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August 2016

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings (1941), The Carle is organizing a retrospective highlighting much of the original art from this beloved book....

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 west bay road
Amherst, MA  01002

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The Carle will mark Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday with the exhibition, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. Darling’s iconic images brought Cleary’s beloved...

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002
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“I’m a kiss kiss fish with a kiss kiss face for spreading cheery cheeries all over the place!” The Pout Pout Fish is coming to Edaville USA to spread his cheery cheeries all over the place!...

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: 508-866-8190
Contact Name: Edaville USA
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Meet George, a giant Galapagos tortoise, as he grows up in a world filled with sea turtles, lizards, hungry goats, and dancing blue-footed birdies. This puppet production, called an “uplifting...

Cost: $12(8 for members)

Where:
Puppet Showplace Theater
32 Station Street
Brookline, MA  02445
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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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In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings (1941), The Carle is organizing a retrospective highlighting much of the original art from this beloved book....

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 west bay road
Amherst, MA  01002

More information

The Carle will mark Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday with the exhibition, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. Darling’s iconic images brought Cleary’s beloved...

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002
View map »

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Pakachoag Music School hosts Suzuki Violin Program Parent Orientation Monday, August 29th 6:30 to 7:30  Pakachoag Music School 203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn, MA  01501...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pakachoag Music School
203 Pakachoag St
Auburn, MA  01501
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In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings (1941), The Carle is organizing a retrospective highlighting much of the original art from this beloved book....

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 west bay road
Amherst, MA  01002

More information

The Carle will mark Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday with the exhibition, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. Darling’s iconic images brought Cleary’s beloved...

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002
View map »

More information

"Play on the Plaza," a place for active, creative play, returns to the Sundial Plaza each summer. The plaza, located at the museum's main entrance, offers some of our visitors...

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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We’ll be painting al fresco today like impressionist artist Claude Monet. View printed examples of Monet’s famous paintings. Then, set off to find your personal outdoor inspiration and create...

Cost: Event included in regular price of admission, $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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Kids use boxes to construct a cardboard city and decorate their buildings with chalk, crayons, paint and other art materials. Underwritten by Amgen Foundation.

Cost: Free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; 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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In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings (1941), The Carle is organizing a retrospective highlighting much of the original art from this beloved book....

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 west bay road
Amherst, MA  01002

More information

Get into the driver’s seat of a RIPTA city bus and check out its impressive dashboard.  Explore a different vehicle each Wednesday morning in August!

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

Where:
Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street
Providence , RI  02903
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Telephone: 401-273-5437
Website »

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The Carle will mark Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday with the exhibition, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. Darling’s iconic images brought Cleary’s beloved...

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002
View map »

More information

"Play on the Plaza," a place for active, creative play, returns to the Sundial Plaza each summer. The plaza, located at the museum's main entrance, offers some of our visitors...

Cost: Free with EcoTarium admission

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


Telephone: 508.929.2700
Website »

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Be among the first to discover Nature’s Neighborhoods - the all new George Robert White Fund Children’s Zoo, when it opens to the public on September 1! Featuring four diverse ecosystem...

Cost: Zoo admission rates apply. See www.franklinparkzoo.org for details.

Where:
Franklin Park Zoo
One Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA  02121
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Sponsor: Zoo New England
Telephone: 617-541-LION
Website »

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The Carle will mark Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday with the exhibition, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. Darling’s iconic images brought Cleary’s beloved...

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002
View map »

More information

"Play on the Plaza," a place for active, creative play, returns to the Sundial Plaza each summer. The plaza, located at the museum's main entrance, offers some of our visitors...

Cost: Free with EcoTarium admission

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


Telephone: 508.929.2700
Website »

More information

The giant pile of dirt is back!  Scoop, sculpt, squish!  Dig, climb, burrow!  Mud pies, mud paintings, mud this, and mud that.  Bring your boots and prepare to get messy. Join us as we discover...

Cost: Event included in regular price of admission, $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
View map »


Telephone: 978-264-4200
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings (1941), The Carle is organizing a retrospective highlighting much of the original art from this beloved book....

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 west bay road
Amherst, MA  01002

More information

Indoors and outdoors, there's always something fun for the whole family to discover at the EcoTarium! Join us in September, when General Admission and Planetarium Shows are half-price!* Enjoy our...

Cost: $7.50 adults, $5 kids (2-18) & seniors & students w/ ID; free for members

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

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"Play on the Plaza," a place for active, creative play, returns to the Sundial Plaza each summer. The plaza, located at the museum's main entrance, offers some of our visitors...

Cost: Free with EcoTarium admission

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


Telephone: 508.929.2700
Website »

More information

The Carle will mark Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday with the exhibition, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. Darling’s iconic images brought Cleary’s beloved...

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002
View map »

More information

“Party Time!” Join Edaville USA for one last Hoorah before school starts! This weekend you are in for a fabulous weekend of fun before the kids head back to school!  Edaville has so many...

