Editor's Picks

Make Way for Ducklings Store Opens in Boston

For more than 70 years, Make Way for Ducklings has been a magical part of children’s experiences in Boston, and now a business is hoping to find success with the brand.

Autumn Equinox Party Takes Place in Boston

The free family celebration of the autumnal equinox will take place along the Charles River in Cambridge.

Museum of Science Introduces 4-D Theater

The Museum of Science opened the new 4-D theatre last month and has been offering several showings a day that appeal to all ages.

For Western Mass, Scouting at a Younger Age

Hoping to introduce boys to scouting at an even younger age, the Boy Scouts of America has begun rolling out a new program aimed at kindergarten-aged boys.

Things To Do

August 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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If you are often On The Go and wish to start incorporating easy ways to slow yourself down within your daily routine, then this workshop is for you! It has been said, tension is who we think we...

Cost: $45

Where:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA  01505
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Telephone: 508-869-6111
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A rare chance to see vintage motor yachts and sailboats, board vessels, meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boat! A crafts market, artists, old-time band music, children’s...

Cost: $5.00 Donation

Where:
Brewer Hawthorne Cover Marina
10 White Street
Salem, MA  01970
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Telephone: 617-666-8530
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Vegetables aren't just good for you, they're also great to draw and paint! What's your fancy: a tomato, an onion, an artichoke, a cabbage leaf? The choice will be yours in this...

Cost: $130

Where:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA  01505
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Telephone: 508-869-6111
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
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Telephone: (978) 441-0400
Website »

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Take a unique approach to exploring objects from the museum’s collection. Look carefully and draw what you see, but instead of sketching the object, we will be drawing its shadow. Play...

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
Website »

More information

Join Rebecca at Tower Hill for a monthly meditation workshop.  Learn meditation techniques that will help you to calm and settle your mind and body, helping you to open up to your...

Cost: $17

Where:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA  01505
View map »


Telephone: 508-869-6111
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 »

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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
Website »

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It is the height of the New England caterpillar season and Tower Hill Botanic Garden has many great habitats and plants to search for these little known and often bizarre creatures. Join...

Cost: $40

Where:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA  01505-0598
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Sponsor: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Telephone: 508-869-6111
Website »

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Your girl can put her best—and most fashionable—foot forward. This free event will let her create a tropical anklet for herself using colorful paper flowers. She can also craft an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Natick Mall,
1245 Worcester St
Natick, MA  01760
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An absurdly funny and touching multi-media concert of live songs, stories and animation, performed by award-winning illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor.

Cost: $12

Where:
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Join us every Thursday night during the summer for a fun filled time. Watch "Dance Night on the River," a free show for kids put on by over 30 local gymnastic, martial arts, and dance...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sampas Pavilion
163 Pawtucket Blvd
Lowell, MA  01854
View map »


Telephone: 978-459-0802
Contact Name: Bob Howard
Website »

More information

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Show Less...

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

Children ages 3-5 can enjoy a week of soccer and outdoor fun from August 25-29 at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Led by staff from Super Soccer...

Cost: $260

Where:
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA  02459
View map »


Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-558-6456
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
Website »

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Cost: $15

Where:
Tilt Studio-Solomon Pond Mall
601 Donald Lynch Boulevard
Marlborough, MA  01752
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Telephone: 508-281-9840
Website »

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Auditions for The 4th Annual "Holiday Spectacular" at The Hanover Theatre.  Produced by Diane Kelley Auditions for vocalists and dancers for this upbeat Holiday show will be...

Cost: $15

Where:
Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St
Worcester, MA  01608
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Sponsor: Diane Kelley
Telephone: 508-835-2678
Contact Name: Michelle Hutchins
Website »

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Swing by and join this music & movement storytime class with a summer spin. For parents and children up to age 5, free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
So. Hamilton, MA  01982
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Sponsor: Early Childhood Partners
Telephone: 978-468-5489
Contact Name: Lisa Cheney
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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
Website »

More information

Join Rebecca at Tower Hill for a monthly meditation workshop.  Learn meditation techniques that will help you to calm and settle your mind and body, helping you to open up to your...

Cost: $17

Where:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA  01505
View map »


Telephone: 508-869-6111
Website »

More information

Looking for something to do with your family before school starts? Musante Beach located in Leeds, MA is open through Labor Day.  Musante beach fully complies with Massachusetts State...

