Virtual Calendar Events

In-Person Events

Key:

  • (W) MetroWest
  • (S) Metro South
  • (C) Central MA

Thursday, August 13

Friday, August 14

Saturday, August 15

Sunday, August 16

Monday, August 17

Tuesday, August 18

Wednesday, August 19

  • Free Admission @ Discovery Museums in Acton (W)
    • Reservations required. Available through 8/23.
  • Farmers Market @ First Church, Dedham (S)
    • 2 PM – 6 PM
  • Farmers Market @ Grafton Common  (C)
    • 2 PM – 6 PM
  • Zoofari Drive-Through @ Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon (W/C)
    • 4:30 – 7 PM
    • $60/car, register in advance
  • Fit Kids @ Foxboro YMCA (S)
    • 5 – 5:45 PM
    • Fitness class for ages 8-12; must register in advance and bring own mat and water bottle
  • Free Worcester Bravehearts Game @ Doyle Field, Leominster (C)
    • 6 PM
    • Free lawn seating for all home games in 2020

Thursday, August 20

Friday, August 21

  • Free Admission @ Discovery Museums in Acton (W)
    • Reservations required. Available through 8/23.
  • Farmers Market @ Franklin Town Common (W)
    • 12 PM – 6 PM
  • Food Truck Friday @ Roger Williams Park, Providence (S)
    • 5 – 8:30 PM
    • Free admission
  • Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience @ Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
    • 6 – 10:30 PM
    • Socially distanced walk through hundreds of lanterns throughout the zoo. Register in advance online; tickets start at $17.95/person

Saturday, August 22

Sunday, August 23

  • Free Admission @ Discovery Museums in Acton (W)
    • Reservations required. Available through 8/23.
  • Farmers Market @ Town Hall, Needham (W)
    • 12 PM – 4 PM
  • Farmers Market @ Hopkinton Town Common (W)
    • 1 PM – 5 PM
  • Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience @ Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
    • 6 – 10:30 PM
    • Socially distanced walk through hundreds of lanterns throughout the zoo. Register in advance online; tickets start at $17.95/person

Monday, August 24

Tuesday, August 25

Wednesday, August 26

  • Farmers Market @ First Church, Dedham (S)
    • 2 PM – 6 PM
  • Farmers Market @ Grafton Common  (C)
    • 2 PM – 6 PM
  • Fit Kids @ Foxboro YMCA (S)
    • 6:00 – 6:50 PM
    • Fitness class for ages 8-12; must register in advance and bring own mat and water bottle
  • Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience @ Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
    • 6 – 10:30 PM
    • Socially distanced walk through hundreds of lanterns throughout the zoo. Register in advance online; tickets start at $17.95/person

Thursday, August 27

Friday, August 28

  • Hide and Seek with HodgePodge @ Ames Free Library, North Easton (S)
    • 11 AM – 12 PM
    • “We have a special guest who will be hiding (in plain sight) somewhere in town (North Easton), and it’s your job to find him! HodgePodge is a friendly, life-sized monster who will be waiting for you to find him. Once you do, you can park and hop out for a photo. If you haven’t found him by 11:30, it’s time for Olly Olly Oxen Free! We will post his location here on our website and on social media so you can swing by for your photo op before noon”.

  • Farmers Market @ Franklin Town Common (W)
    • 12 PM – 6 PM
  • Food Truck Friday @ Roger Williams Park, Providence (S)
    • 5 – 8:30 PM
    • Free admission
  • Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience @ Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
    • 6 – 10:30 PM
    • Socially distanced walk through hundreds of lanterns throughout the zoo. Register in advance online; tickets start at $17.95/person
  • Outdoor Community Movie – Frozen 2 @ Dedham Community House (S)
    • 8 PM
    • Registration Required

Saturday, August 29

Sunday, August 30

  • Family Fun Scavenger Hunt @ Walpole Town Forest (S)
    • Clues are given to participants which will lead them through the woods to a hidden treasure box!
    • $15/person; register in advance
  • Farmers Market @ Town Hall, Needham (W)
    • 12 PM – 4 PM
  • Farmers Market @ Hopkinton Town Common (W)
    • 1 PM – 5 PM
  • Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience @ Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
    • 6 – 10:30 PM
    • Socially distanced walk through hundreds of lanterns throughout the zoo. Register in advance online; tickets start at $17.95/person

Monday, August 31

In-Person Activities

You-Pick Berries

  • Blueberries in July and August
  • Use our Farms Map to find nearby farms, and check to see if advance reservations are required this year

Farm Animals

  • Filter our Farms Map to see places that have live animals for viewing, like cows, chickens, and goats!

Playgrounds

  • Most opened in June/July
  • Our activities map shows dozens of playgrounds to try

Hikes

  • Our activities map shows many kid-friendly hikes, including these favorites:
    • Blue Hills in Milton
    • Borderland State Park in Easton
    • Noon Hill in Medfield
    • Cranberry Bog at Bass Pro in Foxboro
    • DelCarte Conservation in Franklin
    • Purgatory Chasm in Sutton
    • Walkup Reservation in Westborough
    • Dozens more on our activities map

Splash Pads

  • Able to open in Phase 2 (June 8)
  • Our swimming map shows dozens of spray parks, but check with each location for opening date!

Zoos

  • Opened in Phase 1
  • Our activities map shows several zoos, including these favorites:
    • Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon
    • Franklin Park Zoo in Boston
    • Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro
    • Roger Williams Zoo in Providence
    • See these and more on our activities map

Outdoor mini golf

  • Able to open in Phase 2 (June 8), but opening date varies by location
  • Our activities map shows over a dozen mini golf locations to check

Beaches

  • Able to open in Phase 1 (May), but actual opening dates may vary
  • Check our swimming map for the beaches closest to you

Pools

  • Able to open in Phase 2, but opening date varies widely
  • Find details on the websites for the pools listed on our swimming map.

Outdoor adventure activities

Outdoor gardens and historical sites

Drive-In Movies

Day Camps

  • Able to open in Phase 2
  • Many will not open this summer, but our comprehensive camp guide is a good jumping-off point for researching those that will open (note that we have not been able to fully update the list with cancellations for 2020)

Enrichment Classes

  • Able to open in Phase 2 in groups of 10
  • Check with individual studios and businesses for summer offerings

Festivals, touch-a-trucks, outdoor concerts

  • Once these return, we’ll be listing them on this calendar, curated by our local team of 17 moms scattered across Eastern MA! Sign up here for the newsletter from the editor closest to you to hear about the best ones each week.

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Ideas for at-home fun

  • Each Thursday morning, one of our local editors shares her favorite at-home activities,  Sign up here for the newsletter, and you’ll also hear about our favorite in-person events near you once they start up again!