An autism-friendly night at the Discovery Museum, an interactive bubble show, and free admission to the Museum of Russian Icons.

Friday, January 4 

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity taking cue from the weather outside, before doing some outdoor exploration. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Learning Spanish Circle Time. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-11 a.m. Learn new words, phrases, and songs in Spanish while building your vocabulary, during this morning of fun. For ages 3 to 5. Free. Register ahead. leominsterlibrary.org.

Stars Over Springfield. Springfield Museum, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Join members of the Springfield Stars Club for skygazing in the Science Museum's observatory. $3. springfieldmuseums.org. 

Saturday, January 5 

WAM Stroller Tours. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a docent led guide through the museum, followed by an age-appropriate story and light refreshments. Recommended for ages up to 3 with caregivers and siblings. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $16, youths 4 and up $6, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.

Magic for Smart People. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 10:30 a.m. Bob the Magic Guy mesmerizes and entertains audiences of all ages during this thrilling magical performance. Members $7; nonmember adults $10, ages 3 to 12 $8, ages under 3 free. regenttheatre.com.

Exploring Science Together: Dinosaurs. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Come dig deeper and explore the fossil world of dinosaurs during paleontology-centric activities. Register ahead. Members $15, nonmembers $25. hmnh.harvard.edu.

National Bird Day: Eat Like a Bird. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop-in and celebrate National Bird Day Use tweezers, pliers, and more as bird beaks of all different shapes and sizes, before creating tasty snacks to keep our featured friends full and healthy through the winter months. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Mike the Bubble Man. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 3-4 p.m. Explore science through bubbles during this creative, entertaining and interactive show. Free. leominsterlibrary.org. 

Especially for Me: Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. A special free evening especially for families with members on the autism spectrum. Dinner provided from Not Your Average Joe’s. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.

Sunday, January 6

First Sunday. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy free admission all day, as you explore the galleries across the Museum campus. Free. museumofrussianicons.org.

Afternoon Concert. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Enjoy this concert featuring the sounds of the piano, violin, and French horn. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.