Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Kids' Film Fest, Girls in STEM, and Art Galore; Nov 5-6

Things to do with families in Boston this weekend

Have you ever noticed children always enjoy activities typically reserved for adults but with a kid twist? This weekend there are a bunch of events with a special focus on the younger crowd. The Museum of Fine Arts is hosting a free family event in the morning on Saturday that features storytelling, an art walk, music, and art making. The Somerville Theatre is hosting the Boston International Kids Film Festival (which my future-film-major-self would've been so into, along with my cinema-loving dad) with workshops, films, and lectures happening all weekend long. For all the budding female scientists out there, the inaugural Women and Girls in STEM is on Friday and Saturday at the Museum of Science. Yet another cool tech/science event is the 2nd Annual Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire which promises to bring together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science club members, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and makers of all kinds. Best of all, these events are sure to be entertaining not only to the kiddos but to the adults in their lives as well.

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2nd Annual Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire - Boston
This event brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science club members, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and makers of all kinds to learn from each other, get craft ideas and science fair project ideas, hear the experts, and work on projects.

Boston International Kids Film Festival - Somerville
A 3-day celebration of films from around the globe.

Saturday, Nov 5

Free, Fun Morning for Families at the MFA - Boston
Make art and hear music during “Messy Mornings,” take a Family Art Walk featuring highlights of contemporary art, listen to Story Hour, and explore exhibitions with colorful abstract prints by Terry Winters and contemporary objects that extend beyond traditional edges in Beyond Limits.

Women and Girls in STEM - Boston
This inaugural event was created to inspire young girls (and everyone) to pursue studies and possible careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Celebrate Kambiri’s 6th Birthday at the Franklin Park Zoo - Boston
Kambiri, a member of Franklin Park Zoo’s gorilla troop, turns six years old in November. In honor of her birthday, the gorilla exhibit is festively decorated and Kambiri and all of the gorillas are enjoying treats made especially for them.

Kids’ Show: Billy Kelly - Brookline
Grammy-nominated children's entertainer Billy Kelly sings songs about milk, trees, dichotomous keys, and the greatest cardboard box in recorded history, Johnny Box.

Karen K and the Jitterbugs - Arlington
Karen K & the Jitterbugs plays retro-rock for the whole family and gets tots and their parents dancing in the aisles with their upbeat, danceable and totally catchy tunes.

Sunday, Nov 6

Creativity Workshop for Kids - Dedham
Do you have a creative kid? This workshop helps kids begin stories, art, poetry, or other creative projects.

Turkeys Against Cancer 5k and Fun Run - Acton
This race bring together runners, walkers, families, and children, for a fun-filled morning of running, walking, games, and activities.

Josh & the Jamtones Family Concert - Boston
Enjoy a 45-minute concert geared toward young children (ages birth to 3 years) followed by 45 minutes of light lunch and fun activities.

Sense of Wonder Walk - Ipswich
The program begins with a short introduction indoors, and then everyone goes outside for a walk.


Photo courtesy of the Museum of Science