Need inspiration for match activities with your Little? Check out the events below!

Click  here for a full list of events in the Worcester area, or click  here for a full list of events in MetroWest. For further ideas, contact your Match Support Specialist, or visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest Facebook and Twitter  pages for upcoming ticket & event opportunities.

Match Activity Calendar of Events
November 2016
ACTIVITY OF THE MONTH
Community Day: Diwali


The Worcester Art Museum is presenting a Diwali extravaganza in collaboration with The India Society of Worcester. Indian cultural program presented by ISW and will include rangoli, Indian costumes, food, mehndi and much more! Visit the website to print out your flyer, which gives you free admission!

Saturday, November 5, 10 AM - 5 PM, Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Disney on Ice presents: Follow Your Heart
Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown! Tickets start at $17. Visit the website for details, showtimes, and tickets. 
Friday, November 4 - Sunday, November 6, DCU Center
50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608
11th Annual Family Volunteer Fair
Child-friendly, participatory activities to support wonderful nonprofit organizations. Lots of food, fun, and a great chance to work together: make toys and biscuits for Buddy Dog Humane Society, make origami cranes for Cranes for Cancer, do an obstacle course to support Tailored for Education, and much more! Free.
Saturday, November 5, 10 AM, Tobin School
73 Cottage Street,  Natick, MA 01760
Home Depot Kids Workshop
Free hands-on workshop for kids! All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Best for kids ages 6-12.
Saturday, November 5, 9 AM- 12 PM, Home Depot Natick
339 Speen St,  Natick, MA 01760
Zip Tour: Ganesha, Little Elephant Boy
Zip tours are fast paced views of one artist or work of art, and last only 20 minutes. Free with Museum admission; Admission free for all the first Saturday of each month between 10am-12noon. Tour begins in the Lancaster Welcome Center.
Saturday, November 5, 12 PM - 12:30 PM, Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Tour of the Month: The Art of Citizenship
This tour will explore citizenship in relation to the spaces and places that American citizens have historically held the right to occupy and possess, beginning with the establishment of domestic property. The tour will continue by examining acts of engagement, celebration, and protest that become politically charged as they play out in civic spaces. Tour begins in the Lancaster Lobby. Admission free on the first Saturday of each month between 10 am and 12 pm.
Saturday, November 5, 2 PM - 3 PM, Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Busy Beavers
Fall is a busy time for beavers as they prepare for winter at Broadmoor. We will visit different beaver sites, discover what life is like as a beaver and how to recognize signs that a beaver has been in the area. As sunset approaches, we will watch for our resident beavers on their evening explorations. Instructions and Directions: Please dress for the weather. This program for ages 7 also includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light. Pre-registration required. Online registration available.
Saturdays, November 5, 12, and 19, 4:30 PM, Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 
 280 Eliot St, Natick, MA 01760
Annual Fruitlands Bonfire
Meet near the old elm tree at sunset when the Fruitlands Museum closes the 2016 season with a bonfire and roasted marshmallows. Arrive early to weave a special message of goodwill into the bonfire sculpture, then watch as the wind carries our wishes to the stars. S'mores kits will be available for snacking, too! Free. 
Saturday, November 5, 5 PM, Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, Massachusetts 01451
Turkeys Against Cancer 5K and Fun Run
The American Cancer Society is excited to present the SECOND Turkeys Against Cancer 5K & Fun Run. This race bring together runners, walkers, families, and children for a fun filled morning of running, walking, games, and activities.  In addition to our 5K run/walk is a 1 mile fun run for kids under age 12. There will be a variety of family games and activities (ball toss, corn hole, arts and crafts) for children at NARA Park free of charge! To register visit the website.
Sunday, November 6, 8 AM - 12 PM, NARA Park & Beach
25 Ledge Rock Way, Acton, MA 01720
Arms and Armor: Knight's Tale
The Knight in shining armor conjures a thousand images and captures the imagination. What were the strengths of armor? What were its weaknesses? Learn about all the different kinds of arms and armor that were used by knights and soldiers of the past in this interactive program. Follow this with a visit to the Knights! exhibition and immerse yourself in the world of chivalry! Check out the website for full details. Free with admission (Adults $14, Kids 4-17 $6).
Sunday, November 6, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Roots and Wings Open House
A day of pampering & holiday shopping: acupuncture, Reiki, wellness coaching, and more along with an artisan market with hand-made local art. This event is meant to benefit Branching Out, to educate and increase awareness of holistic approaches to well-being through all stages of life, and to create an ease of access to these services in the Natick and Metro West area. It is free to attend the Artisan market and to enjoy the mini-healing arts services.
Sunday, November 6, 11 AM - 4 PM, Roots and Wings
317 N. Main Street, Natick, MA 01760
Harvest Home Festival
Come join Community Harvest Project for a day of fall fun! With great food and beer, live music, kids' activities, and a pumpkin catapult competition. All kids activities are FREE (pony rides, bouncy houses, hay wagon rides and more!)  This fall festival is intended to bring the community together at the farm in celebration of the harvest while raising awareness of the Community Harvest Project. $10 per person.
Sunday, November 6, 11 AM - 4 PM, Bringham Hill Community Barn
37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton, MA 01536
Holiday Art & Craft Sale

