Here are some ideas of what's going on in the Bay State including the Topsfield Fair and Roger Williams Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: http://www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org/
There are actually a lot of FREE things going on. Hope you find something fun to do that works for your family.
FREE Fun for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum. The Discovery Museums, Acton. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Hands-on fun during this special free evening for families with children on the autism spectrum, supported by Autism Alliance of MetroWest. Please contact Amy Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-264-4200 x 28 for more information or to register for the event. discoverymuseums.org.
FREE 5th Annual HONK! Festival. Davis Square, Somerville and Harvard Square, Cambridge. Oct. 8 – 10. Bask in the glow of this unusual phenomenon, a festival of activist street bands! 617-383-4665, Honkfest.org.
FREE Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Turnpike
Burlington. 6:30 p.m.781-276-3871, bn.com.
Fall/Winter Consign My Closet Sale. Boxboro Holiday Inn. Oct. 8 – 10. consignmycloset.com.
FREE Jungle Jam. Indian Hill Music School, 36 King St. Littleton. 6:30 p.m. A free event for families. Come join us for music, dancing and stories dressed as your favorite animal! www.indianhillmusic.org
Visit Puerto Rico: Around the World. Children's Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave.,
North Easton. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Each month, jet off to a new country and explore the music, crafts and games of the land. You many even meet a special guest who will serve as your tour guide. This month we'll "visit" Puerto Rico.Take home a souvenir that you have made and be sure to get your passport stamped for each trip you take. Kids can earn “frequent flyer miles” and receive special Museum money that can be used on our duty-free gift shop. $6pp.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (film). Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. 7 p.m. The 1971 film adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" starring Gene Wilder. Rated G-suitable for general audiences. This event is part of the city-wide Roald Dahl Festival.
A$8, C$6. 978-462-7336, firehouse.org
Topsfield Fair. topsfieldfair.org.
FREE Harvest Festival. Many Hands Sustainability Center, 411 Sheldon Rd., Barre. Noon – 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Games include apple bobbing, pin the tail on the pig and feather on the chicken, egg toss, sack races, treasure hunts, find the egg in the hay, gymnastics, a rotten tomato fight and the wasp's nest piñata. Also enjoy a country goods and services auction. Bring a potluck lunch dish to share and your own utensils. 978-355-2853, mhof.net.
Giant Columbus Day Weekend Flea Market!
Saturday, October 9
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sponsored by the nonprofits: Harvard Schools Trust and League of Women Voters of Harvard
Please take a drive to beautiful, foliage-filled Harvard, MA, and join the several thousand bargain hunters who come to peruse over 170 booths filled with treasures including antiques, vintage jewelry, collectibles, memorabilia, furniture, glass, pottery, household items, sports equipment, toys, clothing, farmers market items, refreshments and more. Admission: a $3 donation per person; a $1 donation per child ages 6 – 12 and ages 65 plus; and a $5 donation for early birds (before 9AM). Free parking and restroom available. The event coincides with "pies on the common" for the 53rd year at the Congregational Church Apple Festival.
Address: The Bromfield School Grounds, 14 Massachusetts Ave (Rte. 111), Harvard, MA 01451.
For info: www.harvardfleamarket.com
North American Sea Glass Festival. 35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sea glass collectors from around the globe will gather in Hyannis for their annual festival, featuring over 50 sea glass artisans, lectures, and contests including the $1,000 Shard of the Year contest. A$5, C (12 and under) FREE. seaglassassociation.org.Also Oct. 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
FREE Family Game Night and Potluck. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Milford
23 Pine St., Milford. 6 - 9 p.m. Play family games like charades,
party games like Apples to Apples, kid's games like Candyland,
along with card and board games before having a potluck dinner.
Paradise City Arts Festival. 3 Country Fairgrounds,Route 9 and Old Ferry Road, Northampton. Sat. & S un., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Meet 275 of the nation's very best craftsmen and artists showing their newest work. Dine on sensational cuisine by Northampton's best chefs under the Festival Dining Tent. Catch the excitement of live performances by nationally and regionally acclaimed musicians. Bid in a silent art auction to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and don't miss the exhibits and activities surrounding the theme of this show - 'crEATe: food as artistic inspiration.’ A$12, Sr. $10, St., $8, C (under 12) FREE. 800-511-9725, paradisecityarts.com.
FREE Get Goosebumps Tour. Northshore Mall, JC Penney Court, Rts 128 and 114, Peabody. 12 - 4 p.m. Enjoy a complete Goosebumps experience – starring in and sharing their own custom “Get Goosebumps” video, playing the “Goosebumps Horrorland” Wii game, taking pictures as a Goosebumps Horror, entering for a chance to win a Goosebumps Prize Pack and more. 978-531-3441, simon.com.
