Friday, December 20 

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 either in the Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. Recommended for ages 2-6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Stories and Craft. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy stories and craft. Aimed at children through age 4. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Preschool Story and Nature Hour: Gift for the Birds. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Come for an hour of nature themed fun with your youngster as we read a book, make a nature craft to take home, and walk on our beautiful trails. For ages 2-5. Register ahead. Member children $3, nonmember children $4, adults free. Register ahead. massaudubon.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 time of stories and activities exploring different sensory concepts. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Materials Play. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11:30 a.m. Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers and caregivers in the Art Studio. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

Solstice ‘Scapes. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice and paint some winter landscapes inspired by the shortest day of the year. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 2:30 p.m. Enjoy memorable segments from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, including visits with Koko the Gorilla, a trip to the Crayola crayon factory, and talks with celebrities. Free. mywpl.org.

Mad Science Presents: Holidaze. Worcester Public Library: Frances Perkins Branch, 470 West Boylston St., Worcester. 4-5 p.m. Enjoy this dazzling festive science show featuring interactive fun and experiments with a holiday twist. Free. mywpl.org.

 

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Saturday, December 21 

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

Visit with St. Nick. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your camera during this special visit with Santa amongst WAM’s art-filled surroundings. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $18, youths 4-17 $8, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.

MFA Playdates: Winter Adventures. 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 exploring the wintry season on our doorstep. Recommended for ages 4 and under. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, youths 7 and up $10, ages under 7 free. mfa.org.

The Muppet Christmas Carol. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the hilarious Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Adults $9.50, children $7.50. coolidge.org.

Artful Play: Families in Art. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Enjoy a story in the galleries, a hands-on activity led by a Museum educator, and snacks for your littlest learner. Designed for ages 0-5. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $18, youths 4-17 $8, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.

Family Yoga Class. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy cooperative games, age-appropriate poses, breathing exercises, and simple mindfulness and relaxation activities. For ages 3-12 with caregivers. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Matt Heaton’s Holiday Hootenanny. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Matt Heaton’s Holiday Hootenanny is a dance-filled, laugh-laced party for the whole family featuring his band the Outside Toys and new songs from his album ‘Snow Day’. Adults $12, children $10. natickarts.org.

Solstice Shadows. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Play with light and shadows in celebration of the Winter Solstice. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Polar Express Celebration. Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Come enjoy a holiday themed day at the mountain, featuring a Polar Express movie screening, holiday treats, carolers, kids crafts, and Santa sightings. Price varies. wachusett.com.

Arms and Armor: Medieval Men-at-Arms. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. Employing period clothing and weaponry, get a lively glimpse of the arms and armor, society, and daily life in the late Middle Ages. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $18, youths 4-17 $8, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.

The Nightmare Before Christmas. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. The Pumpkin King Jack Skeleton travels to a land of Christmas and finds inspiration during this Tim Burton animated flick. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Holiday Tour. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 2 p.m. Look for themes of fellowship and celebration on this docent-guided tour focused on merry-making and the holiday season. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $18, youths 4-17 $8, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.

Happier Family Comedy Show. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 3-4 p.m. Enjoy this family-friendly, improv show featuring audience participation fit for all ages. Member adults $9, youths $4.50; nonmember adults $10, youths $5. carlemuseum.org.

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Sunday, December 22 

Everyday Engineering: Cup Towers. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Challenge yourself to construct a one-of-a-kind structure made entirely out of cups. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

The Muppet Christmas Carol. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the hilarious Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Adults $9.50, children $7.50. coolidge.org.

A Christmas Carol Relaxed Performance. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 11 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with New England’s largest production of A Christmas Carol during this performance adapted for adults and children who might benefit from a more relaxed environment with soft lighting, quiet area, and attentive volunteers. $28-56. thehanovertheatre.org.

The Muppet Christmas Carol. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the hilarious Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Adults $12, children $10. natickarts.org.

Glen Hilliar Holiday Concert. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 2 p.m. Listen to the sounds of the season in the Renaissance Court during this concert by Glen Hilliar. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $18, youths 4-17 $8, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.