Kids Rule

July 14th


Start Your AHA! Adventure At The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center 
The AHA! website will be available for you to look at along with Park staff and volunteers ready to answer any questions you may have. The Visitor Center (33 William St) is
open 10am-8pm on AHA! 

AHA! Happens Rain Or Shine
Be sure to check the AHA! event page, Facebook page and Instagram Stories as well as website and social for participating event partners for info about location changes, program rescheduling and cancellations.

Planning  To AHA! IRL?
All of the AHA! partners have their own masking requirements. We recommend you carry a mask with you at all times so you don’t miss out on any of the AHA! festivities.


3:00 PM

Nintendo Switch Sports Event

613 Pleasant Street

The New Bedford Public Library Youth Services and One Up Games host a Nintendo Switch Indoor Sports Gaming event with a giant inflatable screen.

Ends: 6:00pm

4:00 PM

Kids Rule Outdoor Activities

18 Johnny Cake Hill

Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum for games, crafts, and a sneak peek into their summer Creature Feature weekly creatures on the Museum Plaza!

Ends: 7:00pm

Family Game Night

114 Front Street

Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition for a night of outdoor activities!

Play some fun games, solve a few nautical riddles, and learn more about their exciting outdoor summer programs.

Ends: 7:00pm

Explore the Whaling Museum Lower Level Galleries & Exhibitions

18 Johnny Cake Hill

Browse and enjoy the museum’s latest exhibitions located in the lower-level galleries.

Ends: 7:00pm

Whale Scavenger Hunt

18 Johnny Cake Hill

There are twelve whales hiding in the Whaling Museum waiting to be found. Discover as many as you can to earn a prize at the admission desk.

Ends: 5:00pm

5 Pillars of Hip Hop

33 William Street

Are you familiar with hip hop’s original dance, called “breaking”? Learn all about it and it’s origins in this months edition of 5 Pillars Of Hip Hop brought to you by 3rd EyE Youth Empowerment and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

Hosted by JunnYahh and Liv, this month’s event focuses on the pillar of breaking and will feature some amazing live performances. Stop by and vibe or tune in online and be a part of the series!

This is the 3rd of 5 monthly events (every 2nd Thursday from May – to September) exploring the Pillars of Hip Hop MCing (oral), DJing (aural), breaking (physical), graffiti (Visual), and knowledge (mental) through performance, visual art, and sharing. Find out more about the Five Pillars and the history and origin of these traditions.

Ends: 5:30pm

4:30 PM

Emerging Artists & Sidewalk Chalk on Johnny Cake Hill

22 William Street

The Drawing Room invites young artists, age 4-9, to submit 8.5 x 11 artwork to the Roger W. Masson Emerging Artist Gallery. Submitted artwork by young artists will be available for purchase throughout the year; a portion of which will benefit the New Bedford Art Museum’s ArtMobile.

Stop by for a young artist reception, complete with milk and cookies as well as sidewalk chalk art on Johnny Cake Hill.

The Drawing Room is open until 9pm on AHA! nights.

Ends: 6:30pm

5:00 PM

Art Curator Gallery Talk

608 Pleasant Street

Stop by the New Bedford Art Museum for a gallery talk in their newest exhibit, “The Triumphs of Alexander” with Allie Copeland, Art Curator for the New Bedford Free Public Library.

This show features prints by various artists all made after paintings by Charles Le Brun from his grand series depicting the battles of Alexander The Great. Allie will share details about the origins of prints and how they were made, fascinating history of the paintings that inspired them, and their connection with King Louis XIV of France.

New Art & Live Music

169 William Street

Stop by Gallery X to view new exhibits and enjoy another session of Unplugged.

On view in the Main Gallery: Land Ho! an exhibition of artwork inspired by local and regional landmarks.

Also in the Main Gallery: Gallery X Unplugged, a live performance by Somethin’ Else (6-8pm)

On view in the Douglass Gallery: New Bedford Boats…Waxing Poetic, an interactive exhibition of work by local photographers, painters, and poets. Poems – inspired by the works shown – are displayed on the walls. Visitors are encouraged to write and share their poems and notes of inspirations from the show.

