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MIT’s Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction

MIT’s Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction

CHAIN REACTION AT MIT

Unleash your inner Rube Goldberg at the MIT Museum’s
Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction, a one-of-a-kind creative engineering feat, 1-4 p.m.,
Nov. 23. Artist and inventor Arthur Ganson emcees this three-hour extravaganza that you can enjoy as a participant or spectator. Participating teams make fanciful contraptions with materials supplied on site. (They can also register to bring their own.) When all the machines are linked together — with help from Ganson and Massachusetts Institute of Technology students — the mini chain reactions form one mega event with a surprising finale. Adults $15, ages 5-17 $5, students (with ID), seniors, and children under 5 free. Includes free same-day admission to MIT Museum. Rockwell Cage Gymnasium, 120 Vassar St., 617-253-5927, www.web.mit.edu/museum/programs/fat.html  

AN APP FOR EXPLORING THE REGION

New England At-Hand travel app.

New England At-Hand travel app.

Travelers in all six New England states can discover plenty of fun regional activities using a new app for iOS devices: New England At-Hand. This app provides access to nearly 2,000 destinations, hidden gems, and quirky sites, featuring content that has been curated and crafted by a team of writers and photographers. In addition to full location-based selective searches, you can easily assemble a personal itinerary and travel route, or simply follow editor-recommended itineraries. New destinations are added each week so there is always something new to explore. $4.99 www.athandapps.com 

BOND VILLAINS AT THE SPY MUSEUM

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Sneak off to Washington, D.C., for “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains,” opening Nov. 16 at the International Spy Museum. The exhibition features Bond’s chief adversaries, their henchmen, lairs, and weapons. Over 100 artifacts will be on display including Zao’s Jaguar XKR from “Die Another Day” and the satellite from “GoldenEye.” In addition to comments from the intelligence community and psychological profiles of the villains, the exhibit offers immersive environments and interactive opportunities, plus classic film and audio clips. Adults $19.95; seniors, military, law enforcement $15.95; 7-17 $14.95; 6 and under free. 800 F St., NW. 202-EYE-SPYU, www.spymuseum.org  

CANADIAN HOLIDAY PACKAGE

Skiing and snowboarding with Santa are only part of the Full Christmas Package (Dec. 15-26) at the family-friendly Big White Ski Resort. The holiday experience includes accommodations with your own decorated Christmas tree, Christmas stockings for the whole family, two-hour Mega SnowCoaster tubing passes, and a photo op with Santa. Christmas Eve features a torchlight parade, church service, and fireworks. Located in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia’s second-largest resort boasts the most ski-in, ski-out accommodations in Canada. Quote “Christmas Add On Package” when booking by Dec. 1 deadline. Rates from $369.  800-663-2772, www.bigwhite.com  

WOOFSTOCK IN TORONTO

For a special treat, tote Rover to Winter Woofstock in Toronto (Nov. 17-18), a two-day celebration of all things canine. Over 130 vendors will offer the latest in fashion, food, furnishings, practical services, toys, treats for dogs. Your four-footed friend can participate in activities and contests including a fashion show, stupid dog trick contest, best costume contest, holiday high tea, and more. The first 200 visitors each day enjoy breakfast and photo-op with Santa, or can pose with a menorah in the Hanukkah area. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hall C, Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes Blvd. One ticket valid for both days. $10, seniors $5, 12 and under free.  416-
234-WOOF, www.winterwoofstock.com

HELP FOR JET LAG

Glo To Sleep travel mask.

Glo To Sleep travel mask.

Jet lag is a drag. If you have trouble sleeping during or after long trips, consider adding Glo to Sleep to your must-have travel accessories. This sleep therapy mask utilizes a light system (inside the mask) designed to slow brain activity, achieve an alpha wave brain state, and begin deep and restorative sleep. The mask works without wires or batteries; just expose it to any light source for 30 seconds, put it on, and hold your gaze on the Points of Glo while breathing deeply. The mask is fully adjustable and made from lightweight, non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, breathable foam. Full money-back guaranteed. $39.99.www.sound-oasis.com  

APP FOR FINDING KID-FRIENDLY LOCALES

It is often a challenge to keep everyone in the family entertained while on the road. Need an indoor place to play on a rainy day in an unfamiliar city, or a playground near your
hotel? Mom Maps, a new iOS- and Android-compatible app, makes it easy to locate the nearest museum, zoo, park, and other recreational activities using its extensive list of over 28,000 kid-friendly locations in 28 metro areas, and GPS feature. It also offers advice and reviews from parent bloggers and family travel specialists. Free or $2.99 (premium). www
.mommaps
.com
 

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