Friday, May 18 

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Join us outside as we enjoy a nature-based activity following the weather or the season on the day. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

 

Fairy House Fun. Francis William Bird Park, Polley Ln., East Walpole. 3-4:30 p.m. Stroll through the park collecting leaves, bark, sticks, and other natural building materials, before constructing homes to pleasure our local sprites from fairies to gnomes to elves to pixies. Fridays. Register ahead. Member families $5, nonmember families $10. thetrustees.org.

 

Family Game Day. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3-5 p.m. Drop-in for family games, building materials, and other activities for families to spend some quality time together. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

 

Saturday, May 19 

Explore Jacobs Pond. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Investigate what plants and animals live in and around the pond by exploring the water and shore with dip nets, buckets, and magnifiers. Free. southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org.

 

Open Barnyard. Chestnut Hill Farm, 9-99 Chestnut Hill Rd., Southborough. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Spring has sprung, so celebrate and welcome new animals on the farm from brushing a goat, to making a barnyard craft, to petting a chicken. Saturdays. Members $5, nonmembers $10. thetrustees.org.

 

Health & Wellness Community Day. UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, 275 Nichols Rd., Fitchburg. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Health and wellness information, Teddy Bear Clinic, screenings, food trucks, raffles, free chair massages, reiki, giveaways, and demonstrations including LifeFlight helicopter, Fitchburg Fire Department Safety Trailer, and more.

 

Jumanji. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Watch as four teenagers are sucked into a magical videogame, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

 

Home Sweet Home at Castle Hill. Castle Hill on the Crane the Estate, 310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come experience all the beauty, history, and unique stories contained within each home of the gardens and landscapes that comprise the Trustees historic sites. Free. thetrustees.org.

 

Crowes Pasture Band. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 2-3:30 p.m. Enjoy this Boston-based duo which brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk, and bluegrass traditions. Free. mywpl.org.

 

Hidden Treasures: Wright Tavern Open House. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 2-4 p.m. Explore the Wright Tavern through colonial games, crafts, and colonial clothing try-ons, as we celebrate this location which was used as a meeting place for the local colonial militia. Free. concordmuseum.org.

 

Especially for Me: Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. A time of exploration and dinner for families throughout the museum, featuring our furry friends from Therapy Dogs International from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.

 

Sunday, May 20 

Snakes Alive: Snake Hunt and Live Snake Show. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. 1-3 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of herpetology, as we hunt for local snake species under logs and in stone walls, and see a show filled with our slithering friends. Register ahead Member adults $15, children $9; nonmember adults $25, children $15. thetrustees.org.

 

Family Science Sunday: Backyard Birding. Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, 1417 Park St., Attleboro. 1-3 p.m. Conduct hands-on science experiments. For ages 3 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $8, nonmember adults $10, children free. massaudubon.org.

 

Special Sundays in the Studio: Art in the Atmosphere. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. Join us during this Sunday studio exploration, as we make art that is inspired by the airy atmosphere. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths over 1 $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

 

Special Storytime: Nadia Hohn. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join Nadia Hohn during this presentation delighting families with an interactive, lively, and musical program exploring Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths over 1 $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

 

Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown. 2-5 p.m. Listen, learn, and lift your voices, as you participate in your Maritime Heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. Free, donation suggested. ussconstitutionmuseum.org.