What to do with the Kids: May 24th – 27th 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Events:
Get ready to help the “Duxbury Bay Maritime School” open up the season. On Friday, May 24th, the schooner Thomas E. Lannon will sail into Duxbury Bay for the 16th Annual Opening of the Bay Celebration. Don’t forget that “Family Day” is on Saturday May 25th from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The event will feature tours of the schooner Thomas E. Lannon, great entertainment thoughout the day, food, vendors, a dunk tank, two bouncy houses, kids’ games and activities, tug rides on Mini Tug Toot Toot, tours of the oyster hatchery and more! Admission is free and tickets can be purchased for food, ship tours and children’s activities and raffles. Visit www.dbms.org

Check out the Paragon Carousel in Hull which is open weekends from 11am to 5pm (weather permitting). For more information, visit www.paragoncarousel.com

This Memorial Day weekend; Saturday, May 25th and Sunday May 26th; bring the kids over to the 38th Annual Festival of the Arts, presented by the North River Arts Society. Old Main Street in Marshfield Hills will be transformed into a block party with sidewalk art, face-painting, arts and crafts, street performers, musical entertainment, and refreshments—as well as indoor and outdoor juried art and photography exhibits and artisan booths for moms, dads, and grandparents. Admission is free and the fun is 10:00am to 5:00pm both days. For more info, visit www.northriverarts.org

The Mayflower Society is offering Free tours of the historic 1754 Mayflower Museum House from 11am to 4pm for the first three weekends of the season, starting Friday, May 24th of Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-27) and also on May 31-June 2 & June 7-9. Come experience four centuries of antiques and furnishings, imagine life in the 18th century, and play our scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes! The historic Museum House is a 5-minute walk up the hill from Plymouth Rock, just off North Street at 4 Winslow Street, on one of five original roads laid out by the Pilgrims for their colony.

Visit Battleship Cove in Fall River this weekend. FREE admission to all veterans Saturday May 25th through Monday May 27th. All active duty, retired and reserve military personnel who show proof of service will be honored with free admission to Battleship Cove. On Memorial Day, May 27th, honor and commemorate the men and women who gave their lives for freedom. Experience a traditional military observance at 12:00 PM with the raising of the American flag from half-staff and a 21-gun salute. The ceremony is open to the public. For more information, visit www.battleshipcove.com

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

Friday May 24th, 2013:
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 May 25th, 2013:
The 2nd annual Touch A Boat event will be held today from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Hingham Harbor, Iron Horse Park. This will be great family friendly day to kick off Memorial Day weekend. Join hundreds of other boating enthusiasts at Hingham Harbor for a fun event that kicks off the boating season. Sponsored by the Friends of Hingham Harbor, the “Touch A Boat” event aims to provide an afternoon of fun and information about boating safety. Children can climb aboard Hingham’s Harbormaster boats and those from other state agencies. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer life jacket fittings and boat safety inspections. Kids will have fun with knot tying demonstrations, buoy painting, maritime crafts, face painting, bubbles, a highly anticipated “Pirate Treasure Hunt,” and much more. Hingham’s favorite DJ, Chris Pickett, will once again get the crowd moving to the music. In keeping with the theme of boating safety, anyone who wears a life jacket to the event will be entered into a drawing to win a boat trip around the harbor with the Harbormaster. Local businesses, Bare Cove Catering and Nona’s Ice Cream, will be on hand with a variety of food for sale. All ages are welcome. The event takes place at Iron Horse Park, Hingham Harbor, Route 3A in Hingham.

Check out the “Feed the Animals” event today at 10:00am. Visit as the naturalists take time to stop and visit with all of the animals and give them what they need most – food! Learn what an iguana eats, what our turtles prefer and what our snakes need to survive. For more information, visit www.ssnsc.org or contact the South Shore Natural Science Center at 781-659-2559.

Check out the “Meet an Animal” event today at 2pm. Join us for a chance to meet a different animal every week. Could be a turtle, could be a bullfrog, could be an owl. Whooo knows? The event is free with admission to the South Shore Natural Science Center. or more information, visit www.ssnsc.org or contact the South Shore Natural Science Center at 781-659-2559.

Sunday May 26th, 2013:


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