What to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, 2019

Norwell Summerfest


Beginning Thursday and running Friday and Saturday it’s the annual Olde Home Days Fair at First Church in Pembroke. The Friday night rides are open from 6 – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 10:00 p.m. Also Saturday morning the First Church monthly pancake breakfast takes place at 8:00 a.m. and the Strawberry Shortcake Festival takes place at 1:00 p.m. Pembroke School of Performing Arts dancers perform from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. http://firstchurchinpembroke.org/


Saturday, June 1:

Norwell Summerfest kicks off today at 1:00 p.m. in Norwell Town Center and runs until about 7:00 p.m. There will be family attractions, live music, artisan shopping, summer food fare along with beer gardens and more. Free admission and entertainment; food, drinks and artisan merchandise not included in free admission. https://norwellsummerfest.com/


It’s Sheep Day at Soule Homestead in Middleboro today from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. It’s a fun day on the farm where you can watch the sheep get their annual haircut, make a fun craft, visit the lambs and chicks, pat a bunny, watch a sheep dog work and more. Enjoy live music all day from local favorite Ric Allendorf and opener Billy Mulligan. Cost is $5 per adult, $2 per kid and under age 3 is free.  http://www.soulehomestead.com/


It’s Hanson Day today from noon until 4:00 p.m. at Town Hall. This free event will include face painting and karate demos, along with a touch-a-truck, tick racing (!), goat yoga and do much more! The event is free but the Hanson Business Network is asking for folks to bring a canned good for the Hanson Food Pantry. https://www.facebook.com/hansonday2019/


Ever been to a Color Run? It’s a fun race/walk where you are doused with colorful powder! Very vibrant way to get some exercise in! The Francis W. Parker Elementary PTO is organizing Park’s Crazy Color Run today at Cavanagh Stadium on Birch Street in Quincy from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This event is open to all, as walkers and runners are on the course they’ll be doused with color throughout the course making it magical and fun. Don’t be afraid to wear a costume, cape, wig, headband or tutu – whatever your heart desires. Let your true colors shone before the color is added to your wardrobe! There will be music, a dunk tank, raffles, games, snacks, a toddler area as well – fun for all ages! https://www.facebook.com/events/422279455253081/


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 – 11:00 a.m. Age limits are strictly enforced to ensure a positive experience for all kids. The theme this week is yeast! Saturday Science sessions expose kids to different scientific fields and the leading female scientists in those fields and today Nancy Silverton will be highlighted, American chef, baker, author and the 2014 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Award. 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 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.


Sunday, June 2:

The 4th annual Family Fun Festival takes place today in Braintree at CATS Academy from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the Joshua Kaye Foundation, 2001 Washington Street in Braintree. The Family Fun Festival offers food, music and fun for the entire family. The festival features 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 you’re invited to use donated bottle caps to help complete a mosaic of marine life! The 1000 rubber dolphin drop is a fun spectacle with a $1,000 grand prize! Lots of exciting raffle and silent auction items, too. The New England Wildlife Center will be onsite as will Big Joe the Storyteller as well. https://www.facebook.com/events/254992751974871/


It’s time for Open Farm Day at Dalby Farm in Scituate today from 10:00 a.m. – noon. You can browse the rare breeds educational farm and get to know the animals. A farm-based educator will be available to answer your questions. The goats, sheep, turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese, bunnies, pig and peacocks can’t wait to see you. The cost is $5 per person. https://www.facebook.com/events/424243131669663/




June 7, 8 & 9: Abington Celebrates Founders Day and Flag Day

June 9: Nantasket Beach Car Show

June 15: Rockland Day, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. featuring Rockland High School hockey 5k dog dash, wiffle ball tournament and fireworks.

June 16: South Shore Children’s Museum Bike-a-Thon, Hanover

June 21 & 22: Hanover Day 2019


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 Saturdays 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.)


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 $3 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/





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