What to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 2017



The Marshfield Fair opens Friday, August 18 and runs until Sunday, August 27. The fair is open from noon until 10:00 p.m. every day. Cost is $10 per person, kids 6 and younger are admitted for free. Parking on the grounds is $5. Friday August 18 and August 25 are Marshfield Resident’s Day’s where admission is $5 with proof of residency, from noon until 6:00 p.m. Senior Citizen Day is Tuesday, August 22 – seniors are admitted for free. Wednesday, August 23 is 4H & Agricultural Awareness Day – 4H members who wear their Plymouth County 4H t-shirts are admitted free. And Thursday, August 24 is Children’s Day – kids 12 and younger are admitted free and kiddie rides are 50% off. For the complete schedule including the 4H, agriculture, music and demolition derby schedules, visit marshfieldfair.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 18, 2017:

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


The Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program is underway and today you can visit, for free admission, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Freedom Trail Foundation in Boston, which will offer Foundation-hosted Freedom Trail walking tours at no cost to visitors all day long, the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, the Cape Cod Children’s Museum and the Concord Museum in Concord, to name a few. The complete list is here: http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays-august-18-2017  


Saturday, August 19, 2017:

It’s time to celebrate Pembroke Day from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at First Lt. Brian M McPhillips Field at 456 Mattakeesett Street in Pembroke! It’s the 8th annual softball tournament between the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce and the Pembroke Police and Fire. The day begins with a dunk tank, bounce houses, a Touch-A-Truck, an inflatables obstacle course, face-painting, balloon animals and more. Weather permitting there will be a drop-in from the MA State Police helicopter that families can explore and a K-9 and drone demonstration. The Chamber of Commerce will also be offering finger printing for families and there will be a free farmers’ market sponsored by the Firehouse Food Pantry as well as plenty of local food from great restaurants in town. The softball game begins at 7:00 p.m.!


Rosa Farms, on Rt. 53 in Hanover, is hosting a backyard summer party on Saturday for the kids from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Kids activities include face painting, pony rides and a bouncy house. Rosa Farms will have an adult-only party on Sunday, FYI.


Family Fun Days on Duxbury Beach take place from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Today you’ll learn all about shorebird migration with Tim O’Neil, sponsored by the North River Wildlife Sanctuary. This free program is suitable for all ages. Shorebirds are the first fall migrants to drop in on Duxbury Beach after they have left their Arctic breeding grounds. You’ll learn about species, plumages, and behaviors of these migrating marvels. 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. Learn more HERE.


Tim O’Neil will also be hosting a program for kids ages 10 and older at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. called Birding with Your Own Tutor: Early Shorebird Migration in Scituate. If you’re looking for an outside activity while learning a fun, new skill this program might be perfect for you. Tim and a few other birding tutors will be by your side along with field guides and binoculars to help teach you about shorebirds. Learn the basics to set you up for a lifetime of birding adventures! Our shorebirds are some of the first birds to migrate south after breeding in the Arctic and the estuaries, mudflats, and beaches of the South Shore offer the perfect refueling stations on their impressive journeys. The cost is $8 for adult and child members and $11 for adult and child nonmembers. Registration is required and you can do so by calling 781.837.9400 or going online HERE.


The Brockton Library is hosting a solar eclipse program for children, led by NASA Solar System Ambassador Pat Monteith, who will discuss what an eclipse is, how to safely view the eclipse, and will provide special protective glasses as long as they last! The eclipse glasses will be given away one per family on a first come, first served basis while they last. The children’s program begins at 1:00 p.m. and the teen and adult presentation will begin at 3:00 p.m. More details are on the library’s website HERE


It’s Sandcastle Day at Onset Beach from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. today. It’s an afternoon of sand sculpting and beach going fun on Onset Beach in Onset. This is a great event for the kids, but adults can participate too! Awards and prizes will be given to kids in different categories. This event is free to attend and participate in. Rodney the Sandman will be on hand to help kids with their sculptures and to work on a special sculpture himself. For details visit onsetbay.org.


The second annual Kingston Waterfront Festival takes place today from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Gray’s Beach Park.  Food vendors, local businesses, live music, marital arts and Big Ryan will be telling stories again as well.


The grounds of Brockton High School  are home to Brockton’s Summerfest from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. There will be crafts, games and activities for kids, food and music, swimming at the Manning Pool and wonderful opportunities to meet your neighbors and relax with friends. Details HERE.


Sunday, August 20, 2017:

The third Sunday of the month means that it’s time for another Fly-In Breakfast at Cranland Airport in Hanson! The Old Colony Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 279 hosts the pancake breakfast each month from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. The cost is only $6  for scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice – and you can see all sorts of interesting aircraft fly-in and take-off during the morning. You also get a chance to get up-close and personal with the different aircraft. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday morning!  http://www.eaa279.org/index.htm

The 30th annual Quincy August Moon Festival takes place today on Coddington Street in Downtown Quincy from noon until 5:00 p.m. It’s a free family event to learn more about Chinese culture. There will be a taste of Asia and street fare from local restaurants and vendors, kid’s rides and amusements for all ages, and traditional and contemporary cultural performances all day long including hip hop, rap and beatbox performances. There will be a petting zoo too! The opening ceremonies start at 11:00 a.m. with the traditional lion dance! Visit their site HERE to learn more.



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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