Browse beautiful assortments of handmade crafts. Purchase a one-of-a-kind gift for a loved one this holiday season! Fridays from 12 to 8 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm.
Fridays - Sundays, November 11 - November 20, 12 PM - 8 PM, Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities 
111 Main Street, Southbridge, MA, 01550
YouthSpark Program: Code and Create with Collage Me
In this free two-hour programming Workshop, students 8-12 (or students 13 plus) will learn how to code in work in a real software development environment, Touch Develop, while using their creativity and imagination to design a unique personal collage that can be shared with family and friends. They'll also enjoy a fun, hands-on scavenger hunt where they can interact with key technologies throughout the store. Free. Registration required.
Saturday, 
November 12, 10 AM - 12 PM, Microsoft Store, Natick Mall
1245 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760
Full Moon Owl Prowl
Ever wondered if an owl really is as smart as they say? Why don't we hear them when they fly? Just how far can an owl see? Come with the whole family to learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat. We will explore Broadmoor under moonlit skies listening for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Adults $15, Children $9.
Saturday, 
November 12, 6:30 PM, Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 
280 Eliot St, Natick, MA 01760
Book Buddy Reading To Dogs - McAuliffe Branch
Does your Little struggle with reading? Join the Framingham Public Library along with Chewie the Reading/Therapy Dog.  Improve reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to a new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dog, Chewie, listens as children read aloud from a book of their choice. All ages welcome. Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Saturday, November 12, 10 AM - 11 AM, Framingham Public Library, McAuliffe Branch Craft Room
746 Water St, Framingham, MA 01701
Book Buddy Reading To Dogs - Main Library
Does your Little struggle with reading? Join the Framingham Public Library along withLilah, Montana, Eloise and Friday, certified Reading/Therapy dogs. Improve reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to a new Book Buddy. The dogs listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice. All ages welcome. Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Saturday, November 12, 3 PM - 4 PM, Framingham Public Library, J Program Room
49 Lexington Street Framingham, MA 01702
History Hike and 60th Anniversary
In 1956, the Crocker family donated its Princeton farm to Mass Audubon and thus began a legacy of permanently protected habitat and beautiful landscapes. Wachusett Meadow's 60th anniversary is worth celebrating! This leisurely hike will introduce some of the buildings, barns, stone walls, wildlife, woodlands, wetlands, and meadows that represent the remarkable human and natural history of Wachusett Meadow. And, of course, it wouldn't be a celebration without cake! $8 per person.
Saturday, November 12, 1 PM - 3 PM, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
113 Goodnow Rd, Princeton, MA 01541
Arms and Armor: Live Demonstration of Medieval Combat
The subtle skills of attack, parry, and grapple are brought alive by Cambridge Historic European Martial Arts Study Group as they demonstrate the knightly arts in a recreation of a medieval combat school. Check out the website for full details. Adults $14, Kids 6-17 $6.
Sunday, November 13, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Worcester Art Museum, Conference Room
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Worcester State Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Love and comedy. Magic and fairies. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare wraps it all up in one enduring package. On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, Worcester State Theatre opens A Midsummer Night's Dream to celebrate his accomplishments, his contribution to theatre, and, even more, his contribution to life. Lord, what fools these mortals be! $14 per person.
Thursday, November 17 - Saturday, November 19, 8 PM - 10 PM, Fuller Theater, Shaugnessy Building at Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Paradise City Arts Festival
Paradise City Marlborough brings together 175 outstanding American artists and master craft makers to exhibit at Metro Boston's most exciting juried fair. Sculpture and paintings are displayed alongside one-of-a-kind home furnishings, dazzling jewelry, and fashion fit for a holiday gala. This show is a destination for decorators and discerning homeowners as well as a favorite source for special gifts that transcend expectations. Adults $12, Children 12 and under are free. 
Friday, November 18 - Sunday, November 20, Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 11am-5pm, Royal Plaza Trade Center
181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752
The Arts of the Imagination
This is a 60 minute interactive program for kids age 6 to 14 that encourages creativity through the practice and use of imagination and improvisation. Musician/artist/cartoonist Lennie Peterson creates his Art and music in front of a live audience while engaging them in their process. Lennie believes that Art, music, and cultural history are one of the most important elements in a child's development and can be best connected when they are shared in a fun, engaging, and interactive way. Free for Framingham Residents, or $5.
Saturday, November 19, 10:30 AM -11:30 AM
160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA 01702
Holiday Crafting: Vintage Paper Leaf Wreath
Join the Worcester Public Libraryto recycle old book pages into a beautiful fall wreath, just in time to hang for your Thanksgiving dinner! All materials are provided, but space is limited. Register through the  online calendar. Free.
Saturday, November 19, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, Worcester Public Library, Banx Room
3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
Old Sturbridge Village Bounty Thanksgiving  

Experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American food traditions and customs and hear the minister talk about the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse. Learn how preparations were made for this holiday meal, and learn about wedding preparations of the 1830s, as marriages often took place on the Thanksgiving holiday. $28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youths (3-17).
Saturdays and Sundays, November 5 - November 20, 9:30 AM - 5 PM, Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Arts on the Green: "A Musical Journey in Song"
Join a whirlwind tour of vocal music spanning art songs, opera, parlor songs, and operetta. Sopranos Christina White and Linnea Lyerly, tenor Ray Bauwens, and pianist Malcolm Halliday weave together an itinerary of different genres, time periods, languages, and styles with works by notable composers including Schumann, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff as well as Bernstein, Copland, and Barber. Some stops offer lighter fare from the classic Italian song repertoire, selected Victorian parlor music, and some golden nuggets from Gilbert and Sullivan. Free.
Saturday, November 19, 7 PM - 10 PM, First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury
19 Church Road, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Holiday Festival of Crafts
Once a year, the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Worcester Center for Crafts is transformed into a European-style holiday marketplace complete with twinkly lights and the sweet smell of evergreens. This juried marketplace celebrates American handmade craft. By bringing together craft artists of the highest caliber all under one roof, the Holiday Festival of Crafts is a one-stop holiday shopping opportunity and an opportunity to compare a wide range of work suitable for collecting. Usually featuring over 60 fine craft artists and their work, the Festival is held indoors and includes free parking and an on-site caf├ę. $5 admission. See website for full details.
Friday, November 25 - Sunday, November 27, Worcester Center for Crafts
25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA 01605
Live Music by the Promise is Hope
Participate in this Small Business Saturday and enjoy free live music at BirchTree Bread Co! Check out the band's video by clicking on the picture! 
Saturday, November 26, 11 AM - 2 PM, BirchTree Bread Co.
138 Green Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday┬« is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Natick Center will start off with a day full of events with the Farmers Market, music, merchant specials, a TCAN show and more! 
Saturday, November 26, 10 AM, Natick Center
Natick Center, Natick, MA 01760
Craft of the Month: Pumpkin Recipes


It's Baking Season, so of course, November's Craft is edible! What better way to enjoy the last days of autumn than by embracing the season's flavor: Pumpkin! You and your Little can grab aprons and enjoy a cozy day inside trying out these new recipes.

