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Monday, December 24, 2012
Happy New Year!   Here’s to a fabulous 2013, full of peace, health, joy, and fun family activities for one and all.  There are lots of things to do this vacation week – be it a fun place to take your holiday guests – or to just chill out with family & friends.   Be sure to check out the wonderful schedule of events that awaits Boston on First Night!   We look forward to reconnecting with you all in 2013….

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Family Fun for the Week of 12/26 – 1/2


Museum of Science Holiday Planetarium and IMAX Shows - Display Image

Fay School Admission Visit Days – Southborough
A unique opportunity for you and your child to see Fay School at its best as you tour our campus, talk with teachers and lead administrators, and observe students and teachers in action on a typical school day. To RSVP, please contact Elizabeth Lyons in the Admission Office or call 508.490.8201.
Jan. 9, 10 and Feb 12, 2013

Boston Metro

First Night Boston Celebration 2013 – Boston
Boston’s First Night celebration is a fun filled, alcohol-fr-ee New Year’s Eve celebration for the entire family; and includes hundreds of different indoor and outdoor locations, performances, and hundreds of musical, dance, theater and other artistic performers.
Monday, Dec 31, 2012 - Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013

Museum of Science Holiday Planetarium and IMAX Shows - Display Image

Big Bird’s Planetarium Adventure: One World, One Sky – Boston
Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from Sesame Street. Join Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon.
Now thru March 10, 2013

Tanglewood Marionettes’ Arabian Adventure: JFK Library Celeb – Boston
Tanglewood Marionettes presents hand-crafted marionettes, classical music favorites, and traditional Middle Eastern music. For children ages 5 and up.
Thursday, Dec 27, 2012

Holiday Week Adventure: ICA – Boston
Come drop in throughout the day to look at art, take photos, and create your own works of art This event is for all ages.
Thu, Fri from Dec 27, 2012 - Dec 28, 2012

The Great Vermont Ski Ticket Giveaway
BostonCentral is giving away over $10,000 in ski lift tickets to some of the top Vermont Ski Resorts including Killington, Okemo, Pico, Jay Peak, and more… It’s super easy to enter - and the best part is, lots of you will win!
This week’s lucky winners:  Austin H., and Muriel D.

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is Coming to TD – Boston
Be part of the festivities when Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic comes to TD Garden in Boston, MA for 8 performances during holiday vacation week, Thursday, December 27 through Sunday, December 30, 2012.
Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 - Sunday, Dec 30, 2012

First Night at The Mary Baker Eddy Library – Back Bay
Join us in the First Night Boston celebration with activities throughout the day and to view performances by three groups: The Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band, Odaiko New England, and Back Bay Ringers.
Monday, Dec 31, 2012

Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s Two Gentlemen of Verona
Join us at the Davis Square Theatre for a lively contemporary production for your whole family to enjoy this holiday season!
Now thru January 6, 2013

First Night Skating Spectacular – Boston
The Skating Club of Boston celebrates the New Year at The Boston Common Frog Pond with our annual Skating Spectacular Delight in watching spins, jumps, lifts and fancy footwork from our community of talented skaters.
Monday, Dec 31, 2012

Puppet Showplace Theatre PRESENTS Dreamtime Tales – Brookline
Emus, crocodiles and frogs — oh my Experience the magic of ‘The Land Down Under’ in this performance inspired by Aboriginal folktales.
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 - Monday, Dec 31, 2012

North Suburbs

Beverly’s New Year 2013 – Beverly
Ring in the new year with the whole family. Enjoy face painting & kids activities, the grand procession, puppet shows, live entertainment, sweets, treats & more.
Monday, Dec 31, 2012

Tree Time: Andover Historical Society – Essex
A unique exhibit of Christmas trees, decorated by individuals, groups, and businesses from the Andover Community. Each inspired by a historical object in ‘Andover Top 40 Exhibit’.
Saturday, Dec 1, 2012 - Saturday, Dec 29, 2012

Shrek the Musical – Lowell
Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage.
Thursday, Dec 27, 2012

New Year´s Eve Kids-Countdown-to-Midnight – Wenham
Ring in the New Year with a kids-countdown-to-midnight including noisemakers, party hats, balloon art and a ginger ale toast. Featuring Awesome Robb and Lindsay and her Puppet Pals
Monday, Dec 31, 2012

Holiday Kids Climbs at Boston Rock Gym – Woburn
This holiday break the BRG is offering additional Kid´s Climb classes, giving children a fun physical activity and caregivers a much needed mental break
Monday, Dec 24, 2012 - Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013

Vacation Week Flyby: Eagles, Owls, & Hawks – Newburyport
Come to our Vacation Week Flyby focused on Eagles, Owls, & Hawks Games, crafts, presentations, and science experiments for the whole family. Only $4 per member child, $7 per nonmember child. Donations appreciated
Thursday, Dec 27, 2012

New Year Bash| Andover Country Club – Andover
A Rocking New Year Bash in an intimate and elegant setting of Andover Country Club. If you don’t enjoy getting bumped off the dance floor by mobs, then this is the perfect event for you.
Monday, Dec 31, 2012

New Hampshire

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration – New Hampshire
Daytime New Year’s Eve party for families with three ‘midnight’ countdowns where glitter ball drops from above, plus make-your-own party hats, noisemakers, confetti, ginger ale toasts and more.
Monday, Dec 31, 2012

