Nov. 1-3: 27 Things to do This Weekend
Friday, November 1
Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30-10 a.m. Explore sound as you move, make music, listen, learn, and get a multi-sensory workout. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, and then venture out to our adjacent conservation land or Discovery Woods. Recommended for ages 2-6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Book Corner. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10:30-11 a.m. A fun, music-filled story-time with Berkshire Hills Music Academy’s Mary Westgate, reading from a selection of braille picture books. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Sensory Play Storytime. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Look, listen, touch, and play during this story and activity time exploring different sensory concepts. For ages 2-4. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Colorful Kaleidoscopes. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Drop-in to explore light, color, and reflections by creating simple yet dazzling kaleidoscopes. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Halloween on the Farm. Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton St., Newton. 3-5 p.m. Kid-friendly crafts, games, music and spooky stories. Costumes encouraged. $10 per child. newtoncommunityfarm.org.
First Friday Night Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. Free admission to explore the museum at night. Non-perishable food donations accepted for local pantries. Free. discoveryacton.org.
First Fridays Artswalk. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 5-8 p.m. Take part of Cultural Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artwalk celebration with an extended hours exploration of the museum. Free. berkshiremuseum.org.
Railers vs. Growlers. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 7:05 p.m. Watch as the Worcester Railers take on the Newfoundland Growlers during this hockey game perfect for families. $15+. dcucenter.com.
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, if overcast, a planetarium show. $3. springfieldmuseums.org.
Tribute to Soul Train. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Experience the sounds of the Soul Train era, during this concert performance. $33, youths under 13 $13. regenttheatre.com.
Saturday, November 2
Pancake Breakfast Festival. Needham High School, 609 Webster St., Needham. 7-11 a.m. All-you-can-eat pancakes, children's games, face painting, cake walk and lots of family fun. $5, children 4 and under free. needhampancakes.c.
Airborne Comedians. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this high-energy unorthodox comedy juggling performance that will thrill and delight all ages. Members $8; nonmember adults $12, youths 2-12 $10. regenttheatre.com.
Tanglewood Marionettes present The Dragon King. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore that will take you on an adventure to find the Dragon King. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Adults $13.50, children $10.50. coolidge.org.
Beyond the Spectrum: Photo Perspectives. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Explore the realistic, imaginary, and fantastic perspectives found in photos, before creating your own photo transfer collages during this adventure in art for children on the Autism Spectrum. $9. mfa.org.
Abrakidabra. TCAN: Center for the Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Get ready for an exciting and fun magic schow developed especially for kids and families by Best of Boston award-winner Mike Bent. Adults $12, children $10. natickarts.org.
WeeMuse Art Lab. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Try fun artmaking activities with a science twist through different kid-safe creative projects. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $13, youths $6, ages under 4 free. berkshiremuseum.org.
Pumpkin Smash. Newton City Hall, Newton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. What are you going to do with your pumpkin after Halloween? Smash it at this family-friendly event! All smashed pumpkins will be composted. Free. facebook.com.
Dia De Los Muertos Family Celebration. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. 12 p.m. Enjoy live music, Oaxacan wood carving, and festive decorations to make this a joyful event designed to remember and welcome back the spirits of loved one. Free with admission. Adults $15, youths $10, ages under 3 free. peabody.harvard.edu.
Season Closing Celebration. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 3-5 p.m. Embrace the fall and help Fruitlands celebrate the closing of its main season with cider donuts, warm apple cider, and museum exploration. Free. fruitlands.org.
Fruitlands Annual Bonfire. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 5-7 p.m. Find warmth in community and our giant bonfire and send hopes and drives into the night sky for a special salute to the season. Free. fruitlands.org.
Especially for Me: Free Evening for Families with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or KODA Children.Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. A special evening for families with deaf, hard of hearing, or KODA children, with ASL interpreters available and dinner provided. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.
Railers vs. Thunder. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 7:05 p.m. Watch as the Worcester Railers take on the Adirondack Thunder during this hockey game perfect for families. $15+. dcucenter.com.
Sunday, November 3
Community Day: Travel the Silk Road. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Discover stories and cultural connections on the Silk Road, with artmaking, music, performances, and food throughout the day. Free. worcesterart.org.
Big Bird’s Adventure: One World, One Sky. Museum of Science, Boston. 10:30 a.m. Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from Sesame Street to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon. Soft lighting, soft sound, and other accommodations make this showing appropriate for children with autism sensory sensitivities. Adults $10, kids $8. mos.org.
First Sunday. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Drop by the museum and explore our galleries during this day of free exploration and crafting. Free. museumofrussianicons.org.
Fall Food Truck Festival. Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy an array of food specialties from assorted food trucks, sample craft beers, listen to live music, and ride the SkyRide to the summit. Adults $5, kids $3, children under 6 free. wachusett.com.