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Daytrip to Providence: 5 Must Sees

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Free Sunscreen Dispensers in Boston Public Parks

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4 Ways to Light Up Your 4th of July (Family Style)

Make a day, night or week out of our nation's birthday!

Heather has Two Mommies Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage a right nationwide, 25 years after this radical book was first published. How far have we really come?

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Summer of Fun Guide

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Things To Do

June 2015

Help us celebrate our big, green dinosaur’s birthday with a weekend full of fun activities including a dinosaur dig, dinosaur egg hunt, festive noisemakers, and more. You can even help give...

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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Meet the internationally loved original Treehouse Family. The Berenstain Bear Family will be out on our Event Field for some great photo opportunities. These special days includes unlimited use of...

Cost: General Admission $23.00, Children Under 2 are Free

Where:
Edaville USA
5 Pine Street
Carver, MA  02330
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Telephone: 508-866-8190
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Dig, scoop, build and mess around with mud and natural materials and mold marvelous mud pies in celebration of International Mud Day.

Cost: Free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; always free for Museum members.

Where:
Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street
Providence, RI  02903
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Telephone: 401-273-5437
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Discover the amazing number of dragonflies and butterflies that make Broadmoor home! Just what is a damselfly? How do dragonflies survive the winter? Learn how to attract these beautiful animals to...

Cost: Adult $11 Members/ $13 Non-Members, Child $6m/ $8nm

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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Dwight Yoakam will return to Indian Ranch on Sunday, June 28th at 2PM.  Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam.  He has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide,...

Cost: $26.00-$59.50

Where:
Indian Ranch
200 Gore Road
Webster, MA  01570
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Telephone: 508-943-3871
Contact Name: Alix McManus
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Damselfly or dragonfly, butterfly or moth? How do you tell the difference? Summer is a great time for a wide variety of  butterflies and dragonflies. Why is Broadmoor such a dragonfly hotspot?...

Cost: Adults: $12 Members; $15 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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Boston based artist Alastair Moock celebrates the release of "All Kinds of You and Me," a collection of songs inspired by Marlo Thomas' landmark "Free To Be You and Me."Moock is a 2014 Grammy...

Cost: $10 advance, $12 door

Where:
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA  02143
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Sponsor: Moock Music
Contact Name: Alastair Moock
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Gather on the lawn for our annual sunset Summer Concert Series and help us celebrate the 30th year of music on Fruitlands’ outdoor stage!   This year we welcome back the Concord Band, a...

Cost: $10/car Museum Members, $15 Nonmembers

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
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Merrily We Roll Along begins in the present and moves backwards traces the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal...

Cost: $10-$18

Where:
1870 Town Hall
12 Woodward Ave
Berlin, MA  01503
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Sponsor: Flyleaf Theater Company
Telephone: (508) 443-4FLY
Contact Name: J. Parker Eldridge
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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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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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Join Acelleron Maternal Health and Wellness for a Beyond Kegels workshop to support and reclaim your postpartum body!   After giving birth to your baby, nothing is like it was before and your...

Cost: $35

Where:
Acelleron Maternal Health and Wellness
16 High St.
North Andover, MA  01845
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Gather on the lawn for our annual sunset Summer Concert Series and help us celebrate the 30th year of music on Fruitlands’ outdoor stage!   This year we welcome back the Concord Band, a...

Cost: $10/car Museum Members, $15 Nonmembers

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
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Work out your gross/fine motor skills, mental dexterity and creativity with sensory art inspired by movement activities! Each class begins with thematic movement games and music accompanied...

Cost: $120

Where:
H2K Children Fitness
284 Broadway
Arlington, MA  02747
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Outdoors Join us for an exploration of Great Hill Conservation and Recreation Land! We will be collecting leaves and dirt to turn into paints, sticks and rocks to turn into sculptures, and pine...

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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Let nature inspire you! Explore the use of lines, colors and textures and more. Bring your own painting wish list! As warmer weather approaches we will begin to explore the outdoor world as weather...

Cost: Adults: $36 Members; $44 Non-Members

Where:
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St.
Natick, MA  01760
View map »


Sponsor: Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Telephone: 508-655-2296
Contact Name: Broadmoor Education Coordinator
Website »

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This summer-long special exhibit that thrilled tens of thousands is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo for its second and final year! Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom provides an immersive...

Cost: In addition to Zoo admission, $3 per person.

Where:
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI  02907
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Sponsor: Roger Williams Park Zoo
Contact Name: Roger Williams
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Looking to get out of the house and socialize with other parents with new babies in a comfortable and nurturing environment?  This is the perfect place to share experiences, give support, find...

