– By Jodi GrundigSchool is back in session, and it’s starting to feel like the end of summer and the beginning of fall. For these last few summer weekends, try to get outside as much as possible – it’ll be winter before you know it! Here are a few activities – both indoors and outdoors – that are great for families.
cambridge carnival Family Fun Weekend Guide – September 9 11, 2011

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Cambridge Carnival

500 Kendall Street,
Cambridge, MA
September 10, 2011
12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Move over Mardi Gras… The Cambridge Carnival, Cambridge’s largest festival, is a celebration of the world’s different Caribbean cultures. Try some ethnic food, watch the Grand Costume parade, enjoy face painting, and see some amazing performances.

ssnsc Family Fun Weekend Guide – September 9 11, 2011

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Feed the Animals

South Shore Natural Science Center
48 Jacobs Lane
Norwell, MA 02061
September 10, 2011
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Free with admission
Admission: Free for Members
Adults, $7.00 Senior, $5.00, Children (3-15) $3.00
Under 2: Free

What kids don’t love animals? During the “feed the animals” hour at the South Shore Natural Science Center, kids can watch the naturalists feed the animals, and ask questions. It’s a great for your family to learn more about turtles, amphibians, and the other animals of the EcoZone Museum.

King Richard’s Faire

235 Main Street
Carver, MA 02330
September 9 – 11, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Adults – $27, Kids – $15

The 30th Annual King Richard’s Faire continues this weekend, offering eight stages full of entertainment, along with games and rides. Kids love the step back into the Renaissance (along with the tigers and jugglers), and adults love the wares from over 100 artisans.

CBS Boston Insider’s Tip: Purchase your tickets in advance online – only cash is accepted at the gate.

kid mural Family Fun Weekend Guide – September 9 11, 2011

(Photo Credit: Bostonahtsfestival.com)

(ähts) The Boston Arts Festival

Christopher Columbus Park
105 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02201
September 10 – 11, 2011
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Featuring dozens of juried artists from Boston, as well as two performance stages, the Boston arts festival is a celebration of the Boston art community. It’s great for children of all ages! They can participate in painting a huge on-site mural, create wire sculptures and make a salt pastry decoration.

Kitchen Science

Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street Boston, MA
September 10, 2011
Free with museum admission
11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Do you have a burgeoning scientist at home? Or, perhaps a future chef in the making? If so, run, don’t walk to the Boston Children’s Museum. The site is holding a kitchen science exhibit at the center’s science playground where your little ones can mix, build, predict, and experiment with kitchen products like straws, soda, and eggs.

Kermesse: Armenian Street Fair & Festival

Armenian Cultural and Education Center
47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472
September 9 – 11, 2011
12 p.m.- 12 a.m.
Admission Free in Children’s Entertainment tent
Adults – Friday $15, Saturday $30, Sunday $10
Kids (12 and older) $8
All-access packages available

Teach your kids about other cultures by visiting this weekend-long Armenian event. The street fare features traditional Armenian food, art exhibits, music and more.

Wild about Turtles

Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick 01760
September 11, 2011
1 p.m. – 2:30pm
Adults $10.00 members $12.00 non-members
Children $6.00 members $8.00 non-members

At this educational program, kids will get to meet and learn all about some of the turtles and tortoises that live in Broadmoor. Then, they’ll take a short walk around the sanctuary to see even turtles living in the wild.

Jodi Grundig is editor and publisher of Family-Friendly Boston, Family Travel Magazine and Mom’s Favorite Stuff.

  1. Ann Willard Coffin says:

    Natick has a special weekend too. Natick Days!!! Enjoy

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