What to do with the kids this weekend, Friday March 22 through Sunday, March 24, 2019



Saturday and Sunday the Brookwood Farm in the Blue Hills Reservation is your host to Maple Sugar Days Festival from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day. It’s sugarin’ time in the Blue Hills! Join Trailside and the Mass DCR for the more than 20-year-old tradition of making maple syrup! Discover how people learned to get sugar from a tree as you take a walk down “Maple Lane” to meet people who share the maple story and who help you handle and use sugar making tools. Smell the wood smoke as you watch clouds of steam rise from bubbling sap cooking into syrup in the sugar house. And get a taste of real maple! There will be games and activities for the kids, a warming bonfire, and skilled artisans will be on hand to demonstrate traditional, hand-powered crafts. Grab a bite to eat from a food truck and purchase some locally-produced maple syrup before you go home. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children – free for kids 2 and under. You can also enjoy free same-day admission to the Trailside Museum when you visit the maple sugar festival. https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/blue-hills-trailside-museum/news-events/maple-sugar-festival


Friday, March 22:

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 Full Worm Moon Hike from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Designed for kids 10 and older with adults, once dusk has settled over the marsh the moon will light the way as you occasionally stop, look, and listen for creatures that awaken with the setting of the sun. You will slow your pace and heighten your senses to experience the sanctuary under the cover of darkness. Cost is $8 for adult and kid members, $10 for adult and kid non-members. Don’t forget to wear suitable shoes for hiking, and hiking in potentially muddy spots! And dress for the weather, too. Feel free to bring a flashlight, but only use if instructed!  https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/tidmarsh/65693-full-worm-moon-hike


Saturday, March 23:

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 Hope, a Cocker Spaniel, and her partner Lynn, 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.


Welcome Spring with a walk today at the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Fun for the whole family, the peepers chorusing, basking turtles emerging, and buds bursting – it must be spring time! Welcome the return of spring with a nature hike to observe all the sights and sounds that come back to life with longer and warmer days after a long winter. The cost is $6 for member adults and kids and $8 for non-member adults and kids. https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/tidmarsh/65698-welcome-spring-walk


Who’s Who in the world of Hoot? Let’s head to the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield for an evening immersed in the parliament of owls under a full moon! Through a night walk, observation and listening skills, activities like dissecting pellets, readings and with a few surprises you will celebrate all things owl in the land of avian sovereignty. Cost is $10 for adult and kid members, $15 for adult and kid non-members. The program runs from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. and is suitable for kids 6 and up! Registration is required: https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/north-river/63393-who-s-who-in-the-world-of-hoot


Sunday, March 24:

Today is the first ever Weymouth Irish Heritage Day! The 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 begin 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/


The Paragon Carousel in Hull opens for the season on Saturday, April 20 for pictures with the Easter Bunny! Spring weekend hours from 4/20 through 5/19 are Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. http://www.paragoncarousel.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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