What to do with the Kids: May 9th – 11th, 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.

Massasoit Community Theatre presents “The Wizard of Oz” Friday May 9th and Saturday May 10th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday May 11th at 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.massasoit.mass.edu/buckley/shows.cfm

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 9th, 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 10th, 2014:
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department wants to let you know about the “Spring Festival” today from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Plymouth County Farm and Horticulture Center. There will be plant sales, free tractor rides, crafts & t-shirts while they last. Plus there will also be children’s fingerprinting, the petting zoo, and a K-9 demonstration at 12:00 noon. Just head to 74 Obery Street in Plymouth. Find out more at http://www.pcsdma.org

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

Sunday, May 11th, 2014:      
Head to the Paragon Carousel in Hull today for the “Mother’s Day Arts Show, Sale, & Demonstration”. Have Mom’s photo taken on a reproduction antique surrey with a fringed top, pulled by our most recently restored horse, for a donation of $10. Photo will be printed and presented to Mom in a keepsake folder. Photos will available from 12 noon until 3 pm. The Arts Show runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.paragoncarousel.com

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!

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