what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15, 2018



The ultimate festival for dogs and their humans is this weekend on the Cape – Agway of Cape Cod’s Paw Palooza on Saturday and Sunday! This two day extravaganza features entertainment, activities and food for dogs and their people. And it’s to raise money for the Cape’s largest animals shelters: The MSPCA in Centerville and the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster Shelter. The main attraction is the DockDogs Competition where doggies jump from a platform into a 45-foot pool, competing for distance, height and speed. There are stunt dog performances and police and K-9 units will be there too from the Yarmouth Police Department and Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department. And as a tribute to fallen Yarmouth Police Sergeant Sean Gannon, performers from Hyannis Sound and Cape Harmony will be on hand both days providing mini concerts to raise money for the Sean Gannon Memorial Foundation. Roving a cappella all-stars! There is a kid zone, a puppy pool pavilion, food trucks and so many fun and interactive activities for people and pups. The festival runs from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at Dennis-Yarmouth High School in South Yarmouth.  https://pawpaloozacapecod.com/


The Scituate Harbor Carnival is running through Saturday night and it opens nightly at 7:00 p.m. There will be rides, games, food and fireworks on Friday and Saturday night, too!


Friday, July 13:

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline is participating in the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program which means admission is free today! http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays


Friday morning story time at the Paragon Carousel takes place today promptly at 10:30 a.m. and the carousel opens at 10:00 a.m. today. Belle from Beauty and the Beast wants you to be her guest today at story time! The event is free and guests may purchase ride tickets to join Ariel on the carousel after the story.


Saturday, July 14:

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.  

 Today is the day for the Whitman Recreation Xtreme Adrenaline Run inflatable obstacle course challenge at Memorial Field at 20 Essex Street from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be a 400 foot inflatable obstacle course, jumpy houses, water slide, music, food, prizes and so much more! The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids with a family max of $30. For more details find the Whitman Recreation Facebook page. 

The 2018 Duxbury Family Fun Day on the Beach is underway today from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Join celebrated artist Marcia Ballou to work on a Beachscape Collaborative Mural! This program is free and great for kids ages 4 and older. Join Marcia at her canvas as she invites you to add your talents to a piece illustrating the bounty of the beach. Last year’s edition of this installment was a highlight of the summer! Click HERE for details. 

Tonight is a great night for a family hike at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Night can transform the ordinary into something magical. Explore the night-time woods at the base of Great Blue Hill and discover the changes created in the gathering dark. You’ll do experiments to test your senses, look and listen for animals, and (conditions permitting) gaze at the stars. The evening begins with a brief orientation in the museum’s auditorium, followed by a walk on some of the easier paths near the museum. The cost is $8 for adult and kid members and $10 for adult and kid non-members. Registration is required by calling 617.333.0690.  Click HERE for details.


Sunday, July 15:

It’s time for the July fly-in breakfast at Cranland Airport in Hanson today starting around 8:00 a.m. Come for breakfast and enjoy scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for $6 for adults and $3 for kids. All are welcome to come and enjoy the aircraft up close – just no touching! The breakfast runs usually until about 10:30 a.m. or when the food runs out! Great for the plane enthusiast in your family and lots of fun to see the planes fly in and out of the airport. The cost of breakfast helps to support the EEA (Experimental Aircraft Association) chapter 279.

The Abington Summer Concert Series concert today at the Nisby Bandstand features the Abington Community Band, the Abington Town Choir and the Island Grove Chorus at 6:00 p.m.  http://abingtonsummerconcerts.webs.com/2018-schedule  


Ongoing Ideas

The Highland Foundations very popular Free Fun Fridays 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.




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