Help celebrate the arrival of Theo Jansen’s kinetic Strandbeest sculptures. Learn all about the engineering behind the beests, watch them in action and help construct a brand new one. $10; Salem residents, free. >>
Celebrate all things great and small from the world of Alice in Wonderland to alternate universes and Tiny Houses. Take a photo in our larger-than-life photo booth or add your own unique illustration to the story of Alice in Wonderland. Inspired by PEM’s newest Art & Nature Center exhibition, Nature of Scale. $10; Salem residents, free. >>
In partnership with Dribble, the international graphic design community, delve into the creative world of type, fonts and lettering. Form human letters, learn chalkboard and hand-lettering techniques, experiment with creating your own font and get an inside scoop on graphic design with PEM’s Creative Services team. $10; Salem residents, free. >>
Join a midwinter feast celebrating light in the darkest part of the year. Sample ancient festive beverages, search out art from many cultures featuring light and fire and drive out the darkness with music and dance. $10; Salem residents, free. >>
What happens when you take an egg and keep it warm for 21 days? Peck, peck, peck, and you've got a chick. Come to Drumlin farm Wildlife Sanctuary to take care of the Mommas and the Papas, check out the chicks and have a Chicken Dance Party--Boom Chicka Boom Boom. All ages welcome; up to three children per adult. Advance registration is required. $15 >>
From forts to fairyhouses, gnome homes to hide-a-aways - what will you build in the museums’ backyard?! Design, create, and explore as we head outside and turn recycled, repurposed and natural materials into one of a kind structures! *Activities and location may change depending on weather. This program is part of our Backyard Builders series and is sponsored by The Boston Society of Architects >>
Inspired by The Carle’s exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs, join us for a day celebrating these small creatures! Activities include fun art projects, a workshop with Luminarium Dance Company, a presentation with Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, story times, book signings, and more. Creative bug costumes welcome! Free with Museum admission. >>
Step into the time machine and set the dial for 1776, as you go in search for a Strong man in Faneuil Hall, enormous fruit in Quincy Hall, a giant’s tea kettle, Mother Goose’s flock in a cemetery, a place where Ben Franklin got dunked, a basketball star’s sneakers, enemy animals, and more. Kids must be accompanied by adults, and vice versa—teams with only adults or only kids are not >>
Kick off the 2015 farming season at the annual Powisset Farm Spring Festival! The community-favorite celebration will feature farm tours, live music, barnyard animals, hands-on farm projects for kids, seedlings for sale, gardening advice, and local vendors selling crafts and food. 508.785.0339. www.thetrustees.org/powissetfarm >>
This was a great article written by Dr. Anne Paris. I love the ideas and tools she gives to use. I have all three of the Empathy Way books and can't wait to read them to my Grandkids so that they can become Caring Empathetic Children and later teens, which is so important, especially in this world we live in. I can't wait to see what Dr. Paris has for us next!
Thank you for raising awareness about the need for foster parents in Massachusetts. As an organization that also provides Intensive Foster Care, The Home for Little Wanderers has found that many people are unaware of the different types of foster care. We encourage anyone who is interested to learn more. Every child deserves a safe and loving home.