Cost: $2, $3, $5

Where:
Musante Beach
85 Reservoir Road
Leeds, MA
View map »


Sponsor: Northampton Recreation Dept.
Telephone: 413-587-1040
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

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
View map »


Telephone: 617-447-2222
Website »

More information

Join us every Thursday night during the summer for a fun filled time. Watch "Dance Night on the River," a free show for kids put on by over 30 local gymnastic, martial arts, and dance...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sampas Pavilion
163 Pawtucket Blvd
Lowell, MA  01854
View map »


Telephone: 978-459-0802
Contact Name: Bob Howard
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Children ages 3-5 can enjoy a week of soccer and outdoor fun from August 25-29 at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Led by staff from Super Soccer...

Cost: $260

Where:
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA  02459
View map »


Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-558-6456
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
Website »

More information

Auditions for The 4th Annual "Holiday Spectacular" at The Hanover Theatre.  Produced by Diane Kelley Auditions for vocalists and dancers for this upbeat Holiday show will be...

Cost: $15

Where:
Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St
Worcester, MA  01608
View map »


Sponsor: Diane Kelley
Telephone: 508-835-2678
Contact Name: Michelle Hutchins
Website »

More information

Join us in our front yard as we design rockets, investigate the creatures that live in the channel, explore our shadows and lots more. Museum hours are Monday-Thursday 9-5 Fridays 9-9 pm and...

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

Where:
Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston, MA  02210
View map »


Telephone: 617-426-6500
Contact Name: Jo-Anne Baxter
Website »

More information

Looking for something to do with your family before school starts? Musante Beach located in Leeds, MA is open through Labor Day.  Musante beach fully complies with Massachusetts State...

Cost: $2, $3, $5

Where:
Musante Beach
85 Reservoir Road
Leeds, MA
View map »


Sponsor: Northampton Recreation Dept.
Telephone: 413-587-1040
Website »

More information

Join Rebecca at Tower Hill for a monthly meditation workshop.  Learn meditation techniques that will help you to calm and settle your mind and body, helping you to open up to your...

Cost: $17

Where:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA  01505
View map »


Telephone: 508-869-6111
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

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
View map »


Telephone: 617-426-6500
Contact Name: Jo-Anne Baxter
Website »

More information

Join us every Thursday night during the summer for a fun filled time. Watch "Dance Night on the River," a free show for kids put on by over 30 local gymnastic, martial arts, and dance...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sampas Pavilion
163 Pawtucket Blvd
Lowell, MA  01854
View map »


Telephone: 978-459-0802
Contact Name: Bob Howard
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Children ages 3-5 can enjoy a week of soccer and outdoor fun from August 25-29 at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Led by staff from Super Soccer...

Cost: $260

Where:
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA  02459
View map »


Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-558-6456
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
Website »

More information

Imagine seeing Jaws with Gloucester Harbor as a backdrop. Free outdoor film series where families can sit on lawn chairs or lie on blankets for a night of fun watching timeless Hollywood...

Cost: Free

Where:
Outdoor Lot
64 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA  01930
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Sponsor: Gloucester HarborWalk
Contact Name: Gloucester Harbor Walk
Website »

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 Bessie’s Tent Paintbrushes are specifically designed to help create different types of lines and shapes. Using a variety of different materials, let’s see what types of...

Cost: 11.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
Contact Name: Ann
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
Website »

More information

Auditions for The 4th Annual "Holiday Spectacular" at The Hanover Theatre.  Produced by Diane Kelley Auditions for vocalists and dancers for this upbeat Holiday show will be...

Cost: $15

Where:
Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St
Worcester, MA  01608
View map »


Sponsor: Diane Kelley
Telephone: 508-835-2678
Contact Name: Michelle Hutchins
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 617-447-2222
Website »

More information

Looking for something to do with your family before school starts? Musante Beach located in Leeds, MA is open through Labor Day.  Musante beach fully complies with Massachusetts State...

Cost: $2, $3, $5

Where:
Musante Beach
85 Reservoir Road
Leeds, MA
View map »


Sponsor: Northampton Recreation Dept.
Telephone: 413-587-1040
Website »

More information

Join Rebecca at Tower Hill for a monthly meditation workshop.  Learn meditation techniques that will help you to calm and settle your mind and body, helping you to open up to your...

