For 31 years, Bessie, a big green dinosaur, has sat on the front lawn of the Discovery Museums where she's greeted hundreds of kids and families since 1982. Help celebrate her birthday in style with a weekend of ongoing activities for the whole family. The party starts on Saturday, with an outdoor dinosaur dig, face painting, a dinosaur egg hunt, crafting birthday hats and noise makers, and more. You can color Bessie in birthday decorations with chalk and then give her a bath with soap bubbles and sponges. The Justin Meyers Swing Trio will be on hand to keep your toes tapping, and the Blue Hills Trailside Museum will bring local animals and provide hands-on learning about nature, wildlife and conservation. The bash continues on Sunday with continued activities from the day before, such as the dinosaur dig and Bessie's bath. At noon, Tom Foote and Greg Nikitas will perform a rhythm kids family concert, where you can make music together with plenty of drums and other instruments. Use your own bodies to sing along, clap, and stomp to the beat. The weekend celebration wraps up with a chance to make some birthday noise for Bessie and learn about the science of sound. Happy 31st, Bessie! Sat., June 29 & Sun., June 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free with museum admission: $11; seniors, $10; age one and under, free. Check website for full schedule of each day's events, as not all are ongoing, and drop in any time. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. www.discoverymuseums.org
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