl Prowl. Explore Tidmarsh in search of their resident owls or those who are just passing through. You’ll start by learning about owls in our region and becoming familiar with their calls, followed by a twilight walk where you’ll stop, look and listen for whooooo might be out there! This is a program created for kids ages 7 and older. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required either online or by calling 508.927.1200.


Celebrate Friendsgiving at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston today from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Whether finding food or protecting one another, many of the animals living at Franklin Park Zoo depend on their family dynamics to survive. Did you know prairie dogs have unique “barks” to warn their colony of predators, or that ring-tailed lemurs keep their tails raised like flags to keep group members together when traveling? Head to the zoo today to watch as lemurs indulge in the festive holiday feast of their own as we celebrate the bonds that keep them together. Their will be enrichments treats for more animals and scheduled zookeeper chats throughout the day. You’re invited to add a paper feather to the Friendsgiving turkey but writing down something you’re grateful for, and you can make a take-home turkey craft too. In the spirit of Friendsgiving you can make your own friendship bracelets to wear, too. Your favorite cowboy and cowgirl from Toy Story will be on hand for a photo op too!

Here’s the schedule of events:


10:30 a.m. – ring-tailed lemur keeper chat

11:00 a.m. – Bird’s World keeper chat

11:30 a.m. – lion keeper chat

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – storytime and mystery animal encounter in the tropical forest

1:30 p.m. – prairie dog keeper chat

2:00 p.m. – gorilla forage feed and keeper chat

2:30 p.m. – kangaroo keeper chat

3:00 p.m. – Franklin Farm keeper chat



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