Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Ducklings at the MFA and an Anteater, Nov 26-27

Things to do with families in Boston this weekend

Who’s ready for some turkey and togetherness? After the last Thanksgiving drumstick has been claimed and pumpkin pie slice eaten, there is plenty to do in Boston this weekend. The Nutcracker performancestree lightings, and breakfasts with Santa are underway. At the Durant-Kenrick House in Newton, guests are invited to an interactive program where they can create dioramas of a Native American village and 17th century English settler homestead. World Anteater Day is being celebrated at the Franklin Park Zoo, where visitors can watch Jockamo the Anteater have his lunch and ask the zookeeper questions about these amazing creatures. Check out the Institute of Contempary Art’s Play Date; the theme is “Reimagining our World” and admission is free for families. Also opening this weekend is an exhibit at the MFA (pictured) highlighting the award-winning author and illustrator Robert McCloskey, creator of the Boston classic, Make Way for Ducklings. Want to hit the theater? Several performances are opening this weekend including Journey to the WestMatchless & the Happy Prince, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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Need more family fun ideas? Check out the full events calendar.

All Weekend

Create a Native American Village & English Settler Homestead Diorama - Newton
Drop in to construct your own Native American village and English settler homestead from the 17th century in this interactive program for adults and kids.

Sing-a-Long Mary Poppins - Arlington
For this special engagement, a restored 35mm print of the classic 1964 film has been customized with on-screen lyrics so that audiences can join in the fun by singing along.

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature - Concord
The Concord Museum’s galleries are filled with 38 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Beverly
Staying true to its television roots, A Charlie Brown Christmas features Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and all the Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas pageant and ultimately learn the true meaning of Christmas.

Journey to the West - Cambridge
Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of the beloved comic Chinese novel delivers whimsy, delight, and a combination of comedy, adventure, and satire mixed with a mystical dreamscape filled with lyrical beauty.

Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey - Boston
This exhibition highlights award-winning author and illustrator Robert McCloskey, creator of Make Way for Ducklings.

Saturday, Nov 26

Holiday Classics at Showcase Cinemas - Lowell, Hingham, Dedham, Randolph, Revere, and Woburn
Showcase Cinemas is offering free admission to a holiday classic film with a donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit a local food pantry.

ICA Play Dates: Reimagining Our World - Boston
Families can spend the day at the ICA; tickets are free for families, including up to 2 adults per family accompanied by children ages 6–12.

Matchless & The Happy Prince - Cambridge
By "Wicked" author Gregory Maguire, Matchless rekindles Hans Christian Andersen’s classic Little Match Girl and pairs it with Oscar Wilde’s whimsical & achingly beautiful The Happy Prince.

Kids' Show: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Brookline
Based on the beloved children’s book, this acclaimed animated comedy follows the misadventures of hapless inventor Flint Lockwood.

World Anteater Day at Franklin Park Zoo - Boston
In celebration of World Anteater Day, visit Jockamo the giant anteater at his exhibit inside Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest.

Sunday, Nov 27

Brunch With Santa at Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge
Brunch with Santa at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village offers a large selection of brunch items and a chance for the little ones to meet Santa.


Photo by the author.