February Community Calendar

February Community Calendar Events:

Fruits in Decay Exhibit

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Sunday, March 1, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://hmnh.harvard.edu/fruits-decay

Fruits in Decay is a new special exhibit in the Glass Flowers gallery that explores blight, rot, and other diseases on summer fruits.

It features exquisitely detailed glass botanical models of strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and pears made by famed glass artist Rudolf Blaschka.

On display for the first time in nearly two decades, these models capture—with astonishing realism—the intricacies and strange beauty of fruits in various stages of decay.

Cook, Craft, Create!

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Friday, June 12, 2020

Time:  9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Location: 209 Massapoag Avenue, North Easton, MA

For More Information: https://chayaishalom.org/

You’re invited to enjoy free drop-in activities for preschoolers and their adults every Friday morning from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.

This engaging one-hour program will include a different activity each week, including stories and crafts, art, cooking, music and movement.

These fun activities are offered for free to the whole community.

Craft Storytime at the Concord Public Library Fowler Branch

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Tuesday, March 28, 2020

Time:  10:00 AM

Location: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://concordlibrary.org/fowler-branch

Crafty Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 am at the Main Library. This is a perfect program for kids age 2 years and up. It is filled with stories, songs, a short puppet show and a simple craft.

This program is best suited for ages 2-3.

Engineering Marvels

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: 9 Sullivan Avenue, Easton, MA

For More Information: https://www.cmeaston.org/events/engineering-marvels/

Build your imaginations and skills each week with different challenges to solve.

Using LEGOS, DUPLOS, and other fun materials, this guided class provides a fun STEAM foundation.

This program will take place Every Tuesday from 10-11am in the CME Main Exhibit Hall.

Mount Auburn Hospital’s 84th Annual Thursday Morning Talks

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Thursday, February 27, 2020

Time: 10:15 AM

Location: 415 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://www.mountauburnhospital.org/giving/mount-auburn-auxiliary/thursday-morning-talks/

Tickets for individual lectures are $20 and may be purchased at the door. The public is welcome.

Storytime at the Museums: Durant-Kenrick House

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton, MA

For More Information: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/historic/events/storytime_at_the_museums.asp

This free, bi-weekly story time program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton’s history, play, and lessons from the museums.

Each 30-45 minute Storytime includes reading from a children’s book, an activity, a museum takeaway.

Coolidge Corner Kids Shows

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Monday, April 13, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

For More Information: https://coolidge.org/programs/kids-shows

All shows start at 10:30 am. All presentations take place in 217-seat second floor theatre unless otherwise indicated; stroller parking is available in the downstairs lobby and the theater is fully accessible. Booster seats are also available for the tiny ones.

Parent & Tot Story Time: Peabody Essex Museum

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Time:  10:30 AM

Location: East India Square, Salem, MA

For More Information: https://www.pem.org/

The Peabody Essex Museum welcomes you to the new Parent and Tot Story Time, held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

Meet other parents and introduce your young child to the wonderful world of museums through stories and related activities in the Peabody Essex Museum galleries.

Stay and enjoy the many fun activities in the Art and Nature Center, and have a snack or lunch at the reasonably-priced café.

M is for Museum: Preschool Fun at Wenham Museum

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Friday, April 17, 2020

Time:  10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA

For More Information: https://www.wenhammuseum.org/m-is-for-museum/

M is for Museum – Wenham Museum educators introduce young children to the world of museums in a fun interactive way, combining early literacy and socialization.

Targeted to children 3 years old and up, each session will focus on a particular part of the collection, an exhibit, or a seasonal theme.

Musical Tot Shabbat

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Sunday, November 22, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: 349 Dedham Street, Newton, MA

For More Information: https://www.jewishnewton.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3817764/jewish/Musical-Tot-Shabbat.htm

Parents and children will enjoy exploring shabbat through music and movement as well as shaping and baking challah at the Jewish Creative Preschool located at Beth Menacem Chabad.

Maimonides Jr. Shabbaton

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Time: 1:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: 34 Philbrick Road, Brookline, MA

For More Information: https://www.yachad.org/newengland/events/13910/maimonides-jr.-shabbaton

Have a thrilling time under the sea at their Maimonides Junior Shabbaton! For Members aged 20 and under.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Time:  2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Location: 2 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5e0277fd1e103e9603a9188f

An interactive story time that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Followed by free play.

This early literacy Story Time is for children ages 0-2, accompanied by an adult.

This event takes place at the Chinatown Branch of the Boston Public Library.

