Jan. 3-5: 17 Things to Do This Weekend
Friday, January 3
Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30-10 a.m. Explore sound as you move, make music, listen, learn, and get a multi-sensory workout. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Winter Crafting: Snowman Boxes. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-11 a.m. Fun winter crafting fun making Winter Wishes Snowman Boxes. Designed for ages 3-7. Register ahead. leominsterlibrary.org.
Chinese Bilingual Storytime. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3-4 p.m. Enjoy a special story-time with stories, songs, and movement in English and Chinese. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
First Friday Night Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30 p.m. Explore the museum at night. Non-perishable food donations for local pantries accepted. Free. discoveryacton.org.
Stars Over Springfield. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Skygazing in the Science Museum’s observatory, with a planetarium show if overcast. $3. springfieldmuseums.org.
Saturday, January 4
The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Set sail for a fun-filled voyage and hilarious pirate antics with the biggest band of misfits on the seven seas during this animated adventure. Adults $9.50, children $7.50. coolidge.org.
WAM Arms & Armor Presentations. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. An interactive program learning about different kinds of arms and armor including those used by Roman soldiers, Medieval knights, and beyond. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $18, youths 4-17 $8, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.
We Can Be Heroes. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 2-4 p.m. Discover and share the traits that make 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; nonmember adults $13, youths 4-17 $6, ages under 4 free. berkshiremuseum.org.
Festival of Trees After Dark. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 5-7 p.m. Explore the sparkling indoor forest of Festival of Trees when the galleries are lit only by the twinkling lights on each tree. Members $3, nonmembers $5. berkshiremuseum.org.
Sunday, January 5
Backyard and Beyond: Winter Survival Workshop. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. An expert survivalist covers basic shelter building, wild edibles, water gathering, fire starting, tracking, and more during this exploration of life in the wintry outdoors. Register ahead. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Close out the holiday season in a forest of trees individually decorated and inspired by the storyline and characters from a favorite children’s book. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $10, youths 5 and up $6, ages under 5 free. concordmuseum.org.
First Free Sunday. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy the galleries throughout the Museum during this entire day of free exploration. Free. worcesterart.org.
Exploring Science Together: Dinosaurs. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Come dig deeper and explore the fossil world of the dinosaur as we discover what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, and participate in a “fossil dig” with real fossils. Register ahead. Members $15, nonmembers $25. hmnh.harvard.edu.
Concert with PJ Library. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Join PJ Library for fun, interactive live music and art activities. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $18, ages under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
First Sunday. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore the Museum and a fun craft during this first Sunday special. Free. museumofrussianicons.org.
Holiday Storytime: Federico and the Magi’s Gift. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., & 3 p.m. Learn about Three Kings Day with a special story-time of Federico and the Magi’s Gift by Beatriz Vidal followed by an art activity. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $18, ages under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Railers vs. Icemen. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 3:05 p.m. Come enjoy as the Worcester Railers take on the Jacksonville Icemen during this family-friendly hockey event. $15+. dcucenter.com.