Weekend Fun for Boston Kids, July 23-24: Mini Makers and Music Galore

Attention, parents of budding STEM fans! If you've been wanting to check out the Maker craze in Boston with your kids, a golden opportunity awaits at the Mini Maker Faire outside the Boston Children's Museum, where you might even catch a glimpse of BB8 or R2D2. Older kids into technology might also want to play with some sewn circuits, while nature-loving kids might prefer to get out and hunt for some insects. So many great options this weekend!

Young music fans like mine have their pick, too, with everything from the Duxbury Music Festival's Family Fest (pictured) to not one but two jazz festivals to CD release parties featuring Rolie Polie Guacamole and KB Whirly. Finally, for another great way to celebrate a summer weekend, hit the beach for the largest Sand Sculpting Festival around right on the Blue Line.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

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  • Elyse shares the best ways to experience the water on the Charles River

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!


Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival - Revere
The largest Sand Sculpting Festival on the East Coast welcomes world-renowned artists and over 500,000 spectators.

Shakespeare on the Common: Love's Labour's Lost - Boston
These free performances of Love’s Labour’s Lost are perfect for families with older kids.

Circus Smirkus at Gore Place - Waltham
Circus Smirkus takes its traveling youth circus on the road with seven shows at Gore Place. (Read our review before you go.)

Into the Woods Jr. - Beverly
Broadway comes to Beverly when Boston Children's Theatre (BCT) students present this production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods Jr.


Boston Mini Maker Faire - Boston
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages celebration of creative ingenuity in all its forms.

Kids' Fun and Great Jazz - Cambridge
This festival on the beach offers great music, games by Knucklebones, and food trucks.

Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival - Hyde Park
Families can enjoy some hot jazz on a cool July evening at the annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

Rolie Polie Guacamole Concert - Watertown
This free concert, part of Rolie Polie Guacamole's summertime tour, celebrates the band's newest release.

Family Insect Safari - Canton
In this program, participants capture and release all varieties of six-legged creatures on this meadow exploration.


Duxbury Music Festival: Family Fest - Duxbury
The Duxbury Music Festival Family Fest features Beethoven's Wig in concert, along with SSC movement, music and art activities, food for purchase, and more.

Duxbury Music Festival: Sunday in the Park - Duxbury
The Duxbury Music Festival Sunday in the Park event features a faculty and student chamber concert.

Brockton Rox Sunday Family Fun Day - Brockton
The Brockton Rox are having a baseball game with special family-friendly activities before, during, and after the game.

Regattabar Kids' Series: KB Whirly - Cambridge
At this concert, families can celebrate the release of the latest CD by KB Whirly, a Boston based one-man band.

Special Idea Hub Session at the MIT Museum - Cambridge
Families with older kids can join in on a special Sewn Circuits session in the Idea Hub.

Photo by Kathy Dixon

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