Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Outdoor Art, Jazz, and Fluff, Sept 23-24

After dealing with a sick kiddo last weekend, everyone in my household can't wait to get out this weekend. We'll be heading to JP to enjoy our favorite open studios event of the year. There's also a huge event for teen bookworms, a fall fest (complete with a pumpkin drop!), and the marshmallow-iest festival in the world

Celebrate Newtonville with some jazz, dance in the streets of Allston, or walk 26.2 miles for a good cause (or cheer on the walkers!). Whatever you do, I hope you stay healthy and germ-free! 

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

All Weekend 

Jamaica Plain Open Studios - Jamaica Plain
One of the most family-friendly arts events in Boston, Jamaica Plain Open Studios is an annual celebration of the arts in Jamaica Plain that gives the public and artists an opportunity to connect, converse, and deal in art works.

Take a turn on the Potter's Wheel at the Festival of New England Makers.

Festival of New England Makers - Sturbridge
This Festival of New England Makers gives guests the opportunity to take a step back from their busy lives to focus on a simpler time and to understand the importance of crafts and their relation to modern life.

Story Walk - Jamaica Plain
Start by picking up a map from the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, then use the map to follow the story Welcome to my Neighborhood: A Barrio ABC page-by-page through the neighborhood.

Mulan at AMC Theatres - Various
For a limited time, AMC Theatres will bring back beloved Disney princesses as part of a special "Dream Big, Princess" fall movie series, including Mulan.

Trails & Sails - Salem
Trails & Sails is two weekends of “walks and water” - a variety of walks, guided hikes, sails, historical tours, and boating and cycling adventures.

King Richard's Faire - Carver
A visit to King Richard’s Faire, New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance festival that's tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest, offers a full day of live, interactive entertainment.


Boston Teen Author Festival - Cambridge
BTAF's sixth festival celebrates 40 authors of young adult literature to participate in panel discussions and a massive book signing.

Smithsonian Day at the Historic Newton Museums - Newton
Enjoy this special day of free admission to either the Jackson Homestead or the Durant-Kenrick House as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live.

Fall Festival at Gore Place - Waltham
Families are welcome to join in on a great day celebrating fall with food vendors, a beer tent, live music, children's entertainment, a giant pumpkin drop, mansion tours, and more. 

Fluff jousting at What the Fluff? 

What the Fluff? - Somerville
The marshmallow-inspired event features musical performances, a cooking contest, fluff-themed games, activities, antics and fun for every age, and treats of every sort.

Boston Festival of Indie Games - Cambridge
Attendees are encouraged to participate and play games in different formats: video games, location-based games, tabletop games, and more.

Downtown Playdates - Boston
The Greenway is hosting fun, family-friendly activities each Saturday throughout the summer. 


Newtonville Jazz and Street Festival - Newton
This celebration of Newtonville is filled with music, dance performances, craft vendors, face painting, touch-a-truck, and local restaurants serving food outside.

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fun Walk - Boston
This is the nation’s most successful single-day fundraising walk which supports adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Velcro Wall at the Allston Village Street Fair.

Allston Village Street Fair - Allston
The family-friendly day includes live bands on two stages, multicultural street performances, an international food court, amusements area, plus an artist and vendor market. 

Kidcasso Art Studio Story Hour - Newton
Little ones have a chance to explore and experience Kidcasso Art Studio and enjoy story-telling and a mini art project.

Music & Movement at the Boston Children's Museum - Boston
Sing along to tunes that get all ages moving, and where infants, toddlers, and preschoolers interact through sound, sight, and touch while they enjoy live music.

Top photo: Pavement becomes art at the Allston Village Street Fair. Photos courtesy of the events/venues

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