It may be November, but it isn't all about the holiday activities just yet. For those of us (myself included), not entirely ready for the holiday hustle, the Boston area has some worthy weekend activities to explore. The Big Woods Hike takes visitors on a nature and history tour of Averill's Island with hot drinks, soup, and sweets to warm up with afterward. The Arsenal Project is holding a free art and theater workshop for families, and there are two shows for magic enthusiasts, comedian-magician Mike Bent's AbraKidAbra, and the Methodist Weekday School Annual Magic Show with George the Magician.
And speaking of magic, for those who are ready to start enjoying some of the magic of the holiday season, Blink! at Faneuil Hall is kicking off its season this Saturday with a tree lighting spectacular and first light show of 2016. Also starting this weekend are several Christmas train rides.
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KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley - Worcester
KAHBAHBLOOOM is the first comprehensive retrospective for artist Ed Emberley, among the most prolific and respected illustrators of children's literature of the last 60 years.
The Polar Express Train Ride on Cape Cod Central Railroad - Hyannis
Passengers are invited to wear their pajamas on the train and while en route to the North Pole, the book The Polar Express will be read while music from The Polar Express movie will be played.
Festival of Lights at Edaville USA - Carver
Passengers can relax comfortably in warm and dry coaches while riding through a spectacular holiday setting featuring an explosion of lights.
Saturday, Nov 19
AbraKidAbra - Natick
In the 20 years Mike Bent has been entertaining audiences, he has gained a reputation as one of the best comedy-magicians in the country.
Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Boston
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies.
Blink! Tree Lighting Spectacular - Boston
Boston's brightest holiday tradition, Blink!, launches with the Faneuil Hall tree lighting, live music, and special events.
Art & Theater Workshop - Watertown
Families experiment with paint, paper, collage, performance, and movement at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.
Methodist Weekday School Annual Magic Show - Lexington
The Methodist Weekday School is having its annual magic show performed by George the Magician.
Sunday, Nov 20
Puppet Showplace presents Robin Hood - Brookline
Explore the wilds of Sherwood Forest in this rollicking retelling of the classic adventure tale.
Big Woods Hike - Topsfield
On this late fall guided walk, families can discover what is happening in the world of nature as plants and animals prepare for winter.
Plymouth Turkey Prep 5K - Plymouth
This family-friendly 5K is the perfect event to get everyone loosened up for the Turkey Trots and the turkey eats.
Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys - Brookline
Bring your family and friends to this neighborhood sing-along and dance party and celebrate your own community.
David Polansky Reunion Concert - Newton
David Polansky’s "Time for Partners" music classes and his original music about ‘dinosaurs that thump’ have delighted a generation of Newton families.
Toy Drive and Scout Day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston - Somerville
Anyone who brings an unwrapped toy will be entered to win tickets to MIX's Not So Silent Night concert at the House of Blues on Dec. 6 and receive a special admission coupon to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston. Boy and Girl Scouts who wear their uniforms receive a discount on tickets, as do their parents.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis - West Newton
Put on your reindeer antlers and your running shoes and come join in for some holiday cheer while raising money to help cure arthritis.
Photo credit Mark A. King, courtesy of Watson Adventures