We're half-way through December vacation week. If you are looking for some new ideas of things to do with your children, here are 11 suggestions. Some are things to do within a couple of miles of Sharon MA. Others are about an hour away and perfect for trying on a vacation outing. Have fun!
1. Check out the Sharon Public Library Calendar of Events, tel: 781-784-1578. There are a number of activities at the library for kids of various ages. You can register right on line. You can also borrow museum passes for discounts to a number of museums.
2. The YMCA in Foxboro. They have half days programs for vacation week. Call 508-543-2523 for details. Plus, even if you're not a member, you can buy a day pass for $6 (under age 18) or $12 (age 18 and older). Here's the slide and pool schedule for the rest of vacation week:
Wed. 12/29 - Family pool (play area) - 3:30-7:30 p.m., Pool 1:00-7:30 p.m., Slide 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Thurs. 12/30 Family pool (play area) - 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Pool 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Slide 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Fri. 12/31 Family pool (play area) and Pool 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., No Slide
Sat. 1/1 Family pool (play area) and Pool 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., No Slide
Sun. 1/2 Family pool (play area) and Pool 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Slide 1:00-5:00 p.m.
3. Sledding: Try Petty's Hill (steep and fast...adult supervision and helmuts recommended). For more gentle sledding try Borderland Park behind the mansion.
4. Moose Hill: The Mass Audubon center in Sharon has a range of vacation week programs from 9-3, with an option for an extended day of 8:30 to 5.
5. The Easton Children's Museum. - Tel: 507-230-3789 - Best for ages 6 and under.
6. The Providence Children's Museum - Best for ages 9 and under. They have a great gift shop with reasonably priced items which your kids, and your budget will love.
7. The Foxboro Sports Center has public ice skatings hours. Tel: 508-698-0505. Check the schedule here.
8. The EcoTarium in Worcester, Tel: 508-929-2700. A bit further to travel, but a fun, hands-on museum for your child ages 10 and under. (Perhaps slightly older if they really love science museums). One word of caution: In the past the museum has provided sleds to use on the slope that leads directly into the parking lot. Each time we've gone in the winter I have seen children injured sledding here. Frankly, I can't believe the museum's legal advisor has not had them shut this activity down. I do not recommend this as a sledding area.http://www.ecotarium.org/
9. Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Providence, RI
10. Blue Hills Ski Area offers a vacation camp or just go ski for the day.
11. The Discovery Museum in Acton, MA -Two buildings geared to two different age groups. One building full of creative play things is geared to children ages 6 and under. The other is science oriented and geared to children ages 7-12.
Enjoy the rest of the vacation!