The Best Area Family Fun for May 6 & 7

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Saturday, May 6

Volunteer Day. Broad Meadow Brook, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Help care for the sanctuary, as we put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend gardens, and more. Free.

Safety Weekend. Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd, Sterling. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Active firefighters, EMT’s, police officers, armed service personnel, correctional officers and their immediate family are admitted free to Davis Farmland on Safety Weekend when accompanied by the safety officer and their valid service I.D. Through May 7. Adults and children ages 2+ $20.95, Seniors (60+) 17.95, children under 2 free.

Introduction to Birding: Spring. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Join us as we look for physical and behavioral characteristics of birds, songs, and calls as aids to field identification, before heading outside to practice your identification skill. Member adults $18, nonmember adults $25.

Paper Dolls: Parent and Child Workshop. The Willard House and Clock Museum, 11 Willard St., Grafton. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Join us during this hands-on art workshop, featuring a follow-up kid-friendly tour of the museum. Free with admission. Adults $10, children ages 6 to 12 $6, children under 6 free.

Electronic Recycling and Secure Shredding. Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 East Main St., Westborough. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Almost all types of electronic and electrical devices will be accepted, including TVs, computer monitors, computers and laptops, small and large appliances, cell phones, power cords, headphones, keyboards, and mice. A truck will be onsite to securely shred documents. Computer hard drives can be accepted for certified shredding off-site. Cost information at

Puppet Playtime: Enchanted Forest. Creative Arts, 25 Woburn St., Reading. 10:30 a.m. Join us on a fantasy adventure with Brenda, Phil, and Bella filled with fairies, knights, unicorns, magic, and more, featuring a magical lineup of fantasy-themed music, imaginary dramatic play, shadow theater, and a short puppetry performance of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. $5.

Family Tour at WAM. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Explore the Worcester Art Museum galleries with your family on a docent-guided tour, as you hear fun facts, stories, and enjoy sharing observations and time together. Free.

Exploring Science Together: Marine Life. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Dive deep into the underwater life of marine animals, as we learn all about the challenges of life at sea with hands-on activities, create your own ‘dive log,’ and investigate the museum’s collection with interactive gallery explorations. Register ahead. Members $10, nonmembers $20.

Beyond the Spectrum: Lush Landscapes. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. We explore sweeping views of brightly colored skies, the techniques that artists use to capture the beauty of the natural world, and your own creativity as we create landscape scenes using print-making techniques, during this program for children on the autism spectrum. Register ahead. $9.

Make Way for Ducklings Read-A-Thon. Museum of Fine Art: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Join in the fun and celebrate the 75th anniversary of Make Way for Ducklings with the Boston Public Library Director David Leonard, and WCVB anchors Emily Riemer and Ben Simmoneau, with amazing animal stories, ducky art, and our special Robert McCloskey exhibit. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, children free.

Behavioral Health and Wellness Fair. Arbor-Fuller Hospital, 200 May St., Attleboro. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Behavioral health resources, health and wellness services, dunk tank, face painting, bounce house, live animals, and more. Free/ 508 761-8500 x2354.

BrickFair. Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Play games, create, build, and more. Tickets $15. Also May 7.

Families @ WAM Make Art. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Drop in for a fun, intergeneration time at the Worcester Art Museum galleries, where you can get inspired by our art and try making something uniquely yours. Free.

Hidden Treasures: Walk on the Emerson-Thoreau Amble. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Follow the footsteps of writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau as you join us for a guided walk from Emerson’s house to Fairyland Pond in Walden Woods. Reserve ahead. Free.

Make a MESS: Spin Art. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop in as we put a fresh spin on art by twisting our tools, twirling our paper, and giving our watercolors a whirl. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $12.50, children under1 free.

The Lexington Fife & Drum Muster. Minute Man National Park Visitor’s Center, Route 2A, Lexington. 12 p.m. From noon until 5 p.m. enjoy a parade, colonial vendors, re-enactors and performances by 30 fife and drum corps from around the country, as these uniformed musicians represent different time periods in American History. Free.

Especially for Me: 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 campus during this special evening for families with members on the autism spectrum, with dinner included, and a special session between 5:30 and 7:30 with Dr. Diana Suskind. Register ahead. Free.

Sunday May 7

Spring Bird Walks. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Join us for an early morning walk in search of Wachusett Meadow’s diverse birdlife, as we look for migrants as well as breeding species. Member adults, free; nonmember adults $4.

Backyard and Beyond: Tree ID Walk. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Join a special guest from the Sudbury Valley Trustees, as she takes us on a guided walk through the Great Hill Conservation Land, while we identify some common trees growing along the trails. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $12.50, children under1 free.

Go WILD during ArtWeek. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate ArtWeek as you make your own animal puppet with experts from Puppet Showplace Theater, improve your illustration skills with a trained artist, discover how birds have influenced music with a walk through Bird’s World, and meet a few animals up close. Members free; adults $20, children ages 2 to 12 $14, children under 2 free.

Nature and Nurture with Miss Bernadette. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Explore the great outdoors, as we sing songs, take a nature walk, read a story, or make a craft during this class designed to help discover the wonders of nature. Recommended for ages 2 to 4. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $12.50, children under1 free.

Explore Jacob’s Pond. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Discover what plants and animals live in and around the pond by exploring the water and shore with dip nets, buckets, and magnifiers, but prepare to get a little wet. Member families $12, nonmember families $15.

The Vintage Vocal Quartet. Leominster Public Library. 30 West St., Leominster. 1:30 p.m. This self-contained quartet brings to life the sweet harmonies of the big band era with each member singing harmony and playing an instrument (piano, bass, guitar and trumpet). Free.