In this column, we’ve talked about grief, infertility, violence, mental health. But today, let’s talk about the weekend. We’ve got a long one coming up — and maybe you didn’t get your act together to get the hell out of town. That’s OK! Restrictions are loosening, businesses are opening back up, and this could be our first warm-weather foray into normalcy in a long time. (It also might pour for three days straight, but that’s a different story.)
Ahead, here’s where to wade back into everyday life with your family, from movies to mystery tours to magicians, without traveling too far.
Double Features: The ever-kitschy Mendon Twin Drive-In stages four nights of double features for the holiday weekend, including “Cruella” and “Raya and the Last Dragon.” The theater usually shows classics, but this weekend, they’re adding new releases, too. Tickets are $30 per car; grab burgers, dogs, ice cream, and beers on-site. www.mendondrivein.com.
Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place in Dedham also hosts a pop-up drive-in for the holiday weekend. They’ll screen the classics: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Jurassic Park.” Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday; get info at www.showcasecinemas.com/showcase-drive-in.
Field Trips: Head north to Tuscan Village in Salem, N.H., on Saturday, May 29. Their grand opening includes roving stilt-walkers, magicians, gondola rides, sketch artists, live music, and a bounce house (if you’re ready for that). Get the full schedule at www.tuscanvillagesalem.com.
Or head south to Mystic, Conn., where the Mystic Aquarium hosts five new beluga whales, an immersive shark dive and swimming with humpback experiences, and shark and stingray touch-tanks. Get more information at www.mysticaquarium.com.
History: The USS Constitution Museum live-streams a Memorial Day ceremony starting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 31. The museum itself just reopened for visitors Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. If you visit, make a paper poppy to honor a deceased military service member and add it to their memorial garden; the finished poppies will be featured in the ceremony. Learn more at www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org.
Music: The Boston Children’s Chorus stages their final performance of the season this weekend, “Lift Every Voice: At the Table.” It streams on Sunday, May 30, at 4 p.m. A pre-show moderated interview, “Belonging in America,” focusing on race, immigration, and identity, starts at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are free; sign up at give.bostonchildrenschorus.org/event/at-the-table/e328108.
Picnics: Ease into the weekend by dining al fresco at Lincoln’s deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, hosting a picnic night on Friday, May 28. There’s a scavenger hunt, a family mystery tour, and dance performances. BYO snacks and drinks. Register at thetrustees.org/event/64730.
Pools: The Colonnade opens its rooftop pool and cabanas to the public (instead of just hotel guests) on Monday, May 30 — plus weekdays going forward. Take a dip from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.; reserve at www.rooftoppool.com.
Pop-Ups: Time Out Market Boston hosts several kid-friendly pop-up events this weekend, including ukulele classes with the Boston Music Project (for those of us who haven’t tired of recorder performances) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, and Mr. Twister, a balloon artist, at 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. They’ll also show the Red Sox games on a big screen. Learn more about their vendors at www.timeoutmarket.com/boston.