what to with the kids this weekend: Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5, 2018

SCI Heritage Days


It’s the 50th anniversary celebration of Scituate Heritage Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 50 years of making memories by hosting this premier South Shore free family friendly festive in Scituate Harbor. Each year on the first weekend of August upwards of 40,000 people visit this beautiful seaside town to enjoy our historical sites, water activities, artisan fair, music, food, children’s entertainment, local, civic and religious events.

Decorate your boat and join the Blessing of the Fleet, or make your own raft for the boat races. Learn about local history by visiting our historical sites, Hang out with Pirates and Princesses. Browse over 100 artisans and vendors. Get your silly on with a kid’s only concert with Toe Jam Puppet Band. Gather your friends and listen to the free music taking place all day, both days. Ride the kiddie rides. Snuggle with baby animals. Come for breakfast, stay till dinner with 13 food truck options. Take a yoga class. Walk inside SALT a 43 foot whale. Learn hands only CPR, Make a Fish Print. Meet and take a photo with the Red Sox mascot, Wally The Green Monster., Talk to local fisherman about the fishing industry and what it means to Scituate. Hear Meteorologist TIm Kelleys entertaining talk on why our weather is the most interesting in the world. Get an ID card for your kids. Learn what to do in case of a house fire. Create your own artist creations on Art Alley. Learn about our local brewery. Get a health screening and do a craft. So much to see and do, great family friendly fun for all ages. Find more on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/328182331053468/


It’s the annual Middleborough Krazy Days Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – an outdoor festival full of free entertainment for all ages. It’s an annual street fair in the historic downtown business district of Middleborough. There will be vendor booth showcasing arts and craft, food, live entertainment, creative, interactive and educational activities for the kids, too.


Friday, August 3:

Today is MamaFest at Elements Montessori in Duxbury from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., celebrating all rockin’ mamas. Free admission, raffles and family-friendly fun and your chance to meet the staff and tour the classrooms. Elements offers full and half day program for kids 2.9 through Kindergarten. https://www.facebook.com/elementsmontessori/


Admission is free to the Paragon Carousel today from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., part of the Highland Street Foundations program offering no-cost admission to many cultural hot spots across the state. Other gems that are free today include The Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, 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. Elena will be the storyteller today! The event is free and guests may purchase ride tickets to join Elena on the carousel after the story.


Today the Abington Public Library is hosting a Touch-a-Truck from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Police Department, the Fire Department and the DPW will be bringing some of their trucks to the library parking lot for some Friday fun!


The South Shore Conservatory’s Union Point Concert Series features Peter Mundt, live, under the tent at the Hangout from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free admission, and a kid and dog-friendly event.


South River Park in Marshfield is the place to be Friday at 6:30 p.m. for their summer concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of The Armstrong Brothers! Bring a blanket or chair, a picnic dinner and enjoy the evening.


Saturday, August 4:

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.  


Duxbury Beach family fun on the beach today from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. program will be mud flat limbo with Judy Macioci. Explore the mudflats searching for mollusks, crabs and other creatures. Wear your boots because you are bound to get muddy! This free event is great for kids ages 4 and older. Click HERE.

Did you know dragonflies and damselflies live most of their lives underwater? Head to the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton today from 10:30 a.m. – noon to learn all about Dazzling Dragonflies and Damselflies. How do you tell the difference between a dragonfly and damselfly? Can dragonflies fly backwards? Come learn about these fascinating and efficient predators! This program begins in the museum’s auditorium with an investigation of native dragonfly and damselfly specimens, a story, and a dragonfly craft. Then go on a short guided hike around Trailsided’s pond to look for dragonflies and damselflies, and investigate the dragonfly and damselfly larvae that live in the pond. Wear sturdy shooes and weather appropriate clothing! Registration is required and the cost is $3 for adult members and $6 for kid members, $6 for adult nonmembers and $9 for kid nonmembers. Register by calling 617.333.0690. https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=60406

The South Shore Radio Control Club is hosting their scale fly-in from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Bridgewater today. https://www.rcflightdeck.com/event.cfm?id=6561


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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