what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, May 4 – Sunday, May 6, 2018

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May the Fourth Be With You!

The Children’s Museum in Boston is celebrating Star Wars Day (May 4th) all weekend long! Join them in a galaxy not so far away and celebrate the art, science and design of Star Wars! You can dress us as your favorite character, put your Jedi skills to the test on their training course, build an X-Wing or Death Star with KEVA blocks and meet some of your favorite characters! Make a lightsaber, explore robotics, design a costume and maybe even meet R2D2! Check the Children’s Museum’s daily calendar with specific times and activities like Yoda Yoga Friday at 11 a.m. and R2 builders demo Sunday at 2 p.m.! While costumes are encouraged, please leave your blasters at home!  http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar/star-wars-weekend

 

 

Saturday, May 5, 2018:

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association is holding a kids intro to fishing and family picnic today at Luddam’s Ford Park in Hanover for kids ages 8 and younger. Bring your kids and their fishing rods and have them try their luck at catching sunfish, yellow perch, small mouth bass and low hanging branches! Adults are required to have a valid MA fishing license. Bring a picnic lunch and blanket and spend the morning with other outdoor-minded families. Meet at Luddam’s Ford Park. This event is free and open to the public but the NRSWA does require you to register for this event. http://www.nsrwa.org/nsrwa-events/kids-intro-fishing-family-picnic/

 

It’s the annual Sheep Day festival at Soule Homestead in Middleboro from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This day of laid-back family fun includes sheep shearing (starting after 11:00 a.m.), sheep dog demos at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., kids’ crafts and face painting. You can meet the animals on the farm including the goats, lambs, baby chicks, pat a bunny and more. Cost is $5 per adult and $2 per child, and kids under 3 are admitted for free. http://www.soulehomestead.com/upcoming-events/sheep-day-earth-day/

 

It’s open barnyard time at Weir River Farm in Hingham! Nutmeg the pony, Billy the goat and the other barnyard regulars are excited to greet you after a long winter. You can brush a goat, make a barnyard craft, pet a chicken and more! You can talk to a friendly farmer and learn more about life on the farm. You can also take a walk on one of the many trails and experience all that Weir River Farm has to offer. You can visit the barnyard every Saturday – rain or shine – from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Park at 140 Turkey Hill Lane. Cost is $5 for member kids and $10 for nonmember kids – adults are admitted for free. Click HERE for more details.  

 

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.

 

Duxbury is the place to be for a touch a truck event today at the Steele Athletic Building parking lot across the street from Duxbury High School from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. There will be over 50 different vehicles on display, a ladder candy drop, coffee, donuts, games, face painting and so much more. Admission is $5 and proceeds support Cross Roads for Kids & Duxbury Student Council. 

 

The South Shore Children’s Museum in the Hanover Mall invites you to a free Cinco de Mayo celebration at the museum today beginning at 11 a.m. There will be a Mariachi Band performance from 11 a.m., sombrero crafts from 11 – 1, two screenings of the movie Coco from 1 – 3 and again from 4 – 6. For additional purchase you can make your own tacos, too!

 

The Natural Resource Trust in Easton is getting ready for the 2018 Farm Festival today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. It’s a day of outdoor games, vendors and farm fun at the Sheep Pasture. The cost is $20 for a family of 5 and admission includes all activities sponsored by the NRT but does not include food which is available for purchase, though you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on site. The day includes kids’ seed planting activities, face painting, arts and crafts, yard games, a toddler play area, farm activities and exploration areas as well as a touch a tractor discovery area. There will be music and a fire pit area too. https://www.nrtofeaston.org/spring-farm-festival.html

 

Head to the Blue Hills for a night of Spring Star Gazing and a Campfire at the Norman Smith Environmental Education Center from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Observe the changes that occur as day shifts to night from the top of Chickatawbut Hill. After enjoying the sunset  from the top of the hill, we’ll check out the moons of Jupiter as the biggest planet makes its closes approach to Earth (about 414 million miles!) With some luck, you may catch sight of some early Eta Aquarid meteors, space junk left behind by Halley’s Comet. You’ll wrap up the evening by toasting marshmallows around the campfire and enjoying some celestial stories! Registration is require by calling 617.333.0690 or online HERE. This program is suitable for kids 6 and up and the cost is $10 for adult members and kids and $12 for adult nonmembers and nonmember kids. 

 

Sunday, May 6, 2018:

The 42nd Grand Old Fish Fry takes place in Pembroke today at 11:00 a.m. at Reading Park, also known as the Herring Run. There will be face-painting, Major Mallard’s duck races, music, food (fish cakes, hot dogs and hamburgers for $6 a meal), fun and beverages.

The South Shore Vocational Technical High School in Hanover from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for a touch a truck event! There will be over 30 trucks and the culinary students will be grilling up burgers and hot dogs. Cost is $3 per person or $10 for a car load of 5+ people.

Dalby Farm in Scituate has their Spring hatch celebration and Mother’s Day sales today from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, babies 12 months and younger are admitted for free. Come take a peek around the farm, meet the baby chicks, visit the rare breeds and give them a treat. Enjoy a snack at the picnic tables (to purchase or you can bring your own). Farm educators are nearby so you can ask as many questions as you can think of! The craft room will be open to the kiddos so you can create priceless Mother’s Day gifts.


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   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.

 

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