Getting-Out Guide :: Boston’s Best Activities for Families This November

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Welcome, November! ‘Tis the season of foliage, thankfulness, and welcoming the holiday spirit! There are a multitude of great family activities happening in the Boston area this month, and this guide includes a selection of our favorites! Heading off to any? Tell us about them in the comments!

In addition to this guide, our calendar has daily events listed to keep you active and entertained this month!

We’ve also included links to area libraries and recurring events. We know this is not a comprehensive list, so if you think of any fun family activities we missed, please share them with us in the comments.

If you are looking to connect with other moms near you, make sure to join our Community & Conversation Group!

November 1–2, 4 :: Halloween Candy Buy Back :: Norwell Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Drop off your extra Halloween candy at Norwell Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics (317 Washington Street, Norwell) to support our troops! All candy donated will be sent for our military to enjoy. In exchange for their generosity, children will receive a coupon for a free kiddie cone or cup from Lil Duke’s Ice Cream Shoppe, a coupon to The Toy Box, a free family swim pass to Goldfish Swim School, and more! The candy buy back takes place on November 1 and 4 at 5 p.m. and November 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.

November 1–3 :: America’s Next Top Monster :: The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, Norwell

A strong message about bullying and inclusion is the undertone of this innovative pop-rock musical by A.C.T.’s own director of education, Melissa Carubia. Head to school with a group of vampires, werewolves, zombies, and witches as they embark on their journey to be on the hit reality television series America’s Next Top Monster!

November 2–3 :: New England WizardFest :: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough

If you are seeking a weekend of magic, this is where you belong! Hop on your broom, and fly to New England WizardFest, where you can embrace all things Harry Potter! There will even be wizard training classes to help you hone your skills so you can defeat you-know-who.

November 2–3 :: Anime Boston Weekend :: Museum of Science, Boston

Join the Museum of Science to celebrate all things anime! There will be family-friendly activities, presentations and panel discussions about the art of anime, Pokemon Go Tournaments, and explorations into the the art and pageantry of anime. Guests are even invited to come in costume for a cosplay fashion show!

November 3 :: Pet First Aid and CPR Training :: New England Wildlife Center, Weymouth

Do you know how to help your furry family members in an emergency? Paws N Claws 911 is offering this class as a fundraiser to benefit the Massachusetts Humane Society Animal Organization. Learn from a professional how to help your pets when they need you. 

November 7 :: Space Wars Robotics :: Boys and Girls Club, Dorchester

Come build robotics inspired by Star Wars and space travel! In this exciting class, kids ages 7–14 will be guided as they build and program fully functional robots using LEGO bricks! Kids will also use laptops to enhance the learning experience. This class is brought to the Boys and Girls Club by Snapology of Hopedale.

November 8 :: Slime Fest :: Shindigz Parties, Pembroke

Drop your kids off for a fantastic time at this ooey-gooey event! They will enjoy a pizza party before delving into the grossness that is SLIME. Colors, scents, beads, glitter — it will all be included in this messy, fun, slimy event!

November 9 :: Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Presents Peter and the Wolf :: Symphony Hall, Boston

The BSO’s Family Concert Series provides engaging concert experiences for families with children ages 3–8 years old. The concerts are designed to build connections and appreciation for the orchestra and its music. Families are invited to attend instrument demonstrations and games before the performance, between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

November 9 :: Fall Foliage River Cruise :: Charles Riverboat Company, Boston

This 90-minute cruise is the perfect setting to see the gorgeous fall foliage! You will enjoy apple cider and cookies as you cruise past the spectacular fall colors in the Back Bay, MIT, and Harvard.

November 10 :: Unicorns at the Castle :: Winnekenne Castle, Haverhill

Enter into the magical world of unicorns at this enchanting festival! In addition to a tour of a real-life castle, participants will have a meet and greet and photo opportunities with beautiful unicorns, as well as the chance to ride, groom, and decorate the unicorns! (Pssst, there are even unicorns adults can ride!)

This event runs from 12–4 p.m. Please contact (603) 867-6228 (between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.) or [email protected] for tickets!

