Boston families will find plenty of fun and free things to do in and around town this weekend. Take advantage of the great outdoors and head to the Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival - the largest of its kind on the East Coast, Circle the City festivities at Franklin Park, or the WGBH FunFest in Boston. Indoor events include Boston Children’s Theatre’s Legally Blonde the Musical, Jenny the Juggler’s performance at Barefoot Books in Concord, and the CBACT Festival, a full day of theater workshops and performances in Newton.
Looking for more things to do? We have some ideas of great places to play mini golf in the Boston area. And for more indoor fun, add Puppet Showplace Theatre to your list - read Tara’s review here.
Read on for more of our weekend picks, and be sure to check our Events Calendar for more ideas.
Legally Blonde the Musical - Boston Children’s Theatre at The Governor’s Academy, Byfield
Thursday 7/12 - Sunday 7/15
Boston Children’s Theatre presents Legally Blonde the Musical, a fun and entertaining musical based on the hit movie. Elle Woods is pretty in pink as the college sweetheart and homecoming queen with the energy and enthusiasm to get things done. She follows her boyfriend to the land of crimson, Harvard Law School, and proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Cost: $10-$15
Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival - Revere Beach, Revere
Thursday, 7/12 - Sunday, 7/15
The largest Sand Sculpting Festival on the East Coast welcomes world-renowned artists and over 500,000 spectators. New features includes an interactive Kid’s Zone and Learning Center and a beach-side food pavilion. The Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting festival is easily accessible via the Blue Line from Revere Beach Station. FREE
Summer Fun Saturdays: Fun with Butterflies - Gore Place, Waltham
July is the perfect month for butterflies! Take a special butterfly tour of the mansion, search for butterflies in the gardens and on the grounds, and do fun activities related to, you guessed it, butterflies. $5
Jenny the Juggler - Barefoot Books, Concord
Jenny the Juggler brings her interactive juggling, magic, music, singing & physical comedy show to the Studio, co-starring Blueberry the Bunny! World-class face painting and balloon-animals to boot.
RSVPs strongly encouraged; drop-ins are encouraged to call before coming to ensure space. $10/child; $30 family maximum
WGBH FunFest - WGBH Studios, Boston
The fun-filled family event features ice cream, live entertainment, and interactive activities for kids of all ages. You’ll be joined by Clifford the Big Red Dog, Arthur, Curious George, Quack (from Peep and the Big Wide World),Fetch’s Ruff Ruffman, WordGirl, and other PBS characters. Purchase tickets in advance. Adults $10; Children (9 & under) $5
Circle the City - Franklin Park, Boston
Circle The City features a car-free corridor between Franklin Park and Jamaica Pond. The afternoon features free live performances, outdoor fitness, dance and yoga classes, Farmer’s Markets, bike clinics, children’s activities, culinary demonstrations, roller skating, hula hooping, and countless other opportunities to have fun on the streets and in the parks. FREE
Regattabar Kids’ Series: Bill Harley - Charles Hotel, Cambridge
The Charles Hotel kicks off its Regattabar Kids’ Series with a performance that features Bill Harley, who uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Check our calendar for the complete schedule of this annual summertime series for kids and parents alike. In advance $12; At the door $15
CBACT Festival - Newton Jewish Community Center, Newton
The Consortium of Boston Area Children’s Theatres brings its members together for a fun and entertaining day of workshops and shows suitable for family fun! Please see the schedule of workshops and performances on the CBACT website. $5/show; $20/festival
GospelFest - City Hall Plaza, Boston
The annual gospel event showcases both contemporary and traditional gospel and features local talent and national headliners. Kim Burrell headlines this year’s festival, and the program also includes Katani Sumner, Melody Laure, Ayana McDonald, Andre Lang, and the Anointed Biblical Scripture. FREE
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Special Storytime with Bill Evans - Harvard Coop, Cambridge
The Coop welcomes Emmy Award-winning meteorologist Bill Evans, who reads from and signs copies of his new children’s weather book, It’s Raining Fish and Spiders. FREE