what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 15, 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 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 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


2019 Easton Festival of Trees runs through Sunday, December 15th – closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. This is a popular fundraiser that invites residents from the community to visit the display of beautifully decorated trees. All trees are donated by local residents, merchants and organizations. There are more than 70+ themes and designs! The fundraiser benefits Easton Charitable Trust which provides financial support to individuals or groups representing outstanding values or charitable needs. You can enjoy a drink and snack and take in the kids’ workshop too. The event is held at the Easton Country Club and tickets cost is $10 for adults, kids 12 and under are admitted for free. https://www.eastonfestivaloftrees.org/


Friday, December 13:

It’s time for Christmas in the (North) Village in Scituate today from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. There is an Elf scavenger hunt in the shops, crafts, carolers, tractor rides and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there too. Pop into any participating shop in North Scituate to grab your map to show you were everything is happening. This free event is fun for the whole family!  https://www.facebook.com/events/3163965870343937/


Saturday, December 14:

You can have breakfast with Santa today at the Halifax Elementary School from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. to benefit the PTO. The breakfast includes fluffy pancakes, savory sausage, homemade muffins and pastries, juice, milk and of course, heavenly hot coffee! There will be wall to wall gift baskets, kids’ shopping room with gift wrapping, interactive crafts and festive activities along with photos with Santa and many more surprises! Tickets are $5 each or $20 for a family of 5 or more.  https://www.facebook.com/events/735408550272391/


Simpson Spring in Easton hosts their annual Holiday Market today from noon until 4:00 p.m. There will be live music, a petting zoo and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/563640377755756/


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 Hope, a Cocker Spaniel, and her partner Lynn. 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!


Head to Thayer Public Library in Braintree today for a holiday sing-a-ling for children and families with David Polansky at 1:00 p.m! David Polansky’s music is frequently humorous, sometimes serious and always clever and engaging. He has won numerous awards too! This event is free! https://www.facebook.com/events/781998562275896/


Drop in to the Hingham Public Library anytime between 1:00 – 4:45 p.m. today to learn and play some new and modern board games with Matt from Wicked Fun games. Most games are for kids ages 8 and older and include Castle Panic, Hey That’s My Fish, Labyrinth and more! Everyone is welcome!


The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury has a family fun drop in activity today from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – not just for kids! Make a wooden postcard for the holidays! Inspired by George Herman’s paintings on wood in the gallery, you can paint a wooden postcard that can be mailed to someone special! Wooden postcards are acceptable to mail, without an envelope, and require no additional postage. All materials are provided and this activity is geared toward kids ages 6 and older, all kids must be with an adult. To register call 781.934.6634 x 10  https://www.facebook.com/TheArtComplexMuseum/


Home for the Hullidays Festival of Lights is today in Hull from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. This free community event will feature seasonal music, hot cocoa, cookies and hot soup along with caroling and activities for the kids, a visit from Santa and rides on the “winter wonderland” Paragon Carousel! Light up the boardwalk with a stroll to the ArtWalk at 4:00 p.m. with luminaries along the way then holiday music at Paragon Boardwalk.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2718809864842104/


Sunday, December 15:

Grab your golden ticket to the Whitman VFW’s viewing of the Polar Express! Your imagination will take you on a magical journey and departure time is 1:00 p.m. sharp! While “on board” you will be treated to hot cocoa, warm chocolate chip cookies and popcorn. Santa will make a surprise appearance too. This is a FREE event – no need to register, doors open at 12:30 p.m.  https://www.facebook.com/events/468420653806523/permalink/477476272900961/




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