Friday, September 27 

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity and a nature walk either in the Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Backyard and Beyond: Nature Journaling. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-3 p.m. Explore the natural world through science, art, and writing. Make nature journals and take them out to search for signs of Fall. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

KidsJam. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 6:30-8 p.m. A monthly family dance party featuring dance lessons, games, and a live DJ. $1. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 8 p.m. Experience the true story of Carole King’s rise as a hit songwriter to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. $39-88. thehanovertheatre.org.

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Saturday, September 28

Brimfield Harvest Festival. Town Common, Main St., Brimfield. 10 a.m. An annual fall celebration featuring crafters and vendors, kids’ games and activities, apple pie baking contest, yummy food and lots more. Free. facebook.com.

Monson Food Truck Festival. Main Street, Monson. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Great food, local beer and wine, kids activities and more are planned for this first-ever event in Monson. Free. facebook.com.  

Family Yoga Class. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy cooperative games, age-appropriate poses, partner poses between caregiver and child, breathing exercises, and mindfulness activities. For ages 3 to 12. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Take a Child Outside Week: Nature Impressions. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Explore Discovery Woods to look for natural patterns, and preserve these findings by making a clay impression. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

BBQ Fest. Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy live music, a craft fair and farmers’ market, contests, cooking demos, and the best BBQ vendors in the area. Adults $9, youths 6 to 12 $4, ages under 5 free. wachusett.com.

The Secret Life of Pets 2. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Find out what happens on when pets are alone at home during this animated adventure for the entire family. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Special Storytime: Breanna J. McDaniel. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join author and scholar Breanna McDaniel as she reads Hands Up! her triumphant debut picture featuring opportunities to move, sing, dance, and query. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Experience the true story of Carole King’s rise as a hit songwriter to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. $39-88. thehanovertheatre.org.

Bilingual Storytime: Spanish. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. Enjoy a special bilingual story-time featuring stories, songs, and movement in English and Spanish. For ages 3 to 5. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Especially for Me: Free Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. A special evening for families with members on the autism spectrum, including dinner, and a mini version of The Caterpillar Lab from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.

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Sunday, September 29 

BBQ Fest. Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy live music, a craft fair and farmers’ market, contests, cooking demos, and the best BBQ vendors in the area. Adults $9, youths 6 to 12 $4, ages under 5 free. wachusett.com.

Snoopy, Come Home. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 1 p.m. Woodstock, Snoopy, and the Rest of the Peanuts Gang burst onto the screen during this delightful animated feature film that embraces the entire family. Members $7, nonmembers $10. regenttheatre.com.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Papel Picado. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 1-3 p.m. Make ‘papel picado’ or ‘pierced paper,’ a Mexican artform in which artists create patterns and images in colored tissue paper using chisel and small hammer. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $18, youths 1-15 $18, ages under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Take a Child Outside: Fall Plant Walk with ‘PrimiTim.’ Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 1-3 p.m. Come take a walk with naturalist PrimiTim as he teaches different ways to identify autumn plants and foraging tips. Register ahead. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Experience the true story of Carole King’s rise as a hit songwriter to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. $39-88. thehanovertheatre.org.

Outrageous Fortune. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2  p.m. Come to the library for a performance by the family-friendly and hilarity inducing Outrageous Fortune. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.