what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, November 22 — Sunday, November 24, 2019



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 Friday, November 22 with a member preview and running through the end of December. Cost for members is $12, non-members $17 and kids under age 12 are admitted for free. http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/special-events/winterlights-tickets.html


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!! https://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/zoolights



Saturday, November 23:

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving celebrations get underway this weekend including the famous parade on Saturday, with the opening ceremony at 10:30 and the parade stepping off at 11:00 a.m. from the corner of Nelson and Court Streets. The Hometown Family Festival on the waterfront includes food trucks, a portal to the past reenactment village, Wampanoag Educational Pavilion and Children’s Pavilion which is open from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The 6th annual Illuminate Thanksgiving program runs from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and focuses on young people and their ability to be that “one small candle” making a difference in the lives of many. This program will kick off in Plymouth Town Square inside the Mayflower Meetinghouse and then the lighted procession moves down Leyden Street. The event will culminate with an inspirational program, footsteps from Plymouth Rock. There is a special appearance by the Army’s Golden Knight’s Parachute team at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the waterfront. http://usathanksgiving.com/


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 Boo, a Shih Tzu, and his partner Toni. 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!


How about a night hike in the Blue Hills? This hike is an accessible adventure for all including kids ages 6 and older. Explore the night-time woods in the Blue Hills and discover the changes created in the gathering dark. The path you’ll take is one of the most unusual in the Blue Hills and is accessible for participants on foot, using wheelchairs or using other mobility devices. You’ll be invited to try activities to discover how nighttime darkness changes your sensory abilities, look and listen for animals and, conditions permitting, gaze at the stars. The path begins at a paved parking lot at Houghton’s Pond, starting at a level, hard-packed 4 foot wide gap between a metal gate and a boulder, the path is flat, level and hardened with packed gravel.  At about an eight of a mile in, the path reveals it’s true identity: a paved, abandoned stretch of Route 128 from the days when the highways was only two lanes wide. Cars haven’t traveled on this stretch of road since 1960, and it is remarkably free of ruts and potholes. Moss carpets some of the roadways and full-grown yellow birches rise from the very edges of the pavement. There is a very slight, almost imperceptible downward grade as the path travels to the east, with rocky hills to the north and an extensive wetland to the south. Meet at the south parking lot of the museum, adjacent to the ski area where you’ll form a car caravan to the trailhead. You must register for this event online or by calling 617.333.0690. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/blue-hills/69714-night-hike-in-the-blue-hills-an-accessible-adventure




About Lisa Azizian

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