The Best Area Family Fun for April 15 & 16

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Saturday, April 15

Easter Egg Hunt Leominster.

Star Wars Day. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and join Jedi Knights and the Imperial Stormtroopers for a day of ‘Force-full’ fun, as we create Star Wars-inspired art, compare Stormtrooper armor to that of a Gothic knight, watch a light saber battle, and more. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, ages 4 to 17 $6, under age 4 free.

Central MA Science Festival. Boys and Girls Club of North Central Mass, 365 Lindell Ave., Leominster. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Grab your lab coat and get ready for a day of learning and fun. Families and children of all ages will enjoy a range of STEAM-related activities and workshops in 3-D printing, robotics, Lego building, aviation, coding, origami, and more. All ages. Free.

MFA Playdates: Trip to the Zoo. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:15 a.m.-11:15 p.m. Bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries followed by artmaking, as we investigate the theme of animals and creatures. Recommended for ages 4 and under. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, ages 7 to 17 $10, children 6 and under free.

Despicable Me. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Get ready for a minion laughs in this Golden Globe-nominated animated comedy following a supervillain as he hatches a plan to steal the moon but finds himself with three newly adopted children. Adults $9, children $7.

24th Annual Newton Heartbreak Hill Road Race. Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton. 12 p.m.3 p.m. Before the Boston Marathon, take a one-mile run up and down historic Heartbreak Hill. Register ahead. $10-15.

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6th Annual Chili Bowl Cook Off. Bass Pro Shops, Patriot Place, Foxboro. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy samples from more than 10 restaurants, the New England Revolution Fan Zone, Mix 104.1 Street Team, giveaways, and more. $5 per person, kids 5 and under free.

Bass Pro Shops Live Fish Feeding. Bass Pro Shops, Patriot Place, Foxboro. 1:30 p.m. Live fish feedings and informational demonstrations at the store's 34,000 gallon, freshwater educational aquarium. Times subject to change based on animals' needs. The aquarium is filled with over 400 native New England fish. Other water features include a 5,500 gallon turtle pond and a 3,800 gallon trout pool.

Wild About Reptiles. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Meet some of the species of reptiles found around Broadmoor. Learn about our wonderful scaly friends and take a short walk to see more reptiles in the wild. For families with children ages 4 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $13, children $7; nonmember adults $15, children $9.

Helping Wildlife: Big Night and Vernal Pool Ecology. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Meet some of our local species, explore some sanctuary vernal pools, and find out what you can do to help as frogs and salamanders migrate back home. For ages 2.5 to 5. Register ahead. Member adults $7, children $4; nonmember adults $9, children $5.

Critter Days: BugWorks. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Meet a millipede or mantis, investigate invertebrates, and get up close and personal with all kinds of bugs from around the world. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $16, children under 1 free.

Happier Family Comedy Show. Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 4 p.m.-5 p.m Enjoy this family-friendly improv comedy show, featuring the zany antics and influence of the entire audience. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Adults $10, children $5, ages 3 and under free.

Sunday, April 16

Stick Structures. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CBbuild huge three-dimensional structures from wooden dowels and rubber bands, including those that are large enough to climb inside. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $9.

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS. LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (last entry 5 p.m.). The Knights will invade MINILAND so guests will “capture” them to complete the scavenger hunt, build a shield mosaic in the Master Builder Academy, check out the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS 4D movie, and be knighted by the reigning Queen of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston, Master Model Builder Megan Amaral. Through April 23.

Six Flags New England Easter Weekend. Six Flags New England, Agawam. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Guests who bring in at least six office supply items will receive entry for $20.17, the lowest price of the season. Offer good today only. Click here for more details.

Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Listen, learn, and lift your voices, as you participate in your maritime heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. Free.