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February 2016

Join us for a walk looking for winter residents like juncos, woodpeckers and many others. If there is snow, come with your snowshoes so we can explore across the sanctuary! Pre-registration...

Cost: Adults: $15 Members; $18 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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Come with us on a guided snowshoeing tour. Explore animal tracks and paths and have a fun adventure on a winters day. A great way to see the nature of Broadmoor! Pre-registration required. Online...

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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Our Winter "Halftime" event is designed to help kids big and small recognize that Winter is passing, to remember that daylight continues to increase, and to be on the lookout for signs of Spring...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dean Park @ Picnic Grove
Shrewsbury, MA


Sponsor: Tinkergarten Central MA
Telephone: 310-855-4176
Contact Name: Tracy Cunningham
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The Jamberries provide live entertainment with a collection of original and traditional toe-tapping tunes for the entire family.

Cost: $9 children, $12 adults

Where:
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St.
BROOKLINE, MA  02446
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Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure! Bring your sleds, snowshoes, and cross country skis for some high-energy fun as you explore our snow-covered hills and woodland trails. If you...

Cost: Members FREE, Nonmembers $5/person

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
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Sponsor: Fruitlands Museum
Telephone: 978-456-3924
Contact Name: Mary Delaney
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Have you wondered what animal made those tracks? Do otters like sledding? Who is traveling on the trails or through your yard?  Come find out how to solve these mysteries as we explore Broadmoor...

Cost: Adult $12 Members/ $14 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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Did you know objects you use everyday make unique sounds? Come to the Children’s Museum in Easton to discover the sounds everyday objects make and create your own instruments on Saturday,...

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

Where:
Children's Museum in Easton
9 Sullivan Ave
Easton, MA  02356
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Journey through decades of creativity with one of New England’s master marionettists in this spectacular puppet cabaret. Wayne Martin brings to life dozens of beautifully crafted and costumed...

Cost: General Admission $12, Members $8

Where:
Puppet Showplace Theater
32 Station St
Brookline, MA  02445
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Telephone: 617) 731-6400 x 101
Contact Name: Puppet Showplace Theater
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Sunday, February 7, 2-4pm Free for children and their accompanying adults Join us for our monthly Drop Into Art family program for fun activities in our galleries and studios. This month’s...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Danforth Art
123 Union Street
Framingham, MA  01702
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Winter is a great time to look for signs of animals as they forage for food and shelter at Broadmoor during the cold winter months. Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other...

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
Website »

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Journey through decades of creativity with one of New England’s master marionettists in this spectacular puppet cabaret. Wayne Martin brings to life dozens of beautifully crafted and costumed...

Cost: General Admission $12, Members $8

Where:
Puppet Showplace Theater
32 Station St
Brookline, MA  02445
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Telephone: 617) 731-6400 x 101
Contact Name: Puppet Showplace Theater
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Join us at The Tobin School in Natick, MA, for this opportunity to learn all we do to get children off to a great start to their academic career. We offer outstanding Preschool, PreK, our popular,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Tobin School
73 Cottage Street
Natick, MA  01760
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Sponsor: The Tobin School
Telephone: 508-655-5006
Contact Name: Lori Davis
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Prospective parents for the 2016-2017 school year are invited to Take-a-Tour Tuesday - an opportunity to tour our school, observe our Montessori classrooms in action and learn more about our...

Cost: free

Where:
Oak Meadow School
2 Old Pickard Lane
Littleton, MA  01460
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Sponsor: Oak Meadow School
Telephone: 978-486-9874
Contact Name: Erin Palmer
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Let’s craft music makers and masquerade masks, and then join in a parade! Mardi Gras makes for a mightily merry museum!

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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Does your child say fewer than 50 words? Is your child playing with toys and gesturing like other children of the same age? Does your child walk and run like other children?  If so, your...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Boston University Child Language Lab
635 Commonwealth Ave.
Rm. 617
Boston, MA  02215
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Sponsor: Boston University Child Language Lab
Telephone: 617-353-3379
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This winter, children and their accompanying adults can explore the 50 acres at Gore Place with the Take-A-Walk backpacks containing winter activities, magnifying glasses, and binoculars. ...

Cost: $5 per hour, per backpack.

Where:
Gore Place
52 Gore St.
Waltham, MA  02453
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Sponsor: Gore Place
Telephone: 781-894-2798
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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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Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides along with Austin...

Cost: Suggested donation $5/person

Where:
Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA  01451
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Sponsor: Fruitlands Museum
Telephone: 978-456-3924
Contact Name: Mary Delaney
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The Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton will hold open houses for parents of infants, toddlers and preschool age children on...

Cost: no charge for open house

Where:
Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center at the
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA  02459
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Sponsor: JCC Early Learning Center
Telephone: 617-558-6420
Contact Name: JCC Early Learning Center
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Small mirrors are ideal for exploring reflections. How should you hold a mirror to get the best reflection of an object? How can you hold a mirror so you can see the reflection of something behind...

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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Created especially for preschoolers and their favorite adult, Nature Time will feature a read-aloud story and a nature activity. Activities will change weekly and may include walks, crafts, games...

Cost: Free with museum admission. Museum admission is $5/adult, $3/child and $4/senior

Where:
Blue Hills Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Ave.
Milton, MA  02186
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Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 617 - 333- 0690
Contact Name: Gail Janeczek
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Science Explorers for Homeschoolers The Human Body - How Do We Work? Thursdays, January 7 - February 11 11:30am-12:15pm What does your brain have to do with your hand moving? How does your...