Puppet Play. Providence Children's Museum, 100 South St.,
Providence, RI. 1 – 3 p.m. Oct. 9 – 11. Families explore "I Live in a Small Town", the playful new finger puppet exhibit in the atrium walkway, and design and craft their own puppets from an array of recycled materials. $8.50pp.
Edible Art! Weekend Festival. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate art inspired by food…and food inspired by art! Delicious design, edible harmonies, traditional recipes and more await you during this exciting weekend festival. Marvel at chocolate architecture created by local chef and Food Network star Jorg Amsler, experience the story of Hansel and Gretel as performed by Tanglewood Marionettes, try your hand at our food art drop-in activities or take a walk to discover wild edible plants with botanist Russ Cohen. Free with museum admission. pem.org. Also Oct. 10.
Topsfield Fair. topsfieldfair.org.
Cranberry Harvest Celebration. A.D. Makepeace Company and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association, 158 Tihonet Rd., Wareham. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cranberry bog tours, helicopter rides, pony rides, cooking demonstrations, juried crafters and artisans, musical performances, games for children and much more. A $__ C (6 and under) FREE. 508-322-4000, cranberryharvest.org
Columbus Day Weekend Game at Gore Place. Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham. Sat & Sun, 12 to 3 p.m. (must start by 2 p.m.); Mon., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (must start by 3p.m.) Follow the clues, explore 45 acres, unscramble a secret phrase and get a prize from the Gore Place farm. All participants will be automatically entered into a drawing for Grand Prize of a Family Membership to Gore Place. Benefits of membership include free admission to the mansion, the Sheepshearing Festival, Preschool Story Times and the Take a Walk program. $5 per group. Appropriate for all ages. Starts at the mansion.
Yarmouth Seaside Festival. Oct. 9 – 11. yarmouthseasidefestival.com.
North American Sea Glass Festival. 35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis. See Oct. 9 listing for details.
A Farmer's Morning. The Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot St.,
Natick. 9 - 10:30 a.m. Take care of the animals, feed and water them. Collect fresh eggs for breakfast, and then head inside for a hearty farm breakfast.
A$16, C $12 (additional child $6), FREE under 3. 508-655-2204, natickfarm.org
Harvest Festival. Newburyport. newburyportchamber.org. Also Oct. 11.
Paradise City Arts Festival. Northampton. See Oct. 9 listing for details.
Edible Art! Weekend Festival. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. See Oct. 9 listing for details.
Topsfield Fair. topsfieldfair.org.
Columbus Day Weekend Game at Gore Place. Gore Place, Waltham. See Oct. 9 listing for details.
FREE Bravo Flamenco! Celebrate! at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. JFK Library, Columbia Point
Boston. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Get ready for Flamenco, a stylish and percussive dance from Spain, presented by the world-renowned Ramon de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre. See colorful costumes, hear Spanish folk songs, and watch fancy Flamenco feet. Come learn a song and dance right out of your seat!
Admission fees may apply but performance is free. To make a reservation, please call 617-514-1644 or email JFKcelebrate@nara.gov and leave your name, number of people attending and your contact information. 617-514-1644, jfklibrary.org
Columbus Day Open Gym. Gymnastic Academy of Boston. 12 Keefe Rd., Acton. 12-1:15 p.m. Open to the public, with moonwalks, trampolines and more. C$12; $30 family.
FREE Museum of Fine Arts Open House. Boston. 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Live performances, poetry readings, family art making, gallery taks and tours. mfa.org.
FREE 9th Annual Opening Our Doors. The Fenway Alliance, various locations, Boston. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Features 15 music events, 12 explorations, 6 art events, 4 dance performances plus theater, film and hands-on workshops. 617-437-7544, fenwayculture.org.
FREE [SENSE]ation Day! The Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton. 12-4 PM Free Community Day, featuring interactive family fun,
complete with hands-on activities and artist demonstrations.
Free parking and admission.
508-588-6000 x12, fullercraftmuseum.org
Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. 221 Appleton St., Holyoke. Noon – 4 p.m. $1 pp. 413-538-9838, holyokemerrygoround.org. Readers note: The Holyoke Children's Museum is adjacent to the merry-go-round.
Family Day: Wally’s 13th Birthday! Berkshire Museum, 39 South St.,
Pittsfield. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The landmark stegosaurus is 13 years old! Celebrate Wally’s birthday by creating colorful Wally mobiles in an art-making workshop from 1 – 3 p.m. Sing Happy Birthday to Wally at 2 p.m., and then enjoy birthday cake and punch. Crafts and refreshments while supplies last. Free with museum admission: 413- 443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org.
Topsfield Fair. topsfieldfair.org.
Touch a Truck. Arsenal Mall, Watertown. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Get an up-close look at a variety of safety and construction trucks!