June Adventures: 17 things to do with the kids this month
Worcester Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Enjoy a day of eating, drinking...and eating some more at the 10th Annual Worcester Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival on the Worcester Common. Thirty of New England's most popular food trucks will dish out fan favorites while 50+ national, regional and local craft beers will be available to wash it all down. Enjoy lawn games, live music, free face painting and family-friendly fun. Mexican street corn, delicious jumbo sausages, yummy whoopie pies and more are on the lineup. Tickets start at $5; children under 12 free. showpass.com/worcester.
A day of family fun at the Springfield Museums in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the 20th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Meet several Dr. Seuss characters including The Lorax, Thing 1 & 2, The Grinch, and The Cat in the Hat. Take on Seuss-themed challenges and enjoy hands-on activities and free face painting. Included with admission. springfieldmuseums.org.
Sunset Family Owl Prowls
June 4, 11, 18 & 25
Learn about the owls that breed in Massachusetts during this guided family hike at Tully Lake Campground. Learn how to identify owls by call, where to find them, and how owls can successfully hunt at night. On the trail, listen for owls along Long Pond. End the night with a bedtime story – “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen. Adults $15, cildren $10; members $9/$6. thetrustees.org.
Family Days at Fruitlands
June 4 & 18, July 2
Fruitlands Museum hosts storytimes and related art activities for children and families in these bi-weekly programs, using art and storytelling to support positive identity development in young children and encourage a greater understanding of themselves and appreciation for the natural world. Storytimes are scheduled for 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. with other activities ongoing. Your ticket includes admission to the grounds and museum galleries. Adults $12, children $6, members free. thetrustees.org.
Blippi the Musical
This one-of-a-kind show brings Blippi off the screen and onto the stage with world class production, audience engagement and amazing music. In the live show, children will learn about the world around them while singing and dancing along. This show contains flashing lights, fog, and confetti. Tickets start at $42. thehanovertheatre.org.
A play-based hour at deCordova featuring a unique opportunity to engage with art, stories, materials, nature, and new friends. The conversation and stories start just after 10:30 a.m., then look at the art, and create your own inspired by what you’ve seen and heard. Best for children ages 2-5 accompanied by a caregiver. Advance tickets required. Tickets include admission to the Museum and Sculpture Park. $18. thetrustees.org.
OUT at the Farm
Delicious farm-fresh food, beautiful views, lawn games and live music make Powisset Farm Dinners a “must do” on your summer bucket list. At this low-key, farm to table experience, you can enjoy a craft beer or glass of wine, munch on an hors d’oeuvre, play lawn games and then enjoy a delicious dinner made with farm ingredients. This Farm Dinner is part of Powisset’s OUT at the Farm month-long celebration, to which all are welcome. Registration for this event will close 48 hours in advance. Adults $75, children $30, members $60/$24. thetrustees.org.
Bowls and bowls of fresh strawberries, whipped cream and piles of shortcakes are prepared and served up at this annual festival. Enjoy community booths, fine artisans, a book sale, live music and plenty of games for the kids. Free. topsfieldhistory.org.
Women’s History Weekend at OSV
June 11 & 12
How did early 19th-century women see themselves? How did society view the woman’s sphere? Stop outside the historic houses of Old Sturbridge Village to learn about how women ran their households, managing the essential work of clothes construction, cooking, laundry, and more. Join interpreters in the gardens for talks on Indigenous plants, medicine, and discussions on the roles of women and children in gardening. Beyond the domestic sphere, explore issues surrounding gender, freedom, and rights occurring during the 1830s through readings of first-person accounts of the 19th century. Included with admission. osv.org.
Walk for Birthdays
This fundraising walk raises critically needed funds for Birthday Wishes, a local nonprofit that provides birthday parties for homeless children. Walk or jog along the Cochituate Rail Trail then stay for family fun including games, music, kids activities, and amazing raffle prizes. You'll also have the opportunity to join the biggest-ever Birthday-in-a-Box building event where you can help fill a Birthday-in-a-Box that will go directly to a birthday kid. Registration is $35 per adult and $20 per child. Children 3 and under are free and do not need to register. birthdaywishes.org.
