what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24



In lieu of the complete Hanover Day festival this year, the Hanover Carnival will take place at Sylvester Field on Friday from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.  http://www.hanoverday.com/carnival

The Hull Youth Football Carnival on Nantasket Avenue runs through Sunday and includes rides, games and, of course, carnival food. Fireworks on Saturday night, too, at 9:30 p.m. Hours are 5 – 11:00 p.m.

The North Star Pro Rodeo is Saturday and Sunday at the Marshfield Field! Saturday the hours are 6 – 8:30 p.m. kids events from 4:30 – 5:30, the gates open at 4; Sunday the hours are 2 – 4:30 p.m., kids events are 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., the gates open at noon. The rodeo features bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie down roping and barrel racing. Tickets are $25 online, $35 at the gate – kids 8 and under are free. Free parking on site.  https://www.northstarprorodeo.com 


Saturday, June 23:

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 see you at the farm! 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. 


PorchFest in Wollaston Hill, Squantum and Merrymount neighborhoods of Quincy is today from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. Visit porchfestquincy.org for a schedule and map.


The 6th annual Milton Music Works Fest and Fireworks take place today from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Hutchinson’s Field in Milton. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray to enjoy Country and Rock and Roll ahead of the nighttime fireworks.


Giraffe Day fell on Thursday, June 21st, but you can celebrate the 5th annual World Giraffe Day today from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston! Over the past 30 years, giraffe numbers have steadily declined by 40% in the wild with an estimated 100,000 giraffes remaining in Africa. This event is to raise support, create awareness and provide a deeper understanding of the challenges that giraffes face in the wild. You can join in activities and zookeeper chats, which are perfect opportunities to ask questions and learn more about the giraffes that call the zoo home! Zookeeper chats happen at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  http://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/world-giraffe-day

Ongoing Ideas

The Highland Foundations very popular Free Fun Fridays campaign kicks off on Friday, June 29th. This program offers no-cost admission to many cultural hot spots across the state, each Friday through August 31st. http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays


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.


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


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



Sunday, July 1st, it’s the Plymouth Antiquarian Society’s Pilgrim Breakfast Sunday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the 1677 Harlow House (119 Sandwich Street) for an old-fashioned New England breakfast. Costumed volunteers will serve fishcakes, baked beans, cornbread, and more. Wandering singers will share tunes popular in the 17th century and the historic house will be open for tours. A local tradition for 85 years — a perfect addition to your 4th of July weekend! Admission: $12.50 individuals; $10 members; $45 families (2 adults and up to 3 children) To reserve your place, call 508-746-0012 or visit www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org by PayPal. Please provide your preferred arrival time. Tickets are nonrefundable. All proceeds benefit the preservation work of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.





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