Cost: $7

Where:
Acelleron Maternal Health and Wellness
16 High St.
North Andover, MA  01845
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Gather on the lawn for our annual sunset Summer Concert Series and help us celebrate the 30th year of music on Fruitlands’ outdoor stage!   This year we welcome back the Concord Band, a...

Cost: $10/car Museum Members, $15 Nonmembers

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
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Join Liberty Tree Mall on April 1 for Story Time with Everybody Reads Barefoot Books beginning at 9:00 a.m. for a morning of fun and educational activities! This is a part of a FREE monthly...

Cost: Free

Where:
Liberty Tree Mall (Center Court)
100 Independence Way
Danvers, MA  01923
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Sponsor: Liberty Tree Mall

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Join us for the Preschool Story Time at Gore Place and learn about creepy crawly insects!  Through stories and activities, we will learn about different insects and how they live.  Afterward, we...

Cost: $10 per child. Free for Members.

Where:
Gore Place
52 Gore St.
Waltham, MA  02453
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Sponsor: Gore Place
Telephone: 781-894-2798
Contact Name: Thom Roach
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Wednesdays, July 1 - August 26  •  10:00 AM - Noon Kids climb aboard a fire truck, ambulance, forklift, giant digger and more and meet the drivers who operate them.  Explore a different...

Cost: Free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; always free for Museum members.

Where:
Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street
Providence, RI  02903
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Telephone: 401-273-5437
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Whales compose, bullfrogs chorus, songbirds greet the dawn, and people everywhere sing and dance. What do we all have in common? Find out at the EcoTarium’s exciting hands-on exhibit, Wild...

Cost: Free with EcoTarium admission

Where:
EcoTarium
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA  01604
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Telephone: 508-929-2700
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Bessie’s Tent Water is a great way to cool down in the summer. Experience the fun of playing with water as we watch it weave its way down watery tubes and tunnels. © 2015 WGBH Educational...

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 »

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One Day Only!  Swing by for some great bargains to set up the summer in grand style.  Stock up for rainy days and when it's time to seek a shady spot for a good read.  There will also be two...

Cost: Super Cheap

Where:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
S. Hamilton, MA  01982
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Sponsor: Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library
Telephone: 978-468-5577
Contact Name: Lorraine Der
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A FREE drop-in support group led by Meg O’Neill, CLC.  If you are expecting, nursing, pumping, feeding your baby donor milk, supplementing, doing a mix of everything (we invite all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Acelleron Maternal Health and Wellness
16 High St.
North Andover, MA  01845
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Gather on the lawn for our annual sunset Summer Concert Series and help us celebrate the 30th year of music on Fruitlands’ outdoor stage!   This year we welcome back the Concord Band, a...

Cost: $10/car Museum Members, $15 Nonmembers

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
View map »

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Gather on the lawn for our annual sunset Summer Concert Series and help us celebrate the 30th year of music on Fruitlands’ outdoor stage!   This year we welcome back the Concord Band, a...

Cost: $10/car Museum Members, $15 Nonmembers

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
View map »

More information

Gather on the lawn for our annual sunset Summer Concert Series and help us celebrate the 30th year of music on Fruitlands’ outdoor stage!   This year we welcome back the Concord...

Cost: $10/car Museum Members, $15 Nonmembers

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
View map »


Sponsor: Fruitlands Museum
Telephone: 978-456-3924
Contact Name: Mary Delaney
Website »

More information

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This summer-long special exhibit that thrilled tens of thousands is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo for its second and final year! Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom provides an immersive...

Cost: In addition to Zoo admission, $3 per person.

Where:
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI  02907
View map »


Sponsor: Roger Williams Park Zoo
Contact Name: Roger Williams
Website »

More information

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Bessie’s Tent On July 3, 1886, Karl Benz got behind the wheel of what many consider to be the first automobile, in Mannheim, Germany. While Benz’s auto was driven by...

Cost: $11.50

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

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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 local food pantries. Sponsored...

Cost: 0

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

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Join us on the Fruitlands hillside for the Town of Harvard annual fireworks display. The fun starts at 5pm when the museum grounds open for al fresco picnicking. Bring a basket of goodies or buy...

Cost: $20 per vehicle

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
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Telephone: 978-456-3924
Contact Name: Mary Delaney
Website »

More information

Gather on the lawn for our annual sunset Summer Concert Series and help us celebrate the 30th year of music on Fruitlands’ outdoor stage!   This year we welcome back the Concord Band, a...

