Historic military reenactments at Muster Day, foodie paradise at the Worcester Food Truck Festival, art and live performances at the Cambridge Arts River Festival... and lots more!
Friday, May 31
30th Annual Garden Tour. Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Concord Museum’s seven beautiful private gardens built with elegant designs and inspiration. Register ahead. Memers $30, nonmembers $40. concordmuseum.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.
Wildflower Seed Balls. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Celebrate Flower Power Week. Roll up your sleeves, squish some dirt and clay together, and sprinkle on some wildflower seeds to create seed bombs to plant at home and watch them bloom. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Saturday, June 1
Kids Equipment Day & Open House. Shrewsbury DPW, 211 South St., Shrewsbury. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. See highway trucks, parks equipment, and learn more about stormwater, and the new recycling program. Free, but toiletry item donations requested.
MOS Red Sox Weekend. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Highlighting the science and engineering behind baseball. Experience everything from Red Sox-themed design challenges to baseball-themed live presentations. Through Sunday. Free with admission. Adults $29, children $24, members free. mos.org.
Muster Day. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Watch as a ‘muster day’ is recreated through marching, musket and cannon firing, military martial music, and target practice. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths 4-17 $14, under 4 free. osv.org
Accessible Recreation Fair. Herter Park/Artesani Playground, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A free, fun-filled day celebrating accessible outdoor recreation in state parks. Inclusive activities include adaptive cycling, hiking and letterboxing with all-terrain wheelchairs and walkers, face painting and kite decorating, mask making and sidewalk chalking, golf and other equipment demonstrations, bubble blowing and games, music and dancing, and more. Free. mass.gov.
WGBY Asparagus Festival. Town Commons, Hadley. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. A celebration of all things local, this outdoor, family-friendly event features live music all day, a large farmers/makers' market, and fresh food and craft beers from around the Pioneer Valley. Admission is free, but donations suggested. wgby.org.
The Legend of the Banana Kid. Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Enjoy Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers as a young Western enthusiasts rides into town on his trusty goat to outsmart bad guys and bring justice using his weapon of choice: a banana. $12. puppetshowplace.org.
Beyond the Spectrum: Express Yourself. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Explore examples of self-portraits from the museum’s collections, and then return to the studio to make our own expressive self-portraits during these adventures in art for children on the Autism Spectrum. Recommended for ages 8-12. $9. mfa.org.
Everyday Engineering: Tinfoil Ferries. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop-in and engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create tinfoil boats to test how much they can carry before sinking. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Cambridge Arts River Festival. Central Square Cultural District, Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Join thousands of festival goers as you rove through performances, hands-on artmaking, food vendors, and an art market through Central Square in Cambridge. Free. cambridgema.gov/arts/
Worcester Food Truck Festival. City Hall and Common, Worcester. 12-5 p.m. Featuring some of the area's most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites, along with dozens of regional and national craft breweries. $5-$40, kids under 12 free. foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com.
Raffi. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Singer, songwriter, and tireless advocate, and world-renowned children’s entertainer comes to the Hanover to delight audiences of all ages with his classic songs and dulcet tones. $37.50-47.50. thehanovertheatre.org.
Family Concert & Instrument Petting Zoo. Boston Public Library: Hyde Park Branch, 35 Harvard Ave., Hyde Park. 2 p.m. Join the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston as they present the family concert ‘Music, Magic, and the Natural World,’ and a special petting zoo giving children the opportunity to handle and play orchestral instruments. Free. chameleonarts.org.
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Miles Morales collides with a universe of Spider-Men in this Academy Award-winning animated film discovering the hero in all of us. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Especially for Me: Autism Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. A special evening for families with members on the autism spectrum, and dinner provided. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.
Sunday, June 1
The Rainbow Fish Musical. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Artbarn’s Traveling Geese Touring Company dives into the best-selling children’s book featuring a selfish Rainbow Fish who refuses to share her vibrant, shimmering scales. Adults $13.50, children $10.50. coolidge.org.
Wow in the World: Pop Up Party. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Join Mindy Thomas and the Pop-Ups for a highly interactive show that engages curious kids and their grown-ups in science, wonder, imagination, and music. $35-40. berklee.edu/events.
First Sunday. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore the museum’s galleries and exhibitions all day long. Free. museumofrussianicons.org.
Puppet Showplace Theater’s 45th Birthday Celebration. Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station St., Brookline. Sunday, June 2, 2 p.m. Dance through the decades with fellow puppetry friends, fans, and supporters during this all ages block party and fundraiser. Adults $60, youths 12 and under free. puppetshowplace.org.