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How Technology Has Impacted Adoption

The double-edged sword of technology helps but introduces new challenges to adoption

Ripe Bites: May Food News & Products

New dishwashing products, reusable lunch bags and boxes, candy and plastic updates and earth-friendly tips

How The Fonz Is Helping Readers With Learning Differences

'Happy Days' star publishes 25th children's book

The Perfect Books For Summer Camp Fun

Playwright Stacy Davidowitz releases her first two novels, Camp Rolling Hills and its sequel, Camp Rolling Hills: Crossing Over

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Things To Do

May 2016

Fast & Furriest 5K – Run. Walk. Wag. Sunday, May 22nd at 8am at DCR Baxter Park at Assembly Row – Somerville, MA   Join us for the exciting debut of a new...

Cost: Free

Where:
DCR Baxter Park
Assembly Row
Somerville, MA
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Sponsor: MSPCA
Telephone: (978) 687-7453 x6101
Contact Name: Julia Pesek
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Juicy burgers, spicy arepas, dripping wings and so much more – are you getting hungry yet? Good, because the 2nd Annual Mystic Food Truck Rally is on its way! Treat yourself to some of the best...

Cost: $4 in advance online; $5 at the gate; free for members & children under 12

Where:
Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT  06355
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Sponsor: Ocean Blue Catering
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Sundays at 2pm Join Docents to explore special exhibitions and our permanent collection. On view this fall: Beautiful Decay, Edward Hagedorn: Volcanoes, Riots, Wrecks, and Nudes, and Lita Judge:...

Cost: Museum admission $11 adults, $9 seniors, $8 students, under age 17 free

Where:
Danfort Art
123 Union Avenue
framingham, MA  01702
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Comb one, come all! On Sunday, May 22 at 3pm, join the stylists from Mansfield’s Stylin’ Kids Salon in our hands-on workshop offering Dads (moms and grandparents are also welcome) who struggle...

Cost: $15 per adult/child pair

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: 508-230-3789
Contact Name: Paula Peterson
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Come join in all the fun and explore both museums during this special evening for families with children on the autism spectrum. Please note this event overlaps with public hours, but admission is...

Cost: Free with pre-registration

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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I spy with my little eyes…Strange things have been popping up in Fairyborough. Head to the path to see if you can spot what is out of place. Are some things harder to find than others? Put your...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Come explore the different animal habitats at the Children’s Museum in Easton on Wednesday, May 25th from 10am-1pm. Just like you have a home animals do to! Animals of all types of shapes and...

Cost: $9 per person, free for members or children under 1

Where:
Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue
Easton, MA  02356
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Sponsor: Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: 508-230-3789
Contact Name: Steven Hill
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Mosses and Lichens are some of the power-houses of the forest, helping to decompose leaves, logs, and even boulders into soil for new trees to grow in.  Join us for a quick walk on the Great Hill...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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Stop by the Old Sturbridge Village Gift Shop (outside the Village entrance) between 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm to meet author Chris Stevenson and get your copy of The Drum of Destiny signed.  About the...

Cost: No admission required to enter Gift Shop, books available for purchase

Where:
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA  01566
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Sponsor: Old Sturbridge Village Gift Shop
Telephone: 508-347-0244
Contact Name: Michael
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Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. We’ll explore shapes, structures and so much more with the help of just straws and pipe...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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New England Aquarium Researcher Elizabeth Burgess has been involved in a unique project to study live dugongs in Australia, using a hands-on approach to better understand their reproduction. She...

Cost: FREE

Where:
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf
Boston , MA  02214
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Sponsor: New England Aquarium
Telephone: 978-697-9414
Contact Name: Diana Brown McCloy
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Elizabeth Burgess, Postdoctoral Researcher, New England Aquarium   Christopher Columbus believed he was looking at a mermaid when he saw his first manatee. However, it is the dugong that...

