Weekly Blueprint

Happy Sunday everyone – I hope you’re enjoying the weekend despite this gloomy weather! I’m dropping the Weekly Blueprint early so you can plan your holiday tomorrow accordingly. Enjoy and share!


October 10: Steve Songs performs a Columbus Day Family Concert at the Regent Theatre (Arlington)

October 10: Celebrate Columbus Day at Christopher Columbus Park with a parade, live entertainment, and free children’s activities (Boston)

October 10: Enjoy music, theater, dance, a kids’ parade, art exhibitions, films, chalk art, crafts, and even indoor kite flying at Fenway’s Annual Opening Our Doors Celebration (Boston)

October 10: The MFA offers free admission during its Fall Open House (Boston)

October 10: The fairy tales continue with Puppet Showplace Theater’s performance of Puss in Boots (Brookline)

October 10: The Old Manse opens its doors for free, with kids’ games and crafts, live music on the lawn, and more (Concord)

October 10: Take part in a free Fun in the Farmyard event at Appleton Farms (Hamilton, Ipswich)

October 10:  Explore Castle Hill’s Great House and Italian Garden for free (Ipswich)

October 10: Compare your wingspan to a wild raptor, go on a hawk scavenger hunt, make owl crafts, and enjoy a food truck feast at the Trailside Museum’s Wind Rider Festival (Milton)

October 10: The Stevens-Coolidge Place Free Family Fun Day offers lawn games, scavenger hunts, and craft-making (North Andover)

October 10: Today is the final day of the Topsfield Fair (Topsfield)

October 10-30: Mahoney’s Haunted Forest Halloween Maze opens today (Winchester)


October 11: Go leaf collecting and craft an Autumn leaf suncatcher (Acton)

October 11: Celebrate National Fossil Day with a mock excavation site and a real dinosaur fossil (Acton)

October 11: Make art inspired by local contemporary Latino artists in honor of Hispanic Art Month (Boston)

October 11: Get close to reptiles and chinchillas when Zoo New England partners with LEGOLAND for games and fun (Somerville)


October 12: Explore magnets of different shapes and sizes (Boston)

October 12: Discuss and explore activities related to Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless, a satire of classic fairy tales filled with dragons, heroes, and sisterhood (Roxbury)

October 12-16: Get spooked with The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge)


October 13: Learn about sports in Japan and create a paper sumo wrestling game to take home (Boston)

October 13-16: Midnight Zoo partners with Puppet Showplace Theater to surround visitors with never-before-seen creatures from the farthest realms of the imagination (Boston)

October 13-16: The Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus comes to New England (Boston)

October 13-16: Check out a garden of endless carved pumpkins at Edaville’s Pumpkins Aglow (Carver)


October 14: Engage in some everyday engineering by constructing and creating roller coaster marble runs with repurposed and recycled materials (Acton)

October 14: Free Film Fridays return to the Museum of Science’s IMAX Theater (Boston)

October 14: Take in a baby-friendly movie at the Coolidge Corner’s Box Office Babies (Brookline)

October 14: Check out Frightful Fridays at Gore mansion, the perfect setting for an evening of spooky tales and haunted activities every Friday evening this month (Waltham)

October 14-15: Experience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, live presentations, and special programs at the Museum of Science Archaeology Fair (Boston)

October 14-15: Meet favorite authors and storybook characters, craft, and enjoy family-friendly activities at the Boston Book Festival (Boston)

October 14-15: Go on a non-scary Halloween Hike at Boo Meadow Brook (Worcester)

October 14-16: It’s time for the Smolak Farm Children’s Festival and narrated Alice in Wonderland Hayride (North Andover)

October 14-16: Enjoy a walk along the Winslow Nature Trail’s Halloween Octoberfest Kids’ Trail (Norton)

October 14-31: Take a twirl on a midway ride or play games at the Derby Street Carnival (Salem)