Kim’s Picks for Kids this Weekend!

From putting out pretend fires to climbing on fire trucks to listening to the songs of mermaids to learning about wildlife and the local watershed, there’s plenty of “elemental” fun to be had this weekend.


Here are Kim Foley MacKinnon’s picks for family adventures this weekend!

May 14 & 15: Firefighter Combat Challenge & Kids Challenge
The North East Regional Firefighters Combat Challenge Firefighters features 850 Fire Houses across MA, NH, VT, RI and CT competing in this nationally recognized sporting event. They don “full bunker gear,” then pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. “victim” as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock.

A Kid’s Challenge event mirrors the Firefighter Combat Challenge. In order, each child carries a shoulder load of hose, climbs to the top of our 12-foot inflatable tower, slides to the bottom, where they “stop, drop and roll.” They then crawl through the tunnel, work the miniature Keiser Force Machine with the supplied mallet, advance a 1” wildland fire line with authentic nozzle striking a target and finally “make the rescue” with an appropriately sized mannequin. At the Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough;

May 14-16: The Little Mermaid

This is your last chance to see the highly acclaimed production of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale at Wheelock Family Theatre. The play follows a young mermaid on her dangerous quest to find love while developing a better understanding of herself and the unknown world she longs to be a part of. Friday, 7pm; Sat. & Sun., 3 pm Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2300;

May 15 & 16: Heroes Weekend
Head to Davis Farmland to climb onto a fire truck; check out the inside of an Army Hummer; meet Smokey the Bear and talk with real local heroes about what they do in your town. Davis’ Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. 978-422-MOOO; Firefighters, police officers and armed service personnel and their families are admitted free with ID.

May 15: Waterworks
Learn about the local watershed by heading out to Drumlin Farm for a day of eco-friendly fun with visits from wetland wildlife, pond exploration, new spring farm babies, and ideas for greener living for both kids and adults. Programs throughout the day include a WaterWorks scavenger hunt; creating eco-inspired crafts; a kid-powered experiment station to make and test your own hypotheses about storm water; visiting with turtles; and much more.

All activities are free with admission to the farm of $6 for nonmember adults; $4 for nonmember children (2-12) and seniors. Free for members. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. 10am-5pm. 781-259-2206; .

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