What to do with the Kids: May 2nd – 4th, 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. www.townofmarshfield.org/government-departments-recreation.htm

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, May 2nd, 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, May 3rd, 2014:
Sheep Day Action 1
Get ready for Sheep Day /Earth Day at Soule Homestead today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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

The Marshfield Recreation Department wants to let you know about a Horseback Riding Clinic today at Furnace Brook Farm from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30. Learn about riding styles and forms, types of horses, ponies, care, feeding, grooming, and expenses. Enjoy a riding  demonstration and perhaps more! Minimum of 5 and maximum of 15 participants.  Remember to bring your camera!! The cost is $5.00 per family and takes place at 253 Sandy Hill Drive in Marshfield. www.furnacebrookfarm.com Ms. Erin Van Steenburgh is a Massachusetts Licensed Riding Instructor who holds two national titles. Look for riding lessons this May and June. For more information, call Ned Bangs at 781-834-5543.

It’s the 3rd annual craft and music festival at the Fuller Craft Museum! Head to Brockton for this free family day when kids make their own instruments then play with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. The day begins at 10:00 am with hands-on craft activities, where kids can make up to 3 instruments. Then they join the Brockton Symphony Orchestra (at 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm –2 performances) for a program of composed and improvised music inspired by artwork from the exhibition “The Stories We Tell.” Some of the music featured will be Les Toreadors from Carmen by George Bizet, Can-Can by Jacques Offenbach, Summertime from Porgy & Bess by George Gershwin, and other fun memorable classical melodies. Visit fuller craft.org for all the details.

Sunday, April 4th, 2014:
Today 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.

It’s the Spring Hatch celebration at Dalby Farm in Scituate! Come celebrate spring at Dalby Farm! Take a guided General Animal Tour and learn about and visit with the rare farm breeds. During the tour, you will get to meet our baby chicks from the spring hatch too! While you’re here, stop into the Country Store and do some Mother’s Day shopping. Or, take a few minutes and nurture your kids creative side, with our children’s craft activities. In addition to the many unique items that you will find, there will be an assortment of country gift baskets, designed just for her, as well as their popular goat milk soap and lotions, all natural jams, pickles, salsas and more! Normally, Dalby Farm schedules group tours only but, due to a large number of requests, they will be offering tours open to the public on Sunday May 4th, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. There are specific times that the tours begin. The fee is $4.00 per person and there is NO minimum number of people required but pre-registration is a must! Call 781-545-4952 or email dalbyfarm@comcast.net, to reserve your spot.

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

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