Celebrate spring at a sheep shearing festival; enjoy food, live music and lush gardens at a Spring Fling; or take your pick of two autism-friendly evenings at local children's museums.
Friday, April 26
Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. The Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity based on the weather and season either in the Discovery Woods or the adjacent conservation land. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Baby Signing. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-11 a.m. Join Baby Kneads and learn how to teach your baby sign language featuring props, toys, puppets and more. For ages 5 through pre-verbal. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
Preschool Story & Nature Hour: Ducks. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy an hour of nature-themed fun with your youngster as we waddle along on an adventure celebrating ducks. Register ahead. Member children $3; nonmember children $4; adults free. massaudubon.org.
Sensory Storytime. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 11:15 a.m. Look, listen, touch, and play during this time of stories and activities. For ages 2 to 4. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Revealing Rainbows. The Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Drop-in and see if you can uncover hidden rainbows in some everyday objects and try a simple experiment to reveal a rainbow that you can take home. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Play for All: Family Autism Event. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 4-6 p.m. Families with children aged 10 and under on the Autism Spectrum and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified are welcomed to the museum for an evening of fun. Register ahead. Free. cmeaston.org.
Saturday, April 27
Digame Un Cuento. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a story-time in Spanish for native Spanish speakers. For ages 3 to 5. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends. Jasper Hill Restaurant, 270 Exchange St., Millis. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Interactive story songs to spark your imagination during this special family brunch and music series. Adults $8, children $6. jasperhillmillis.com.
Play Date: Boston Youth Dance Showcase. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See art, try gallery games and family pop-up talks, make and frame a sketch of Boston Harbor, and be dazzled by performances by Boston-area kids. Free. icaboston.org.
32nd Annual Sheep-shearing Festival. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate Spring during this annual tradition featuring herding demonstrations, sheep sheering, fiber artists, historical re-enactors, music, and more. Members free; nonmembers $20, ages under 13 free. goreplace.org.
Family Yoga Class. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Participate in cooperative games, age-appropriate poses, partner poses, breathing exercises, and simple mindfulness activities. For ages 3 to 12 with caregiver. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Meet Jerry Craft. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1 p.m. Meet author-illustrator Jerry Craft as he talks about his new graphic novel ‘New Kid’. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Special Storytime: Mordicai Gerstein. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein brings us the Messenger of the Gods through the new book ‘I Am Hermes’. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Spring Fling Event. Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich. 2-7 p.m. Celebrate the opening day of Heritage’s 50th season with mobile food vendors, live music, and the lush gardens of Heritage. Members free; nonmember adults $20, youths $10, ages under 3 free. heritagemuseumsandgardens.org.
Especially for Me: Autism-Friendly Evening. The Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. A free evening where you can play, explore, and learn with new and renovated exhibits, and enjoy a provided dinner. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.
5th Annual Worcester County Dance Festival. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 7 p.m. Experience this evening of diverse dance celebrating New England’s talented schools and companies on one stage. $20. thehanovertheatre.org.
Sunday, April 28
WILD ArtWeek at the Zoo. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Experience animal encounters talk to zookeepers and ask artists from the New England Watercolor Society as they draw inspiration from animals and paint their likeness. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $16.95, ages 2 to 12 $11.95, ages under 2 free. zoonewengland.org.
Art in Bloom Community Day. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate Art in Bloom with family-friendly programming and entertainment. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, youths 7 and up $10, ages under 7 free. mfa.org.