Best Family Events At First Night Boston 2013

December 21, 2012 4:00 AM

Photo Credit: Paul Robicheau

First Night Boston is designed for people of all ages to enjoy. You can bring the kids, enjoy a full day of fun, and still get them to bed on time. Here are our best bets for Family Fun at First Night Boston.

See Also:
First Night Daytime Events
First Night Nighttime Events
First Night Ice Sculptures
First Night Must-See Artists

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(Photo credit: First Night Boston/Paul Marotta)

Ice Sculptures

Copley Square, Boylston Plaza at The Shops at Prudential Center
All day

Of course First Night is known for ice sculptures, and there will be three this year: two at Copley Square and one at Boylston Plaza at The Shops at Prudential Center. Work begins on the sculptures in the days leading up to First Night, with the schedule depending on the weather. Work will continue on the sculptures right through Dec. 31, and they will be lit at night.

Link: Guide to First Night 2013 Ice Sculptures

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(credit: First Night Boston/Paul Robicheau)

Face Painting

FedEx Family Festival
Hynes Convention Center, Hall C
1p.m. to 6 p.m.

Imaginations run wild! A small army of face painters will be on hand at the FedEx Family Festival, to transform little faces into works of art. Don’t be surprised to see butterflies, tigers, flowers and more.

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Ellis Paul (photo credit: First Night Boston)

The Music of Ellis Paul

FedEx Family Festival
Hynes Convention Center, Auditorium
3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Noted folk singer/songwriter Ellis Paul performs selections from his latest album The Hero in You, a tribute to a wide array of American heroes, crafting vivid musical profiles of men and women whose words, actions, inventions and art made a profound difference to countless lives.

Paul’s eclectic selection includes some of the familiar names you might expect: Thomas Alva Edison, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. Other choices are less expected: The tragic and heroic Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph, Nellie Bly, artist Georgia O’Keefe and groundbreaking dancer-choreographer Martha Graham.

Paul connects his moving and celebratory biographical sketches with messages of positive reinforcement to young people to explore their own potential and follow their dreams.

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Maximum Velocity (credit: Maximum Velocity via Facebook)

Maximum Velocity

FedEx Family Festival
Hynes Convention Center, Hall D
1:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

This professional stunt team founded in 1995 and always a First Night favorite, features the hottest riders and skaters performing X–ups and 360’s over ramps, and undertakers and pelironis on flatland. Sound dizzying? It is! MV combines the thrills of freestyle bicycle stunts with the daredevil antics of the emerging extremists of in-line skating. They perform all over the country, at festivals, fairs, half-time shows and monster truck rallies.

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First Night Boston Grand Procession (credit: First Night Boston/Paul Robicheau)

Panorama Magazine Grand Procession

Boylston Street
5:30 p.m.

The Grand Procession has been the heart of the First Night celebration since the beginning in 1976. The Nature of Boston, First Night’s 37th anniversary Grand Procession, will be led by different pieces from the Back Alley Puppet Theatre and Puppeteers Cooperative, whose founders have participated in all 37 First Nights in Boston.

Participants include Boston City Band; Codman Academy; Common Art; Curley K-8 Elementary School; The Cycling Murrays; Dinoman!; Franklin Field, Franklin Hill Dorchester “Healthy Boston”; Geometric Progression; The Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association; Grooversity; Hawthorne Youth and Community Center; Hurley K-8 Elementary School; The Hot Tamales; Joseph P. Manning Elementary School; Mather Elementary School; Middlesex County 4–H Fife and Drum Corps; Nazarro Community Center; New Liberty Jazz Band; New Magnolia Jazz Band; Old Town Trolley Tours; OPENAIR Circus; Panorama Magazine; Pat Olezsko; Peg Preble/Gould Microcars; Roberto Clemente 21 Dancers; The Puppeteer’s Cooperative and the Back Alley Puppet Theatre; Renaissance Charter School; SambaViva; Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band; Sheraton Boston Hotel; Simply Circus; Spontaneous Celebrations; Thomas J. Kenny School Marching Band.

It begins at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Hynes Convention Center.

Information furnished by our partners at First Night Boston.