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Things To Do

September 2014

In its inaugural season, the ArtLAB’s curated works will be driven by the theme “O Pioneers,” which celebrates the vision, perseverance, fortitude and creativity of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lawn on D
420 D Street
Boston, MA  02120
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Children as young as three months old can learn to swim at a unique swim program at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim...

Cost: varies

Where:
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA  02459
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Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-558-6442
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
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The Child Language Lab at Boston University is looking for healthy English-speaking children from ages 12 months to 5 years to participate in research on language and cognitive development. Our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boston University Child Language Lab
635 Commonwealth Ave.
Rm. 617
Boston, MA  02215
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Telephone: 617-353-3379
Contact Name: BU Child Language Lab
Website »

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Kids invent their own ways to play as they stack and build with huge blue foam blocks, wheels, spools, tubes and a variety of loose parts.  Construct castles and forts, invent interesting...

Cost: Museum admission fees apply.

Where:
Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street
Providence, RI  02903
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Telephone: (401) 273-5437
Contact Name: Megan Fischer
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Put on white gloves and take a closer look at the Museum's collections. How much can you discover just by looking? Museum hours are Monday-Thursday 9-5 Fridays 9-9 pm and weekends 10-5 

Cost: $14, on Fridays from 5-9 pm only $1

Where:
Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston, MA  02210
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Telephone: 617-426-6500
Contact Name: Jo-Anne Baxter
Website »

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Fiberart International 2013 showcases works by established and emerging artists, with innovative art rooted in traditional fiber materials and processes, as well as the unexpected...

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 6-16, free for ages 5 and under

Where:
American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA  01854
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Telephone: (978) 441-0400
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Oxbow Schoolhouse invites prospective families to our Open House on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 11:00 a.m.  to 2:00 p.m. Oxbow Schoolhouse is an alternative elementary school serving...

Cost: 0

Where:
Oxbow Schoolhouse
270 Barnum Road
Devens, MA  01434
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Telephone: 978-772-9500
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Join the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center for a special exhibition tracing the historic trail of chocolate around the world. Discover chocolate’s origins in ancient Mexico, find...

Cost: Adults $6, seniors $5, children $4.

Where:
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458
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Telephone: 603-924-4555
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Designed by Marie Mongan, the HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method program is based upon the idea that a natural, comfortable birthing can be realized through deep relaxation and freedom from...

Cost: $275

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA  02116
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your family.

Cost: $20 per person in addition to zoo admission

Where:
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI  02907
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4 to 9 p.m. All park rides and attractions included. Edaville will be changing hours to open the park at night for the first ever at Edaville USA big screen showing of the Wizard of...

Cost: $20 ages 2-59, $17 ages 60+, under 2 are free

Where:
Edaville USA
5 Pine st
Carver MA, MA  02330
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Telephone: 508-866-8190
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Kids mix and match the Museum’s massive collection of colorful building materials!  Stack imaginative blocks of all shapes and sizes to create towering structures, construct...

Cost: Museum admission fees apply

Where:
Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street
Providence, RI  02903
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Telephone: (401) 273-5437
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In its inaugural season, the ArtLAB’s curated works will be driven by the theme “O Pioneers,” which celebrates the vision, perseverance, fortitude and creativity of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lawn on D
420 D Street
Boston, MA  02120
View map »

More information

The Child Language Lab at Boston University is looking for healthy English-speaking children from ages 12 months to 5 years to participate in research on language and cognitive development. Our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boston University Child Language Lab
635 Commonwealth Ave.
Rm. 617
Boston, MA  02215
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Telephone: 617-353-3379
Contact Name: BU Child Language Lab
Website »

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Grow, Play and Learn Together Play and meet new friends, read a book and have a snack! No registration necessary—Just drop in! This Free Parent/Caretaker & Child Playgroup, is open to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Ludlow Family Center
54 Winsor Street
Ludlow, MA  01056
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Sponsor: Pathways For Parents
Telephone: 413-583-3527
Contact Name: Cindy Milner
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Sea Squirts Preview introduces you and your child to the wonders of the aquarium and the ocean world. Activities focus on developing motor skills, independence and socialization, as well as...

Cost: $95 for the series of four

Where:
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
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Telephone: 617-226-2123
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Kids invent their own ways to play as they stack and build with huge blue foam blocks, wheels, spools, tubes and a variety of loose parts.  Construct castles and forts, invent interesting...

