What to do with the Kids: October 11th – 13th, 2013


Weekend Events:
Check out the Fall Harvest Festival at Kennedy’s Country Gardens on Route 3A in Scituate. It’s this weekend: Saturday, Sunday and Monday October 12, 13 and 14. For details, click HERE.

Visit Bog Hollow Farm in Kingston for the annual Pumpkin Patch weekend: October 12, 13 and 14. For details, click HERE.

Looking for family activities during the October Columbus Day weekend?  The South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell is hosting a Spooky Animal Encounter on Saturday, October 12th, at 3:00 and 5:00pm.  Meet the Center’s scary, slithery and slimy animals.  A special spooky guest appearance from the New England Wildlife’s spooky animals is also included.  (The 5:00pm program also features a spooky woods walk.)  Program fee is $7.00 per person, and pre-registration is required.  The program fee includes admission to the Center’s EcoZone. www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org

On Monday, October 14th the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell is hosting a Family Archeology Day, from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  This drop in program is free with admission, and all ages are welcome.  Visitors will participate in a fun, hands-on mock archeological dig, using special tools to excavate fragments from the past.

Plimoth Plantation will host a Harvest Festival during Columbus Day weekend, October 12-14th. Fall-themed activities will be throughout all Museum sites. Highlights include: crafts for kids, sports, cooking demonstrations, and Eastern Native and Colonial singing and dancing. The legacy of Columbus’ arrival in the Americas is explored at Mayflower II with the popular Wampanoag Immigration Booth, an entertaining and enlightening experience that asks, “What would have happened in 1620 if the Wampanoag had Immigration and Naturalization Services? The events run Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 12-14th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plimoth Grist Mill. For more information, visit www.plimoth.org

On Monday, October 14th, it’s the 9th Annual Play FORE! Kids Golf Tournament at The Children’s Museum in Easton. This golf tournament will be held at the Easton Country Club, and all money raised will go towards programs for needy and under-served children in the area. This tournament encourages kids to play with their parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts. There will be contests, prizes, a huge family dinner, raffles, fun, and a fabulous fireworks display at sunset. Best of all, it teaches kids about a healthy activity, good sportsmanship, and the importance of doing things that give back to the community. Registration starts at 1:30 pm, and shotgun at 2:30 pm. For information on playing in the event, or sponsoring the event at one of several levels, contact Brian Hoffman, the Museum’s Corporate Relations Director – or call him at 508-230-3789.

Have you seen the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at The Roger Williams Zoo in Rhode Island? Now through November 3 you can witness a breathtaking display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns representing regions of the USA in a spectacular exhibit entitled Pumpkinville USA. Intricate pumpkin art will represent regions of the country, highlighting their unique attributes and as well as historical and cultural landmarks of each of the states from the Heartland, Pacific Coast, Mid-Atlantic, New England and Appalachian Highlands. One scene will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and another will honor President Kennedy.  For the full schedule and pricing click HERE.

The Paragon Carousel in Hull’s fall hours are in effect: Fridays from 4pm until Dusk. Saturday and Sunday hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm. For more information, visit www.paragoncarousel.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 October 11th, 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 info, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Saturday October 12th, 2013:
Southfield in Weymouth is hosting its’ popular Fall Festival today from 11am to 3pm. The day is filled with family fun including pony rides, pumpkin painting, magic shows, a New England Wildlife show, and balloon animals. WATD’s Larry Nelson will be broadcasting from 12 to 2. Delicious food and drinks will be available for sale. Parking and admission is FREE. Southfield is located at 223 Shea Memorial Drive in Weymouth. For more information, visit www.southfield.com

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.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.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.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org or contact the South Shore Natural Science Center at 781-659-2559.

Sunday October 13th, 2013: 


On Saturday, October 19th, Mass Audubon presents the 33rd Annual Daniel Webster Farm Day. It’s Mass Audubon’s biggest celebration of the year. Head to the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, where the grasslands will be transformed into a festival of fall farm fun. Take a tractor-drawn hayride through the fields, hid out in a hay maze, and check out the farm animals, kids’ crafts, games, face painting and more. Admission is $7 and children 3 and under are FREE. For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/southshore

On Saturday, October 19th, The Whitman Public Library Celebrates Toll House Cookie Day. The Whitman Public Library located at 100 Webster Street, Whitman, celebrates this locally born treat with a 2:00 pm panel discussion featuring former Toll House employees, a chocolate chip cookie contest, and signing of the new Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book. All events are free. Call the library at 781-447-7613 or visit www.whitmanpubliclibrary.org for more information.

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  The South Shore’s Morning News 130 Enterprise Drive Marshfield Ma. 02050



About Rob Hakala

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