Huge List of Family Friendly Boston Events: November 13-20

Read and Romp 2011

Sunday, November 13 10:30am-2pm

Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston


Kids Ages 2-10

$50/per person in advance, $60/at door, Free/Kids Under Age 2

Read and Romp 2011 is a fundraiser for the Reach Out and Read nonprofit literacy organization, created for children and their families, to celebrate some of the most popular children’s story books through a wide range of activities. There will be activity booths, games, arts and crafts, 12 storybook-themed stations, visits from characters such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, author meet and greets, gift bags, prize raffles for the parents, and more. Tickets also include a buffet lunch with live children’s musical entertainment. Register online to save ten bucks and also receive a free raffle ticket.

SuperCool Beans Concert

Sunday, November 13 4pm-5pm

Knights of Columbus, 75 West School Street, Charlestown, 02129


Ages 2-10


The Charlestown Nursery School Fall Family Fundraiser will feature the SuperCool Beans, family music group, live in concert at the Knights of Columbus in Charlestown. There will also be snacks and prize raffles. The tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit the school. Get yours in advance from the Raspberry Bouquet, 219 Main St., Charlestown.

Knitting for Kids

Monday, November 14 @ 3:30pm

Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main Street, Watertown, 02472


Grades 2-5


The Watertown Free Public Library presents Knitting for Kids, a knitting session designed for kids in grades 2 through 5 to experiment with the knitting craft by working solo or with others on a project. Families should bring their own needles and yarn; needles sized 7 to 10 are recommended. Contact the Children’s Department of the library to register for this free knitting event: 617-972-6435.

Free Documentary Film: We Still Live Here (Âs Nutayuneân)

Tuesday, November 15 @ 6pm

City Year Headquarters, 287 Columbus Ave., Boston 02116

617-422-0918 x213

All Ages


Boston Cares presents a free screening of the documentary film, We Still Live Here (Âs Nutayuneân), a story about the Wampanoag Native American tribes of Southeastern Massachusetts and the amazing revival of their language. Watch Trailer. The event is open to the public and will take place at the City Year Headquarters in Boston.

Artmobile Celebration

Thursday, November 17 4pm-7pm

Massachusetts College of Art & Design, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston 02115


All Ages


SPARC, a community service organization at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, has developed the Artmobile, a multi-purpose van designed to bring together the people of the multi-ethnic neighborhoods surrounding the college through interactive art activities. A community wide celebration in honor of the Artmobile will take place on November 17th in the Tower Lobby of MassArt, and will include music, art, food and performances.

First Light Festival in Brookline

Thursday, November 17 5pm-8pm

Multiple Locations all over Brookline


All Ages


The Brookline 1st Light Festival is a huge celebration taking place all around Brookline to welcome the holiday season. More than 50 area businesses will participate in the event, with free food, live performances, tons of activities, shopping discounts, prize raffles, a scavenger hunt, and more. The following areas of Brookline will participate in the First Light Festival: Brookline Village, JFK/Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, Putterham Circle, and St. Mary’s. See the full schedule of events.

Ben Rudnick and Friends, Live in Concert

Saturday, November 19 @ 10:30am

Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline 02446


Ages 3+

$9.75/adults, $7.75/kids

The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Kids’ Shows program presents Ben Rudnick and Friends, who will perform their acoustic “jam band for kids”- style music, live on stage. The band achieved much recognition, including several awards, for their 7th CD, A Frog Named Sam. Get Tickets

Turkey Tracks and Fun Feather Facts

Saturday, November 19 1pm-2:30pm

Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan, 02126


Ages 7-11

$5-$7/kids, free/adults

Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary presents Turkey Tracks and Fun Feather Facts, a program designed to teach kids and their families all about turkeys with a variety of hands-on activities. Participants will be able to create turkey track posters, examine feathers through a microscope, play turkey themed games and make turkey themed crafts, tour the grounds in search of turkey signs, and learn how to make turkey calls with their voices.

Free Friday Music Night

Friday, November 19 5-6pm

Henry Bear’s Park, 17 White St., Cambridge 02140


Ages 6 months and up


Henry Bear’s Park in Porter Square presents Steve Mayone, who will entertain kids of all ages with music and dancing for this Free Friday Music Night event.

Bird Walk @ Jamaica Pond

Saturday, November 19 @ 8am

Jamaica Pond Boathouse, 507 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain


All Ages


Friends of Jamaica Pond’s Gerry Wright will lead a bird watching walk around Jamaica Pond, suitable for families and all levels of birders. Adventure kits containing binoculars and bird guides will be available for participants to borrow. Participation is free but space is limited; please RSVP to [email protected].

2 Family Concerts w/ Wayne Potash

Saturday, November 19 10:30am & 3:30pm

Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, 02138


Kids under age 12

$8/kids, $12/adults

Parents’ Choice award-winning children’s musician, Wayne Potash, will be at Club Passim on November 19th to give 2 shows: Wayne Potash and the Music Fun Band will play a live concert from 10:30am-11:30am and later, from 3:30pm-4:30pm, Wayne Potash will perform a SOLO “All-Request” show. Get Tickets

Family Art Cart @ the MFA

Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20 10am-4pm

Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston


Ages 4 and Up

Free with museum admission

The Family Art Cart at the Museum of Fine Arts is a table filled with numerous fun and educational activities for kids, such as puzzles, books, art cards, sketchbooks, and other regularly updated interactive activities. The Art Cart will be available in the Shapiro Family Courtyard on Saturdays and Sundays through June from 10am-4pm. Art Cart activities are intended for kids ages 4 and over to do in the galleries with the help of an adult.

Talk and Cooking Demo w/ Father Leo

Sunday, November 20 @ 2pm

Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St., Boston 02116

617-536-0944 x217

All Ages

$15/adults, $5/children

Father Leo Patalinghug, (who you might recognize from Throwdown!, where he defeated Bobby Flay),will be at the Trinity Church to give a cooking demonstration and talk about how to bring families together in food and faith, with scriptural references and simple, quality recipes, as described in his book, Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life. He will also present his famous dish, “Fusion Fajitas”, which participants will be able to taste. The talk will be followed by a book signing.

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