What to do with the kids this weekend: Nov 2 – 4, 2018



The Jack O’ Lantern Journey is so popular it’s been extended through November 10th at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Due to the stormy weather the exhibit will not be open Friday, November 2 but will open Saturday and Sunday. 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 

Roger Williams Park Zoo is celebrating 30 years of Halloween magic through November 4th with their annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! This year’s show includes more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins featuring scenes of wizards, fairytales and the luminaries of great myths and legends, alongside superheroes and historical figures who changed our world. http://www.rwpzoo.org/jols/

Three local iconic garden estates will host the 2nd Annual Blue Hills Great Estates Fall Foliage Weekend, showcasing their autumn landscapes and designed gardens on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, 10am-3pm daily. The Trustees’ Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, the Mary Wakefield Estate in Milton, and Historic New England’s Eustis Estate in Milton will open their grounds to visitors to celebrate the fall season with landscape and garden tours, nature crafts, seasonal beverages and treats, and activities for the whole family.

At the Bradley Estate, located at 2468 Washington Street in Canton, guided tours will be offered at 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm, and visitors can enjoy hot cider, outdoor games, a fall-themed scavenger hunt and make-your-own fall bouquets. thetrustees.org

The Eustis Estate, at 1424 Canton Ave in Milton, offers landscape tours at 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm along with craft activities for families with the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, cider making demo and apple tasting, lawn games and live music – featuring Ukulele Union of Boston (Saturday) and Boston Guitar Orchestra(Sunday). www.historicnewengland.org/eustisestate

The Wakefield Estate, located at 1465 Brush Hill Rd in Milton, will feature guided walks through its unique arboretum and grounds, including its new dwarf conifer collection that features over 25 species of conifers, at 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm, caramel apple making for kids and hard cider sampling for adults, along with nature-based crafts and tree identification activities for the whole family. www.wakefieldtrust.org

At each estate, tickets for members are $5; $10 for non-members; $20/family. Children under 18 are free. Visit all three and obtain a free program voucher to redeem at one of the estates through December 2018. For more information call 617-333-0924 or visit the websites of each location for more information.


Saturday, November 3:

Saturday Science is back at the Hingham Public Library for it’s third year 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 – the class takes place from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. and 3-5 – the class takes place from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. 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. Today’s focus is water and the featured scientist is Gitanjali Rao.

The Brockton Public Library at 304 Main Street will observe the day of the dead today beginning at 1:00 p.m. with dance, music, stories and more. This is a free event open to all!

Head to the Museum of American Bird Art Museum today from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  for a program called Mom and me: a porcupine story for kids up to 6 and a half years old. Kids will learn about porcupines and their babies and throughout this program kids will focus on their amazing adaptations of porcupines in North America and around the world. You’ll listen to a story before you examine quills under a microscope then you’ll go on a nature walk to collect pine needles to create their own very own clay porcupine mama or baby to take home! The cost is $8 for kid members of the Audubon, $10 for kid non-members. Adults are admitted for free. Registration is required by calling 781.821.8853 or here. 

What a night for a family owl prowl at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. This program, great for kids 6-18, explores the world of owls. Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls and meet some of the museum’s resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life. To preserve the magic of the night, the museum asks that only adults carry flashlights. Please leave toys, clothing, or shoes that flash or make noise at home so we can enjoy the sounds of the animals and the twinkling of the stars. Wear sturdy walking shoes and insect repellent is recommended.  The cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Registration is required by calling 617.333.0690 https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=61483



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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