What to do with the Kids: October 12th – 14th

Weekend Events:
How about a “Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine: Mystery on the Rails Tour” this weekend at Edaville USA? Spend the day immersed in the storybook world of Thomas. Take a magical 20-minute ride on a 15-ton replica of Thomas and meet his kindly but stern boss Sir Topham Hat. Enjoy unlimited use of all amusement rides and indoor and outdoor play spaces. The event runs 9am to 5pm. $18 per person. (under 2 are free) Edaville is located at 5 Pine Street in Carver. For more information, call 508-866-8190 or visit www.edaville.com

Check out Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries in Marshfield.  There are a variety of classes, events, camps, kid’s activities & more! For more information, call 781-837-9400
or visit www.massaudubon.org/southshore

How about a visit to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? Let the Art Touch You! A variety of special exhibitions await your discovery. There will be workshops & special events available for adults & children.  For more information, call 508-588-6000 or visit www.fullercraft.org

Check out the fun events and activities at the Museum of Science in Boston.  Find out more at www.mos.org

Check out the New England Aquarium.  For more information, call 617-973-5206 or visit www.neaq.org

Don’t forget to take a trip over to Hull and take a ride on the Paragon Carousel. The carousel is open weekends: Fridays 4pm to dusk. Saturday and Sunday from 11am to dusk. Weather permitting. For more information, visit www.paragoncarousel.com

Look for the Fall Community Brochure. Sign up options – On-line, Mail In, or Walk In. The Recreation Department will offer programs for pre school, youth, teen and adults. Programs may include: Pre school enrichment classes, soccer, volleyball, badminton, basketball, archey and so much more!  Programs for all ages and interests!

Friday October 12th, 2012:
Check out Family Friday Nights at the Children’s Museum in Boston.  From 5 to 9pm admission is only $1 a person.  For more information, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Saturday October 13th, 2012:
Bring the whole family to the 3rd annual Southfield Fall Festival in South Weymouth today from 11am to 3pm. There will be pony rides, pumpkin painting, magic shows, balloon animals, New England Wildlife. There will be FREE admittance and parking. For directions and information, http://www.southfield.com/third-annual-fall-festival/

Check out “Family Adventures in Archaeology” today from 10:30am to 12noon at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield. Come celebrate archaeology month and experience the science of archaeology from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century. See and touch Native American artifacts, listen to stories about the Native American Culture and discover what it’s like to be an archaeologist by participating in hands on activities. $9, $6 for Mass Audubon members. For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/southshore or contact Amy Quist at 781-837-9400 or aquist@massaudubon.org

As part of the Norwell Public Library’s Family Fun Day today, it’s the fall closing of Fred-the-Shed with another $3 Big Bag O Books Sale along with the Fall Bake Sale. You can stuff as many books as you can into a Trader Joe’s paper bag (with handles) and it’s yours for $3. This will help us clean out Fred-the-Shed for the winter as well as recycle all those wonderful books. Fred will be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm today or until they run out of books, whichever comes first! Get your winter/spring reading at fantastic prices. Where else can you walk away with a bag full of books for only $3? Fred-the-Shed is run by a wonderful group of volunteers who keep the doors open, the shelves stacked, and the books flowing. If you have books and media to donate, please save them until Fred re-opens in May, 2013. Visit www.norwellpubliclibrary.org

The Hingham Fire Department is hosting an Open House in celebration of “National Fire Prevention Week” today from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the Fire Headquarters, 339 Main Street. All are invited to attend. There will be Fire Engine Tours and Tool Demonstrations including the “Jaws of Life”. The local utilities will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding home safety. The Papa Gino’s Corporation is donating “Free Pizza” for the event and the Aquarion Water Company will be dispensing samples of “Hingham Water”.

The Brockton Fire Department will host their annual Open House celebrating Fire Prevention Month today from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Fire Station 6, on 540 West Street. This event is free and is open to the public and will feature demonstrations, exhibits, interactive learning, fire safety tips, activity coloring sheets, a fire safety coloring contest, and pizza and soda.

In honor of their 50th Anniversary, the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell is bringing back some programs from the past – this one is from 1986!    Learn how to take care of your “exotic” pet  at the SSNSC today from 10:00am-12:00pm. Dr. Greg Mertz, the “Odd Pet Vet”  from New England Wildlife Center will present a workshop on unusual pets:  snakes,  turtles, rats, rabbits, spiders and more!   Learn all about these critters from an expert and even bring your own to show (no cats or dogs please).  Animals must be in a cage.  Preregistration required. Cost per child is $4 members, $5 non-members (original 1986 fees).   Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Phone 781-659-2559 for more information and to register. www.ssnsc.org

The Plymouth Public Library will host Fire Safety Day with the Plymouth Fire Department today at 10am. Children with their parents will have the opportunity to meet and greet local firefighters, learn about what they do, and see firefighting equipment up close. A special feature will be the Fire Safety House, which simulates a real house and is used as an educational tool to teach fire safety. Children will have a chance to tour the house and learn what to do in case of an emergency.

This year’s theme, “Have Two Ways Out”, emphasizes the importance of having a fire safety plan to keep families prepared and safe.

This program will be held rain or shine. No registration is necessary. For more information contact the Youth Services Department at the Library. Plymouth Public Library is located at 132 South Street. Call for more information: 508-830-4250.

It’s a great time to hang out with your four-legged friend at the Plymouth Barktober-fest from 11am-4pm! This family-friendly, pet-friendly event will take place again on the Plymouth Waterfront. Features include a Pet Costume Contest, Loudest Bark Contest Adoption Parade, Live Entertainment & much more! For more info visit plymouthbarktoberfest.com.

Sunday October 14th, 2012:

Check back here for upcoming events:

It’s the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary’s greatest day! Mass Audubon’s 32nd Annual Farm Day on Saturday October 20th from 10am to 4pm. There will be hay rides and pony rides all day. There’ll be a huge arts and crafts show, enjoy great soups from local restaurants and plenty of homemade baked goods. And there’s so much more! Children’s games and crafts, face painting, live farm animals, a giant hay maze, lots more good food by Family Crest Catering and fun for the whole family. $7, $5 for Mass Audubon members (children 3 and under free). For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/southshore or contact Amy Quist at 781-837-9400 or aquist@massaudubon.org

If you have an event for families coming up, let us know by e-mail at robhakala@959watd.com or send it to What To Do With The Kids c/o The South Shore’s Morning News 130 Enterprise Drive Marshfield MA 02050.



About Rob Hakala

Since 2000, Rob has hosted The South Shore's Morning News on WATD.