The Discovery Museum hosts an evening for children on the autism spectrum, the MFA marks the Lunar New Year, and the Berkshire Museum invites kids to build a pop-up playground.
Friday, February 8
Learning Spanish Circle Time. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-10:30 a.m. Join us as we learn new words, phrases, songs, and a story in Spanish. For ages 3 to 5. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity based on the weather and season. Explore the outdoors either in the Discovery Woods or adjacent conservation land. Designed for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Preschool Story and Nature Hour: Volcanoes. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy an hour of nature-themed fun. Make a nature craft, read a story, and head out onto the trails. For ages 2.5 to 5. Register ahead. Member children $3, nonmember children $4, adults free. massaudubon.org.
Materials Play. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11-11:30 a.m. Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $9, youths $6. carlemuseum.org.
Friday Fun & Games: Board Games. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 4-5 p.m. Test your strategy playing a favorite game or try something new from our selection of board games available. For ages 6 to 12. Free. mywpl.org.
Saturday, February 9
Pop Up Play Day. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Use your creativity to build and rebuild using the big, blue blocks of Imagination Playground. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $13, youths 4 and up $6, ages under 4 free. berkshiremuseum.org.
I Heart Science. Harvard Museum of Science and Culture, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Awaken your love of science with activities led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers. Meet scientists who investigate fossils, microbes, and carnivorous plants. Observe tiny, tough tardigrades and make your own model of one. Bring your own collections to show to local shell and mineral clubs. This annual festival has something for everyone and is appropriate for children and adults of all ages. harvard.edu
Lunar New Year Celebration. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions including activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. Free. mfa.org.
Wayne Potash. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Rev your morning with this special interactive rock and roll show, featuring new songs about animals, princesses, and silly monsters for the whole family to enjoy. Recommended for ages 2 and up. Adults $13.50, children $10.50. coolidge.org.
The Dragon King. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, 1 Columbia Point, South Boston. 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Journey below the sea in this story of fantasy, courage, and wonder from Chinese folklore brought by Tanglewood Marionettes. Register ahead. Free. jfklibrary.org.
Sculpture Park Snowshoe Tour. deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Explore the Sculpture park through a fun, snowshoe guided tour. For ages 8 and up. Weather contingent. Member adults $15, youths 8 to 15 $12; nonmember adults $25, youths 8 to 15 $20. Equipment $12. deCordova.org.
Scribble Bots. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Come create dynamic drawing using simple DIY robotic contraptions made of spinning and wiggling motors to make unexpected patterns. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Winter Tracking on the Trails. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 1-3 p.m. Join local naturalist Laurie Nehring on the trails of Fruitlands as we become winter wildlife detectives. Register ahead. Members $9, nonmembers $15, children free. fruitlands.org.
The House with the Clocks in Its Walls. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Watch this live-action adaptation of the charming magical adventure. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Movie Matinee: Polly. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 2:30 p.m. A showing of ‘Polly’ chronicling the adventures of an orphan sent to Alabama to live with her aunt in a small, divided town. For families with children ages 12 and under. Free. mywpl.org.
Especially for Me: Autism Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. Come join in all the fun and explore the Discovery Museum during this special event for families with members on the autism spectrum, featuring adaptive yoga from 5:30 til 7:00 p.m. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.
Sunday, February 10
Exploring Culture Together: Olives. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. 10-11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m. Discover the importance of olives in Ancient Israel through a hands-on experience featuring crafts, gallery games, and artifacts. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Register ahead. Members $15, nonmembers $25. peabody.harvard.edu.
Family Snowshoe Hike. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 1-3 p.m. Explore the sanctuary with your family on snowshoes through a guided walk and hot chocolate to follow. Member adults $7, children $4; nonmember adults $9, children $5. massaudubon.org.
Look! It’s a Book. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. Enjoy this special Sunday in the Museum’s Art Studio. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $9, youths $6. carlemuseum.org.
Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Pig at a concert honoring the Chinese New Year. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.