Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Cardboard Capers and Fall Festivals, October 15-16

After such a cold, rainy Sunday, my family and I are looking forward to getting back outside this weekend. With the autumn weather as crisp and sunny as it has been these past few days, now is the time to be out enjoying the activities of the season. A few fall favorites are the Boston Book Festival setting up in Copley for both days this weekend and the North Shore Food Truck Festival on Saturday in Stoneham. For baseball lovers mourning the end of the Red Sox season, the Fenway Park Experience is back in Faneuil Hall. I will be heading to the Fall for Scituate festival with my crew on Sunday for some hay rides and the apple cider donuts we get there every year.

In case our lovely New England fall weather does take a turn, there is plenty to do indoors at events like Paper Marbling at the Paul Revere House, Cardboard Explosion (pictured) at Puppet Showplace Theater, or the Art & Theater Workshop at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Speaking of trips, you can win one just for helping us pick our Besties.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full events calendar!


Boston Book Festival - Boston
Boston Book Festival hosts author presentations, panels, and hands-on demonstrations at venues throughout the Copley Square area.

Halloween Brick or Treat - Somerville
Families can join LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston for some spooky fun on weekends in October with all kinds of festive activities.

The Midnight Zoo - Boston
The Midnight Zoo surrounds visitors with never-before-seen creatures from the farthest realms of the imagination in a 360-degree immersive experience.


North Shore Food Truck Festival - Stoneham
Families can come enjoy 20+ of the area's best food trucks at Stoneham Square.​

Sort & Inspect Food: Greater Boston Food Bank  - Boston
Volunteers are needed to help the Greater Boston Food Bank to inspect, sort, and box food to be sent to 600+ hunger relief agencies.

Paper Marbling -Boston
R. P. Hale floats pigments in water, swirls the colors, then transfers the designs to paper, explaining the very real science behind this fascinating phenomenon.

Cardboard Explosion - Brookline
Puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life.

Karen K and the Jitterbugs - Brookline
Bug out with Karen K in her imaginary backyard fort where she makes music with her friends, the Jitterbugs.

Vanessa Trien & The Jumping MonkeysArlington 
Bring family and friends to this neighborhood sing-along and dance party and celebrate your own community. 

Palmer Pumpkin Palooza - Three Rivers 
This Fall Festival features family-friendly activities throughout the day and once night falls, a giant display of Jack O’ Lanterns. 

Full Moon Night Hike - Lincoln 
Families can join Farrington Nature Linc for a moonlight night hike.


Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms - Ipswich
These family-friendly concerts feature live music, food trucks, lawn games, and an opportunity to meet dairy cows and farm animals.

Boston Children's Theatre Auditions: Boston Location - Boston
Boston Children's Theatre is holding auditions for actors ages 10 and up for its 2016 – 2017 Season.

Pam's Run 5K/10K to Benefit Neighbor Brigade - Wayland
Neighbor Brigade, a non-profit organization that mobilizes local volunteers to help their neighbors during times of crisis, honors the legacy of Neighbor Brigade founder Pam Manikas Washek with a chip-timed 5K Run/Walk and a 10K Run.

Professor Wunder's School of Magic - Salem
This special show is just for families and children who want to enjoy Salem without being scared!

Photo courtesy of Puppet Showplace Theater