what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15 and vacation week



The 5th annual Middleborough Herring Run Festival is Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Oliver Mill Park. There will be food, music, games, exhibits, and demonstrations and of course taking a look at the herring in the river! https://www.facebook.com/MiddleboroToday/  


Saturday, April 14, 2018:

Spring has arrived at Weir River Farm in Hingham and with it arrives a barnyard full of baby animals. Visit the barnyard to brush a goat, make a barnyard craft, pet a chicken, and more. Talk to a friendly farmer and learn about life of the farm, and while visiting walk on one of the many farm trails and experience all that Weir River Farm has to offer. The open barnyard is every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise or noted. And rain or shine! Park at 140 Turkey Hill Lane and walk down the farm “chute” to the barnyard! Admission is free for adults and $10 for non-member children and $5 for member children. Learn more HERE.


Keep your reading skills sharp by reading to Salty, the newest member of the Hingham Library’s Reading Therapy Dog team. Salty is a 13-year-old Chihuahua 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.


Join Mr. Bill and the South Shore Natural Science Center naturalists for a fun-filled afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ringing in the sounds of spring by building your own artistic wind chime out of metal tubing and natural materials found right in our own backyard! Great for kids ages 4 and up, accompanied by an adult, participants are asked to bring work gloves but all other materials are provided. The fee is $25 for member families and $30 for non-member families.  http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/building-with-bill-wind-chimes-workshop/



Sunday, April 15, 2018:

It’s the first Cranland Airport Fly-In Sunday breakfast, taking off around 8 am in Hanson. This is your chance to see some neat aircraft up close and personal – just don’t touch! The breakfast is a steal – $6 for adults and $3 for kids and includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice. All are welcome – you can fly, drive, walk or bike! The day usually wraps by 11:00 a.m., breakfast stops by 10:30 a.m., or when the food runs out. If you can’t make it today, mark your calendar for the 3rd Sunday of the month all summer, through October, to take in the EAA – experimental aircraft association chapter 279’s monthly fly-in breakfast. https://www.facebook.com/Cranland-Airport-144182855604045/



April Vacation Week Ideas

Lisa’s Vacation Week Suggestion: The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem

What a gem! Take a ride north to Salem to check out the Peabody Essex Museum and visit the Changing Art & Nature Exhibitions and the PlayTime Exhibition. Read more about these exhibitions before you go: https://www.pem.org/


April 17 – 20th – Youth Pottery at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton

1:00 – 2:30 ages 12 – 16


April Vacation Week Programs at Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth

1:00 p.m. each day / Students and kids under 16 admitted free, Plymouth residents and museum members are free too, adults $12, $10 for seniors. The schedule is below:

April 16, “Brenner’s Magical Mystery Show”
Magician Stephen Brenner captivates youngsters with a high-energy presentation of magic and mystery! Appropriate for all ages.
April 17, “Barnicle & Husk”
Discover Barnicle and Husk: The Adventure Begins. In 1620, Barnicle the cat finds himself on the Mayflower along with 102 Pilgrims and a little mouse named Husk. In the New World, cat and mouse become unexpected friends. Author Mary Shields read excerpts from the book, and presents a lively program of games and activities, including make-and-take items to bring home. Keep your eyes out for a special visit from Barnicle and Husk in person! Appropriate for ages 5-11.
April 18, “Native American Book Readings”
Enjoy Native American book readings and themed craft activities with educators Judy Fosdick and Tedda Lindeman, while gathered in PHM’s new Wampanoag World exhibition. Appropriate for ages 5-11.
April 19, “Rhythm Speaks Drum Circle”
Percussionist Ed Sorrentino brings the beat with an array of authentic West African drums to get everyone in rhythm! Appropriate for all ages.
April 20, “Big Ryan’s Tall Tales”   
Dynamic performer Big Ryan brings stories to life for all ages with puppets, music, and plenty of zazzle! Appropriate for all ages. 


Liberty Week at Battleship Cove, Monday through Friday http://battleshipcove.org/


South Shore Children’s Museum, Monday, April 16

Check out Awesome Robb’s Magic Show at the South Shore Children’s Museum at the Hanover Mall in Hanover from noon until 1:00 p.m. Free with admission to the museum.


South Shore Natural Science Center hosts Southwick’s Zoo

Monday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. educational live animal show with a variety of animals with scales, fur and feathers.  http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/


The Weymouth Carnival opens at the High School Wednesday and runs until Sunday.


Pumpernickel Puppets will present Peter Rabbit at the John Curtis Library in Hanover on Thursday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. Please call to register for this free event.


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.




About Lisa Azizian

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