Cost: free

Where:
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110
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Telephone: 617-973-6596
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The sheep get their yearly "haircuts" this weekend. Farmers shear the sheep, and costumed historians demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to spinning, and...

Cost: $28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE

Where:
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA  01566
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Sponsor: Old Sturbridge Village
Telephone: 800-733-1830
Contact Name: Michael
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The Boston Conservatory Music Program for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum is a fun and engaging way for parents to introduce their young children on the autism spectrum (ages 3-8) to music....

Cost: $175 for 10 weeks

Where:
Boston Conservatory
132 Ipswich Street
Boston, MA  02215
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Sponsor: Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Telephone: 617-912-9104
Contact Name: Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D.

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The sheep get their yearly "haircuts" this weekend. Farmers shear the sheep, and costumed historians demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to spinning, and...

Cost: $28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE

Where:
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA  01566
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Sponsor: Old Sturbridge Village
Telephone: 800-733-1830
Contact Name: Michael
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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce that their beloved co-founder Eric Carle will return to sign books and meet fans on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. Museum members...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002
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There’s no need to travel to a galaxy far, far away to get into the Star Wars spirit – The Force will be strong at Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, May 28, when members of the New England...

Cost: $13-20

Where:
Franklin Park Zoo
One Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA  02121
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Sponsor: Stone Zoo
Telephone: 617-541-5466
Contact Name: Erin DeVito
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Edaville USA invites Military Members and their families to enjoy a day of family fun at Edaville USA, home of three adventures in one for one low price: Edaville Proper, Thomas Land, Dino Land...

Cost: Online Only (Save $3): Ages 4 & over $34.00, Ages 2, 3 & Seniors (60+) $29.00, C

Where:
Edaville USA
5 Pine Street
Carver, MA  02330
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Sponsor: Edaville USA
Telephone: 1-508-866-8190
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Blankets and boxes become forts, castles, spaceships, and more!!! Design, build, and explore as we fill the museum’s yard with one of a kind structures. This program is weather dependent.

Cost: $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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Celebrate the Sound and all it offers our local environment during Long Island Sound Day on Sat., May 28 from 11am-2pm. We’re bringing the important elements of our Sound to you through...

Cost: Free for Aquarium members or with general admission

Where:
Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT  06355
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Sponsor: Mystic Aquarium
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Archive »Contests & Giveaways

Enter to win Chewbeads necklace

100% silicone teething necklace is safe for baby and chic for mom

Enter to win Once Kids cherry wood building bricks

The 250-piece set is a $70 value

Win Geek & Co.’s Monster Sewing Workshop

Full-color manual explains how to make a one-of-a-kind creation
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Archive »Camp

The Perfect Books For Summer Camp Fun

Playwright Stacy Davidowitz releases her first two novels, Camp Rolling Hills and its sequel, Camp Rolling Hills: Crossing Over

Who’s Missing Who?

The truth about — and power of — conquering homesickness
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Archive »Health & Wellness

Ripe Bites: May Food News & Products

New dishwashing products, reusable lunch bags and boxes, candy and plastic updates and earth-friendly tips

Cord Blood Banking: Inside the Basic Facts

Banked cord blood can be life-saving but parents must look at the financial costs relative to the likelihood of need

Ripe Bites: April Food News & Products

Dental gel, new food app, portion control, microfiber dusters, turkey burger recipe & how to clean your grill
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Archive »Profiles

Tears Foundation Helps Parents Heal

New Massachusetts chapter provides emotional and financial assistance to families who lose a child during pregnancy or at birth

The Princess in Black Defeats Monsters and Stereotypes

Series chronicles both sides of princess/superhero's life

Take Eight with Joyce “Sweet J” Ekworomadu

12th female Harlem Globetrotter on being a pro during the famous team's 90th Anniversary World Tour
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Archive »Education

Simple Ways to Avoid the ‘Summer Slide’

Fight Brain Drain: 75 fun new ways to learn

Massachusetts Public Schools: Achievement & Controversy

Over the past 20 years, the state has ushered its public schools to new heights. So why are many still mad?

