what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26, 2020



Friday, January 24, 2020:

Buttonwood Books & Toys is hosting a special story time and crafts puppet show with Mr. Dave today at 10:00 a.m. in Cohasset. https://www.buttonwoodbooksandtoys.com/events/story-time-puppet-show


The Scituate Town Library is hosting a food-free kids’ hangout event today from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. with games, freeze dance, karaoke and crafts. There will also be visit with Obadiah the comfort dog! All are welcome – food allergies or not. This free event is hosted by SAFE Kids, a branch of SAFE – South Shore Allergy Families Educating. https://www.facebook.com/events/2686362834788065/


Saturday, January 25, 2020:

The Hingham Public Library is hosting an artist-in-residence program for kids ages 5 – 10 for 5 more Saturdays this winter with the Fly By Night Dancers. Choreographer Nikki Hu and musician Guy Van Duser are master teaching artists who are noted for bringing book subjects to life through dancing and music. Nikki will work with children to present dances set to Guy’s original music. One is based on the Vietnamese folktale The Raven and the Starfruit and the other on an Asian folktale about the Zodiac animals called How Rat Became Number One. This program is held 2 Saturday per month – one Saturday has already occurred but it’s not too late to register for the remaining Saturdays from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. culminating in a final performance on March 21st! Register online or call the library: https://www.hinghamlibrary.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=6486&month=1&year=2020&day=25&calType=0


Head to the Inly School in Scituate to Jump, Hoot and Holler with Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys! Free and open to the public, Vanessa and the Jumping Monkeys will be performing in the Artsbarn for the toddler and Pre-K crowd from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. At the same time there will be a program in the library for slightly older kids – a live owl presentation with the Blue Hills Trailside Museum! https://www.facebook.com/events/584526292092107/


Today you can meet Chase and Skye from Paw Patrol at the Franklin Park Zoo! Direct from Adventure Bay, your favorite Paw Patrol pups are racing to the ruff-ruff rescue to meet you for a fun-filled day. You can get your photo taken at the Meeting Barn and kids can also grab Paw Patrol coloring sheet and get in on the zoo keeper chats to learn about the Zoo’s own heroes! Check out the FB page or website for the times to meet the pups! https://www.facebook.com/events/706995846492824/


Plymouth County Extension 4H heads to Soule Homestead for a free and fun educational program from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: dog safety. Our dogs often tell us when they are uncomfortable with what we are doing, but we don’t really “speak dog.” Come and learn about dog safety with the Plymouth County 4-H safety program featuring pet therapy pup Merida, and Cathy Acampora, author of “A Dog for Me” and “Please Don’t Hug Me.” Program is free and open to all ages – drop them a note to let them know you’re coming so they have enough handouts to go home with you. https://www.facebook.com/events/2458645547786958/


Enjoy a traditional Chinese lion dance ceremony dating back more than a thousand years at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum today at 10:30 a.m. The Wam LumKung Fu and Tai Chi Academy presents the ceremony dating back more than a thousand years. As a guardian creature coming from the mountains to drive away evil spirits, the lion is believed to bring positive and celebratory energy, give blessings, good fortunes, happiness, success, and prosperity to all. Registration is required for this free program. https://www.facebook.com/events/725116918015501/


And the South Shore Children’s Museum will be hosting a Chinese New Year celebration today at 11:00 a.m. at their new home in Kingston. Make Chinese Lucky envelopes and practice the Good Luck symbol using Chinese Calligraphy with Miss Erica. You can make a dragon mask so you can join a dragon dance. These activities are included with admission to the museum. https://www.facebook.com/events/446967972855729/?active_tab=about


For kids 8 and older head to Easton for a Winter Greens Walk at Borderland State Park from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. today. A DCR interpreter guides you for a fun and frosty trek exploring winter trees, shrubs, and groundcover – if they are not covered by snow! You will take a hike through the forest, near wetlands and along a field to learn about Borderland State Parks winter greens. Meet at the visitor center and be sure to dress for the weather. Rain, snow, icy trails or heavy winds will cancel the program – you’ll want to call Borderland at 508-238-6566 for weather cancellation concerns.


For kids 6 and older the Blue Hills Trailside Museum is hosting a family owl prowl tonight from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Explore the world of owls and discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls and meet some of the museum’s resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life. Space is limited and you must register ahead of time for this event. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. And to preserve the magic of the night Mass Audubon asks that only adults carry flashlights. Please leave toys or shows or clothes that flash or make noise at home so you can enjoy the sounds of the animals and the twinkling of the stars! https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/blue-hills/69810-family-owl-prowl


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!


Sunday, January 26, 2020:

Kids 6 and older are invited to explore Moose Hill in Sharon today from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. to learn about the many animals that call Moose Hill home. Tracks and traces is where you’ll start with the basics of animal track patterns and then head outside to look for evidence of our resident winter wildlife: tracks, scat, browse, leftovers, nests, and possibly even the animal itself! This program is designed for families with children ages 6 and older, but all are welcomed to join in. Cost is $6 for members, $10 for non-members. Registration is required: https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/moose-hill/71086-tracks-and-traces

The South Shore Children’s Museum is hosting a Family Resource and Wellness Expo today from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Raising a family requires a lot of resources and help! Head to the museum in their new home in Kingston to meet local organizations and businesses who may provide a much needed service for your family! There will be government agencies, private and public medical service agencies, wellness and educational resources for your growing family to explore. Plus make it a fun family day with lots of children’s activities on hand. Get your kiddos out moving and grooving and meet some terrific children’s entertainers! Most are complimentary but some may have additional fees ex photos etc. https://www.facebook.com/events/2581147141993025/




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