Holiday Camp at the Seacoast Science Center – New Hampshire
The Seacoast Science Center offers day camps for children from 3 ½ years old to 5th grade during holiday break from December 26-28. Sessions are offered by the day or by the week, from 9:00am-3:00pm.
Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 - Friday, Dec 28, 2012

South Suburbs

Family New Year’s Eve Parties 2012 – Easton
Join us for a fun, family-oriented New Year’s Eve Celebration all day long Enjoy music, entertainment, a confetti countdowns and lots of other fun activities
Monday, Dec 31, 2012

Winter Skate at Patriot Place – Foxboro
Winter Skate at Patriot Place, offering day and evening public skating, is the perfect antidote to cabin fever this winter.
Friday, Nov 16, 2012 - Thursday, Feb 28, 2013

Blue Hills 2013 First Day Hikes – Milton
Join DCR Park Rangers and staff from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum for fr-ee First Day Hikes through the Blue Hills Reservation. Warm up with a fr-ee cup of hot and hearty soup and join a one or two hour trek.
Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013

Edaville Christmas Festival of Lights – Carver
During the Christmas season, Edaville is transformed into a winter wonderland of holiday delights Passengers can relax comfortably in warm and dry coaches while riding through a spectacular holiday setting featuring an explosion of lights.
Friday, Nov 16, 2012 - Sunday, Jan 6, 2013

The Polar Express™: Edaville – Carver
Inspired by the Chris Van Allsburg´s beloved children´s book, The Polar Express comes to life at Edaville this Christmas Take a magical ride to the North Pole
Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 - Thursday, Jan 3, 2013

Crafts & Activities: New Bedford Whaling Museum – New Bedford
Test your accuracy with the ever-popular ‘Harpoon Toss,’ learn all about our whale skeletons through hands-on activities, and create your own scrimshaw, sailors’ valentines, and whale magnets to take home as keepsakes.
Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 - Friday, Dec 28, 2012

New Year’s Swingin’ Eve: New Bedford Whaling Museum – New Bedford
Join the Museum and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra or a festive event with a variety of music, dancing to your favorite tunes, fantastic food, raffle prizes, children’s activities and fireworks
Monday, Dec 31, 2012

Wynter Wonderland: a Magical New Year – Quincy
Join the local mother & daughter magic team of ThePinkBlogger and The Purple Mermaid for a special magic show,“Wynter Wonderland: A Magical New Year”, a morning full of magic, music & fun for the whole family
Saturday, Dec 29, 2012

West Suburbs

Sing-Along Sound of Music – Arlington
Have you ever been to a film musical and had the uncontrollable urge to burst into song? Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music is your chance to test your vocal range with several hundred other assorted nuns, Von Trapp family members and Julie Andrews look-a-likes.
Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 - Saturday, Dec 29, 2012

Mayor’s New Year’s Open House – Newton – Newton
Fr-ee Family Entertainment to Celebrate the New Year at Newton City Hall. Enjoy a fun filled afternoon with The American Chinese Art Society Dancers, popular singer Wayne Potash, The Newton Family Singers and Big Joe the Storyteller. There is also fr-ee face painting to add to the festivities.
Monday, Dec 31, 2012

Rolie Polie Guacamole Concert and Family Fun Night – Maynard
Jam Time will be hosting children´s band Rolie Polie Guacamole for a concert and night out. Featuring live music, face painting, balloons, raffle, pizza and drinks for sale, and playtime
Friday, Dec 28, 2012

Stacey Peasley at Temple Beth Sholom – Framingham
Stacey Peasley will perform at Temple Beth Sholom. Pre sale tickets are $5/adults and $6/child. Contact Barbara Davis at 508-877-2540 x-204 to purchase tickets.
Thursday, Dec 27, 2012

Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys – Weston
Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys concert hosted by the Weston Community Children’s Association. Sure to be an action-packed hour of fun music and dance.
Thursday, Dec 27, 2012

Carnival Days at One Stop Fun – Westford
Have a ball over February Vacation at One Stop Fun at their annual Carnival Days. Enjoy Gym Mania, Open Gym, Games, Contests, Peter Pan Rides, Rock wall, Moonwalk, Scavenger Hunts, Musical Mats, Fr-eeze Dance, Hockey on the green carpet, Race Time – (Lots of relay races), Rock wall & Pit.
Tue, Wed, Thu from Dec 26, 2012 - Dec 28, 2012

Stories in the Snow, A Vacation Week Family Program – Newton
For this vacation week family program at the Jackson Homestead, we´ll read Katy and the Big Snow by Newton author Virginia Lee Burton. The story time will be followed by craft activities and snacks.
Friday, Dec 28, 2012

Exploring Nano: Sand, Plants and Pants – Acton
Celebrate the opening of The Science Discovery Museums´ new Nano mini-exhibition Join us for hands-on educational programs about nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Learn how nano-particles change the way sand,
Friday, Dec 28, 2012

Central Mass

First Night Worcester 2013 – Worcester
Always inventive, definitely the most fun you could have on New Year’s Eve – First Night Worcester invites audiences of every age and interest to Come Play With Us. From early in the day to the strike of midnight, get ready to experience the best of it all.
Monday, Dec 31, 2012 - Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013

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