what to do with the kids: Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Nessralla Farm of Halifax annual Corn Maze runs 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 this Sunday, October 22 – it’s the Fantasy Finale weekend! 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 at kingrichardsfaire.net. For fantasy enthusiasts, Saturday at 4:00 p.m. you have a chance to win prizes for best Halloween costumes (18+)!


The Roger Williams Park Zoo’s annual of Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular runs 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 lets 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


On Saturday and Sunday the Stone Zone is hosting Boo at the Zoo from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You can trick or treat among the animals, participate in creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, a haunted maze and other fun activities and photo ops. Zoonewengland.org


St. John’s (not-so-spooky) Haunted House in Hingham is back Friday, October 20, Saturday, October 21, Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. This is geared toward preschool and elementary age kids and the entry fee includes refreshments (cider and donuts) and activities (crafts). The Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist is located at 172 Main Street in Hingham.



Friday, October 20, 2017:

Today 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 


It’s time once again for the Haunted Middleborough Town Hall Ghost Tour today and October 27th from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and this is a kid-friendly event so all ages are welcome. You’ll tour the town hall from the ballroom to the jail cells, stopping at 5 locations and learning about the history and hauntings throughout the building. Tours leave every 15 minutes and reservations are suggested. Call 508.728.6463. Cost is $5 per person.


Saturday, October 21, 2017:

Head to the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield today 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 during the 37th annual Daniel Webster Farm Day! 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. LINK.


Today from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ride your broomstick over to the Alden House in Duxbury for a spooktacular night of family fun! Enjoy frightfully haunted tours of the historic Alden house, monster mash disco, face painting, kids’ games and activities, a maze and a haunted trail walk, too. Admission is $6 per person and refreshments will be for sale.


Simpson Spring is hosting Trunk or Treat today from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wear your Halloween costume and bring your bag for treats! There will also be a classic car show, in addition to local artisans and vendors.


The Carver Recreation Committee presents The First Annual Halloween Fair today from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Carver Middle School. This event is geared for kids 3-10 and there will be face painters, music, games, raffles, food and drink. Costumes welcome! Admission is $3 per person or $10 for the family (4 or more).


Rockland Fire Department Open House is today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 360 Union Street. Live Cooking Safety Demo, Meet Your Firefighters, Dinner & Theatre Raffle, JAWS of LIFE Demonstration, Tour the Trucks, Pizza, Fire Extinguisher Training, Children’s Arts & Crafts, Fire Safety Information and more!


Cohasset Fire Department Open House is today from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Not one, but two nights of fright at Camp Clark’s Haunted Woods from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Ages 9+, $5 for members, $8 for non-members


Head to the Hingham Public Library to read to Luke! Keep your reading skills sharp by reading to Luke, an gentle and charming Goldendoodle, a certified reading and therapy dog. Luke 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.



Sunday, October 22, 2017:

Wompatuck State Park in Hingham is the place to be today from about 9:00 a.m. for the Type One Renegade Run! 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. All levels and abilities are welcome!


Today, let’s Fall for Scituate! The annual North Scituate Village fall festival takes place from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and includes face painting, bounce houses, balloon animals, a real animal petting zoo and 4H club demonstrations, touch-a-tractor, food trucks and craft tables and an artisan marketplace, too. The Toe Jam Puppet Band performs their Halloween Show (costumes are encouraged) from 11:30 – 12:30, sing-along tractor rides from 11:30 – 3:30, an ice cream eating contest at 12:30 and a princess visit at 1:30. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the North Scituate Playground along with the Rec Departments presentation of the volunteer of the year award. Follow real-time updates on the Fall for Scituate Facebook page.



Upcoming & Ongoing Ideas

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.


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.


Saturday, October 28 – Myles Standish Burial Ground Cemetery Tour

She’s back! Join Duxbury Rural & Historical Society archivist and historian Carolyn Ravenscroft on another of her popular Cemetery tours, this time of the Myles Standish Burial Ground in Duxbury, said to be the oldest, continuously maintained cemetery in America and the resting place of many of the Mayflower’s passengers: John Alden, Priscilla Alden and Myles Standish, to name a few. The cost is $10 for members/$15 non-members, children under 12 are free. Admission (cash only, please) will be collected at the start of the tour. Parking is available along Pilgrim Byway or in the Hall’s Corner parking lots just down the street.  www.duxburyhistory.org


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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