Things To Do In Boston With Kids This Weekend, Jan 5th – Jan 7th, 2018

Make it Count!

Make it Count! Is a program hosted by the Tenacre Country Day School, 78 Benvenue Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

Email: lcoles@momsasmentors.org

Moms as Mentors programs offer interactive team-building activities for girls and moms along with invaluable mother and daughter bonding time. The main theme of the program is to always be together and have fun! The Make It Count! workshop features enjoyable, hands-on activities designed to explore money values (needs vs. wants) and get girls to envision themselves as entrepreneurs. Moms will leave with take-home resources to help encourage girls’ financial empowerment and entrepreneurial spirit.  Limited need-based scholarships available on a first come, first serve basis. The workshop will cost $ 75 per mother-daughter pair.

Creative Kids Art Classes

Creative Kids Art Classes will be held at The James Library and Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell, MA 02061 on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Phone: 781-659-7100 

Email: jameslibrary@verizon.net

Creative Kids Art Classes is a four series class that will take place on Fridays until January 27, 2017. Your little ones will love this four-day art series with award-winning artists Lisa Flynn and Karen Baker. Kids will work on their own pieces, exploring and creating with a variety of mediums. At the end of the series, your child can choose to display some of their artwork at the James. Fee covers all art supplies. Space is limited, so please sign up early! The classes are suitable for kids ages 8-14. Registration will cost $ 20 for a single class and $ 75 for the entire four-day series

SALTY > SOUR SEAS

Join the event Salty > Sour Seas at the ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston), 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210 every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The ICA offers visitors of all ages the chance to create artworks of their own in the Bank of America Art Lab on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Developed in collaboration with arts education students from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and professional artists, these activities focus on the creative process and allow participants to learn by doing. This season, artist Evelyn Rydz will explore the shorelines to see what the oceans have left behind. Reproducing plastic bottles, refrigerators, ropes, bags, and other common items discarded by humans and sculpted by the currents, her art reflects the beauty, strength, and mistreatment of our oceans and seas. This interactive installation uses the ICA’s unique site to consider what Boston Harbor might look like above and below the water’s surface in the future. Kids of all ages can experiment, play, and create.  Salty > Sour Seas is free for all visitors with museum admission, admission is always free for visitors 17 and under.

Debbie and Friends

Debbie and Friends is a kids’ show taking place at the Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446 on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 10:30 am.

Email: wesley@coolidge.org

Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along family fun in this rockin’ musical journey through classic kids’ tales and original songs. Debbie and Friends concerts are fun for the whole family. Parents and kids can join in this interactive variety show, which includes a diverse array of styles including rock, pop, reggae, and Broadway-esque tunes as well as puppets and a live-performance original cartoon. You’ll become the Big Bad Wolf and blow the house down, fix Rosie’s wrong rhymes, and test your skills with the Simon Says Song. This is one show you and your little one won’t want to miss! The show is recommended for ages 2+. The concert will cost $ 13 for adults and $ 10 for children.

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays hosted by The Discovery Museums, 177 Main Street (Route 27), Acton, MA 01720 on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 10:00 am to 10:45 am

Phone: 978-264-4200

A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, the Forest Friday program is held outside, no matter the weather. Every Friday morning there is a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-6 year olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Admission will cost, admission will cost $ 12.50 for adults, $ 11.50 for Senior (60+), $ 12.50 for children and free for children under 1-year-old, members and teachers.

National Bird Day: Eat Like a Bird

National Bird Day: Eat Like a Bird is a program hosted by The Discovery Museums, 177 Main Street (Route 27), Acton, MA 01720 on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Celebrate National Bird Day and “eat like a bird”! Tweezers, pliers and more become bird beaks of all different shapes and sizes. Then your little ones can create a tasty and nutritious snack to help keep the feathered friends full through the winter months. If your little ones like birds, then bring them here to make some snack for their birds that visits the backyard.  Admission will cost, admission will cost $12.50 for adults, $ 11.50 for Senior (60+), $ 12.50 for children and free for children under 1-year-old, members and teachers.

