Things to Do! Weekend Edition – November 10, 2017 – November 12, 2017

So, yeah, it’s apparently winter now. Last week, it was summer. And this weekend, it’s Antarctica. Don’t you just LOVE New England living? 

This weekend is Veterans’ Day and many businesses are saying thank you to our military with free admission and special events.  You’ll see those on Friday and Saturday; as well as a few parades this weekend too. 

This will be a good weekend to stay inside otherwise. And there are great things to do around the area that will keep you warm! You’ll even spot Santa arriving early at a few places. It’s cold enough, so I’m not surprised! I’ll be posting our Holiday Guide on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, so make sure you watch for that! In the meantime, any other Santa sightings will be found on my THINGS TO DO calendar.  

Stay warm, everyone! And enjoy the weekend! 


Friday, November 10, 2017

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., open play is available for everyone. The cost is $10 per child and adults are free with a child. Adults are only allowed with kids under 12. See our Blog Post

At 10 a.m., bring your little one for a fun morning of songs, stories, dancing and a chance to get up close and personal with artworks that are especially toddler friendly. Dress comfortably and be prepared to make a beautiful mess while creating art inspired by what you see. Reserve your spot by registering online. Free with museum admission.

At 10 a.m., explore the colors of fall and the natural world around us. For ages 2 to 3. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., bring your little ones (crawlers to age 4) for an open play session with ball pits, bounce house, climbing toys and much more! Admission is just $5 per child! See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come meet parents and other kids for this fun play time with toys and books. Also held at 10:30 is the baby rhyme time for ages 0 to 2. No registration required, just drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., children can bounce for only $9. Parents and children under 2 are free. Remember your socks! See our Blog Post

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., children can experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the art studio. Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., toddler time is a special indoor bounce time for the littles. This is for children ages 6 and under. The cost is $10 for one child and parent for one hour of jump time. Additional children are $8 for one hour.

At 11 a.m., celebrate this special day with half-price admission to members of other science museums and free admission for Veterans. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., enjoy ice skating while the rink is open to the public!

At 11 a.m., have fun exploring the natural world as you paint, weave, and become printmakers with leaves, acorns and grasses. For ages 3 to 5. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the playgroup is open to all children ages 0 to 6. Children are free to explore the gym, play and socialize with other children. The cost is $5 per child. See our  Blog Post.

From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy roller skating, playground and more! There will be fun games and prizes, plus a chance to meet Chase, Marshall and Skye live in person! Admission is $8 (skate rental is extra) and tickets will be sold at the door.

At 2 p.m., enjoy a storytime with author Renee Kurilla as she reads her book The Pickwick’s Picnic: A Counting Adventure. Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 4 p.m., have fun exploring the natural world as you paint, weave, and become printmakers with leaves, acorns and grasses. For ages 5 to 10. Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

 At 7 p.m., enjoy storytime and a special craft with your child. Free.

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017  

From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., toddler time is a special indoor bounce time for the littles. This is for children ages 6 and under. The cost is $10 for one child and parent for one hour of jump time. Additional children are $8 for one hour.

At 10 a.m., check out the area’s largest collection of pets and pet products. There will be demonstrations in the dog ring, a championship cat show, the Rainforest Reptile Shows, Birds of Prey program and more. The public is welcome to bring their well-behaved leashed pets. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 4 to 12; and 3 and under are admitted free. See our Blog Post on the XL Center.

At 10 a.m., Santa arrives by firetruck to the mall! Santa will arrive by the mall entrance near Christmas Treet Shops and will be escorted by the Holyoke High School marching band to his photo set in Café Square. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, face painting, a balloon artist and crafts!

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., bring your little ones (crawlers to age 4) for an open play session with ball pits, bounce house, climbing toys and much more! Admission is just $5 per child! See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Listen to seafaring stories with educators from Mystic Seaport, then look for ships, islands, and explorers in works of art. Create your own tale of daring and adventure on the high seas! As always, museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities!

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one with veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Visitors are encouraged are encouraged to bring new personal hygiene products that will be donated to a local veterans home. Included with admission.  See our Blog Post.

At 10 a.m., drop in for stories, music and activities with the family. For ages 3 and up. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., drop in (or register) for this art class where children can learn to express creativity using varied art materials. Admission is $9 for non-members ($7 for members). For ages 6 to 8.

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy an inclusive playgroup for children of all abilities featuring sensory play, fine and gross motor activities and social skill building. For ages birth to 5 years old. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., drop in for a special matinee of Cars 3. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., drop in for storytime and listen to the story: A Loud Winter’s Nap. A fun activity will follow. Drop in. Free. Check your local store for storytime hours.  

At 11 a.m., drop in (or register) for this art class where children can discover art, listen to stories and explore elements of art. Admission is $7 for non-members ($5 for members). For ages 3 to 5.

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the parade will kick off at noon and travel along Kings Highway, Elm Street and Park Ave. Starting at 1 p.m., veterans and their families can enjoy free food, live music, entertainment for children and more!

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., trade with fellow collectors plus receive a FREE collector’s album, Jangmo-o foil card and a building Mega Construx Poke Ball. The first 50 attendees will get a FREE Togedemaru figure!

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017   

from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., bring your children for this free day of fun! Children’s classics an PJ Library books will be read aloud by local personalities; enjoy interactive music and movement; make your own trail mix; shop at the ECC’s Scholastic Book Fair and more. Please consider bringing a donation for United for Puerto Rico. This event is free and open to the public.

At 10 a.m., check out the area’s largest collection of pets and pet products. There will be demonstrations in the dog ring, a championship cat show, the Rainforest Reptile Shows, Birds of Prey program and more. The public is welcome to bring their well-behaved leashed pets. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 4 to 12; and 3 and under are admitted free. See our Blog Post on the XL Center.

  • Veterans Day Parade in Enfield

At 1 p.m., the parade kicks off along Route 5. Make sure to line up before the roads close at noon!

From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., learn what rocks have to say about what happened long ago in Connecticut’s geological history, including a nature hike on the Center’s trails. Admission is $5 for members; $7 for non-members. For ages 7 and up. Pre-registration required.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., princesses from across the land are invited to enjoy an afternoon of magic and fantasy! The tea party will feature cookies and juice, a wand craft, storytime, carousel rides and balloon twisting! There will also be a photo opportunity with Belle. The price is $15 per child, and $5 for adults. Reservations are required!

At 2 p.m., some out for a FREE screening of the Lego Batman Movie in a sensory friendly environment. Families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues are welcome to this special event.  Please call to reserve your seat.

At 2 p.m., drop in to create a sculpture using pool noodles, wire and your imagination! All ages with a caregiver are invited to join in.  See our Blog Post.

From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.,  jam and snack as you check out list-topping toy demos and score advice on the perfect gift. Play to win- toy raffles and a trip to NYC. There will also be games and activities for the adults!

 

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