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Things To Do

October 2014

Children as young as three months old can learn to swim at a unique swim program at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim...

Cost: varies

Where:
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA  02459
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Sponsor: JCCs of Greater Boston
Telephone: 617-558-6442
Contact Name: JCCs of Greater Boston
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Costumed interpreters at Old Sturbridge Village will show visitors how early New Englanders brought in the harvest and celebrated the bounty with the beautiful colors of fall serving as the...

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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Designed by Marie Mongan, the HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method program is based upon the idea that a natural, comfortable birthing can be realized through deep relaxation and freedom from...

Cost: $275

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA  02116
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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This Pre-K – 12 event will allow you to meet and speak with faculty and to take a student-led tour of campus.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bancroft School
110 Shore Drive
Worcester, MA  01605
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Telephone: 508-854-9227
Contact Name: Stephanie Des Chenes
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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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What to do with kids? Bring kids to Jump In With Us and let them have fun! They can jump around the inflatables, go down on the inflatable slide, go up on the rock climbing wall and have lots of...

Cost: $10.00 per kid

Where:
JUMP IN WITH US
19 BRIGHAM ST
MARLBOROUGH, MA  01752
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Sponsor: LUIZA DEMOURA
Telephone: 508-485-5867
Contact Name: LUIZA
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Mom and Baby yoga is a yoga class specifically designed to help you recover from the impact of pregnancy and birth on your body, and to cope with the physical and mental challenges of new...

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

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA  02116
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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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 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 out...

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

Where:
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458
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Telephone: 603-924-4555
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Join music & movement storytime class for parents with children ages 0-5. This is an intentional playgroup with emphasis on literacy, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development....

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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This class is designed for pregnant women who are both new to yoga and for those who have a continuing practice. Students will learn poses and modifications for all stages of pregnancy, with a...

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

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

Cost: $305

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02143
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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Children ages 6-8 years will learn to rock climb in a 12-week class on Mondays, September 22–December 15 from 4:30-5:30pm at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street)...

Cost: $350

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

Cost: $305

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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What to do with kids? Bring kids to Jump In With Us and let them have fun! They can jump around the inflatables, go down on the inflatable slide, go up on the rock climbing wall and have lots of...

Cost: $10.00 per kid

Where:
JUMP IN WITH US
19 BRIGHAM ST
MARLBOROUGH, MA  01752
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Sponsor: LUIZA DEMOURA
Telephone: 508-485-5867
Contact Name: LUIZA
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Let the beauty of nature inspire your painting! Watercolors are a great way to experience nature and brighten up a day. Explore the use of textures, lines, colors and more. Bring your own...

Cost: Adults: $44

Where:
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St.
Natick, MA  01760
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Sponsor: Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Telephone: 508-655-2296
Contact Name: Broadmoor Education Coordinator
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Make a mess at The Children’s Museum in Easton on Tuesday’s from 10am to 10:45 am. Join Sarah for Make-A-Mess every Tuesday to create art with paint, clay and other messy mediums as...

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

Where:
The Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue North Easton, MA
Select a City, MA  02356
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Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: 508-230-3789
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Hop, Slither, Crawl: Investigating Herpetology with Patrick O’Roark, Hitchcock Center Educator Ages 9-12 Tuesdays, 10am-2pm Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 2, 9 (9...

Cost: $404

Where:
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
525 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA  01002
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Sponsor: Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Telephone: 413-256-6006
Contact Name: Shelly Kahan
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Join the circle and enjoy stories, songs, creative activities, or puppet play inspired by the theme of the story. Museum hours are Monday throughThursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 9...

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

Where:
Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston, MA  02210
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Telephone: 617-426-6500
Contact Name: Jo-Anne Baxter
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Children ages 4-6 will develop basic skills in a variety of sports and games while learning teamwork and making friends in a 12-week class at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333...

Cost: 250

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

Cost: $290

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
South Hamilton, MA  01982
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Sponsor: Early Childhood Partners
Telephone: 978-468-5489
Contact Name: Lisa Cheney
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What to do with kids? Bring kids to Jump In With Us and let them have fun! They can jump around the inflatables, go down on the inflatable slide, go up on the rock climbing wall and have lots of...

Cost: $10.00 per kid

Where:
JUMP IN WITH US
19 BRIGHAM ST
MARLBOROUGH, MA  01752
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Sponsor: LUIZA DEMOURA
Telephone: 508-485-5867
Contact Name: LUIZA
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Grow, Play & Learn Together  Play and meet new friends, read a book and have a snack! No registration necessary—Just drop in! This Free Parent/Caretaker & Child Playgroup,...

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: Museum admission fees apply

Where:
Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Rd
North Easton , MA  02356
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Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: (508) 230-3789
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Puppet Playhouse Theatre partners with Zoink's Fun Factory to bring a complete experience for your child! Engaging fables and beloved stories cleverly told with fun puppets will capture your...

Cost: $15 per child

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

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

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th floor
Boston, MA  02116
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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Meet other moms who are breastfeeding, see what questions they are asking, how they are answered, and get answers and tips to your own questions regarding breastfeeding from your peers as well...

Cost: drop-in $12

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

Cost: See website for details.

