Jan. 24-26: 20 Things to do This Weekend
Friday, January 24
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.
Tinkering with Toys: Colorful Kaleidoscopes. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Explore this classic and colorful toy. Create simple but dazzling kaleidoscopes. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Under the Sea Potter Workshop. Worcester Public Library: Frances Perkins Branch, 470 West Boylston St., Worcester. 4-5 p.m. Use self-hardening clay to create under-the-sea creatures or tile project, before painting, and taking your creation home. Recommended for ages 5 and up with caregivers. Register ahead. Free. mywpl.org.
Artbarn Community Theater. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 6 p.m. Enjoy a special performance with Artbarn Community Theater’s Traveling Geese Touring Company, featuring young actors who love to perform. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $1, ages under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
KidsJam. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 6:30-8 p.m. Monthly family dance party featuring a live DJ, dance lessons, games, and creativity. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $1, ages under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Saturday, January 25
Pancake Breakfast. Brookfield Orchards, 12 Lincoln Rd., North Brookfield. 8-11 a.m. Shake off winter's chill and enjoy a yummy breakfast of pancakes, sausage and a hot drink. $5. facebook.com.
Paw Patrol Meet & Greet. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Pups Chase and Skye will be at the zoo for photos and a meet and greet with kiddos. Included with general admission. Adults $16.95, kids $10.95, under 2 free. zoonewengland.org.
The Magic of Bonaparte. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 10:30 a.m. Join one of Boston’s hottest magicians during this fun-filled journey featuring a unique blend of magic, comedy, origami, balloon sculpture, and more. Adults $12, ages 3-12 $10, ages under 3 free. regenttheatre.com.
The Lion Dance. JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a traditional Chinese lion dance ceremony dating back more than a thousand years, as presented by the Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy. Register ahead. Free. jfklibrary.org.
Family Yoga Class. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy an hour of fun, learning, and connection during a morning featuring cooperative games, age appropriate poses, partner poses, breathing exercises, simple mindfulness activities, and relaxation. For ages 3-12. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Play Date: We Belong. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Join Wee the People, a social justice project for kids, as they explore migration, home, and belonging through storytelling and making. Free. icaboston.org.
Scribble Bots. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11-2 p.m. Come create dynamic drawings using simple DIY robotic contraptions made of spinning and wiggling motors, markers, tape, pipe cleaners, and a variety of recycled and repurposed materials. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Kamishibai Storytelling. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 12:15 p.m. Enjoy this traditional method of storytelling in Japan using a set of story picture cards in a small wooden stage as we celebrate the Japanese Year of the Mouse. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $18, ages under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Moonlight Winter Walk. Wachusett Meadow. 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 6 p.m. Enjoy a guided hike by moonlight and explore with your ears instead of your eyes. Bring a flashlight (but try not to use it). Snowshoes available for rent. massaudubon.org.
Railers vs. Mariners: Marvel Superhero Night. DCU Center, 51 Foster St., Worcester. 7:05 p.m. Join the Worcester Railers and Maine Mariners during this epic hockey showdown. $15+. dcucenter.com.
Sunday, January 26
Paper Orchestra Concert. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 11 a.m. Join the Josiah Quincy Orchestra, as students play the violins, violas, cellos, and basses they created themselves. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $18, ages under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Special Sundays in the Studio. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 12-5 p.m. Explore new materials and try a different project in the Art Studio all day long. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. A special concert in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year with students from the Boston Art School for Chinese Music. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Railers vs. Thunder. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 3:05 p.m. Come enjoy as the Worcester Railers take on the Adirondack Thunder during this family-friendly hockey event. $15+. dcucenter.com.