What to do with the Kids: August 30th – September 2nd, 2013

Weekend Events:
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.

The Paragon Carousel in Hull’s summer hours are still 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
Also, from now through Saturday August 31st, it’s the 85th birthday party week at the Carousel which means free rides and ice cream from their Carousel Creamery for anyone who is 85 years old. On Friday August 30th, it’s Storytime with Princess Karen at 10:30 AM. Carousel tickets will be sold beginning at 10am, and there will have one ride at 10:15 before Storytime. This is the last Storytime of the season.

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 August 30th, 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 today. For the full program schedule and to learn more about Free Fun Fridays, please visit: www.highlandstreet.org. Today, the featured location is Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth. Find out more at www.plimoth.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 info, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Saturday August 31st, 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.

Visit the Downtown Brockton Arts and Music Festival today from 11:00am to 7:00pm. It’s a great family day that will consist of music, poetry, food, games, crafts, artwork, face painting, finger painting, and more! This year there will also be an Art Show!  Best in show wins a solo gallery at the Driscoll Art Gallery at the Brockton Public Library.

Sunday September 1st, 2013:


The 22nd Annual West Bridgewater Park Day Celebration is scheduled for Sunday September 8th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. It’s a day packed with family fun including hay rides, pony rides, a food court, large craft show, children’s entertainment and live music. Find out more at www.facebook.com/wbparkday

The 37th Annual Corn Festival at the South Shore Natural Science Center takes place on Saturday and Sunday September 21st and 22nd from 10am to 5pm. This festival celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of New England: its foods, crafts and traditions centered on the fall harvest.  Old-fashioned highlights include traditional and colonial craft demonstrations, musical performers, craft activities, games and the Kernel’s Kitchen featuring our famous corn chowder!  Plus nature walks, animal demonstrations, hayrides and more. For more info visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org. Fees:  SSNSC Members: $6 child, $8 adults
Non-Members:  $8 child, $10adults

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