Cost: Museum admission fees apply.

Where:
Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street
Providence, RI  02903
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Telephone: (401) 273-5437
Contact Name: Megan Fischer
Website »

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Grow, Play and Learn Together Play and meet new friends, read a book and have a snack! No registration necessary—Just drop in! This Free Parent/Caretaker & Child Playgroup, is open to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hampden Public Library
625 Main Street
Hampden, MA  01036
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Sponsor: Pathways For Parents
Telephone: 413-583-3527
Contact Name: Cindy Milner
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Mom and Baby yoga is a yoga class specifically designed to help you recover from the impact of pregnancy and birth on your body, and to cope with the physical and mental challenges of new...

Cost: drop-in $18, 5-series $81, 10-series $153

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA  02116
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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Join Holyoke Mall for Story Time on the Upper Level near Pottery Barn!

Cost: FREE

Where:
Holyoke Mall-Upperl Level near Pottery Barn
50 Holyoke St.
Holyoke, MA  01041
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Sponsor: Holyoke Mall
Telephone: (413) 535-9267
Contact Name: Simone Enright
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Join the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center for a special exhibition tracing the historic trail of chocolate around the world. Discover chocolate’s origins in ancient Mexico, find...

Cost: Adults $6, seniors $5, children $4.

Where:
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458
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Telephone: 603-924-4555
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This class is designed for pregnant women who are both new to yoga and for those who have a continuing practice. Students will learn poses and modifications for all stages of pregnancy, with a...

Cost: drop-in $18, 5-series $81, 10-series $153

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA  02116
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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Our classes introduce a solid foundation of keyboard and music skills, including note-reading, ear-training, and ensemble playing while having lots of fun. Children learn in a small group...

Cost: $305

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02143
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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Luis Montalvan and his tail wagging ambassador and service dog " Tuesday". will read their book " Tuesday Tucks Me In", and demonstrate  how they take care of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
1 Worcester Road
Shoppers World
Framingham, MA  01701
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Sponsor: Barnes& Nobel
Telephone: 508 628-5567
Contact Name: Sandy Thomas
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Children ages 6-8 years will learn to rock climb in a 12-week class on Mondays, September 22–December 15 from 4:30-5:30pm at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street)...

Cost: $350

Where:
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA  02459
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Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-558-6480
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
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Explore the world of violin in a welcoming and supportive group setting. Beginner students will learn the basics of technique, music reading and simple tunes in this creative group class...

Cost: $305

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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In its inaugural season, the ArtLAB’s curated works will be driven by the theme “O Pioneers,” which celebrates the vision, perseverance, fortitude and creativity of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lawn on D
420 D Street
Boston, MA  02120
View map »

More information

The Child Language Lab at Boston University is looking for healthy English-speaking children from ages 12 months to 5 years to participate in research on language and cognitive development. Our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boston University Child Language Lab
635 Commonwealth Ave.
Rm. 617
Boston, MA  02215
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Telephone: 617-353-3379
Contact Name: BU Child Language Lab
Website »

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Hop, Slither, Crawl: Investigating Herpetology with Patrick O’Roark, Hitchcock Center Educator Ages 9-12 Tuesdays, 10am-2pm Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 2, 9 (9...

Cost: $404

Where:
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
525 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA  01002
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Sponsor: Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Telephone: 413-256-6006
Contact Name: Shelly Kahan
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Make a mess at The Children’s Museum in Easton on Tuesday’s from 10am to 10:45 am. Join Sarah for Make-A-Mess every Tuesday to create art with paint, clay and other messy mediums as...

Cost: $9 per person, members and children under 1yr are free.

Where:
The Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue North Easton, MA
Select a City, MA  02356
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Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: 508-230-3789
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Let the beauty of nature inspire your painting! Watercolors are a great way to experience nature and brighten up a day. Explore the use of textures, lines, colors and more. Bring your own...

Cost: Adults: $44

Where:
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St.
Natick, MA  01760
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Sponsor: Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Telephone: 508-655-2296
Contact Name: Broadmoor Education Coordinator
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Kids invent their own ways to play as they stack and build with huge blue foam blocks, wheels, spools, tubes and a variety of loose parts.  Construct castles and forts, invent interesting...

Cost: Museum admission fees apply.

