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September 2016

Instructor: Laura Tate-Beltran - Educator Audience: Adult/Child (suitable for children 8 - 16 years)     Join the sanctuary's Family Bird Club to learn basic...

Cost: Members: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00; Nonmembers: Adult $50.00, Child $50.00

Where:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Rd.
Easthampton, MA  01027
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Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 413-527-8232
Contact Name: Ed Kaler
Website »

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Ripe and redolent apples are a favorite sign of fall in New England. Enjoy the crisp autumn days at Old Sturbridge Village with special events throughout our Apple Days celebration. Come tour the...

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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Telephone: 800-733-1830
Website »

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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

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book that launched Eric Carle’s career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr —The Carle is sending the book’s famous...

Cost: free

Where:
Amherst, MA
, MA


Contact Name: Sandy Soderberg

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Celebrate Take a Child Outside Week! Fairyborough Trail Hunt All day, outdoors at The Discovery Museums I spy with my little eyes…Strange things have been popping up in Fairyborough. Head to...

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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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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“Clifford is the Greatest Dog Ever!”   Ruff! Ruff! Clifford the Big Red Dog will be available throughout the day for meet and greets where you and your family can get the perfect photo!...

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
Website »

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Eric Carle uses every color of the rainbow in his book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Using a mix of colorful paper scraps and magazine clippings, arrange your unique colorful creation...

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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KING RICHARD'S FAIRE INVITES YOU TO ESCAPE REALITY, COME TO THE FAIRE   King Richard's Faire, New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire, invites you to escape reality during...

Cost: $31 adults, $16 kids 4-11, free for kids 3 and under

Where:
King Richard's Fairegrounds
235 Main Street, Rt. 58
Carver, MA  02330
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Sponsor: King's Faire Inc.
Contact Name: Julie Dennehy
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Kids invent their own ways to play as they stack and build with huge blue foam blocks, wheels, spools, tubes and a variety of loose parts.  Construct castles and forts, invent interesting...

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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Thinking about adding a rabbit to your family – or just want to learn more about them?  Join us for Rabbits 101, an hour long presentation on Saturday, September 10th from 11am-12pm that...

Cost: 0

Where:
MSPCA at Nevins Farm
400 Broadway
Methuen, MA  01844
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Sponsor: MSPCA at Nevins Farm
Telephone: 978/687-7453 x 6161
Contact Name: Julia Pesek
Website »

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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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Bring the family and join us as we paddle one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River. Enjoy the beauty of autumn and the start of leaf change along the river. A great chance to relax...

Cost: Adults: $36 Members; $46 Non-Members/Child $15M; $20NM

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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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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Instructor: Laura Tate-Beltran - Educator Audience: Adult/Child (suitable for children 8 - 16 years)     Join the sanctuary's Family Bird Club to learn basic...

Cost: Members: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00; Nonmembers: Adult $50.00, Child $50.00

Where:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Rd.
Easthampton, MA  01027
View map »


Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 413-527-8232
Contact Name: Ed Kaler
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

Eric Carle uses every color of the rainbow in his book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Using a mix of colorful paper scraps and magazine clippings, arrange your unique colorful creation...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

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

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

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book that launched Eric Carle’s career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr —The Carle is sending the book’s famous...

Cost: free

Where:
Amherst, MA
, MA


Contact Name: Sandy Soderberg

More information

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Instructor: Laura Tate-Beltran - Educator Audience: Adult/Child (suitable for children 8 - 16 years)     Join the sanctuary's Family Bird Club to learn basic...

Cost: Members: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00; Nonmembers: Adult $50.00, Child $50.00

Where:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Rd.
Easthampton, MA  01027
View map »


Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 413-527-8232
Contact Name: Ed Kaler
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

Eric Carle uses every color of the rainbow in his book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Using a mix of colorful paper scraps and magazine clippings, arrange your unique colorful creation...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

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

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

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book that launched Eric Carle’s career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr —The Carle is sending the book’s famous...

Cost: free

Where:
Amherst, MA
, MA


Contact Name: Sandy Soderberg

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 »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Instructor: Laura Tate-Beltran - Educator Audience: Adult/Child (suitable for children 8 - 16 years)     Join the sanctuary's Family Bird Club to learn basic...

Cost: Members: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00; Nonmembers: Adult $50.00, Child $50.00

Where:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Rd.
Easthampton, MA  01027
View map »


Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 413-527-8232
Contact Name: Ed Kaler
Website »

More information

Do you have a home schooler who loves science and is 5 to 10 years old? If so, the education staff at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary would like to help with your science curriculum through our...

