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What’s Up This Weekend

What’s Up This Weekend

Friday, May 4 

 

Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30 -10 a.m. Explore sound through singing, playing, movement, and listening with the favorite Kindermusik educator. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

 

Hansel and Gretel. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m. The Theater for Young Audience Ensemble joins the Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative for this new musical theater production for young audiences, featuring Mary Poppins, a Rockstar, and a babysitter. Through Saturday. $5. berklee.edu/events.

 

Fabulous Fridays Garden Play. Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468 Washington St., Canton. 1-2:30 p.m. Come to the woods as we hop, jump, sing, and swing from the trees if we can, during this afternoon of nature-based play. Fridays. Register ahead. Member children $5, nonmember children $10. thetrustees.org.

 

Pigs and Potatoes. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 3:30-5 p.m. Dig, plant, and pig out, as we feed the pigs a garden treat. For ages up to 8. Register ahead. Members $13.50, nonmembers $16.50. massaudubon.org.

 

First Friday Nights Free & Meet the Scientists. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. Join us to explore the museum of this night when we accept nonperishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard, and are joined by scientists and engineers from 6:00 p.m. onward. Free. discoveryacton.org.

 

Rhythm at the Regent. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Watch as four local tap dance choreographers and their ensembles share the stage for a variety of presentation featuring new works and works in progress showcasing a variety of styles. $10. regenttheatre.com.

 

Saturday, May 5 

 

Spring Bird Walk. Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan. 7-9 a.m. Join local bird enthusiasts as they help us find and identify birds through field marks, sounds and behaviors. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Register ahead. Free. massaudubon.org.

 

Science on Screen Jr. presents: Ponyo. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10 a.m. Join us as Dr. Lisa Lobel of Wheelock College explains how trash impacts ocean creatures, before enjoying this animated adventure featuring a five-year-old boy and his relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become human after falling in love with him. $5. coolidge.org.

 

Pileated Woodpeckers. Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. 10-11:30 a.m. Enjoy the pileated woodpecker as we listen for its characteristically loud call, and look for its distinctive feeding sings. For ages 8 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $10, children $5; nonmember adults $13, children $7. massaudubon.org.

 

Meet the Farmer. Chestnut Hill Farm, 9-99 Chestnut Hill Rd., Southborough. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Meet the farmers who grow delicious food, featuring educational and fun activities for kids and grown-ups. Free. thetrustees.org.

 

Spring Farm Festival. National Resources Trust of Easton, 307 Main St., North Easton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A day of games, vendors, and farm fun including yard games, chicken feeding, arts and crafts, face painting, and more. Rain date May 19. Families $20. nrtofeaston.org.

 

Tulip Festival Open House. Stevens-Coolidge Place, 92-128 Andover St., North Andover. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Get ready for tulips, tours, and tinkerings, during our annual Tulip Festival, through guided tours, stories, exploration, lawn games, crafts, and more fun. Register ahead. Member adults $5, children free; nonmember adults $10, children $5. thetrustees.org.

 

Families @ WAM Tour. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11 a.m. Explore the Worcester Art Museum galleries with your family on a docent-guided tour featuring fun facts, stories, and sharing observations. Free. worcesterart.org.

 

Exploring Science Together: Marine Life. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Dive deep into the underwater life of marine animals, as we learn all about the challenges of life at sea with hands-on activities. Recommended for children under 5. Register ahead. Members $10, nonmembers $20. hmnh.harvard.edu.

 

Beyond the Spectrum: Exploring Native American Art. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn about the art and crafts of different Native American cultures from ancient times through today, before using a variety of materials to experiment with weaving and beading techniques during this special program for children on the Autism Spectrum. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. $9. mfa.org.

 

The Wacky Science Show with Mike Bent. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Get ready for an award-winning show that teaches that science can be exciting and fun, through high energy, hands-on, participatory activities, comedy, and surprises. Adults $12, children $10. natickarts.org.

Safety Weekend at Davis Farmland. 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids can climb on a fire truck, check out the inside of an ambulance or police car, and even put out a pretend fire as safety officers and their vehicles are on hand through Sunday. Active firefighters, EMTs, police officers, armed service personnel, correctional officers and their immediate family are admitted free to Davis Farmland on Safety Weekend when accompanied by the safety officer and their valid service I.D. davisfarmland.com.