Where:
Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street
Providence, RI  02903
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Telephone: (401) 273-5437
Contact Name: Megan Fischer
Website »

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Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes Drop-in 10:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:30pm Bessie’s Tent Design, build, and explore a mysterious forest environment of fairy houses and gnome...

Cost: 11.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
Contact Name: Ann
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Sea Squirts classes introduce your child to the wonders of the aquatic world while focusing on their developing motor and language skills and encouraging the development of early science skills...

Cost: $95 for each series of four

Where:
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
View map »


Telephone: 617-226-2123
Website »

More information

Join the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center for a special exhibition tracing the historic trail of chocolate around the world. Discover chocolate’s origins in ancient Mexico, find...

Cost: Adults $6, seniors $5, children $4.

Where:
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458
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Telephone: 603-924-4555
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Join the circle and enjoy stories, songs, creative activities, or puppet play inspired by the theme of the story. Museum hours are Monday throughThursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 9...

Cost: $14, on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. only $1

Where:
Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston, MA  02210
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Telephone: 617-426-6500
Contact Name: Jo-Anne Baxter
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Enjoy precious one-on-one time with your new baby while sharing the challenges and joys of having two children at the Sharon Community Center (219 Massapoag Avenue) in Sharon on Tuesdays,...

Cost: $150

Where:
Sharon Community Center
219 Massapoag Avenue
Sharon, MA  02067
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Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-558-6485
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
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Children ages 4-6 will develop basic skills in a variety of sports and games while learning teamwork and making friends in a 12-week class at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333...

Cost: 250

Where:
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA  02459
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Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-558-6456
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
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Children ages 4-6 years will learn basic Taekwondo skills in a 12-week martial arts class on Tuesdays, September 23–December 16 from 5-5:45pm at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center...

Cost: $290

Where:
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA  02459
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Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-558-6480
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
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Join us for a cozy winding down at the end of the day lead by Sue Shepard. Enjoy books with your child and intentional time together.  For parents and children ages 0-5. Children are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
South Hamilton, MA  01982
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Sponsor: Early Childhood Partners
Telephone: 978-468-5489
Contact Name: Lisa Cheney
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The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public . Registration is requested. All programs start at 7 p.m. in the aquarium's IMAX Theatre unless otherwise noted. Programs last...

Cost: Free

Where:
New England Aquarium's Simons IMAX Theatre
Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
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Telephone: 617-973-6596
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In its inaugural season, the ArtLAB’s curated works will be driven by the theme “O Pioneers,” which celebrates the vision, perseverance, fortitude and creativity of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lawn on D
420 D Street
Boston, MA  02120
View map »

More information

The Child Language Lab at Boston University is looking for healthy English-speaking children from ages 12 months to 5 years to participate in research on language and cognitive development. Our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boston University Child Language Lab
635 Commonwealth Ave.
Rm. 617
Boston, MA  02215
View map »


Telephone: 617-353-3379
Contact Name: BU Child Language Lab
Website »

More information

Register your child for the 7 week Fall Story Time session!  East Longmeadow residents register October 1 (9:30 in person, 10am by phone); all towns may register starting October 2. Schedule...

Cost: Free

Where:
East Longmeadow Public Library
60 Center Square, Suite 2
East Longmeadow, MA  01028
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Sponsor: Children's Room, ELPL
Telephone: 413-525-5400x1506
Contact Name: Children's Room
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The MOMS Club of the Wachusett Region is hosting an open house on Wednesday, October 1st (rain date October 6th) 9:30-11 at Dawson Rec, 200 Salisbury Street,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Holden
200 Salisbury Street
Holden, MA  01520
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Sponsor: Wachusett MOMS Club
Contact Name: Heather
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Grow, Play & Learn Together  Play and meet new friends, read a book and have a snack! No registration necessary—Just drop in! This Free Parent/Caretaker & Child Playgroup,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southwick Town Hall Community Center
454 College Highway
Southwick, MA  01077
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Sponsor: Pathways For Parents
Telephone: 413-569-6598
Contact Name: Renee Zborowski
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Exploring Music with Kerry returns this fall at Children’s Museum in Easton, on Wednesdays from 10 am to 10:45 am. You will get the chance to participate in a variety of creative musical...

Cost: Museum admission fees apply

Where:
Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Rd
North Easton , MA  02356
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Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: (508) 230-3789
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Salem's month-long, festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 250,000 people come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year. Events include a Grand Parade, the Haunted...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Downtown
Salem, MA  01970


Sponsor: City of Salem
Telephone: (978) 740-1650
Website »

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Fiberart International 2013 showcases works by established and emerging artists, with innovative art rooted in traditional fiber materials and processes, as well as the unexpected...

