A kite-making workshop, an Oyster Festival, cookie decorating and more!
Friday, May 24
Fairyborough Trail Hunt. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day and put your observation skills to the test throughout the Fairyborough Trail outside. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Officer Leo Storytime Meet & Greet. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-10:30 a.m. Join a local police officer for a special story-time, and ask him any question about his job. Recommended for ages 3 to 6. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
Backyard and Beyond: Forest Friday. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, and explore the outdoors in the Discovery Woods or adjacent conservation land. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Sensory Play Storytime. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Look, listen, touch, and play. Enjoy a story and activities to explore different sensory concepts. For ages 2 to 4. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Spring Showcase. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 6-9 p.m. Performances and exhibitions of work by ICA teens, featuring a photography exhibition, a film screening, and more. Free. icaboston.org.
Saturday, May 25
Patriotic Cookie Decorating. Michaels, 100 Charlton Rd., Sturbridge. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Kids ages 3 and up can enjoy decorating patriotic cookies. Sign up online or just drop in. michaels.com/classes.
Play Date: Art in Action. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Participate in the art challenge and catch an interactive, family-oriented performance, outdoor fun, sea breeze sketching, and more. Free. icaboston.org.
Kitchen Ka-Boom. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Be a kitchen scientist with cool, hands-on, kid-safe experiments using ingredients found in most pantries. Register ahead. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $13, youths 4 and up $6, ages under 4 free. berkshiremuseum.org.
Make a Mess: Spin Art. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Twist tools, twirl paper, and give watercolors a whirl to create a uniquely spun work of art. 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, learning all about different kinds of arms and armor used by Roman soldiers, Medieval knights, and beyond. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $16, youths 4 and up $6, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.
The Little Mermaid. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Enjoy Disney’s animated classic movie musical following a headstrong mermaid as she follows her heart. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Sunday, May 26
Wareham Oyster Festival. Wareham Centre, 200 Main St., Wareham. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy live music, sand art, bubbles, nautical fun, craft vendors, food from local vendors, and an all-around cheers to oysters in the perfect seaside village. Free. warehamoyster.com.
Special Sunday in the Studio. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 12-5 p.m. A day of special artmaking in our in-house studio. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Monday, May 27
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, youths ages 5 to 13 $6, ages under 5 free. fruitlands.org.
Paradise City Northampton. Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Rd., Northampton. Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Join curated artists as they descend upon Northampton for a celebration of astounding visual arts, eye-popping designs, scrumptious food, and terrific fun. Adults $14, students $8, ages 12 and under free. festivals.paradisecityarts.com.
Wool Days. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Discover how New Englanders reared sheep during OSV’s annual sheep shearing festival, featuring herding skills, textile and carding work, and animal encounters. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.
Waitress: The Musical. The Hanover Theatre, 9 Southbridge St., Worcester. Through Sunday, May 26, various times. The dreams of a waitress and expert pie-maker soar with fantastic music across a beautiful story in this Tony Award-nominated hit musical. $45-80. thehanovertheatre.org.