What to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, October 6 – Monday, October 9, 2017



Nessralla Farm of Halifax is hosting their 10th annual Corn Maze, Friday, Saturday and Sundays through October 29th, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission is $12 and kids 5 and under are free. http://www.nessrallafarm.com/wordpress/corn-maze/


King Richard’s Faire is back for the 36th year and is open through Sunday, October 22. Minstrels, knights, fire-eating entertainers, frolicking faeries, talented dancers and artisans and animals galore are a part of the faire which allows you to travel back in time and escape reality on 80 acres of enchanted woods in Carver. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $32 for adults and $16 for kids 4-11 – cash only. You can purchase tickets online and see the schedule of special events and theme weekends at kingrichardsfaire.net.   


Downtown Fest Brockton runs until Monday, October 9, celebrating the community spirit of Brockton. Kids’ activities, music, open houses, softball games, history tours and more – the full schedule can be found on the Downtown Fest Brockton page.


The Roger Williams Park Zoo has kicked off their annual of Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular, nightly through November 5th. This year the spectacular will travel back through time and visit with the dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome, delight in the history of the Middle Ages, discover the New World and be fascinated by major inventions like cars, planes, space travel and the computer! Infused throughout will be the art and music, part of each era – our planet’s history reflected on more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins. New this year – a zip ride that let’s you see the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular 115 feet above the earth! http://www.rwpzoo.org/jols


Mass Audubon is hosting their annual Fall Festival & yard sale this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The theme of this year’s festival is “change.” See the changes that occur in nature, as the days get shorter. Find out how people have changed their used of the land and it’s resources. Investigate recent changes in our environment and see how Massachusetts’ animals chance to get ready for winter. You’ll be able to make apple cider, as well as enjoying art exhibits, crafts and food trucks too.  Cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members. http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/blue-hills-trailside-museum/news-events/fall-festival


Now, for something a bit different…this weekend is the 2017 Honk Festival of activist street bands in Somerville and Cambridge. It’s an annual celebration of music out on the street and it opens Friday night with a lantern-making workshop for kids and adults followed by a lantern parade in Hodgkins Park in Sommerville. Then the music begins and goes all weekend long. Honk celebrates mobile music – outrageous and inclusive, brass and brash, percussive and persuasive, reclaiming public spaces with a sound that is in your face and out of this world! Called everything from “avant-oompah!” to “brassroots revolution” these bands draw inspiration from diverse sources like Klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, Brazilian Samba, Afrobeat and Highlife, Punk, Funk and Hip Hop as well as the New Orleans second line tradition delivered with the passion and spirits of Carnivale and Mardi Gras. Davis Square Saturday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday the Honk parade is from 12-2 down Mass Ave from Davis to Harvard Square and bands perform all around Harvard Square from 2-6. Check out the line-up: http://honkfest.org


Saturday, October 7, 2017:

For kids 10 and older, Rexhame Beach is the place to be today from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for Mass Audubon’s South Shore Explorations program — Rexhame Beach, Dunes, Salt Marsh and Mud Flats! Join botany enthusiast and teacher/naturalist Carolyn Sones on her famous visit to one of the overlooked gems of the South Shore. You’ll walk through all the zonations of the coast as we learn about the lay of the land and its vital role as a keystone of our community. Home to beach plumb, sea rocket, yellow-rumped warblers and more, Rexhame provides an adventure right in our backyard! Registration is required for this program and you can register by calling 781.837.9400. Fee is $12 for adult members and $8 for children members, $15 for adult non-members, $11 for children non-members. http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=54690


TowerFest this weekend in Brockton, the annual festival takes place at D.W. Field Park and runs from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be face-painting, crafts, balloon man will be on site and pony rides available too. Everyone is invited to enjoy the park and take tower tours, also.


Before, TowerFest head to the Brockton Fire Department’s annual open house to celebrate fire prevention month. Fire Station 6 at 540 West Street will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be live demonstrations, interactive exhibits and learning, fire safety tips, free pizza and activity coloring sheets along with visits from Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog!


Sunday, October 8, 2017:

The Mad Love Music Festival is today on the Hingham campus of the South Shore Conservatory. It’s a day of raising funds for the David Jodka Scholarship For Future Rockers at SSC and full of amazing music, great food trucks and fun for the whole family from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. http://madlovemusicfestival.org

The Plymouth Fire Department will have all 7 fire houses open today for their annual fire safety open house from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Get on the equipment, take a tour and eat pizza!

The Halifax Fire Department is hosting their open house today from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 438 Plymouth Street. Meet your firefighters, try on the gear, you’re the station, the trucks and learn about the tools and their fire safety tips.

The Hanson Fire Department is hosting their open house from noon until 4:00 p.m. with lots of activities for the whole family: touch a truck, station tours, kids can spray a house and try on gear as well as meet your local firefighters and nosh on pizza from Papa Gino’s at 505 Liberty Street in Hanson.  

Memorial Field in Whitman is home base today for the 24th annual Cruisin’ New England Magazine’s Cruise n Classic Car show from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kids can take their Halloween costumes for a test drive and trick or treat on Sunday, along with games and contests to participate in. This event is sponsored by the Whitman Police Drug Education Program and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Whitman DARE program which sponsors a scholarship for a graduating Whitman-Hanson High School Senior. Adult admission is $7, $3 for kids and kids under 3 are free.


Monday, October 9, 2017:

The Whitman Fire Department will host their open house today at 11:00 a.m.


Today is the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s annual Fall Open House. Admission is free! 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Upcoming & Ongoing Ideas

The Hanover Fire Department will host their open house on Saturday, October 14th.

The Marshfield Fire Department will host their open house on Saturday, October 14, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Station 3, 66 South River Street. Fire trucks, SAFE Trailer, pizza from Papa Gino’s, Sparky the dog and a fire safety magician!

The Pembroke Fire Department Open House is Sunday, October 15 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, October 20 is the Fall Pumpkin Float at the Boston Common Frog Pond from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bring an 8’’ or smaller carved pumpkin to float and help set the Frog Pond aglow. Halloween costumes are encouraged and you can take part in the haunted corn maze, glow-in-the-dark games, video game truck and the bubble demo by the Bubble Man. There will be treats, crafts and more. This event is Free! https://bostonfrogpond.com

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



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