August Adventures: 12 awesome things to do with the kids this month

Baystateparent Magazine

Highland Street Foundation’s Free August Adventures 

Aug. 1-31

Various locations

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Enjoy one free activity every day this month thanks to a partnership between the Highland Street Foundation and a variety of Massachusetts cultural institutions. Most participating venues have limited capacity and require advance registration. Sign up at highlandstreet.org to take advantage of free admission at the following institutions: 

Aug. 1: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company - Boston 

Aug. 2: Cape Cod Children’s Museum - Mashpee 

Aug. 3: Capron Park Zoo - Attleboro

Aug. 4: Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River - Fall River

Aug. 5: Fitchburg Art Museum - Fitchburg

Aug. 6: Fruitlands Museum - Harvard 

Aug. 7: Falmouth Museums on the Green - Falmouth 

Aug. 8: Berkshire Museum - Pittsfield

Aug. 9: New Bedford Whaling Museum - New Bedford 

Aug. 10: The Greenway Carousel - Boston 

Aug. 11: Springfield Museums - Springfield 

Aug. 12: Museum of African American History - Boston 

Aug. 13: Worcester Art Museum - Worcester 

Aug. 14: Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary - Lincoln

Aug. 15: Atlantic White Shark Center - Chatham 

Aug. 16: Children’s Museum at Holyoke - Holyoke 

Aug. 17: Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston 

Aug. 18: Boston Children’s Museum - Boston 

Aug. 19: Eric Carle Museum - Amherst 

Aug. 20: Wenham Museum - Wenham

Aug. 21: Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Brookline

Aug. 22: Peabody Essex Museum - Salem 

Aug. 23: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary - Lenox

Aug. 24: Decordova Sculpture Park - Lincoln

Aug. 25: Paragon Carousel - Hull 

Aug. 26: Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton

Aug. 27: Cape Cod Museum of Art - Dennis 

Aug. 28: Out of the Park - Boston

Aug. 29: Wachusett Meadow - Princeton 

Aug. 30: Castle Hill - Ipswich 

Aug. 31: Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge

Fairy Tale Farm at the Village

Wednesdays through Sundays, Aug. 12-29

Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge 

Fairy Tale Farm at the Village

Experience “Fairy Tale Farm,” an enchanted farm where your favorite characters from several beloved fairy tales live side by side. Each step out of their home for the first time in a while; from “real-boy” Pinocchio who is adulting for the first time, to a recently awakened (formerly Sleeping) Beauty who is a princess-turned-Instagram celebrity, to Little Red’s once-devoured grandmother, to Goldilocks (who is newly engaged to Baby Bear), and an opinionated third little pig named Vincent. The experience will feature music by Gracie Day, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, sandwiches, ice cream, and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for youth ages 4-12 and available at osv.org

Watch Shakespeare in the Park

Various dates, Aug. 12-29

Various locations

Shakespeare in the park.

The Brown Box Theatre Project presents "Much Ado About Nothing" in free, outdoor performances throughout the state, open to all audiences. The Shakespearean comedy will be fully staged in each location, and will feature professional artists, designers, and actors. Performances will take place at Wilmington Memorial Library (Aug. 12), Chelmsford Town Common (Aug. 13), Blackstone Heritage State Park (Aug. 14), Hyde Community Center (Aug. 18), Atlantic Wharf Waterfront Plaza (Aug. 19 & 29), French River Park (Aug. 20), Heritage State Park (Aug. 21), Pilgrim Memorial State Park (Aug. 22), Borderland State Park (Aug. 26), Christian Herter Park (Aug. 27), and Sargent Memorial Library (Aug. 28). More info at www.brownboxtheatre.org.

14th Annual Butterfly Festival 

Saturday, Aug. 14

Broad Meadow Brook - Worcester 

Butterfly Festival.

