What's Up This Weekend

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Friday, April 6 

Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette.Discovery Museum, 177 Main St.,Acton. 9:30-10 a.m. Explore sound through singing and playing. Move, make music, listen, learn, and get a multi-sensory workout with our favorite Kindermusik educator. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $14.50, children under 1 free. 

Make a Mess: Revealing Rainbows. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St.,Acton.2-4:30 p.m. See if you can uncover hidden rainbows in some everyday objects and try a simple experiment to reveal a rainbow you can take home. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $14.50, children under 1 free. 

First Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. Explore the museum at night. Non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard are accepted. Free. 

Stars Over Springfield. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St.,Springfield. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Join members of the Springfield Stars Club for skygazing in the Science Museum’s observatory or a special planetarium show if overcast. $3, youths ages 3 to 17 $2. 

Saturday, April 7 

Holliston Soup Social & Walk.First Congregational Church, 725 Washingston St.,Holliston.9 a.m.-12 p.m. The Walk ‘ Mass Volkssport Club invites walkers to complete a 5K or 10K route, at your own pace, just for fun. Walkers are invited to attend a soup social following the walk. Free, donations accepted. 

Backyard and Beyond: Wild Plant Identification.Discovery Museum, 177 Main St.,Acton.10 a.m. Pack a snack and your water bottle and join Tim ‘PrimiTim’ Swanson on a wild plant walk through the Great Hill Conservation Land adjoining Discovery Woods. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $14.50, children under 1 free. 

The Last Unicorn. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St.,Brookline.10 a.m. Follow the world’s last unicorn as it braves sorcerers, harpies, and human love from the Japanese anime studio that spawned Studio Ghibli. $5. 

Meet the Farmer.Chestnut Hill Farm, 9-99 Chestnut Hill Rd.,Southborough. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Stop by and meet the farmers who grow all of our delicious food, with fun activities for kids and their grownups to enjoy as well. Free. .

Wizarding Day.Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd.,Boston. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join in a magical day at the zoo, bringing the wizarding world to life, from Quidditch lessons with the Tufts University Quidditch team the Tufflepuffles, to magic tricks, and more. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $19.95, children ages 2 to 12 $13.95, children under 2 free.

Families @ WAM Tour.Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St.,Worcester. 10:30-11:00 a.m. Explore the Worcester Art Museum galleries with your family on a docent guided tour, through fun facts, stories, and observations. Free. 

Beyond the Spectrum: The Four Seasons.Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave.,Boston.10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Explore color, shape, and texture in the Impressionist galleries before making inspired dot paintings, during this adventure in art for children on the Autism Spectrum. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. $9. 

Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix.TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St.,Natick.11 a.m. Enjoy over a dozen dogs through hilarious tricks and challenging performances, during this slapstick comedy act. Adults $12, children $10. 

WeeMuse: Art Lab.Berkshire Museum, 39 South St.,Pittsfield. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by making an Earth print and Star print as art and science combine. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $13, children $6, ages under 4 free.

Arms + Armor Demonstrations. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St.,Worcester.11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. Join in this fun interactive program and learn all about different kinds of arms and armor used by Roman soldiers to Medieval knights. Free. 

Truffle Making Workshop.KITCHEN at Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.,Boston.1-2:30 p.m. Celebrate your love of chocolate with Taza Chocolate to create a pot of ganache, roll decadent dark chocolate truffles by hand, and take home a box to eat. Register ahead. Members $28, nonmembers $32. 

Capturing Mammals with Pencil and Paper.Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge.2-3:30 p.m. Explore the furry world of mammals from wolves and weasels to leopards and lemurs, observing close-up and learn realistic drawing techniques to capture these animals on the page. For ages 9 to 13. Register ahead. Members $25, nonmembers $35. 

Especially for Me: Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St.,Acton. 5-8 p.m. Come explore the new Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods, during this special evening for families with members on the autism spectrum, and dinner provided by Not Your Average Joe’s. Register ahead. Free. 

Black Violin.Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.,Boston. 8 p.m. Join Wil B. and Kev Marcus who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multigenre sound often described as ‘classical boom’. $21.50-32. 

Sunday, April 8 

Chicken Run. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St.,Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Follow Rocky the Rooster and Ginger the Hen as they attempt to escape their days of egg laying and being placed into a pie during this fantastically fun animated film. Adults $9, children $7. 

Nature and Nurture with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St.,Acton. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Come and explore the great outdoors, as we sing songs, take a nature walk, read a story, or make a craft. Designed for ages 2 to 4. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $14.50, children under 1 free.

Large-Scale Relief Printmaking.Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave.,Boston.11 a.m.-4 p.m. Explore the fascinating world of supersized printmaking, as artists from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic converge at the MFA to print giant hand-carved woodblocks on a 4-foot by 8-foot mobile printing press. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, youth ages 7 and up $10, ages under 7 free. 

Welcome the Stranger.Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.,Boston.7:30 p.m. Enjoy this concert featuring sacred and secular artists from Muslim and Sikh traditions in a musical response to intolerance. $28-42.