Cost: Classes are $60 for members and $70 for non-members.

Where:
Children's Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington Street
Dover, NH  03820
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Join us for Take Aparts and celebrate inventor and businessman Thomas Edison’s birthday! Grab a screwdriver and discover resistors, capacitors and more as you uncover the inner workings of...

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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  Fenway Sports Management and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Host “Polartec Big Air at Fenway” on February 11-12, 2016 ‘Polartec Big Air at Fenway,’ an...

Cost: Ranges from $30-$160

Where:
Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA  02215
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Sponsor: FSM
Telephone: 877-733-7699
Contact Name: FSM
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Join us for an adventure from the heartland of the US to Yellowstone National Park, north to Glacier National Park and the Rocky Mountains into Canada. In the heartland see a small start towards...

Cost: Dinner/Lecture: $26M;$32NM/Lecture only: $12M; $15NM (7:30 start)

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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Enjoy additional programs related to the exhibition  MOTHERS’ ARMS Käthe Kollwitz’s Women and War 4–6 pm Printed with Love Try your hand at printmaking and create Valentines for your...

Cost: Free

Where:
Smith College Museum of Art
20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
Northampton, MA  01063
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Telephone: 413-585-2760
Contact Name: Martha Ebner

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  Fenway Sports Management and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Host “Polartec Big Air at Fenway” on February 11-12, 2016 ‘Polartec Big Air at Fenway,’ an...

Cost: Ranges from $30-$160

Where:
Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA  02215
View map »


Sponsor: FSM
Telephone: 877-733-7699
Contact Name: FSM
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Do all owls really hoot? Why can't we hear them fly? Join us as we learn about our local owls and walk through fields and forests under moon and starlight listening for our resident screech,...

Cost: Adults: $13 Members; $16 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
Website »

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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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After a quick review of the key basic methods of editing, we'll cover how to use layers, gradient maps, layer blending modes and other effects used to improve colors, focus, sharpness and lighting...

Cost: Adults $55 Members, $65 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
Website »

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Love is in the air!  The Acton Family Network’s Sweetie Valentine’s Day Party will take place Saturday, February 13, from 10-11:30am at St. Matthew’s United Methodist...

Cost: 3.00

Where:
St. Matthew's Church
435 Central Street
Acton, MA  01720
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Sponsor: Acton Family Network
Contact Name: Public Events
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Tanglewood Marionettes’ production of Sleeping Beauty begins with a brief demonstration of the art of puppetry. Through humorous interplay, the audience will learn about various...

Cost: $9 children, $12 adults

Where:
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA  02446
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Parents and children are welcome to attend our Montessori preschool & kindergarten open house on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 11 AM to 1 PM. In the event of snowy weather, please...

Cost: free

Where:
Sunrise Montessori School
31 Hayward St.
Suite J
Franklin, MA  02038
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Sponsor: Sunrise Montessori School
Telephone: 508-541-8010
Contact Name: Karen Roeber
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We’ve been getting lots of visitors to our bird feeders! Winter is a great time to spot backyard birds. Join us to learn more about birds and see who you can spot at our feeders. Sponsored by...

Cost: $12.50

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


Telephone: 978-264-4200
Website »

More information

Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure! Bring your sleds, snowshoes, and cross country skis for some high-energy fun as you explore our snow-covered hills and woodland trails. If you...

Cost: Members FREE, Nonmembers $5/person

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

"The Snowflake Man" is an award-winning puppet production inspired by New England inventor Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the self-educated farmer and scientist who attracted...

Cost: General Admission $12, Members $8

Where:
Puppet Showplace Theater
32 Station St
Brookline, MA  02445
View map »


Telephone: 617) 731-6400 x 101
Contact Name: Puppet Showplace Theater
Website »

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Give your sweetheart a handcrafted St. Valentine’s card made with love. Join us for a fun drop-in workshop where Museum Interpreters will show you how to make three fanciful pop-up cards...

Cost: Free with admission

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

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The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS...

Cost: Full price tickets start at $29. VIP meet and greet tickets are available for $4

Where:
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St.
Worcester, MA  01608
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Get an update on what's going on with snowy owls this winter. Museum director and owl researcher Norman Smith has been studying snowy owls since 1981. At this lecture, you'll learn what we know to...

Cost: Free with museum admission. $5/adults, $3/child and $4/senior.

Where:
Blue Hills Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Ave.
Milton, MA  02186
View map »


Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 617-333-0690
Contact Name: Gail Janeczek
Website »

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"The Snowflake Man" is an award-winning puppet production inspired by New England inventor Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the self-educated farmer and scientist who attracted world attention when...

Cost: General Admission $12, Members $8

Where:
Puppet Showplace Theater
32 Station St
Brookline, MA  02445
View map »


Telephone: 617) 731-6400 x 101
Contact Name: Puppet Showplace Theater
Website »

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Ever wondered if an owl really is as smart as they say? Why don't we hear them when they fly? Just how far can an owl see? Come with the whole family to learn about owl calls, behavior and...

Cost: Adult $13 Members/ $15 Non-Members, Child $7m/ $9nm

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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Enter to win The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience

Bluetooth headset that reads and interprets brainwaves

Win a pair of tickets to Fancy Nancy the Musical!

Eight shows available Feb. 18-21 at Boston Children's Theatre in Arlington

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Middle school moms most stressed, study finds

Moms had highest levels of stress, loneliness and emptiness, and lowest levels of life satisfaction and fulfillment

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

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

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