The Best Area Family Fun for April 8 & 9

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Saturday, April 8

Breakfast With the Bunny. Fitchburg Senior Center, 17 Wallace Ave., Fitchburg. 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Bring a camera and get a picture with the Easter Bunny. All kids who attend will be entered to win a bicycle. There will also be an arts and crafts table run and after breakfast there will be an Easter Egg hunt in Monument Park. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 children and are available at City Hall, Senior Center, and at the door.

Family Promise 8th Annual Walk to End Homelessness. Natick Community Senior Center, 117 East Central St., Natick. 9 a.m. Join 105.7 WROR and walkers of all ages for music, raffle prizes, and a 5k walk around the community as we help raise awareness and end the cycle of homelessness in Massachusetts. To fundraise, register ahead.

Tom Brady's Recovered Super Bowl Jersey Display. The Hall at Patriot Place, 1 Patriot Place, Foxboro.10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Brady's recovered Super Bowl 49 jersey, and other game-work gear, is on display starting today. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and active military with ID, and $5 for children ages 5 to 12.

Morse Institute Library 20th Anniversary Celebration. 14 East Central St., Natick. 10 a.m. Celebrate the 1997 renovation of the Morse Institute Library, as we present performances of Jojo the Magician, the Greg Hopkins Sextet, and interactive presentations, behind-the-scenes tours, refreshments, and more. Free.

Spring Festival at the Carousel Village. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 100 Elmwood Ave., Providence. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Welcome spring at the Roger Williams Park Zoo Carousel Village as we host the Eastern Bunny, enjoy animal encounters, take unlimited carousel rides, and enjoy endless jumps in the bounce house. Registration suggested. Advance $7, at-door $8.

Spring Egg-stravaganza. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. & 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Learn how to decorate eggs with natural dyes, enjoy an egg hunt, and search for clues that spring is near. Member children $10, nonmember children $13, adults free.

Puppet Playtime: Bugs in the Garden. Creative Arts, 25 Woburn St., Reading. 10:30 a.m. Join Brenda, Phil, and Bella on a musical adventure into the garden featuring fun children’s songs and original music, as we meet marching ants, Aesop’s the Ants and the Grasshopper, and even The Very Hungry Caterpillar, all through puppetry magic. $5.

Wonderful Oceans: Life Beneath the Waves. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Join us for a deep dive into the lives of ocean animals as we learn about current marine research and conduct experiments to learn more about the creatures who make the salty waters of the ocean their home. For ages 8 to 13. Members $10, nonmembers $20.

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Tanglewood Marionettes: Fairy Circus. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Enjoy as over 20 beautifully hand-crafted marionettes come together to dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease to the best loved music of favorite composers. Adults $10, children $8.

Easter Egg Hunt and Fun Day. Chapel of the Cross, 160 Flanders Rd., Westborough. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy thousands of eggs, free hot dogs and snacks, bounce house, face painting, crafts, games, and more, as we collect non-perishable food items for local food banks and enjoy the Easter season. Free.

NanoDays 2017. Museum of Science: Boston, 1 Science Park, Boston. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Imagine, discover, and explore a world that’s too small to see during this museum-wide celebration of nanoscale and quantum science, filled with hands-on presentations and special presentations. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, children 3 to 11 $20, children under 3 free.

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market Building, Boston. 11:30 a.m. Pick up your Easter basket and clue sheet then solve the clues to figure out which businesses around Faneuil Hall are hiding all the candy filled eggs! This event is free and meant for children ages 1-13 years old accompanied by an adult. Supplies are limited, advance registration recommended. Free.

Special Puppet Performance with Italian Puppeteer Mariano Dolci. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Dolci brings over 30 years of puppetry to The Eric Carle museum, as he delights guests by taking unlikely objects and creating characters and stories from them. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Free with admission. Adults $9, children $6, children under 1 free.

Make a Mini Manga Workshop. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 3 p.m. Workshops provide guidance in the art of Manga. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $16, children under 1 free.

Slow Art Day. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Visitors at the museum around the world are urged to slow down and engage deeply with the art they experience first-hand, as we take up this world-wide challenge. Register ahead. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, children 12 and under free.

Especially for Me! Free Autism-Friendly Evening. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Join in all the fun and explore the entire Museums’ campus during this special free evening for families with members on the autism spectrum. Dinner, including a gluten free option, will be provided. Pre-registration required here as space is limited.

Sunday, April 9

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Grammy-nominated songwriter and cartoonist Morgan Taylor returns with his wildly original and humorous music and animation concert for all ages. Recommended for ages 2 and up. Adults $13, children $10.

Easter Egg Hunt. Oh My Gosh Antiques @ The Cider Mill, 15 Waushacum Ave., Sterling. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Egg hunt, Easter Bunny, refreshments.

Paper Caper. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fold and crease papers to create whirligigs, design gliders, and fashion other fabulous flying contraptions, before sending them soaring through the air. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $9.

Music Fair with Northeastern Engineering Students. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Engineering students from Northeastern share musical instruments, sound sculptures, and auditory games they designed and built themselves. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $16, children under 1 free.

Greenhouse Drop-In. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Accompany a naturalist in caring for the greenhouse, and learn about the unique and exciting varieties of plants that live there. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $5, children under 2 free.

Canal District Artwalk/Street Festival. 50-96 Water St., Worcester. 2-5p.m. Music, henna & face painting; 12:45 & 3 p.m. magician; 2:30 & 4 p.m. puppeteer/storytelling, street busking. Over 30 artists selling their art.

Zolotoj Plyos: Russian Family Folk Concert. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of music that will put smiles on the faces of the whole family, featuring a mix of folk songs and instrumental pieces from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Georgia. Advance members $20, nonmembers $30; day of members $25, nonmembers $35.