Icy Investigations

Icy Investigations will be taking place at Children’s Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27), Acton, MA 01720 on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Brrrr…Things are getting chilly at The Discovery Museums, so step in to explore. Experiment with different types of salt as you explore the unique characteristics of this solid state of water. Kids will add in some liquid watercolors and discover just how cool science can be. The program helps kids to play with color while they experiment, explore and engage in some fun activities. Admission will cost, admission will cost $12.50 for adults, $ 11.50 for Senior (60+), $ 12.50 for children and free for children under 1-year-old, members and teachers.

Skating Path

Show your skating skills at the City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, Massachusetts 02109 until February 25, 2018 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Step in with your best pair of skates and try some of your best moves at Boston Winter’s Skating Path, this is considered as Boston’s first ever custom-designed lane that entwines all around the main stage and marquee Boston sign. This ice Skating Path covers an outdoor area about 11,000 square feet, complete ice path dedicated for little ones to learn skating. There are special programs and other events related to skating. This program is suitable for children of all ages. The entry fee is free for kids of the age 5 and under, $ 8 for children of the 12 and under, $ 15 for adults, skate rental costs $ 8.

Science on Screen Jr. Presents: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Science on Screen Jr. Presents: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will be taking place at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446 on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 am.

Phone: 617-734-2500

Kids will love this show that is sure to entertain them. Melissa Stewart, author of more than 180 children’s books, will introduce this scrumdiddlyumptious musical fantasy film with an interactive talk about the complex and surprising interactions of rain-forest creatures needed to bring the world chocolate bars. After the film, she’ll be signing copies of her book No Monkeys, No Chocolate. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory stars Gene Wilder as everyone’s favorite weird and wonderful candy man announces that five golden tickets stashed away inside the wrappers of his candy bars will allow the winners a peek inside his top-secret confectionary. Once inside, five lucky children and their guardians, including meek little Charlie Bucket and his grandpa, discover a world wilder than they could have imagined: rivers of chocolate, lickable wallpaper, and, of course, Oompa Loompas. It’s all fun, games, sweets, and songs, but some of the children discover there are consequences for their bad behavior inside the factory, while poor little Charlie finds he may have won the grandest prize of them all. Tickets will cost $ 5.

Winter ReImagined

Winter ReImagined  is back to awe nature lovers at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505 until Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Various times

Phone: 508-869-6111×124

Come explore the gardens, trails, and uniquely decorated trees with nature-inspired ornaments at the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens. As evening falls at Tower Hill, visitors of all ages have the opportunity to marvel at glittering lights displayed throughout acres of formal gardens. The collection of trees and shrubs, along with illuminated paths, sculptures, and fountains, come to life in the glow of the lights. Inside, guests will see hand-made and nature-inspired ornaments, a wishing tree forest, an up-cycled igloo, and two towering conservatories brimming with subtropical plants and seasonal music. Stop in the Garden Shop for some unique plant-centric gift ideas. Admission will cost $ 17 for adults, $ 12 for Seniors 65+, $ 7 for Youths 6-18 and free for children age 5 and under.

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions will be held at Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), East India Square, Salem, MA, 01970 until Sunday, April 22, 2018 at various times.

Phone: 978-745-9500

XYZT is an immersive art exhibition comprised of 10 interactive virtual environments generated using math and physics models. In a darkened gallery, guests use their own movement and gestures to interact with light in a series of digital landscapes inspired by nature. Specific sensations, such as walking in the grass or putting your hands into the sand, are transposed into abstract, sensory encounters with lines, dots and letters. XYZT creators Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne, describe the installations as “a journey through nature revisited.” Each letter in “XYZT” identifies the movement of a point in space – horizontal (X), vertical (Y), depth (Z) and time (T). The experience melds playful exploration with scientific reasoning, as each installation is accompanied by a video label on the nature of the underlying physical behavior, complete with excerpts from related dance performances. You can bring your kids to this mind-boggling exhibit that will kindle the curiosity in every child that visits and make them want to know more. Admission for Adults is $ 20, seniors (65 and over) is $ 18, students (with ID) is $ 12, Youth (16 and under) and Salem, Mass. residents (with ID) admitted free.

Youth D&D Night: Adventure Calls

Youth D&D Night: Adventure Calls will be taking place at Guard Up! At Family Swordmanship, 103 Terrace Hall Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803 on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Phone: (781) 270-4800

Join in for the first youth Dungeons & Dragons Night. The event is specially designed for kids ages 8 to 12. Come here and check out the new adventures that are waiting for you in 2018. Bring your dice, your characters, and your friends to find out in this 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons gaming session. Event runs from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The event will cost $ 25/person pre-registration. Late registration on the day of the event will incur an additional $ 5 fee.