Where:
OMBE Integrative Health Center
551 Boylston Street
4th Floor
, MA
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Telephone: 617-447-2222
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Hitchcock's Nature Play Afterschool Program for children ages 6-9 is all about getting kids outside to run, jump, climb, splash, invent, imagine, play and be a free-range kid. Nature...

Cost: $305

Where:
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
525 South Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA  01002
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Sponsor: Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Telephone: 413-256-6006
Contact Name: Shelly Kahan
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Looking for fresh ideas for your kid's snack time or lunch box? In this 4-week series at Jam Time Maynard, we will be making wholesome snacks with veggies, fruits, yogurt, cheeses, seeds and...

Cost: $120 for 4 week series

Where:
Jam Time - Maynard
86 Powder Mill Road
Maynard, MA  01754
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Telephone: 978-897-2917
Contact Name: Mandy Sim
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Parenting Through a Jewish Lens at Temple Beth Shalom this Fall Starting October 22, 2014, meets Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. This ten-week program brings together caring parents...

Cost: $145 per person, $240 per couple

Where:
Temple Beth Sholom
670 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA  02494
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Sponsor: Hebrew College; CJP's Commission on Jewish Life & Learning
Telephone: 617-559-8734
Contact Name: Marcy Leiman
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What to do with kids? Bring kids to Jump In With Us and let them have fun! They can jump around the inflatables, go down on the inflatable slide, go up on the rock climbing wall and have lots of...

Cost: $10.00 per kid

Where:
JUMP IN WITH US
19 BRIGHAM ST
MARLBOROUGH, MA  01752
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Sponsor: LUIZA DEMOURA
Telephone: 508-485-5867
Contact Name: LUIZA
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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 Boys & Girls Club
91 Claudias Way
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 & Learn Together  Play and meet new friends, read a book and have a snack! No registration necessary—Just drop in! This Free Parent/Caretaker & Child Playgroup,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southwick Town Hall Community Center
454 College Highway
Southwick, MA  01077
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Sponsor: Pathways For Parents
Telephone: 413-569-6598
Contact Name: Renee Zborowski
Website »

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

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

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

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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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The West Point Woodwind Quintet of the West Point Band is made up of members of the Concert Band. The group performs at many different events, such as military social functions, school...

Cost: Free

Where:
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
Rockport, MA  01966
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Sponsor: Rockport Music
Telephone: 978-546-7391
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What to do with kids? Bring kids to Jump In With Us and let them have fun! They can jump around the inflatables, go down on the inflatable slide, go up on the rock climbing wall and have lots of...

Cost: $10.00 per kid

Where:
JUMP IN WITH US
19 BRIGHAM ST
MARLBOROUGH, MA  01752
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Sponsor: LUIZA DEMOURA
Telephone: 508-485-5867
Contact Name: LUIZA
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Nature Discovery Preschool Precious Plants with Colleen Kelley, Hitchcock Center Educator Ages 3-5 Fridays, 9:30am-11:30am Fridays, 1:00pm-3:00pm This award-winning parent and...

Cost: $205

Where:
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
525 South Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA  01002
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Sponsor: Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Telephone: 413-256-6006
Contact Name: Shelly Kahan
Website »

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

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

Where:
American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA  01854
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Telephone: (978) 441-0400
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Check out our new class being offered on Fridays from 10 to 10:45am; Brick Builder’s class! Build your child’s imagination while strengthening their science, technology, engineering,...

Cost: Free with admission to the museum.

Where:
9 Sullivan Avenue
North Easton, MA  02356


Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: (508) 230-3789
Contact Name: Paula Peterson
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we also offer The Big Picture class from 11 to 11:45 am. This class is designed to stress the importance of teamwork and build social skills. Each week, your child will work on a piece of a...

Cost: Free with Paid admission to the museum.

Where:
The Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Avenue
North Easton , MA  02356
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Sponsor: The Children's Museum in Easton
Telephone: 508-203-3789
Contact Name: Paula Peterson
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Recorder class is an exciting opportunity for young students to be introduced to playing a woodwind instrument. Students learn about reading music, playing as a group, and have lots of fun doing...

Cost: $350

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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Saturdays at 9:00-9:50am September 20, 2014 – January 24, 2015 Ages 5-7 Director: Rachael Chagat This ensemble will be an un-auditioned group consisting of children aged 5...

Cost: $300

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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Saturdays at 10 to 11:50 a.m. September 20, 2014 – January 24, 2015 Ages 8-13 Director: Rachael Chagat This ensemble is open by audition only and is intended as the next...

Cost: $400

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
Website »

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

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

Where:
American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA  01854
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Telephone: (978) 441-0400
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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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Drop-in for this intergenerational time in the galleries. Materials will be provided. 

Cost: Museum admission applies.

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

Cost: $350

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02143
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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Three local businesses, Harvard Sweet Boutique, Dragonflies Boutique and Serendipity, are opening their doors to the community for the Hudson Halloween Shop Hop, a festive and complimentary...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MA

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Birth is the process that accompanies the transition from pregnancy into motherhood. In this class you will learn techniques to help smooth that transition and help you to achieve your ideal...

Cost: $250 2-day class

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

Cost: $400

Where:
New School of Music
25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
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Sponsor: New School of Music
Telephone: 617-492-8105
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