what to do with the kids this weekend: 4/6 – 4/8/2018

Photo from Blue Hills Trailside Museum Facebook page

Photo from Blue Hills Trailside Museum Facebook page


Don’t forget the Paragon Carousel is now open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.!


Saturday, April 7, 2018:

Mass Audubon presents another South Shore Explorations, this time on vernal pools, the fleeting nurseries. Doug Lowry, teacher naturalist, and Kathie Byrd, educator, will guide you to explore some of the South Shore’s hidden pockets as you head out in the van together, guided by a spirit of curiosity and adventure. This program is appropriate for kids ages six and older and you should plan on some short walks, and bring a picnic for lunch after. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. – noon. What a great way for the whole family or group of friends to get outside. You’ll set out and explore the phenomenon of the sometimes elusive vernal pool. These relatively short-lived oases provide the breeding ground and nurseries of several species of amphibians. They are packed with the promise of Spring and you will celebrate their importance with Doug and Kathie who will also bring along some sampling tools and you can check out your findings back in the Discovery Room at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield under the digital microscope.  Wear your Wellies! Registration is required by calling 781.837.9400 or click HERE.


More vernal pools, you say? Why not head to the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. to explore vernal pool mysteries!? Vernal pools are homes to frogs, salamanders, and even fairy shrimp. Find out about these incredible bodies of water and visit one of the Blue Hill’s vernal pools to discover who lives there. These “wicked big puddles” may be one of the best places to study the relative health of the nature of Massachusetts. This program begins in the museum’s auditorium with a look at the history and biology of Massachusetts’s vernal pools. Then you’ll go on a short guided hike to a vernal pool located on the side of Great Blue Hill. A Trailside naturalist will help you locate the identity of the living things found at the pool. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and be ready for a walk outside! This program is great for families with kids six and older. Cost is $5 for adult and kid members and $7 for adult and kid nonmembers, and you must register by calling 617.333.0690 or clicking HERE. 


The South Shore Astronomical Society is hosting an observing session tonight at sunset at Centennial Field behind the Norwell Council on Aging. http://ssastros.org/


Keep your reading skills sharp by reading to Luke, one of the members of the Hingham Library’s Reading Therapy Dog team. Luke is a gentle and charming Goldendoodle who 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.



Sunday, April 8, 2018:

Learn to use a map and compass today at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell! From 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., the Learn To series continues with a focus on the map and compass. This program is great for kids ages 5 and up, with a caregiver, and the cost is $13 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Click HERE to learn more and to register.


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  


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!