what to do with the kids this weekend: 10/12 – 10/14/2018



King Richard’s Faire in Carver runs weekends through Sunday, October 21.  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/

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.

Visit Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary in Norton this month for their October Festival – a hauntingly good time! There will be pumpkin painting and other activities, storytelling in the evening, and a tour of the friendly decorated trails with spooktacular lights. Saturday and Sunday daytime events run from noon until 3:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday nights the events run from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 2 – 11 (cash or check only). The evening events are still kid-friendly and you can enjoy the roaring campfire and the haunted trail. Don’t forget your flashlight at night!  http://www.winslowfarm.com/

The Jack O’ Lantern Journey runs through November 4th at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Celebrate the season amongst thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes. With glowing dinosaurs, a fanciful princess castle, and amazing animal scenes these are pumpkins the whole family will enjoy. You can watch a live pumpkin carving demo, enjoy seasonal food, beverages and more interactive experiences.  https://jackolanternjourney.com/ 


Saturday, October 13:

The 7th annual Professional Firefighters of Hanover Family Fun Day touch-a-truck is today 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.


A few local firehouses are hosting their fall open houses today: Brockton from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Rockland from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Hanson from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Plymouth from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


The Duxbury Maritime Festival is today beginning at 10:00 a.m. and running until 4:00 p.m. The events include historic house tours, shipbuilding demonstrations, nautical activities for the kids including a lock fishing derby, family-friendly historical re-enactments, animals from Soule Homestead, local food trucks and a sea chantey concert! Location is the lawn of the Nathaniel Winsor Jr. House in Duxbury! http://duxburyhistory.org/events/duxbury-maritime-festival/


Today is Pembroke Day – join in the celebration at First Lt. Brian M. McPhillips from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The afternoon kicks off with a parade of trucks leading into a touch a truck with jumpy houses and face painting and so much more. If the weather cooperates, a State Police helicopter will land around 3:30 and the fire and police softball games versus the chamber members takes place at 4:00 p.m. There will be a 4h dog show, a K9 demonstration and a Halloween costume parade at 5:30 p.m. but that’s not all! The day ends with a laser light show at 6:30 p.m. See the complete schedule at https://www.pembrokechamber.org/


The 11th annual Great Pumpkin Give-a-Wey at Weymouth High School today from noon until 4:00 is a great way to pick out a pumpkin, take a hay ride, enjoy touch-a-truck, costumed characters, Joe’s Crazzy Critters and bubble soccer at the football stadium! There will be public safety demos, amusements, music and so much more!


Head to Duxbury Beach today from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. to join North River naturalists for one last beach ramble! Search for the predatory moon snail, hermit crabs and more. Use a dip net, try out a seining net and learn how creatures survive the challenging environment of the intertidal zone. Make a beachcomber’s “pie,” create a fish print to take home and discover the beauty of the beach in the fall! This program is ideal for kids ages 3 to 18 and registration is required by calling 781.837.9400 or visiting the website https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=61716 The cost is $10 for adult members and $8 for kid members, $12 for adult non-members and $10 for kid non-members. Dress for the weather!



Sunday, October 14:Duxbury Fire Department Open House is today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 668 Tremont Street. Eat pizza, meet the firefighters, check out the trucks and see great demos.


Norwell Fire Department Open House is today from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and includes a costume party!


Pembroke is also hosting their Fire Department Open House today from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



Upcoming Ideas

National Fire Safety Month Fire Department Open House Schedules:

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

The 5th annual scarecrow festival runs October 15 – November 1 on Main Street in Wareham and Onset Ave in Onset. Create your own scarecrow and be a part of the fall festivities! You can “register” your scarecrow in one of the following categories: business, club/organization (including classrooms and school groups) and families/individuals. Judging will be conducted by members of the business community on October 29th.

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.




About Lisa Azizian

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