What To Do With The Kids: Aug 16 – Aug 18

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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:

-Saturday, August 17, 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, August 18, 10:00am – 11:00am. What is a Bug?: Let’s find out what type of insects live here. Using nets and hand lenses, we’ll observe them in the lawns, fields, and forests of Wompatuck. Become an insect as we learn about their life cycles through observation. Meet at the Visitor Center.

The Paragon Carousel in Hull’s summer hours are 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.

 **The 146th Marshfield Fair kicks off Friday, August 16th!!

This agricultural fair draws competitors and visitors alike to the Marshfield Fair Grounds each summer. The fair is open from noon until 10pm each day until Sunday, August 25th. Each day there are arts and crafts activities for the kids, horticulture exhibits and 4-h exhibits as well! Take in all the animals, rides, music and fun for the whole family. Children’s day is Thursday, August 22: kids under 12 enter the fair for free! marshfieldfair.org.


Friday August 16, 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. Today the museums with free admission include The USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.

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


Saturday August 17, 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.

Come to the Plymouth Library today from 10:30 to 12:30 to read to a dog! Children ages 6 years and older are welcome to sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read to Sophie, a Sussex Spaniel certified trained therapy dog. Please only register for one time slot as space will be limited. This program is free but you do have to register. For a full list of programs and events, or to register, visit plymouthpubliclibrary.org or call 508.830.4185. The library is fully accessible; please let them know if you need special accommodation to attend.


Sunday August 18, 2013:

It’s the annual August Moon Festival in Quincy on Sunday from 11am-5pm in Quincy Center, the premier Asian cultural event on the South Shore. The festival includes performances by local artists, exhibits, crafts, food and kid activities and amusements including pony rides! The event is created by Quincy Asian Resources and the rain date is Sunday, August 25.


*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

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