A day of educational fun where butterflies fly free in their natural habitats. This kid-friendly annual festival features naturalist-led walks and workshops, up-close encounters with live caterpillars, butterfly art, children's activities, butterfly garden tours, pollinator-friendly plant sales and more. Mass Audubon members $5, nonmembers $6, kids 2 and under free. More at massaudubon.org

Summer Food Truck Fest

Saturday, Aug. 14 

Wachusett Mountain - Princeton 

Summer Food Truck Fest.

Forget about the calories and enjoy the festivities! Enjoy an array of food specialties from assorted food trucks, sample great craft beers and listen to live music. Between bites take a ride on the SkyRide to the mountain summit. Come early for a classic car show, DJ and breakfast specials. Ticket prices TBA. Find out more at wachusett.com

World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, Aug. 21

Downtown Springfield

World's Largest Pancake Breakfast.

Each year, Springfield, Mass., and Battle Creek, Michigan, (the self-proclaimed “Cereal Capital”) battle it out for the “World’s Largest Breakfast” title. The menu includes hot, hearty pancakes, coffee, juice and milk, and lots of local talent. After breakfast, enjoy a giant tag sale, mini train rides, K9 demonstrations, and fire trucks. Adults are $3, kids are free. More at spiritofspringfield.org.

Sunflower Experience 

Saturdays & Sundays, Aug. 21-22, 28-29

Lanni Orchards - Lunenburg

Sunflower Experience.

Wander through three acres of stunning sunflowers, take pictures, and pick your own flowers. You’ll see a rainbow of different colors as you meander through the field. Note: there is always the chance that the crop could be early or late, so be flexible and check ahead. Tickets: adults $14, children $9. More info and tickets at lanniorchard.com

Food Truck Fridays 

Fridays through Sept. 24

Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village - Providence 

Food Truck Fridays.

Experience the array of foods and delicious sweets from a variety of vendors at this weekly event. Take a ride on the historic Carousel, or hop aboard the Carousel Express train. Bring a chair or blanket, and sit on the lawn. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. Admission is free; Food Trucks accept cash, credit, and debit. More at rwpzoo.org

Out of the Park 

Saturday, Aug. 28 

Boston 

Out of the Park.

This free, family-friendly program transforms a busy corner of the Boston Common into Fenway Park. Watch the Sox take on the Cleveland Indians on a big screen with the excitement of Yawkey Way and Fenway recreated with free food and activities. Meet Red Sox mascot Wally, savor Fenway Franks and other ballpark treats, hear from the Hot Tamales Brass Band, and enjoy activities like face painting, caricatures, balloon art, and baseball-themed games. More details at highlandstreet.org.

T. Rex Adventure

Daily through Sept. 6

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 stonezoo.org.

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience 

Daily through Oct. 11 

Franklin Park Zoo - Boston 

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience.

Boston Lights will once again illuminate Franklin Park Zoo with all new lanterns and lights. Experience the wonder of over 60 magnificent displays featuring hundreds of beautifully crafted lanterns spanning the zoo’s 72 acres. Walk through glowing corridors of lotus and sunflowers, cranes and cherry blossoms, and a towering 87-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex tunnel. Luminous animal and ocean scenes, traditional Asian lantern displays, a stunning 164-foot-long phoenix, and more will light up the night sky. Tickets are $21.95 for members, $19.95 non-members, or family four-packs for $62.95/$72.95. Kids under 2 free. More details at zoonewengland.org.

Tour Polar Park 

Daily 

Polar Park - Worcester

WORCESTER - Fans can now enter Gate A at Polar Park
on Plymouth Street, one block west of Green Street in the city’s resurgent Canal District. At the intersection of Summit Street and Plymouth Street is a new kids area, the Plymouth St. Playground. Kael Blais, 10, of Worcester, runs along baseballs at the playground.

Tours of Polar Park, the new Triple-A baseball park, are available to the public. Tours are held hourly from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, except when there is a Sunday home game. On Saturdays, the last tour begins two hours before the game. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 15 and under. Children under 2 are free. Tickets are available at the Polar Park ticket office at 100 Madison St., and at woosox.com.