what to do with the kids this weekend: 4/20 – 4/22/18

Friday, April 20, 2018:

Big Ryan hits Plymouth for the final day of school vacation week festivities at Pilgrim Hall Museum Friday at 1:00 p.m.! Dynamic performer Big Ryan brings stories to life for all ages with puppets, music, and plenty of zazzle! Great for all ages!


Saturday, April 21, 2018:

Time to head to the barnyard at Weir River Farm in Hingham today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Throughout the spring you’ll see the farm welcome lambs, chicks and piglets to the barnyard! Nutmeg the pony, Billy the goat and the other barnyard regulars are also excited to see you after a long winter! You can brush a goat, make a barnyard craft, pet a chicken and more. Parking is located at 140 Turkey Hill Lane then you walk down the “chute” to the barnyard. Consider a carrier instead of a stroller! Cost is $5 for member kids and $10 for non-member kids.


Don’t forget next Saturday, April 28th, is the Farm’s annual sheep shearing festival! The new flock of Suffolk sheep have arrived and it’s time to prepare them for warmer weather with a nice, fresh shearing! This year’s festivities not only include shearing demonstrations and spinning demonstrations but there will be plenty of games, crafts and of course a chance for you to meet all the barnyard animals! You will be able to see herding demonstrations too – watch how border collies and their handlers take care of their flock. Bring your appetite for the food trucks too! Rob, Lisa and Larry will be at the farm from noon until 3:00 p.m. also!


Keep your reading skills sharp by reading to Boo, a member of the Hingham Library’s Reading Therapy Dog team. Boo is an adorable Shih Tzu who is a gentle and patient listener and is available today and select Saturdays for 15 minute listening sessions from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Please call the Children’s and Young Adult Department to register for your preferred sitting time. Great for kids ages 4 and older. Call 781.741.1405 x1403.


The South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell is hosting a spring discovery day today from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. It’s a drop in program for all ages where you’ll experience hands-on exploration in the spirit of the season! Come dressed for the weather. This is a free program with paid admission to the Science Center. http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/spring-discovery-day-3/


Head to Plymouth to the Plimoth Grist Mill for the Herring Run Celebration, today from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. See the mill in action, watch the herring make their annual migration up Town Brook to spawn, and help scientists collect data! Join the crew at the Grist Mill for guided nature walks, environmental activities and a Wampanoag fishing demonstration and more. This is a free outdoor program, admission to Plimoth Grist Mill is separate and today Grist mill admission is free to Plymouth residents with ID. Click HERE.


The Museum of American Bird Art in Canton is hosting a Spring Nature and Art Discovery Program for kids ages 2.5 to 5.5 with an adult (siblings can join, too!) today from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. It’s the place to be if you love having fun, exploring and discovering nature, listening to engaging stories and creating art! There will be a different theme each week and will include a story, playing and hiking (if the weather permits) and creating art. The cost is $8 for member kids and $10 for non-member kids. Click HERE.


The culmination of National Coin Week is today and the Brockton Public Library is celebrating with a workshop with local numismatist, Richard Hand, Jr. This workshop is great for kids ages 7 and older and is free. There will be speakers, free gifts and lots of displays to enjoy. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Main Library auditorium. You can register by visiting the Children’s Room or calling 508.580.7890 x301.



Sunday, April 22, 2018:

In celebration of Earth Day today, the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield will host an Earth Day hayride from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. You’ll start with a hot drink and pastry and then climb aboard the hay wagon as Allen, the intrepid tractor driver and guides, takes you through the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary. You’ll stop at places along the way and explore signs of spring! The cost is $8 for adult members and $5 for kid members, $10 for adult non-members and $7 for kid non-members. You must register to secure your spot and you can do so by calling 781.837.9400 or here online.



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   And on Saturday and Sunday, April 14th and 15th kids 6 and up can build a bot with Amazon Robotics team mates, a replica of Amazon’s fulfillment robot from noon until 4:00 p.m.


Check out the fun events & activities at the Boston Museum of Science: www.mos.org.


Visit the New England Aquarium: www.neaq.org.




About Lisa Azizian

Lisa loves sitting by Rob’s side as his official Sidekick on The South Shore’s Morning News!