What to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16, 2019



Saturday, June 15:

Rockland Day, 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. will include free children’s activities, live bands, demonstrations, food trucks, arts and crafts, games and more at Lower Memorial field. A wiffle ball tournament takes place at 4 at Veterans Memorial Stadium and the fireworks display is at 9:00 p.m. The day also features Rockland High School hockey 5k dog dash run/walk at 9am at the Esten School. https://www.facebook.com/events/303334223670161/


Explore the forests and wetlands of Brockton Audubon Preserve and Stone Farm Conservation Area at the spring in the forest hike today from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. This is a 5 mile walk suitable for kids ages 10 and older. Bring your water bottle, bug spray and sunscreen. Waterproof shoes are a good idea since there may be some wet areas. Your guides are long-time resident Rachel Thilbeault and AmericCorps member Hayley Leonard. It’s free but they’d like you to register: https://wildlandstrust.org/events


The 68th annual Quincy Flag Day & Celebration takes place tonight with the parade stepping off at 7:00 p.m. from Coddington Street and the celebration portion of the night is at Pageant Field after the parade. An impressive 30’x60’ version of Old Glory, a fly-over, a patriotic medley and an awards presentation are all capped off by a dazzling 30-minute fireworks display over Black’s Creek. https://www.discoverquincy.com/events/city-quincy-flag-day-parade-celebration-2


Don’t forget, it’s the 15th annual Art on the Green today from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. While the parental units shop the more than 70 regional and local artists and artisan the kids can design a tie for dad for a $5 donation to the Home for Little Wanderers. There will also be free face painting and balloon art for the kids from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. https://www.pinehills.com/


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 Bella, a Lab/Springer Spaniel and her partner Nicole, 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 16:

The South Shore Children’s Museum is hosting a Bike-a-thon at Forge Pond Park in Hanover. This free event kicks off at 3:00 p.m. and you can explore the Oregon Trail on your bike, stopping at stations to get stamps in your passbook. Party after with the Toe Jam Puppet band and enjoy refreshments too. You can also dunk your dad in the dunk tank! https://www.facebook.com/events/373007599982105/


Father’s Day Annual Spring Fling Mud Fest takes place in Halifax today all day at Nessralla’s Farm at 139 Hemlock Lane. Dig trucks, mud, lawn mower races, music, food and great friends. Kids under 6 are admitted for free, $15 at the gates.  https://www.facebook.com/mudfesthalifaxma/


Cranland Airport in Hanson will help you celebrate Father’s Day with their monthly Fly In breakfast. Come and see lots of interesting aircraft up close – just don’t touch! You can see the planes land and take off and enjoy a pancake breakfast for only $7 for adults and $3 for the kiddos. Scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice. All are welcome! Fly, drive walk or bike. The day kicks off around 8 am and wraps by 11, though breakfast stops between 10/10:30 or when the food runs out! This event, which is always the third Sunday of the month until October, helps support the EAA chapter 279 (experimental aircraft association). And new this year you can pay for breakfast with credit cards or Apple or Google pay and good ole cash too. https://www.facebook.com/Cranland-Airport-144182855604045/


Another option for breakfast with Dad is at Great Blue, at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton today from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Great for families with kids ages 3 and older you’ll walk off brunch with a hike! Breakfast includes pastries, bagels, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk and hot beverages. Afterwards go on a guided hike to the top of Great Blue Hill with a naturalist. You’ll search out animal tracks and sign, take a look at some of the cool rocks on the hillside, and enjoy the view at the top of Eliot Tower. If it’s rainy there will be a live animal program instead of the walk. Cost is $15 for adult members, $10 kid members; $18 for adult non-members and $13 for kid non-members. You must call to register: 617.333.0690. https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/blue-hills/65208-breakfast-at-great-blue-with-dad


Head to the Plymouth Town Forest and Wildlands Trust’s South Triangle Preserve today from noon until 3:00 p.m. for a Father’s Day 4-mile hike with an end-of-hike visit across the street to IndieFerm Brewing’s taproom for post hike refreshments with their own craft beer and kombucha. Bring your water! This hike is for kids ages 12 and older and the taproom is family friendly. Leashed dogs welcome on the trail and in the taproom. Coast is $8 for non-members, $5 for members. Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fathers-day-hike-hops-tickets-61880815184



June 21 & 22: Hanover Day 2019 - https://hanoverday.com/





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