Sword Survival Night: New Year, New Challenges

Sword Survival Night: New Year, New Challenges hosted by the Guard Up! At Family Swordmanship, 103 Terrace Hall Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803 on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Phone: (781) 270-4800

Calling all courageous and skilled adventurers to join the first Sword Survival Night of 2018. This is an interactive adventure where participants fight monsters with foam swords and solve mysteries. The battles and challenges of this evening are designed for courageous and skilled adventurers. The monsters will be imposing, and the environment will be thrilling. All participants must arrive by 7:00 pm to attend safety and game briefing. Adventure starts at 7:30pm. The adventure is recommended for kids ages 13 and up. Parents are encouraged to attend with a discount. Foam Swords will be provided. The event will cost $ 30 per person (pre-registration) and late registration on the day of the event will incur an additional $ 5 fee.

Worcester Common Oval: Ice Skating

Go Ice Skating at the Worcester Common Oval until Tuesday, February 20, 2018 on Fridays at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01608.

The City’s 12,000-square-foot rink is larger than the rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center. The Oval has piped-in music, skate rentals, concessions, holiday lights and more, making it a fun and affordable family-friendly activity. The rink is professionally managed by SMG, the DCU Center’s talented management team. A limited number of free parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the garage under City Hall. Admission for open skate is $ 2 (free for kids 6 and younger), and $ 3 for skate rentals.

Snow Tubing at Nashoba Valley

Families can enjoy Snow Tubing at Nashoba Valley and Skiing, Powers Road, Westford, MA 01886 until Sunday, March 25, 2018 at various times.

Phone: (978) 692-3033

Families are welcome to join the Snow Tubing at Nashoba Valley, come and cruise the slopes of Nashoba Valley’s Snow Tubing Park seven days and seven nights. Bring the family and enjoy one of the fastest-growing winter recreational activities. Serviced by four lifts and maintained by Nashoba’s experienced grooming fleet, the park provides 11 lanes of ideal tubing conditions for thrill seekers of all ages. The tubing park also consists of an onsight lodge where one can sit, relax, and enjoy all the amenities of its delicious snack bar, including a full-service bar and TV for your viewing pleasure. The minimum requirement is 42′ in height or 6 years old to participate. One person per tube! (Parents cannot take smaller children on the tube with them, they must be tall enough and old enough to ride alone). Price varies depending on the ride.

Snowshoeing at Gore Place

Snowshoeing at Gore Place will be taking place until March 31, 2018 at various times at the Gore Place Mansion, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA  02453-6866 .

Phone: (781) 894-2798

Bundle up and enjoy the snow this winter! Snowshoeing is a great winter activity and excellent form of exercise. Do you that you’ll burn 3 times the calories as walking, moreover your kids will have fun tons of fun with 50-acres of level terrain, the Gore estate is a perfect place to snowshoe and just 9 miles from Boston. Snowshoes are available in sizes for toddlers through adults. Reservations are available for groups of 10 or more only. Snowshoes are available for children and adults to rent from the Carriage House when the grounds are snow-covered. Tickets will $ 12 for adults, $ 5 for children and free for members.

It’s Time for Winterfest!

Join the Winterfest at Imagine Playspace located at 23 Bay State Road, Cambridge, MA, 02138 until Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm

Phone: 617-661-0077

It’s Time for Winterfest! At the Winterfest make beautiful six sided snowflakes, Build a snowman, skate across the dance floor, view winter art on display, toboggan down slides, snowball target practice and enjoy stories and songs. Families can have fun in a relaxed atmosphere. Activity stations, crafts, story times and much more is planned for this fun celebration of winter.  The fest is free with regular admission to Imagine Playspace – featuring Indoor Playground and Role Play Town. Playspace admission is $ 15 first child with 2 adults free, Sibling and Multi-pass Discounts

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

Bundle up and skate at the Patriot Place, Two Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035 until Monday, February 26, 2018 at various times (Winter Skate hours may vary due to inclement weather).