Cost: $17

Where:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA  01505
View map »


Telephone: 508-869-6111
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 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
View map »


Telephone: 617-447-2222
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 617-447-2222
Website »

More information

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
Website »

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Join Cape Cod Mall on Wednesdays in August for Style, Sip & Strings that includes complimentary sampling, music, treats from participating retailers and more. Weekly events will feature:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cape Cod Mall
769 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, MA
View map »

More information

Join us every Thursday night during the summer for a fun filled time. Watch "Dance Night on the River," a free show for kids put on by over 30 local gymnastic, martial arts, and dance...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sampas Pavilion
163 Pawtucket Blvd
Lowell, MA  01854
View map »


Telephone: 978-459-0802
Contact Name: Bob Howard
Website »

More information

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8 to 10 p.m. Spend an evening observing moths with naturalists Dave Small and Sue Cloutier. Bring a camera and flashlight. For all ages. Childen must be...

Cost: Museum admission fees apply

Where:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA  01505-0598
View map »


Sponsor: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Telephone: 508-869-6111
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cutie Patutie's Consignment shop offers AaahhhDay for Moms. Many local service providers are helping with features like chair massages, spa treatments, acupuncture sessions, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cutie Patuties Children's Consignment Store
Johnny Appleseed Shopping Plaza
1021 Central Street
Leominster, MA  01453
View map »


Sponsor: Cutie Patuties Children's Consignment Store
Telephone: 978-534-6604
Contact Name: Jean
Website »

More information

Children ages 3-5 can enjoy a week of soccer and outdoor fun from August 25-29 at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Led by staff from Super Soccer...

Cost: $260

Where:
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA  02459
View map »


Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-558-6456
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
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
Website »

More information

Auditions for The 4th Annual "Holiday Spectacular" at The Hanover Theatre.  Produced by Diane Kelley Auditions for vocalists and dancers for this upbeat Holiday show will be...

Cost: $15

Where:
Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St
Worcester, MA  01608
View map »


Sponsor: Diane Kelley
Telephone: 508-835-2678
Contact Name: Michelle Hutchins
Website »

More information

Looking for something to do with your family before school starts? Musante Beach located in Leeds, MA is open through Labor Day.  Musante beach fully complies with Massachusetts State...

Cost: $2, $3, $5

Where:
Musante Beach
85 Reservoir Road
Leeds, MA
View map »


Sponsor: Northampton Recreation Dept.
Telephone: 413-587-1040
Website »

More information

Come on down to the Children’s Museum in Easton on Thursday, August 28 from 10am – 3pm for some Circus fun! Learn the ins and outs of being a clown from an actual Clown College...

Cost: $9 per person; children under 1 are free.

Where:
The Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: (508)-230-3789
Contact Name: Steven Hill
Website »

More information

Join Rebecca at Tower Hill for a monthly meditation workshop.  Learn meditation techniques that will help you to calm and settle your mind and body, helping you to open up to your...

Cost: $17

Where:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA  01505
View map »


Telephone: 508-869-6111
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

How do bodies run, jump, fly, stretch, and move? Explore the science behind real animal superheroes in these weekly interactive programs, that accompany the summer exhibit Run! Jump! Fly!...

Cost: Museum admission fees apply

Where:
EcoTarium
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA  01604
View map »


Telephone: 508-929-2700
Website »

More information

Join us every Thursday night during the summer for a fun filled time. Watch "Dance Night on the River," a free show for kids put on by over 30 local gymnastic, martial arts, and dance...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sampas Pavilion
163 Pawtucket Blvd
Lowell, MA  01854
View map »


Telephone: 978-459-0802
Contact Name: Bob Howard
Website »

More information

The night starts out with a lecture/demonstration at the Gallery of African Art at 6 p.m. and the music starts just a block away at Coffeelands Cafe at 7 p.m. Tonight we’ll...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of African Art
62 High Street
Clinton, MA  01510
View map »


Sponsor: Crocodile River Music, Gallery of African Art and Coffeelands Café
Telephone: 978-265-4345
Contact Name: Zach Combs
Website »

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Join us for a night of live musical entertainment the whole family can enjoy, as the Forté Music Program hosts its first youth band concert.  The concert will feature area...

Cost: Free

Where:
Athol Town Hall
584 Main Street
Athol, MA  01331
View map »


Sponsor: Forté Music Program
Contact Name: James Mercier
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 617-447-2222
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Free admission to:          Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford) Ecotarium (Worcester) Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster) Norman Rockwell Museum...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Massachusetts
, MA


Sponsor: Highland Street Foundation
Website »

More information

Children ages 3-5 can enjoy a week of soccer and outdoor fun from August 25-29 at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Led by staff from Super Soccer...

Cost: $260

Where:
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA  02459
View map »


Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-558-6456
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
Website »

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

Auditions for The 4th Annual "Holiday Spectacular" at The Hanover Theatre.  Produced by Diane Kelley Auditions for vocalists and dancers for this upbeat Holiday show will be...

