what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5, 2019



Science is everywhere, and the kitchen table is no exception. Head to the Museum of Science in Boston Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for their Grow Your Food IQ Weekend with a special theme: discovering the connections between food and science fiction. Meet authors and experts in nutrition, food science and robotics. Learn how we might feed travelers on a star ship, how robots are being used in kitchens today and how the military has surprisingly shaped the way we eat. Have fun taking pictures with your favorite characters from other worlds, doing hands-on activities related to food robotics and watching fun cooking demos. Head online to see the complete schedule: https://www.mos.org/public-events/sci-fi-weekend-2019


Friday, May 3:

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, May 4:

The Hanson Boy Scouts, Pack 34, have organized a Touch-A-Truck event today from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Maquan Elementary school in Hanson. Admission is $5 per person, limit $20 per family.


Its Saturday Science time once again at the Hingham Public Library from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. for kids of the kindergarten through second grade age set and from 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. for kids in grades 3 – 5. The topic today: Sharks Among us! And the special guest this week is the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Gills Club. 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. Call or email to register: hljuv@ocln.org.


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, a Shih Tzu, and 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.


Head to the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield today from 2:00 0- 3:00 p.m. for a free Saturday Safari matinee on tracking! Great for kids 2 and up, each week there will be a different focus – you may be handed binoculars, a bug net, or a hand lens as you hit the trails with a teacher naturalist. If the weather isn’t so great an alternative program will be offered indoors. https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/north-river/67060-free-saturday-safari-matinee-2019-tracking


The South Shore YMCA in Hanover hosts a Kids’ Night out every Saturday night from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Emilson branch, 75 Mill Street. Drop the kiddos for a night of fun at the Y then head out and enjoy some adult time as the kids play, explore and learn with the caring staff of the Y. There will be bounce houses, movies, games, pizza and more! This is designed for kids 6 weeks to 11 years old and the cost is $20 per child for SSYMCA members and $25 per child for non-members.


The South Shore Folk Music Club at First Parish Duxbury is hosting Ellis Paul’s Children’s Concert from 3 – 4:30 p.m. today where Ellis will be featuring his children’s album “The Dragonfly Races,” a 2008 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award Winner, inspired by his two daughters. This is his first family album full of hummable songs that appeal to kids and parents alike. Cost for tickets is from $9-12 based on South Shore Folk Club membership. https://www.southshorefolkmusicclub.org/event-3159325


The Blue Hills is the place to be to attempt some Spring Star Gazing and a campfire tonight from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Great for kids ages 6 and older, you’ll observe the changes that occur as day shifts to night from the top of Chickatawbut Hill. After the sun sets you’ll check out the moons of Jupiter as the biggest planet makes its closest approach to Earth (about 414 million miles!). With some luck you may even catch sight of some early Eta Aquarid meteors, space junk left behind by Halley’s Comet. You’ll wrap up the evening by toasting marshmallows around the campfire and enjoying some celestial stories. This event will be at the Norman Smith Environmental Educational Center. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather! Raid date = Saturday, May 18th. Cost is $10 for adult and kid members, $12 for adult and kid non-members. https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/blue-hills/65264-spring-star-gazing-and-campfire


Sunday, May 5:

It’s a fun-filled afternoon with Barnicle and Husk, our favorite cat and mouse duo, at the Mayflower Society House on the Plymouth waterfront from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Kids will enjoy book readings and fun activities, play games – including the Barnicle and Husk board game, and meet author Mary Shields who will be there to sign copies of her books. There will be free activity handouts for kids and you can watch the Barnicle and Husk animated storybook, The Beginning, too! https://www.facebook.com/events/310975952938750



Saturday, May 11:

Today is the rescheduled 5th annual Touch-A-Truck for the South Shore Children’s Museum at the Hanover Mall from noon until 4:00 p.m. There will be trucks and equipment for the kids to climb on and Joe’s Crazzy Critters will be there with their animals. Lots of sweet treats and a jumpee, a dunk tank and Miss Stacy’s dance party! The cost is $5 per person, right in the old JC Penney parking lot. https://www.facebook.com/events/693119721103645/



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