Stroller Tours at deCordova
Visit deCordova with your little one for a date with art, history and the landscape. Trained guides offer a unique one-hour stroller tour of sculptures in the park. Each tour is a lively conversation about artist, process, materials, and deCordova’s rich history. Ask the guides about your favorite sculpture, new acquisitions, or the history of Julian deCordova himself. Each group size is limited to 5 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Best for parents and caregivers with children newborn to 2 years old. $20, members $12. thetrustees.org.
Strawberry ‘N’ Arts Festival
The historic Westford Common hosts this annual event featuring delicious food, creative crafts and entertainment. Feast on strawberry shortcake, groove to live music and peruse one-of-a-kind crafts and specialty items from an array of exhibitors. Free. firstparishwestford.org.
On-the-River Science Cruise
Explore the lower Merrimack River ecosystem with a Mass Audubon educator and the crew of the Yankee Clipper during this hands-on science cruise. Do some birdwatching, examine marine plankton, and investigate tide pool touch tubs on every trip. Enjoy cruising and learning about this vital part of the area's natural history. Register by 4 p.m. the day before the program, which is also offered July 30 and Aug. 20. massaudubon.org.
Summer Concerts with the Concord Band
Wednesdays beginning June 22
Gather on the lawn at the Fruitlands Museum for a picnic concert with stunning sunset views. The Concord Band, a group of 65 musicians from 40 area towns, will treat concert-goers to a fun roster of timeless music, including pieces memorializing historic events, show tunes, holiday favorites and more. Concerts begin at 7:15 p.m., gates open at 5. Concerts run every Wednesday through July 13. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and picnic basket. Dogs welcome. $20 per carload; members $15. thetrustees.org.
Hike with Goats
Weekends in June
Take a leisurely hike through Chestnut Hill Farm’s beautiful grounds and trails, accompanied by one or more of their friendly goats. Hiking with goats is a fun and unique way to spend some time in nature and make some cuddly goat friends at the same time. Your reservation gets you and your group of family or friends an hour-long experience with a friendly goat on its own harness and leash. Bring your patience and sense of adventure. Group tickets for up to four people are $95; members $75. Children under 4 are free. Pre-registration is required. thetrustees.org.
Summer of Reptiles at Davis Farmland
Daily starting June 18
Reptile Man, Michael Ralbovsky from Rainforest Reptile Shows, is spending the summer at Davis Farmland. Enjoy daily, hands-on reptile shows, a tortoise exhibit, eye-spy turtle pond, giant snakes, lizards, alligators and other slitherin’ summer fun! Through Labor Day. Included with admission. davisfarmland.com.
The Trustees Quest is an outdoor, self-guided exploration experience for families with school-aged children at five Trustees properties spread out across the state. Navigate through the properties by following fun clues while discovering exciting places and fun activities along the way. To participate, sign up for Trustees Quest and receive clues to follow that lead to a special location at each property where you can scan a QR code and earn a digital badge. Hikes at each of the five properties take between 30-60 minutes each, and no special gear is required to participate. The five properties are: Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield; Copicut Woods, Fall River; Long Hill, Beverly; Rock House Reservation, West Brookfield; and Rocky Woods , Medfield. Free. thetrustees.org.
Sensory-Friendly Films: AMC Theatres offers family-friendly movie showings with the lights up and sound down on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Check local listings for specific showtimes.
Morningstar Program at Boston Children’s Museum: Saturday, June 4. Children with special needs/medical needs can visit the museum with few other visitors. Registration required.
Sensory Friendly Hour at Apex:Sunday, June 5. Enjoy all that Apex Entertainment in Marlborough has to offer in a sensory-friendly environment.
Sensory-Friendly Afternoon at Discovery Museum:Tuesday, June 7. Group visits and birthday parties are not scheduled, to avoid crowding and support access to exhibits. Registration required.
Sensory Friendly Saturday at Springfield Museums: Saturday, June 11. Exhibits modified and sensory-friendly crafts offered.
Evening for Families with D/HH and KODA Children:Saturday, June 11. Play and explore in the ADA-compliant and universally designed museum during this special, free afternoon dedicated to families with d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and KODA children. The museum will be closed to the general public and headcount will be limited. ASL interpretation may be available upon request. Dinner, including a gluten-free option, will be provided. Advance registration is required.