what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, August 30 – Sunday, September 2, 2018



It’s opening weekend of King Richard’s Faire – THE New England Renaissance Festival – in Carver which runs weekends from Saturday, September 1st – Sunday, October 21 including the two upcoming Monday holidays: Labor Day on September 3 and Columbus Day on October 8. During opening weekend there will be a Salute to Safety on Sunday, September 2, all military, police, fire and EMS personnel with Government issues ID will be admitted for free! Just show your ID at the box office to obtain your ticket.  https://kingrichardsfaire.net/

The 69th East Middleborough 4-H Fair takes place Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Free admission and parking with animals and family fun for all. There will be exhibits and food options, too, at 183 Thomson Street (Rt. 105) in Middleborough.


Friday, August 31:

Scituate touch a truck at Scituate Town Hall from 9 – noon today!

Admission is free to the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown today, as part of the Highland Street Foundations program offering no-cost admission to many cultural hot spots across the state. Today is the final Free Fun Friday of the summer so you’ll want to try and get to one of these cultural gems across the state! Other gems that are free today include the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium in Boston among others. The complete list is here: http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays

Friday morning summer story time wraps up today at the Paragon Carousel promptly at 10:30 a.m. and the carousel opens at 10:00 a.m. today. Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder will be the storytellers today! The event is free and guests may purchase ride tickets to join Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder on the carousel after the story.


Saturday, September 1:

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.

Head to Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and join Education Coordinator Morgyn Ellis for a family ponding experience. Join Morgyn on an aquatic adventure as you explore the pond and the banks at Tidmarsh in search for some of the amazing creatures who call it home. You’ll use nets and hand lenses to see tadpoles, frogs, fish and other critters up close! The cost is $5 for kid members and $7 for kid non-members – adults free. Register online or by calling 508.927.1200. 

The 4th annual Onset Beach Kite Festival takes place today from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday. There will be a build-a-kite station for the kids for just $3 and kites for sale, too. Live kite flying demonstrations and fun for the whole family. Of course, feel free to bring your own kites!  Details HERE. https://www.onsetbay.org/event/onset-beach-kite-festival-2/?instance_id=2693  

Duxbury residents, young and old, are invited to the Labor Day Beach Party on Duxbury Beach! There will be kids activities from 4 – 5:00 p.m., music by the waves at 6:00 p.m. and the bonfire begins at 7:30! You can bring your own food, but if you don’t there will be food for sale. Details here: https://www.duxbury4thofjuly.com/beach-party 

Sunday, September 2:

The 69th East Middleborough 4-H Fair takes place today from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Free admission and parking with animals and family fun for all. There will be exhibits and food options, too, at 183 Thomson Street (Rt. 105) in Middleborough. 

It’s open farm day today at Dalby Farm in Scituate from 10:00am to 12:00pm ($5/person, *street parking) you can drop by the farm (no registration necessary) and visit with the animals! The goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, bunnies, pig and peacocks can’t wait to see you! For just $5 a person, you can casually browse the farm and get to know the animals. A Farm-based educator will be available to answer any questions you might have. Pack a snack and soak in the farm scene at one of our picnic tables! Take the opportunity to do a little shopping in our Country Store, or learn about our birthday parties, Ladies Fitness Club, and other offerings! Head to 59 Grove Street in Scituate!



Upcoming Events:

The 42nd annual Corn Festival at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell takes place Saturday and Sunday September 15 and 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Corn Festival celebrates the fall harvest as well as the natural and cultural heritage of New England. The event includes all day activities like hay rides and craft demos as well as scheduled events like live animal presentations. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for the latest details.


The Soule Homestead Harvest Fair and Joe Davies Folk Festival take place Saturday and Sunday September 15 and 16. Two days of fall family fun including live music, kid’s activities, animals, local crafters and yummy food.  http://www.soulehomestead.com/upcoming-events/harvest-fair-joe-davies-folk-festival/


The Natural Resources Trust of Easton hosts their 45th annual Harvest and Craft Fair September 30 at the Sheep Pasture.  https://www.nrtofeaston.org/harvest–craft-fair.html


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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