What to do with the Kids: April 11th – 14th, 2014

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Weekend Events:
Check out the Middleborough/Lakeville Herring Run Festival at Oliver Mill Park; Nemasket St. & Route 44 in Middleboro. Join local residents, businesses and artisans in a celebration of this natural resource. The first annual Herring Festival features live animals, music, a variety of conservation activities and demonstrations. There is a Native American belief that herring “sing.” Visit Oliver Mill Park in Middleborough and listen carefully: You might just hear them as they run up the Nemasket River. Friday 4/11 events run from 7 to 10pm, Saturday 4/12 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday 4/13 from 11am to 4pm. More information online at www.facebook.com/herringfriends

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, April 11th, 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, April 12th, 2014:
Check out the “Bunny Egg-stravaganza” today from 10:00 to 11:30am at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell. Rabbits, chickens and eggs are a sure sign of spring! You’ll decorate eggs with natural dyes, enjoy an egg hunt in the Children’s Garden, meet some spring animals, and more! Eggs to decorate will be provided, bring a basket to take your goodies home. The event is for those ages 3 and up. The cost is $8 for members/$12 for non-members. Adults are free. 781-659-2559 or www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org

Sunday, April 13th, 2014:             

Looking for something fun for your children to do during spring break in a positive and supportive environment?  The Soule Homestead Education Center is accepting registrations for children ages 5–10, in an outdoor farm-based nature vacation program.  Dedicated to teaching children about our environment for over 22 years, the hands-on interactive program is designed to spark children’s life long interest in nature, build self-confidence and develop social skills. Located on 120-acres of pristine farm land, children in the program will look for clues in the environment that signal the arrival of spring. Besides exploring the grounds, children can try their hand at organic farming, create nature inspired arts and crafts, and exercise their mind and body with interactive games. Each day has a specific theme, starting on Tuesday with Earth Day, Spring Peepers (Wednesday), Wild Night Animals (Thursday) and ending on Friday with Sheep to Sweater. New this year Soule is introducing a Garden Program starting right before the April Vacation Program 9 – 9:30am. Children will get hands-on experience by transplanting, planting and/or harvesting in the Educational Garden and greenhouse.  The cost is $2 per day for a member and $3 for a non-member.

The April Vacation Program runs Tuesday, April 22, through Friday, April 25, 9:30am – 12 noon. Sign your child up for a day or multiple days. You do not have to be a member to participate. Per day price: $13 member, $15 non-member. 4 day week price: $45 member, $53 non-member. Pre-registration and payment is requested by Friday, April 18. Soule Homestead is an educational non-profit specializing in nature farm-based instruction located at 46 Soule St. Middleboro, MA 02346. 508-947-6744. www.soulehomestead.org

Soule Homestead’s Good Friday ‘Eggs’tra-ordinary Farm Fun Event can’t be Beat!

Middleboro, MA – March 21, 2014.  Looking for something fun to do with the kids on Good Friday? Join former Middleboro Children’s Librarian, Marilyn Thayer, down on the farm on April 18th, from 10 to 11 a.m. to hear a story, create a take-home ‘eggs -tra’ special craft, and participate in an egg hunt.  Individuals and families of all ages are welcome to attend.  This event is free for members or $2 per person for non-members. Pre-register for this event by calling Laurie Amberman at 508-947-6744 or send her an email: educator@soulehomestead.org.  Soule Homestead is an educational non-profit specializing in nature farm-based instruction located at 46 Soule St. Middleboro, MA 02346. A complete calendar of spring events, children’s programs, adult craft workshops, and current publication of the “Heart & Soule” Quarterly Newsletter can be viewed on the website www.soulehomestead.org.  Be sure to visit www.facebook.com/soulehomestead for the most up-to-the minute news and “like what you see!”

April Highlights at the South Shore Natural Science Center:

Preschool Vacation Week Programs: Dinosaur Week (Ages 3-6)

Nature Center Preschool Teachers and Science Center Naturalists combine talents for a unique Vacation Week Program for children ages 3 to 6! Through outdoor exploration, art, and more, we will go back in time to discover what it may have been like to be a dinosaur.  Children will learn about meat and plant eating dinosaurs, dinosaur habitats, and some paleontology clues. Please dress appropriately to go outside. Tuesday, April 22- Friday, April 25; Fee: $33 per day/Members; $38 per day/Nonmembers. All sessions are 9-12:30 (Extended Day available 12:30-2:00pm for $15).  For more information please email Diane Thureson, dthureson@ssymca.org

Elementary Vacation Week Programs: Finding Nemo (Ages 7–11)

Join us in some ocean fun as we “just keep swimming” with Nemo and his friends. We’ll discover amazing animals and learn secrets of the underwater world that makes oceans so important to us. Tuesday, April 22- Friday, April 25; Fee: $33 per day/Members; $38 per day/Nonmembers.  All sessions are 9-12:30 (Extended Day available 12:30-2:00pm for $15).   For more information please email Eileen Koury, ekoury@ssymca.org

On Friday, April 25th, Join the South Shore Natural Science Center for a Day Trip to Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, Rhode Island, for their annual Daffodil Days exhibit, where tens of thousands of daffodils trumpet the arrival of spring! Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, features a 45-room mansion and a series of lovely gardens. The day trip includes a guided tour of both the mansion and gardens, followed by Tea in the formal dining room. Price includes transportation, tour and tea.  $50members/Garden Club members and $60nonmembers.

On Wednesday, April 30th, join the folks at the South Shore Natural Science Center for a viewing of the film, ”Columbia Expedition” Trading palm trees for penguins, the Gumshoe Historians are back on the trail of the first American voyage ’round the world – the Columbia Expedition – and its mercurial commander John Kendrick.  Join creator and host Andrew Buckley for Hit and Run History’s fourth chapter in this globe-spanning guerrilla history lesson and adventure travel series featured on WGBH and Rhode Island PBS. Falklands Ho! Presented in conjunction with Scituate’s Historical Society.  Drop-in, $5. Please visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org for more information; call 781-659-2559 to register for programs.

Get ready for Sheep Day / Earth Day at Soule Homestead, Saturday, May 3rd, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA 02346.  All day family fun!  Sheep shearing and wool demonstrations: washing and carding fleece, weaving, spinning and felting; children’s activities and recycle crafts. Sheepdog demonstrations: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Exhibitions include: honeybee observation hive, rug braiding and hooking; artisan and volunteer handcrafts; plant sale and community yard sale (rent-a-table: $5).  Baked goods, hot dogs and refreshments available.  Admission: $5 adults; $2 children under 12 (under 3 free). Phone: 508-947-6744. For more information, visit www.soulehomestead.org

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