November 14 :: World Famous Harlem Wizards:: Salem High School, Salem

Bring the whole family to enjoy a spectacular night of tricks, hoops, and alley-oops! The world-famous Harlem Wizards will present a fun-filled, entertaining evening of basketball tricks to thrill the kids and adults alike!

November 14–24 :: Urinetown: The Musical :: The Theatre at Northeastern University

Imagine a future where private toilets are corporate owned, and the poor must pay to pee…. In this Tony Award-winning musical, Little Sally and Bobby Strong start a revolution to end corporate greed and let justice (among other things) flow.

November 15 :: KIDZ BOP World Tour :: Orpheum Theater, Boston

Come see kid-friendly, kid-performed versions of your favorite songs, live on stage! Kids will love the high energy theatrical performances of popular songs!

November 15 :: 10th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas :: Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich

Come take in the beauty of the hand-blown glass of Cape Cod artists set against a forest of Christmas trees. You are certain to find the perfect ornament for your own home at this beautiful event! The theme of this exhibit is “Made in Snow.”

November 16 :: Santa’s Arrival and Wonderland Kick Off :: Bass Pro Shops, Foxborough

Santa Claus arrives at Bass Pro Shops at 5 p.m. on November 16! Come celebrate his arrival with carolers, hot chocolate, and cookies, followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree!

November 16 :: Family Design Day: Bridges :: Boston Society of Architects, Boston

Come learn about the different types of bridges spanning Boston’s waterways, and then design and build your own bridge for the Fort Point neighborhood! This innovative family program is designed for families with children between 5 and 13 years old. 

November 21 :: Frozen II Private Movie Viewing and Character Meet and Greet :: AMC Braintree

Meet Anna, Elsa, and Olaf at this private screening of Frozen II! Ticket prices include the movie, a treat bag, and complimentary printed pictures with the movie characters. Tickets available in advance online only, and will not be sold at the door. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 857-770-1180.

November 23 :: Thanksgiving Day Parade :: Plymouth

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts marches in the third-largest Thanksgiving Day parade in the nation. This historically accurate chronological parade brings America’s rich heritage alive, representing each century from the 17th through the 21st. Festivities run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

November 23 :: Illuminate Thanksgiving 2019 :: Plymouth Waterfront

This important annual event focuses on how young people can make a difference in the lives of many others, by being just “one small candle.” A reading of Governor William Bradford’s quote “One Small Candle” will take place, as well as performances by Northern Lights A Capella Chorus and Plymouth International Chorus. The program will begin in Town Square outside the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse, and will be immediately followed by a Procession of Lights down Leyden Street. This event is free and runs from 5–7 p.m.

November 23–25 :: The Children’s Clothesline Consignment Sale :: Hanover Mall (in the old A. C. Moore building)

If you are looking to save money on kids items, look no further! Thousands of lightly used children’s items will be for sale during this three-day event. Maternity, kids clothing, baby gear, toys — you will find it all at a steal. There is even a half-price sale for the second half of the event!

November 24 :: Turkey Time :: Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center, Mattapan

Learn all about snoods, wattles, and gobbles in this interesting program! Guests will search the sanctuary for signs of turkeys, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of our feathered friends! Create turkey track posters, examine feathers under a microscope, and create a turkey-themed craft to take home. Walk-ins are welcome.

November 29–December 23 :: The Train to Christmas Town :: Cape Cod Central Railroad, Buzzards Bay

Feel the holiday magic as you board this cheerful train ride! There will be cookies, hot chocolate, games, and sing-alongs with dancing elves as you embark on your journey, culminating in a visit with Santa!

November 30 :: Holiday Hayride at the Easton Festival of Trees :: Easton Country Club, Easton

Sing along to some holiday tunes as you ride down a magical winding path on this beautiful motorized hayride! Participants will receive a complimentary seasonal beverage and enjoy a meet and greet with Santa himself! There may be some surprise holiday guests — keep your eyes peeled!

