Where Will You WOO? - Week of December 29, 2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Thursday December 29
Holiday Vacation: Science for Wizards
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA 01604
Explore the science behind the magic in classes such as Astronomy, Herbology, and Care of Magnificent Creatures. Use science to feel like a wizard in Charms and witness the power of chemistry in Potions! Between classes, visit with owls and explore the forbidden forest! Non-magic folk welcome. Wand and robes are encouraged but not required.
Cost: Free with EcoTarium admission ($15 adults, $10 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2
Woo Pass: $2 off admission for up to four people
Friday December 30
National Marionette Theatre
11:00 AM-11:50 AM, 1:00 PM-1:50 PM, 3:00 PM-3:50 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Join the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with conductor Keith Lockhart for their sparkling and beloved Holiday Pops concert. Capturing the magic of the Christmas season and the winter charms of New England, the Boston Pops will perform their signature "Sleigh Ride," as well as other holiday classics, and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. The magnificence of hearing these pieces performed by America’s orchestra is not to be missed! Generously sponsored by The Hanover Insurance Group.
Saturday, December 31
First Night Worcester '17
10:00 AM-11:45 PM
Worcester, MA Downtown
With the holidays upon us, First Night is poised and ready to launch its 35th Anniversary celebration on New Year’s Eve. The nonprofit organization is the oldest First Night in the country and has produced a New Year’s Eve arts festival in downtown Worcester every year since 1981. Of note this year, First Night patrons have a choice of button styles to select from:
FNW 17 Button. First Nights traditional button is on sale as usual, priced at $10 before Dec. 25, $12 after Dec. 25, $15 at the door, kids 7 and under FREE.
Limited Edition 35th Anniversary Button is on sale for $35 until December 17, with all proceeds benefiting First Night Worcester. Quantities are limited.
Sunday, January 1
The Sound of Music
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St
Worcester, MA 01608
The Hills are Alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack OBrien, is coming to Worcester. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Every Mountain, Edelweiss and the title song.
The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singersby Maria Augusta Trapp.
The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when The Sound of Music Live! Aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.
Monday, January 2
Mid Year Auditions for the Worcester Youth Orchestras
2:00 PM-6:00 PM
Worcester Music Academy
11 Irving Street
Worcester, MA 01609
WYO offers various programs with different orchestras and bands for various stages of a student's development. Over 200 students participate in one of WYO's eight ensembles and 2 honors chamber music groups. Drawing from over 60 towns and 70 schools, WYO represents the best talent from schools in Central Massachusetts. With over 25 performances a season, students perform in world class venues such as Mechanics Hall, Shalin Liu, Paramount Theatre (Boston).
Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO)
Worcester Youth Philharmonic (WYP)
Worcester Youth String Orchestra (WY Strings)
Worcester Youth Baroque Orchestra (WYBO)
Worcester Youth Wind Ensemble (WYWE)
Worcester Youth Jazz Ensemble & Combos (WYJE)
Worcester Youth Clarinet Choir
Worcester Youth Flute Choir
No student has ever been turned away from WYO due to financial obstacles, please email us about our Financial Aid & Scholarship Program.
Cost: $35 Audition Fee
Tuesday, January 3
Discovering Nature for Children Ages 5 to 8: Winter 2016 Session
Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
414 Massasoit Road
Worcester, MA 01604
This 10-week series of nature classes is designed for children ages 5 to 8. Well explore nature topics in-depth through hands-on experiments, activities and investigations. Then well spend time outdoors, putting our learning into action on the trails of Broad Meadow Brook. Children will be guided through inquiry-based explorations with one (or more) of our trained natural history guides. Join other children as we learn and play together and foster a lifelong love of nature in a safe, caring environment. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087. No classes from Dec. 13 to Jan. 3. See website for full schedule.
Cost: $200 for Members, $275 for Nonmembers
Wednesday, January 4
Art Carts: Family Fun - The Archaeology of Pottery
2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Have you ever noticed the cracks in our Greek pottery? How were they put back together? Why do they have blank spaces? Learn all about how our Greek pots were made and restored. Then, try your hand at assembling a pot!(Programming subject to change)
Cost: Free with Museum admission
Woo Pass: $2 off general admission for up to four adults
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Go tubing, skiing or snowboarding on the different terrains of Ski Ward.
New to the mountain? You can learn how to ride with lessons from their instructors or perfect your technique if you happen to be more experienced. And don't forget to take the whole family out to Slope side Bar and Grill after a long day in the snow.
Photo: Ski Ward
Newport, Rhode Island
From February 12 to 21, Newport will be hosting the 28th annual Newport Winter Festival throughout Newport County. Hosting events like Beatlemania, chili cook-off, the Winter Festival is 10 days of music and over 150 events, providing fun for the entire family.
Photo courtesy of Newport Winter Festival
Dog Sled Tours at New England Dog Sledding
Mason Township, Maine
Embrace the call of the wind and head to New England Dog Sledding for some dog sled tours. Tours are pulled by trained and "very friendly" Alaskan Husky sled dogs and are offered throughout the Bethel, Maine and North Conway,New Hampshire areas. You can also enjoy skijoring, which is nordic skiing pulled by a dog, so you can bring your own or rent one of theirs!
Curling at Ocean State Curling Club
Try something new, like curling.