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 6-16, free for ages 5 and under

Where:
American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA  01854
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Telephone: (978) 441-0400
Website »

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Puppet Playhouse Theatre partners with Zoink's Fun Factory to bring a complete experience for your child! Engaging fables and beloved stories cleverly told with fun puppets will capture your...

Cost: $15 per child

Where:
Zoink's Fun Factory
7 Pioneer Drive
North Oxford, MA  01537
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Sponsor: Puppet Playhouse Theatre
Telephone: 508-243-2409
Contact Name: Dawn Sedlier
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For moms who have added a second child to their family and would like to meet with other mothers who are experiencing the ups and downs of two kids and meeting their competing needs. There are...

Cost: drop-in $26, 6-series $96, 6-series $126

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th floor
Boston, MA  02116
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
Website »

More information

Sea Squirts classes introduce your child to the wonders of the aquatic world while focusing on their developing motor and language skills and encouraging the development of early science skills...

Cost: $95 for each series of four

Where:
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
View map »


Telephone: 617-226-2123
Website »

More information

Join the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center for a special exhibition tracing the historic trail of chocolate around the world. Discover chocolate’s origins in ancient Mexico, find...

Cost: Adults $6, seniors $5, children $4.

Where:
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458
View map »


Telephone: 603-924-4555
Website »

More information

Meet other parents with babies over coffee and casual conversation at Panera Bread (5 White Street, Porter Square Shopping Center) in Cambridge on the first Wednesday of each month from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Panera Bread
5 White Street
Porter Square Shopping Center
Cambridge, MA  02140
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Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-841-8009
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
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Meet other moms who are breastfeeding, see what questions they are asking, how they are answered, and get answers and tips to your own questions regarding breastfeeding from your peers as well...

Cost: drop-in $12

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA  02116
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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For moms with babies under 12-weeks old who are experiencing motherhood for the first time. Venture out of the house to a mother- and baby-friendly place, and meet regularly with people who will...

Cost: See website for details.

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th Floor
, MA
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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WHO: Juanita Allen Kingsley, Director of Business Development for Century Health Systems, the parent company of the Natick Visiting Nurse Association and Distinguished Care Options A health...

Cost: $45/55

Where:
Weston Recreation
20 Alphabet Lane
Weston, MA  02493
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WHO: Juanita Allen Kingsley, Director of Business Development for Century Health Systems, the parent company of the Natick Visiting Nurse Association and Distinguished Care Options A health...

Cost: $50/60

Where:
Weston Recreation
20 Alphabet Lane
Weston, MA  02493
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Shrewsbury is hosting its first ever Farmer's Market. Local vendors will be here offering fresh produce, organic products, baked goods and more every Wednesday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. from July...

Cost: Free parking

Where:
Ski Ward Ski Area
1000 Main St.
Shrewsbury, MA  01545
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Sponsor: Shrewsbury Farmers Market
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Hitchcock's Nature Play Afterschool Program for children ages 6-9 is all about getting kids outside to run, jump, climb, splash, invent, imagine, play and be a free-range kid. Nature...

Cost: $305

Where:
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
525 South Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA  01002
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Sponsor: Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Telephone: 413-256-6006
Contact Name: Shelly Kahan
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WHO: Juanita Allen Kingsley, Director of Business Development for Century Health Systems, the parent company of the Natick Visiting Nurse Association and Distinguished Care Options A health...

Cost: $80/110

Where:
Weston Recreation
20 Alphabet Lane
Weston, MA  02493
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Learn the connection between disorganized minds and unhealthy habits, and the proven rules for staying focused and achieving a calm, positive and strategic mental state with Margaret Moore, Author...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Residences at Wingate
235 Gould Street
Needham, MA  02494
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Sponsor: The Residences at Wingate
Telephone: 781-455-9080
Contact Name: JamieLynn Salisbury
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Sowah Mensah is an ethnomusicologist, composer and a “Master Drummer” from Ghana, West Africa. Sowah has taught music in both Ghana and Nigeria and is currently a music...

