"Family Trees" celebrates children’s literature at the Concord Museum through January 4.
"Family Trees" celebrates children's literature at the Concord Museum through January 4.

After the presents are unwrapped and the Christmas dinner is devoured, there's still a long week ahead to entertain the kids before school starts again.

Visit a museum for vacation week fun. Concord Museum's "Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature" features 38 fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children's storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites. The exhibit is on view through Jan. 4. The museum is located 1/4 mile east of Concord Center at the intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike. It is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. It will close at 1 p.m. on Dec. 24 and will be closed on Dec. 25. $15, adults; $10, seniors; $6, children (4-18); under age 4 and members free. www.concordmuseum.org.

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston hosts a variety of winter-themed activities for kids during December Vacation Week, Friday, Dec. 26-Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. No registration required and free admission for kids. www.mfa.org/programs/series/december-vacation-week.


The Discovery Museums in Acton host special events during Vacation Week, including a New Year's Eve PJ Dance Party on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 11:30 a.m. The fun gets underway with party preparations, including party hat and noisemaker making at 10 a.m. Visit www.discoverymuseums.org/upcoming-events-calendar/day/2014-12-31 for details.

Art picks

An exhibit of Ethiopian icons opens at Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton on Jan. 23
An exhibit of Ethiopian icons opens at Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton on Jan. 23
  • FIRST NIGHT FUN: Boston's annual First Night celebration takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 31, New Year's Eve, from 1 p.m. to midnight. It includes visual and performing arts activities for all ages and interests and showcases over 1000 artists in 200 performances and events in many venues. The Family Festival offers afternoon programming from puppets and storytelling to art workshops and music at the Hynes Convention Center.
    Flora in Winter at Worcester Art Museum
    Flora in Winter at Worcester Art Museum
    The Grand Procession steps off from the Hynes on Boylston Street to Boston Common from 5:30-6:30 p.m. First Night admission buttons are $10 and available at CVS, Bank of America branches, at BosTix booths in Copley Square and Faneuil Hall and online at ArtsBoston.org. Visit www.FirstNightBoston.org for full schedule.
  • HOLIDAY HOURS: The Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell, is closed during the holiday season. It will reopen on Friday, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m. The annual members juried show continues there through Jan. 17... Lowell National Historical Park is closed on Thursday, Dec. 25, and will reopen for regular winter operating hours on Friday, Dec. 26 at noon. The park is also closed on Thursday, Jan. 1, for New Year s Day.
  • LOOKING AHEAD: Clinton's Museum of Russian Icons presents "The Vibrant Art and Storied History of Ethiopian Icons," on view Jan. 23-April 18. The show illustrates the Christian traditions in the East African nation in 60 small-scale icons and illuminated manuscripts from the 16th century to the present. Visit www.museumofrussianicons.org for details... Save the date for the Worcester Art Museum's "Flora in Winter," a delightful burst of color and fragrance to brighten the winter doldrums, from Jan. 29-Feb. 1. Visit www.worcesterart.org/events/Flora/flora-in-winter-2015 for info.

Nancye Tuttle s email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.