2017-01-05 / News

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

baystate parent’s TOP LOCAL PICKS FOR JANUARY


GO JAM Monster Jam Triple Threat Series. DCU Center, Worcester. Jan. 13-15. GO JAM Monster Jam Triple Threat Series. DCU Center, Worcester. Jan. 13-15. 7 Saturday

Beyond the Spectrum: Animals in Art. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Explore the history of animals in art from prehistoric times to the present day, before sculpting an animal out of clay during this adventure in art for children on the Autism Spectrum. For ages 8 to 12. $9. mfa.org.

11 Wednesday

“If Only” screening. 1 Lt. Charles W. Whitcomb School, 25 Union St., Marlborough. 7 p.m. A 38-minute film created to raise awareness about the dangers that lie in the use and misuse of prescription and recreational drugs. Sponsored by Marlborough Substance Use Prevention Coalition. Free. Registration required at if-only-marlborough.eventbrite.com.


GO CELEBRATE O-shogatsu: Japanese New Year Festival. Boston Children’s Museum. Jan. 15. GO CELEBRATE O-shogatsu: Japanese New Year Festival. Boston Children’s Museum. Jan. 15. 13 Friday

Madagascar Jr. — A Musical Adventure. Grafton Middle School, 20 Providence Road, Grafton. 7 p.m. Apple Tree Arts presents the tale of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo as they escape from New York’s Central Park Zoo to the crazy tropical world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Based on the animated smash movie, a second performance runs at 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Tickets $10 adults; $8 seniors & children 5 & older; free for children 4 & younger. Tickets sold at the door. appletreearts.org.

Belmont Family Film Festival: Where Books Come Alive! The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 7 p.m. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit + talk & autograph signing by Merlin Crossingham, creative director for the Wallace & Gromit films. Films throughout Jan. 15 at Studio


GO PLAY Family Fun Days: Historic Games. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. Jan. 21. GO PLAY Family Fun Days: Historic Games. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. Jan. 21. Cinema, 376 Trapelo Rd., Belmont; Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St., Belmont; Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. Tickets $6 and up. Full schedule at belmontworldfilm.org.

14 Saturday

Snowshoeing for Families. Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn how to use snowshoes before heading out on the trails, if Mother Nature has provided enough snow. For ages 5 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $8, children $4; nonmember adults $10, children $6. massaudubon.org.

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series. DCU Center, Foster St., Worcester. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Athletes go head-to-head in seven different competitions driving three different vehicles — Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters, and Monster Jam ATVs. Shows also 1 p.m. Jan. 15. dcucenter.com.

Especially for Me: Free Evening for Families with Deaf, hard of Hearing, or KODA Children. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Explore the entire museum campus during this special evening closed to the general public, featuring ASL interpreters and dinner provided. Register ahead. Free. discoverymuseums.org.

15 Sunday

O-shogatsu: Japanese New Year Festival. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Welcome New Year 2017 and bring good luck with Taiko drums, a Shishimai lion dance, Mochi pounding, and more. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $16, children under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

16 Monday

Morningstar Access. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Enjoy this morning specially designed to provide children with special needs an opportunity to visit the museum at a time when there are only a few other visitors. Register ahead. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $16, children under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community, during a day filled with art-making, musical performances, an exploration of the African American experience from two contemporary artists, and more. Free. mfa.org.

17 Tuesday

“City Science: The Science You Live” Exhibition Opening. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. This 2,500-squarefoot new permanent exhibit incorporates live animals, interactive components, and natural history specimens to give children and families the opportunity to experiment, engineer, and observe the science that is happening on their streets and neighborhoods. Exhibition is free, included with general admission. Tickets $15 for adults; $10 for children 2-18; $10 for seniors 65+ and students with ID; children under 2 are free.

21 Saturday

Family Fun Days: Historic Games. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Try your hand at games of the 1800s from tabletop bowling to shooting marbles.

Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers ages 5 and up $5, children under age 5 free. fruitlands.org.

Mike the Bubble Man. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy music, choreography, comedy, and bubbles of all shapes and sizes as Mike the Bubble Man brings to life these soapy creations to enliven the entire family. Recommended for ages 2 and up. Adults $13, children $10. coolidge.org.

Johnny Peers and The Muttville Comix. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Join as this Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate brings his talents and his canines to tickle your funny bone. Adults $12, children $10. natickarts.org.

25 Wednesday

Stuffed Animal Storytime. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Bring your stuffed animal pal to the library for stories, songs, and parachute fun. For ages 18 months to 3. Free. mywpl.org.

28 Saturday

Snowshoe Walk or Winter Hike. Wachusett Meadow Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 1 p.m.-3 pm. Enjoy a winter hike or snowshoe hike depending on the snow levels, leading always to a hot chocolate drinking and toasting marshmallow by campfire session. For ages 7 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $7, children $4; nonmember adults $9, children $5. massaudubon.org.

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