what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15, 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. Flashlight maze Friday and Saturdays through the 28th from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Admission is $12 and kids 5 and under are free. http://www.nessrallafarm.com/wordpress/corn-maze/


King Richard’s Faire runs 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.   On Saturday there is a parade for the “wee ones,” kids 11 and under. The kids will join King Richard and members of his court on stage for a parade of costumes.


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


Winslow Animal Sanctuary in Norton is celebrating the season with their version of Octoberbest. Every Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from noon until 4:00 p.m. their kid-friendly haunted trail will be open. Adults $10, children $5 and kids under 2 are free. Bring` your own flashlight for the night trails! There will also be a special Halloween egg haunt on October 21 and 22 as well as October 28 and 29 from 10:00 a.m. – noon. Kids can search for orange and black eggs filled with treats! This is a limited event, on a first come, first-served basis. http://www.winslowfarm.com


Abington Celebrates Oktoberfest this weekend at Island Grove Park with a not so scary woods for the little ones from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. And a the bandstand near the library there will be an outdoor movie night beginning at 7:00 p.m. And Sunday the day begins with a pancake breakfast from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Legion building and then the Oktoberfest family celebration takes place from noon until 4:00 p.m. at the Frolio school. There will be music, food, a petting zoo, bouncy houses, kids games, a hayride and a beer tent for the adults. There will also be pumpkin painting and field games as well.


Saturday, October 14, 2017:

The South Shore Natural Science Center will help you answer the question, why do owls fly silently? Are fisher cats really cats? How does a grey fox hunt? Join the team as you learn about prowlers of the night exploring nocturnal animals through hands-on activities, experiments, games and crafts to answer these questions and others. Take a walk on their “Bat Fact Trail” and learn why October is bat appreciation month! This event is $5 for members and $8 for non-members and you can drop in from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The Hanover Fire Department will host their open house today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


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 Plympton Fire Department will host their open house Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 3 Palmer Road, on Rt. 58. Kids coloring contest, Jaws of Life demonstration, children’s ID kit, touch a truck, and pizza! Kids will be able to hold a fire hose as the water rushes through it (not the same pressure as the firefighters use but it helps to get the sensation) and the fire department has their own take on the ice bucket challenge: their ice bucket will have pennies and you’ll have to fish out a penny. This is to help show the kids what it feels like when you fall through the ice of a frozen pond.


Head to the Hingham Public Library to read to Boo! Keep your reading skills sharp by reading to Boo, an adorable Shih Tzu, a certified reading and therapy dog. Boo is available for 15 minute sessions from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Please call to schedule your reading session which is perfect for kids ages 4 and older. 781.741.1405 x1403. For teens, today’s pop up art session at the Hingham Library is Day of the Dead from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Make a Day of the Dead Altar. This holiday, celebrated primarily in Mexico, is when families come together to honor and celebrate the lives of their deceased loved ones. The Pop up Art School will bring all the materials you’ll need to create an altar like those made for Dia de los Meurtos. You’ll learn some of the history and traditions behind the Day of the Dead as well. Register by calling 781.741.1405 x 1403.



Sunday, October 15, 2017:

The Pembroke Fire Department hosts their annual open house today beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Whitman Fire Department will host their rescheduled open house today 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The 5th annual Norwell Farms Harvest Festival is today from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. There will be baby animals, pony rides, obstacle course, hay rides, face painting and new this year: the mechanical pumpkin ride. Crafts, games, a pumpkin patch, live music with local food and beverages available for purchase. Admission is $20 per family. All proceeds benefit Norwell Farms non-profit mission. http://www.norwellfarms.org/5th-annual-harvest-festival/

The 3rd annual South Shore Children’s Museum trick or treat event is today at the Hanover Mall from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and includes pony rides, kid karaoke and dance party, face painting and pumpkin decorating, balloon animals and a safe and not so scary place to trick or treat.

The final Cranland Airport Fly-in breakfast is today in Hanson. If you have an airplane buff in the family they’ll love this event! You can see the planes fly in and take off and enjoy a breakfasts from 8:00 a.m. until around 11 – or however long the pancakes and sausage last!


Upcoming & Ongoing Ideas

Friday, October 20 – Boston Common Frog Pond

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! http://Bostonfrogpond.com 


Saturday, October 21 – 37th annual Daniel Webster Farm Day

Head to the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Mass Audubon’s biggest South Shore celebration of the year where the grasslands will be transformed into a festival of fall farm fun! There will be live owl programs, hay mazes, tractor-drawn hayrides and vintage farm equipment, farm animals, a kids’ crafts, games and nature play area along with face-painting and so much more. Lunch will be available for purchase, as well as hot and cold drinks, popcorn and cotton candy, and home-baked goodies. There will be artisan’s onsite for you to shop and stock local, hand-made gifts for the holiday. Admission is $5 for Mass Audubon members and $8 for nonmembers. Children ages 2 and under are free. All Farm Day proceeds help Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries continue to protect and steward almost 2,000 acres of land on the South Shore as well as provide quality programming in local schools, at summer camp and through year-round activities for the entire community.


Sunday, October 22 – Renegade Run and Obstacle Course Race

Wompatuck State Park Campgrounds in Hingham is the place to be today from about 9:00 a.m. as the competitive heat kicks off this sixth annual race through the park. It’s a 4-mile scenic run, 25+ challenging obstacles, finisher medals, cash prizes, a live concert, beer tent, food truck festival and family activities, inflatables, mini run for the kids and so much more. The Type One Renegade Run’s mission is to increase public awareness and raise funds toward research and a cure for type-1 Diabetes. www.typeonerenegaderun.com.


Thursday, October 26 – Halloween at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Celebrate Halloween at this family-friendly, non-scary event. People tell stories about the animals that go “bump” in the night, but which stories are just make-believe? Discover some of the truths about nighttime animals as we share a Halloween party with the staff of the Trailside Museum. All of the different kinds of owls that call Trailside home will be there for you to meet, as well as snakes and the resident raven. You can make an animal mask to take him with you, and play a game to earn a Halloween treat! Drop by the museum from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. and enjoy the party. Cost is $8 for adult and children members, and $10 for adult and children non-members.


Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 & 28 – Night of a Thousand Faces

The New England Wildlife Center’s annual fundraising event, a fall tradition for families, where hundreds of carved pumpkins will light the way along your evening walk of the Center’s outdoor nature trail. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. both days.


Saturday, October 28 – Sheep Pasture Spooktacular

Natural Resources Trust of Easton celebrates the season with their Sheep Pasture Spooktacular from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – a great family-friendly event that will have special fall activities for all ages! There are family-friendly hayrides throughout the event, both day and night, and a more spooky hayride at night for those who are. There will be a fire pit station, a night hike through the trails, face painting, a skull station where you can explore a collection of animal skills, a pumpkin station where you can create your own pumpkin as well as other arts and crafts. The cost is $20 per family, up to 5 family members with each additional person costing $5. The price includes all activities, hayrides, crafts and events. Food items and pumpkins may be sold for an additional fee. All admission fees and proceeds support the maintenance and operation of the non-profit NRT and Sheep Pasture throughout the year.


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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