Cost: Free

Where:
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
Rockport, MA  01966
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Sponsor: Rockport Music
Telephone: 978-546-7391
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In its inaugural season, the ArtLAB’s curated works will be driven by the theme “O Pioneers,” which celebrates the vision, perseverance, fortitude and creativity of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lawn on D
420 D Street
Boston, MA  02120
View map »

More information

Applewild School hosts a Take A Look Morning on the first Thursday of each month at 9:00 am. Parents of students in preschool and Kindergarten-Grade 8 are invited to tour campus and see students...

Cost: Free

Where:
Applewild School
120 Prospect St.
Fitchburg, MA  01420
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Sponsor: Applewild School
Telephone: 978-342-6053 x110
Contact Name: Jen Wing
Website »

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The Child Language Lab at Boston University is looking for healthy English-speaking children from ages 12 months to 5 years to participate in research on language and cognitive development. Our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boston University Child Language Lab
635 Commonwealth Ave.
Rm. 617
Boston, MA  02215
View map »


Telephone: 617-353-3379
Contact Name: BU Child Language Lab
Website »

More information

Grow, Play and Learn Together Play and meet new friends, read a book and have a snack! No registration necessary—Just drop in! This Free Parent/Caretaker & Child Playgroup, is open to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Ludlow Boys & Girls Club
91 Claudias Way
Ludlow, MA  01056
View map »


Sponsor: Pathways For Parents
Telephone: 413-583-3527
Contact Name: Cindy Milner
Website »

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Register your child for the 7 week Fall Story Time session!  East Longmeadow residents register October 1 (9:30 in person, 10am by phone); all towns may register starting October 2. Schedule...

Cost: Free

Where:
East Longmeadow Public Library
60 Center Square, Suite 2
East Longmeadow, MA  01028
View map »


Sponsor: Children's Room, ELPL
Telephone: 413-525-5400x1506
Contact Name: Children's Room
Website »

More information

Grow, Play & Learn Together  Play and meet new friends, read a book and have a snack! No registration necessary—Just drop in! This Free Parent/Caretaker & Child Playgroup,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southwick Town Hall Community Center
454 College Highway
Southwick, MA  01077
View map »


Sponsor: Pathways For Parents
Telephone: 413-569-6598
Contact Name: Renee Zborowski
Website »

More information

Salem's month-long, festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 250,000 people come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year. Events include a Grand Parade, the Haunted...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Downtown
Salem, MA  01970


Sponsor: City of Salem
Telephone: (978) 740-1650
Website »

More information

Fiberart International 2013 showcases works by established and emerging artists, with innovative art rooted in traditional fiber materials and processes, as well as the unexpected...

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 6-16, free for ages 5 and under

Where:
American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA  01854
View map »


Telephone: (978) 441-0400
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Join the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center for a special exhibition tracing the historic trail of chocolate around the world. Discover chocolate’s origins in ancient Mexico, find...

Cost: Adults $6, seniors $5, children $4.

Where:
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458
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Telephone: 603-924-4555
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Sea Squirts classes introduce your child to the wonders of the aquatic world while focusing on their developing motor and language skills and encouraging the development of early science skills...

Cost: $95 for each series of four

Where:
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
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Telephone: 617-226-2123
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Science Discovery Museum Join us for hands-on educational activities about nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Watch water defy gravity and make the invisible become visible. Explore...

Cost: 11.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
Contact Name: Ann
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  Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training is an American Academy of Pediatrics course that covers how to handle the basics of infant and childcare, how to react responsibly to medical...

Cost: $50/68

Where:
Brookline Public Library
361 Washington St.
Brookline, MA  02445
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This class is designed for pregnant women who are both new to yoga and for those who have a continuing practice. Students will learn poses and modifications for all stages of pregnancy, with a...

Cost: drop-in $18, 5-series $81, 10-series $153

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA  02116
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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Learn everything there is to know about chocolate, how to pair it with fine wine and sample 4 specially-created pairings created with wine from Zoll Cellars Winery in Shrewsbury and with Chocolate...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Chocolate Therapy
60 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA  01702
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Sponsor: Chocolate Therapy
Telephone: 508-875-1571
Contact Name: Pam Griffin
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In its inaugural season, the ArtLAB’s curated works will be driven by the theme “O Pioneers,” which celebrates the vision, perseverance, fortitude and creativity of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lawn on D
420 D Street
Boston, MA  02120
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The Child Language Lab at Boston University is looking for healthy English-speaking children from ages 12 months to 5 years to participate in research on language and cognitive development. Our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boston University Child Language Lab
635 Commonwealth Ave.
Rm. 617
Boston, MA  02215
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Telephone: 617-353-3379
Contact Name: BU Child Language Lab
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Nature Discovery Preschool Precious Plants with Colleen Kelley, Hitchcock Center Educator Ages 3-5 Fridays, 9:30am-11:30am Fridays, 1:00pm-3:00pm This award-winning parent and...

