– By Christy Matte

With gas prices high and the back-to-school season upon us, we can’t all get away for the long weekend. Luckily, there are plenty of things going on close to home!

The ImprovBoston Family Show

40 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Saturday, September 3
6 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $12, Kids: $7

Improv can be hilarious, but it’s not always kid-friendly. ImprovBoston has remedied that with their Family Show, where kids are welcome to join the group on stage. Since it’s unscripted, it’s never the same show twice. They recommend the show for ages four and up.

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(Photo Credit: The Charles.org)

Sunday Parkland Games

Herter Park
1100 Soldiers Field Road
Herter Park
Allston, MA
Sunday, September 4
2 p.m.– 6p.m.

Enjoy a whole host of games for the family. Whether you’re into badminton or horseshoes, croquet or tug-o-war, hula -hoops or bocce, you’re bound to find something to do. Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the river. End the day with a Yoga class on the banks of the Charles: from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

bread and roses Boston Family Fun Weekend Guide – September 2 4

(Photo Credit: BreadandRosesheritage.org)

Bread & Roses Festival

Monday, September 5
Town Common
Lawrence, MA 01842
11:45 am – 6 p.m.

The 27th Annual Bread & Roses Festival celebrates the labor history and diversity of Lawrence, MA. Enjoy ethnic dances, food, music, and entertainment including the Angkor Dance Troupe and the Bread & Puppet Theater. There will be walking and trolley tours, as well. The festival, named after the infamous “Bread and Roses” labor strike of 1912, continues to highlight issues of social justice.

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(Photo Credit: HMNH.harvard.edu)

Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt

Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA
Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Museum Admission: Adults: $9, Seniors/Students: $7, Kids 3-18: $6

The Harvard Museum of Natural History invites you to pick up a “Marauder’s Map” and explore the museum through the lens of Harry Potter. Browse the animal collection to choose your patronus. Scan the precious stones in search of the Sorcerer’s Stone. This will certainly test how well you know the world’s most popular wizard.

King Richard’s Faire

235 Main Street
Carver, MA 02330
Opening Day: September 3
Runs weekends through October 23
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $27, Kids 4-11: $15
Discount coupons are available on the site.

This marks the 30th anniversary of King Richard’s Faire, a massive Renaissance Festival. Come in costume, or as you are, but be prepared for street performers, artisans, games of skill, jousting tournaments, comedy acts, and giant turkey legs.

Christy Matte is a local freelance writer and blogger, as well as co-founder of Boston Parent Bloggers. She blogs about a variety of topics from from parenting to travel, tech and even philanthropy at QuirkyFusion.com.


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