Artsy? Techie? Outdoorsy? Your Personality Guide to Family Fun in Boston this Weekend.
Whether your family is artsy, science- and technology-oriented or outdoorsy, there is a festival for you happening this weekend. There is so much going on, it can actually be a little overwhelming. To make it easier to navigate the weekend’s festivities, I’ve categorized them by personality type and highlighted the family-friendly events:
For the Artsy Types
Visit Harvard University’s Arts First Festival, an annual celebration of Harvard student and faculty creativity. Events are happening all weekend, Thursday through Sunday, all over the Harvard campus and in Harvard Square. Look for “The Princess and the Pea” showtimes and other kid-friendly events on the full schedule. Better yet, get the schedule for mobile devices on your smartphone and have all the info at your fingertips.
Celebrate Passover at Temple Sinai: Passover ACAFEST 2011 at 7:30pm on Friday. This year, the Temple’s annual Passover Music Festival features Jewish a cappella groups from Brandeis, Tufts, and Boston Universities.
Boston College’s 13th Annual Arts Festival has activities for kids from 12-5 on Saturday. Before you go, check out the handy-dandy Parent Information section of the website. The children’s activities schedule features:
- A Kids Carnival Parade at noon – The Boston College Marching Band performs and then leads kids on a parade around campus.
- A variety of arts and crafts activities from 12-5pm, including cookie decorating, face painting, and sidewalk chalk drawing.
- An Instrument Petting Zoo from 12:30 -2pm, where students in the BC Marching Band will give children a chance to try an instrument.
- Children’s Story Hour: Seaside Dream and Other Picture Books from 2-3pm. BC employee Janet Costa Bates will read from her book Seaside Dream and sign copies for children.
- Teen Story Hour: Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet from 2-3 pm. Author and BC alum Erin Dionne will read from her book, share stories, and make origami pigs!
- A play about bullying – ALIVE, on the Inside – written by Professor Luke Jorgensen. Presented by the BC Creative Dramatics class from 3-4pm. Most appropriate for 5th-8th graders.
Celebrate new beginnings at Harvard Square Business Association’s MayFair 2011, from 12 to 6pm on Sunday afternoon. Take to the streets of Harvard Square for six stages of live entertainment, a charity Hair-Cut-A-Thon, Chalk on the Walk; a Dance Stage; Roaming Railroad Train Rides; A Harvard Student Activities Festival, and Hot Air Balloon Rides (with donations to charity). Be sure to check out the Dance Stage, produced by Deborah Mason. The line-up looks terrific. See the full schedule of performers here.
Go to Brandeis for an afternoon of family and children’s events at the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts. Some highlights are: A hoop workshop and show presented by Boston Hoop Troop; concerts given by the Guy Mendilow Band, Len Cabral, and VoiceMail, a Brandeis a cappella group; belly dancing and swing dance performances, and sidewalk chalking with Sidewalk Sam. Check out the full schedule for Sunday.
For the Science and Technology Types
It’s time for the Cambridge Science Festival! From Saturday, April 30th until Sunday, May 8th the city of Cambridge becomes one giant science class. The big (and very popular) Science Carnival is next Saturday, May 7th, but there is plenty happening this weekend: On Saturday, visit the MIT Museum for free, explore MIT: Under the Dome, or crack the code with your teenagers at the MIT Museum Puzzle Hunt. On Sunday, be blown away by the brilliant young scientists at Everybody LOVES Science: A showcase and celebration with Science Club for Girls. Your kids will also have the chance to try some cool science activities. Take your younger children to one of the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Nature Storytimes at various times on Saturday and Sunday.
For the Outdoorsy Types:
Watch the Charles River Watershed Association’s 29th Annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race for free. Celebrate with the racers at the Finish Line Festival at DCR’s Artesani Park and enjoy live music, Radio Disney, the playground, and festival food.
Go to Gore Place’s Sheepshearing Festival on Saturday from 10am-5pm. Watch demonstrations of sheep-shearing, herding dogs, spinning, weaving and gardening. There will be a large crafts fair, live entertainment, wagon rides, historic demonstrators, games and farm animals. Ages 12 and under get in free!
Unbelievably, there are more great events happening this weekend. Be sure to check out my ZipPicks in this week’s ZipNews to find the fun for your family!