what to do with the kids this weekend: 4/21 – 4/23/17


Don’t forget to check out your local library for great programs for kids of all ages, every day of the week!

 The Paragon Carousel in Hull is now open weekends from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.!


Saturday, April 22, 2017:

Today is Earth Day! The Mass Audubon Society has a Spring Checklist on their website with some great suggestions on ways to help take care of Mother Earth.

Mama Steph is back at the John Curtis Free Library in Hanover today, singing her original tunes and favorite kid songs. She’s performing from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the main meeting room.

Today is Spring Discovery Day at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell. This program is open to all ages and you can drop in anytime from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for hands-on exploration as you experience the fun of the spring season. Come dressed for the weather. This activity is included with your admission to the Science Center.

How about a slice of summer camp today? The North River Wildlife Sanctuary will be celebrating Earth Day today from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. by sampling a slice of Summer Camp! Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day that mimics a typical day of Summer Camp. You’ll go on adventure hikes and gather all things wild to view under the digital microscope, play games that teach natural  history concepts, make and grill your own pizza at lunch and learn the science of flight as you build and fly kites! Come find out first hand (or maybe be reminded) why the North River Wildlife Sanctuary along with their staff are the perfect way to spend an early spring Saturday or a week or two in the summer! The fee is $35 for non-member families, and $25 for Mass Audubon family members. Register by calling 781.837.9400 or online here: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=52766

The 3rd annual South Shore Science Festival offers a day of STEAM fun! Activities are designed to engage kids in a student science showcase and innovative science workshops. The student showcase demonstrates hands-on and innovative approaches to science by kids and for kids. The STEAM workshops include many activities from the first U.S. commercial railway to robots, including biotechnology games, writing interactive stories, programming Minecraft, science of sports and games, Lego activities, learn how your toys are made, nature studies, gemstones, climate change, movies, talks and more! Today from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Quincy Center for Innovation at 180 Old Colony Ave in Quincy. Visit southshorescience.org to download your free tickets.


Sunday, April 23, 2017:

The North River Wildlife Sanctuary is the place to be for the South Shore Explorations series on Vernal Pools: Fleeting Nurseries today from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This event is suitable for adults and kids of all ages. Teacher Naturalist Doug Lowry will be your guide as you explore some of the South Shore’s hidden pockets of striking beauty. You will head out in the van together, guided by a spirit of curiosity and adventure. Plan on some short walks and bring a picnic. This series is a great way for the whole family or group of friends to rally and get outside. Thanks to the generosity of the Marshfield Cultural Council you will set out and explore the phenomenon of the sometimes elusive vernal pool. These relatively short-lived oases provide the breeding ground and nurseries of several species of amphibians. They are packed with the promise of Spring and you can plan to celebrate their importance. You will also keep your eyes open for other signs of Spring and will bring along some sampling tools and check out your findings back in the Discovery Room’s digital microscope. Waterproof footwear recommended! You must register for this event by calling 781.837.9400 or online:  http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=52764


Ongoing Ideas

Been to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? Children under 12 are admitted for free and everyone is admitted for free Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  www.fullercraft.org 

The Children’s Museum in Boston costs $1 to enter Fridays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.! Current exhibits include Explore-a-Saurus where you can assume the role of scientist and explore the evidence, the science and the features that make dinosaurs so compelling. You can touch and measure a fossil footprint and learn what clues it gives about a dinosaur’s size. You can manipulate a full-size model and learn how they moved and rearrange bone puzzles to learn about dinosaur anatomy. Learn more HERE. http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/exhibits-programs/exhibits/explore%E2%80%A2a%E2%80%A2saurus  

Check out the fun events & activities at the Boston Museum of Science: www.mos.org.

Visit the New England Aquarium: www.neaq.org.




About Lisa Azizian

Lisa loves sitting by Rob’s side as his official Sidekick on The South Shore’s Morning News!