What to do with the Kids: March 7th – 9th, 2014

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Weekend Events:
The Maple Sugar Festival in the Blue Hills takes place this weekend March 8th and 9th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. It’s sugarin’ time in the Blue Hills! See how make maple syrup is made in the traditional way at beautiful DCR Brookwood Farm in Canton. Put on your boots and flannel shirt and join in the fun! Smell the wood smoke as you watch clouds of steam rise from the bubbling sap. Savor the taste of real maple syrup. Activities for all ages. This event features a self-guided tour over flat, level terrain. Plan on spending at least an hour and a half. Parking for the event is located at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot on Hillside Street. Take Exit 3 off  Route 128/I-93, north on Blue Hill River Road, and turn right at the T intersection with Hillside Street. The Houghton’s Pond lot will be on your right in a quarter mile. Shuttle buses depart from this lot at approximately 10-minute intervals throughout the day. The fee for the event: Adults & children: $6 per person. For more information, visit http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/blue-hills-trailside-museum/news-events/maple-sugar-festival

The Marshfield Recreation Department: Winter/Spring Program registration is underway:
For more information, contact Ned Bangs, Recreation Director, 900 Ferry St in Marshfield at 781-834-5543.

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.

Visit the New England Aquarium. For more information, call 617-973-5206 or visit www.neaq.org.

Friday, March 7th, 2014:
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, March 8th, 2014:
It’s the 2nd Annual Scituate St. Patrick’s Day Kids Day today from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Scituate Harbor Community Building, 44 Jericho Road (The Old Pier 44). Head to Scituate for the annual “fun-raiser” to support the St. Patrick’s Day parade! There will be magic by The Great Rolando, Rainforest Reptiles (11:45AM) will have some great critters to show off, Toe Jam Pupptet Band (1PM) face painting with Jen and Darcey, and crafts with North Scituate’s Artsey and The Hanson Children’s Museum. Light refreshments will be available including a Make Your Own Sundae Bar thanks to Wilbur’s.

Sunday, March 9th, 2014:     
On Sunday, March 9th, round up the family and head on over to the South Shore Natural Science Center for the Maple Festival from 11am to 4pm.  This drop-in event features maple history, culture and production. Enjoy the process from start to finish as you help tap the trees for sap and then watch how it’s boiled into syrup. The day includes scheduled woodland walks for tapping, sweet treats, and fun crafts and activities. The cost is $8 for non-members and $5 for members. Find out more at www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org

The Plymouth Philharmonic annual family concert takes place today at Memorial Hall in Plymouth. The concert starts at 3pm; but get there at 2pm for the hand-on instrument demonstration where the Phil musicians interact with those interested in learning more about a particular instrument.  Guests are encouraged to sample the instruments and take them for a “test drive!”  The concert includes performances by the Plymouth Children’s Chorus under the direction of Kathy McMinn.  Additionally, the winner of the South Shore Conservatory’s Youth Concerto Competition, Karen Ji, will perform with the Phil, with Steven Karidoyanes conducting. Ticket prices range from $8-20. For more information, visit www.plymouthphil.org

On Saturday, March 15th, the South Shore Natural Science Center partners with Norwell’s Good Life Kitchen for a Saturday morning cooking class featuring four recipes that incorporate maple syrup.  Participants will learn creative ways to use this natural ingredient, and then taste the delicious results.  Open to ages 16 and up, Cooking with Maple Syrup will be held from 10:00am to 12:30pm at Good Life Kitchen, 455 Washington Street in Norwell. The fee is $45 for Science Center/SSYMCA members and $55 for nonmembers, and includes all materials and ingredients.

On Sunday, March 16th, bundle up, lace your boots, and join the South Shore Natural Science Center for the Full Moon Esker Hike under the moon’s light!  Hike the Esker on Jacob’s Trail and look and listen for nocturnal winter wildlife. Meet at the Science Center at 6:00pm; then carpool to the Cliff Prentiss Bridge Parking Area.  The evening ends back at the Science Center with hot chocolate and a night cap. $8 Science Center & SSYMCA members/$10nonmembers.

Puddles come and puddles go, and so do vernal pools. Awesome creatures such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and fairy shrimp use these pools to lay their eggs, and turtles visit them to find food.   Join the fun at the South Shore Natural Science Center for a Vernal Pool Party on Saturday, March 29th from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Celebrate these unique and wonderful wetlands and discover what secrets they hold.  Family event; please dress for the weather.   $5 Science Center and SSYMCA members/ $7 nonmembers.

On Sunday, March 30th at 2:00pm, back by popular demand, the South Shore Natural Science Center is hosting the Rainforest Reptiles Show.  Join herpetologist Michael Ralbovsky of Rainforest Reptile Shows and meet his vast reptile menagerie.  At the end of the show, you may hold an alligator – if you dare! It’s a fun and educational show for the whole family.  Advance ticket sales only – call 781-659-2559; $7 members/ $10 nonmembers. Please visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org for more information; call 781-659-2559 to register for programs.

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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About Rob Hakala

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