A great list of over twenty activities parents can do with their infants to support early learning, brain development, and a great relationship with their baby.
Wicked Fun Weekend July 26-28
Family events happening across the state
Event: Boston Outdoor Summer Movie Guide 2019
Date & Time: Varies by venue
Locations: The Hatch Shell, The Prudential Center, Boston Harbor Hotel, The Coolidge, DCR Martini Shell, MFA Sunset Capital, Christopher Columbus Park, The North End, The Davis Museum
Description: Summer is here and warm weather calls for outdoor fun. Here's a great list of Summer Movies under the stars in and around Boston. Enjoy!...
Event: Art Cart on Spectacle Island
Date & Time: Fridays until 8/30 from 11AM-1PM
Location: 191w Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Description: Visitors of all ages are invited to drop in and enjoy pencils, pastels, watercolors, crayons, coloring books and more at the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Rose F.Kennedy Greenway.
Take the opportunity to sketch striking skyline of Boston, or capture the whimsical soft grasses of Spectacle island with watercolor paint.
Let the sights be your inspiration, and our staff be your guide!
Event: Revere Beach Sand Castle Sculpting Festival 2019
Date & Time: July 26-28th, hours may vary
Location: Revere Beach- 350 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA
Description: The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival is one of the largest sand sculpting festivals in the world! Master sand sculptors come from all over the world to compete.
The 2019 International Sand Sculpting Festival will take place from July 26 -28, 2019.
Come on down to America’s first public beach and enjoy the magnificent sand sculpting competition, delicious Food Trucks and Vendors, and amusements and fun for the whole family!
Event: Groundwork Farmer’s Market at the library
Date & Time: Fridays | Nevins Memorial Library | 10am-3pm through October 25, 2019, Saturdays | Lawrence Catholic Academy | 10am-3pm through October 26, 2019
Location: Nevins Memorial Library
Description: Groundwork Lawrence hosts three farmer's markets per week because fruits and vegetables grown locally are best for you, your health, and your family's health, because it supports local businesses, keeps money in our community, and is the best for the environment. Come and support your local farmers, to get fresh products, and connect with your neighbors.
Local farmers and other vendors offer fresh and local products at affordable prices, as well as baked goods, honey, eggs, and crafts. Since Groundwork Lawrence took over the administration of the farmers market in 2006, we have sought to increase access to the market for all buyers through the acceptance of EBT (food stamps), credit and debit cards, in addition to the coupon program for the farmers market from Hospital Holy Family, thus increasing the redemption of the WIC and senior farmers market coupons. Today, the market offers a festive venue for the community with concerts, activities for the whole family with cultural and educational exhibitions.
The markets feature a wide variety of local produce, as well as crafts. All the farmers accept SNAP/EBT/food stamps as well as debit, credit, and cash; coupon program for the farmers market from Hospital Holy Family, WIC coupons, and coupons for the elderly are also welcome. Due to the Health Incentives Program (HIP), SNAP households are able to earn a dollar-for-dollar match on eligible purchases of fresh fruit and vegetables at farmers markets, farm stands, CSA, and mobile markets. The HIP benefit is immediately added to SNAP households’ EBT cards after each purchase. Please come and enjoy the view, flavors, and the smells of summer with us! For any questions or for more information, email here or call (978) 974-0770.
Event: Creature Catch!
Date & Time: Fridays in July 2019 2:30-3:30pm
Location: Harold Parker State Forest
Description: Meet at Frye Pond Beach - Fish, frogs, snakes, and salamanders, let’s discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds! Nets and buckets are provided. This activity can be wet and muddy. Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera. Appropriate for all ages.
Event: Kids Concert Series at MarketStreet Lynnfield Karen K & The Jitterbugs
Date & Time: Friday, July 26: Karen K & The Jitterbugs
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Description: Grab your dancing shoes and get on down to Kids Concert Series at MarketStreet Lynnfield.
We want to Rock Out with your kids this summer. Join us on The Green for this spectacular line up!
Event: Annual Truck Day
Date & Time: July 26th 9:30AM-12:00PM
Location: 1874 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420
Description: Stop by the Cary Library parking lot to get a close-up look at your favorite vehicles from around Lexington and meet the people who drive them! Drop in. Past years have included Lexington's Department of Public Works, Police Department, and Fire Department.
Event: Young Artist’s Club
Date & Time: Jul 26, 2019 10:30 AM
Location: Maynard Library 77 Nason St Maynard, MA 01754
Description: Maynard Public Library hosts kids ages 3-5 for painting program. Please sign up at the Children's Desk or call 978-897-1010 x106.