Lincoln Winter Carnival

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Sunday, February 2, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: 3 Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA

For More Information: https://www.activityreg.com/LINCOLN/60_Site1.PDF

Chase away those winter blues at their annual winter carnival of events! Over the course of 3 days, enjoy magic shows, bingo night, ice skating, sing-a-longs, a bonfire, and more!

New Philharmonia Orchestra Special Event: Silver Salon Evening

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Location: 2284 Washington Street, Newton, MA

For More Information: http://newphil.org/concerts/tickets/

Join the New Phil for a special evening of chamber ensembles and culinary treats! Music at its very best – up close and personal.

On Saturday, February 1st, the orchestra will present a special “Silver Salon Evening” featuring chamber ensembles from the orchestra in an intimate setting with culinary offerings to round off the evening.

Lunar New Year Celebration at Boston Children’s Museum

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Sunday, February 2, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2381813765263544/

Welcome the Year of the Rat! at Boston Children’s Museum and enjoy a variety of performances and activities with local artists.

Throughout the weekend, explore how communities in Boston celebrate the Lunar New Year through dance, games, and art with a focus on Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions.

Chelmsford Winterfest

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Sunday, February 2, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: Downtown, Chelmsford, MA

For More Information: https://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/winterfest/

Spend time with friends and family after-hours at the Library and test your trivia knowledge! Teams and individual are welcome, drinks and snacks will be available.

‘Entre les rangs’ Light Exhibit at Boston Seaport

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Sunday, February 2, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 85 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.boston.com/events/arts/2019/12/02/a-colorful-interactive-public-art-installation-will-light-up-the-seaport-this-winter?s_campaign=bcom%3Asocialflow%3Afacebook&fbclid=IwAR2ukP7zWWlNFAblLk90pNEAqWahlGeQom3g6eL4m1WXhbYfOpBUnAJBao0&

Boston’s Seaport will welcome another illuminated, interactive art exhibit to the neighborhood.

The Seaport has partnered with Canadian art Production Company Creos and architectural firm KANVA on “Entre les rangs,” a twinkling collection of 28,000 handmade white crystalline stems topped with white reflectors that will be displayed on Seaport Common from Dec. 9 through Feb. 2, 2020.

Full of dancing, laughter, and some of the greatest songs ever written!

Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Sunday, February 2, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA

For More Information: https://ecotarium.org/exhibit/gear-up-the-science-of-bikes/

The EcoTarium museum of science and nature will present GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes, organized by Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh).

From schoolyards and mountain trails to bustling city streets, you encounter bicycles nearly every day. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the bicycle has affected how people live, work, and play. Its popularity has only grown over time, and it is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.

Visitors learn how bikes work; what the history/evolution of the bike is; the science and technology behind the machine; and how bikes have impacted our culture. Like the bicycle itself, the exhibit has been designed to appeal to people of all ages and with diverse interests, from STEM to design to history to art.

New England Aquarium Winter Activities

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Friday, February 14, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: Central Wharf, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.neaq.org/visit/calendar/

Informative and entertaining live animal presentations happen at the Aquarium every day. During your visit, you can watch fur seals interact playfully with their trainers, turtles eat right from divers’ hands, and penguins eagerly eating delicious treats.

Live animal presentations allow visitors to get up close and personal with their favorite aquatic animals.

Exhibition: A Change in Atmosphere

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Sunday, February 16, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA

For More Information: https://theumbrellaarts.org/atmosphere

A Change in Atmosphere is a juried group exhibition representing works that have been fired with Wood, Salt, Soda, Pit, Sagger, or Raku processes.

Juried by Trevor Youngberg, the art selected for the exhibition embodies the current trends or movements being developed in the world of clay.

The exhibition showcases ceramics artists who utilize fire and atmosphere as a way to explore the surfaces of their work.

Little Women Exhibit at Fruitlands Museum

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Sunday, February 23, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA

For More Information: http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/month/little-women.html

Join them as they celebrate the release of Sony & Columbia Pictures’ Little Women, filmed on location at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, Crane Beach and Castle Hill on The Crane Estate in Ipswich, and the Old Manse in Concord with several sites’ interiors, grounds, and gardens serving as historic sets and picturesque backgrounds in the movie.

Fruitlands Museum has been hosting programs that explore the novel, as well as some of the childhood experiences that inspired Louisa May Alcott, who lived in the Fruitlands farmhouse in 1843 at the age of ten. The Farmhouse attic is said to have been a major inspiration for the attic in her novel!

