Prowl for owls at the Fruitlands Museum, enjoy cookies and cocoa at a festive winter carnival, or visit with Santa or the Grinch!
Friday, December 7
Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30-10 a.m. Explore sound through singing, playing, listening, and learning, during this multi-sensory workout. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Brick by Brick: A Community Castle Exhibit. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10 a.m. Watch as artists, Lego enthusiasts, and builders showcase their plastic-brick castle creations in this display of broad artistic interpretations. Through February. Free. worcesterart.org.
Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Experience the outdoors as a family and engage in a nature-based weather-inspired activity, and explore the Discovery Woods or conservation land. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Santa Visit. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 10-11 a.m. Join Santa to take magical photos, read a story, do holiday caroling, and a craft. For ages 12 and under. Free. mywpl.org.
Gingerbread Houses. Worcester Public Library: Goddard Branch, 14 Richards St., Worcester. 4-5 p.m. Build your own gingerbread house and then decorate your masterpiece with candy. Free. mywpl.org.
Yarn Art Workshop. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 4-5 p.m. Join the library with our yarn workshop where we will use our imagination to experiment and create beautiful art patterns. For ages 7 to 12. Free. mywpl.org.
First Friday Nights Free: Meet the Scientists. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4-8 p.m. Explore the museum at night. Non-perishable food donations for local pantries accepted. Meet local scientists after 6 p.m. Free. discoveryacton.org.
Holiday Lighting Ceremony & Sing-A-Long. Newton Cultural Center, War Memorial Auditorium, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton. 6 p.m. Bring your holiday cheer and a non-perishable food item, and join the Stacey Peasley Band for a community Concert and lighting. Free. newtoncommunitypride.org.
Stars Over Springfield. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Join members of the Springfield Stars Club for skygazing in the Museum’s observatory or a planetarium show, if overcast. $3. springfieldmuseums.org.
2018 Boston Pops Holiday Tour. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 8 p.m. Join the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart for their sparkling and beloved Holiday Pops concert. $59-129. thehanovertheatre.org.
Soweto Gospel Choir: Songs of the Free. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. The spectacular and vibrant Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela in this rousing concert. $47-67. berklee.edu/events.
Saturday, December 8
Winnie-the-Pooh Low Sensory Morning. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 9-11 a.m. Experience the Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibit during a time of fewer visitors and more space for young people who would benefit from a quieter experience. $9. mfa.org.
BRICKTACULAR: How the Grinch Stole Christmas. LEGOLAND Discovery Center: Boston, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. 10 a.m. Stop by all weekend to enjoy a holiday themed display capturing the fun of Dr. Seuss’s Grinch, activities, and large-scale sled. Through Sunday. Free with admission. Advance $14.95; day-of $23. boston.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
Morning with Santa. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Don’t miss Santa’s stop at the Museum, as you enjoy a delightful visit and photo with Santa, as well as seasonal crafts and activities. Register ahead. Member adults free, children $25; nonmember adults $10, children $30. concordmuseum.org.
Winter Carnival. Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St., Worcester. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Carnival games, hot chocolate and cookies, and afternoon performance by the Worcester Youth Orchestra, morning face painting, and more. $12, ages under 3 free. worcesterhistory.org.
Gingerbread Saturday. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet Santa, explore his workshop and make gifts for a special loved one. High five or hug the Grinch, and more during this day of fun. Check schedule of events. Free with admission. Adults $25, youths $13, ages under 3 free. springfieldmuseums.org.
Scribble Bots. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 12-2 p.m. Come create dynamic drawings using simple DIY robotic contraptions made of spinning and wiggling motors, markers, tape, pipe cleaners, and more. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Make Your Own Comic Book Workshop. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 12-3 p.m. Learn simple and fun ways to express yourself through comics, during Smithsonian Week in Springfield. Free with admission. Adults $25, youths $13, ages under 3 free. springfieldmuseums.org.
Special Storytime: Jane Yolen & Heidi E.Y. Stemple. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join award-winning authors and enjoy a program all about the birds, including bird watching activities and owl calling. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Daddy & Me Brain Building: Penguins. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 3-4 p.m. Bring your favorite caretaker for this special story-time, where you can build a wooden penguin using hammer and nails. For ages 2 to 4. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
Owl Prowl. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 4-6 p.m. Join a local naturalist and go under the moon and stars to the trails of Fruitlands Museum to see who-who-who might be out and about. Register ahead. Members $9, nonmembers $15, ages under 13 free. fruitlands.org.
Sunday, December 9
Mike the Bubble Man. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Through music, choreography, and comedy, bubbles of all different shapes and sizes come alive. Adults $13, children $10. coolidge.org.
Brunch with Santa. Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation St., Worcester. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Create magical holiday memories at this award-winning Santa Brunch. Celebrate with a merry meet and greet with Santa while enjoying culinary delights with special offerings for children. Reservations required. Adults $46.95, children 6-12 $19.95. beechwoodhotel.com.
Miracle on 34th Street. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Enjoy this Christmas classic following an older man named Kris Kringle who fills in for Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade as Santa Claus and sets off controversy and an evokes our Christmas nostalgia. Members $10, public $12. natickarts.org.
Special Sundays in the Studio: Winter Watercolors. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. Enjoy this special afternoon activity taking inspiration from the Winter Wonderland outside and in the air with watercolors. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Special Storytime: Ryan T. Higgins. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Share on Bruce the grumpy bear, as he becomes the victim of mistaken identity. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Outrageous Fortune. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Enjoy this to-tappin’ jug-band style with a sweet three-part harmony, guitar, harmonica, washboard, and bass. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Berkshire Concert Choir. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join the Berkshire Concert Choir as they perform a program of Christmas music from early Renaissance to contemporary compositions before our Festival of Trees showing. Free. berkshiremuseum.org.