Frosted Leaves with Getting Out Guide written in text

There is so much to be thankful for this month, and one of the greatest things is the number of fun family activities in the Boston area! 

Need some ideas to get out and explore? Boston Moms has compiled a few of our favorite events happening around greater Boston this November!

November 1-8

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration

October 31 and November 1 :: Copley Square, Boston

The City of Boston is teaming up with Boston’s Consulate General of Mexico to present a two-day Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. All are invited to share photos of those they have lost, which will be displayed virtually and on an altar in Copley Square. The altar will be open for visitors on Sunday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to sunset, and Monday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to sunset. Boston’s citywide altar will contain hundreds of pots of marigolds, grown from seed by the Boston Parks Department gardeners.

Create the Change Day 2021

November 1-7 :: Virtual

This is your opportunity to join Project Giving Kids in the effort to #CreateTheChangeBoston! PGK will host four virtual service sessions in an effort to mobilize youth in all 50 states in the Create the Change Challenge. Youth are invited to serve alongside friends, family, and classmates using dozens of DIY service project ideas. Help to #CreateTheChange by being a part of this special movement to build community and cultivate kindness!

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

November 6-7 :: Brookline

The town of Hamelin has a horrible rat problem, and there’s only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets presents the Pied Piper in a funny, kid-friendly adaptation of the traditional folktale.

Boston River Run

November 7 :: Boston

The Boston River Run 5K is a spirited, patriotic run that takes place Veterans Day weekend. This family-friendly course welcomes runners and walkers of all ability levels. All proceeds from the event benefit the Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund.

November 9-17

Boston International Kids Film Festival Online 2021

November 9-21 :: Virtual

This family-friendly film festival presents film work for kids, by kids, and about kids! Short films from around the world will be featured, along with hands-on, interactive workshops for kids to participate in at home!

Master Chef Junior LIVE!

November 12 :: Boston

Come see stars of the hit TV shows MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, live on stage! This family-friendly show features head-to-head cooking demonstrations and exciting challenges with past MasterChef Junior contestants! 

Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville Family Theme Park

November 12-December 31

It is the moment we have been waiting for! Edaville is open again! Admission to the park includes the Christmas Festival of Lights, plus unlimited use of Edaville rides. 

Bedford Handmade

November 14 :: Bedford

Get a kick start on your holiday shopping while supporting the graduating class of Bedford High School! Local artists and artisans share their talents with food, gifts, art, and more!

November 18-25

Snowbound Festival

November 19-21 :: Quincy

The Snowbound Festival includes multi-sensory, immersive experiences to kick off winter! Come embrace all things winter at this fun festival! 

Magic of Lights at Gillette Stadium

November 19-December 24 :: Foxboro

Get into the holiday spirit at this magical drive-through experience! Your favorite holiday themes and characters sparkle with beauty at this gorgeous experience.

Marshfield Holiday Light Show

November 19-December 20 :: Marshfield

The Marshfield Fairgrounds are twinkling with holiday cheer for the second year at this beautiful holiday display! Drive through the sparkling lights as they flash in time to your favorite holiday songs!

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade Celebration

November 20 :: Plymouth

Watch Thanksgiving come alive as pilgrims, Native Americans, soldiers, patriots, and pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth! The opening ceremonies begin at DCR Pilgrim Memorial Park at 10:30 a.m., and the parade begins at 11:00 a.m.

November 26-30

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

November 26 :: Boston

Come catch your favorite holiday tradition live on stage! Visit Santa’s workshop in this spectacular musical production! 

Sir George and the Dragon at Puppet Showplace

November 27-28 :: Brookline

Join an adventurous princess as she journeys to Mystery Mountain to visit the Great Green Dragon in this family-friendly, interactive puppet experience! 

Tots in the Kitchen

November 30 :: Dover

Come make a mess in the kitchen at Powisset Farm! Little ones between 2.9 and 5 will learn the basics of cooking while making a simple muffin or cookie!

Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at