Feb. 28-March 1: 22 Things to do This Weekend

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
A Carnival of Animals at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester.

Friday, March 28

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Friday. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity either in the Discovery Woods or out on the conservation land next door. Recommended for ages 2-6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $15.50, under age 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Experience as Eric Carle’s famous picture book characters come to life in brilliant 3D during this live, onstage performance with 75 lovable puppets. $24-34. thehanovertheatre.org.

Word Play with Center Dance Studio. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Join The Center Dance Studio for creative movement and narrative dance inspired by picture books, your dancing feet, and your imagination. For ages 3 and up. Register ahead. 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 as we explore different sensory concepts. Aimed for ages 2-4 with caregivers. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.


Saturday, February 29 

Pancake Breakfast. Brookfield Orchards, 12 Lincoln Rd., North Brookfield. 8-11 a.m. Enjoy a stack of pancakes (plain or apple), sausage and a hot drink at the orchard. $5 per person. brookfieldorchardsonline.com.

Play Date: Crafting Community. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy fun, creative, and even zany activities for kids and adults to do together with book readings, crafting, and afternoon family tours. Free with children. icaboston.org.

Saturday Morning Cartoons. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 10:15-11 a.m. Enjoy classic Warner Brothers cartoons with the family and share those special Looney Tunes gags with a new generation. Members free; nonmembers $3, ages under 3 free. berkshiremuseum.org.

Davey the Clown. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Juggling, unicycling, an accordion, and more come out to bring out laughter for families and friends of all ages during this comedy show. Adults $14, children $11. coolidge.org.

Everyday Engineering: SailMobiles. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Design a way to harness the power of wind as you construct a simple vehicle that’s part car, part sailboat. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $15.50, under age 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Anniversary Open House. Charlton Arts & Activities Center, 4 Dresser Hill Rd., Charlton. 12-3 p.m. The CAAC is celebrating 10 years with free performances, mini workshops, tours and refreshments. Irish dancing and Maggie the Clown among the performers. Free. charltonarts.org

WinterFest. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 12 p.m. A day of family activities and seasonal celebrations including a 5K, human dog sled race, sledding, games, firepits, s’mores, nature walks, live music and beer and wine in a heated tent. Admission $5, Trustees members free. fruitlands.org

Dominican Carnival. JMAC, 20 Franklin St., Worcester. 1:30-6 p.m. A curated presentation and exhibit centered around the colorful characters of the oldest carnival of the Americas. Children's art-making from 1:30-2:30; carnival performance 4:30-5. Free. Facebook.com

Air Exploration with Full STEAM Learning. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 2:30-4 p.m. Build, levitate, and craft while learning about the properties of air. For ages 6-10. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.

We Shape History. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Learn how to spin wool, weave yarn, and design an effective protest poster. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $13, ages under 18 free. berkshiremuseum.org.

Especially for Me: Free Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. Join in all the fun and explore the Discovery Museum and Woods during this evening event for families with members on the autism spectrum, with limited crowding, dinner provided, and a special session with the Open Door Theater at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.

ICCA Northeast Quarterfinal: Night Two. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 7 p.m. Top a cappella collegiate groups from the Northeast compete for the title of International Champions during this concert competition. $20-35. berklee.edu/events.


Sunday, March 1 

Maple Days. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. See the entire sugar-making process from tree tapping to sugaring off, during this special day celebrating maple syrup. Adults $28, youths 4-17 $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Annie's Book Stop, 65 James St., Worcester. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop in crafts, Seuss stories and activities. Free. facebook.com.

The 8-Bit Big Band. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Enjoy this high-energy, immersive, multimedia big band concert celebrating the richness of music from globally popular video games from Zelda to Super Mario to Pokémon. $37-147. berklee.edu/events.

A Carnival of Animals. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m. Join the Worcester Chamber Music Society during this annual family concert of storytelling, music, and dance. Free. thehanovertheatre.org.

Peter and the Wolf. First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon St., Newton. 3 p.m. Newton’s New Philharmonia presents Sergei Prokofiev’s iconic fairy tale with a special reading by Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. The family concert will allow children to experience all the musicians and instruments that make it come to life. Adults $18, students $10. newphil.org.

Railers v. Reading. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 3:05 p.m. Join the Worcester Railers hockey team as they take on the Reading Royals. $15-35. dcucenter.com.