What to do with the kids: 8/9-8/11



The 51st annual Pembroke Arts Festival kicks off Friday with their gala opening and runs through Sunday, three days of art, music, crafts, food and fun! For the complete schedule visit https://www.pembrokeartsfestival.org


Friday, August 10:


Admission is free to the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, 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 Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, The Greenway Carousel in Boston and the Freedom Trail and Boston as well as the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, 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. Elsa from Frozen will be the storyteller today! The event is free and guests may purchase ride tickets to join Elsa on the carousel after the story.



South River Park in Marshfield is the place to be Friday at 6:30 p.m. for their summer concert series. It’s the Mike and Betsy Show – they are members of the very popular Plymouth Fury Band! Bring a blanket or chair, a picnic dinner and enjoy the evening.



Saturday, August 11:

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.


Duxbury Beach family fun on the beach today from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. program focus on shorebird feeding adaptations with birding expert Tim O’Neil!  Learn how shorebirds all eat at the same table and compete with each other for the shoreline’s bounty. You’ll explore the special adaptations shorebird species have developed to get their fill. No need to register – this event is free and great for kids ages 4 and older.


It’s Hanson’s 3rd annual Family Fun Day from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Hanson Town Hall. There will be bounce houses, activities, music, crafts, snacks and back to school backpacks for the first 180 students in grades K – 5 filled with supplies! This is a free event – but if you can please bring canned food for the food drive.


The 3rd annual Kingston Waterfront Festival will be held today from 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Grays Beach Park. There will be activities, food and entertainment among other activities. Parking at the beach is available and then there will also be a shuttle from the Kingston Collection.  The Incredibles movie will be shown on the beach at dusk!


The Arts Market at the Pinehills runs from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. today, just of Rt.3, exit 3. This is a great time to explore the works of local artists and artisans and for the kids there will be free face painting and incredible balloon animals plus games on the Village Green for kids of all ages! https://www.pinehills.com/blog/events/arts-markets-at-the-pinehills-august


The Plymouth airshow and open house is at the Plymouth Airport today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.! From kids activities like bouncy houses and games to flight simulators and airbrush tattoos, to airplanes and helicopters on display to airplane and heli rides. There will be amazing airshow performances by Mike Goulian, the world’s best aerobatics pilot, and others. The air show starts at noon and runs until 2:00 p.m. There will be food and a touch a truck area too. You can even take an airplane or helicopter ride! http://www.plymouthairshow.com/ 


Stars, s’mores and meteors! Enjoy the sunset from the top of Chickatawbut Hill while you toast marshmallows around the campfire and enjoy some celestial stories at the Normal Smith Environmental Education Center in Milton. As twilight decends, you can spread out your blanket and star gaze. If you’re lucky you may see some early falling stars from the Perseid meteor shower! The program runs from 8 – 9:30 p.m. and is suitable for kids ages 5 and older.



Sunday, August 12:

Head to Marconi Beach in Wellfleet for August’s celestial spectacle – the Perseid meteor shower! From 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. join the national seashore rangers who will host a Perseid Star Party to observe the night sky. Earth will pass through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from July 17 to August 24. It will move through the comet’s densest, dustiest path on August 12, maximizing the number of meteors that may be viewed if skies are clear. During meteor showers, pieces of comet debris heat up as they enter the atmosphere, burning up in bursts of light and causing a streak across the night sky. The sparse development and limited light pollution in the national seashore area of Wellfleet make it one of the best locations on Cape Cod to view dark night skies. The free “star party” will include viewing from the Marconi Beach parking lot, with discussion of the science behind the celestial wonder, and stories about the role of astronomy in human history. Bring a char, or join a ranger for a short astronomy walk on the beach! For weather questions on the day of the event, call Salt Pond Visitor Center at 508.255.3421. https://www.facebook.com/events/296835464228535/


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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