By Christy Matte

This weekend serves as a last-hurrah before the back-to-school season gets into full swing. Don’t waste it away; get out and experience one of these great events.

Summer Sensation at Patriot Place
Two Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035
August 26, 2011
Hours: 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: Free

Patriot Place has a range of family activities during Summer Sensation located in the North Marketplace outside of Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro. Entertainment includes a bouncy house, soccer clinics with the New England Revolution and science exploration. Plus, fun for your teenagers: free Segway rides for young adults 14-18 kids with the purchase of an adult ride. Get active and learn something, too.

Photo Credit: SSCMusic.Org

Middle School Monster Jam at the South Shore Conservatory
One Conservatory Drive
Hingham, MA 02043
August 26, 2011
Hours: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Admission: $5
Register ahead: 781-934-2731 X11

If you have a middle-schooler who is totally into music than this is the place to be! The South Shore Conservatory invites singers, musicians and wanna-be rock stars for a Monster Jam session. Your tweens and teens can bring their own instrument (voice or otherwise) and participate in a personal coaching session to learn the song, “Hey Soul Sister.” Parents can come back as the night winds down to enjoy the final performance. Bring a friend along for twice as much fun.

Flicks on the Field: Toy Story 3
Memorial Field
Needham, MA
August 27, 2011
Rain Date: August 28th
6:30 pm; Movie at 7:35 pm
Admission: Free is nothing quite like watching a movie on a big screen outside. No, this isn’t a drive-in. It’s a night of family fun with face painting, entertainment and a bouncy house followed by a free showing of Toy Story 3. Pack a picnic and blanket, but don’t worry if you can’t, pizza and popcorn will be available to purchase. The cost? Free if you bring a donation for the Needham Community Council Food Pantry.

Photo Credit: North Shore Music Theater

Footloose! At the North Shore Music Theater
62 Dunham Road
Beverly, MA 10915
August 26-28, 2011
Performances at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Tickets range from $40-65

If you are still “Holding Out for a Hero,” grab the family for a night of “Almost Paradise.” You know you’ll want to sing along! Introduce your kids to an old favorite and learn some of the new songs written just for the stage. This is the kind of show that makes you want to dance ‘cause the whole family will enjoy.

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92nd Annual Saint Anthony’s Feast
North End
Boston, Ma
August 26-29, 2011
Have you always wanted to attend a true Italian festival? If so, here’s your chance. There will be parades, including a 10-hour procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony, religious services, games, and some of the best food you have ever eaten in your life. Be prepared to enjoy this festival with every one of your senses.

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