Your weekly curated guide to activities in and around Boston.
By Kim Foley MacKinnon
Wednesday, December 29
Enrichment Treat Day
Animals like to get presents too! Visit the Tropical Forest at Franklin Park Zoo to watch as several of the animals, including the gorillas, get special holiday-themed treats. They have to explore their exhibits to find special treats, such as novelty foods, boxes, bags and toys hidden inside boxes or hung from trees.
One Franklin Park Rd. Starts at 10 a.m. Visit the website for the full schedule.
Saturday, January 1
New Year’s Open House
In a generous annual tradition, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum starts off the new year by welcoming visitors for free. It’s a great chance to bring your kids to a charming museum without spending a dime 280 The Fenway. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit the website for the full schedule.
First Day Hike
Join Department of Conservation and Recreation park rangers from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum for a free hike through the Blue Hills Reservation. You can take a one- or two-hour trek or a special one around the pond just for families. Houghton’s Pond parking lot, 840 Hillside St., Milton. Free soup at noon. Hike is at 1 p.m. Visit the website for the full schedule.
Sunday, January 2
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Susie Magoozy and Tom Foolery host Alice, the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter for a crazy romp in Wonderland. There will be magic, stories and more. Griffin Theatre, 7 Lynde St., Salem. At 2 p.m. Visit the website for the full schedule. At 2 p.m.