Fumble no more when figuring out FAFSA

Two forms give parents earlier financial aid picture
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Archive »Guides

The Perfect Books For Summer Camp Fun

Playwright Stacy Davidowitz releases her first two novels, Camp Rolling Hills and its sequel, Camp Rolling Hills: Crossing Over

Guides

baystateparent's Extraordinary Extracurricular Guide

From music and martial arts to swimming and Scouts, our comprehensive listing available to Massachusetts' families

Fall Fairs & Festivals

A whole new season of family fun and adventure awaits thanks to the state’s robust fall fair and festival season

Your Family Guide to North End Feasts

Boston’s North End festivals are the ultimate in cultural street parties

baystateparent's "Summer of Fun" Guide 2015

Filled with more than 800 places to go and things to do with your family this summer

baystateparent's Ultimate Camp Guide

Find the perfect summer camp experience for your child
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Archive »Things to Do

Summer Slide Busters

Area events to keep kids' minds and bodies busy during the summer

Movie Review for Parents: Demolition and Coming Attractions

ReelLife with Jane's family rating system helps parents pick appropriate movies for kids of all ages

Welcome to the baystateparent BEST Ballot 2016!

Vote today to enter to win a season pass to Davis Farmland, a 4-pack of tickets to Old Sturbridge Village or a $50 gift card to Nancy Chang's

Ultimate April Vacation Guide

90+ suggestions for fun around the Bay State
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Archive »Advice

Simple Ways to Avoid the ‘Summer Slide’

Fight Brain Drain: 75 fun new ways to learn

How To Help Children Deal With Peer Rejection

Know when to intervene and when to let your child cope on their own

Divorce and Single Parenting

Traveling With Children: Key Co-Parent Concerns

Ripe Bites: April Food News & Products

Dental gel, new food app, portion control, microfiber dusters, turkey burger recipe & how to clean your grill
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Archive »Special Needs

How The Fonz Is Helping Readers With Learning Differences

'Happy Days' star publishes 25th children's book

5 Ways To Find The Right Camp For A Child With Special Needs

How to find the right fit for your child and ensure a fantastic summer

Kids with Disabilities are Just Kids Resource Fair

Programs for individuals with special needs discussed at free event in Millbury Feb. 25

Learning Ally Launches YES! in Massachusetts, hosts webinar Feb. 11

Groundbreaking Dyslexia Advocacy Initiative for Students, Powered by Students

The Arc of Massachusetts Looks Ahead

Grassroots advocacy group turns 60

Local Group To Pair Students With Dyslexia For Greater Self-Advocacy

Older students will be trained to help guide their young counterparts through their educational journey

Try this Doll on For Size: ‘Lammily’ Sports A Realistic Body Shape And More

Inclusive doll making waves this holiday season, representing real women & inspiring girls

How To Plan For a Family Member With a Disability: An Integrative Approach

Special needs planning combines legal, financial, and person-centered planning tools to create a comprehensive lifetime plan to support a family member with a disability

Co-Parenting A Child With Special Needs

For children with special needs, parents should be anticipating life-long support issues

When Its Time To Seek Professional Help & How to Get Started

All kids have some fears and worries, but when they are taking up a lot of time, you should seek help, experts say
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Archive »Adoption

How Technology Has Impacted Adoption

The double-edged sword of technology helps but introduces new challenges to adoption
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Archive »Newsmakers

Ripe Bites: May Food News & Products

New dishwashing products, reusable lunch bags and boxes, candy and plastic updates and earth-friendly tips

PBS will launch new 24/7 children’s services later this year

Families will be able to access the new channel on-the-go with the digital live stream

Study finds half of teens at ER report peer violence, cyberbullying

Just under a quarter of teens surveyed during the study reported symptoms consistent with PTSD, though few had been treated for the condition.

Husbands create hours of extra housework per week, study finds

University of Michigan research finds husbands cause 7 extra hours
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