Friday, November 15 

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, and then venture out to our adjacent conservation land or Discovery Woods. Recommended for ages 2-6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Sensory Play Storytime. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Look, listen, touch, and play during this story and activity time exploring different sensory concepts. For ages 2-4. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Owl Prowl. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Learn about winter-time nocturnal animals, and then venture outdoors for a short hike to see if you can hear or spot an owl or two. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Register ahead. Members $9, nonmembers $15, children free. fruitlands.org.

Festival of Trees 2019: Festive Preview Party. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join your friends and neighbors to kick-off this year’s inspiring Festival of Trees, with delicious appetizers, beverages, and our own ideas of heroism. Register ahead. Member adults $30, children $15; nonmembers $50, children $25, ages under 4 free. berkshiremuseum.org.

Dance Theatre of Harlem. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 8 p.m. Watch as this internally-respected, 17-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire celebrating ballet and African American culture. $45-65. thehanovertheatre.org.

 

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Saturday, November 16 

Fairyborough Trail Hunt. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Strange things have been popping up in the Fairyborough, so head to the path to see if you can spot what is out of place. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

A New England Thanksgiving. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience the traditions of preparing an early 19th century New England Thanksgiving during this celebration of the season. Adults $28, youths $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.

Pop-Up Play Day. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Use the big, blue blocks of Imagination Playground and colorful Bilderhoos architectural building components to build, collaborate, and play. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $13, youths $6, ages under 4 free. berkshiremuseum.org.

MFA Playdate: Let’s Make Music. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:15-11 a.m. Enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by artmaking as we examine the musical art we have at the museum. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, youths 7-17 $10, ages under 7 free. mfa.org.

Babe. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Follow the inspiration story of a shy Yorkshire piglet who doesn’t quite know his place in the world, with a special talk on animal communication with a local scientist. Adults $9.50, children $7.50. coolidge.org.

WAM Artful Play. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Enjoy a hands-on activity, story, and guided tour through our galleries as we introduce our youngest patrons to art. For ages 0-5. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $18, youths $8, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.

Family Yoga Class. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy interactive and partner poses for kids and adults, cooperative games, breathing exercises, simple mindfulness activities, and relaxation for children and their caregivers. For ages 3-12. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Special Storytime: Cynthia Alonso. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11 a.m. Join illustrator Cynthia Alonso as she reads from her new picture book ‘The Ready’, a whimsically illustrated love letter to books. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

Special Storytime: Chase Taylor. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join Chase Taylor, creator of ‘The Letter Critters’ book series, as he reads from his books and his experience as a young author. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

We Can Be Heroes. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 2-4 p.m. Discover and share the traits that mark a hero, and create a unique holiday ornament featuring your own hero to take home. Best for ages 5 and up. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $13, youths $6, ages under 4 free. berkshiremuseum.org.

Happier Family Comedy Show. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 3-4 p.m. Celebrate creativity during this family-friendly, all-new, created-on-the-spot improv show performed in an accepting and exciting atmosphere. Members $9, youths $4.50; nonmembers $10, youths $5. carlemuseum.org.

Especially for Me: Free Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. A special evening for families with members on the Autism Spectrum, with dinner provided and a special music activity at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.

 

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Sunday, November 17 

A New England Thanksgiving. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience the traditions of preparing an early 19th century New England Thanksgiving during this celebration of the season. Adults $28, youths $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.

National Take A Hike Day: Walking Sticks. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Hop out onto the Great Hill conservation land adjacent to our Discovery Woods to find the perfect walking stick, then bring it back and decorate it as we celebrate National Take a Hike Day. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Magic by Scott Jameson. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Adults $13.50, children $10.50. coolidge.org.

Special Sundays in the Studio. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 12-5 p.m.  Explore new materials in the Art Studio and try a different project. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

ARTfull Explorations. deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 1-3 p.m. Explore deCordova with the whole family and investigate new ideas and unique materials inspired by the themes and artists on view. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14, youths 12 and under free. deCordova.org.

East Dances with West. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. This concert trio presents some of the Turkish repertoire inspired by Vienna’s waltzes, Argentine’s tangos, and Balkan sirtos. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Cheer in the holiday season, with this fantastic performance by the multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed, progressive rock group as they stage an unforgettable show. $49.50+. dcucenter.com.