The Ocean State Curling Club has your curling fix. Hosting events and tournaments or "bonspiels" at the Veteran’s Memorial Ice Rink in Cranston, RI, the Ocean State Curling Club is a "social club for anyone interested in recreational curling." The club also offers lessons for those who want to learn the sport.
It's practically a tradition for a lot of people but ice fishing is an interesting winter experience. Head out to the ponds and see what you can get.
But be safe, it takes 4-6 inches of ice to support a person and 8-10 inches to support a vehicle.
Photo courtesy of Dushan Hanuska/flickr
Ice Climbing with Adventure Spirit
For the adventurous out there, Adventure Spirit in Vermont is your place for ice climbing. Choose from climbing at Bolton Quarry, Bristol Cliffs or even Smuggler's Notch to be lead by one of their experienced instructors. Be prepared to spend your day strenuously climbing some of nature's frozen streams and flow offs. They also offer alpine climbing and outdoor rock climbing for those who wish to fully test their limits.
Cross Country Skiing
East Bay Bike Path, Bristol to Providence RI
Grab your poles and skis and head down to the East Bay Bicycle Path for some Cross Country Skiing. Of course, you can go cross country skiing anywhere there is snow and some flat land, but the East Bay Bike Path stretches about 14 miles from Bristol to India Point Park in Providence.
The 16th Annual Lowell Winterfest is set to take place on February 19 and 20th.
The schedule f events includes free ice skating, an opening ceremony and a big winter carnival that the kids will simply love.
Ice Sculptures, a fire dance and a city hall lighting also highlight the festival.
For those who can't ski or snowboard, snowshoeing is another way to get around in the snow. Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire ski resorts have designated snowshoeing facilities, but the best part is you can strap into a pair and walk around anywhere snow is too deep for boots.
Sledding in Central MA
Last year, Central Mass was hit with a record amount of snow. While we are not wishing for that again, it did make for some great sledding hills.
When snow comes again this year, break out the sleds.
Here is GoLocal's latest list of great sledding spots in Central Mass.
Jump Around at Launch Trampoline Park
Need to get some energy out? or get the energy out of your kids? Head to Launch Trampoline Park. They have a park in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
With dodgeball, basketball, foam pits and more, indoor trampoline parks have something to offer people of all ages. Whether you want to bring a group of children for the day, or sign up a group of adults for some "xtreme" dodgeball, trampoline parks can be a great change of pace and a fun way to try something new.
Indoor Rock Climbing
Do you need a new challenge this winter? Try one of New England's indoor rock climbing gyms. Whether you choose Rock Spot Climbing in Rhode Island, Carabiner's in Massachusetts, or Vertical Dreams in New Hampshire, rock climbing is a fun and challenging way to get some exercise without running on treadmills.
Give to the Community
While the winter holidays are generally the biggest volunteer days of the year, any day of the year is a great time to give to organizations or people in need. The winter season is sometimes when items like food, clothes, blankets and other things are needed the most.
Click here for how to give back to RI non profits.
Click here for how to give back to Mass non profits.
Providence Winter Restaurant Weeks will be held until January 23 features about 80 restaurants offering three-course, prix fixe lunches for $14.95 and three-course prix fix dinners for $29.95 and $34.95.
Participating restaurants include Siena in Smithfield, Matunuck Oyster Bar, Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant, The Dorrance, Capriccio, Capital Grille and more.
Day and Night Skiing at Wachusett Mountain
Make the best of winter by strapping on your skis or snowboard. With over 25 trails open, Wachusett also lights up 18 of these trails until 10pm for night skiing. Wachusett has rentals and lessons for beginners and terrain parks and even an air bag for advanced skiers and boarders. Night tubing is an option during speical events, too!
Take a Nature Walk at Squam Lakes
Holderness, New Hampshire
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH offers a wide arrange of guided tours of live animal trails. A staff naturalist leads and teaches groups how certain animals are adapted to the winter climate in New Hampshire. The guided tours are run on weekends and can be a great way to experience and learn more about nature in New England.
Photo: Doug Brown/Flickr
Lace up the skates, grab your favorite jersey and stick and hit the frozen ponds for some hockey. Maybe just some one on one action or grab a bunch of friends and play a full scale game.
Either way enjoy the ice.
But be safe, But be safe, it takes 4-6 inches of ice to support a person.
Photo courtesy of yooperann/flckr
Mount Washington, Bretton Woods New Hampshire
Soar down Mount Washington on a series of tree-top zip lines! The Canopy Tour is lead by one of Bretton Woods Adventure Guides as they describe the native fauna and flora. You'll descend over 1000 feet of elevation on this 3 hour tour. Each tour guide can take a group of up to 8, so grab some friends and zip down the mountain!
Get the House Organized
The weather isn't great, it's freezing out side. Winter presents a great opportunity to get the house organized. It's not the most fun thing in the world of course, but it will pay off and at the end of it, you will be glad you did it.
Here are some ways to get organized this winter.
Forget about winter by painting a picture of a tropical sunset at Paint and Vino, Rhode Island's first paint and wine studio. Bring children for family paint events and parties, or leave them at home to enjoy complimentary "adult beverages" as you paint. Perfect for date night, girls night out or a fun friday night, Paint and Vino's classes run for 2 1/2 to 3 hours and a spot must be reserved.
Photo: Yelp Inc./Flickr
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