Architectural students from Harvard have used historic structures as well as nature as inspiration for the works they've contributed to the new exhibit, Sculpture Meets Nature, at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. Situated completely outdoors, with lots of surprises to discover in different corners of the grounds, the show is a great way to introduce kids to the family-friendly museum about Massachusetts colonial life.
11 am-5 pm; $6 adults, $5 adult Newton residents and kids 6 and over, free for kids 5 and under
Mass Audubon educators will be visiting Robbins' Library to teach kids about the life cycle of all things green in the Flower, Seeds, and Plants workshop. Ideal for ages 5-9, with a grown-up. Library staff advises visitors to show up around 3 to pick up a free ticket.
3:30 pm; free
Tot Time on the Farm at Gore Place.
A beloved monthly event during the warm weather months at Gore Place, Tot Time on the Farm introduces little ones ages 18 months to 5 year to planting seeds, watering beds, harvesting plants, and caring for animals. Reservations are required, so sign up in advance.
10 am; $10 per child
Violins and trumpets may not be as cuddly as animals, but letting kids play with them could spark a lifelong interest. Professional musicians will be on hand at the Instrument Petting Zoo at Charlestown Public Library to introduce children to all manner of musical instruments.
4 pm; free
NERF Adventure Night at Guard Up.
Come in your favorite battle regalia—policeman, soldier, alien hunter, whatever—for some friendly fire on NERF Adventure Night at Guard Up! Family Swordsmanship. Bring your favorite toy shooter or borrow one. Pre-registration is recommended.
7 pm; $25 per child ($30 on day of event)
Top photo: Instrument Petting Zoo at Charlestown Public Library. Photo courtesy of the venues/events.