Harbor light tour
The Newburyport Harbor Light and Plum Island Point will have an open house Sunday, Aug. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). A climb to the top of this historic light offers views of both land and sea, from the Isles of Shoals and Mt. Agamenticus to the Great Salt Marsh. Catch a view of boating at the mouth of the Merrimack River, watch the kayaks and paddleboarders ply the waters of the Basin. Look upriver to the city of Newburyport. Learn about the history of Plum Island lights that have guarded the Merrimack River entrance since 1788. The tours and parking are free; donations are accepted. Note: to climb the tower, children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall. Please be aware that all must ascend a short ladder at the top through a trap door to emerge at the level of the light and viewing platform. Tours are weather dependent and may be canceled in wet or foggy weather.
Digging for dinos
Have some prehistoric fun with the Digging Dinos Workshop on Friday, Aug. 17, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover). Kids ages 6 to 11 can enjoy learning about the scientific method and dig into a “mini site” to identify dinosaurs for themselves. Afterward, families are free to explore the museum. The workshop costs $8 per child, and families get in at a discounted rate of $6 per person to explore the museum during the lesson. Pre-registration is required and sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis. Visit childrens-museum.org or call 742-2002.
Still time for kid fun
The Hampton Beach Children’s Festival will wrap up with its final days on Thursday, Aug. 16, and Friday, Aug. 17. A full schedule of happenings is available at hamptonbeach.org; highlights for Thursday include a bounce house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; “Party with Pam!” music at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; face-painting from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and a raffle at noon. Highlights for Friday include a children’s costume parade at 11 a.m. (meet at 10:15 a.m.); an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus at 12:30 p.m. See the website for a printable schedule of events.
Brunch & Bubbles will be held Sunday, Aug. 19, at Flag Hill Distillery and Winery in Lee from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy complimentary sparkling wine, a make-your-own mimosa bar and a farm-to-table brunch. Tickets are $44. For more information, contact 659-2949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.