Highlights from Ziptivity for Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day is this Thursday, so I thought I would highlight some of the unique family events happening in the Boston suburbs (and downtown!) for you and your homebound children during this school holiday.  I tried to find a little something from each Ziptivity category, as well as various towns and times of day.  The list of activities below also encompasses families with children of all ages.

A couple full-day, or almost full-day camp-like options:

Planet Gymnastics in Acton is proud to offer a Veteran’s Day camp from 8:30-3:30 for ages 3-12 years.  Your child will enjoy gymnastics instruction, free time, arts and crafts, and games.  The costs is $50 and sibling discounts are available.  An extended day option is also available.

Drumlin Farm is hosting a wonderful program, Caretaker for a Day, for children ages 10-13.  If your child is interested in animals and their care, this is a great, hands-on ‘behind-the-scenes’ experience. Children will be involved in the feeding, cleaning and observation of Drumlin Farm’s animals, immersing them in the role of a livestock farmer and a wildlife care specialist.  To me this program sounds meaningful, educational and fun!

Take advantage of the day off and drive into the city to see The Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker at Boston Children’s Museum!  This one is near and dear to my heart because I remember as a little girl attending The Nutcracker every holiday season with my mom at The Bushnell in Hartford.  The Boston Ballet and Children’s Museum have an entire day of activities planned, including brief excerpt performances, interactive dance and music lessons, arts and crafts, educational displays, and a meet and greet featuring an opportunity to take photos with characters from the production.  My daughter is only 2-years old, but is already twirling throughout our house, hands overhead exclaiming “Mommy, watch my ballet!”  So I think this event is great for all ages.

For you skiers and snowboarders, why not get ready for the winter season by taking the kids to the 29th Annual Boston Globe Ski & Snowboard Expo which starts on Thursday?  Live acts, interactive exhibits and ongoing giveaways provide Expo visitors with non-stop entertainment.  Admission is only $12, and there is also a link on our Ziptivity posting which takes you to an online coupon for $2 off.  Children 12 and under are free!

Stop by the Franklin Park Zoo to see Kiki the gorilla and meet her new baby born just last Wednesday!  The photos in this past Sunday’s Globe were adorable.  Almost makes me want a third.  Just kidding, honey!  😉

The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston in Newton has two great things happening for kids of all ages.  Whether your children are in preschool or school-aged, whether they are interested in music or sports, there is something for everyone at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC campus in Newton this Veteran’s Day!

SteveSongs Magic Ark Performing Arts Series for Families:  As part of the acclaimed Magic Ark Performing Arts Series for Families at the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, Steve Roslonek blends catchy melodies and thoughtful messages into fun, participatory songs that kids and adults find irresistible.

Veteran’s Day Basketball Clinic in Newton – grades K-5, boys and girls.  B-ball season will be here before you know it!  And with the weather getting colder, there is nothing like good ol’ fashioned exercise to keep up the kids’ stamina.

Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys Veteran’s Day Show!  There will be prizes, food & fun at Congregation Beth El in Sudbury.  Show starts at 10:30.  Vanessa is adorable and has a great sound for children and parents alike.  Catch a glimpse of one of her performances singing “Wake up the Barn” on YouTube.

Also in Sudbury you can catch The Tanglewood Marionettes performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Ephraim Curtis Middle School at 10:00.

For scientists and artists ages 4+, drop-in between 10:00 a.m. and noon at Children’s Discovery Museum in Acton for “Messy Masterpiece”.  Experiment with color mixing and see how ice melts and serves as a lubricant while moving over a solid material while using ice cubes to create a work of art.

Here is a great late afternoon activity for your little artists (during that post-nap witching hour for those with real little ones).  Barefoot Books is hosting a Paint-Your-Own Pottery Drop-In Class with Elisabeth Parise (former owner of Thoreau ‘N’ Clay)  from 3:00-5:30 p.m.  All ages are welcome, although children under 9 years of age must supervised by an adult.

On a more topical, holiday-related note, let’s not forget the true heroes of this holiday.  If you would like to partake in some of the ceremonies by watching a traditional Veteran’s Day parade, here are two:

Lexington Annual Veteran’s Day Parade will start 10 a.m.  This annual Veterans Day Parade follows along Massachusetts Avenue from the Police Station to the Battle Green for Ceremonies; rain location will be at Cary Hall.

The city of Boston’s Veteran’s Day Parade will begin at noon on the corner of Charles and Beacon Street and wind up at City Hall Plaza.

Enjoy the day with your families.  And remember, the above is just a sampling of family activities you can find in and around Boston on Veteran’s Day.  To find more, go to our Ziptivity search page and enter 11/11/10 in the “Choose date” field to find almost 60 family activities.  So come on, let’s get going!

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