Cost: $205

Where:
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
525 South Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA  01002
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Sponsor: Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Telephone: 413-256-6006
Contact Name: Shelly Kahan
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Check out our new class being offered on Fridays from 10 to 10:45am; Brick Builder’s class! Build your child’s imagination while strengthening their science, technology, engineering,...

Cost: Free with admission to the museum.

Where:
9 Sullivan Avenue
North Easton, MA  02356


Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: (508) 230-3789
Contact Name: Paula Peterson
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Fiberart International 2013 showcases works by established and emerging artists, with innovative art rooted in traditional fiber materials and processes, as well as the unexpected...

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 6-16, free for ages 5 and under

Where:
American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA  01854
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Telephone: (978) 441-0400
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Salem's month-long, festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 250,000 people come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year. Events include a Grand Parade, the Haunted...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Downtown
Salem, MA  01970


Sponsor: City of Salem
Telephone: (978) 740-1650
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This popular nature-themed story and activity hour returns for the season. Meet at the Big Red Barn Visitor Center for nature stories followed by a short nature walk and follwed up with a craft...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park
River Bend Farm
287 Oak Street
Uxbridge, MA  01569
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Sponsor: River & Canal Heritage State Par
Telephone: 508-278-7604

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Join the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center for a special exhibition tracing the historic trail of chocolate around the world. Discover chocolate’s origins in ancient Mexico, find...

Cost: Adults $6, seniors $5, children $4.

Where:
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458
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Telephone: 603-924-4555
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we also offer The Big Picture class from 11 to 11:45 am. This class is designed to stress the importance of teamwork and build social skills. Each week, your child will work on a piece of a...

Cost: Free with Paid admission to the museum.

Where:
The Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue
North Easton , MA  02356
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Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: 508-203-3789
Contact Name: Paula Peterson
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Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training is an American Academy of Pediatrics course that covers how to handle the basics of infant and childcare, how to react responsibly to medical emergencies and...

Cost: $70

Where:
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Rd.
Newton Center, MA  02459
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Recorder class is an exciting opportunity for young students to be introduced to playing a woodwind instrument. Students learn about reading music, playing as a group, and have lots of fun doing...

Cost: $350

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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 Both Museums Open Join us with free admission and explore the museums at night on the first Friday of every month!  We will gratefully accept food donations for Open Table of Concord...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
Contact Name: Ann
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Start the weekend with a relaxing canoe trip. Watch the morning mist rising off the water as fall colors reflect off the river. Listen to bird songs and watch for turtles and great blue herons as...

Cost: Adults $45 Members, $55 Non-Members

Where:
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St.
Natick, MA  01760
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Sponsor: Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Telephone: 508-655-2296
Contact Name: Broadmoor Education Coordinator
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In its inaugural season, the ArtLAB’s curated works will be driven by the theme “O Pioneers,” which celebrates the vision, perseverance, fortitude and creativity of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lawn on D
420 D Street
Boston, MA  02120
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Saturdays at 9:00-9:50am September 20, 2014 – January 24, 2015 Ages 5-7 Director: Rachael Chagat This ensemble will be an un-auditioned group consisting of children aged 5...

Cost: $300

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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The Child Language Lab at Boston University is looking for healthy English-speaking children from ages 12 months to 5 years to participate in research on language and cognitive development. Our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Boston University Child Language Lab
635 Commonwealth Ave.
Rm. 617
Boston, MA  02215
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Telephone: 617-353-3379
Contact Name: BU Child Language Lab
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Old Sturbridge Village presents a weekend full of apple-related activities, including apple picking 1830s-style, orchard tours, and cider-making at the ox-powered cider mill. Visitors can try...

Cost: Adults: $24.00, Seniors: $22.00, Youths (3-17): $8.00, Infant (2 & under): free

Where:
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA  01566
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Telephone: 800-733-1830
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Enjoy a festive celebration that features Heifer’s Global Village where you can tour international homesteads, taste food from other countries, and meet the farm animals. Other hands-on...

