what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17, 2019



Friday, March 15:

Each Friday this month the Children’s Museum of Easton teams up with Fuller Craft museum for characters and crafts from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. An imaginative story time will be followed by a process-based arts and crafts activity. Keep your eye on their calendar for other fun programs. https://www.cmeaston.org/events/characters-crafts/


Tonight head to the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth for their Friday Night Hike from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – it’s all about owls! Designed for kids 10 and older with adults, you’ll take to the trails at dusk in search of wildlife that can be found at the sanctuary that month, with a focus on owls with their habitats being the focus tonight. Cost is $8 for adult and kid members, $10 for adult and kid non-members. Don’t forget to wear suitable shows for hiking, and hiking in potentially muddy spots! And dress for the weather, too.  https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/tidmarsh/66419-friday-night-hikes-all-about-owls


Saturday, March 16:

The Hingham Public Library has a wonderful opportunity for your new(ish) reader to gain comfort and experience reading: it’s their read to a dog program! Saturday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. you can read to Golden Retriever Duncan and his partner Shaelah, and you can book your 15 minute reading sessions through the children’s department by calling 781.741.1405 x1403 or sending an email to hijuv@ocln.org. Reading to a trained therapy dog helps develop literacy skills and builds confidence and self-esteem. This program is great for kids ages 5 and older.


Today from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. head to the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton for a fun family day for their Owls Live Festival! See amazing live owls and learn all about these fascinating birds. The live owl shows take place at 1:00 p.m., 1:35 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:20 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.  In addition to seeing the owls you will have a chance to decorate owl cookies, make owl crafts, take home bird seed, and participate in printmaking and stamping too. You’ll have a chance to hike and play outdoor games and get your face painted too. https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/museum-of-american-bird-art/66026-owls-live!-festival 



Sunday, March 17:

Abington will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their St. Patrick’s Day Parade, stepping off at 1:00 p.m. from St. Patrick’s Square in Abington Center at Bailey’s Garage where Washington Street meets Orange Street and Centre Avenue. For the route, and more details visit: http://www.abingtonstpatricksdayparade.org/


Scituate’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 1:00 p.m. today from the old Gate’s Middle School on First Parish Road and will run through downtown, Front Street, Scituate Harbor and end on Jericho Road. All the details are online on FB and here: https://www.weloveaparade.com/


Have you had a chance to try your hand at maple sugaring yet? Today might just be your day! The Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon is giving you a chance to experience the magic of turning sap into syrup from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. today. This is suitable for kids ages 4 and older and the cost is $10 for adults and for kids. You’ll participate in a 90-minute outdoor, guided tour including meeting people portraying characters from the past as they go about their daily tasks, including sugaring., while you learn about how sugaring has evolved from Native American to colonial to current-day processes and procedures. The tour concludes at the operational sugar house where you can enjoy a taste of the final product! Then you’ll head indoors where you can participate in crafts and other activities. You can purchase pancakes with syrup, ‘sap’ dogs (hot dogs cooked in maple sap), maple-sugar dusted popcorn and more delicious food items available for a small additional fee. This program sells out so be sure to register ahead of time. Visit the website for details about reserving your spot: https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/moose-hill/63472-maple-sugaring-weekends-sunday-march-17 


The Irish Cultural Center is celebrating all weekend long capping off today with great music and food from 11:00 a.m. until late, as they say. Glitter tats and face painting for the kiddos, too, from noon until 6:00 p.m.  http://www.irishculture.org/




Sunday, March 24 marks the first ever Weymouth Irish Heritage Day. A parade kicks off at 11:00 a.m. down Union Street followed by a festival of music, food and fun at Stella Tirrell Park. https://www.facebook.com/Weymouth-Irish-Heritage-Day-1890383967726343/


The Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary in Norton invites you to join them for their annual fundraiser for their animals: Easter egg hunts! The hunts being April 6 and 7 and will continue each weekend until Easter Sunday. The egg hunts are fun for all ages and kids can run or meander through the tall pines of the beautiful Nature Trail to find colorful eggs at their own pace. Please bring your Easter basket! For the safety of the animals they will not be interacting with visitors on egg hunt days. And don’t forget to dress appropriately for this outdoor event! https://www.winslowfarm.com/


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.! https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/


The Children’s Museum in Easton is a gem here on the South Shore with wonderful play areas and fun programs for kids in their MakerSpace area. https://www.cmeaston.org/


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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