Classic fall fun at the Apple Country Fair, hay rides and food at the annual Cranberry Festival, a hands-on archaeological dig, and lots more!
Friday, October 5
Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30-10 a.m. Explore sound while we move, make music, listen, learn, and get a multi-sensory workout. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Come outside and do a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in the Discovery Woods our out on the conservation land adjacent to the Museum. Designed for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Magic by Scott Jameson. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 2-3 p.m. Join us for this very exciting performance in celebration of World Smile Day, featuring magic, juggling, comedy, and more. Recommended for ages 12 and under. Free. mywpl.org.
Everyday Engineering: Strike a Balance. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Engage in some everyday engineering as we build a tabletop seesaw using rulers, paint stirrers and paper towel tubes. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
First Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. Explore the museum at night during this time when we accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard. Free. discoveryacton.org.
Stars Over Springfield. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Join members of the Springfield Stars Club for skygazing in the Science Museum’s observatory, and enjoy a planetarium show if overcast. $3. springfieldmuseums.org.
Saturday, October 6
Ashfield Fall Festival. Main St., Ashfield. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy crafts and art exhibits by more than 50 exhibitors, locally-grown food, live music, pumpkin games, children’s activities, and more. Through Sunday. Free. ashfieldfallfestival.org.
Apple Country Fair. Town Common, Brookfield. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Showcasing the work of more than 70 local crafters, the 40th Apple Country Fair will feature live music, children’s games, baked goods, raffles and an apple pie contest. Free. applecountryfair.com.
Brick or Treat. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Featuring a costume contest, pumpkin patch photo opp, Halloween build off, LEGO trick or treating, and more. See the 3 ½ foot pumpkin built out of 10,000 LEGO bricks on display throughout the month of October. Through Sunday. Online tickets $14.95. boston.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
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 discovery tour, featuring facts, stories, and time together. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults, ages 4 to 17 $6, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.
ICA Watershed en Español. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston Watershed, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 11 a.m. Join a bilingual ICA educator for a free tour in the ICA Watershed and morning learning about the Shipyard and Marina. Free. icaboston.org.
The Nightmare Before Christmas. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Tim Burton’s magical eye paints a dazzling portrait as the pumpkin king of Halloween Town ventures to Christmas Town and tries to capture the magic. Members $10, public $12. natickarts.org.
15th Annual Cranberry Festival. Milestone Cranberry Bog, 220 Milestone Rd., Nantucket. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A day of the cranberry, featuring family activities, hay rides, a petting zoo, food, sample treats, live music, and spectacular autumn scenery. $20 per car. nantucketconservation.org.
Collection Spotlight: Archaeology. Wright Tavern, 2 Lexington Rd., Concord. 1-3 p.m. Drop-in and learn about the Concord Museum’s collection of over 17,000 stone tools used by Native Americans in the region thousands of years ago, with observation, touch, and sketching. Free. concordmuseum.org.
Think Like an Archaeologist. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 1-4 p.m. Celebrate Massachusetts Archaeology Month; put on your thinking cap and try some activities that archaeologists use in the field. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Special Storytime: Jon Agee. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 135 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join author/illustrator Jon Agee as he reads and discusses his latest picture book, The Wall in the Middle of The Book, showing how break down walls can cure fear. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Daddy & Me Brain Building Afternoon: Airplanes. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 3-4 p.m. Dads and caretakers are invited to join with their children for an airplane story and a woodworking activity using hammers, nails, and paint to create an airplane. For ages 2 to 4 with caretaker. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
Especially for Me: Free Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. Explore the new Discovery Museum during this time of play, exploration, and tinkering, with dinner provided. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.
Sunday, October 7
First Sunday. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore the museum and exhibitions at the Museum all day during this special free day. Free. museumofrussianicons.org.
Hands On History: Archaeology. Wright Tavern, 2 Lexington Rd., Concord. 1-4 p.m. Dig into Concord’s past with a simulated archaeological test pit, as we explore Native American artifacts. Free. concordmuseum.org.
The Nightmare Before Christmas. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 2 p.m. Tim Burton’s magical eye paints a dazzling portrait as the pumpkin king of Halloween Town ventures to Christmas Town and tries to capture the magic. Members $10, public $12. natickarts.org.
The Phantom of the Opera: Silent Film with Musical Accompaniment. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 2 p.m. Venture to the Paris Opera where a young singer learns of her mysterious admirer who lives below the grounds. $20. thehanovertheatre.org.