Friday, January 31

Puppet Playtime. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy free play, sing-a-longs, interactive stories, imagination games, and other activities during this cheerful family-friendly puppet-filled morning. $10. puppetshowplace.org.

Word Play with Center Dance Studio. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11 a.m.-12 p.m.. Join the Center Dance Studio for creative movement and narrative dance inspired by picture books. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

Celebrate Lunar New Year. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 6-8:30 p.m. Welcome the Year of the Rat as we celebrate the Lunar New Year through dance, games, and art with a focus on Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $1, ages under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Railers vs. Royals. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 7:05 p.m. Come enjoy as the Worcester Railers take on the Reading Royals during this family-friendly hockey event. $15+. dcucenter.com.

The Illusionists: Live from Broadway. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. Friday, Jan 31,7:30 p.m. Jaw dropping talents of the most incredible illusionist on earth come together for this mind-blowing spectacular showcase featuring sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. $40-70. thehanovertheatre.org.

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Saturday, February 1 

Winter Warmth and Cheer. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy a festive story experience as a 19th century New England town prepares for a seasonal winter ball, featuring costumed historians, music, and cooking demonstrations. Free with admission. $28, youths 4-17 $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.

The Lorax. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 10 a.m. Celebrate the Birthday of the Tres, Tu B’Shevat, as you watch Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and learn how you can “speak for the trees.” $12. regenttheatre.com.

Valentine Card-Making Party. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10-11:30 a.m. Make unlimited valentines for your family, friends, or classmates. Adults free; member children $8.50, nonmember children $10. carlemuseum.org.

Danish Hygge Festival. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Come experience the Hygge (hooga) with traditional Danish costumes, foods, storytelling, and games that will bring warmth to all on this February morning. Free. southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org.

Dinosaur Train Opening Celebration. Springfield Museum, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour the new Dinosaur Train interactive exhibit, meet Buddy the Dinosaur from 11-2, unearth natural history, and try out some paleontology. Free with admission. Adults $25, youths $13, ages under 3 free. springfieldmuseums.org.

Saturday Morning Cartoons. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 10:15-11 a.m. Enjoy classic Warner Brothers cartoons with the family and share those special Looney Tunes gags with a new generation. Members free; nonmembers $3, ages under 3 free. berkshiremuseum.org.

The Wacky Science Show. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Get ready for an award-winning show that teaches that science can be exciting and fun, during high energy, hands-on lessons filled with music, comedy, and surprises. Adults $12, children $10. natickarts.org.

Groundhog Day: Seeing Shadows. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Celebrate Groundhog Day a day early. Experiment with shadows and see if they can dance, be colorful, and change in size. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $15.50, under age 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Cabin Fever Winter Festival. Bolton Town Common, 715 Main St., Bolton. 12-4 p.m. Enjoy snowman contests, winter corn hole, a sled parade, a treasure hunt through Bolton trails, and plenty of family events and activities. Individuals $15, family $40. rotarycabinfeverfest.com.

We Shape History. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Learn how to spin wool, weave yarn, and design an effective protest poster. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $13, ages under 18 free. berkshiremuseum.org.

Sturbridge Winter Outing. Town Common, Main St., Sturbridge. 4 p.m. Come out for lighted night ice skating, games, fire barrels, a build-your-own s'mores station, hot cocoa, snowman building and food vendors. Free. more info

Winter Carnival. NARA Park, 25 Ledge Rock Way, Acton. 4-7 p.m. Celebrate the season with winter fun, including a large campfire and marshmallow toasting, sledding fun, stories, food vendors, games, and more. Free. acton-ma.gov.

Especially for Me: Families with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or KODA Children. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. A special free evening especially for families with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or KODA children, with ASL interpreters available, dinner provided, and a magic show at 5:30 and 6:30. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.

Yamato: Jhonetsu. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. With virtuosity, strength, spirit, and sheer endurance, Yamato displays its breathtaking performance on more than 20 drums, as well as cymbals, vocals, and bamboo flutes. $28-58. berklee.edu/events.

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Sunday, February 2 

Winter Warmth and Cheer. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy a festive story experience as a 19th century New England town prepares for a seasonal winter ball, featuring costumed historians, music, and cooking demonstrations. Free with admission. $28, youths 4-17 $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.

Backyard and Beyond: Knife Skills with PrimiTim. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Join survival skills instructor Tim PrimiTim Swanson to learn how to safely and effectively use knives during adventuring outdoors. Register ahead. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $15.50, under age 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

2020 Lunar New Year Festival. North Quincy High School, 316 Hancock St., Quincy. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the 32nd Annual Lunar New Year Festival featuring live music and dancing, cultural performances, storytelling, a ‘Year of the Rat’ photo booth, gaming areas, and more. Free. quincyasianresources.org.

First Sunday. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore the galleries during this special opening of the Museum. Free. museumofrussianicons.org.

WAM Arms & Armor. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. Weekends, Feb. 2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 & 29, 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. Join us for this fun, interactive program, and learn all the different kinds of arms and armor including those used by Roman soldiers, Medieval knights, and beyond. Free with admission. Free. worcesterart.org.