Friday, July 13
Truck Day. Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Stop by the library parking lot to get a close-up look at your favorite vehicles from Lexington’s Department of Public Works, Police Department, and Fire Department. Free. carylibrary.org.
Cold as Ice: Exploring 300lb Block of Ice. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Get ready for a cold day in July; make chilly discoveries around a 300-pound block of ice, salt, coins, keys, liquid watercolors, and more. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Special Storytime: Scott Magoon. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10:30 a.m. Join illustrator Scott Magoon as he reads from his new picture book ‘Misunderstood Shark’ that will have kids rolling with laughter. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Summer Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. Enjoy an evening to explore the museum and Discovery Woods at night, during this summer celebration when food donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard and the Acton Food Pantry are accepted. Free. discoveryacton.org
Jazz at Sunset. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 6:30 p.m. Join WICN Public Radio with this concert featuring Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas, for an outdoor, picnic-style concert featuring food trucks, and cultural highlights. $20. thehanovertheatre.org.
Saturday, July 14
The Green River Festival. Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr., Greenfield. 1 p.m. Enjoy a day filled with music, fun, activities, and more as the Arts Garden Family Music Stage opens up. Spread out lawn and carnival games, enjoy a family Mardi Gras parade, hot air balloons, and more. Price varies. greenriverfestival.com.
Second Saturday Storytelling. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Connect with family and friends at the ICA Watershed through the art of storytelling, as we look, listen, and participate while making connections to artwork. Recommended for ages 3 to 8. Free. icaboston.org.
Sherlock Gnomes. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Watch as Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Backyard and Beyond: Shelter Building with ‘PrimiTim.’ Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4 p.m. Learn the basic skills for building a shelter from primitive materials and work together to build a shelter to protect you from the elements, during this drop-in activity. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Especially for Me: Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. Come explore the new Discovery Museum building and the Discovery Woods, as we join us during this special evening of tinkering for families with members on the Autism Spectrum, with dinner provided. Register ahead. Free. discoverymuseum.org.
SING! Prudential Center, South Garden, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 6 p.m. Enjoy the Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival through children’s activities, giveaways, entertainment, and gather on the South Garden for a showing of this fun animated animal movie featuring aspiring singers. Free. prudentialcenter.com.
Sunday, July 15
Special Sundays in the Studio: Steve Light. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. Join author and illustrator Steve Light for a very special Sunday exploring paint and cardboard printing. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $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. ussconstitutionmuseum.org.