Cost: Members: $200.00 Nonmembers: $240.00

Where:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Rd.
Easthampton, MA  01027
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Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 413-527-8232
Contact Name: Ed Kaler
Website »

More information

A Sailor’s Life for Me! Enjoy a full day of sailor fun at the USS Constitution Museum! In All Hands On Deck you can explore the harsh realities of life at sea and join USS Constitution...

Cost: $5-10 Suggested Donation

Where:
USS Constitution Museum
88 Constitution Rd
Boston, MA  01702
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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

Eric Carle uses every color of the rainbow in his book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Using a mix of colorful paper scraps and magazine clippings, arrange your unique colorful creation...

Cost: Free with Museum 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 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

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book that launched Eric Carle’s career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr —The Carle is sending the book’s famous...

Cost: free

Where:
Amherst, MA
, MA


Contact Name: Sandy Soderberg

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
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At this workshop parents and students will learn: what colleges are really looking for in applicants, the hidden factors that play a role in college admissions, how to make your application the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hamilton-Wenham Library
14 Union St.
S. Hamilton, MA  01982
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Telephone: 978-468-5577
Contact Name: Rebecca Shea
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Instructor: Laura Tate-Beltran - Educator Audience: Adult/Child (suitable for children 8 - 16 years)     Join the sanctuary's Family Bird Club to learn basic...

Cost: Members: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00; Nonmembers: Adult $50.00, Child $50.00

Where:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Rd.
Easthampton, MA  01027
View map »


Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 413-527-8232
Contact Name: Ed Kaler
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

"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

Eric Carle uses every color of the rainbow in his book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Using a mix of colorful paper scraps and magazine clippings, arrange your unique colorful creation...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

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

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

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book that launched Eric Carle’s career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr —The Carle is sending the book’s famous...

Cost: free

Where:
Amherst, MA
, MA


Contact Name: Sandy Soderberg

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

Show More...
Show Less...

Instructor: Laura Tate-Beltran - Educator Audience: Adult/Child (suitable for children 8 - 16 years)     Join the sanctuary's Family Bird Club to learn basic...

Cost: Members: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00; Nonmembers: Adult $50.00, Child $50.00

Where:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Rd.
Easthampton, MA  01027
View map »


Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 413-527-8232
Contact Name: Ed Kaler
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

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book that launched Eric Carle’s career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr —The Carle is sending the book’s famous...

Cost: free

Where:
Amherst, MA
, MA


Contact Name: Sandy Soderberg

More information

Eric Carle uses every color of the rainbow in his book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Using a mix of colorful paper scraps and magazine clippings, arrange your unique colorful creation...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

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

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
View map »


Telephone: 508.929.2700
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

Head to the Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park for Food Truck Friday, presented by Munroe Dairy and New York Life! Enjoy a smorgasbord of great food from some of the area’s best food...

Cost: Free to attend. Tickets are required to ride the Carousel.

Where:
Roger Williams Park Carousel Village
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI  02907
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Telephone: 401-785-3510
Contact Name: Roger Williams Park Zoo
Website »

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This fall, under the light of the autumn moon, the gates will open, and guests will have the opportunity to discover a secret corner of Franklin Park Zoo that is home to a mysterious, mystical...

Cost: $10 to $15

Where:
Franklin Park Zoo
One Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA  02121
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Sponsor: Franklin Park Zoo
Contact Name: Patrick Cusick

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It is migration time! Come tour one of the area's most important bird habitats, Great Meadows. We'll look for ducks and waders in the pools, marsh wren along the dike and migrating songbirds. This...

Cost: Adults: $15 Members; $18 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 »

More information

Join us as we paddle one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River during the peak of leaf color change. Starting from the Medfield marshes, enjoy the many colors along the bank and the...

Cost: Adults: $36 Members; $46 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 »

More information

Instructor: Laura Tate-Beltran - Educator Audience: Adult/Child (suitable for children 8 - 16 years)     Join the sanctuary's Family Bird Club to learn basic...

Cost: Members: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00; Nonmembers: Adult $50.00, Child $50.00

Where:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Rd.
Easthampton, MA  01027
View map »


Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 413-527-8232
Contact Name: Ed Kaler
Website »

More information

The 147th Harvest Fair includes food, games, live music, and more. Children can enjoy jumping in the moon bounce, navigating the ninja obstacle course, making crafts, and playing their choice of...

