We saw Hidden Figures over the weekend, and not only would I highly recommend the film to families with older kids, I think it's a fitting way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Of course, there are many other meaningful ways to mark the holiday, and the Boston area has service opportunities aplenty along with celebrations through art, stamps, and music for all ages.
This week is also a big one for whimsical January holidays, starting with Nothing, moving on to a honey-loving golden bear, and wrapping up with a holiday double header. Keep reading to find out exactly what is being celebrated on Friday (hint: it's a little cheesy).
With these picks I hope you have an enriching and engaging week. If you're looking for more ideas for exploring the city with your kids each day, check our Event Calendar.
Monday 1/16 – Various locations
Well, pardon me, but today is anything but Nothing Day. It's the day we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Admission is free to national parks today, too. Registration for the MIT Museum's very popular Feb Fest workshops opens this morning, so be at the ready with a digital device at 10am.
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Tuesday 1/17 – Acton
Not having to clean up after the littles when they Snip and Tear paper (pictured) is worth every penny of admission to the Discovery Museums, and then some. (Preschoolers; included in $12.50 museum admission)
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Wednesday 1/18 – Newton
It's Winnie the Pooh Day. Head to the library to read stories to your child about life with a Zen bear and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Older kids inspired by Hidden Figures can learn to code in a free Python Workshop that starts today and meets every Wednesday through February 15, 2017 at the Newton Free Library. (Ages 12-18; FREE)
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Thursday 1/19 – Boston
The Littlest Sailors discover the adventurous life of being a Constitution sailor in 1812 through songs, stories, and playtime at the USS Constitution Museum. (Ages 3 to 5 with an adult; $8 Adult/child pair)
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Friday 1/20 – Wellesley
Get the kids to help make cheese fondue and settle in for a March of the Penguins and Happy Feet movie marathon, because it's National Cheese Lover Day and Penguin Awareness Day. If you think that suggestion is too cheesy, take the little ones to see LINX Theater's production of Annie Jr. And remember to wear your smile, because you're never fully dressed without it. See what I did there? I went full-on cheeseball. (All ages; $10/adult $5/child)
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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!
Photo courtesy of the Discovery Museums.