What to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7, 2019


For a list of local 4th and 4th of July weekend activities visit our website: https://959watd.com/blog/2019/07/4th-of-july-fireworks-and-parades-around-the-south-shore/

The Brockton Fair runs through Sunday, July 7th. One of America’s oldest fairs returns with thrilling rides, fireworks Saturday night at 10:45 p.m., demolition derby, live music and more! The daily shows include Sea Lion Splash, a farm petting zoo, Wolves of the Word and Scott’s Future of Magic Show. For details visit http://www.brocktonfair.net/

Weymouth July 4th carnival is back, and running at the high school until July 7th. 

The Middleborough Park Department’s annual 4th of July celebration includes carnival rides on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th of July. The North Middleborough 4th of July parade kicks off Thursday at 9:00 a.m. from the Pratt Free School and there will be fireworks on July 5th at 10pm, all helping to celebrate Middleborough’s 350th anniversary.

If you’re making your way into Boston, the Boston Common Frog Pond spray pool is open for the summer! https://bostonfrogpond.com/spray-pool/

Buttonwood Books in Cohasset has a fun Where’s Waldo? activity running this month. Your mission: collect stamps and stickers from 25 Cohasset and North Scituate businesses and bring your collection back to Buttonwood for your chance to win fun prizes. https://www.buttonwoodbooksandtoys.com/events/waldo


Friday, July 5

The Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program today includes the Pilgrim Hall Museum which is open today with free admission, along with the Children’s Museum in Easton!  http://highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays-2019


Princess Storytime at the Paragon Carousel in Hull has returned once again this summer. The carousel opens at 10:00 a.m. and storytime starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. rain or shine, this event is free and guests may purchase ride tickets to join the Princess storyteller once the story is over. This week’s reader is Ariel and Prince Eric!


Saturday, July 6:

Family Fun Days on Duxbury Beach are back, kicking off this morning with mollusk mania from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Primitive in the eyes of some, but, we know better! Take the razor clam’s ability to create its own quicksand in order to escape predation as an example of the complex skills of our calcium clad friends. You’ll learn about the many specialized capacities of mollusks. Check in with teacher/naturalist Judy Macioci when you arrive to Duxbury Beach – no registration required. Free and open to kids of all ages. Details here. https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/north-river/68231-duxbury-beach-2019-family-fun-day-on-the-beach-mollusk-mania-with-judy-macioci


Blessing of the fleet at Onset Pier at 10:30 a.m. followed by the vessel parade at 11:00 a.m. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. There will also be a pet parade, a doll carriage parade and a bicycle parade along with fun kids’ activities to celebrate Independence Day.


Big Ryan’s Tall Tales will be telling his stories today on the Town Hall Green from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. as part of First Saturdays Plymouth, a free taste of everything downtown Plymouth has to offer. https://www.plymouthfirstsaturdays.com/


Fireflies and lazy summer nights just seem to go together. Celebrate the start of summer at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton from 8 – 9:30  p.m. as you enjoy a little ice cream, make a firefly craft, learn what fireflies likes and how you can make your own backyard more firefly friendly! You’ll venture outside into the night to go looking for these flashing insects. This program is suggested for families with young children; children under 3 are free and the cost for member adults and children is $8, cost for non-member adults and children is $10. Don’t forget to wear long pants and bring your insect repellent – and bring a flashlight! Registration can be done online or via phone: 617.333.0690 https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/blue-hills/65266-firefly-friends


The Fantastic Firefly Festival is also happening at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary tonight from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Last year’s first annual festival was a brilliant success! Join firefly aficionado Jacqui Shuster and additional South Shore Teacher Naturalists for a night of celebration of fireflies! Learn how to identify and count our resident fireflies for the International Firefly Watch, and enjoy games, activities, crafts and demonstrations appealing to all ages! Registration is required and the cost is $8 for member adults, $5 for member kids, $10 for non-member adults and $7 for non-member kids. This program is suitable for ages 4 and older. Call or go online to register: 781.837.9400 https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/north-river/63637-fantastic-firefly-festival


Sunday, July 7:

Quincy’s U.S.S. Salem welcomes you aboard today for free from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Quincy’s proud shipbuilding history comes to life aboard this Cold War-era heavy cruiser. Berthed at her home port, the former Fore River Shipyard, the U.S.S. Salem also serves as home to the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum. Onboard exhibits include U.S.S. Quincy, Cruisers Sailors Association, U.S.S. Newport News, U.S. Navy SEAL LTJG John Connors, and model ships. Address is 551 South Street, Pier 3.  https://www.facebook.com/events/646356202552924/

Pilgrim Breakfast at the Harlow Old Fort House today from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Don’t miss this hearty New England breakfast served on the lawn of the Harlow House – a local tradition for 86 years! Breakfast includes fishcakes, scrambled eggs, baked beans, cornbread, and muffins – all served by charming volunteers in Pilgrim costumes. Entertainment includes historic house tours, hands-on crafts and period music! Admission is $12.50 per person ($10 for members). Family discount: $45 admits 2 adults and up to 3 children.


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.)


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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