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Children & Families

Doctor Dolittle Animal Talk Scavenger Hunt at Harvard Museum of Natural History

Dec 21, 2019 - Jan 31, 2020 Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Have you ever wanted to talk with animals? Doctor Dolittle could! Use the clues to find six of his animal friends in the museum and learn how that animal communicates. Then, tell us what you think that animal is saying by drawing or writing on the sheet provided. When you are finished take your sheet to The Shop at HMNH and receive a small gift.

Nature Drop-in Day for Families: Tracks & Traces – Worcester MA

Jan 20, 2020 - Jan 20, 2020 Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA

Stop into the sanctuary for a day full of nature fun. Learn how to identify and interpret tracks and other clues left behind by animals. Create your own tracking story and enjoy crafts and activities. Come along for one of our guided one-hour hikes at 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. Registration is not required.

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Boston Children's Museum

Jan 31, 2020 - Feb 2, 2020 Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA

Throughout the weekend, explore how communities in Boston celebrate the Lunar New Year through dance, games, and art with a focus on Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. Join a variety of performances and activities with local artists.

February School Vacation: Off The Wall at Tower Hill Botanic Garden -- BoylstoN ma

Feb 17, 2020 - Feb 21, 2020 Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA

Cure your cabin fever and connect with nature this February vacation. Create your own nature inspired graffiti art and join us for drop-in crafts, nature walks, family workshops, and more. Activities include Plant Mache, Storytime, Garden Discoveries, Family Zentangle, Family Nature Walk, Tag It! Mural making, GraffiTees, Terrarium making, and Graffiti With Croc. See garden website for programming and scheduling details.

Comedy

Comedy on the Road --

Feb 1, 2020 - Feb 1, 2020 Cape Codder Resort & Spa, 1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA

This hysterically funny group of comedians will have features Marty Caproni, John Turco, , and musical hosts, World Gone Crazy DUO . Mature content. Tickets include buffet dinner. Cash bar.

Cooking classes

Healthy Family Cooking: 5-Ingredient Meals -- Falmouth MA

Jan 22, 2020 - Jan 22, 2020 Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA

Learn how five-ingredient family meals can save time! Recipes and tastes are provided. Recipes are also subject to change depending on availability. To register, click the link below or call 508-495-1878, ext. 2 Tickets.

Dinner Theater

The Portuguese Kids at Kilburn Mill -- New Bedford MA

Feb 15, 2020 - Feb 15, 2020 Kilburn Event Center, 127 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA

My Big Fat Portuguese Wedding will have you laughing, dancing, and singing all night with an interactive dinner comedy. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, cash bar, and memorable moments at the table as The Portuguese Kids bring along a full cast of Tia’s, Tio’s and Primos.

Film

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Cambridge MA

Jan 20, 2020 - Jan 20, 2020 Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

This film describes the ideals, people, and music connected to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport; March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World, by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sister; Rosa by Nikki Giovanni; The Case for Loving about an interracial couple from Virginia, by Selina Alko; and Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Films

London’s National Theatre Broadcasts at Mahaiwe – Great Barrington MA

Jan 15, 2020 - Feb 15, 2020 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will host announces three of London’s National Theatre in HD broadcasts.
Arthur Miller’s drama “All My Sons” will be shown on February 22 at 7 p.m. The play introduced Miller themes like relationships between fathers and sons and the conflict between business and personal ethics.
Noël Coward’s provocative comedy “Present Laughter” will air on March 7 at 7 p.m. Andrew Scott plays a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis.
James McAvoy appears in “Cyrano de Bergerac” on March 28 at 7 p.m. This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful resistance against overwhelming odds.

Fitness

Yoga and Wine Tasting at Wachusett Mountain -- Princeton MA

Feb 25, 2020 - Mar 26, 2020 Maple Room Suite, Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA

Bring your own yoga mat, towel, water, yoga attire. Yoga Class Run by Kate's PowerHouse. Wine Provided by Martignetti Wines. For guests age 21 and older.

