What to do with the kids this weekend! October 4 – 6, 2013

kidsnewlogo2501Weekend Events:

The Paragon Carousel in Hull’s fall hours are in effect: Fridays from 4pm until Dusk. Saturday and Sunday hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm. For more information, visit www.paragoncarousel.com.

It’s opening weekend of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at The Roger Williams Zoo in Rhode Island! From October 3 through November 3 you can witness a breathtaking display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns representing regions of the USA in a spectacular exhibit entitled Pumpkinville USA. Intricate pumpkin art will represent regions of the country, highlighting their unique attributes and as well as historical and cultural landmarks of each of the states from the Heartland, Pacific Coast, Mid-Atlantic, New England and Appalachian Highlands. One scene will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and another will honor President Kennedy.  For the full schedule and pricing info visit https://rwpzoo.org/178/jack-o-lantern-spectacular.

How about a visit to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? Let the Art Touch You! A variety of special exhibitions await your discovery. There will be workshops & special events available for adults & children. For more information, call 508-588-6000 or visit www.fullercraft.org

Check out the fun events and activities at the Museum of Science in Boston. Find out more at www.mos.org.

Check out the New England Aquarium. For more information, call 617-973-5206 or visit www.neaq.org.

How about Corn-Mazing for a Cause this Saturday and Sunday at Billingsgate Farm, 6 County Road in Plympton. Open 10am-6pm a portion of the proceeds of the Rain Forest Corn Maze, with cancer logo ribbon designed into the maze, will be donated to the American Cancer Society. There will also be rides, games and more on the farm that day. Visit BillingsgateFarm.com for all the details. On Sunday you can hear live music from The Chickens from 2-4. It’s a band. Made up of humans.

Friday October 4th, 2013:

Check out Family Friday Nights at the Children’s Museum in Boston. From 5 to 9pm admission is only $1 a person. For more info, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Saturday October 5th, 2013:

Please join the Marshfield Historical Society today at 10:00am for their Final 100th Anniversary event – the dedication and burial of the Marshfield Historical Society’s 100th Anniversary Time Capsule. The time capsule, which will be buried near the World War II Memorial at Marshfield Town Hall, will contain such items as a copy of Marshfield’s By-laws, the winning essays from the Historical Society’s recent student essay contest, bulletins from area churches, newsletters from several organizations here in Marshfield, a copy of Marshfield High School’s yearbook, and much more. The time capsule, which is scheduled to be opened in twenty-five years, will give a nice snapshot of life here in Marshfield in 2013 for those present at the opening. This is sure to be a fun and exciting event to cap off the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Marshfield Historical Society.

The Professional Firefighter’s of Hanover are holding their second annual Touch a Truck today at Sylvester Field from 10am-3pm! This is a hands-on event for kids to see, touch and explore more than 20 big trucks, heavy equipment and large vehicles. Kids can climb into dump trucks, fire trucks and ambulances but there is more to do! Kids can come dressed up in their Halloween costumes, and there will be food available, crafts, face painting, live music, jumpy houses and a ladder candy drop from a fire truck! There will also be raffle items including a kid BBQ Party for 30 people from Extreme Tailgators. Admission is $3 per person, $5 for two people. The proceeds from the event benefit the Hanover Food Pantry in the name of late brother Thomas Boucher. For more info you can follow the Hanover Fire Department on Facebook: facebook.com/hanover.fd.

It’s Barktoberfest in Plymouth today from 11am-4pm! This annual event includes an owner/dog look-a-like contest, the loudest bark competition, fastest tail-wag face-off, blessing of the animals, and an adoption parade with Friends of the Plymouth Pound and a costume contest plus much, much more! All the action takes place at Nelson Park and includes a rabies clinic. Check out PlymouthBarktoberfest.com for details and requirements to bring your furry friend.

It’s the second annual Fall for Scituate Family Friendly Fall Festival Saturday from noon until dusk. Happening at the T Parking Lot on Gannett Road in North Scituate Village the day will be filled with a chowder and chili fest, a live oldies show, The Toe Jam Puppet Band performing their Halloween show, an ice cream eating contest, Clydesdale hitch hay rides, pony and horse rides and face painting too. Costumes are encouraged! For more information visit ScituateChamber.org.

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society invites the public to a free tour of Burial Hill to be held today at 1 pm. Many visitors appreciate the scenic vistas observed from Burial Hill’s steep slopes. Dr. Karin Goldstein of Plimoth Plantation offers an intriguing archeological and historical overview of early Plymouth from this exceptional vantage point. Local historians and guides Stephen O’Neill, Karin Goldstein and Joyce Poremski join Antiquarian Director Donna Curtin as tour leaders, sharing their individual expertise on a range of topics. This tour will meet at the main Burial Hill stairway; no reservations are required for individuals and families. Participants may traverse steep and slippery slopes; please wear appropriate shoes. Severe weather may cancel tour; updates will be posted on the Plymouth Antiquarian Society Facebook page. For more information contact pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012 For a full listing of upcoming tours, visit www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org

Check out the “Feed the Animals” event today at 10:00am. Visit as the naturalists take time to stop and visit with all of the animals and give them what they need most – food! Learn what an iguana eats, what our turtles prefer and what our snakes need to survive. For more information, visit www.ssnsc.org or contact the South Shore Natural Science Center at 781-659-2559.

Check out the “Meet an Animal” event today at 2pm. Join us for a chance to meet a different animal every week. Could be a turtle, could be a bullfrog, could be an owl. Whooo knows? The event is free with admission to the South Shore Natural Science Center. or more information, visit www.ssnsc.org or contact the South Shore Natural Science Center at 781-659-2559.

Looking for family activities during the October Columbus Day weekend?  The South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell is hosting a Spooky Animal Encounter on Saturday, October 12th, at 3:00 and 5:00pm.  Meet the Center’s scary, slithery and slimy animals.  A special spooky guest appearance from the New England Wildlife’s spooky animals is also included.  (The 5:00pm program also features a spooky woods walk.)  Program fee is $7.00 per person, and pre-registration is required.  The program fee includes admission to the Center’s EcoZone.

On Monday, October 14th the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell is hosting a Family Archeology Day, from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  This drop in program is free with admission, and all ages are welcome.  Visitors will participate in a fun, hands-on mock archeological dig, using special tools to excavate fragments from the past.

On Monday, October 14th, it’s the 9th Annual Play FORE! Kids Golf Tournament at The Children’s Museum in Easton. This golf tournament will be held at the Easton Country Club, and all money raised will go towards programs for needy and under-served children in the area. This tournament encourages kids to play with their parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts. There will be contests, prizes, a huge family dinner, raffles, fun, and a fabulous fireworks display at sunset. Best of all, it teaches kids about a healthy activity, good sportsmanship, and the importance of doing things that give back to the community. Registration starts at 1:30 pm, and shotgun at 2:30 pm. For information on playing in the event, or sponsoring the event at one of several levels, contact Brian Hoffman, the Museum’s Corporate Relations Director – or call him at 508-230-3789.

On Saturday, October 19th, The Whitman Public Library Celebrates Toll House Cookie Day. The Whitman Public Library located at 100 Webster Street, Whitman, celebrates this locally born treat with a 2:00 pm panel discussion featuring former Toll House employees, a chocolate chip cookie contest, and signing of the new Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book. All events are free. Call the library at 781-447-7613 or visit www.whitmanpubliclibrary.org for more information.

If you have an event for families coming up, let us know by e-mail at robhakala@959watd.com or send it to What To Do With The Kids c/o The South Shore’s Morning News 130 Enterprise Drive Marshfield, MA 02050.




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