Visit this Design Dazzle blog to see very creative ways of incorporating pumpkin, including scones, rice krispie treats, milkshakes and more! 

Have a fun craft idea you would like to share? Email it to colleen.schroth@bbbscm.org and see it featured next month!
Recurring Events
Stickwork: Just off the Beaten Track
Arts Transcending Borders (ATB), hosted environmental artist Patrick Dougherty as Fall '16 artist-in-residence at the College of the Ho
ly Cross. For the past 30 years, Dougherty has combined elemental building techniques and a deep knowledge of nature to create his organic sculptures. As part of his residency, Dougherty created "Just Off the Beaten Track" with the help of over three hundred volunteers on the lawn by Linden Lane.
Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, December 31, 9 AM - 6 PM, College of the Holy Cross, Linden Lane, Main Campus Entrance
1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Harvesting at the REC Main South Urban Farm
REC needs as many hands as possible to help maintain and harvest at the Main South Urban Farm! No experience necessary, just a willingness to help out and get a little dirty! The produce will be sold on the Mobile Farmers Market!
Mondays and Wednesdays through November 30, 2 PM - 5 PM, Oread Street Farm
63 Oread Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Picket Fence to Picket Line: Visions of American Citizenship
Picket Fence to Picket Line will foster meaningful dialogue surrounding this year's presidential election and connect to our active population of voters. It will inspire visitors to confront one of the most highly charged questions in contemporary political discourse: What is citizenship? Free for Bigs and their Littles!
Through Sunday, February 5, Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Danforth Art Museum - Drop into Art
Begin your visit exploring works of art through hands-on activities with the teen and Adult Docents in the Children's Gallery and other exhibits.  Next, visit the studios to create art of your own inspired by what you saw in the galleries.  Different projects are offered each month in a variety of media, such as paint, charcoal, collage, and found objects.
Perfect for all ages. FREE for children and their accompanying adults.
Please register in the Museum Lobby on the day of the program. Click here for more information.
First Sunday of Every Month, 2 PM to 4 PM, Danforth Art Museum
123 Union Ave, Framingham, MA 01702
KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley
The first comprehensive retrospective for artist Ed Emberley, among the most prolific and respected illustrators of children's literature of the last 60 years. The exhibition draws on the Massachusetts-based artist's personal archive of original hand-drawn sketches, woodblock prints, final proofs, and first edition books. KAHBAHBLOOOM will include interactive areas throughout the exhibition. 
Opening Wednesday, November 16 through September 2017, Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Canal District Farmers Market
A stalk of corn waiting for harvest started as a seed; our community's the same. We're planting the seed of brighter tomorrows today. The Canal District Farmers' Market gives Massachusetts food vendors and farmers a place to come together and celebrate good, hard, honest work - the work done by the hands of our neighbors. Come out, support local businesses and help us grow this local food movement!
Saturdays through December 30, 9 AM - 12 PM, Crompton Collective
138 Green Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Black Seed Farmers Market

Join every week for local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, locally made hand crafted breads and crafts, honey, children's activities and much more!
Sundays, through October 16, 10 AM-2 PM, Worcester Islamic Center 
248 East Mountain Street, Worcester, MA 01606
Natick Farmers Market
Stop by every Saturday to check out the local fresh food products and music of the Natick Farmers Market! 
Saturdays, 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM at Natick Farmers Market, Common Street Community Church, at the corner of South Main Street and Common Street, Natick, MA 01760  
EcoTarium Fun: Turtle Travels!
Turtles take amazing journeys and they need your help along the way. Have you ever spied a Swiss Army Turtle? Or tracked a turtle with radio telemetry? Wander through a life-size board game and see firsthand what it's like to travel through a turtles terrain. This fun-filled, interactive exhibit provides a turtles eye-view of life in the slow lane.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 AM - 5 PM, EcoTarium
222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604
Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook
Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment. Put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information. Ability to work without supervision required; carpentry skills welcome; nature lovers appreciated.
Wednesdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Avenue, Worcester, MA 01604
Please check event websites for the most recent updated info prior to attending. If you have suggestions for future events to include in our upcoming calendars, let us know by emailing colleen.schroth@bbbscm.org
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