Historic

Evening of Illumination at Old Sturbridge Village

Jan 17, 2020 - Jan 31, 2020 Visitor Center, Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

How did New England families spend their evenings before electricity? Find out on this tour of the historic Village lit only by candles, oil lamps, lanterns, and firelight. Guided by lantern light around the Village Common, guests will visit villagers and enjoy music and storytelling throughout the tour. After the tours, Bullard Tavern will be serving refreshments, mulled cider, and a cash bar. Advance registration is recommended; register online. Dates: January 17 and 31

Black History Weekend at PEM – Salem MA

Jan 18, 2020 - Jan 20, 2020 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA

Peabody Essex Museum celebrates Black History month with the new exhibit Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle. The works pose the question, “What is the cost of democracy for all?” From January 18 through 20, admission is free and special events include drop-in art, talks, and making every day. Also:
Saturday, January 18
New England Gospel Ensemble. Gospel music uplifts during times of struggle and celebrates during times of joy. 2 p.m.
Sunday, January 19
Refugee Orchestra Project. Conceived after the Syrian refugee crisis, the project aims to demonstrate the vitally important role that refugees from across the globe have played in our country’s culture and society. Time TBA.
Monday, January 20
Drop-in Family Story Time: Life Doesn’t Frighten Me. The book featured during this special Holiday Monday PEM Pals program combines the language of beloved poet Maya Angelou with the expressive paintings of Haitian-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. 10:30 a.m.
Eureka Ensemble Women’s Chorus. The Women’s Chorus connects women experiencing poverty and homelessness with the healing power of music. 11 a.m.

MLK Day at the Museum of Fine Arts -- Boston MA

Jan 20, 2020 - Jan 20, 2020 Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 435 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

An array of vibrant programs and activities for all ages will take place throughout the day to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including performances by The WonderTwins and Abilities Dance.

Hobbies

Winter Landscape Photography Workshops -- MA

Jan 8, 2020 - Jan 22, 2020 Horseneck Point Life-Saving Station, 241 East Beach Road, Westport, MA

Join Bphotographer Greg Stone for a series of workshops on photographing the winter landscape. Open to photographers of all experience levels and using all forms of photography equipment. Each workshop meets at the Horseneck Point Life-Saving Station for an overview before the group moves outside to try out the techniques you learn. Please register online for each event individually.

Museums

Flora in Winter 2020 -- Worcester MA

Jan 23, 2020 - Jan 26, 2020 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

Dozens of imaginative floral displays paired with paintings transform Worcester Art Museum into a wonderland of artistry by nature and humans. Related programming includes special tours, floral design demonstrations, musical performances, family crafts and intriguing tablescapes.

Music

Damien Sneed’s “We Shall Overcome” – New Bedford MA

Jan 20, 2020 - Jan 20, 2020 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA

“We Shall Overcome” presents a selection of African American music traditions that electrified civil rights activists and defenders. Music is accompanied by the spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals.

An Evening With Patti Austin -- Beverly MA

Jan 23, 2020 - Jan 23, 2020 Cabot, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

The daughter of jazz trombonist Gordon Austin, Patti was a recording artist in her teens, achieving her first chart success in 1969 with “The Family Tree.” She has notched six decades to performing for fans all over the world.

Entrain at the Narrows Center – Fall River MA

Jan 24, 2020 - Jan 24, 2020 Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, MA

Entrain’s resume includes stints playing with Bo Diddley, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Southside Johnny, James Montgomery, Flor De Cana, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story – Worcester MA

Jan 26, 2020 - Jan 26, 2020 Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA

The Simon & Garfunkel Story chronicles the times and works of the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. The show ends with the famous Concert in Central Park reunion of 1981, where the pair saw more than half a million fans in attendance, using huge projection photos and original film footage

Beantown Swing Orchestra -- Rockport MA

Jan 29, 2020 - Jan 29, 2020 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport, MA

The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in performing big band music from the Swing Era, one of the most popular and sophisticated forms of American music ever created.

Jake Shimabukuro -- Beverly MA

Feb 21, 2020 - Feb 21, 2020 Cabot, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

Ukulele Jake Shimaburuto takes the ukulele to altogether new heights, performing music with origins and inspiration in jazz, blues, and rock, bluegrass and classical.

New England Winter Blues Festival 2020 -- Slaisbury MA

Feb 22, 2020 - Feb 22, 2020 Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front North, Salisbury, MA

Headliner for 2020 is soul, blues and R&B vocalist Curtis Salgado. Also on the bill are singer/songwriter, Gina Sicilia and Troy Gonyea.

Marcia Ball & Sonny Landreth -- Boston MA

Feb 25, 2020 - Feb 25, 2020 Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

The 16-song album "Recorded Live in Lafayette" arrives right after Sonny Landreth's back-to-back Blues Music Awards for Best Guitarist and Best Blues Album for "Bound by the Blues." Texas-born pianist, songwriter and singer Marcia Ball has won fans across the world for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage.