Cost: $10/car Museum Members, $15 Nonmembers

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
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Zumba with Laura F. is starting a summer Zumbini six-week program on Saturday, June 20 (9 -9:45 AM) at 738 Main Street (Acrobatic Rock-n-Roll Academy) in Waltham. The Zumbini™...

Cost: $22/class - $90/6 weeks

Where:
Acrobatic Rock-n-Roll Academy
738 Main Street
Waltham , MA  02452
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Sponsor: Zumba with Laura F
Telephone: 617-512-3735
Contact Name: Laura Fritz
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Make a full weekend out of July 4th  and visit Edaville USA, where Traditional American Fun can always be had. All of our amusement park rides will be running and there are sure to be some...

Cost: General Admission $23.00, Children under 2 are Free, (Military $0 & Family $10)

Where:
Edaville USA
5 Pine Street
Carver, MA  02330
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Telephone: 508-866-8190
Website »

More information

Gather on the lawn for our annual sunset Summer Concert Series and help us celebrate the 30th year of music on Fruitlands’ outdoor stage!   This year we welcome back the Concord Band, a...

Cost: $10/car Museum Members, $15 Nonmembers

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
View map »

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Researchers analyzed work-life balance, health conditions, financial well-being and child-rearing environments for working dads in the 50 U.S. states
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Archive »Contests & Giveaways

Win Motorola's Talkabout Walkie Talkies

Stay in touch whether you’re tackling a back country trail, or trying to brave a crowded shopping mall

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Win a Lottie Doll

Lottie Dolls are purposefully designed to look and dress like a regular child - no make-up, jewelry, or high heels.
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Archive »Education

DIY: Fast, Fun & Functional Teacher Gifts

End of the school year gift ideas

Supercharge your child's Creativity, Critical Thinking With STEAM

STEAM - a fun, easy-to-do integration of Art into the disciplines of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
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Archive »Health & Fitness

4 Top Tips For Road Trip Snacking

Skip the "I'm starving!" moans from the back seat and create a healthy, filling snack for your next road trip

Get Fresh Produce On the Road

This summer MassDot's Farmer's Market program makes it easy for your to find local, fresh food while you're on the road

Summertime Vegetables and Fruit: Keep them Safe

Incorporate more color into your picnics while avoiding foodborne illnesses

What fruits and veggies are best to buy organic?

Environmental Working Group releases Clean 15 (produce with least amount of chemical residue) and warns to stay clear of The Dirty Dozen
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Archive »Parenting

5 Tips for Co-Parenting During the Summer

Summer can be the most fun time of year for a child, make sure to have a plan with your co-parent

Take 8 with Former Patriots Offensive Tackle Matt Light

Father of four devotes himself to family & to helping youth via the 14-year-old Light Foundation. WIN a chance to hang with him!

Got Diapers? Local Organization Wants Your Unused, Leftover Diapers

According to babycenter.com, a year supply of diapers will cost nearly $900. Diaper Circle aims to help families in need
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Archive »Adoption

2 Dads, 7 Kids & a Great Big World

One family in Central Massachusetts with seven adopted children keep ties to cultural beginnings alive one meal at a time

A Place For Their Belongings

Grad students help foster care children feel cared for one bag at a time
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Archive »Summer of Fun

Daytrip to Providence: 5 Must Sees

Exciting festivals and thriving neighborhoods — like its famous Federal Hill — rival Boston’s best entertainment

4 Ways to Light Up Your 4th of July (Family Style)

Make a day, night or week out of our nation's birthday!

Hot Stuff for a Summer of Fun

Our faves for road-tripping and beach-going that will make your summer sensational!

9 Ways to Spend a Rainy Father's Day

Rain may be in the forecast but you can still have a fun Father's Day. Here's our best ideas!

Flicks and DVDs coming out June 2015

Inside Out and other movies coming to theaters this month!
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Prepping for a hospital visit

Whether you feel ready or not, sometimes a hospital visit is necessary, and there are things you can do to help make it easier.

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Archive »Camp

Girl Scout Camp Green Eyrie Turns 90

Named in honor of its location high in the woods, the Harvard, Mass.-based camp was built 5 years after women earned the right to vote

Inside Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School

Earthwork’s Wilderness Survival Training School in Conway offers participants so much more than lessons in survival. They want you to know you can thrive best when you are in community with the natural world.
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Archive »Women

Heather has Two Mommies Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage a right nationwide, 25 years after this radical book was first published. How far have we really come?

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Northampton Mom Fights Toy Aisle Stereotypes

Creates Wonder Crew - a line of soft-bodied dolls geared towards preschool-aged boys to encourage friendship and connection
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