Fruitlands plans to continue the Little Women themed programs through the spring and summer and currently is running a special exhibition with paintings and drawings by May Alcott Nieriker, Louisa’s little sister and the inspiration for the character Amy.

Ice Skating at the Worcester Common Oval

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Monday, February 24, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA

For More Information: http://www.worcesterma.gov/worcester-common-oval/ice-skating

The Oval has piped-in music, skate rentals, concessions, holiday lights and more, making it a fun and affordable family-friendly activity. The rink is professionally managed by SMG, the DCU Center’s talented management team.

All Aboard! Trains! at Science Park

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Sunday, March 1, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: Science Park, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://www.mos.org/exhibits/trains-at-science-park

The Museum’s seasonal tradition continues with All Aboard! Trains at Science Park, their fun-for-all-ages temporary exhibit featuring classic winter landscapes and a hint of nostalgia.

Miniature trains, snow-covered peaks, engaging hands-on activities, and even a few surprises await!

Experience a whimsical setting where powered model trains at different scales run through various colorful scenes, complete with intricately created décor, buildings, and even people.

You can also check out smaller wooden train tables where you can lay your own tracks and engineer layouts—moving trains by hand and around curves.

Ice Skating On Frog Pond

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Saturday, March 14, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: Boston Common, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://bostonfrogpond.com/winter-programs/pricing-season-passes/

A hopping spot for ice-skating is Frog Pond on the Boston Common. Although dependent on the weather, Frog Pond has its own ice-making system. It also offers skate rentals and hot cocoa at the Pond Cottage.

The prime location of Frog Pond makes it easy to squeeze in just an hour or so of ice skating before or after another activity downtown.

Snowshoeing

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

For More Information: https://goreplace.org/

Bundle up and enjoy the snow this winter! (Weather permitting, of course). Snowshoes are available for children and adults to rent from the Carriage House when the grounds are snow-covered.

Snowshoeing is a great winter activity and excellent form of exercise (you’ll burn 3 times the calories as walking).

With 50-acres of level terrain, the Gore estate is a perfect place to snowshoe and just 9 miles from Boston!

Snowshoes are available in sizes for toddlers through adults.

Reservations are available for groups of 10 or more only.

Public Stargazing Night at the BU Observatory

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Friday, May 1, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: http://www.bu.edu/astronomy/events/public-open-night-at-the-observatory/

The Public Open Night at the Observatory is a chance for people to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not get to see, and learn some astronomy as well. The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting.

Black Histories, Black Futures Exhibit at the MFA

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Saturday, June 20, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/black-histories-black-futures?utm_source=press&utm_medium=press-materials&utm_campaign=ex-black-histories

Curated by young scholars as part of the MFA’s new partnership with local youth empowerment organizations, Black Histories, Black Futures features 20th-century paintings and works on paper by artists of color and is a centerpiece of the Museum’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2020.

Daily Tours & Talks at Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Thursday, December 31, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/visit/daily-tours-talks

Join their lively public tours and talks are a great way to enhance your Gardner experience.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor who wants an introduction to the Museum or a returning visitor who is looking for a deeper understanding of the collection, one of their lively talks or tours will fill the bill.

Mapparium Tours

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Thursday, December 31, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/project/mapparium/

Plan your visit to this world-famous, three-story, stained-glass globe — one of the key attractions at the Library.

The Mapparium’s three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 is enhanced by A World of Ideas, an original presentation that features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.

The Library is also showing a complementary exhibit, “The Mapparium: An Inside View,” featuring never before made public letters, documents, and artifacts showcasing the construction, history, and significance of this magnificent architectural and artistic achievement.

Love is Calling Exhibit

Event Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Sunday, February 7, 2021

Time: Varies

Location: 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/yayoi-kusama-love-calling

Representing the culmination of her artistic achievements, it exemplifies the breadth of her visual vocabulary—from her signature polka dots and soft sculptures to brilliant colors, the spoken word, and most importantly, endless reflections and the illusion of space.

It is composed of a darkened, mirrored room illuminated by inflatable, tentacle-like forms—covered in the artist’s characteristic polka dots—that extend from the floor and ceiling, gradually changing colors.

As visitors walk throughout the installation, a sound recording of Kusama reciting a love poem in Japanese plays continuously. Written by the artist, the poem’s title translates to Residing in a Castle of Shed Tears in English.

Exploring enduring themes including life and death, the poem poignantly expresses Kusama’s hope to spread a universal message of love through her art. LOVE IS CALLING will be accompanied by a focused presentation drawn from the ICA’s collection titled Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art After Kusama that will offer insight into Kusama’s influences and her important legacy on contemporary art.