What to do with the Kids: April 25th – 27th, 2014

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Weekend Events:
Ned Bangs from the Marshfield Recreation Department says the summer community brochure is ready and available. Please click the link to find out more.

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.

Open now through Sunday, check out the Weymouth Carnival at Weymouth High School at 1 Wildcat Way. The carnival will include a petting zoo, food and rides of course! Today the carnival opens at 2pm, Saturday and Sunday the carnival opens at 1pm.

Friday, April 25th, 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 26th, 2014:
Take the whole family down to Plymouth for the first annual ‘Herring Run Festival’ at the Plimoth Grist Mill at Jenney Pond today from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Features include special hands-on activities for kids, live music, a local artisan marketplace, and the grist mill will be grinding organic cornmeal and sampe (grits) and sharing samples of crowd-favorite corn dishes. Plimoth Grist Mill at Jenney Pond is located at 6 Spring Lane in Plymouth. Tickets can be purchased at the door for the museum’s regular admission price of $6.00 for adults and $4.50 for children (5-12). www.plimoth.org

Students at Elements Montessori School in Duxburty, ages three through six, are inviting  parents and their children to get “down and dirty” as they host a Planting Party today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Presented in commemoration of Earth Day, students and other participants will be sprucing up the school’s outdoor gardens and planting herbs, vegetables, flowers and a new tree. In addition, students of Elements Montessori will be hosting a plant sale and making spring bloomings available for purchase. Parents attending the Planting Party on April 26 are also invited to tour the school with their children in anticipation of the upcoming September school enrollment. Elements Montessori is located at 221 Summer Street in Duxbury, right on Route 53. Elements Montessori serves students ages 3-6 years old with full and half-day sessions available.  For more information contact Paula at Paula@elementsmontessori.com or visit online at www.elementsmontesssori.com

Sunday, April 27th, 2014:             


Get ready for Sheep Day / Earth Day at Soule Homestead on Saturday May 3rd from 10am to 3pm. 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 will be available.  Admission: $5 adults; $2 children under 12 (under 3 free). Phone: 508-947-6744. The Soule Homestead is located at 46 Soule Street in Middleboro. For more information, visit www.soulehomestead.org

On Sunday, May 4th from 11:00am to 4:00pm, bring the whole family down to the Green Earth Fest at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell.  This FREE family-friendly festival celebrates the Earth.  Learn the importance of caring for our planet, and enjoy children’s activities, Eco-Exhibits, farm animals, food, music, live animal shows, and more! The South Shore Natural Science Center is located at 48 Jacobs Lane in Norwell.  For more information, please visit their website at www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org

Looking for an adventure, right where you live?  Looking for an outdoor activity that family and friends can do together, practically in your back yard? Come to Pine Fest in Myles Standish State Forest on May 17th.  Pine Fest is a free multi-cultural celebration that is being held from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Charge Pond Campground Pavilion in Myles Standish State Forest. You’ll be able to learn to shoot a bow and arrow, paddle a kayak, and ride a horse. You will also be able to hike with a forest ranger and learn the secrets of making charcoal and baking bread in a stone oven. This will also be your chance to really learn how to use that GPS that practically everyone carries around with them. At Pine Fest you can go orienteering, preserve flowers and carve wood sculptures.  There will be games, arts and crafts and demonstrations. For more information and to see the full lineup of information, visit http://www.pinebarrensalliance.org/pinefesthome.asp

Also, throughout the day there will be special programs that will help you understand how people past and present depend on and interact with the land.  Learn how to make an authentic Wampanoag shelter.  Meet Frederick Law Olmstead. Listen to stories by Big Ryan and his puppets.  Take home natural products.  And there will be food and music including Angry Pete among others. Yes, you have a big back yard, a special place called the Pine Barrens.  Find out how this forest came to be by visiting the Flora II, a natural science lab on wheels. Let those who know and love this region share their passion with you. Stay the whole day and then as the sun falls behind the trees, roast marshmallows around a camp fire while singing camp songs and listening to owl calls. Pine Fest will be easy to find.  Just enter Myles Standish State Forest and then follow the Pitch Pine signs to Charge Pond.  There’ll be plenty of free parking.  Bring you bicycles and start at Fearing Pond with an official safety check-up of your bike by “Gilly” Gilbert. From there you can take a guided ride to the event at Charge Pond.  If you like, you can spend the night.   Camping will be open and reservations are available through ReserveAmerica.com. Pine Fest is sponsored by the Southeastern Pine Barrens Alliance and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation through the generosity of the Massachusetts Cultural Councils of the towns of Carver, Duxbury, Middleborough, Plymouth and Wareham and the A.D. Makepeace Company. To sign up for archery lessons or a hands on baking experience or for more information go to www.pinebarrensalliance.org Questions? Go to sempba@pinebarrensalliance.org
Open your door and look around: there you are!

Don your favorite garden hat and join the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell for an afternoon out with Mom at the Mom and Me Tea, on Saturday, May 10th at 1:30pm.  Decorate and take home a lovely pot of posies that you plant. Tea sandwiches, cookies, tea and lemonade will be served. Please call 781-569-2559 to register or visit www.southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org

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