Family Programs at the South Shore Natural Science Center

Beat the winter blues with these fun family programs at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell.  Learn about reptiles, make a gingerbread fairy house, take a snowshoe walk, attend a Winnie the Pooh party and more!  Pre-registration and pre-payment is required unless otherwise noted below.  For more information, call the center at 781-659-2559. 

Make a Mini-Gingerbread Fairy House                         Saturday, January 15
10:00-11:30am on Saturday
Admission:  $25/member, $30/non-member
Make and decorate mini-gingerbread houses to take home and enjoy. You can create your own little village to display or eat. All materials will be provided.  Adults and children grades 6 and up.

Family Fun Program – Alligator & Crocodiles Show
Sunday, January 23
1:00pm and 3:00pm shows
Admission per child: $8/member, $10/non-member, $5 per adult
Back by popular demand and with two shows! Join our favorite herpetologist, Michael K. Ralbovsky of Rainforest Reptile shows and learn about alligators and crocodiles.  What is the difference between them? If you dare- hold an alligator!  It’s a fun and educational show for the whole family.  Recommended for ages 3 and up, with an adult. 
Limited tickets. Sign up early!

Family Snowshoe Walk
Sunday, February 6
1:00-3:00pm
Admission: $5/member per parent/child pair (family max of $10)
$8/non-member per parent/child pair (family max of $15)      
Bring the family and your snowshoes and join us for an adventure through the woods around the Science Center. We’ll look for animal tracks, learn about winter plants, and then come inside for hot chocolate! Snowshoeing abilities of all levels welcome including first-timers! (Snowshoes may be available for rent: call for details.)
Pre-registration requested.

A Winnie the Pooh Party
Saturday, February 12
10:00-11:30am
Admission:  $10/member per parent/child pair with a max of $20/family, $13/non-member per parent/child pair with a max of $26/family.  Added adult: $6/member, $8/non-member, Added child: $4/member, $5/non-member 

 Travel to the Hundred Acre Wood to join Winnie the Pooh and friends as they go on a great adventure! Learn about animals imagined and real, and enjoy stories, activities and a delicious snack. Don’t forget to bring your favorite Teddy Bear or other stuffed animal friend!  For children ages 2 and up.

Movies with the Bear
Friday, February 25th
2:00pm

Free with Admission!
Drop by for “Brother Bear” on the big screen!  Snacks for sale.

Whoo’s Having a Birthday?
Sunday, February 27
1:00-2:30pm
$10/member per parent/child pair with a max of $20/family
$13/non-member per parent/child pair with a max of $26/family
You have a birthday every year, and so does Hedwig the Barred Owl! Since the exact date is a mystery, we picked one for her. We’re having a party – and you’re invited! Join the celebration and have a close encounter of the woodland kind. Meet Hedwig and some of her forest friends and enjoy games, crafts and stories. Explore the EcoZone, take a short walk in the SSNSC woods and top off the festivities with a special “Hedwig” birthday cake – fun for everyone!  Appropriate for all ages.  Limit 60 people.

Maple Festival
Sunday, March 13th
11am-4pm
Admission: $5/member per person with a $20 maximum per family, $8/non-member with a $32 maximum per family.
Fee also includes admission to the EcoZone. This is a drop-in
event. Join us for a sweet day as we explore maple history, culture, and tasting. Enjoy the process from start to finish! Help us
tap the trees for sap and then watch how the sap is boiled into
syrup. The day will include woodland walks for tapping, sweet
treats, and fun crafts & activities for the children.

Feed the Animals

Wednesdays at 3:00pm and Saturdays at 10:00am.
FREE with admission. Pre-registration not required.

Come watch a naturalist feed the animals at the Nature Center.  Learn more about what some turtles eat, where some amphibians live, and other interesting things about the animals in the EcoZone.

Please note: Many of the animals in the EcoZone are wild and non-releasable; therefore guests will not be able to feed or pet the animals themselves.

Meet an Animal                                                              Monday holidays at 10:00am & 2:00pm                           

FREE with admission.  Come learn more about one of our animals when a naturalist brings it out for a visit.