Friday, August 2 

Free Fun Friday. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, take advantage of free admission to the following: Franklin Park Zoo; Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood;  Chatham Shark Center; Children’s Museum at Holyoke; Concord Museum; International Volleyball Hall of Fame; Lynn Museum; Museum of Russian Icons; Naumkeag, The Trustees; Old State House. Hours vary.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Drop-off your stuffed animals at the children’s desk anytime during the day so they can spend a fun filled night at the library, before picking them up Saturday morning. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30-10 a.m. Explore sound through singing and playing, as you 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. Join a nature-based activity as we enjoy the weather of the season in our 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.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar ‘Pop-Up’ Storytime. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-11 a.m. Enjoy a story-time filled with fun, songs, friends, and Freeze Pops. Recommended for ages 7 and under. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.

 

Summer Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. Enjoy sweet treats and explore the museum for free. Food donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard and the Acton Food Pantry will be accepted. Free. discoveryacton.org.

Free Friday Flicks: The Lego Movie 2. 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 Emmet and his LEGO friends face a new threat from a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. Free. wbznewsradio.iheart.com/featured/free-Friday-flicks.

Cinema Under the Stars featuring Coco. Northborough Crossing, Shoppes Way, Northborough. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Face painting, live music and popcorn. Movie starts at 8 p.m. Free. More info. 

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Saturday, August 3

Redcoats and Rebels. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Scottish, French, and Colonial troops, as the Village is transformed to the time of the War of Independence. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Breakfast. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10-10:30 a.m. Pick up your animal friend from their night at the library, watch a slideshow of their adventure, and enjoy some donuts. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

 

Sunflower Festival. Community Harvest Project, 37 Wheeler Rd., Grafton. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrates summer with a gorgeous sunflower field for exploring and as a photo backdrop. Pick your own sunflowers and zinnias to take home. Crafts and activities for the kids. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with fun lawn games, or grab a bite from on-site food trucks. Dog-friendly. Admission: adults $10, kids $5, children under 3 free. More info. 

Live Caterpillar Show. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Get up close with the caterpillars as see them like you’ve never seen them before. Incredible caterpillars will be from familiar woolly bears to bizarre horned devils. Included with admission to Tower Hill. Adults $16, kids $6, children 5 and under free. towerhill.org. 

 

Salem Maritime Festival. Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby St., Salem. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy live music, dancing, harbor cruisers, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more in this celebration of Salem and Essex Heritage. Free. nps.gov/sama.

Everyday Engineering: Air Play. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Explore materials with different properties and craft your own contraptions to float and fly in a tunnel of swirling air. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Fantastagorey Day Children’s Festival. Edward Gorey House, 8 Strawberry Ln., Yarmouth. 12-4 p.m. Celebrate reading, play, puppetry, storytelling, improvisation, treats, and more as you set forth on a Gashleycrum Tinies Scavenger Hunt, make masks and puppets, enjoy fortune telling, and more fantastically Edward Gorey fun. Free. edwardgoreyhouse.org.

Spencer Food Truck Festival. Spencer Fairgrounds, Meadow Rd., Spencer. 12-5 p.m. Dig into everything from hot dogs to seafood with food trucks from all over New England. Craft vendors, face painting and more. Admission $5. More info. 

STEAM and a Movie: Rocket Ships. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 1 p.m. Create your own rocket ship out of cardboard and then park them in the auditorium to watch Wall-E. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

WALL-E. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Enjoy this Pixar animated film following a lonely robot fall in love, travel to space, and save humankind. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Family Film Festival: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 6 p.m. Enjoy entertainment, children’s activities, giveaways, and this animated adventure following Hiccup, his fellow Vikings, and their dragons on a new adventure. Free. prudentialcenter.com.

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Sunday, August 4 

Redcoats and Rebels. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Scottish, French, and Colonial troops, as the Village is transformed to the time of the War of Independence. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.

 

Sunflower Festival. Community Harvest Project, 37 Wheeler Rd., Grafton. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrates summer with a gorgeous sunflower field for exploring and as a photo backdrop. Pick your own sunflowers and zinnias to take home. Crafts and activities for the kids. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with fun lawn games, or grab a bite from on-site food trucks. Dog-friendly. Admission: adults $10, kids $5, children under 3 free. More info. 

 

Live Caterpillar Show. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Get up close with the caterpillars as see them like you’ve never seen them before. Incredible caterpillars will be from familiar woolly bears to bizarre horned devils. Included with admission to Tower Hill. Adults $16, kids $6, children 5 and under free. towerhill.org. 

 

Salem Maritime Festival. Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby St., Salem. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy live music, dancing, harbor cruisers, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more in this celebration of Salem and Essex Heritage. Free. nps.gov/sama.

 

First Sunday Free. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore the galleries and exhibitions during this day of open discovery. Free. museumofrussianicons.org.