THINGS TO DO! Weekend of July 27-29, 2018

We’re in the final days of July! I can’t believe how quickly this summer is going by. 

This last week was a wash –  literally. I am thankful for all the rain – we needed it. Just maybe not all at once. We had some stir-crazy days this last week, and I am not sure if we are quite done with this humid, soupy weather.  I really am hoping we have a beautiful August because I am not working all month! 

The weekend is full of fun activities and if you can brave the humidity, you’ll find plenty to do outdoors. There are carnivals in Vernon and East Hartland. There are also 4H fairs in Brooklyn and West Springfield.  

As for indoor activities, you’ll find plenty to do at your local library! Of course, if it is rainy, you can always check our Indoor Guide for more ideas! 

Enjoy the last weekend of July, everyone! 


Friday, July 27, 2018

All day enjoy free admission to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, JFK Hyannis Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, Old Colony History Museum, Boston Athenæum, Sandwich Glass Museum, Arnold Arboretum, and the Museum of Russian Icons.

At 9:30 a.m., enjoy an open playgroup with your child, ages birth to 2 years old. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come create with clay during either a one hour workshop or a half hour preschool workshop. Preschool workshops are offered at 10 a.m. and are recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Call ahead for reservations! See our Blog Post.

At 10 a.m., enjoy some hands-on outdoor play! This week play with bubbles. For ages birth to 6 years. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a fun day of activities including a chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat; puppy playland, bubble party, science adventures and much more. There will also be special shows and a roaming railroad. Free with museum admission.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., drop in for hands-on, family fun including open cockpit experiences, build and fly activities, flight science demonstrations, storytime and much more! See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., open play is available for everyone. The cost is $10 per child and adults are free with a child. Adults are only allowed with kids under 12. See our Blog Post

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come meet parents and other kids for this fun play time with toys and books. Also held at 10:30 is the baby rhyme time for ages 0 to 2. No registration required, just drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., enjoy a one hour session of crafting! These events will occur all summer long, and will feature different activities and themes.  The cost is $2 for children 3 and up; $5 for ages 6 and up. Space is limited. Register in store or online. See our Blog Post

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come play with the library’s Legos and Duplos. For ages 3 and up. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., children can bounce for only $9. Parents and children under 2 are free. Remember your socks! See our Blog Post

From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., come out for open play in the bounce houses, foam pit, obstacle course and more. Admission is $11 for one and a half hours of play. See our Blog Post

At 10:15 a.m., drop in for an informal gathering with your toddler (ages 13-23 months) and play with toys, enjoy conversation and a brief program of finger games and music. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., drop in to borrow a discovery kit to tinker around with the family while visiting the library. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., come listen to the story Run Wild, with the author and then stay for a book signing! Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy a puppet booth theater with live narration and audience participation! Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., drop in for a toddler dance party. For walking toddlers to age 5. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., test your creative skills with LEGOs. The best creation win a prize! See our Blog Post.

At 11:30 a.m., drop in with your little one for an informal gathering with toys, conversation and a brief program of finger games and music, geared towards newborns to 12 months. See our Blog Post.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a family film at the library! Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 1 p.m., drop in for a showing of The Sandlot. Popcorn will be served. Free. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 1:30 p.m., watch a movie and play games to go along with it. All ages. See our Blog Post.

At 2 p.m., drop in for an hour of open building time. For all ages. See our Blog Post

At 2 p.m., enjoy a large screen showing of the family favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Drop in. for ages 3 and up. See our Blog Post.

At 2 p.m., bring your family and watch a movie! Quiet snacks are allowed. Drop in.  See our Blog Post.

 At 3:45 p.m., using Legos, Duplos, Keva Planks and Roominates, see what you can build in an hour. All Ages. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

Opening at 6 p.m., enjoy an evening with live entertainment, food and midway rides. Tonight there will be fireworks. Wristbands sold daily.

Opening at 6 p.m., enjoy this annual carnival with carnival rides for the kids and family fun! Wristbands are available for $22.

 At 6:30 p.m., enjoy storytime and a special craft with your child.  Free.

At 6:30 p.m., enjoy a free showing of the movie Coco. The Arch is open for tours until 8:30 p.m., and carousel rides are free. The movie will start at 8:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m., enjoy this fun event for the whole family with 4H animal shows, a home show, barrel racing, a yard sale and more! Free admission.

At 7:05 p.m., watch the Yard Goats take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats!! Enjoy post-game fireworks tonight! See our Blog Post.

At 7:30 p.m., come out for a showing of the movie Jumanji. Movie starts at sunset. Enjoy a fun family night and a chance to win a door prize. Sign up online!

 

 Saturday, July 28, 2018 

At 8 a.m., enjoy this fun event for the whole family with 4H animal shows, a home show, barrel racing, a yard sale and more! Free admission.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., come out for a 4-H fair with animals, exhibits and more. Free admission and parking.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come make campfire story projects! For ages 3 and up.  The project cost is $2 for ages 3 and up, and $5 for ages 6 and up. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., bring the kids to meet Daniel Tiger at the Apple Barrel, then enjoy face painting, crafts, the Sunflower maze,  and lots more family fun activities! Some activities including the maze will cost extra.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come create with clay during either a one hour workshop or a half hour preschool workshop. Preschool workshops are offered at 10 a.m. and are recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Call ahead for reservations! See our Blog Post.

 At 10 a.m., enjoy a story, a craft and more! Ages 3 – 7. Drop in.  See our Blog Post.

At 10 a.m., come create a kindness rock! Use the library’s art supplies and make a rock to keep, and another to contribute to the kindness rocks community campaign. All ages. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., bring the family and try out all of the library’s cool new tech toys. There will also be snacks and a raffle. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., come out and enjoy some of the collections of trolleys that normally aren’t seen running for the public! There will be photos and parades, and much more! Please arrive a half hour early before each parade.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet Curious George while exploring his new interactive, hands on exhibit! Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., drop in for storytime and listen to the story Doll-E 1.0.  A fun activity will follow. Drop in. Free. Check your local store for storytime hours.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., come out and make a crayon transfer t-shirt. Just buy the t-shirt and all decorating supplies will be provided. For ages 3 and up. See our Blog Post.

At 2 p.m., come listen to the story Iver & Ellsworth, with the author and then stay for a book signing! Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., come celebrate dance in all of its forms on both sides of the river!

Opening at 5 p.m., enjoy an evening with live entertainment, food and midway rides. Tonight there will be a parade.  Wristbands sold daily.

Opening at 5 p.m., enjoy this annual carnival with carnival rides for the kids and family fun! Wristbands are available for $22.

At 6:05 p.m., watch the Yard Goats take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats!! Enjoy post-game fireworks after the game! See our Blog Post.

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

At 8 a.m., enjoy this fun event for the whole family with 4H animal shows, a home show, barrel racing, a yard sale and more! Free admission.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet Curious George while exploring his new interactive, hands on exhibit! Included with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., come create with clay during either a one hour workshop or a half hour preschool workshop. Call ahead for reservations! See our Blog Post.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy a fun filled family event with live music, family fun (hay pit, barn tours, play space in the woods), jam making, food for sale and more! Donations welcome. See our Blog Post.

At 5:05 p.m., watch the Yard Goats take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats!! Tonight kids can run the bases after the game, and there will be a hockey puck giveaway! See our Blog Post.

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