Ends: 8:00pm

Bubbles on the Green

Custom House Park Fountain

Join Little People’s College for bubble blowing on the green at the Custom House Square fountain.

Ends: 8:00pm

Black In Business: Dream Makers Market

Wing’s Court & 54th Regiment Plaza

BuyBlackNB hosts an outdoor youth vendor market with children’s entertainment, shopping and community building:

5-7pm Photos with Encanto characters and face painting by Everafter Storybook Ent.

5-5:30pm Family Yoga with Corey L. Henderson

5-8pm New Bedford Art Museum artMobile

5-6:30pm Gaming Truck by Platinum City Gaming

6-7pm Drum Circle with Ammaya Dance & Drum

7:30-8pm Storytime with Len Cabral

Ends: 8:00pm

Seaport Art Walk Artists Tour

Corner of Union Street & Route 18

Take a tour with the artists and curator of the 2022 Seaport Art Walk: Open Spaces.

Join the official opening of the 2022 exhibit where sculptures and murals were created to reflect or comment on the idea of creating open space for our minds and our souls, like the wilderness, the vast ocean, meditation, parks, nature, and opening ourselves to healing and love.

Meet the Artists: Jessica Bregoli, Jacob Ginga, Jessica England, Keith Francis, Erin Meade, and Collin Wetzel.

Meet at 5pm at the corner of Union and Rt. 18 in front of New Bedford Tattoo, 82 Front St.

This juried outdoor exhibition will be on view July through October.

Common Ground Community Activity

18 Johnny Cake Hill

Stop by the New Bedford Whaling museum to record your voice in their story-telling booth or create and design your own postcard to lend your voice to the Museum’s upcoming exhibition “Common Ground: A Community Mosaic” that shares the lived experiences of our dynamic communities.

Ends: 7:00pm

Spot the Difference Family Activity

18 Johnny Cake Hill

Visit the Whaling Museum’s newest exhibition “The Azorean Spirit: The art of Domingos Rebelo,” and test your observation skills as you try to spot the differences between two nearly identical images.

Ends: 7:00pm

Summer Exhibition Reception

127 West Rodney French Blvd, Floor 2, S287

The Judith Klien Art Gallery hosts a reception for their Summer Exhibition featuring works by Rylan Brenner, Alma Cummings, John Irwin, Judith Klein, Sheila Oliveira, Jay Ryan, Lori Bradley and Heather Stivison.

The Judith Klein Art Gallery is located inside the Kilburn Mill in New Bedford’s south end,

Ends: 8:00pm

Kids Rule Activities

634 Purchase Street

Kids Rule at Pilgrim United & Mercy Meals!

Stop by to make your own rain stick, get your face painted and get a “Kids Rule” T-shirt.

Ends: 7:00pm

Carabiner’s Climbing Wall

Purchase Street block between Spring and Union

Try your hand at rock climbing!

Carabiner’s Climbing & Fitness is bringing the climbing to you. Join them at their 26′ tall portable climbing wall and give it a shot with certified climbing instructors to guide you. No experience necessary.

Ends: 8:00pm

Books for Kids

209 Union Street

Subtext Book Shop will feature Kid’s Rule books for kids on the environment and climate change.

Ends: 8:00pm

Gallery Opening & Kids Art Program

38 Bethel Street

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center hosts the opening of their newest gallery exhibit, “Some Things Fishy: The Art of Paul Helgesen”.

Paul Helgesen makes whimsical fish sculptures inspired by his time on a small Nova Scotian island with a big fishing community. All pieces in the exhibit will be available for purchase through the NBFHC Gift Shop.

Don’t forget to bring the kiddos – as part of the Kids Rule AHA! Night theme, kids can use found objects to create their own funky fish art inspired by Helgesen’s work.

