What to do with the Kids: July 12th – July 14th, 2013

Weekend Events:
Bring the whole family down to Colony Place in Plymouth this weekend for their annual Sidewalk Sale. The event runs 12noon to 6:00pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some of the highlights include: Professional clowns (facepainting, balloon twisting and skits), an appearance by Superman, a swordfighting show, music singalong with Children’s award winning musician Wayne Potash, arts and crafts!  For more information, go to www.colonyplace.com

The Pilgrims have landed….again! Don’t miss the best baseball talent in the area. Check out the Plymouth Pilgrims at Forges Field in Plymouth. The next home game is Friday July 12th against the New Bedford Bay Sox at 6:30pm. They also play the Danbury Westerners on Sunday July 14th at 6:30pm. Details at www.pilgrimsbaseball.com

Mass Audubon presents “Free Programs on Duxbury Beach” at the Powder Point Bridge, Saturdays July 13th until August 31st from 9:30 to 11:00am. Join Mass Audubon’s South Shore Sanctuaries to learn about wacky marine critters, scavenge for clams and mussels, or play with some sand castle science during this summer’s Duxbury Beach Family Fun Programs. Thanks to support from the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., Mass Audubon’s South Shore Sanctuaries will be offering free family fun programs on Saturdays. Some programs require pre-registration but many are drop-in. Parking is on the east side of the Powder Point Bridge on the right. Be sure to tell the harbormaster you’ve come for the Mass Audubon program. All programs are from 9:30-11:00 am. For more information or a paper copy of the 2013 Duxbury Beach calendar, e-mail us at: southshore@massaudubon.org or call 781-837-9400.

Come to Wompatuck State Park for a fun and educational experience.  All programs are free and open to the public. An adult must accompany children.  Rain cancels. Reasonable accommodations available upon request.  For more information, call the Park Interpreter at (781) 749-7160 or visit www.mass.gov/dcr Visitor Center is located at 204 Union Street in Hingham.  Check out these upcoming events:

Saturday, July 13, 9:00am – 10:30am. From Forest Floor to Tree Tops: Have you ever been walking through the woods and wondered “How old is that tree?” or “Where did that mushroom come from?”  Join the Park Interpreter for a walk through the woods to find out! Learn how to measure various tree circumferences and use growth rate tree charts to gain an approximate age of the trees. We’ll use several fallen trees to do a ring count.  We’ll talk about the decay of the forest floor, including the role of mushrooms – how they grow so quickly and why.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, July 13, 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Swamp Tromp!: Use our nets and buckets to discover what lives in the waters of Wompatuck. Please follow park road down to Boundary Pond where we will meet.

Sunday, July 14, 10:00am – 11:00am. Nature Journaling:  Looking for a way to relax and enjoy nature? Join the Park Interpreter for a program on nature journaling. He’ll cover the fundamentals of recording observations, sketching in nature, and writing poetry in your journals. Ideal for beginners; bring a notebook and writing instruments – some will be provided as well.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

The Paragon Carousel in Hull’s summer hours are now in effect: Ride the carousel Sunday-Thursday from 11:00am to 9:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00am to 10:00pm. For more information, visit www.paragoncarousel.com

Check out the King Caesar House, 120 King Caesar Road, on the waterfront in historic Duxbury. The house is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00pm through September 1st. This Federal mansion was built in 1809 for Ezra Weston II, known as “King Caesar” for his worldwide preeminence as a shipbuilder and merchant.  Admission: $5 adults; $3 children; free for DRHS members Phone: 781-934-6106.

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 July 12th, 2013:
Pilgrim Hall Museum is participating in the 5th annual Free Fun Fridays program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. Today, Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth will open its doors at no cost to visitors all day long from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Check out www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org for more information. Free Fun Fridays is a program that includes 60 museums and cultural venues across Massachusetts. Each Friday this summer, there will be six venues open for free. The program runs through Friday, August 30th. For the full program schedule and to learn more about Free Fun Fridays, please visit: www.highlandstreet.org

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 July 13th, 2013:
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 July 14th, 2013:
Check out the Marshfield Summer Concert & Entertainment Series on Town Green this evening at 6:00. The performances will be held on the Town Green, adjacent to the Marshfield Town Hall and at the Village at Proprietors Green, Proprietors Way. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, as well as snacks and picnic baskets, (no alcohol) to complete the outdoor concert experience, and enjoy the summer sounds. The Sunday evening concerts will be held weather permitting. In case of rain, we will attempt to reschedule the performance. For scheduling changes due to weather conditions listen to WATD 95.9 FM. This Sunday it’s “The Celtic K’s” at 6:00pm. The Celtic K’s are a family band which specializes in a variety of Celtic/Irish style music. They perform many traditional Irish, Scottish, and Canadian maritime songs and a selection of instrumentals. The group features Joe on vocals and keyboards, Katie on fiddle and Paul on the drums. The Celtic K’s have appeared at The Bailey and the Tinker’s Son and The Tavern. They are a regular performer at the Marshfield Fair. For more information, call Ned Bangs at the Marshfield Recreation Department at 781-834-5543.

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