November Adventures: 14 Things To Do With The Kids This Month
Hayrides at Appleton Farms
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Nov. 5-14
Experience the beautiful scenery, crisp air and changing and vibrant colors of Appleton Farms in the fall as you enjoy a hayride across the idyllic property. Rides depart every twenty minutes between 4-7 p.m. Space is limited, pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Grab a wood-fired pizza to enjoy afterwards. Adults $10, children $5; members $8/$4. thetrustees.org.
Fall Food Truck Fest
Saturday, Nov. 6
This 5th annual event at Wachusett Mountain features live music, a huge selection of beer and plenty of food to keep you full and happy all day long. Take a Skyride to enjoy the views of the season. Adults $5 advance/$8 door, children $3/$5, and kids under 5 free. wachusett.com.
Fruitlands Annual Bonfire
Saturday, Nov. 6
After a year off, the Fruitlands Annual Bonfire is back! The event begins at 5 p.m. and the fire will be lit as night falls around 6:15 p.m. S’more kits will be for sale (with a small fire pit for roasting marshmallows). Guests are encouraged to write down a wish and tuck it in the large structure before it’s set afire, sending hopes and dreams into the night sky. Advanced registration is required; $15 per carload, $10 for members. thetrustees.org.
Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms
Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 6-21
Ready to try your hand at being a farmhand? Your whole family will get to be farmers together in this unique program. After learning all about the farm’s dairy herd, you can help take care of the chickens, feed the angora rabbits, and perform other hands-on chores with their barnyard animals. This program is best suited for families—adults and children alike will get to try their hand at chores. Pre-registration required. $20 per person; $15 for members. thetrustees.org.
Preschool Story Hour: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 10-11
Learn about the three R’s and play games with recyclable materials at this thematic story hour at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. This program includes a story, an activity and a naturalist-led walk. Dress for the weather and be prepared to be outdoors as much as possible for this program. For kids ages 3 - 5. Adults free, children $5, members $4. Pre-registration required. massaudubon.org.
Family Nature Exploration Program
Saturday, Nov. 13
Take a personalized, private guided tour into the wonders of nature with your family. A Mass Audubon Naturalist will lead your group on an exploration of Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, guiding you through hands-on investigations of plants and animals and observing the interactions in the ecosystem. Choose from themed programs: The Wonders of the Marsh; Into the Woods; or Busy Animals in Autumn. All programs can be customized to your group's interests and optional activities for children based on age and interest can be provided. Family (up to 5 people) $150; or $130 for members. Advance booking required. massaudubon.org.
Preschool Story & Nature Hour - Apples and Flowers
Fridays, Nov. 12 and 19
Visit Wachusett Meadow for an hour of nature-themed fun with your youngster. Read an engaging storybook, make a take-home nature craft, and walk on one of the sanctuary's beautiful trails. The theme for the Nov. 12 class is Red Apples, and Nov. 19 is Dried Flower Centerpieces. Classes will be held outdoors. For ages 2.5 - 5. Pre-registration required. Adults free, children $5, members $4. massaudubon.org.
Zoolights at Stone Zoo
Opens Nov. 19
Stone Zoo's ZooLights dazzles visitors of all ages each holiday season. This winter wonderland takes you on a stroll through the zoo, along tree-lined paths lit by twinkling lights. Spanning the Zoo's 26 acres, walk through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and even reindeer! Ticket prices TBA. zoonewengland.org.
Magic of Lights at Gillette
Opens Nov. 19
This drive-through experience features dazzling themed light displays created with nearly one million sparkling lights. Guests will enjoy brand-new displays including Prehistoric Christmas, Big Foot Monster Trucks and the Snow Flurry Tunnel, as well as returning favorites including the 12 Days of Christmas, Toyland and the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights. The experience will also feature the Illuminating Mega Trees, boasting 40 feet of dancing lights synchronized to popular holiday tunes. Magic of Lights daily from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 19 through Friday, Dec. 24. Tickets start at $40 per vehicle and must be purchased online in advance. magicoflights.com/foxborough.
Harvest X Games
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21
Hay bale tossing, pumpkin launching, archery, homebrewing, and even an “Iron Farmer” competition -- it’s all part of the Harvest X-Games at Red Apple Farm’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival. Every November, more than 40 local family farms and businesses come together at the farm to offer fixings for your Thanksgiving table and home. Local vendors offer fresh crops and unique products from all over New England. The festival, always the weekend before Turkey Day, features delicious food, demonstrations, face painting, a Living History Civil War Encampment, pony rides, local live music, giant pumpkins, and the Harvest X-Games. Grab a drink from the Brew Barn and share in the season’s bounty from the North Quabbin Region. redapplefarm.com.
Thanksgiving Open Barn & Harvest Market
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21
A weekend of food, music, shopping and entertaining at Hardwick Vineyard and Winery. This family-friendly event features hayrides, crafts, games, and visits with live farm animals. Shop for your Thanksgiving feast and seasonal gifts at the Crafter’s and Artisan’s Market. hardwickwinery.com.
Holiday Lights Spectacular
Opens Nov. 26
This all-new walk-through event features festive, larger-than-life dazzling displays with 1.5 million illuminated lights at Roger Williams Park Zoo. The trail is open nightly from 5-9:30 p.m. on select dates from Nov. 26 to Jan. 2. Tickets are timed-entry and available for purchase online only. rwpzoo.org/holidaylights.
Opens in November - dates TBA
Grab a Jurassic passport and feel the thrill of standing next to 30+ giant moving dinosaurs on this walk-through expedition at historic Quincy Market. Along the journey, earthquakes might erupt, dinosaurs could battle, and your family might just have to help save a baby dinosaur’s life. You'll learn how dinosaurs evolved over time, where on Earth they lived, and the discoveries paleontologists have made about how they ate, moved, and behaved. Tickets start at $20. dinosafariboston.com.
Arctic Adventure at MOS
At the Museum of Science’s new permanent exhibit, Arctic Adventure, you’re not just told about the Arctic—you’ll feel it. The region comes to life with digitally immersive sights and sounds including a touchable wall of real ice. Become an Arctic researcher as you use technology (including ground-penetrating radar and ice core drills) to explore our changing environment. The exhibition itself changes, too. Lighting hues mimic the Sun’s motion over the course of the day. The scenery, and the animals you find in it, vary with the seasons. This experience also illuminates the many ways our global climate is changing. Included with admission: adults $29, children $24, kids under 3 and members free. mos.org.