what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3, 2019

Academy of the Company Theatre presents America’s Next Top Monster! Monsters creep out from under the bed in this original musical about friendship, acceptance, and things that go bump in the night. Shelley Academy is the place where young vampires, zombies, werewolves and witches learn more than reading, writing, and arithmetic — they learn how to scare! When the students are announced as finalists on the hit reality series, “America’s Next Top Monster”, they can’t wait to finally take down their rivals — Bram Stoker Prep. When the school principal reveals that, for the first time in history, humans will be allowed to attend the formerly monsters-only school, the students of Shelley Academy worry about their chances for victory getting staked right through the heart. With a pop-rock score and snappy dialogue by A.C.T.’s own Director of Education, Melissa Carubia, America’s Next Top Monster entertains while delivering a strong message about bullying and inclusion. Performances are Friday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. https://www.companytheatre.com/americas-next-top-monster/
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 its 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. http://rwpzoo.org/jols
Friday, November 1:  
It’s an early release day for some schools, including Whitman-Hanson, so the Whitman Library is hosting family movie time from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – PJs and nut-free snacks are welcome! They’ll show The Land Before Time III – The Time of Great Giving. For more info click here. 
Saturday, November 2:
Quincy Boy Scout Troop 6 wants your pumpkins! It’s their annual Punkin Chunkin event at Pageant Field from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bring your leftover pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns and launch them with the troops trebuchet (like a catapult, only cooler!) and giant sling shot! There will be food and games and you can bring your extra candy which they will send to soldiers overseas. It’s $5 per launch and the proceeds help to support Troop 6! https://www.troop6quincy.com/
Saturday Science is back every first Saturday of the month for another fantastic year. The Hingham Public Library hosts Saturday Science which is designed to expose kids to different scientific fields and the leading female scientists in those fields. The theme for this year’s series is The Science of Food and each session includes a hand-on experiment or craft activity 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. November 2 features scientist Stephanie Kwolek and we’ll be making butter and ice cream!  You must register to attend: 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 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 Salty, a Chihuahua, and his partner Christina. 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!
Saturdays at Bay Farm returns with another free concert from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., this time with the Toe Jam Puppet Band! The Toe Jam Puppet Band offers a special brand of hands-on children’s entertainment that grown-ups can actually enjoy. The Dynamic group is great with kids, but best when the adults are having fun with the little ones. The performances are very active, encouraging kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling, and just plain old good fun, all for nearly 20 years now! Bay Farm Montessori Academy is located at 145 Loring Street in Duxbury.  
Today is the 3rd annual Blue Hills Great Estates Fall Foliage Day from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Three local iconic garden estates will be showcasing their autumn landscapes and designed gardens today: The Trustees’ Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, Historic New England’s Eustis Estate, and the Wakefield Estate and Arboretum will open their grounds to visitors to celebrate the fall season with landscape and garden tours, nature crafts, seasonal beverages and treats, and activities for the whole family. At the Wakefield Estate in Milton visitors can enjoy guided walks through the unique arboretum and grounds, including the new dwarf conifer collection that features over 50 species of conifers, at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm; caramel apple-making for kids and cider for adults, along with nature-based crafts and tree identification activities for the whole family. At the Eustis Estate in Milton celebrate the final weekend of the special exhibition Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate. See outdoor sculptures throughout the property and join a drop-in sculpture-making workshop with artist Madeleine Lord. There will be family crafts, a cider-making demo and apple tasting, and lawn games throughout the day. Enjoy the peace of the landscape with walking meditation sessions. At the Bradley Estate in Canton the main house will be opened to visitors to check out our new decor while taking in the setting of the soon-to-be-released movie- Little Women. At 11AM and 1PM visitors can take a tour of the beautiful trees on the property with horticulture assistant, Frances Kilmurray. Colorful foliage and the beauty of barks, berries and evergreen forms will take center stage. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the scenic trails, purchase plants to add to your own garden, experience the fun of yard games, and take home a free Trustees tote with the purchase of a Trustees membership. *At each estate, tickets for members are $5; $10 for non-members; $20/family. Children under 18 are free. For more information call 617-333-0924 or visit the websites of each location for more info: The Eustis Estate (617-994-6600) The Wakefield Estate (617-333-0924) Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate (781-255-1996).The North River Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting another free Saturday Safari Matinee and today from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. you can learn how to use a compass! You’ll work with a teacher naturalist and explore the many corners of the sanctuary with your newfound skills! The program is free and open to kids of all ages but they do ask you register so they have materials ready. Click HERE for website.

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