Cost: $10/per vehicle

Where:
Heifer Farm
216 Wachusett St
Rutland, MA  01543
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Sponsor: Heifer International
Telephone: (508) 886-2221
Contact Name: Chris Wychorski
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Define your dreams & goals, gain clarity and create a powerful visual aid to assist you in manifesting the change you desire. Workshops do not require any artistic ability. They only...

Cost: $30

Where:
Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse
Eastworks
116 Pleasant Street, Suite 126
Easthampton, MA  01027
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Sponsor: Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse
Telephone: 413-529-0126
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Family Fun Day is a free event offered to the public twice a year. A free will donation of $1 per person keeps this event going. The overall event focuses on health & fitness, safety,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nashua South High School
36 Riverside Street
2 Riverside Street
Nashua, NH  03063
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Sponsor: Lil' Iguana's Children"s Safety Foundation
Telephone: 603 881 9805
Contact Name: Laurie Tomaszewski
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Kids invent their own ways to play as they stack and build with huge blue foam blocks, wheels, spools, tubes and a variety of loose parts.  Construct castles and forts, invent interesting...

Cost: Program included with admission; free for Museum members.

Where:
Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street
Providence, RI  02903
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Telephone: (401) 273-5437
Contact Name: Megan Fischer
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Come to the 145th annual Harvest Fair, Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10am-3pm at the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton.  The church is located at 353 Great Rd on the Common in Stow (at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
First Parish Church of Stow and Acton
353 Great Road
Stow, MA  01775
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Sponsor: First Parish Church of Stow and Acton
Telephone: 978-897-8149
Contact Name: Rebecca Stadolnik
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Fiberart International 2013 showcases works by established and emerging artists, with innovative art rooted in traditional fiber materials and processes, as well as the unexpected...

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 6-16, free for ages 5 and under

Where:
American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA  01854
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Telephone: (978) 441-0400
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Saturdays at 10 to 11:50 a.m. September 20, 2014 – January 24, 2015 Ages 8-13 Director: Rachael Chagat This ensemble is open by audition only and is intended as the next...

Cost: $400

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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Salem's month-long, festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 250,000 people come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year. Events include a Grand Parade, the Haunted...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Downtown
Salem, MA  01970


Sponsor: City of Salem
Telephone: (978) 740-1650
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This class is designed for pregnant women who are both new to yoga and for those who have a continuing practice. Students will learn poses and modifications for all stages of pregnancy, with a...

Cost: drop-in $18, 5-series $81, 10-series $153

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th floor
Boston, MA  02116
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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Explore the museum galleries with your family on a docent-guided discovery tour. Hear fun facts, stories and enjoy sharing observations and time together. Tours last approximately 30...

Cost: $14 adults, $12 seniors/college students, free 17 and under

Where:
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA  01609
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Join the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center for a special exhibition tracing the historic trail of chocolate around the world. Discover chocolate’s origins in ancient Mexico, find...

Cost: Adults $6, seniors $5, children $4.

Where:
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458
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Telephone: 603-924-4555
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Bessie’s Tent Add a drop of this to a dash of that, mix in a little color, and stand back! See how chemical reactions can transform everyday kitchen chemicals into mixtures that bubble,...

Cost: 11.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
Contact Name: Ann
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Drop-in for this intergenerational time in the galleries. Materials will be provided. 

Cost: Museum admission applies.

Where:
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worceser, MA
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Telephone: 508-799-4406
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Our classes introduce a solid foundation of keyboard and music skills, including note-reading, ear-training, and ensemble playing while having lots of fun! Children learn in a small group...

Cost: $350

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02143
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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Birth is the process that accompanies the transition from pregnancy into motherhood. In this class you will learn techniques to help smooth that transition and help you to achieve your ideal...

Cost: $250 2-day class

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th floor
Boston, MA  02116
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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Saturdays, 2 to 3:50 p.m. September 20, 2014 – January 24, 2015 Ages 13-18 Director: Murray Kidd This ensemble is open by audition only. It is intended as the culmination...

Cost: $400

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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Soy Candle Making Demos & Giveaways! Watch free soy candle pouring demonstrations & enter to win the candles we pour that day!  Curious how candles are made? Wonder why soy wax...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westborough Wicks at Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street
Natick, MA  01760
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Sponsor: Westborough Wicks
Telephone: 508-647-3700
Contact Name: Sandy Dekoschak
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