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what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 20, 2019

farm day


Nassralla Farm’s 15 acre corn maze in Halifax is open Saturday and Sunday through October 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.! Admission is $12 per person – kids under 3 and over 80 admitted for free. Admission includes entry to the farm, maze, hayrides, bouncy houses, tunnel, toddler maze, kiddie train and lawn games. Additional offerings include a zip line, pumpkins, pony rides and face painting. Friday and Saturday flashlight maze is from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. on October 18/19 and 25/26.


King Richard’s Faire final weekend is this Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


St. John’s Not-So-Spooky Haunted House is a fun, interactive Halloween event for kids 12 and under, right in Hingham. The haunted house is open for its 4th year Friday and Saturday October 18th and 19th as well as Friday and Saturday October 25th and 26th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, $20 for immediate family members. St. John’s also makes Family Vouchers available to South Shore families in need so that everyone may enjoy this fun family event regardless of ability to pay. Please contact St. John’s for more information. St. John’s is located at 172 Main Street in Hingham.


The Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village present their annual Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular through November 3! Travel through the season wonderland! Celebrate the wonders of New England and all it’s glory and magic. Feast your senses on autumn’s beauty, winter’s swirling snow, spring’s first blossoms and summer’s ocean breezes intricately carved on thousands of pumpkins displayed along the Zoo’s beautiful Wetlands Trail. The trail is open 6 – 10:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 19:

The 39th annual Daniel Webster Farm Day takes places today in Marshfield from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. It’s Mass Audubon’s biggest South Shore celebration of the year! The grasslands at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a festival of fall farm fun, perfect for the whole family. There will be a live Eyes on Owls program, hay mazes, tractor – drawn hayrides, farm animals to meet, along with kids’ crafts, games, face painting and a nature play area. Lunch fare and baked goodies and snacks area available for purchase and there will be artisan demonstrations and a chance to stock up on local, handmade gifts for the holidays. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers and kids 2 and under are admitted for free.


Head to the Alden House Haunted House today from 4 – 8:00 p.m. Ride your broomstick over for a night of “spooktacular” fun. There will be haunted tours and trail walks, maze, face painting, activities for kids and refreshments for sale. Costumes are encouraged! The cost is $6 per person.


The 15th annual 5k Run by the Bay and Kids’ Fun Run with a post-race party. This race is held in memory of Royce Whitaker, a beloved second grade student at Bay Farm whose life was cut short in a tragic accident in the summer of 2009. Ever since the race has been run in his honor – it’s a high-spirited road race celebrating the joy, compassion and unquenchable curiosity of Royce and all of the Bay Farm students. The proceeds of this event help benefit the Royce Whitaker Scholarship Fund for incoming second grades families and for deserving students enrolled at the school. So race registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the kids fun run for kids 5 and younger is at 9:30 a.m. and the kids run for ages 5 and older is at 9:45 a.m. The USATF-sanctioned race begins at 10:15 a.m. and there is a post-race 5k with a BBQ truck and pour garden too. There is a great playground for the kiddos to check out as well.


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 Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Designed for kids ages 5 and older you can reserve a 15 minute reading session by calling the Children’s Department: 781.741.1405 x1403. This week you’ll read to Hope, a Cocker Spaniel, and her partner Lynn. Reading to a trained therapy dog helps develop literacy skills and builds confidence and self-esteem. The library’s canine friends are all wonderful, patient listeners who are looking forward to reading with you!


Sunday, October 20:

The Type One Renegade Run is today! It’s a block party at Bare Cove Park in Hingham with a kids obstacle course along with the full obstacle course for the adults!


It’s time to Fall for Scituate today from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be face painting, character visits, bounce house, touch a tractor along with the farm fashion follies: darling ducks, previous piglets, glorious goats, radiant rabbits and charismatic chickens will hop, waddle and strut their stuff on the red carpet all vying for the most applause from you, the audience, for cutest, best dressed, all around best in show and more. That’s at 11:30 a.m. with Acres to Grow Farm. There will be music, tractor hayrides, balloon animals, a petting zoo, food trucks and an ice cream eating contest at 1:00 p.m.


This is the final Cranland Airport fly-in breakfast in Hanson of the season! 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.


The New England Wildlife Center’s 17th annual Night of a Thousand Faces fundraising event begins Friday, October 25th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. and continues Saturday, October 26th only. Hundreds of creatively carved pumpkins will once again light the way along the Andrea McKenna Harris nature trail in Weymouth. After you walk the trail head inside to see animal demonstrations, enjoy music and take a tour of the facility. Admission is $8 per person for children and adults and all proceeds will support the wildlife care and education at NEWC in both Weymouth and Barnstable.

The NRT (Natural Resources Trust)’s Sheep Pasture Spooktacular is today from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Easton. This is a great family-friendly event that has special fall activities for visitors of all ages. Admission includes all activities, hayrides, crafts and events. Food and pumpkin will be sold for an additional fee. Cash only the day of the event. The family hayrides are in both daylight and dark, no spooky costumes characters, frightening effects or scary scenes. There will be a fire pit station to roast marshmallows and a skull station where you can explore the NRT’s collection of animal skulls and learn what makes each one special. The event offers face painting and pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts too. You may want to bring a flashlight, too.


About Lisa Azizian

Lisa loves sitting by Rob’s side as his official Sidekick on The South Shore’s Morning News!