Family Weekend Fun: Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7, 2019

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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 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 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! Admission is $10 for adults and children ages 2 and up. https://www.winslowfarm.com/

 

Friday, April 5:

How about star gazing for your Friday night? Join astronomers from the Astronomical Society of Southern New England for a look at the stars and other night objects through their big telescopes at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon tonight from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. This is a free, on-going event so you can feel free to drop in for some or all of the evening. The program, which is suitable for kids 6 and up, may be cancelled if sky conditions are cloudy/milky or in the event of overly wet field conditions. Call Patti Austin at 781.784.5691 x8103 after 7:00 p.m. for a recorded message about the status of the program prior to attending. Park at the visitor center and follow the trail marked by glow sticks to the viewing field. This is a self-directed 5-minute walk along a wooded trail. Bring a flashlight to help light your way to the astronomers! If you have mobility considerations reach out to the sanctuary at least 24 hours in advance as they may be able to offer accessible parking.

 

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/

 

Saturday, April 6:

From 9:00 a.m. to noon at Home Depot you can drop in with the kids to build a free birdhouse. Once the birdhouse is built the kiddos can paint and decorate it with stickers. Don’t forget to bring your orange aprons so you can add your birdhouse pin to it. If you’ve never been before you’ll be given an apron with your kit, while supplies last. 

Saturday Science is back for its 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, which meets from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. and 3 – 5 which meets from 10:15 0 11:00 a.m. Age limits are strictly enforced to ensure a positive experience for all kids. The theme this week is viruses and the scientist you’ll learn about is Francoise Barre-Sinoussi.  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. You must register for this program and you can call 781.741.1405 x1403 or online http://hinghamlibrary.org/376/Program-Registration

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 Boo the Shih Tzuand his partner Toni 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.

Open Barnyard is back at Weir River Farm in Hingham today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Spring has arrived at the farm – and with it arrives a barnyard full of wide-eyed baby animals. Throughout the spring, join Weir River as they welcome lambs, chicks and piglets to the barnyard (pigs may not arrive until May). Nutmeg the pony, Billy the goat, and the other barnyard regulars are also excited to see you after a long winter. Visit the barnyard with your family to brush a goat, make a barnyard craft, pet a chicken, and more. Talk to a friendly farmer and learn more about life of the farm. While you’re there, take a walk on one of the many farm trails and experience all that Weir River Farm has to offer! Every Saturday, 10am-2pm unless otherwise noted. Parking located at 140 Turkey Hill Lane, then walk down the farm “chute” to the barnyard. (Consider using a baby carrier in lieu of a stroller; the walk down the hill isn’t well suited for average strollers.) Cost is $5 for member kids and $10 for non-member kids (Adults are admitted for free). http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/south-of-boston/event-44130.html 

 

Sunday, April 7:

Families with kids within every spectrum of special needs are invited to a private photo session with the Easter Bunny. This sensory friendly bunny event is at the Kingston Collection from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. You reserve your complimentary ticket and you can arrive anytime during the 15 minute window. Once you arrive the bunny helpers will provide coloring pages and crayons so families don’t need to wait in line. You can purchase photo packages at the event. Click here to learn more and register: https://www.kingstoncollection.com/event/bunny-cares-sensory-bunny/

The South Shore Kid’s Expo at the Kingston Collection today from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Head to the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell today from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. for a Spring Egg-stravaganza! All ages, accompanied by an adult are welcome. Rabbits, chickens and eggs are a surge sign of spring and you’ll learn how to decorate eggs with natural dyes, enjoy an egg hunt and search for clues that spring is near! Cost for the program is $11 for member kids and $15 for non-member kids (adults are admitted for free). You must register online for the Egg-stravaganza – space is limited! http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/spring-egg-stravaganza-3/2019-04-07/  

 

Upcoming

The Rockland Lions Club presents Breakfast with the Bunny on Sunday, April 14 from 8:00 a.m. – noon at the Esten School, 733 Summer Street in Rockland. Cost for adults is $8 and $6 for kids. You can have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny for $5. There will be games, prizes and face painting too. Please bring a donation for the Rockland Food Pantry and you’ll receive a free game ticket.

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/

April 27 is Healthy Kids Day at the South Shore Y in Hanover & Quincy. This is free and open to the public and includes fun, free activities that promote the health and well-being of kids and their families.

 

April Vacation Ideas

Pilgrim Hall Museum:

During kid’s week, all kids up to 18 are admitted for free:

Monday, April 15, 1 – 2:00 p.m.: Native American presenter Annawon Weeden shares tribal lore through song, dance and story of the Wampanoag people of the region, the People of the Dawn or First Light.

Tuesday, April 16, 1 – 2:00 p.m.: Big Ryan’s Tall Tales brings stories to life for all ages with his puppets, music and plenty of zazzle!

Wednesday, April 14, 1 – 2:00 p.m.: Brenner’s Magical Mystery Show by magician Stephen Brenner captivates youngsters with a high-energy presentation of magic and mystery.

Thursday, April 15, 1 – 2:00 p.m. Spring Tales of Thornton Burgess, encounter the natural world of beloved children’s book author Thornton Burgess, including a delightful array of animal inhabitants, in this story telling and craft session.

Friday, April 19, 1 – 2:00 p.m.: Percussionist Ed Sorrentino brings the beat with an array of authentic West African drums to get everyone in rhythm.

Museum admission is free for residents of Plymouth or members of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors.

 

Plymouth Center for the Arts:

Thursday, April 18 is Family Fun Day at the Plymouth Center for the Arts at 11 North Street in Plymouth. For $45 one child and one adult can experience a full day of art projects together. From 10:00 a.m. until noon you will work with teachers Ahleah and Nancy for Acrylic Pour and Clay Hand Building. And from 1 – 3 you’ll work with Jill on drawing and more clay hand building with Nancy. https://plymouthguild.org/events/other/family-fun-day-2019  

 

South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell:

Monday, April 18: Southwick Zoo brings some of their animals to Vine Hall, animals with scales, fur and feathers! Two shows at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Buy your tickets in advance: $8 for members and $11 for non-members.

 

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