Friday, July 12
Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30-10 a.m. Explore sound through singing, playing, movement, and a multi-sensory workout with our favorite Kindermusik educator. 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 to the Discovery Woods to experiment and explore through a nature-based activity based on the season and weather. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Made in the Shade Storytime. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10:30-11 a.m. Join folks in Bobbie’s Meadow for an interactive story-time under the apples trees with blankets provided. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Family Yoga. Worcester Public Library: Roosevelt Branch, 1006 Grafton St., Worcester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. A fun-filled yoga and mindfulness morning featuring guided meditation, breathing techniques, and special exercises. Free. mywpl.org.
Malik the Magic Guy. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Come and enjoy this laugh-filled strolling magic show featuring magic with sports equipment, sleight of hand, and other fun surprises. Free with admission. Adults $25, youths 3 and up $13, ages under 3 free. springfieldmuseums.org.
Roaming Railroad. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. All aboard this trackless train, as engineer Dan DeCosmo entertains riders with comedy, train songs, and inspirational routines like the little train that could. Free with admission. Adults $25, youths 3 and up $13, ages under 3 free. springfieldmuseums.org.
Pete the Cat ‘Pop-Up’ Storytime. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 3-4 p.m. A fun-filled story time, featuring books, songs, and freeze pops. For ages 7 and under. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
Family Fun. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3-4:30 p.m. Drop-in for games, building materials, and other activities as we spend quality time with family and neighbors. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Northeast Balloon Festival. Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton. Kicks off at 4 p.m., various times over the weekend. Through Sunday. Go up, up and away at America’s premier Hot Air Balloon Festival. Featuring hot air balloon rides and activities, a food festival, vendor expo, craft beer, amusement rides and games, petting zoo, live music and more. Admission $15. northeastballoonfestival.com.
Summer Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Explore the Discovery Woods and museum, enjoy treats from the VeeBop’s Ice Cream truck, and collect food donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard, and the Acton Food Pantry. Free. discoveryacton.org.
Free Friday Flicks: Mary Poppins Return. Hatch Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston. 6 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, enjoy free games, and watch as the magical nanny Mary Poppins returns to London once more. Free. wbznewsradio.iheart.com.
Moonlight Hike & Campfire for Families. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 7-9 p.m. Listen for owls and coyotes, look for active beavers, and enjoy marshmallows around the campfire. For ages 7 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $14, children $6; nonmember adults $18, children $8. massaudubon.org.
Saturday, July 13
Mac n Cheese Festival. Town Common, Templeton. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Music, vendors, superheroes, and, of course, Mac ‘n’ Cheese are all part of this family fun festival. Area restaurants and organizations will be serving up gooey, yummy macaroni and cheese creations. Free. templtonelders.org.
Smolak Farms' Red, White & Blue Festival. Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate the peak of berry season with blueberry and raspberry patches ripe for picking. Children's games including scavenger hunts, sack races, bouncy house, giant slide and painting with natural dye from blueberries. Hay rides, cow train rides and face painting also available. $10 per child. smolakfarms.com.
Exploring Science Together: Bugs. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Take a closer look and explore the world of miniscule bugs through hands-on activities, observation, and fun. Geared for children ages 5 and up. Register ahead. Members $15, nonmembers $25. hmnh.harvard.edu.
Beyond the Spectrum: Musical Merriment. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn about different musical celebrations around the world before returning to the studio to make our own instruments. $9. mfa.org.
Arms + Armor Demonstrations. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. An interactive program to learn about the arms and armor used by Roman soldiers, Medieval knights, and more. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $16, ages 4-17 $6, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.
Christmas in July with Pete the Cat. Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James St., Worcester. 12-4 p.m. Groove with Pete the Cat games and puzzles, sing some groovy songs, and listen to some groovy music. Free. facebook.com/anniesbooksworcester.
ICA Watershed Family Day. ICA Watershed, Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 12-4 p.m. Celebrate Eastie Week with a special family day at the Watershed featuring art-making activities, pop-up dance performances, tours in English and Spanish, food, music, and fun. Free. icaboston.org.
Backyard and Beyond: Trapping with PrimiTim Swanson. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 1-3 p.m. Spend the afternoon in the woods learning the primitive art of animal tracking and trapping, recognize signs that animals leave behind, and even how to construct primitive traps and snares. Register ahead. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Especially for Me: Free Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. A special free evening especially for families with members on the Autism Spectrum in our new building for exploration, with dinner provided. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.
Family Film Festival: Mary Poppins Return. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 6 p.m. Enjoy entertainment, children’s activities, giveaways, and this follow-up film witnessing Mary Poppins return to London. Free. prudentialcenter.com.
Sunday, July 14
Backyard and Beyond: Help Us Tend Our Garden. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn what plants need to grow and help tend to the Discovery Woods vegetable garden with watering, weeding, and garden-themed activities. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Yoga in the Park. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 10:30-11 a.m. Get moving as a family during this kid-friendly yoga in the Sculpture Park. For ages 3 to 12 with caregiver. Registration recommended. Members free; nonmember adults free, children $5. deCordova.org.
MAKEmobile. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 1-3 p.m. Take your imagination for a spin with activities that explore artistic and material processes through amusing prompts and challenges, where we provide the materials and you bring creativity. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, youths 12 and under free. deCordova.org.