what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19, 2019




Saturday, May 18:

The Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park kicks of the season with Free Ferry Day to Georges and Spectacle Islands! Enjoy an array of activities on the islands, including exploring beaches, taking a guided tour or hike, enjoying a picnic, learning about the history of the islands, visiting Fort Warren, and enjoying panoramic views of Boston. Free Ferry Tickets to the Boston Harbor Islands are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets tend to go quickly for this event, so be sure to come early to secure your free day of fun on the islands! Free Ferry Tickets to the Boston Harbor Islands are valid only on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are available beginning at 8:00 am on May 18th. Ferries will depart Long Wharf to Georges Island at 10:00 am, noon, and 2:00 pm. Ferries will depart Long Wharf for Spectacle Island at 9:30 am, 11:00 and 1:00 pm. Return ferries arrive into Long Wharf between 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm. For more information about Free Ferry Day, visit https://www.bostonharborislands.org/freeferryday


Head to the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth tonight 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. for a Flower Moon Hike for kids 10 and older. Once dusk has settled over the marsh you’ll let the moon light your 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 and $10 for adult and kid non-members. Registration is required: https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/tidmarsh/65695-flower-moon-hike


It’s Pirates Ashore Day in Plymouth and the all-day reenactment will kick off at 10:00 a.m. when the Old Colony Club fires the cannon to alert Plymouth Colony of the mysterious visitors in the harbor! This annual event presented by the Mayflower Society House highlights the little-known visit of three pirate ships to the Plymouth Colony in May 1646 as described by Gov. William Bradford’s Of Plimoth Plantation manuscript documenting life and travels of the Pilgrims of that time. The “pirates” were English privateers, just back from capturing a number of Spanish ships in the Caribbean, flush with cargo and cash. The men spent a month disrupting the quiet Pilgrim town and this day of reenactment includes the New Plimmoth Gard confronting the Privateers, the musket and pike drills, colonial artisans in action and sword fights from around 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m! See the full schedule here: https://www.facebook.com/Pirates-Ashore-in-Plymouth-535146083320626/  https://www.themayflowersociety.org/2016-04-07-19-40-40/piratesashore


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.


Sunday, May 19:

The third Sunday every month until October you can enjoy the Cranland Airport fly-in breakfast in Halifax! You’ll be able to lots of interested aircraft up close – just please, don’t touch! You can see the planes fly in and take off too, and enjoy breakfast for a great price – $7 for adults and $4 for kids which includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice. Fly, drive, walk or bike – this event is open to the public and kicks off at 8:00 a.m. and usually runs until about 11:00 a.m. They stop serving breakfast around 10:30 a.m. or when the food runs out! This event helps to support the EAA (experimental aircraft association) chapter 279. https://www.facebook.com/Cranland-Airport-144182855604045/


The Old Colony YMCA is hosting their annual Touch a Truck event today from 1:00 – 4:00 at Compass Medical on Rt. 18 in East Bridgewater. Cost is $20 per car load and kids of all ages will enjoy climbing all over the vehicles as well as face painting, boucey houses and other activities. Marshall from Paw Patrol will be there too from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.


If you’re heading north of the city the 5th annual kite festival takes place at Revere Beach from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free event for the whole family, free kit decorating for the kiddos – the first 300 kids (we and under) will receive a free kite kit. https://www.facebook.com/events/423652315054562/



The Joshua Kaye Foundation presents the 4th annual Family Fun Festival Sunday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Braintree. Family Fun Festival offers food, music, and fun for the whole family! As in past years, the festival will feature food trucks, performances, carnival games, and activities. The Touch-a-Truck area will give kids a chance to get in the driver’s seat of more than a dozen construction and rescue vehicles, and “kids” of all ages will love the video game truck. In honor of Joshua’s love of marine life, we have partnered with photographer Ben Hicks Fine Art and will recreate one of his images using plastic bottle caps with the help of festival attendees!
Don’t miss our 1000 rubber dolphin drop, a fun spectacle with cash prizes including a $1000 grand prize! There will also be a silent auction and raffles for prizes including family day passes to Great Wolf Lodge, Red Sox tickets, hotel stays, birthday parties, and gift certificates to many local restaurants and businesses. We’re excited to welcome back New England Wildlife Center and Big Joe the Storyteller! And new this year- Survivor Tails Animal Rescue will be with us! A HUGE thank you to CATS Academy Boston for hosting us!
To sponsor the event or for more information, email joshuakayefoundation@gmail.com


Ongoing Ideas   

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.


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.)


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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