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What’s Sprouting: Jan 3-9

Your weekly curated guide to activities in and around Boston.

By Kim Foley MacKinnon

January 3-9

Saturday, January 8

2011 Camp & Summer Expo
Figure out your kids’ summer plans. The Boston Parents Paper hosts this annual event where you can meet with representatives from more than 85 day and overnight camps and summer programs. Family entertainment includes interactive games, exhibits and giveaways. The Clay Center, 20 Newton St., Brookline. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the website for the full schedule.

Hansel & Gretel
The Boston Lyric Opera offers free previews of this opera at libraries around the Boston area. The 45-minute presentations provide up-close access to a cast member who showcases the “Olympics of singing.” Various libraries in the Boston area starting on Jan. 8. Visit the website for the full schedule.

Early Birds: The Science of Snow
Children will discover and learn about winter wildlife through hands-on activities, play, arts and crafts and songs and explore forests, meadows and wetlands at this Mass Audubon center. Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St. From 10-11:30 a.m. Visit the website for the full schedule.

Sunday, January 9

Be Our Guest!: Admission Free Sunday Afternoons
Visit the Concord Museum for the first time or revisit favorite galleries. The museum specializes in Americana. There are special treasure hunts for younger children, object searches for older children and hands-on activities for kids in many of the galleries. 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. Between 1 and 4 p.m. on January 9, 16 and 23. Visit the website for the full schedule.

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