what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, October 5 – Monday, October 8, 2018

corn maze


King Richard’s Faire is now open in Carver which runs weekends through Sunday, October 21 including Columbus Day on October 8.  https://kingrichardsfaire.net/

Nessralla Farm’s 11th annual corn maze is open weekends through October 28th in Halifax from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission includes entry to the farm, maze, hayrides, bouncy house, tunnel toddler maze, kiddie train, hay bale pyramid, ring toss, bowling, corn hole along with additional offerings including a zip line, pick your own pumpkins, food tent, and more. Admission is $12 per person, $10 for Veterans, kids 3 and under and 80 and older enter for free. http://www.nessrallafarm.com/wordpress/corn-maze/

This marks the weekend for HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands – a true spectacle to behold in the streets of Somerville and Cambridge, starting Friday and culminating with the parade on Sunday from noon until 2:00 p.m. from Davis to Harvard Square to “reclaim the streets for horns, bikes and feet!” There will be more than 60 bands and community groups in on the parade that make their way to Harvard Square for sets on from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. On Saturday the opening ceremonies kick off in Davis Square at noon and concerts run from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. with over 25 brass bands from around the world filling in the nooks and crannies of Davis Square. For the schedule visit http://honkfest.org/


Friday, October 5:

Every Friday and Saturday in October from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., head to the Hanover Mall to visit Dracula and his friends as he celebrates his 100th birthday, and walk through his not so scary haunted Transylvania Castle. Walk through the haunted grave yard and spooky forest to his castle and join lots of ghoulish friends. Dress in costume and be prepared to have fun! You can decorate cookies, eat gummy works and play fun games. This is a fundraising event for the South Shore Children’s Museum and is not included in membership or admission. The suggested ages are 3 – 10 years old and the cost is $5 per person.


Saturday, October 6:

The Brockton Downtown Festival is being held all over downtown Brockton with a weekend full of history, arts, music, entertainment, kid fun and so much more.

The D.W. Field Park Association’s annual Towerfest takes place today in Brockton. There will be face painting, crafts, balloon man, pony rides and animals.  Everyone is invited to enjoy the Park, the Tower Tours, and so much more from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Hanover Fire Department is hosting their annual fall open house today, celebrating National Fire Safety Month in October and kicking off fire prevention week, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at headquarters located at 32 Center Street, next to the town hall, in Hanover. Papa Gino’s provides the pizza and there will be demos including a fire extinguisher demo, fire sprinkler protection demo, kids’ crafts and activities too. Of course you’ll get to meet your Hanover Firefighters, see the fire trucks and ambulances and the fire station too!

Fall migration is in full swing and Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular stopover for many birds on their way south. Join the sanctuary director Saturday from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. on a sanctuary walk to observe the many migrants embarking on one of nature’s greatest journeys. Birders of all abilities and levels welcome – bring your own binoculars! The cost is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers.  Details HERE.

Saturday Science is back for its third year at the Hingham Public Library and this time, It’s Alive! This year’s program features the vibrant and dynamic nature of the sciences, tailored to two elementary school-age groups (K-2 and 3-5. Age limits are strictly enforced to ensure a positive experience for all children.) Saturday Science sessions expose kids to different scientific fields and the leading female scientists in those fields. Each session includes a hands-on experiment or craft activity. The Saturday Science team was founded by Foster Elementary School parents Sonia Steele and Dr. Katie McBrine, and the team has expanded to include local parents Marie Bohane (Plymouth River Elementary), Lauren Gadot (East School), and Cassie Saitow (Hull). The program today from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. is designed for kids in grades 3 – 5, and from 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for grades K-2, is all about thunder and lightning! This program requires registration. Please register online or by calling 781-741-1405 ext. 1403.


Sunday, October 7:

Halifax Fire Department will be hosting their fire safety open house today from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Marshfield will be hosting their open house from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Monday, October 8:

Paragon Carousel is hosting pumpkin painting today from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Purchase a pumpkin and you’ll receive paints and a free carousel ride!

It’s Archeology Discovery Day at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell. From 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and free with admission, join the team for a fun, hands-on, mock archeological dig! You’ll use special tools to excavate fragments of the past. Come and see what you will find! While you’re there you can visit the other museum’s collection of Early American artifacts and the living collection of native New England animals. http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/archeology-discovery-day/

In honor of National Fire Safety Month, the Whitman Fire Department will be hosting their open house today from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

It’s Fall Family Field Day in Hull today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Hull Village Playground along with a chance to discover St. Nicholas UMC, 128 Spring Street in Hull. There will be pumpkin decorating, a blessing of the animals (bring your pets or your stuffed animals) along with games and prizes and soccer, basketball, whiffle ball and football throwing skills contests. Lunch will be available in Gould Hall and there will be live music. All event proceeds will go toward the church purchase of a generator so that we can be a warming center for Hull residents in the winter!


Upcoming Ideas

National Fire Safety Month Fire Department Open House Schedules:

Brockton: Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plymouth: Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plympton: Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Pembroke Day is Saturday, October 13 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at First Lt. Brian M. McPhillips Field at 456 Mattakeesett Street, hosted by the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce. There will be many kid-friendly activities, a touch-a-truck, local restaurants will be providing food tastings and there will be a farmer’s market and the annual softball game between the Pembroke Chamber and the Pembroke Fire and Police Departments. This year a laser show will cap off the event!

The 7th annual Professional Firefighters of Hanover Family Fun Day touch-a-truck will be Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Hanover Mall. Wear your costumes and go truck to truck for treats! There will be a tower truck candy drop, costume contests and tons of raffles and food. This event is FREE however donations will be accepted. One of the causes where donations and funds from the event will go this year is toward  helping the family of Chief Warrant Officer III Scott Landis of Hanson who lost his life after a plane crash last month. School was a big help to the fire service in the area, in particular to the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team. Scott also assisted the Hanover Firefighters Touch a Truck event in previous years with helicopter visits. Donations will be accepted for Scott’s wife, his 18-month-old son and soon to be second born child. For more details on this event, and to learn about Scott, visit the Hanover Touch A Truck page on Facebook.

The 7th annual Type One Renegade Run is back for it’s 7th year and in true Type One fashion it will be bigger and better than ever. It’s South Shore’s Biggest Block Party and you know from past experiences we will not disappoint! This race is to raise awareness and funds toward a cure for type 1 diabetes on Sunday, October 14th, featuring a challenging 4-mile course leading you through a mixture of paved trails and wooded terrain with over 25 obstacles. Renegade Run is not just an event – it is an experience – runners, their families and friends are invited to come together with the local community and join the party! Post run activities include a live concert, food truck festival, beer tent, Mini-Renegade obstacle course for the kids and more!

Ongoing Ideas

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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