what to do with the kids this weekend and over April vacation 2019



The Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary in Norton invites you to join them for their annual fundraiser for their animals: Easter egg hunts! The hunts run 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/

Middleborough’s 6th annual herring run festival is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 – 4:00 p.m. both days at the Oliver Mill Park, Rt. 44 and Nemasket Street. Admission is free, there will be games, food, exhibits, demonstrations, music and lots of herring!


Friday, April 12:

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 13:

Milton Parks and Rec are hosting their 20th annual Easter Egg Festival today in Cunningham Park from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. There will be picture opportunities available with the Easter Bunny, face painting, egg decorating and the hunt itself. Cost is $5 per child or $10 per family, ages 2 – 6. https://www.facebook.com/events/301047350566660/


The town of Marshfield’s Department of Public Works and the Police Department will be hosting an open house today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at both facilities which are side by side one another. There will be a touch a truck (fire trucks, heavy equipment and police vehicles), a food truck and refreshments! It will be a great family event for all ages!

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival (https://www.cambridgesciencefestival.org/ taking place April 12 – 21) Quincy hosts the South Shore Science Festival V at the Quincy Center for Innovation from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Festival will be filled with hands-on science and technology exhibits and activities for kids and adolescents, facilitated by adults, from local enterprises to Fortune 500 companies, and also by high schoolers, eager to share their STEAM experience and knowledge. Some of the activities include hands-on demonstrations, performances, interactive workshops, and science in stories, games, sports, art and music. At the website you can see examples of the super-fun activities! This event is free! https://www.facebook.com/southshorescienceusa/

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 Duncan the Golden Retriever 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.


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.)


Prospect Park in Onset, at the Bandshell, is the place to be today at 11:00 a.m. for the EGGstravaganza – a free Easter egg hunt! Thousands of eggs are filled with all kinds of goodies and spread around on this special day. Don’t forget your Easter basket! All children up to age 12 are invites and a separate area for wee ones under 5 will be made available.


The Greater Bridgewater Women of Today hosts their annual Easter Egg Hunt today from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Inside the Bridgewater Sports Complex (The Dome). Advanced payment and registration is required – space is limited. $5 per child includes the egg hunt and 2 game tickets. There will be an Easter Bunny photo opp and the hunt begins at noon. There will be over 10,000 filled eggs to hunt for! https://sites.google.com/view/easteregghunt


Sunday, April 14:

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.


April Vacation Ideas

Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield:

Tuesday, April 16: Field trip to PINZ

Wednesday, April 17: Visit from a tennis pro, floor hockey tournament

Thursday, April 18: Touch a truck, tie dye, touch football tournament

Friday, April 19: inflatable obstacle course, basketball tournament, Mom On The Go grilled cheese food truck – also Curious Creatures program from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


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.: Brenner’s Magical Mystery Show by magician Stephen Brenner captivates youngsters with a high-energy presentation of magic and mystery.

Wednesday, April 17, 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!

Thursday, April 18, 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 Children’s Museum in Hanover:

Thursday, April 18: Easter Egg Hunt from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Free for museum members, $5 plus admission for non-members. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. to sign in, the hunt begins at 9:15 a.m. Bring your basket! Stories and craft at 10:30 a.m.


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.


Weir River Farm in Hingham

Week long Farmer for a Week April vacation program http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/south-of-boston/weir-river-farm.html



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.

Sunday, April 28th is the 5th annual Touch-A-Truck for the South Shore Children’s Museum at the Hanover Mall.




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