Phone: 508-203-2100 

Email: winterskate@patriot-place.com

One of New England’s time-honored winter traditions is bundling up the family to go skating on a frozen pond. Winter Skate offers day and evening public skating, and this is the perfect antidote to cabin fever this winter. A fun and affordable activity for parents with children, Winter Skate is also an ideal lunch break getaway and a romantic addition to a dinner date at Patriot Place. The 60-by-140-foot, refrigerated ice surface is designed specifically for recreational skating, and features an observation deck for non-skaters. Large enough to accommodate beginners and experts alike, the professional surface provides ideal skating conditions at all times. Tickets will cost $ 8 for adults, $ 6 for children (12 and under), $ 6 for Seniors (65 and older) and $ 2 off admission price with a coat donation to Cradles to Crayons. Ice Skate Rentals will cost $ 4.

Moonlight Tours

Families are welcome to join the Moonlight Tours on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA 02453.

Do you want to know what was life like on a big country estate in the early 1800s? Take a moonlight tour at Gore Place and find out. You’ll get to see the 1793 carriage house, walk the grounds, and tour the 1806 mansion, one of the few early homes designed by a woman. The tour will take you and your families back to the 18th century. Come here to travel back in time and enjoy the tour. Kick start the weekend with a different note. Tickets for tour will cost $ 17 for non-member, $ 12 for members, $ 10 for students with ID.

Winter Trails Day

Winter Trails Day will be taking place at Weston Ski Track – Cross Country, 200 Park Road, Weston, MA, 02493 on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Phone: (781) 891-6575

Experience the excitement of winter! Winter Trails Day is a national event each January to introduce people to the great fun of getting outside in the winter on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Enjoy a day of outdoor fun with free snowshoe demos from top snowshoe companies, guided tours, food samples, raffles, and music. The Winter Trails Day is perfect for beginners. All snowshoe events will be free and do not require pre-registration. Everyone will receive a free snowshoeing trail pass, there will be free snowshoe demos, and EMS will be leading free guided tours.  There will be a limited number of demo snowshoes available; those who want to use snowshoes for more than 15-20 minutes can rent them from us at the regular rate. Free ski lessons will be available with pre-registration and the purchase of a trail pass (and rental if needed). Free ski lessons are only available with pre-registration and payment. Ski rental (includes skis, boots and poles) will cost $ 18 for adults, $ 12 for juniors 13-16, $ 9 for children 2-12 and $ 15 for seniors and military. Snowshoe Rental (includes snowshoes and poles) will cost $ 16 for adults, $ 11 for juniors 13-16, $ 8 for children 2-12 and $ 13 for seniors and military.

Sing and Dance with the Music Man

Families with kids of all ages are welcome to Sing and Dance with the Music Man at 284 Bay Road, South Hamilton, MA on Saturday, January 06, 2017 at various time.

Phone: 978-468-4818

Sing and dance with our very own Music Man! This is a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician, Brian Doser. The one band musician is sure to excite and entertain kids of all ages and make them groove in the music. Little ones will have a fabulous time here dancing and sing to the beats. The family concert runs for 45 minutes and admission will cost $ 5 per family.

Socalicious Glow Party

Socalicious Glow Party hosted by EyodaNikol will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Montserrat Aspirers Inc, 358 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02124.

Socalicious Glow Party  always delivers excitement. Get ready to dance, sweat, jump, wave, wine up, wine low, feel good, feel good and have fun. The class features Soca and Calypso, a musical genre from the Caribbean islands. Take your dance from zero to 100! There’s a lot of jumping, a lot of gyrating and a lot of fun.  Socalicious is for beginners and veterans alike. No worries if you don’t get all the steps right away, just keep moving and most of all have fun! Tickets will cost $ 20 for Singles, $ 15 for couples. Note: This event is not for kids, it’s a 21+ event.

“New Year Puppy” Paint Day

Join the “New Year Puppy” Paint Day on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Bedford Street Studios, 750 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324.

Looking for a fun and memorable day out? Sign up for an exciting afternoon of painting at Bedford Street Studios in Bridgewater. Get a little messy and enjoy while an experienced art instructor teaches you how to paint a scene on a canvas. No prior art experience required. The class is recommended for kids ages 6+. All children must be accompanied by an adult! All art supplies are included in the admission price! The class will cost $ 15.  


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