The Best Family Fun for May 13 & 14
Saturday, May 13
Bird-A-Thon Birds and Breakfast. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. Join us for an early-morning guided walk and then return to the sanctuary for a delicious breakfast and chance to share your findings, with proceeds benefiting Mass Audubon’s annual 24-hour fundraiser, Bird-A-Thon. Register ahead. Member adults $11, children $6; nonmember adults $13, children $8. massaudubon.org.
All About Herbs: Parent and Child Workshop. The Willard House and Clock Museum, 11 Willard St., Grafton. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Explore and get acquainted with the various seasonings that you can pluck straight from the garden, with this hands-on workshop. Free with admission. Adults $10, children ages 6 to 12 $6, children under 6 free. willardhouse.org.
Celebrate Azize’s 2nd Birthday. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come celebrate the youngest of Franklin Park Zoo’s gorilla troop, as he turns 2 in May and enjoys special enrichment treats. Sign his giant birthday card for Azize and enjoy a slice of cake. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $20, children ages 2 to 12 $14, children under 2 free. zoonewengland.org.
USS Massachusetts’ 75th Commissioning Anniversary. Battleship Cove Maritime Museum, 5 Water St., Fall River. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the day that the USS Massachusetts was commissioned into the U.S. Navy through a day of activities, including designing your own commissioning pennant. Free with admission. Adults $18, children ages 4 to 12 $11, children under 4 free. battleshipcove.org.
Hello Kitty Café Truck. Assembly Row, 611 Assembly Row, Somerville. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Pick up some super cute treats and merchandise as Hello Kitty arrives in Somerville. Free. assemblyrow.com.
Sit-With-Me Story and Craft. Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central St., Natick. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Drop in for a story and craft time, as families and their children bond over the love of their imaginations. For ages 3 to 9. Free. morseinstitute.org.
Wildflower Seed Balls. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Let’s keep celebrating flowers by making some wildflower seed balls, as you roll-up your sleeves, squish some dirt and clay together, sprinkle on some wildflower seeds, and then roll it all into a ball for your or a friend’s garden. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $12.50, children under1 free. discoverymuseums.org.
Make a Surprise for Mom. The Mall At Whitney Field Food Court, Leominster. 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Make a special surprise for mom. Free.
E.T. in Concert. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave., Boston. 3 p.m. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops will perform the full Academy Award-winning score to this Best Picture nominee while the movie plays above the stage at Symphony Hall. The 3 p.m. family matinee on Saturday, May 13, offers 50% off tickets for children ages 17 and younger. bso.org.
Sunday, May 14
Mother’s Day Celebration. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a day filled with family events, from demonstrations of cooking, to performances, to crafts, where visitors can learn about parenting in the 19th century. Tour our gardens, and watch smiths and potters refine their crafts. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths ages 4 to 17 $14, children under age 3 free, mothers free. osv.org.
Mother’s Day. Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd, Sterling. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids: bring your mom free and pamper her w/ a complimentary massage! (massages available 11-3, based on availability). Adults and children ages 2+ $20.95, Seniors (60+) 17.95, children under 2 free. davisfarmland.com.
Duckling Day. Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common, Boston. 10 a.m. Come by for this annual Mother’s Day tradition of over 30 years, as we host hundreds of children dressed as ducks and plenty of ducky fun, inspired by Make Way for Ducklings, with our annual parade beginning at noon. Registration recommended. Advance registered families $35, day of families $40. friendsofthepublicgarden.org.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Zoo. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Come with your mom and celebrate those at our zoo, as you say high to Kiki the western lowland gorilla and her offspring Kimani, Kambiri, and Azize, as well as cotton-top tamarin mom, Wilma, and her baby. Free with admission. Members free; adults $20, children ages 2 to 12 $14, children under 2 free, mothers free. zoonewengland.org.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Zoo. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bring your mother to the zoo and hang out with ours, including Linne’s two-toed sloth mom Lunesta and baby Molasses, as well as the white-cheeked gibbon exhibit to visit mom Iggy and her offspring Paddy and Jian. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $17, children ages 2 to 12 $12, children under 2 free, mothers free. zoonewengland.org.
Marmee’s Mother’s Day Party. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Come by the Fruitlands Farmhouse to celebrate with Mom during this Little Women-themed Mother’s Day Party, featuring live readings, crafts, period dress-up clothes, historic games, and live fiddle music. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, children ages 5 to 13 $6, children under age 5 free. fruitlands.org.
Mother’s Day Hike. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Treat your mother to a wonderful walk on the beautiful trails at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, as they are filled with wildflowers, and singing birds. Member adults $9, children $6; nonmember adults $13, children $7. massaudubon.org.
Hands On History. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon for kids and families to learn together through hands-on demonstrations featuring the amazing collection at the museum. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $10, children $5, ages 5 and under free. concordmuseum.org.
Second Annual MA-MAtryoshka Festival. Clinton Town Hall, 242 Church St., Clinton. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy this celebration presented by the Museum of Russian Icons, featuring vendors, international food, dance, arts, crafts, and more, featuring the theme of the story of Russian Kokoshnik—a traditional Russian headdress. Advance tickets adults $15, children ages 3 to 17 $8, children under age 3 free; At-door adults $20, children ages 3 to 17 $10, children under age 3 free. museumofrussianicons.org.