Ends: 8:00pm

Adventures to Paradise: Paintings by Jessica Monty Gomes

100 William Street

TL6 The Gallery artist-of-the-month is Jessica Monty Gomes. Stop by for her show “Adventures to Paradise” featuring paintings of seascapes and hiking trails from life, pictures, and memory.

Ends: 9:00pm

5:30 PM

Centre Street Sessions: LIve Music Under the Jazz Wall

23 Centre Street

Whaling City Sound and the Fiber Optic Center host another summer of Centre Street Sessions!

Stop by the Jazz Wall for live music with Billy Strayhorn, Horace Silver, Bud Powell and solo piano with Roderick Luther.

6:00 PM

An Evening with Candida Rose

33 William Street

The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park hosts an Evening with Candida Rose!

“Candida” is the story of a second-generation Cabo Verdean American vocalist and songwriter who returns to Cabo Verde to explore traditional Cabo Verdean music and its influence beyond the archipelago nation.

Traveling throughout the islands of Cape Verde, Candida Rose (as she is known musically) visits musicians and immerses in the nation’s history and culture. Set in the backdrop of Cabo Verde’s stunning landscape, her journey takes her to the island of Brava, home of her ancestors. Both a homecoming and a musical education, Candida weaves in Cabo Verdean music, featuring Candida Rose’s own powerful and honeyed voice, to explore themes of identity, longing, belonging, and the joy and melancholy that marks Cabo Verdean music as one of the most evocative musical genres in the world.

The event will debut the film, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and artist-in-residence, Candida Rose Baptista, where she will also introduce her music and research on Cabo Verdean music. 

Ends: 8:00pm

Local History Guild Lecture

On Zoom

The New Bedford Whaling Museum presents a virtual lecture about Captain John Kendrick: Massachusetts Pioneer Mariner to the Pacific, 1787-1794.

Join the Museum’s Curator of Maritime History, Michael P. Dyer, for a conversation with author Scott Ridley, local Wareham historian Malcolm Phinney, and Duxbury Rural and Historical Society Librarian and Archivist Carolyn Ravenscroft, to learn about John Kendrick’s long and tragic fur-trading voyage to the Northwest Coast, Hawaii, China, and Japan.

Click To Register 

Ends: 7:00pm

Whaling History Walking Tour

83 Spring Street

Join the New Bedford Preservation Society for a Whaling History Walking Tour.

This tour recounts people and events that had an impact on the Whaling City. It will explore the whaling merchants that helped form an industry including the Jewish Merchants and Cape Verdean Merchants.

Tour steps off from the Friends Meeting House at 6pm – don’t be late!

Sheltered: New Exhibit at the Star Store

715 Purchase Street

UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery presents “Sheltered”, an exhibition featuring work by Women Artists of Color from diverse cultural backgrounds and unique perspectives.

Curated by Alison Wells and Lee Blake, President of the New Bedford Historical Society.

This contemporary exploration combines historical & present-day narratives that deal with the concept of safety, protection and home through the work of artists Gloretta Baynes, L’Merchie Frazier, Ekua Holmes, Meclina Priestly, Corinne Spencer and Alison Wells.

This event is sponsored by the New Bedford Historical society and features live music and special guests including New Bedford poet Iva Brito.

Ends: 8:00pm

Music in the Garden

396 County Street

Enjoy music in the Rotch-Jones-Duff Museum garden with New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s Tim Macri and Jennifer Memoli.

Enjoy a flute and violin duo, playing a repertoire influenced by Bastille Day on the tented patio.

Bring your lawn chairs to listen from the garden area. Picnickers welcome.
Donations are accepted in lieu of a ticket fee (suggested $10).

Ends: 7:00pm

6:30 PM

7:00 PM

Centre Street Sessions: LIve Music Under the Jazz Wall

23 Centre Street

Whaling City Sound and the Fiber Optic Center host another summer of Centre Street Sessions!

Stop by the Jazz Wall for live music with Billy Strayhorn, Horace Silver, Bud Powell and solo piano with Roderick Luther.

7:30 PM

8:00 PM