Friday, February 16
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.
Red in Winter Storytime. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy an hour of nature-themed fun looking about the sanctuary and outdoors, make a craft, listen to a storybook, and take a look outside on the trails. For ages 2 to 5. Register ahead. Member children $3, nonmember children $4, adults free. massaudubon.org.
Family Game Day. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3-5 p.m. Drop-in for games, activities, building materials, and more for the entire family. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Star Gazing Nights. Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill Pkwy, Sharon. 7-9 p.m. Join local astronomers for a look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. Weather contingent. Free. massuaudubon.org.
Saturday, February 17
The Lunar New Year Festival. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Dog, during this all day celebration filled with games, art making, dance, music, and more. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $20, youth under 17 free. Pem.org.
Magic & Beyond. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy as illusionist David Garrity presents his uniquely theatrical visual magic comedy show, featuring audience participation, music, and more. Recommended for ages 2 and up. Adults $13, children $10. coolidge.org.
Exploring China. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy master musician Shaw Pong Liu on this dynamic musical journey weaving history, geography, the Mandarin language, and Chinese folk music. Free. jfklibrary.org.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Come watch the Chiu Mo Kwoon school at 11 a.m., and festive decorations all day, with crafting activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Free with admission. Members Free, nonmembers vary. Zoonewengland.org.
Matt Heaton & The Outside Toys. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Enjoy as the Toddlerbilly Troubadour brings an infectious sense of fun to an infusion of surf, folk, country, and roots music for the entire family. Members $10, public $12. Natickarts.org.
Around the World Adventures. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Come discover our amazing world, as we learn about different countries and cultures throughs songs, stories, dancing, food, and more. Recommended for ages 4 to 7. Free. mywpl.org.
Special Storytime with Jeanette Bradley. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join Jeanette Bradley as she reads from her debut picture book ‘Love, Mama’ and shares a fun art project. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
ICCA Northeast Quarterfinal: Night Two. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 7 p.m. Enjoy as the top a cappella collegiate groups from the Northeast region compete for the title of International Champions, during this part of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. $25-35. berklee.edu/events.
Berkshires Jazz: 10 By Gershwin. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy as the Ted Rosenthal Trio returns to the Berkshires to perform George Gershwin’s famous ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and other classic Gershwin tunes. Member advance $20, at door $25; nonmember advance $25, at door $30. berkshiremuseum.org.
Sunday, February 18
Romeo and Juliet. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10 a.m. Enjoy this filmed performance by the Bolshoi Ballet staging a fresh re-telling of Shakespeare’s beloved classic of star-crossed lovers. $23. coolidge.org.
Family Snowshoe Hike. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 1-3 p.m. Enjoy the world around you, as we learn to use snowshoes, and take them for a spin on a guided hike, before warming up with hot chocolate. For ages 7 and up. Member adults $7, children $4; nonmember adults $9, children $5. massaudubon.org.
Special Sundays in the Studio: Box Art. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. Drop by the museum as we enjoy in a special crafting project. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Hands-On History. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 1-4 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon for kids and families to learn together through hands-on demonstrations and activities. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $10, youths 6 and older $5, ages under 6 free. concordmuseum.org.
Boston Art School for Chinese Music Concert. Newton Free Library, 300 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Dog at a concert to honor the Chinese New Year, featuring students from Ping Li’s Boston Art School for Chinese Music. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
TAO: Drum Heart. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 7:30 p.m. Get captivated by this breathtaking, vibrantly modern twist on a traditional form through this visual and sonic tour de force, featuring taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography. $30-58. berklee.edu/events.