June Adventures: 13 fun things to do with the kids this month

Baystateparent Magazine

Patriot Place Pop-Up Drive In 

Friday & Saturday, June 4-5

Patriot Place - Foxboro

Patriot Place Pop-up Drive In

The Pop-Up Drive-In at Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriot Place returns this summer with showings of family-friendly films. Catch “The Lego Movie” on Friday, June 4, or “The Karate Kid” on Saturday, June 5. Tickets are $25 per vehicle and all shows will start at sunset, approximately 8:30 p.m. Concessions will be available. Tickets can be purchased through the Showcase Cinemas mobile app or at showcasecinemas.com.


Fridays through Sundays 

CambridgeSide - Cambridge


Rock the red carpet as the paparazzi snap your picture. Become an action movie star. Make your latest TikTok with a glam backdrop. This pop-up, 13,000-square-foot “Instagrammable museum’” offers a 13-room immersive experience for photo enthusiasts and social media users of all ages. A next-generation in the selfie museum genre, it also features 4,000 square feet of ever-changing animated digital video wall, automated cameras deliver animated movies, GIFs, and selfies to each visitor. During the visit, every guest receives a website link to download photos and videos of their experience. Tickets are $30 per person, $15 for children 10 and under. Two and under are free. More at gopixelyourself.com.

Worcester Food Truck Festival

Saturday, June 5, 12-5 p.m. 

Worcester Common - Worcester

Worcester Food Truck Festival

Dig in! The festival features some of the area's most popular food trucks dishing out fan favorites such as fall-off-the-bone BBQ, wood-fired pizzas, zesty tacos, sweet treats, plus dozens of regional and national craft brews. Enjoy outdoor games like cornhole, giant Jenga, and a bouncy house and face painting for kids. Tickets start at $5, children 12 and under free. Details at foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com/worcester.

The Caterpillar Lab

Tuesdays through Sundays, June 8-20

Discovery Museum - Acton 

Caterpillar Lab

The Caterpillar Lab, located in Marlborough, New Hampshire, takes over the museum’s Community Gallery and turns it into a mini version of their own lab space. Come see a huge variety of New England caterpillar species showcased on open-air displays of local plants. Get up close to enormous giant silk moth caterpillars, fierce-looking snake-mimicking caterpillars, convincing twig-mimicking caterpillars, and bubbly butterfly caterpillars. Witness rare moments of metamorphosis and watch ecological relationships play out first-hand under a digital microscope. Included with general admission, $15.50; kids under 1 free. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time at discoveryacton.org.

Summer of Play

Wednesdays through Sundays

Boston Children’s Museum - Boston

Summer of Play at the Boston Children's Museum.

Boston Children's Museum is welcoming back visitors with its Summer of Play. Families can enjoy a range of fun, hands-on, and social activities including outdoor programs under the tent, a new Fantastic Forts exhibit, and a new Turtle Tank. Kids can take part in everyday hands-on activities involving science, art, music, and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance for specific time slots at bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Wild Kratts: Creature Power 

Tuesdays through Sundays

Springfield Museums - Springfield

Wild Kratts: Creature Power

Step into the world of Wild Kratts to explore the secret lives of amazing creatures in this brand new exhibit at the Springfield Museums, geared for children ages 3 to 9. You’ll be immersed in animal habitats from around the globe, discover incredible creature powers and go on a mission to foil the villains’ nefarious plans. Sneak through the forest using the stealth of a jaguar, swing through the trees like a spider monkey, test your hops against a kangaroo, and hunt for lunch like a platypus. Adult museum tickets $25, youth $13, children under 3 free. More info at springfieldmuseums.org.

Jurassic Quest Drive Thru

Wednesdays through Sundays starting June 18

Gillette Stadium - Foxboro

Jurassic Quest Drive Thru.

More than 70 lifelike dinosaurs return from extinction to delight families and dino fans at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium from June 18 through July 11. This contactless, family-friendly drive-thru experience features lifelike dinosaurs, baby dinosaur and trainer meet-and-greets, photo opportunities and a choose-your-own-audio-adventure tour. The herd of roaring and moving animatronic dinosaurs – from the largest predators to playful baby dinos – are displayed in realistic scenes guests will experience from the safety of their own vehicle as they drive through the tour. Each dinosaur was painstakingly replicated in every detail, from coloration to teeth size, to textured skin, fur or feathers. Assigned time-slot tickets are $49 per vehicle, and admission includes an audio tour and a safari-style digital souvenir photo of your vehicle and family transported back in time to a prehistoric setting. Tickets at jurassicquest.com.

Family Farm Fun

Saturdays & Sundays 

Appleton Farms - Hamilton & Ipswich 

Family Farm Fun.

Appleton Farms is hosting two fun programs for children and families on weekends this month. Family Farm Chores is a unique program where families will get to be farmers together; learning all about the farm’s dairy herd, collecting eggs, feeding the animals, and performing other hands-on chores. Their Befriend the Barnyard program, best suited for families with young children, is a great chance to get close to the animals in a relaxed and guided setting. Barnyard staff will help families approach and pet the livestock animals. Tickets required for both programs, and are available at thetrustees.org.

Father’s Day Country Blues Bash 

Saturday and Sunday, June 19 & 20, 3-7 p.m. 

Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens - North Andover

Father’s Day Country Blues Bash

Get outside this Father’s Day and celebrate the dad in your life at this annual picnic concert in the gardens of Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens featuring Dwayne Haggins Band (Saturday) and Cold Chocolate (Sunday). There will be a live music for all to enjoy, as well as visiting BBQ and brewery vendors. Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets. Timed tickets are split into 2 two-hour time blocks to allow for safe and spaced visitation. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Members $3-$12; nonmembers $5-$20 available at thetrustees.org

Father’s Day BBQ & Blues

Sunday, June 20, 12-2 p.m. 

Powisset Farm - Dover 

Father’s Day BBQ & Blues

Bring dad and the family for a summer experience at the farm including authentic Blue Ribbon Barbecue, live bluegrass music, lawn games and visits with the barnyard animals. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets or sit at one of the farm’s picnic tables. Tickets include barbecue, sides and non-alcoholic beverages; beer and wine available for purchase. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Members $20-$52; nonmembers $25-$65, available at thetrustees.org.

Lavender Farm Fest 

Weekends June 25 through July 5 

The Farm at SummitWynds - Holden 

Lavender Farm Fest

Spend some time in the farm’s lavender fields, overlooking rolling pastures and spectacular views of Mount Wachusetts at this annual family-friendly event. Enjoy lavender dishes and drinks, shop a pop-up artisanal market and hike the nature trail. Pony rides and various children’s activities will be offered. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance; adults $10, children $8, ages 2 and under free. More info at lavenderfarmfest.com.

StoryWalk on the Trails 


Chestnut Hill Farm - Southborough 

StoryWalk on the Trails

Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes which are installed along one of the farm’s trails. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story. The event is free. Details at thetrustees.org.

T. Rex Adventure


Stone Zoo - Stoneham

T. Rex Adventure

Take a prehistoric journey through time and walk among the giants that once ruled the planet. Come face-to-face with colossal creatures from the past, from a towering 42-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex to the 20-foot long plant-eating Plateosaurus. Nestled within the trees, bushes and undergrowth awaits an array of moving and roaring animatronic dinosaurs, as well as realistic dinosaur skeletons. T. Rex Adventure runs through Sept. 6., and is included with general Zoo admission. Advance online ticket purchase is required; adults $19.95, kids $12.95, children under 2 free. More at zoonewengland.org.