what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21, 2019



Friday, July 19

The Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program today includes the Boston Children’s Museum, The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Battleship Cove, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Sandwich Glass Museum and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art out in Amherst among other spots! 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 story time 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 Anna from Frozen! http://www.paragoncarousel.com/friday-morning-story-time/


Boston’s Museum of Science is marking 50 years since a Moon-umental milestone and astronomic achievement with special hands-on activities, thought-provoking live presentations and more this weekend! Between Planetarium shows, or chatting with Apollo engineer Don Eyles about engineering a lunar landing (Friday at 12:30 p.m.), chatting with Apollo engineer Bruce McCoy (Saturday at 11:00 a.m.) about the spacecraft systems, or learning about the future of space-wear, the weekend is full of out of this world learning opportunities for the whole family! https://www.mos.org/public-events/moon-landing-50th


Saturday, July 20

Family Fun Days on Duxbury Beach, today from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – piping plovers with Jacqui Shuster. Jacqui will add a hands-on craft to help illustrate the unique adaptation of this pint size dynamo. Maybe you’ll even get a chance to see some of these famous summer residents and hear updates on their progress. Great for kids of all ages – no fee and no registration required! Meet in the lot on the ocean side of the Powder Point Bridge. Tell the harbormaster you are attending the Mass Audubon program. Non-residents are permitted to use the lot while attending the program. https://www.seeplymouth.com/events/duxbury-beach-2019-family-fun-day-beach


You can watch the movie Jaws outside tonight on a jumbo movie screen in Marshfield at 8:30 p.m. at Harbor Park. This is a free event where you can purchase popcorn, candy, and drinks. You’ll want to bring lawn chairs and blankets, along with bug spray and maybe a flashlight. The movie is rated PG and it maybe be too intense for younger kids; presented by the Marshfield Kiwanis and The Molly Fund. https://www.facebook.com/events/2178564455514882/


Head to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Space Fest, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It’s a day full of activities for the whole family. There will be special visitors to the museum including a former NASA astronaut, scientists and engineers. The kids will have a chance to build and launch their own rockets and participate in other make and take space activities! All guest speaker presentations in Smith Hall will be free and open to the public. Visitors ages 17 and under will be admitted to the museum and all space activities free of charge. Regular admission fees for the Museum apply to adults, additional student, military, senior, EBT discounts available. https://www.facebook.com/events/696832730737273/


It’s Lunar Day at the MIT Museum in Cambridge today! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon with a jam-packed day of programming taking place throughout the museum. Participate in hands-on activities, enjoy demos and lightening talks, watch moon “movies” on the big screen, and have the rare chance to see a moon rock on loan from NASA! Special Apollo related artifacts will be on display too. The MIT Museum is especially thrilled to welcome the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) Restoration Team to see the results of their multi-year effort to restore the AGC #14 used for ground testing and man-rating of the Lunar Module in Houston. Unless you are an Apollo astronaut or part of the team that worked on the AGC and its software, this is the first time ever to see this computer in action! A display will be open all day, and presentation at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. will allow for a deeper dive into how the computer works and the challenges of restoring it. Events and activities run from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/LunarDay


Today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. get ready to celebrate the Neponset River and the beautiful parks and pedestrian paths along the shore, along with the natural salt marshes and wetlands that support more than 200 species of birds, fish and other wildlife. All activities at RiverFest are free and include canoeing/kayaking, biking, rock wall climbing, soccer demonstrations, bouncy house, casting/fishing clinic, live music, environmental and science exhibits, kids’ activities and more. Head to the DCR Neponset Park in Dorchester, 76 Hilltop S. at the corner of Granite Ave. https://www.neponset.org/riverfest/


Duxbury Music Festival’s Family Fest is today on the Duxbury Town Green from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. It’s a fun way for families to interact with music and the arts, ideal for kids in preschool to about age 7 along with family. There will be interactive music and arts activities, face painting, hot dogs and cake provided by Brothers Marketplace and more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. https://www.facebook.com/events/1639726172828421/


Sunday, July 21

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/



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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