what to do with the kids this weekend – 12/20 – 12/22/19



The Trustees’ Winterlights event at the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton 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


Saturday, December 21:

Kingston Luminary Night takes place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Kingston Public Library on Green Street. They say expect warmth, music, refreshments and conviviality! Mom on the Go will be onsite with all kinds of grilled cheese! Join us inside the Library for hot cider. Then walk across the street to the Adams Center for an exhibit of historical Kingston Christmas images and more holiday crafts. And don’t forget to visit the Reed Community Building for refreshments and more fun. https://www.facebook.com/events/412769932732166/


Join astronomers from the Astronomical Society of Southern New England for a look at the stars and other night objects through their big telescopes at Star Gazing Nights at Moose Hill in Sharon from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This program is suitable for kids ages 6 and up, it’s on-going so drop in for all or just some of this free evening event. If sky conditions are cloudy/milky or in the event of overly wet/snowy field conditions you’ll call Patti Austin at 781.784.5691 x 8103 after 5pm for a recorded message about the status of the program. https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/moose-hill/69979-star-gazing-nights


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 Duncan, a Golden Retriever and his partner Shaelah. 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!

Sunday, December 22:

Today at 5:00 p.m. Chabad of south Shore Boston invites you to GLOW at their annual South Shore Community menorah lighting, the first night of Chanukah, at 5:00 p.m. at the main entrance to The Hingham Shipyard. There will be live music, dreidels, hot latkes, fresh doughnuts, LED Chanukah accessories, dancing and more! 



Plymouth Winterfest 2019 takes place Saturday, December 28th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Main Street will be closed from Memorial Hall to Leyden Street for an outdoor family-friendly celebration featuring laser light shows every hour, jugglers, fire eaters, roving acapella groups, face painting, a photo booth, magic shows, ice sculptures, pop-up art show, drum lines, balloon artists and more! This is a free event to keep the holiday spirit going! https://www.plymouthwinterfest.org/


Middleborough’s annual Festival of Lights at the KOA Campground on Plymouth Street has been rescheduled to Saturday and Sunday, December 28th and 29th. The 6th annual event costs only $5 per car and you can drive through acres of the campground decorated with over 500,000 lights! Stop at the Christmas village to purchase cocoa and cookies as well as handmade Middleborough ornaments. You can vote for your favorite cabin in the cabin decorating contest too. http://www.discovermiddleborough.com/


Vacation Programs

The South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell is hosting a series of December Vacation Week programs for kiddos ages 6 – 10 including programs on shipwrecks (12/23), tide pools and wracklines (12/24), whales and dolphins (12/26), sharks (12/27), puffins and penguins (12/30) and sea turtles (12/31). You can register for individual days for $70/day for members and $85/day for non-members. Visit http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/.


The North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield is hosting half-day December vacation programs for kids in grades 1 – 8! Programs include printmaking (12/27) and winter tracking and a wildlife walk (12/30). https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/results/north-river/(keywords)/vacation?utm_source=northriver&utm_medium=lp&utm_campaign=spromo




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