Make a Mess: Spin Art. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Put a fresh spin on art, from twisting tools to twirling papers to whirling watercolors. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

 

Arms + Armor Demonstrations. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. A fun interactive program and learn all about the different kinds of arms and armor used by Roman soldiers to Medieval knights. Free. worcesterart.org.

 

Frogs, Pollywogs & Fairies. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. 1-2:30 p.m. From frogs and tadpoles to fairy shrimp, join a hands-on activities, exploration, and learning to find out what hides under the water and lives around our vernal pools. For ages 5 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $12, children $6; nonmember adults $14, children $8. massaudubon.org.

 

Collection Spotlight. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 1-3 p.m. Come join us as we share the history and stories of objects in the Concord Museum collection. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $10, children $5, ages under 6 free. concordmuseum.org.

 

The 6th Annual Goat Gala. Habitat Education and Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Rd., Belmont. 1-3 p.m. Get your goat on by interacting with and learning about our friendly herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats with games, entertainment, raffles, and samples. Free. massaudubon.org.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-4 p.m. Come to the library and enjoy as Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker during this continuation of the modern classic space opera. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

 

Especially for Me: Visually Impaired Family Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8:30 p.m. Join us for an evening at the ADA-compliant museum, dinner, and a special exploration of electricity through sound, light, and crafts between 5:30 and 7:30. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.

 

Rockin’ Road to Dublin. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 8 p.m. Enjoy this new sensation that combines the art of an Irish dance show and the power of a rock concert, with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production. $29-59. thehanovertheatre.org.

 

Joey Alexander Trio. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. 14-year-old jazz piano prodigy brings a fresh take on well-known tunes, combining them seamlessly with his original compositions in this concert. $30-48. berklee.edu/events.

Rockapella. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 8-11 p.m. Enjoy one of the world’s most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups around today, bringing joy and variety to audience’s ears with only their voices. Members $40, public $45. natickarts.org.

 

Sunday, May 6 

 

41st Annual Birds and Breakfast. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day a week early, as we come for a homemade breakfast with pancakes and real maple syrup from the Natick Community Organic Farm. For ages 5 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $16, children $9; nonmember adults $19, children $11. massaudubon.org.

 

Circus Smirkus: How Do Kids Do Such Amazing Feats? Gregorian Rugs, 2284 Washington St., Newton Lower Falls. 10-11 a.m. Take a glimpse of how the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour is put together, as performers from ages 10 to 18 wow with circus skills such as wire-walking, contortion, acrobatics, and more. Free. newtonartscalendar.org.

 

Nature and Nurture with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Come outside and explore, sing songs, take a nature walk, read a story, or make a craft inspired by what surrounds you. Recommended for ages 2 to 4. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

 

Cardboard Architecture: Flip, Fold, Tie, Tape. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 1-4 p.m. A day of creative fun in the Sculpture Park inspired by the new interactive furniture projects by Boston Society of Architect’s MakeTANK committee. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, ages 12 and under free. deCordova.org.

 

International Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. Partake in this weekend of programs exploring literature in depth, ask the essential questions of who we are and who are our neighbors endemic to literature. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths over 1 $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

 

STEMsational Superstars. South Shore Nature Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 1-4 p.m. An exciting day of science explorations through hands-on activities, meeting with local women scientists and engineers. For ages 3 and up. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $5, ages under 2 free. southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org.

 

Pumpernickel Puppets presents Peter Rabbit. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 1:30-2 p.m. Pumpernickel Puppets presents a lively adaptation of Beatriz Potter’s well-loved tale, featuring the mischievous rabbit and his little sister Flopsy. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.

 

The 11th Annual Celebration of the Dr. Martin T. Feldman Children’s Room. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 1:30-4 p.m. Join us as we make a variety of crafts, enjoy music, get glimmering temporary tattoos, and explore animals, as we celebrate our children’s room. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.

 

World Music: India and the Works of Rabindranath Tagore. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Enjoy as the works of Nobel prize winning poet, writer, painter, thinker, and educational reformer Rabindranath Tagore are brought to life through live music and a translation of his lyrics. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

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