Cost: $15

Where:
Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St
Worcester, MA  01608
View map »


Sponsor: Diane Kelley
Telephone: 508-835-2678
Contact Name: Michelle Hutchins
Website »

More information

As the summer comes to an end, enjoy bubbles and juggling at the Children’s Museum in Easton. Friday August 29 is the final Summer Drop-in Day, and the museum will be visited by the Bubble...

Cost: Admission is $9.00 per person, children under 1 are free

Where:
The Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue
Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: (508)-230-3789
Contact Name: Steven Hill
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
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: River & Canal Heritage State Par
Telephone: 508-278-7604

More information

Join Rebecca at Tower Hill for a monthly meditation workshop.  Learn meditation techniques that will help you to calm and settle your mind and body, helping you to open up to your...

Cost: $17

Where:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA  01505
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Telephone: 508-869-6111
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Looking for something to do with your family before school starts? Musante Beach located in Leeds, MA is open through Labor Day.  Musante beach fully complies with Massachusetts State...

Cost: $2, $3, $5

Where:
Musante Beach
85 Reservoir Road
Leeds, MA
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Sponsor: Northampton Recreation Dept.
Telephone: 413-587-1040
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It’s going to be National Dog Day, so we want to honor our canine companions with some of our favorite dog books. Afterwards, we have a grrr-reat craft: we’ll make paper dog puppets...

Cost: Free

Where:
The World's Only Curious George Store
1 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Sponsor: The World's Only Curious George Store
Telephone: 617-547-4504
Contact Name: Shoshana
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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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Fun Fridays will take over Fridays at Cape Cod Mall in August with indoor family fun. Each Friday will include a bounce house and different themed activity. All events are free. Themes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cape Cod Mall
769 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, MA
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 Both Museums Open Join us with free admission and explore the museums at night every Friday throughout the summer!  We will gratefully accept food donations for Open Table of...

Cost: Free

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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Join us every Thursday night during the summer for a fun filled time. Watch "Dance Night on the River," a free show for kids put on by over 30 local gymnastic, martial arts, and dance...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sampas Pavilion
163 Pawtucket Blvd
Lowell, MA  01854
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Telephone: 978-459-0802
Contact Name: Bob Howard
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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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Thomas the Tank Engine comes to Edaville USA! Enjoy a ride on Thomas, time with Sir Topham Hat, and others. 

Cost: $20

Where:
Edaville USA
5 Pine st
Carver, MA  02330
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Telephone: 508-866-8190

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Getting kids outdoors can not only be fun, it's also good for their health. Research has shown that children who spend more time outside are not only healthier overall, but also tend to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parks and Conservation Land
Appalachian Mountain Club
MetroWest Boston, MA  01701
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Sponsor: Appalachian Mountain Club
Contact Name: Outdoors Rx
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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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Come celebrate Labor Day Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village on August 30 to September 1. Play old-fashioned games ranging from baseball to French & English (tug-of-war). Make a craft, meet...

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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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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Auditions for The 4th Annual "Holiday Spectacular" at The Hanover Theatre.  Produced by Diane Kelley Auditions for vocalists and dancers for this upbeat Holiday show will be...

Cost: $15

Where:
Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St
Worcester, MA  01608
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Sponsor: Diane Kelley
Telephone: 508-835-2678
Contact Name: Michelle Hutchins
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Join Rebecca at Tower Hill for a monthly meditation workshop.  Learn meditation techniques that will help you to calm and settle your mind and body, helping you to open up to your...

Cost: $17

Where:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA  01505
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Telephone: 508-869-6111
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Looking for something to do with your family before school starts? Musante Beach located in Leeds, MA is open through Labor Day.  Musante beach fully complies with Massachusetts State...

Cost: $2, $3, $5

Where:
Musante Beach
85 Reservoir Road
Leeds, MA
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Sponsor: Northampton Recreation Dept.
Telephone: 413-587-1040
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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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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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Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an...

Cost: $12

Where:
Puppet Showplace Theatre
32 Station St.
Brookline, MA  02445
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Telephone: 617-731-6400
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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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The Science Discovery Museum We’re putting a fresh spin on art! We’ll twist our tools; twirl our paper…maybe even give the artist a whirl. Whatever technique you choose,...

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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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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Join us every Thursday night during the summer for a fun filled time. Watch "Dance Night on the River," a free show for kids put on by over 30 local gymnastic, martial arts, and dance...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sampas Pavilion
163 Pawtucket Blvd
Lowell, MA  01854
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Telephone: 978-459-0802
Contact Name: Bob Howard
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