November 30 :: Boston Tuba Christmas :: Faneuil Hall, Boston

Join the fun between 2 and 3 p.m.! Guests are invited to watch over 150 tuba players play everyone’s favorite holiday classics! To add to the holiday spirit, this free concert will take place in front of the Blink! tree at Marketplace Center.

Storytime at Showcase Cinema de Lux :: Patriot Place, Foxborough :: Tuesdays, 11 a.m.

This free weekly storytime takes place every Tuesday at Showcase Cinema de Lux. After a story reading, a special character makes a weekly appearance followed by a short movie.

Public Telescope Nights at New England Sci-Tech :: 16 Tech Circle, Natick :: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8–9 p.m.

The public is invited to join New England Sci-Tech for an evening of astronomy during the spring, summer, and fall months. Depending on staff availability, inside activities such as planetarium shows and visiting the astronomy classrooms may be available. Visitors are also invited to borrow smaller “starblast” telescopes to use on their own.

Recreation Sundays on Memorial Drive :: Memorial Drive, Cambridge :: Sundays, May–November

Every Sunday, from the last Sunday of April to the second Sunday of November, Memorial Drive is closed to traffic between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street — and open to recreation! Ride a bike or scooter, take a jog, or bring your baby on a leisurely stroll down this usually busy road while you enjoy the beautiful views of the Charles River!

Urban Air Sensory Friendly Jump/Play Time :: Bellingham :: Sundays, 9 a.m.

This event is specifically designed for children with autism and special needs to enjoy time at the park and have a lot of fun without loud music and flashing lights! The lights will be white and music/video games turned off for those with sensory challenges during this time.

Family Night at Urban Air :: Bellingham :: Thursdays, 4–8 p.m.

Family Night is a crazy deal! Get four ultimate passes, four bottles of water, and one pizza for $79.99! It’s fun for the whole family!

Baby-Friendly Monday Matinees at the Capitol Theatre :: Arlington :: Mondays, 12–2 p.m.

The Capitol Theatre features a baby-friendly movie every Monday afternoon. Please check the theater’s Monday schedule to see what feature has been selected for parents and their infants.

Kids’ Art Club :: Dorchester :: Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

This club has a new art project at the library every Tuesday. Projects include collage self-portraits and artist’s books. Art Club projects are showcased in rotating displays in the library children’s room.

Nature Time at Blue Hills Trailside Museum :: Milton :: Thursdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Introduce your preschool-aged child to nature with this fun program. Programs may feature a story, nature games, crafts, short walks outside, or meeting one of the museum’s animal residents. Meet, play, and learn with other area families. Each program runs for 45 minutes and meets most Thursdays. Museum admission is included with this program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

JFN Free Friday Playgroup :: Natick :: Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Bring the little ones and come join other parents and caregivers in the Metrowest area for a fun-filled morning of play and socializing. There are plenty of songs, activities, toys, snacks, and laughter, as both the children and their grown-ups build connections and lasting friendships.

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays :: Acton :: Fridays, 10–11 a.m.

A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, the Forest Friday program is held outside, no matter the weather. Every Friday morning there is a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2- to 6-year-olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Storytime at the Curious George Store :: Cambridge :: Fridays, 10:30–11 a.m.

Small children and their caregivers are welcome at these weekly storytimes, running throughout the year.

SaturPLAY :: Rose Kennedy Greenway – Chinatown :: Boston :: Select Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.

The Asian Community Development Corporation’s youth program, A-VOYCE, hosts a placemaking event monthly to activate and bring children to The Greenway’s Mary Soo Hoo Park. Each month features a different theme with games, activities, crafts, and more. Youth volunteers are on hand to engage children. SaturPlay is subject to weather conditions.

ImprovBoston Family Show :: Cambridge :: Saturdays, 4–5 p.m.

Improv Boston’s improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every week based on your suggestion. No two shows are alike! Best of all, children who want to participate have opportunities to be on stage and take part in the fun! The show is ideal for family outings, birthday parties, and school field trips. It’s fun for the whole family and best for children ages 4-12.

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Deanna Greenstein
Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at https://eighteenmoreyearsofburpsandfarts.wordpress.com