Weekend Fun for Boston Kids October 18-19: Ben Rudnick, Pumpkins, and more

Halloween events, concerts, storytelling, and activities to do wtih kids in Boston

As always, there are lots of activities to keep families busy in Boston this weekend. Pumpkin fans can carve their own and take it to the Frog Pond for the Pumpkin Festival or head down to Providence for the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular to view thousands of amazing pumpkins. If you are looking for a performance this weekend, the Wheelock Family Theatre is performing Alice, the Puppet Showplace Theatre presents Little Red Rosie and the Dragon of Dumm, AIDA opens at the Strand Theater, and Ben Rudnick and Friends (pictured) are playing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Parents can learn more about sleep issues with daylight savings time or raising multi-lingual children at workshops this weekend. In education this weekend, the Fayerweather School has an open house for its pre-K to 8th grade program.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

  • Want to know more about the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular? We've got highlights and tips for taking the kids as part of our month-long look at Providence. Keep your eye out for upcoming posts about Water Fire and the re-opening of the Culinary Arts Museum.
  • Mommy Poppins Philadelphia launched this week. It is a great resource for families visiting the Philly area as well as those who live there. 
  • What's better than Halloween fun for Boston families? Free Halloween fun!
  • If you're thinking about taking the kids to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, read Raven's film review first.
  • Ally shows us how to make a Fall Leaf Crown as part of our Wee Work series.

For more Boston events in sports, arts, sciences, and more, be sure to check the events calendar. I hope you enjoy the weekend!


Alice - Boston
The Wheelock Family Theatre presents a new interpretation of Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass.

Boo at the Zoo - Stoneham
Trick or treat among the animals at Stone Zoo.

Head of the Charles Regatta - Boston
Since 1965, rowers have come from far and near to the banks of the Charles River to take part in the world's largest regatta. Spectators can watch the races from various spots along the course.

Little Red Rosie and the Dragon of Dumm - Brookline
Little Red Riding hood meets Sir George and the Dragon in this fairy tale mash-up.

Haunted Happenings Carnival - Salem
The Halloween themed carnival opens this weekend and runs throughout October as part of Salem's Haunted Happenings.

AIDA - Dorchester
The musical love story of an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier opens at the Strand.

Spooky Sand Painting - Arlington
Paint a pumpkin, owl, cat, or spider in sand at this festive workshop.

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular - Providence, RI
Visitors experience the glow of thousands of pumpkins  and feast their eyes on hundreds of artfully carved jack-o-lanterns.


How Computers Think - Cambridge
Fun hands-on activities and science demonstrations teach kids how computers work.

Annual Field Day - Arlington
Come play old-fashioned games including three-legged races, sack races, and more.

Family Day - Boston
MassART provides materials for interactive workshops for the whole family.

The Box! Interactive Family Event - Salem
The audience is part of the show as two brothers debate whether to open a mysterious box.

Kids' Shows: Ben Rudnick and Friends - Brookline
Ben Rudnick brings his engaging family music to the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Fayerweather School Open House - Cambridge
Come learn more about the multi-age classrooms, project-based learning, and other features of the Fayerweather School's pre-k to eighth grade education.

Take a Walk to Archeology for Kids - Waltham
Celebrate International Archeology Day with an expedition especially for children.

Farm Day - Marshfield
Enjoy activities including hayrides, hay mazes, pony rides, face painting, and games and crafts for children, plus home made baked goods and more.

ABCs of Multi-lingualism - Boston
Parents can learn more about raising bi-lingual or multi-lingual children at this workshop.

Infant/Toddler Sleep Workshop - Waltham
Learn how to handle sleep disturbances caused by daylight savings time.


Pumpkin Festival - Boston
Bring your own 8" hollowed out pumpkin to the Frog Pond and watch it float. Food and family fun round out the evening.

Monster Mashed Up - Somerville
Somerville Ave hosts a costume contest, live performances, pumpkin carving, and more.

Big Joe the Storyteller - Newton
Giddy up to a wild west themed story time for preschoolers.

Blue Discoveries Family Day - Boston
The New England Aquarium has a special day of activities for family on the theme of sustainable seafood.

Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade - Jamaica Plain
Join thousands of people in a parade around Jamaica Pond bearing a lantern. Kids often dress up in Halloween costumes.

Professor Wunder's School of Magic - Salem
Meet a friendly wizard as he takes you through the wonderful world of magic, wizardry and Halloween fun.