Dec. 27-29: 18 Things to do This Weekend

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
Hip Hop Nutcracker at The Hanover Theatre.

Friday, December 27 

Jeannie Mack’s Winter Songfest. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10-10:45 a.m. Celebrate winter with songs about making snowmen, twirling around snowflakes, and sledding down hills. For ages 5 and under. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Everyday Engineering: Strike a Balance. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop-in to build a tabletop seesaw using rulers, paint stirrers, and paper towel tubes before piling on pennies for a custom balancing act. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

December Vacation Week. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy free activities exploring works of art inspired by light and create your own masterpiece during this vacation week of fun. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, youth free. mfa.org.

Word Play. 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. For ages 3 and up. Register ahead. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

Holiday Vacation Week. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Get out and get artsy during December school vacation featuring gallery exploration and art making activities for all ages. Members free; nonmember adults, youths free. icaboston.org.

Snowman Pinch Pots. Worcester Public Library: Frances Perkins Branch, 470 West Boylston St., Worcester. 4-5 p.m. Make and decorate a snowman pinch pot using air-dry clay. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Free. mywpl.org.

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Saturday, December 28 

Everyday Engineering: Balls and Ramps. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Design, build, and test out some simple tracks and mini-rollercoasters with loop-da-loops, hills, and straightaways. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

December Vacation Week. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy free activities exploring works of art inspired by light and create your own masterpiece during this vacation week of fun. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, youth free. mfa.org.

Tanglewood Marionettes: Cinderella. Newton Cultural Center at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. This classic fairy tale is told with wit, style, and a dozen lavishly costumed marionettes. Advance $8, at-door $10. newtoncommunitypride.org.

Magnificent Monster Circus. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. CactusHead Puppets presents a circus like no other in this interactive show performed with several different styles of puppets as they guide you through the world of monsters. Members $5.50, nonmembers $6. carlemuseum.org.

Holiday Vacation Week. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Get out and get artsy during December school vacation featuring gallery exploration and art making activities for all ages. Members free; nonmember adults, youths free. icaboston.org.

Arms and Armor: Samurai Warrior. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. Learn about the history and fighting techniques of the legendary Samurai during this demonstration of martial arts in existence since the 15th century. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $18, youths 4-17 $8, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.

Arthur Christmas. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Enjoy this animated film following the youngest son of Santa Claus, Arthur, on an adventure around the Christmas season. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Bilingual Storytime: Spanish. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3 p.m. Enjoy this story-time featuring stories, songs, and movement activities in English and Spanish. Aimed at ages 3-5. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

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Sunday, December 29 

Everyday Engineering: Balls and Ramps. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Design, build, and test out some simple tracks and mini-rollercoasters with loop-da-loops, hills, and straightaways. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

December Vacation Week. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy free activities exploring works of art inspired by light and create your own masterpiece during this vacation week of fun. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, youth free. mfa.org.

Holiday Vacation Week. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 11-4 p.m. Get out and get artsy during December school vacation featuring gallery exploration and art making activities for all ages. Members free; nonmember adults, youths free. icaboston.org.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 7 p.m. This contemporary dance spectacle sets itself to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score to The Nutcracker ballet with a new verve and supercharged by a cast of a dozen all-star dancers. $42.50-62.50. thehanovertheatre.org.