Witch City’s Dueling Pianos -- Salem MA

Feb 27, 2020 - Feb 27, 2020 Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem, MA

This entertaining weeknight brings two top-notch high-energy pianists that will surely keep you laughing, signing and clapping along to all your favorite requested songs. This is a fundraiser for Stepping Stones for Stella and Northeast Arc. Light refreshments, desserts and coffee station included in ticket price.

Chris Botti -- Beverly MA

Mar 7, 2020 - Mar 7, 2020 Cabot, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

Trumpeter and composer Chris Botti produces hypnotizing performances that meld pop and classical music, amassing legions of fans frm aroudn the world.

2nd Shift Concert by Hank Wonder – Waltham MA

Apr 2, 2020 - Apr 2, 2020 Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Imagine, if you can, a musical misture of Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder. Hank Wonder is fronted by honey-voice Darren Buck, backed by Michael Loria on acoustic guitar and the classically-trained Annie Bartlett on fiddle. A beer, wine, and non- alcoholic beverage cash bar will be available

Sweet Honey in the Rock -- Provincetown MA

Apr 18, 2020 - Apr 18, 2020 Provincetown Town Hall, Provincetown, MA

Female a cappella vocal quartet. "Sweet Honey in the Rock delivers messages with luminous, virtuosic singing..." – The New York Times.

Outdoor Activities

Night Sledding on the Farm -- Southborough MA

Jan 11, 2020 - Mar 7, 2020 Chestnut Hill Farm, 5 Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough, MA

Grab your sled and snow pants and come to the farm for an evening adrenaline rush with some night sledding. Sledding lanes will be lighted. BYO hot chocolate. This event is free and weather permitting. If there's no snow, there's no sledding! This is a self-guided activity; please follow a leave-no-trace-behind policy. Held every Saturday, January 11-March 7, 2020, if there is snow on the ground.

Ski Area Events

Wounded Warriors Snowfest -- Hancock MA

Mar 7, 2020 - Mar 7, 2020 Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, 37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA

Service members and their families are welcome to enjoy two days of skiing and snowboarding activities at Jiminy Peak. With the support of STRIDE’s adaptive equipment and teaching methods, the veterans will learn how to overcome the challenges of injury and enjoy independence and freedom through sport.

Sports

Archery at Charles River Museum -- Waltham MA

Jan 25, 2020 - Jan 25, 2020 Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

An archery range and classes inside the historic 1911 Engine House is an inspired opportunity to soak up the knowledge of New England’s industrial past. Certified instructors will teach the fundamentals of recurve shooting in small group classes in 30-minute accelerated sessions. No prior experience necessary, all equipment is provided. Participants must be at least age 9 or at least 50 inches tall to shoot on the range.

Theater

“Plaza Suite” – Boston MA

Feb 5, 2020 - Feb 22, 2020 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Emmy Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick performing together in the Neil Simon comedy “Plaza Suite.” Two world-class actors play three hilarious couples in this Broadway classic.

10×10 New Play Festival with Barrington Stage -- Pittsfield MA

Feb 13, 2020 - Mar 9, 2020 Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germaine Stage, 36 Linden Street Pittsfield, MA

10 Ten-Minute Plays times 10 Playwrights = 100 Minutes of Pure Joy. Plays include:
"Digital Detox" -- Digital Detox at Unplugged is a desperate last ditch effort for one couple;
"My Body" -- In a world in which men are not trusted, women hold all of the cards;
"Are You One Of Those Robots?" -- Tele-Nurse Ruth is worn out by life, until one call pushes her out of her indifference;
"Oy Vey Maria" -- It was supposed to be a silent night;
"Closing Doors" -- When a teacher breaks protocol during an active shooter drill, her assistant principal must decide how they can protect their students and their friendship;
"Jill Takes a Leap" -- A woman on the verge of getting married tries to decide if she’s doing the right thing;
"Minor Deviations" -- After his wife's death, McNally looks for a caregiver for their children but struggles to find the right match;
"Stay, Please" -- After Bruce becomes a widower, his neighbor Elaine comes to console him with lasagna;
"Five Seconds" -- It’s audition day for the annual Five Second Play Festival, and everything is on the line;
"With Improvements by the Actors" -- At the first reading of the new “Danish play” at the Globe, some actors have just a few notes for the Bard.

“Fiddler on the Roof” – Boston MA

Feb 25, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

The creators and producers behind “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” and “Oslo” bring a fresh vision to this theatrical masterpiece. Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” “Fiddler on the Roof” will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration to life.