Friday, May 25 

Make a Mess: Watercolor Resist. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Don’t resist your inner art this afternoon as we experiment with the technique of resist painting by using crayons, cray-pas, and watercolors to create unique works of art. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

 

Saturday, May 26 

Play Date: All Kinds of Stories. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a look at the ICA Collection, sketch the view, catch a family pop-up talk and a puppet performance by the Gottabees. Free admission with children. icaboston.org.

 

Paddington 2. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Stop by the library as we spend the afternoon watching one of children’s literature’s favorite characters come to life on screen, hat and marmalade sandwich in hand. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

 

Backyard and Beyond: Fire-Making with PrimiTim. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4 p.m. Drop-by the Discovery Woods as we join primitive skills expert Tim ‘PrimiTim’ Swanson to learn and practice the ancient skill of fire-making. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

 

Sunday, May 27 

 

Wool Days. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Discover how New Englanders reared sheep for their wool in the 1830s, in this celebration featuring herding skills, sheep shearing, knitting, carding, and more hands-on activities for guests of all ages. Adults $28, youths ages 4 and up $14, children under 4 free. osv.org.

 

Ladybugs. Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn about what makes ladybugs insects, why they are red in color, and how they help our gardens by eating pests. For ages 5 to 12. Register ahead. Member children $5, nonmember children $7, adults free. massaudubon.org.

 

Monday, May 28 

Memorial Day Open House. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kick-off the summer season with family art-making activities, gallery tours and talks, musical performances, and film screenings. Free. mfa.org.

 

Memorial Day at the ICA. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Join us as we open our doors from the Art in the Age of the Internet, the ICA Collection, and more exhibitions during this time of togetherness on Memorial Day. Free. icaboston.org.

 

Itty Bitty Adventures: Pond Explorers. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 1-2:30 p.m. Join us to explore the very special ecosystems that can be found at the Science Center. Register ahead. Members $10, nonmembers $13. southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org.

 

Recyclemania. Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 108 North St., Norfolk. 2-4 p.m. Drop in at Stony Brook and make a treasure out of some ‘trash’, as you will be amazed at the art you can make with a little creativity and a lot of things you might throw away. Register ahead. Members $2, nonmembers $5. massaudubon.org.

 

Let’s Go Fly a Kite. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 2-4 p.m. Join on the hillside for a kite making craft that will inspire outdoor play for the whole family. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $15, children ages 5 to 13 $6, children under 5 free. fruitlands.org.