Event: Munchkin Mornings
Date & Time: Jul 27, 2019 11:00 AM
Location: Lincoln Public Library- 3 Bedford Rd Lincoln, MA 01773
Description: Lincoln Public Library hosts a time for families with young children to listen to stories, sing songs, and have juice, coffee, and donuts. No registration required.
Event: Opening Day! - Brockton Farmers' Market at City Hall Plaza (Brockton, MA)
Date & Time: Jul 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Brockton City Hall- 45 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Description: Opening Day!
Brockton Farmers Market
Every Friday, from July 12th through October 25th at the Brockton City Hall Plaza, Brockton, MA 10am-2pm
The market accepts cash, credit, debit and SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps and participates in the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). Farm vendors also accept WIC and Senior Coupons. Please stop by the market manager tent for more information.
The market offers a range of locally produced vegetables, fruits and beverages in addition to weekly music and activities.
Event: Free Family Yoga Series (Bridgewater, MA)
Date & Time: Jul 26, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Bridgewater Public Library- 15 South Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324
Description: Join us this summer for this FREE family yoga series, sponsored by Triumph, Inc.
Caregivers and children will learn basic yoga postures through story-telling and songs. Families will practice mindfulness and relaxation as well as have fun! Everyone will come away with social and play skills in addition to learning how to be a mindful, less stressed family. Families who attend will go home with a free gift for participating.
Registration required, please call Nancy at Triumph: 508-822-5388 ext 208
Event: Movie Nights (Taunton, MA)
Date & Time: Jul 27, 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: The Star Drive-In205 Myricks St. E. Taunton, MA 02718
Description: Join us every Saturday Night for this FREE community event! Start times vary based on times of sunset. Just bring a folding chair or blanket and we offer whatever else you may need! We pay all copyright fees - so no outside food or beverages are permitted and we respectfully ask that you clean up your area after the movie. Please help us keep this a free family event! We hope to see you soon at The Star!
Food and beverages will be available for sale. Movie starts at sunset.
7/27 - The Bird Cage (1996) R
8/3 - A Star is Born (2018) R
8/10 - Footloose (1984) PG
8/17 - How to Train Your Dragon (2010) PG
8/24 - Fever Pitch (2005) PG-13
8/31 - Jaws (1975) PG
Event: Saturday Morning Playgroup with WFP
Date & Time: Jul 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: University Park: Gates St and Main StWorcester, MA 01610
Description: Come play, read, and sing with your young child or baby at Saturday playgroups at University Park at the REC Community Farmers Markets! Caretakers and parents are expected to stay with their children at the playgroup. Organized by Worcester Family Partnership. A great way to meet other families and keep your children entertained and learning for an hour!
Event: Neighborhood Nature at Elm Park
Date & Time: Jul 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Elm Park 121 Russell St Worcester, MA 01602
Description: Stop by Elm Park for activities, crafts, stories, and nature walks. Take a break from the playground to learn about Worcester's plants and animals Worcester through hands-on projects and games. Every day has a different theme with new adventures.
Event: Green Hill Park Farm
Date & Time: Jul 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Green Hill Park Farm- 50 Skyline Dr, Worcester, MA 01605
Description: The Green Hill Park Farm is home to various gentle farm animals and is a great place for families with children looking for a leisurely activity on a nice day. The farm is open year round and is located within Green Hill Park. The farm is free of charge and open to the public. Large groups wishing to visit should contact the Farm's Zookeeper at 508-799-1323 to arrange a visit.
Due to health and safety issues, NO FEEDING THE ANIMALS ALLOWED.
Animals at the Farm include:
CAPE AND ISLANDS
Event: Cape Cod Potato Chips Hyannis Factory Tour
Date & Time: Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm
Location: Cape Cod Potato Chips Factory 100 Breeds Hill Rd Hyannis, MA 02601 (view map)
Description: Cape Cod® Potato Chips announces the re-opening of the brand’s iconic Hyannis Factory Tour, Friday, July 26, 2019, spotlighting brand new renovations, interactive visitor experiences and behind-the-scenes opportunities for the whole family.
Event: 8th Annual Brewster Summer Arts and Craft Festival
Date & Time: Saturday July 27th and Sunday, July 28th
Location: 773 Main Street, Brewster MA
Description: The Historic Drummer Boy Park in Brewster, MA hosts a variety of traditional American made works at the Brewster Summer Arts and Craft Festival on Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28, 2019.
