We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children.
Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week.
You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.
Look for the kids’ planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips — just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you!
FAMILY BEST BETS OF THE WEEK
Where/When: Thoreau Elementary School, 29 Prairie St., Wednesday, 7:15- 8 p.m.
Why Go: Listen to the Thoreau Elementary School Band with your entire family!
Where/When: First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Rd., Parish Hall, Friday, 6:00pm–8:00pm
Why Go: It’s time again for those between ages three and 94 to be “glad all over” playing bingo together. Raffles, snacks, soft drinks and pizza on sale too.
Pricing: Tickets are $10 per person ($30 per family) and can be purchased at Sunday coffee hours or at the door on the day.
Where/When: Thoreau Elementary School, 29 Prairie St., Friday, 5:00pm show and 6:00pm show
Why Go: Watch the classic Rumpelstiltskin come to life through theater. All ages welcomed for this great family evening.
Pricing: Free for everyone!
Where/When: Barefoot Books Studio, 89 Thoreau St., Monday, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Why Go: Come by and join others as you make friendship bracelets in spirit of Valentine’s Day. Ages 2.5 years of age and up, with caretaker.
Pricing: Free; no registration required.
Where/When: Great Brook Farm State Parks Ski Touring, 1018 Lowell St, Carlisle, Consider Tuesday, 10am-5pm (1/2 day for K-5)
Why go: Catch the spirit of winter. Enjoy 10 miles of machine-groomed trails for cross country skiing. Rentals and snacks are available.
Pricing: Six and under free; 7-12 $7; adults $10