what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12, 2019


Photo from https://friendsofthepublicgarden.org/ website

Saturday, May 11:

The day has arrived for 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/


The Duxbury 4th annual Touch-a-Truck is today from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Timothy J. Steele Athletic Building Parking Lot at 130 St. George Street. There will be vehicles on display, face painting, coffee and donuts and more. The cost is a $5 donation per person, all proceeds support The Martin Richard Foundation & Duxbury HS Student Council.


The Norwell Recreation Department is hosting their annual Catch & Release Fishing Derby for all ages today from 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Jacob’s Pond. You’ll meet at the Woodworth Field entrance on Rt. 123 across from the Pond. Free bait provided by Belsan’s while supplies last. Bring your own rod, tackle and bucket. Anglers 18 and up must have a fishing license. Event is rain or shine and promises fun and prizes! Motorized boats not allowed, no pre-registration required. https://www.facebook.com/events/607348846400415/


The Rockland Kiwanis Bicycle Safety Rodeo family fun day is today at the Rockland School Parking Lot Veteran’s Memorial on Taunton Ave from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for kids ages 5 to 14 years old. Along with Rockland Fire and Police and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department will provide free fingerprinting along with free bicycle safety inspections, training, safety equipment and helmets. Car seat inspections will be provided as well. https://www.facebook.com/events/1253321794809174/ 


For kids two and older, take in the free Saturday Safari Matinees – today’s topic, ferns! From 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. explore the many corners of North River Wildlife Sanctuary learning about ferns with a teacher naturalist who may hand you a lens or a bug net, even binoculars as you hit the trail. https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/north-river/67061-free-saturday-safari-matinee-2019-ferns


Just in time for Mother’s Day you’ll want to head to the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell for their native and wildflower plant sale. Pick plants that attract bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators. There will be a great selection with a heavy emphasis on natives and nativars. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers can help you select plants that are right for your gardens. Don’t miss a walk through the Winnie Lou Rounds Wildlings Garden to observe native spring ephemerals along with free activities for kids in the Jose Carreiro Children’s Garden. http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/


The Hingham Library presents Eyes on Owls: Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World family program today from10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Teacher naturalist Marcia Wilson and wildlife photographer Mark Wilson will introduce families to the owls of New England and beyond. Learn the field marks, signs and naturalist’s skills that you can use to find owls without disturbing them and then meet some live owls up close! This program requires registration either via email to hijuv@ocln.org or by calling the children’s desk at 781.741.1405 x 1403. http://www.hinghamlibrary.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 Duncan, a 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.


Sunday, May 12:

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association Mother’s Day Fishing Workshop is today from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Luddam’s Ford Park in Hanover. This family-friendly fishing workshop is for all experience levels. The NSRWA will have equipment for use, but feel free to bring your own! MSRWA educator Brian Taylor will discuss local history, flora and fauna, pond ecology, catch and release practices and an introduction to the world of ichthyology – the study of fish! Those 16 and older must have a valid MA Fishing License. Event is catch and release only. The cost is $10 per adult, $20 for a family of four or more and kids 15 or younger are free. You can register by calling 781.659.8168 or through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mothers-day-family-fishing-workshop-tickets-59955450366


Weir River Farm is hosting the 2nd annual Mother’s Day Picnic today from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 140 Turkey Hill Lane in Hingham. There will be live music and yard games. You can stroll down the hill to explore the farm and visit the barnyard together. Tea, coffee and pastries will be provided and you are welcome to BYOP – bring your own picnic. You can sign up for a photo session with a local professional photographer, too. Space is limited and you must register ahead of time for both the event and the pictures, if you’d like. Cost for the event is $30 for member families and $36 for nonmember families. Cost for photos is additional. https://www.facebook.com/events/443466133069194/


You can celebrate Mother’s Day in Boston’s most beautiful parks at the Duckling Day celebration and parade on today from 10:00 a.m. – noon. This tradition is more than 30 years old and celebrates the children’s classic book, Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey. Hundreds of kids will parade through the Public Garden and Boston Common dressed like characters from the story. Led by the Harvard University Marching Band, the parade begins in the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and will end in the Public Garden near the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculptures! Bring your camera! Prior to the parade will be playtime on the common with lots of family entertainment and activities including interactive circus games, Jenny the Juggler, a magician, face painting, a reading station and a goody bag for every kiddo. This event benefits the nonprofit Friends of the Public Garden. The registration fee is $40 per family. https://friendsofthepublicgarden.org/events/ducklingday/




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