A gingerbread house workshop, a festive tree lighting, a Sound of Music sing-a-long and lots more.

Friday, November 23 

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity inspired by the weather and season. Embrace the day as it comes. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

LEGO Club. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10-11 a.m. Come for unstructured building time for kids and builders of all ages. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

LEGO Zone. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring your imagination while we supply the LEGOS, during this time to enjoy, create, experiment, and build. Through Sunday. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, 1 Columbia Point, Boston. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers as they share stories of both their history and modern culture in a performance that culminates with a full audience powwow in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Register ahead. Free. jfklibrary.org.

Sound of Music Sing-Along. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 10:30 a.m.; 3 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. Sing-along with lyrics on the screen, play-along with your bags of props, and march-along on stage in a costume parade during this fantastic seasonal tradition as we lift our voices with Julie Andrews and the Von Trapps. Members $10; nonmember adults $15-17.50, children $12.50-15. regenttheatre.com.

Thanksgiving Weekend Crafts. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Get crafty with your family with special projects related to the children’s books featured in the Museum galleries. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $10, youths $5, ages under 5 free. concordmuseum.org.

The Littlest Matryoshka: Puppet Show. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. See the story of The Littlest Matryoshka come to life with large string puppets and music composed for this performance. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Members $4.50, nonmembers $5. carlemseum.org.

Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction. MIT Rockwell Cage Gymnasium, 106 Vassar St., Cambridge. 1-4 p.m. Join this annual tradition, where giant Rube Goldberg-esque machines link to create a giant chain reaction, with activities, and the chain reaction kick-off at 3:30 p.m. Adults $15, youths $5, ages under 5 free. mitmuseum.mit.edu.

Tree Lighting. Macy's Downtown Boston, 450 Washington St., Boston. 2 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with Santa and his elves and join in on family fun activities such as face painting, balloon artists and more. At 5 p.m. head outside for outdoor performances and celebrity guests. 

Worcester Railers vs. Manchester Monarchs. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 7 p.m. Enjoy as the Worcester Railers takes on the Monarchs for the entire family to enjoy. $15-35. dcucenter.com.

The Nutcracker. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 7 p.m. Kick off your holiday season with a spectacular treat for the whole family, as live music and brilliant costumed dancers bring this classic story to life. $32-44. thehanovertheatre.org.

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Saturday, November 24 

Gingerbread House Workshop. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 2-4 p.m. Have some pre-holiday season fun, through a gingerbread house workshop with sweet creativity for all. For ages 8 to 12. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.

World Anteater Day. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate World Anteater Day with Jockamo, the giant anteater in Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest, through arts and crafts, animal encounters, and a special education station. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $19.95, youths 2 to 12 $13.95, ages under 2 free. zoonewengland.org.

The Brave Little Toaster. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. In this animated classic watch as a dejected toaster rounds up the vacuum cleaner, electric blanket, bedside lamp, and radio as they set off for the big city in search of their beloved owner. Adults $9, children $7. coolidge.org.

Sound of Music Sing-Along. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 10:30 a.m.; 3 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. Sing-along with lyrics on the screen, play-along with your bags of props, and march-along on stage in a costume parade during this fantastic seasonal tradition as we lift our voices with Julie Andrews and the Von Trapps. Members $10; nonmember adults $15-17.50, children $12.50-15. regenttheatre.com.

The Littlest Matryoshka: Puppet Show. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11 a.m. See the story of The Littlest Matryoshka come to life with large string puppets and music composed for this performance. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Members $4.50, nonmembers $5. carlemseum.org.

Thanksgiving Weekend Crafts. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Get crafty with your family with special projects related to the children’s books featured in the Museum galleries. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $10, youths $5, ages under 5 free. concordmuseum.org.

Nipmuc Youth Cohort. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 12-4 p.m. Join the Nippeash Waapemooash youth as they meet for storytelling and other activities. Free. mywpl.org.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Watch Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Eeyore, and all your favorite figures in the Hundred Acre Woods during this favorite family animated film. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

The Nutcracker. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Kick off your holiday season with a spectacular treat for the whole family, as live music and brilliant costumed dancers bring this classic story to life. $32-44. thehanovertheatre.org.

Native American Nature Tales. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Join master storyteller Diane Edgecomb as we learn about tribal stories, myths, and songs, weaving a colorful portrait of nature, history, and culture. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Free. mywpl.org.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Enjoy a multi-sensory extravaganza channeling the traditional songs of the holiday season into a thunderous electrifying concert. $43 and up. dcucenter.com.

Festival of Trees After Dark. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 5-7 p.m. Discover twinkling lights ablaze during this indoor forest of imaginatively decorated trees festooned with musical motifs set within a dreamy atmosphere. Members $3, nonmembers $5. berkshiremuseum.org.

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Sunday, November 25 

Sound of Music Sing-Along. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 12 p.m. & 5 p.m. Sing-along with lyrics on the screen, play-along with your bags of props, and march-along on stage in a costume parade during this fantastic seasonal tradition as we lift our voices with Julie Andrews and the Von Trapps. Members $10; nonmember adults $15-17.50, children $12.50-15. regenttheatre.com.

The Nutcracker. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Kick off your holiday season with a spectacular treat for the whole family, as live music and brilliant costumed dancers bring this classic story to life. $32-44. thehanovertheatre.org.

Middle Eastern Music. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Join multi-instrumentalist Alejandro Castellano and friends for a unique performance of Middle Eastern music. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.