Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend and on July Fourth. Get out!
"The Wizard of Oz": Watch Dorothy, Toto, and friends head for Oz at this outdoor screening on the waterfront -- and we know that a certain witch doesn't like water. Check website if water arrives from the sky. July 1 at 8:30 p.m. Free. Atlantic Wharf, across from Boston Children's Museum, Boston. 617-426-6500. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org
Gore-y details: Would you like to know the skinny about the men and women who declared independence from Great Britain? A guide in period clothing will fill you in while taking you around a beautiful 1806 architectural gem at the Independence Day Themed Tour of Governor Gore Mansion. Check out the circular staircase and Billiards Room. July 1 at 7 p.m. $14, $10 ages 5-12 (Reservations recommended). Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798. www.goreplace.org
Crystal clear: Curious about “Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass”? Here’s a chance to see the exhibit, enjoy family activities, and check out the museum for free, thanks to the folks at Highland Street Foundation. July 1 from 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Bet the farm: The potato sack race, hay-bale toss, and family fun obstacle race will separate the men from the boys and the women from the girls at “Farmland Olympics.” Prizes will be awarded, so spend the next couple of days getting in shape. July 2 and 3 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Farmland open 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) $19.95 ages 2-59, $16.95 seniors. Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill, Sterling. 978-422-6666. www.davisfarmland.com
Ready, aim, fire, listen: What kind of music goes best when you wage war? David Vose and Sue Walko will show you what tunes accompanied the colonists when they marched, danced, wooed, and waged war at “Patriot Fife and Drum” at The Paul Revere House. July 2 from 1-3 p.m. (Museum open daily from 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.). Free with museum admission of $3.50, $3 seniors and college students, $1 ages 5-17. Paul Revere House, 19 North Sq., Boston. 617-523-2338. www.paulreverehouse.org
Puppet masters: Learn how puppeteers use movement and sound to bring puppets to life. Kids will practice with simple puppets and then put on a show at “Big Stories: Paul Bunyan and participatory puppet theater.” July 2 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15, $10 kids (Recommended for ages 5 and older). Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400. www.puppetshowplace.org
Red, white, and blue: Don’t worry, the marshmallows, drumming, and audience ponchos are still around, but the boys in blue have added something called technology to their show. Blue Man Group guys interact with “GiPads” and there’s a new finale with an original score. Saturday at 2, 5, and 8 p.m. (ongoing). $49 and up. Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 800-982-2787. www.blueman.com
Sing along: Some fabulous songs are in the Frank Loesser love story, “The Most Happy Fella.” How about “Joey, Joey, Joey” or “Standing on the Corner”? Yup, the Gloucester Stage Company production delivers the goods. Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. (Through July 17). $37, $32 students and seniors, pay-what-you-can performance at 3 p.m. Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., Gloucester. 978-281-4433. www.gloucesterstage.org
Go green: The Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Summer Sundays in the Park series is one more reason to stay outdoors this summer. Sunday’s music is by soul/funk artist Cameron Galpin and his three-piece band. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic. July 3 at 6 p.m., weather permitting (Through Aug. 14). Free. Pinebank Promontory in Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain. 617-522-2700. www.emeraldnecklace.org
Practice makes perfect: Even Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops have to practice, and they draw a huge crowd the day before the you know what on the you know where. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Rehearsal has everything except the third word, so get a preview of Martina McBride, host Michael Chiklis, and the Pops. July 3 at 8:30 p.m. Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston. 617-266-1492. www.july4th.org
Happy birthday USA: In this world of text messages and emails, show the kids something called a postage stamp. There will be stamp scavenger hunts, games and puzzles, and kids can design a patriotic stamp and help make a flag mosaic. Free refreshments; picnics welcome. July 4 noon-4 p.m. $8, $5 seniors, free under 17. Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Regis College, 235 Wellesley St., Weston. 781-768-8367. www.spellman.org
Centre of attention: For kids 3-12 there’s a pet parade, teddy bear parade, decorated doll carriage promenade, and foot races (10 a.m.-noon). Starting at 11 a.m., there are markets, amusements, crafters, food vendors, Zaitchik Brothers Band (6 p.m.), and fireworks (9 p.m.). July 4 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Newton Centre Playground, Tyler Terrace, Newton (afternoon and evening events at Russell J. Halloran Field & Sports Complex, Albemarle Road). 617-527-8283. www.newtoncommunity.org
History repeating: In 1973, Boston Pops conductor, Arthur Fiedler, started playing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” to jumpstart the Esplanade concert series. The rest is you know what. Martina McBride performs at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular hosted by Emmy-winning Lowell native, Michael Chiklis. At the helm is Keith Lockhart who has waved his baton in more than 1,300 Pops concert. 8:30 p.m. (10:30-11 p.m. fireworks). Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston. 617-266-1492. www.july4th.org
Dante's inferno: Patriotic-themed cocktails should be enough of a draw, but if you need more, how about chef Dante’s Italian-American barbecue and live streaming of the Pops concert? At Restaurant dante, the patio is a great place to enjoy the fireworks. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $75, $125 (patio). Restaurant dante, 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge. 617-497-4200. www.restaurantdante.com
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Swati G. Sharma is a Somerville resident and is a fan of city living, exploring Bostons nightlife, and dancing.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.