what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19, 2018



The 151st annual Marshfield Fair begins on Friday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 26th. The fair runs from noon until 10:00 p.m. daily at the Marshfield fairgrounds. To see the complete schedule including special days visit marshfieldfair.org.


Friday, August 17:

Admission is free to Plimoth Plantation today, part of the Highland Street Foundations program offering no-cost admission to many cultural hot spots across the state for their Free Fun Fridays program. Other gems that are free today include the JFK Library and Museum, 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. Aurora from Sleeping Beauty will be the storyteller today! The event is free and guests may purchase ride tickets to join Aurora on the carousel after the story. http://www.paragoncarousel.com



Saturday, August 18:

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.


Summerfest Brockton takes place today at Brockton High School from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Summerfest was designed as a way for Brocktonians to come together, to have fun with the whole family and celebrate the best of what the community was to offer. There will be lots to do with the kids including games and crafts, face painting, dancers and so much more. Check out their Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/SummerfestBrockton/


Duxbury Beach family fun on the beach today from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. program will be mollusk mania with the South Shore Sanctuaries staff. This free program is great for kid’s ages 4 and older. Mollusks…primitive in the eyes of some but we know better! Take the razor clam’s ability to create its own quicksand in order to escape predation as an example of the complex skills of our calcium clad friends. You’ll learn all about the many specialized capacities of mollusks during this program. https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=61163


The Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon is hosting a star gazing night from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. This free program joins you with local astronomers for a look at the starts and other night objects through the big telescopes. The event is ongoing, so drop in for all or some part of the night. The program will be cancelled if sky conditions are cloudy/milky or in the vent of overly wet field conditions: call Patti Austin at 781.784.5691 x8103 after 7:00 p.m. for a recorded message concerning the status of the program prior to attending. You’ll park in the visitor center parking lot and follow the trail marked by glow sticks to the viewing field. It’s a self-directed 5-minute walk along a wooded trail so bring a flash light to light your path to the astronomers. If you have mobility issues contact the sanctuary at lease 24 hours in advance as they may be able to offer accessible parking: moosehill@Massaudubon.org     Click HERE for info.


Sunday, August 19:

It’s time for another fly-in breakfast at the Cranland Airport in Hanson Sunday – this is your chance to see lots of interesting aircraft up close – just don’t touch, please! You’ll be able to see the aircraft land and take off, and enjoy a great breakfast for only $6 for adults and $3 for kids and includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice. All are welcome to this event – you can fly, drive, walk or bike – it’s open to the public. The day starts around 8:00 a.m. and ends by 11:00 a.m. Breakfast is usually served until about 10:30 a.m. or until the food runs out! This event helps support the Experimental Aircraft Association / EAA Chapter 279. https://www.facebook.com/Cranland-Airport-144182855604045/


The Quincy August Moon Festival runs today from noon until 5:00 p.m. in Quincy Center. The Lion/Dragon opening ceremonies dance takes place at noon on Coddington Street and admission is free for the event and the day includes music, giant backyard games, a kids zone with a petting zoo and pony rides as well as amusements and crafts. There will also be many cultural performances as well as great food and drink including Asian cuisine, street fare and food trucks and a craft beer garden. https://quincyasianresources.org/august-moon-festival



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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