Weekly Blueprint

Hello friends, I hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend! I have a quiet moment here so I thought I'd drop the Weekly Blueprint a bit early, for your weekday planning pleasure! Enjoy! Also, I wanted to share this post on not pushing kids (and subsequently letting them soar) -- a post previously published here that I revised for CafeMom's The Stir. And finally, don't forget to hop on over to Instagram and enter to win this $500 Nordstrom gift card giveaway!

May 16: Learn to grow herbs at home with this make & take (Boston)

May 16: Help kids chill out during Mindful Mondays (Boston)

May 16: Decorate twigs to create your own blossoming tree during this free art workshop (Boston)

May 16: Learn about executive function in school students with Sara Ward (Braintree)

May 17: It's Dress Up Your Stuffed Pet Day at the Discovery Museums (Acton)

May 17: Spend a morning at Turtle Pond, exploring the local animals, enjoying a story, and making a craft (Belmont)

May 17: A Lunch and Learn program, The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other (Boston)

May 17: Enjoy the music at the 10th Annual Boston Handbell Festival (Boston)

May 17: Jeanne Birdsall and Susan Hill Long visit to talk about their books (Brookline)

May 17: Join Matt Heaton for a Family Singalong (Newton)

May 18: Make some time to explore the Great Hill (Acton)

May 18: Mass Audubon Habitat comes to the library for an afternoon themed around garden friends and foes (Arlington)

May 18, 20, 21: GreenPLAY gives children unstructured play opportunities, guided activities, and the Uni READ mobile reading library will be available (Boston)

May 18: Enjoy Cosmic Loops, a special quartet performance with the planetarium's images of space play overhead (Boston)

May 18: A free concert featuring the works of Debussy and Previn (Boston)

May 18: It's free admission day at the Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge)

May 18: Enjoy Between 12 Waters: Live, with songs inspired by a wide variety of musical influences (Cambridge)

May 18: Spend an afternoon with cows, try your hand at milking them, and feed them some hay (Lincoln)

May 18: A workshop on Cherishing Your Family History: Connecting Kids with Historic Preservation (North Andover)

May 18: Take part in the interactive and always fun PEM Pals (Salem)

May 18: The food trucks return to the Arsenal Project every Wednesday, starting this week (Watertown)

May 19: There are two times today to dissect flowers and then mix and match to make your own new flower (Acton)

May 19: The Greenway public art season kickoff celebration features performances, food trucks, and the launch of six new art installations (Boston)

May 19: NEMPAC Children's Music Theatre Troupe presents Disney's Cinderella Kids (Boston)

May 19: Enjoy a Story Hour in the Garden at the Stevens-Coolidge Place (North Andover)

May 19: On Plant a Seed Day, head to Francis William Bird Park and plant a mystery seed (Walpole)

May 19-22: Take in a presentation of Rumplestiltskin at the Puppet Showplace Theater (Brookline)

May 19-22: Neverland Theatre Company presents Peter Pan (Salem)

May 20: Red Shabbat, the last of six in the Color Shabbat series (Arlington)

May 20: Classical in Dudley Square: Quasi una Fantasia is a free concert by the Srasa Chamber Music Ensemble (Boston)

May 20: Care for hens and roosters, look in on some chicks, and take part in a chicken dance party (Lincoln)

May 20: Take part in an evening hayride ending with a campfire, stories, s'mores and more (Lincoln)

May 20: During Astronomy Night at Rocky Woods, enjoy a glass of mead and other refreshments around a campfire (Medfield)

Image credit on front page: Museum of Science