Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

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Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions at TD Garden

Get a taste of the London Olympics, minus the jet lag, with “Fab Five” gymnast Aly Raisman. See some of the world’s best gymnasts when they come to Boston with the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions, celebrating the beauty of the sport and making you deeply regret not taking those gymnastics classes as a kid. Nastia Liukin, all-around champion from the 2008 Olympic Games, will round out the dynamic cast of rhythmic, acrobatic, and floor gymnasts. Much of the 2012 Olympic team will also be present for a pre-show “Chalk Talk” to discuss their whirlwind experience at this past summer’s Olympic Games.

$27.50-$77.50; Sunday, Nov. 11, 3 p.m.; TD Garden, 100 Legends Way; 800-745-3000;


South Shore Autumn Lights Cruise

Don’t know anything about the illustrious history of Massachusetts harbor lighthouses? Well, now is the time, don’t you think? With the coming of the winter months, this is the perfect time to take a boat tour of eight to the South Shore’s most beautiful ones, enjoying the views of the shore all along the way. Plus, any guests at your upcoming holiday parties will be impressed with your thorough knowledge of Cape Ann and lighthouse-themed cocktail party conversation starters. If that’s not reason enough, we don’t know what is.

$45 (Adults) and $35 (Children and Seniors); 70 Long Wharf, between the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel and Christopher Columbus Park; Saturday, Nov. 10, departs at 10:15 a.m. (Quincy) and 11 a.m. (Boston);

Beer 101: Intro to Craft Beers (Class & Dinner)

Join Jameson Viens, “The Beer Hunter”, for a night of tasting and analysis of some of Boston Wine School’s favorite brews. Viens will guide you through various types of beers, focusing on aroma, taste, and mouth feel of various international beers. We thought just the tasting would be the best part, but there will also be a “Night in Spain”-themed dinner, with Churrasco, Valdeon cheese with roasted figs, and roasted autumn vegetables. Put down your PBR and learn what a good, substantial brew tastes like.

$100; Friday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m.; Brookline Wine School, 1354 Commonwealth Avenue; 617-784-7150;

Obstacle Race
Rebel Race: Massachusetts 5k & 15k Mud Run in Haverhill

The Rebel Race puts the obstacle course you ran in gym class to shame. With military-style obstacles, mud crawling, and barricades, this course will shake up your usual weekend workout routine. Think it can’t get any better? How does BBQ, live entertainment, camping, and a free beer at the finish line sound? We’d say it sounds like a weekend to remember.

$79 (5k), $105 (15k), $125 (camping, up to six people, two nights); Camping: Friday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m.-Sunday, 12 p.m.; Race: Saturday, Nov. 10, waves begin at 9:30 a.m. and go until 2:30 p.m.; Kimball Farm, 791 East Broadway, Haverhill;

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

Ever want to step onto the set of Sherlock and solve some murder mysteries alongside Watson and Sherlock? Well now you can. Solve the mystery of a murdered curator at the Museum of Fine Arts by piecing together the clues scattered around the museum. There will be intrigue. There will be mystery. There will be a lot of hurried shuffling and sleuthing throughout the beautiful halls of the MFA. Get your magnifying glasses and at least three friends to take on this fun, interactive jaunt around one of Boston’s most famous museums. Make Sir Arthur Conan Doyle proud.

$39.50 for adults, $37.50 for college students, all tickets include admission to museum; Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue; 877-946-4868 ext. 12;