We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children. Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week.
You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.
Look for the kids’ planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips — just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you!
STORYTIME FOR CHILDREN AGES 3 AND 4
Where/When: Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, Friday, March 25, 10:15 a.m.
Why Go: No pre-registration required for this creative storytelling event.
MORNINGS WITH MOTHER GOOSE
Where/When: Ames Free Library, 53 Main St., Easton, Friday, March 25, 10 a.m.
Why Go: This event, for ages two and younger, will include rhymes, finger plays, music and other early literacy activities. Sign up required. Contact Cathie Coyne, 508-238-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPORTS CARD & AUTOGRAPH SHOW
Where/When: Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire St., Mansfield, Sunday, March 27, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Why Go: This event will include free packs of cards, hourly door prizes, 73 vendor tables and a reference table. Buy, sell, trade and appraise cards & collectibles of all sports, old and new cards, graded cards, sets, wax boxes, game-used cards, autographs and card supplies at great prices. This show had been running since 1991.
Pricing: general admission is $2, free after noon and for children younger than 12.
EVERWOOD DAY CAMP OPEN HOUSE
Where/When: 125 Lakeview St., Sharon, Sunday, March 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Why Go: There will be games, crafts, a magician, giveaways, a moonwalk, snacks and drinks and tours by the camp directors. Play outside in the GaGa Pit or stay warm inside the 8,000 square foot heated main lodge. This event is open to all. A gift will be available for those who enroll for the summer at the open house. For more information visit http://www.everwooddaycamp.com, call 781-694-5829 or e-mail email@example.com.
Where/When: East Elementary School, 45 Wilshire Dr, Sharon, Sunday, March 27, noon to 4 p.m.
Why Go: Come for a fun afternoon of carnival games, arts and crafts, magic shows, bake walk, raffle gift baskets and the candy store. This event is sponsored by the East Elementary PTO and proceeds benefit the children of East Elementary. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.