We know that some kids are already out of school, so we have you covered with ideas for each day leading up to the weekend of Christmas and the start of Hanukkah. It's a wonderfully literary week, with two stage adaptations of beloved children's book classics, and celebrations of the season – the winter season, that is – will keep kids' spirits high even when rain washes away the sledding snow.
Have a holly jolly week, and remember to check our Event Calendar for more family fun and holiday-themed events each day.
Monday 12/19 – Cambridge
If your kids are already on break or you're entertaining family from out of town, the American Repertory Theater's staging of Roald Dahl's beloved James and the Giant Peach (pictured) sounds like a sweet diversion. Performances are at 11am and 2pm. (Ages 5 and up; $20)
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Tuesday 12/20 – Acton
Make a snow globe – to gift or to keep – with your little one at the Discovery Museums in Acton. Make an afternoon of it, exploring both the Children's Discovery and Science Discovery Museums. (Ages 2-9; included in museum admission)
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Wednesday 12/21 – Waltham
Enjoy traditional Celtic and holiday Music for the Holly Days by The Moody Street String Band in the beautifully restored 1793 Carriage House at Gore Place. (All ages, $16/$12 for members and children 12 and under)
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Thursday 12/22 – Boston
It's a Snowmazing! Spectacular at Boston Children's Museum. The special evening event includes sock skating in an alpine village and a special presentation of A Year with Frog and Toad performed by Wheelock Family Theatre. There is ornament decorating and other fun activities to do inside the Museum, including taking a break at the Hot Chocolate Bar and eating some yummy snacks. (Ages 4 and up; $25)
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Friday 12/23 – Brookline
It's Christmas Eve-eve, so we decided on a Hanukkah pick! Shabbat 4 Kidz - Hanukkah Edition features a sing-a-long with Hanukkah Songs, stories by Big Joe the Storyteller, make-your-own Kiddish, Shabbat dinner with kid-friendly food, and Hanukkah treats. And the price is right. (Ages 2-5; FREE)
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There are always more activities on our Event Calendar and in our monthly GoList. And if you don’t receive our newsletters full of suggestions for family fun, you really should sign up for our newsletter—it’s free!
Top image: During a special look into rehearsal of James and the Giant Peach, audience members were able to learn how the puppets work and talk with the cast. Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva, courtesy of American Repertory Theater.