Over 100 Juried Artisans will display and sell their American made arts and crafts; including Photography, Tile, Fine Art, Silver Jewelry, Hair Accessories, Quilts, Personal Care, Floral Design, Soy Candles, Trivets, Flags, Painted Doormats, Pottery, Doll Clothes, Adult Apparel, Flags, Toys, Pet Gifts, Pillows, Fiber Art, Wreathes, Stained Glass, Children's Clothing, Wire Wrapped Jewelry, Shell Crafts, Baskets, Ornaments, Photo-art, Leather, Metal Garden Sculpture, Sheep Skin Accessories, Sea Glass Jewelry, Mosaic, Paper Crafts, Stoneware, Original Painting, Nautical Home Décor, Folk Art, Furniture and much more. Come and sample such gourmet delights as Cranberry Jellies, Honey, Kettle Corn, Olive Oils, BBQ Sauces, Wine Slushy Mixes, Lemonade, Herbal Dips and more.
The Brewster Summer Arts & Craft Festival is free admission and held rain or shine. Friendly pets on leash are welcome.
Directions: From Route 6 take Exit 9B onto Route 134, follow to Route 6A. GPS Location: 773 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631.
Festival Hours are Saturday from 10am to 5pm and ?Sunday from 9am to 4pm.
For more information visit us at castleberryfairs.com
Event: FREE Musical Instruments and general antique appraisals <
Date & Time: July 27th, 1-4PM
Location: 10 Route 28 West harwich MA 02671
Description: FREE Musical Instrument and general appraisal. Saturday July 27. Bring in up to 5 items and our local experts will tell you about them and give you their values. If you have more than that, we can set up a private appointment. There's always something happening at the Harwich Antique Center 10 Route 28 West Harwich, MA 508-432-4220 HarwichAntiqueCenter.com
Event: Summer Parks Playground Program (Pittsfield)
Date & Time: Jul 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: The Common, Durant Park, and Springside ParkPittsfield, MA 01201
Description: The City of Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced that beginning Monday, July 8, the Summer Parks Playground Program will be held at three city parks for six weeks through Aug. 16.
The free playground program offers a variety of recreation activities to Pittsfield children ages 6 to 13. Locations include The Common, Durant Park, and Springside Park at Springside Avenue. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The program is staffed by playground leaders who will create safe, supervised and fun-filled environments for sports, games, arts and crafts, and nature activities. Moreover, the program strives to foster self-esteem, nurture friendships, and provide youth with positive and caring role models.
Please note, the program is designed to provide “drop-in” activities for children and is not a substitute for day camp or childcare.
Event: Movie Under the Stars (North Adams)
Date & Time: Jul 26, 2019 8:00 PM
Location: Colegrove Park24 Church St. North Adams, MA 01247
Description: A free monthly movie series coincides with the Downstreet Art nights on the last Friday of each month from June through September. This year's theme is "There's No Place Like Home..."
- July 26: Trolls
- Aug. 23: The Goonies
- Sept. 27: The Wizard of Oz
Event: Concert with David Grover - Grover’s Gang (Great Barrington)
Date & Time: Jul 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Great Barrington Bandstand- Main Street (behind Town Hall) Great Barrington, MA 01230
Description: The Town of Great Barrington, Mass presents an annual summer concert series at the bandstand park behind the town hall, 334 Main Street. ALL CONCERT ARE FREE! Friday concerts are at 5:30 PM and feature different local artists. Saturday mornings at 10 AM stop down to hear David Grover and his band. Donations accepted.
- Friday, July 26 - WANDA HOUSTON BAND
- Friday, August 2 - Lee Rogers & Friends
- Friday 7/12, 8/30 TBD
- Friday, Aug. 9 – no concert scheduled
- Friday, Aug 16 - David Reed Band
- Friday, Aug 23 - Allen Timmons & Friends
- Friday, Sept 6th - Bobby Sweet Band
David Grover - Grover’s Gang every Saturday 10am July & August (not on 8/10)
Event: Astronomy/Star gazing
Date & Time: Saturday, July 27th, 8PM
Location: Heath Free Public Library- 1 E Main St, Heath, MA
Description: The community is invited to Astronomy Nights in Heath. Join local astronomers for a night of stargazing with telescopes at the Heath School Building grounds on Jacobs Road.
Event: Nature Studies with Beavers
Date & Time: Saturday, July 27th, 1-2:30
Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park- 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.
Description: Beaver Dam Challenge. Take on the challenge of building a miniature beaver dam using objects collected in nature. Also, learn what beavers use their tails for, why their teeth are orange instead of white, and why they build dams. Participants can drop-by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time. Suitable for families with children ages 4 and older (siblings welcome).
Event: Guided Hike
Date & Time: July 26th, at noon
Location: 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA
Description: Beavers, Birds, & Other Wildlife. Life-long learners explore the gentle trails at Pleasant Valley with an experienced guide. Search for evidence of (and hopefully see!) wild birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and more as you hike around the rich pond and stream ecosystems that form the heart of the sanctuary. Along the way, learn about plant communities and the dynamic history of Pleasant Valley. Registration is required. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.