What to do with the Kids: July 19th – 21st, 2013

Weekend Events:
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 Saturday July 20th against the Newport Gulls at 6:30pm. Details at www.pilgrimsbaseball.com

Mass Audubon presents “Free Programs on Duxbury Beach” at the Powder Point Bridge, Saturdays 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:

Friday, July 19, 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Jr. Rangers – What Hurts the Park?: The Jr. Ranger program captures the imagination of young people through activities that grow future stewards of the environment. Discuss types of pollution, litter and graffiti we see within the Park and how it affects nature and beauty.  We will view places where there is the most litter in the park and discuss what we can do to help stop the littering and graffiti. This free program is for children ages 8-12.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Meet at the Visitor Center.  Rain or shine.

Friday, July 19, 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Sunset Hike: Take a hike in Wompatuck as the summer sun is setting and explore this serene time of day.  Each week we’ll discover something different as we experience dusk in the park. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, July 20, 9:00am – 11:00am. Rocks in the Park Hike: Explore the glacial rock fields of Wompatuck and old growth forests in a less explored part of the Park as we make our way to Burbank Boulder, Wompatuck Park’s largest glacial erratic.  This hike covers about 4 miles of moderately difficult trails.  Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  Meet at Visitor Center.

Sunday, July 21, 10:00am – 11:00am. Animal Detectives: Let’s find out what animals are living in the area. We will use our detective skills to observe footprints, nibbled twigs, and scat, as we take a walk through the forest and along a wetland. 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 19th, 2013:
Check out the “Free Fun Fridays” program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. 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 20th, 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 21st, 2013:
Check out the Marshfield Summer Concert & Entertainment Series on the Town Green at the Town Hall. 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. Coming up today at 5:00 p.m. it’s “T minus 6”; An up and coming New England band formed by four high school friends in late 2008. Originating from the beach town of Marshfield, Massachusetts, their music encompasses aspects of 90′s alternative, punk, classic rock, indie, hip-hop, metal, and everything in between. In a local scene dominated by hardcore and metalcore, “T Minus 6” aims to do things a little differently, all while playing music and having fun. Then at 6:00 p.m. it’s “The Infractions”; This top-notch group and a local favorite return to the Town Green. Listen as they play hits from the 50’s and 60’s, Motown, R&B, Reggae, Swing Classic Ballads and more! Plan to arrive early and bring the kids so they can join in the traditional children’s All Star Review! Meet the members of the Recreation Commission and staff and enjoy something tasty from their grill. For more information, call Ned Bangs at the Marshfield Recreation Department at 781-834-5543.

Check out the annual Middleborough Historical Association’s “Sundaes on Sunday” fundraiser today from 1:30 to 4:00pm. The event takes place at the MHA Museum grounds (Behind the Police Station, next to Pierce Playground). Sundae Prices: Adults (12 and older) 3 Scoops! $6.00, Children 4-11 $4.00, and under 4 FREE! Also, there will be raffles, water, soda and baked items! FREE face painting and children’s games. Magic by Adam Bond from 3:00 to 3:30pm.

Check back here for upcoming events:

The ever-popular herpetologist, Michael K. Ralbovsky returns to the South Shore Natural Science Center on Thursday, August 1st at 1:30pm to present his Rainforest Reptile Show.  The show includes live alligators, turtles and snakes from the tropical rainforests.  Attendees will learn about the reptiles that live in these amazing habitats, and have the opportunity to hold one of the scaly creatures.  Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members.  Enjoy the show and stay to visit the EcoZone museum, all in our air-conditioned facility.  This show is recommended for ages three and up, accompanied by an adult.  Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance, by calling the Science Center at 781-659-2559. Also visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org

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About Rob Hakala

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