Getting Out of the House Thanksgiving Week

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With the holiday season approaching, here are some Thanksgiving week-inspired ideas and activities that will get you out of the house with some local fun!

Dancing On Thanksgiving Eve!

Find a new activity with the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre’s Wednesday English Dance Program in Arlington, MA!

On November 21st, the Country Dance Society will feature a Thanksgiving English Dance Party led by a collection of local dancers, with a mix of traditional and contemporary folks dances.

For newcomers, it’s like painting by numbers: you jump in and follow the moves called out from stage — and they even offer English Dance basics just before the night starts. You’ll find creative, outgoing people to welcome you, and if you step out of place, everyone laughs, and you go right back to it!

As one of many folk dances in Massachusetts that doesn’t require lessons, The Country Dance Society, Boston Centre’s English Dance Programs take place at the Park Avenue Congregational Church located at 50 Paul Revere Road in Arlington, MA.

For more information, and a look at their 2012-2013 calendar, click here.

Getting Creative the Day After!

The must-see event of the week is the MIT Museum’s Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction (F.A.T.) in Cambridge at the Rockwell Cage Gymnasium from 1 to 4 PM, where hundreds of people build Rube Goldberg machines.

Made from wood and cardboard, these devices service no purpose but to whirr and zoom, like giant pinball machines of motion. At the end of the event, the “inventions” are linked together into one long demonstration of action and reaction.

The Rockwell Cage Gymnasium is located at 120 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA. For more information on admission, participation, and volunteering, click here.

Museums & Parks!

You’ll also find that most museums and parks are open the Friday following Thanksgiving.

For example, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MASS MoCA in North Adams, and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton will all be open, as well as the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, which will be offering half price admission.

Popular spots like Plimoth Plantation and Old Sturbridge Village will be open on Thanksgiving, and the day after.

So, don’t just sit around. Get out and have some fun!

Johnny Monsarrat writes Events INSIDER, an events source featuring an array of movie, theatre, and music events and shows. Check out his Facebook on Boston events, and his Tweets on what to do in Boston and beyond.

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