Friday, Feb. 9
Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, the Forest Friday program will be held outside, no matter the weather! Every Friday morning, enjoy a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the conservation land adjacent to the Museums. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2 to 6 year olds.
Wild by the Fire: Bird Songs. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 10-11:30 a.m. Come meet songbirds and make a sweet treat that you can take home and hang outside to help your feathered friends. For families with children up to age 5. Register ahead. Members $12.50, nonmembers $15.50. Massaudubon.org.
Snow & Its Wonders: Storytime. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a nature-themed morning, as we look at the beauty of our snow surroundings through crafts, a storybook, and a walk on our beautiful trails. For ages 2 to 5. Register ahead. Member children $3, nonmember children $4, adults free. massaudubon.org.
Make a Mess: Kitchen Chemistry. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Drop-in as you try your hand at a few simple experiments to uncover the special color changing properties of some common household ingredients. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $12.50, children under 1 free. discoverymuseums.org.
Saturday, Feb. 10
Backyard and Beyond: Tracking with ‘PrimiTim.’ The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m. Join Tim ‘PrimiTim’ Swanson and learn and practice the ancient skill of tracking, as we explore the adjoining Discovery Woods and check for signs of animals. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $12.50, children under 1 free. discoverymuseums.org.
First Book Friendiversary. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate with Elephant, Piggie, and a host of other Museum friends, as we bring friends and fun together with books. Free. carlemuseum.org.
5th Annual Easthampton WinterFest. Citywide, Easthampton.10 a.m.-5 p.m. Join this day celebrating the season, and take part in a historical ice harvest at Nashawannuck Pond, enjoy wagon rides, display a craft and vendor fair, enjoy Disney’s “Frozen” on the big screen, participate in a citywide scavenger hunt, and warm up by the community bonfire at 5 p.m. nashawannuckpond.org/winterfest.
Lunar New Year Celebration. The Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ring in the Year of the Dog as we celebrate the Lunar New Year through an exploration of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions, while enjoying music and dance performances throughout the museum, art-making, and more. Free. mfa.org.
Stacey Peasley Band. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Engage in musical fun and sing-along songs as Stacey Peasley brings her performance and teaching background to bring joy to children through song. Adults $12, children $10. natickarts.org.
Science of Chocolate. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 12-3 p.m. Drop-in as we learn about how cacao trees grow, discover the differences among dark, milk, and white chocolate, and explore chocolate’s special properties. Members $5, nonmembers $8. Southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org.
Despicable Me 3. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 2:30 p.m. Follow evil mastermind Gru as he meets his long-lost twin brother Dru, with the hope he will go back to his nefarious ways. Free. mywpl.org.
Sunday, Feb. 11
The Airborne Comedians. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this performance that has traveled the globe, featuring high-energy, unorthodox juggling with routines using electric guitars, birdbaths, and more. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Adults $13, children $10. Coolidge.org.
Learn to…Bird. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 1-2:30 p.m. Sharpen your birding skills, as we teach you how to explore your own backyard or ours with a keen eye for searching your natural surroundings. For ages 5 and up. $13.15. southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org.
Story Trails: Natural Shapes. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Sq., 161 Essex St., Salem. 2-3 p.m. Join us as we read Shape Shift by Joyce Hesselberth and then create our own geoboards. For ages 5 to 8. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $20, youth under 17 free. Pem.org
Eats for Tweets. Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 108 North St., Norfolk. 2-4 p.m. Make valentines for the birds and create edible treats with seeds, dried fruits, popcorn, and other delicious items that you can bring home or hang at Stony Brook. For families with children ages 5 and up. Register ahead. Members $8, nonmembers $10. massaudubon.org.