what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29, 2018


Spindles Hot Rods for Heroes


Friday, July 27:

The Sandwich Glass Museum is participating in the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program which means admission is free today! Admission is also free at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Boston Athenaeum in and Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, Old Colony History Museum in Taunton and the JFK Hyannis Museum in Hyannis, among others! The complete list is here: 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. Cinderella will be the storyteller today! The event is free and guests may purchase ride tickets to join Anna on the carousel after the story.

Head to Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth for a Full Moon Hike tonight from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. For kids ages 8 and older and their families, you’ll meet in the parking lot at 60 Beaver Dam Road – bring your flashlight! Once dusk has settled over the marsh you’ll let the moon light your way as you occasionally stop, look and listen for creatures that awaken with the setting of the sun. You  will slow your pace and heighten your sense to experience the sanctuary under the cover of darkness with your guide, Morgyn Ellis, Education Coordinator. You must register for this event by calling 508.927.1200 or online: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=61066  Cost is $5 for member kids and adults, $8 for nonmember kids and adults.

The D.W. Field Park Association is hosting a free first Friday Nite Flick at 7:30 p.m. at the Gazebo off Oak Street in Brockton. There will be free popcorn for all and the movie is the Lion King! Rain date is July 29th at The Tower.

The Hanover Build the Boards committee is hosting Family Fun and Movie Night tonight from 5:00 – 10:30 p.m. at Forge Pond Park in Hanover, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Sgt. Michael Chesna Family Fund. There will be bounce houses, inflatable obstacle courses, music, face painting, food, raffles and more. At dusk Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom will be shown on a giant 32 foot screen.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1431128970352888/


Saturday, July 28:

Today Spindles Auto Club will be hosting a fundraiser Car Show in remembrance of Sergeant Michael Chesna and Vera Adams. Hotrods for a Hero will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Weymouth High School. Hotrods for a Hero is rain or shine and there will be numerous raffle prizes from grill to gift cards to gift baskets. All proceeds from the car show will go directly to The Chesna Family and there will be a donation made to a local charity in Vera Adams’ name as well. Here are the details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1871563319585888/

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. 

Did you know butterflies taste with their feet and their wings are covered with scales? You learn a whole lot more at the Beautiful World of Butterflies program at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton today from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The program begins in the museum’s auditorium with an investigation of native butterfly and moth specimens, a story, and a butterfly craft. You’ll go on a short guided walk around the native plant garden followed by a guided hike to a field habitat to look for local butterfly species. You’ll learn how you can tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth, and so much more! Registration is required by calling 617.333.0630 or clicking HERE. The cost is $3 for adult members, $6 for kid members; $6 for adult nonmembers and $9 for kid nonmembers. This program is geared toward the 5 – 12 year old set.  https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=60405

Hull Lifesaving Museum’s Harbor Illumination is tonight where Hull bay from A Street to James Avenue along with music and family activities. The fun kicks off from 4 – 6 with family fun and walking tours of historic Hull village. Kids can build a boat, go aloft and find treasure. There will be a Coast Guard commemoration at Hull cemetery at 6:00 p.m. and there will be live music from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at three locations: Hull Lifesaving Museum, Bernie King Pavilion and A Street Pier. At 8:00 p.m. the lobster express boat parade takes place and the harbor illumination begins at 8:30 p.m. http://www.hulllifesavingmuseum.org/

The 2018 Duxbury Family Fun Day on the Beach is underway today from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Today you’ll learn about prehistoric life on the beach – also known as the horseshoe crab! Celebrate this ancient beast as you build sand sculptures depicting both this unique created and its fellow citizens of the beach. Bring your buckets and pails for this free program, designed for kids 4 and older. No registration required. Details HERE.


Sunday, July 29:

The 10th annual Family Fun Day takes place at the Daniel Webster Estate from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free though there is a cost for some activities. There will be pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals a bounce house that includes a slide and maze. The Marshfield Police will be on site with vehicles and a visit from the K9 unit. There will be music including chowder, burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, homemade cookies and brownies. Follow their Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/178932142759426/

It’s Sandcastle Day at Onset Beach from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. today! It’s a day of sand sculpting and beach going, and thought it was scheduled for Saturday the organizers are postponing until today, Sunday. The event is geared toward kids but adults can also participate. Awards and prizes will be given to children only in different categories. This event is free to attend and participate in. Rodney the Sandman will be on hand to express himself in sand sculpture and to help kids with their own masterpieces! See their Facebook page for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2029861850560422/


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.




About Lisa Azizian

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