Once everyone finishes last minute holiday shopping, wrapping, and baking, and spends some time with family and friends, it will be time to start the new year stress-free! A few local ideas...
For parents who need a break (or who are out of vacation time), the Metrowest YMCA in Framingham and Hopkinton is offering several vacation camp programs for children from preschool through 8th grade from 12/27-12/31. www.metrowestymca.org
The Natick library will present an animal show called Wild About Winter where kids ages 5 and up will get to meet real animals and learn what they do during the winter. The event will take place on 12/28 from 11-12.
The Natick Parks and Recreation programs for children (classes include dance, art, and more) and adults (fitness, sports, and first aid) begin the first week of January. A December vacation program is also offered. Registration is available online or by walk-in now.
Blue Hills ski area in Canton is open for the season and is a great place for kids and beginning skiers to practice.
Discovery Museums in Acton will be running several special events during vacation week including Duplos, party hat making, and a kids' New Year's dance party.
Natick Christmas tree pickup will be on your regular trash day during the first two weeks of January.
And as far as that last minute shopping (I still miss Barber Bros!), two favorite stores for kids are the new Little Bits toy store in Natick center (free wrapping!) and the Rugged Bear in Wellesley (great kids clothing), and for adults, the Paper Source in Wellesley has lots of great options.
As always, if there is anything anyone would like to add, please post your favorite events or winter activities. Happy holidays!