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
View map »


Sponsor: Edaville USA
Telephone: 508-866-8190
Contact Name: Edaville USA
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings (1941), The Carle is organizing a retrospective highlighting much of the original art from this beloved book....

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 west bay road
Amherst, MA  01002

More information

The giant pile of dirt is back!  Scoop, sculpt, squish!  Dig, climb, burrow!  Mud pies, mud paintings, mud this, and mud that.  Bring your boots and prepare to get messy. Join us as we discover...

Cost: Event included in regular price of admission, $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
View map »


Telephone: 978-264-4200
Website »

More information

Indoors and outdoors, there's always something fun for the whole family to discover at the EcoTarium! Join us in September, when General Admission and Planetarium Shows are half-price!* Enjoy our...

Cost: $7.50 adults, $5 kids (2-18) & seniors & students w/ ID; free for members

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

More information

Join us with free admission and explore the museums at night! 4:30pm – 8:30pm, both museums open. This is our last Free Friday Night Fun for the Summer of 2016! (Watch for First Friday Nights...

Cost: FREE after 4:30 PM

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Telephone: 978-264-4200
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Bring the whole family and celebrate Labor Day Weekend with games and excitement for everyone! Spend your weekend having fun as you play baseball the way early New Englanders did, make a craft,...

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

Where:
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge , MA  01566
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Telephone: 800-733-1830
Contact Name: Old Sturbridge Village
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“Party Time!” Join Edaville USA for one last Hoorah before school starts! This weekend you are in for a fabulous weekend of fun before the kids head back to school!  Edaville has so many...

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
View map »


Sponsor: Edaville USA
Telephone: 508-866-8190
Contact Name: Edaville USA
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings (1941), The Carle is organizing a retrospective highlighting much of the original art from this beloved book....

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 west bay road
Amherst, MA  01002

More information

The giant pile of dirt is back!  Scoop, sculpt, squish!  Dig, climb, burrow!  Mud pies, mud paintings, mud this, and mud that.  Bring your boots and prepare to get messy. Join us as we discover...

Cost: Event included in regular price of admission, $12.50

Where:
The Discovery Museums
177 Main Street
Acton, MA  01720
View map »


Telephone: 978-264-4200
Website »

More information

"Play on the Plaza," a place for active, creative play, returns to the Sundial Plaza each summer. The plaza, located at the museum's main entrance, offers some of our visitors...

Cost: Free with EcoTarium admission

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


Telephone: 508.929.2700
Website »

More information

Sizer Summer Celebration & Car Show We are having a family friendly event that will include a car show, craft & vendor fair, silent auction, raffles, games and more! Saturday September 3, 2016...

Cost: Free Event

Where:
Sizer School
500 Ridnge Rd.
Fitchburg, MA  01420
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Telephone: 978-345-2701
Contact Name: Maryann Macri
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Like father, like son! White-cheeked gibbon dad Kien and his son Paddy are both celebrating birthdays in September, and guests are invited to join the festivities for Kien’s 15th birthday and...

Cost: $16.95

Where:
Stone Zoo
149 Pond S
Stoneham, MA
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The Carle will mark Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday with the exhibition, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. Darling’s iconic images brought Cleary’s beloved...

Cost: free with admission

Where:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002
View map »

More information

Cats-in-Residence Program Interact with live cats in this unorthodox human/cat contemporary art installation, previously presented in Los Angeles, Hartford, and New York City. Guest curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA  01609
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Sponsor: Worcester Art Museum
Telephone: 508-799-4406
Contact Name: Cynthia Allegrezza
Website »

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Indoors and outdoors, there's always something fun for the whole family to discover at the EcoTarium! Join us in September, when General Admission and Planetarium Shows are half-price!* Enjoy our...

Cost: $7.50 adults, $5 kids (2-18) & seniors & students w/ ID; free for members

Where:
EcoTarium
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA  01604
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Archive »Education

MCAS 2.0 taking shape

What will Massachusetts's new standardized test for public school children look like? We're beginning to find out.

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New in theaters this month and September coming attractions

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Movie Review: Suicide Squad and coming attractions

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DIY craft is simple to make, inexpensive, and is sure to delight your reader

Scream Your Way Through Summer

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Ask the Expert about 'Super Lice'

Dr. Lynne Karlson's advice on treating an outbreak

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Break the ice with a one-page letter to introduce the teacher to your child's IEP

The Best Way Parents Can Set Kids Up For Homework Success

Time management key component to success

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Author, Mother Offers Advice for Transitioning to Autism Adulthood

Autism Adulthood gives readers a close-up look of author's son's journey

The ABLE Account: Planning Ahead for Families with Special Needs

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How The Fonz Is Helping Readers With Learning Differences

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

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Kids with Disabilities are Just Kids Resource Fair

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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

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Adoptive Families Together: A Support Network for Parents

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