Friday, October 18 

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Go outside, no matter the weather, to do a nature-based activity either in the Discovery Woods or the adjacent conservation land. Designed for ages 2-6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. 

Materials Play. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers, and their caregivers in the Art Studio. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

Family Yoga. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 11:15 a.m. Enjoy a fun, energizing yoga session specifically designed for young children and grown-ups together. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $18, ages under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Sensory Play Storytime. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Look, listen, touch, play and enjoy a story and activities aimed at exploring different sensory story concepts. For ages 2 to 4. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Family Fun. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Drop-in with the entire family for games, building materials, and other activities for fun. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Worcester Railers vs. Maine Mariners. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 7:05 p.m. Cheer on as Worcester’s hometown ice hockey team, the Railers, face down the Maine Mariners. $15-35. dcucenter.com.

Magical History Tour. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Enjoy Beatles film, stories, and music with experts on this classic group. $28-43. regenttheatre.com.

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Saturday, October 19 


Boston Book Festival. Copley Square, Boston. Literary lovers of all ages will find something at this event. Multiple sessions for kids and teens will explore genres and themes, and children’s workshops will help hone writing, reading and creative art skills. Picture book readings, scavenger hunt, and keynote speakers. Free. bostonbookfest.org. 

Parent Seminar: Help Your Child Improve in School. Beaman Memorial Public Library, 8 Newton St., West Boylston. 10-11 a.m. Join Todd Blechner of Next Level Up Tutoring to get practical strategies to help your child become more successful with organization, time management, and study skills. Bring questions and concerns to this parents-only seminar. Free. nextleveluptutoring.com. 

Candy Chemistry with Mom or Dad. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dress for a mess, and bring aprons and oven mitts. Discover the physical and chemical properties of candy and sharpen your math skills with fudge, chocolate, and other treats. Recommended for ages 7-10. Register ahead. Members $30, nonmembers $35. springfieldmuseums.org.


Boo at the Zoo. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thrills, chills, and animals lurk around every corner on the trick-or-treat trail, while other haunted happenings include creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, and a haunted maze. Adults $19.95, kids $12.95, children 2 and under free. zoonewengland.org. 

Wellfleet OysterFest. Wellfleet Main Corridor, Main St., Wellfleet. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate local cuisine, music, beautiful arts and crafts, an oyster shuck-off, and plenty of family fun from music, crafts, activities, and an obstacle house. $10. wellfleetspat.org.



30th Annual Harvest Festival. Town Common & The Publick House, 277 Main St., Sturbridge. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate the fresh harvest, judge scarecrows, enjoy countless crafters, artisans, and food vendors, and spend the day with the entire family. Free. cmschamber.ning.com.

AppleFest. Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come enjoy live musical performances, roaming entertainers, plenty of delicious food, face painting, an obstacle course and a giant slide, pony rides, and more. Advance $11, ages 6-12 $6; at-door $14, ages 6-12 $9, ages under 6 free. wachusett.com.

SteveSongs: Family Fun Concert. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 10:30 a.m. Do not miss this family fun Saturday favorite for years, featuring the award-winning musical talents of SteveSongs. Adults $12, youths 12 and under $10. regenttheatre.com.

 

Blue Man Group Autism-Friendly Performance. Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 11 a.m. Slight modifications including adjusting sound and light levels and subdued audience engagement make this performance suitable for individuals and families affected by autism and other sensory-related issues. A portion of ticket sales benefits Autism Speaks. $30-$50. blueman.com/autismspeaks. 

Trunk or Treat. Northborough Crossing, 9012 Shops Way, Northborough. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dress in costume for an afternoon of fun including a display of service vehicles and trucks, face painting, a mobile gaming truck, photo opportunities with characters including Frozen’s Elsa and Batman, a “Monster Mash” dance party with DJ, trick or treating at participating merchants displaying purple glitter spiders throughout the center. Free. 

Special Storytime: Rowboat Watkins and Bog Salati. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join Watkins and Salati for a reading of their latest books ‘Most Marshmallows’ and ‘Lawrence in the Fall’, before making paper forests. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

Toy Story 4. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Join Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Toy Story gang as they set off on a new adventure from the minds of Pixar. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Happier Family Comedy Show. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 3-4 p.m. Spend an hour of laughs and family fun, during this improv show created on-the-spot fueled by audience suggestion and participation. Members $9, youths $4.50; nonmembers $10, youths $5. carlemuseum.org.

Especially for Me: Visually Impaired Family Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. An evening at the museum especially for families experiencing a visual impairment, with a 6 p.m. squishy circuit activity, and light dinner provided. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.

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Sunday, October 20 

Boston Book Festival. Dudley Square, Roxbury. Literary lovers of all ages will find something at this event. Multiple sessions for kids and teens will explore genres and themes, and children’s workshops will help hone writing, reading and creative art skills. Picture book readings, scavenger hunt, and keynote speakers. Free. bostonbookfest.org. 

 
Boo at the Zoo. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thrills, chills, and animals lurk around every corner on the trick-or-treat trail, while other haunted happenings include creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, and a haunted maze. Adults $19.95, kids $12.95, children 2 and under free. zoonewengland.org. 

Sturbridge Harvest Fest. Town Common & The Publick House, 277 Main St., Sturbridge. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the fresh harvest, judge scarecrows, enjoy countless crafters, artisans, and food vendors, and spend the day with the entire family. Free. cmschamber.ning.com.

Wellfleet OysterFest. Wellfleet Main Corridor, Main St., Wellfleet. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate local cuisine, music, beautiful arts and crafts, an oyster shuck-off, and plenty of family fun from music, crafts, activities, and an obstacle house. $10. wellfleetspat.org.

AppleFest. Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come enjoy live musical performances, roaming entertainers, plenty of delicious food, face painting, an obstacle course and a giant slide, pony rides, and more. Advance $11, ages 6-12 $6; at-door $14, ages 6-12 $9, ages under 6 free. wachusett.com.



Cider & Music Festival. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy musical across multiple stages, learn about the importance of cider in nearly new England, enjoy activities for the entire family, and, for caregivers, enjoy some hard cider. Adults $25.50, youths 4 and up $11.50, ages under 4 free. osv.org.

Carlos Vargas. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy this afternoon concert performed by Carlos Vargas on the piano. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.