August Adventures: 18 Things To Do With The Kids This Month
Farmstead Story Hour
Barnyard stories really come to life when you get to see the main characters in person! Bring the kids down to Appleton Farms for their farm fresh version of story time. Explore the farmstead, visit the learning garden, see cows and rabbits, and find a spot to play under a shady tree in the stone paddock. This event is appropriate for infants to age 4. No pre-registration required, $5 per child. thetrustees.org.
Barnyard Babies: Stroller Walks
Farm-based infant/toddler stroller walks are held at Appleton Farms on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Explore the farmyard, fields, and forest with a Farm Educator leading the group on a walk throughout the farmstead. Children and their caregivers will have the opportunity to take in fresh air, be with other families, and walk new trails. This program is intended as a walk for parents with children in strollers. Pre-registration is highly recommended. thetrustees.org.
Thursdays at New England Botanic Garden
Every Thursday, enjoy summer nights exploring and enjoying the gardens and trails, listening to local musicians, and playing fun lawn games at New England Botanic Garden. Enjoy small bites, craft brews, and wine from the outdoor Beer Garden, hike the mile-long loop trail, and watch the sunset over the Wachusett Reservoir. Advance ticket purchase recommended. NEBG also offers free admission to the garden on the first Thursday of each summer month. Admission is first-come-first-serve basis. nebg.org.
Hike with Goats
Saturdays & Sundays
Take a leisurely hike through Chestnut Hill Farm’s beautiful grounds and trails accompanied by a friendly goat! Your reservation gets your group an hour-long experience with a goat on its own harness and leash. Bring your patience and sense of adventure. A group ticket, $95, is for up to four people; children under 4 do not count as part of your group. Pre-registration is required. thetrustees.org.
Summer Friday Nights Free
Fridays through Labor Day
Enjoy free admission to the Discovery Museum every Friday night through the summer, 4:30-8 p.m. Explore the museum and Discovery Woods, but note that the Treehouse and Discovery Woods will close at dusk. Non-perishable food donations for Open Table and the Acton Food Pantry gratefully accepted. Reservations are required and can be made 10 days in advance. discoveryacton.org.
Outdoor Music Classes for Kids
Stop by the Old Manse for live outdoor music classes for kids with Rockabye Beats! Spread out on the beautiful and historic grounds of the Old Manse for this 45 minute class for kids. Children develop an appreciation for music and nature while building their vocabulary, gross motor skills, and social/emotional skills. Although these classes are open to all, they are recommended for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and the caregivers who love them. $25 child/adult pair. thetrustees.org.
EcoTarium’s Feather Fest
Spy some frequent flyers, use tools to simulate birds’ eating habits, practice your calls and warbles, and meet a favorite feathered friend at the EcoTarium’s day-long Feather Fest. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and be inspired to paint and sculpt some avian artwork of your own. The schedule of activities includes bird illustration how-tos with a local artist, birding walks, nest creating, and special visits with owls and chickens. Included with admission. ecotarium.org.
Summer Spectacular at the Springfield Museums
Daily through Aug. 13
These dynamic, hands-on activity days feature Wacky Wednesdays, with a focus on Dr. Seuss, and special activities every day of the week. Seussical fun is combined with nature-based activities inspired by Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond, on exhibit at the Science Museum. Live reptile encounters, printmaking with bubbles, scavenger hunts, and visits from The Cat in the Hat are all part of the fun. See a full daily schedule online. All activities are free with museum admission. springfieldmuseums.org.
Aug. 13, 14, 20 & 21
Red Apple Farm's summertime festival comes at the peak of sunflower season. Enjoy a fun, family-friendly day of pick-your-own sunflowers and other sunflower-themed festivities over two weekends. Past activities have included hula hooping, tie dye, live music, and a craft fair of unique arts and jewelry. You might even win a prize for finding the largest sunflower of all. redapplefarm.com.
Boston Children’s Museum’s Summer of Imagination
Daily through Sept. 5
Lively themes are meant to inspire joy and wonder while fostering creativity and problem solving among museum visitors this summer. From Aug. 9-22, check out “Under the Sea,” and use your imagination to design an underwater world filled with fantastical fish and other creative creatures. From Aug. 23-Sept. 5, “Shape Extravaganza” invites you to use your imagination and lots of different shapes of all sizes to tell a story. The museum is open in two time slots, and admission is only by advance registration and ticketing. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Aug. 6, 12 & 13
The heartfelt classic about a big city boy in a small farm town. Performances on August 6 are Footloose: Youth Edition, a one-hour version of the explosive musical specially designed for young performers, presented By The Hanover Theatre Pre-Teen Youth Summer Program. Tickets $18-$25. thehanovertheatre.org.
Have some educational fun at Broad Meadow Brook, where butterflies fly free in their natural habitats. Festivities include naturalist-led walks and workshops, live caterpillars, children's activities, garden tours, plant sale, and much more. Come in costume and win a prize! Ages 2 and under free. Nonmembers $6, members $5. massaudubon.org.
Second Saturday Family Hikes
Bring the kids for a guided nature walk at Doyle Community Park. Explore the wonders of nature throughout the summer, going off the beaten path to discover what critters make their homes under old logs and in stone walls. Feel free to bring a picnic and stay for lunch. thetrustees.org.
Family Day at Polar Park
Prizes, face painting, Disney characters, inflatables, games, food and more at this free family event. Take a lap around the warning track on the field and get your picture taken with the WooSox mascot, Smiley Ball. polarpark.com.
Sculpture Park Stroller Tours
Visit deCordova with your little one for a date with art, history and the landscape. Each tour is a lively conversation about artist, process, materials, and deCordova’s rich history. Ask experienced guides about your favorite sculpture, new acquisitions, or the history of Julian deCordova himself. Each group size is limited to 5 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Best for parents and caregivers with children newborn to 2 years old. $20. thetrustees.org.
Cars in the Park
Scenic Whitin Park hosts this car, truck and motorcycle show with vendors, food trucks, kids activities, music, entertainment and more. Browse hundreds of vehicles at this family event, which raises money for the Whitin Community Center.
Rutland Food Truck Festival & Craft Fair
Memorial Field is the spot for your favorite local food trucks and over 50 crafters, artists, and vendors. The family-friendly festival runs from 12-5 p.m.
Storybook Garden: Alice in Wonderland at Long Hill
Visit Long Hill and explore the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland, brought to life in the Gardens through local artwork pieces. Grab the whole family and go down the rabbit hole to experience the gardens in a brand new way. This is a self-guided experience; free with general admission. thetrustees.org.
Morningstar Program at Boston Children’s Museum:Saturday, Aug. 6. Children with special needs/medical needs can visit the museum with few other visitors. Registration required.
Sensory Friendly Hour at Apex:Sunday, Aug. 7. Enjoy all that Apex Entertainment in Marlborough has to offer in a sensory-friendly environment.
Sensory-Friendly Evening at NEBG: Wednesday, Aug. 10. New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill invites individuals and families seeking a low-sensory, less crowded environment for a night of fun, exploration, and relaxation. Explore the gardens after hours and enjoy designated quiet spaces, art projects, and hands-on activities for all ages. Tickets must be reserved in advance.