What to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13



The 50th Annual Pembroke Arts Festival is this weekend, kicking off Friday night with the Gala Opening and running Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Pembroke Community Center Green, in the Recreation Center and under the tent. You’re invited to enjoy the many pieces of art and photography, the crafters, refreshments and continuous entertainment. The Concert under the Stars is headlined by The Loving Cup from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the town green. Don’t forget the First Church of Pembroke’s Annual Lobster Supper that you can enjoy while listening to the great music. https://www.pembrokeartsfestival.org/

The Paragon Carousel Summer Hours run Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Hours on Friday, June 9 are 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday June 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Friday, August 11, 2017:

Friday morning story time at the Paragon Carousel in Hull takes place today at 10:30 a.m. Today’s character: Sleeping Beauty!

The Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program is underway and today you can visit, for free admission, the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, and the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis to name a few. The complete list is here: http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays-august-11-2017


Saturday, August 12, 2017:

Today is the final day to drop off your Lego creations for the Lego contest at the Duxbury Free Library. Entry form and Lego assembled creation must be received before 4:30 p.m. today. The contest is open to grades pre-k through 6th. Winners will receive a Lego gift card and the names will be announced on Monday, August 21st. All Lego entries will be on display at the library for the week of August 14th – 19th. The entry form will be available on the library’s website: http://www.duxburyfreelibrary.org/


Family Fun Days on Duxbury Beach take place from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Today you’ll construct a bathyscope. Dough Lowry will help you construct some simple homemade bathyscopes, a viewfinder for underwater exploration and ply the shallows in search of intertidal life. Some shallow wading is involved – so be ready to get wet! This program is free and geared toward kids of all ages. All programs at the beach meet in the lot on the ocean side of the Powder Point Bridge. Let the harbormaster know you are attending the Mass Audubon program. Non-residents are permitted to use the lot while attending the program.


It’s Solar Eclipse Discovery Day at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell! From 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. you can drop in and get ready for a once in a lifetime total solar eclipse! Discover the science behind eclipses through hands-on activities and experiments. Make your own pinhole camera to safely watch this phenomenon on August 21st! This program is free with admission to the Science Center. http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/solar-eclipse-discovery-day/


Saturday night is a great time for stars, s’mores and meteors with the Mass Audubon Society! The Norman Smith Environment Education Center is the place to be tonight from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. to enjoy the sunset from the top of Chickatawbut Hill while you toast marshmallows around the campfire and enjoy some celestial stories. As twilight descends, you’ll spread out your blankets and star gaze. If you’re lucky, you may see some early falling stars from the Perseid meteor showers. Be sure to bring your bug spray, a blanket and a jacket or sweater. You must register for this event, which is suitable for kids of all ages. The cost is $10 for adult and child members and $12 for adult and child nonmembers. Call 617.333.0690 or register online HERE.


Rainforest Reptiles return to The Marketplace at Simpson Springs today from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Meet reptiles up close! Meet, hold and take a photo with a live alligator or boa constrictor!


Sunday, August 13, 2017:

Calling all chess players and enthusiasts! The Quarterly Chess Club meets at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton for chess and pizza today from 10:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. All levels are welcome to play or watch. Registration included with Museum admission, pizza is $10. Come to observe or to play! Everyone plays 3 rounds of chess and a prize will be awarded to the top player in each section. Registration begins at 10:45 and the first round begins at noon. Call 508.588.6000 to register or register online HERE.


Today you can bike through Wompatuck’s Cold War Past from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  This program brings the Cold War to life. The Hingham Ammunition Depot Annex (nor Wompatuck) played a key role in the early, and scariest, part of that era. During the Cold War, the Navy used this land ammunition storage and assembly. The site includes the remains of bunkers and assembly building, a rocket engine test site with blast deflectors, old fire hydrants and traces of the rail lines that moved munitions and supplies between the bunkers and ships in the harbor. The moderately challenging ride starts at the Visitors Center and is suitable for adults as well as children 10 who are accompanied by adults. Plan to bring your own bike and helmet – no exceptions. Young children in carriers, wearing helmets, are also welcome. 


Upcoming & 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. Admission is free for Brockton residents! 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.

Check out the Teddy Bear Picnic at the historic Winslow House on Friday July 28th at 10:30 a.m. It’s a colonial build-a-bear. Children will make their own teddy bear to take home and keep forever. There will be games, tasty treats and a celebration of summer. Please call 781-837-5753 or email info@winslowhouse.org and give your name and the number of children you are registering. $10 per child. Reservations required. 



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