Fun stuff to do with kids during the winter breaks

I just got some information on some fun stuff going on at Higgins through the winter. As always, museum programs are free with admission unless there’s an additional cost listed.

Handbell Concert w/ the Chancel Ringers
Sun., Dec. 21, 2 pm, 3 pm
See their event listing

The Chancel Ringers of the First Congregational Church of West Boylston will be at Higgins to Ring in the holidays. This musical group rings 4 octaves of handbells, 3 octaves of handchimes and is members of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.

I would bet that seeing a group like this perform in the beautiful Higgins building would be quite a treat. I’ll have to try to bring my daughter over. I think she’d love it.

Higgins Armory Museum has some very fun things planned for the winter breaks, Dec. 26-31 and Jan. 2-4.
Check this out:

Christmas Vacation Week Activities
Daily, Dec. 26-31 and Jan. 2-4

  • Shield Workshops
    Discover the history of heraldry and create a unique heraldic shield.
  • CastleKids Storyhour
    From damsels in distress to mighty dragons, story tellers relate tales of adventure, from well-known fairy tales to modern picture books, in the medieval Great Hall. Stories include The Paper Bag Princess, George and the Little Knight, The Princess Knight, and more.
  • Hands-on History:
    Wear what the “knights and warriors of old” wore by trying on a gauntlet, handling mail armor, or wearing a helmet. Museum educators discuss the history of armor.
  • Live Arms and Armor Show
    Who wore armor through history? Who made it and why are there so many different types? Audience members help with demonstrations identifying armor, from mail to plate.

Also, Operation Soccer ball has been extended through December 31. Visitors who bring soccer balls for American troops overseas will receive free admission to Higgins. This program is being run in conjunction with Operation Soccer Ball, a program that fosters U.S. friendships with Iraqi young people by providing them with free soccer balls. Contact Higgins for more information or with questions about this program.

The Sunday Film Series continues on Dec. 27 @ 2:30pm with “The Three Musketeers”, rated PG and it’s 105 minutes long.


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