Friday, June 8
JFN Free Friday Playgroup
June 8 :: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm :: FREE
Bring the little ones and come join other parents and caregivers in the Metrowest area for a fun-filled morning of play and socializing. There are plenty of songs, activities, toys, snacks, and laughter, as both the children and their grown-ups build connections and lasting friendships.
All playgroups are free and drop-in. Check on Facebook for information about events and cancelations: Jewish Family Network
Curious George Storytime
June 8 :: 10:30 am – 11:00 am :: FREE
Join us from 10:30 – 11 AM for our weekly storytime.
Meet the Doulas of the Greater Boston Doula Circle
June 8 :: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm :: FREE
Come join us to enjoy conversation, yummy snacks and an opportunity to meet our doulas any first Sunday of the month. We vary locations between Boston and Melrose. Learn about our doula services, classes, workshops and a whole lot more! And, we always offer a free mini workshop at every event. Feel free to call and RSVP for our next circle, (978)210-2084.
PJ Library Shabbat Bubble Picnic
June 8 :: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm :: Free
Leave the week behind and experience the Shabbat “bubble” with us for our annual Community Shabbat Picnic at Whittemore-Robins House Lawn (700 Massachusetts Avenue) in Arlington on Friday, June 8 from 5:30-7pm. Watch a wondrous bubble show and then have fun making your own! Includes Shabbat welcome with challah and grape juice, and cookies for dessert. Bring your own picnic. No charge. For families with children ages 0-8 years. Register at bostonjcc.org/bubblepicnic. For more information, contact [email protected] In case of inclement weather, call 617-841-8009, x2 for program updates after 8am the day of the event or join JCC Metro North Family Connection on Facebook.
Our City Block Party at Boston Children’s Museum
June 8 :: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Make a happening scene on the streets of the Boston Black exhibit where participants can enjoy music, dance, art, stories, play, or just hang out.
Saturday, June 9
June 9 :: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm :: Free
A family-friendly festival at Worcester Polytechnic Institute featuring hands-on experiments, research lab activities, and interactive exhibits for all ages. Faculty and current students open up their research labs around campus and share their innovations and discoveries with you. Accessible for kids of all ages, but of particular interest to middle- and high-schoolers.
Rain or Shine! Register now!
June 9 :: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm :: Stone Zoo
Have some empty bottles and cans on your hands? Skip the trash barrel and head to Stone Zoo during the Bottle and Can Drive! By contributing to this recycling drive, held the second Saturday of each month April through October, you’re not only helping the environment, you’ll also be supporting the zoo.
All of the proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit conservation efforts supported by Zoo New England, the non-profit organization that manages Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo.
Celebrate the Caribbean Coast at Stone Zoo!
June 9 :: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm :: For ticket information, visit www.stonezoo.org.
Visitors to Stone Zoo will immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the Caribbean as we celebrate the opening of our new exhibit, the Caribbean Coast! The new entry habitat will feature a walk-through aviary with Caribbean flamingos, scarlet ibis, macaws and Jamaican iguanas, an exhibit featuring bush dogs, and fun, imaginative and interactive experiences. Join us on Saturday, June 9 to discover more about the animals that call this new space home and connect to this tropical region of the world with special activities, crafts and the rhythms of steel drums.
From 10:00 a.m. – noon, Karson, co-host of the Mix Morning Show, will be onsite along with the Mix 104.1 street team with music and fun give-aways.
Plant a Vegetable Garden with Daniel Tiger at Jam Time in Norwood
June 9 :: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm :: $12
Spend the morning at Jam Time in Norwood playing, meeting Daniel Tiger and planting some vegetables that you can take home and grow! Plus there will be yummy vegetables to snack on! Bring your own gardening gloves and we’ll provide everything else! Free with normal playground admission of $12/child. $6 for class and pass members. No reservations needed, just show up!
Sunday, June 10
Boston Dragon Boat Festival
June 10 :: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm :: FREE
Each year, 30-40 teams from the US and Canada compete over a 500-meter course in an energetic race to the finish line. The teams practice in the spring to prepare for the June races, paddling in sleek, colorful 39-foot-Hong Kong-style dragon boats. Along with dragon boat races, the festival also presents performances from various Asian cultures, Asian food, and arts and crafts representing traditions of this ancient Chinese celebration.
For more information, see the event schedule.
Spinning in the Field
June 10 :: 9:30 am – 10:30 am :: $50
Join Wilson Farm and Rev’d Indoor Cycling for a morning of fitness in the fields of Wilson Farm in Lexington, MA to benefit the Pan Mass Challenge. The Rev’d Ride is a 45-minute, athletically challenging, body-changing experience. You’ll focus on the rhythm of the music and how it drives you to overcome the obstacles of resistance and position. We invite you to #GETREVD and Join the Movement. In addition to the 45 minute ride in the beautiful fields of Wilson Farm, you will receive a farm fresh lunch and goodies to take home with you! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Pan Mass Challenge, which benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
World Oceans Day Festival
June 10 :: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm :: FREE (Aquarium admission not included)
Join the New England Aquarium as we celebrate World Oceans Day on June 10 with a fun, family-friendly festival right here on Central Wharf! We’ll have hands-on activities for kids, cooking demonstrations, and lots to learn about ocean animals. Come celebrate the efforts of the Aquarium and other local nonprofit organizations to protect the blue planet. There is plenty for the entire family to learn and do – and you’ll have fun learning how you can live blue™!
The festival will take place at the Aquarium’s Harbor View Terrace Tent and plaza area from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., rain or shine.
The event is free and open to the public. Aquarium admission is not included.
PJ Pioneers: Alpaca Meet and Greet
June 10 :: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm :: FREE
PJ Pioneers is setting off to see some animals! Join the adventure at Borgstein Alpaca Farm (86 Plain Street) in Medfield on Sunday, June 10 from 11am-12pm. We’re heading to the farm for an up close and personal alpaca meet and greet. Alpacas have very soft wool, and we will learn about caring for these beautiful animals. A light snack will be provided. No charge. For families with children ages 0-6 years. Register at bostonjcc.org/alpacafarm. For more information, contact [email protected]
Discovery Club Nature: Grown Ups Allowed!
June 10 :: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm :: $36
Try out Discovery Club nature activities and see what the fun is all about at the Leventhal-Sidman Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Sunday, June 10 from 2:30-4pm. We will go on a nature walk through the trails in the backyard of the JCC. While we are walking, we will use our five senses to see the colors around us, hear the sounds, smell and touch the plants, and taste something sweet. We will frame our hike with Jewish wisdom that helps guide us in gratitude to the natural world. Cost is $36 per family. For children ages 5-8 years and their grown-ups. Register at bostonjcc.org/grownupsallowed. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 617-558-6483.
Family Night at Wards Berry Farm
June 10 :: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm :: $20
Join PJ Library and other Russian-speaking families for an afternoon at Wards Berry Farm (614 South Main Street) in Sharon on Sunday, June 10 from 3-6pm. Spend an afternoon at a working farm picking strawberries, feeding goats and sheep and enjoying a supper catered by the farm. Price of your admission will include a hayride around the farm, time to jump in a bouncy house, crafts and a pint of pick-your-own strawberries. Feel free to arrive early and enjoy the playground and huge sandbox. Event will happen rain or shine. For families with children ages 0-8 years. Cost is $20 per family. Register at bostonjcc.org/berryfarm. For more information, contact [email protected] or 617-558-6587.