Cost: Free

Where:
First Parish Church of Stow & Acton
353 Great Road
at corner of rtes 117 & 62
Stow, MA  01775
View map »


Sponsor: First Parish Church of Stow & Acton
Telephone: 978-897-5444
Contact Name: Janet Beatrice
Website »

More information

Ripe and redolent apples are a favorite sign of fall in New England. Enjoy the crisp autumn days at Old Sturbridge Village with special events throughout our Apple Days celebration. Come tour the...

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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Telephone: 800-733-1830
Website »

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Come  to Arcadia and have fun with science! Explore the steps of the scientific method by building miniature volcanoes, creating miniature dams, and doing other activities observing patterns. This...

Cost: Members: Adult $6.00, Child $6.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

Where:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Rd.
Easthampton, MA  01027
View map »


Sponsor: Mass Audubon
Telephone: 413-584-3009
Contact Name: Ed Kaler
Website »

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The Hitchcock Center welcomes you and your family to join us as we premier our new Living Building and launch a new era of environmental education programs. Our new Living Building is a...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
845 West 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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Eric Carle uses every color of the rainbow in his book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Using a mix of colorful paper scraps and magazine clippings, arrange your unique colorful creation...

Cost: Free with Museum 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

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book that launched Eric Carle’s career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr —The Carle is sending the book’s famous...

Cost: free

Where:
Amherst, MA
, MA


Contact Name: Sandy Soderberg

More information

Our annual Global Harvest Festival is a fun-packed cultural celebration for all ages! This festive weekend features international crafts and games in the Global Village, live music, delicious food,...

Cost: $20/per vehicle

Where:
Heifer Farm
216 Wachusett St
Rutland, MA  01543
View map »


Sponsor: Heifer International
Telephone: (508) 886-2221
Contact Name: Chris Wychorski
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

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

  Calling all kids from age 4 to 94 for Sammy Snail's Puppet Pajama Party! Join Lesley...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Regent Theatre
7 Medford Street
Arlington, MA
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Sponsor: Imagine Studios
Telephone: 978-834-0367
Contact Name: Kristine Malpica
Website »

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KING RICHARD'S FAIRE INVITES YOU TO ESCAPE REALITY, COME TO THE FAIRE   King Richard's Faire, New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire, invites you to escape reality during...

Cost: $31 adults, $16 kids 4-11, free for kids 3 and under

Where:
King Richard's Fairegrounds
235 Main Street, Rt. 58
Carver, MA  02330
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Sponsor: King's Faire Inc.
Contact Name: Julie Dennehy
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Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) brings children ages 6-10 and adults together to enjoy outstanding and thought-provoking picture books. Each 90-minute FAIR session includes an engaging, active...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Whitman Public Library
100 Webster St.
Whitman, MA  02382
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Sponsor: Mass Humanities
Telephone: 781-447-7613
Contact Name: Stephanie Nogler
Website »

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Join us for farm-related demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on activities for people of all ages including cider pressing, hayrides, and canoeing. There will also be cider, baked goods, plus...

Cost: $8 Adult Members, $10 Adult Nonmembers, $5 Child Members, $8 Child Nonmembers

Where:
Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
113 Goodnow Rd
Princeton, MA  01541
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Sponsor: Wachusett Meadow
Telephone: 978-464-2712
Contact Name: Wachusett Staff
Website »

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"Connectionography” is an interactive, multi-location public art installation that will engage community members through the use of art and technology. At a time when interactions...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brookline Arts Center
86 Monmouth Street
Brookline, MA  02446
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Sponsor: Brookline Arts Center
Telephone: 617-566-5715
Website »

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October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month! Join Suanna Crowley, PhD, RPA of AnthroScience Advisors as she leads future archaeologists on a tour of the science of archaeology. Learn how...

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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The Frog Prince by Pumpernickel Puppets Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2 1:00pm and 3:00pm Young Prince Tad has been caught teasing the forest creatures again! A magic tree turns him...

Cost: Gen'l Admission: $12/Members $8

Where:
Puppet Showplace Theater
32 Station Street
T stop: Brookline Village "D" line
Brookline Village, MA  02445
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Telephone: (617) 731-6400 x101
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This fall, under the light of the autumn moon, the gates will open, and guests will have the opportunity to discover a secret corner of Franklin Park Zoo that is home to a mysterious, mystical...

Cost: $10 to $15

Where:
Franklin Park Zoo
One Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA  02121
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Sponsor: Franklin Park Zoo
Contact Name: Patrick Cusick

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Nature Story Hour Sponsored by Boston Nature Center Sat, Oct 01, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am   Location: Boston Nature Center, Mattapan   Audience: Family (suitable for children 0...

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill St
Mattapan, MA  02126
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Telephone: 617-983-8500
Contact Name: Adam Leiterman
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BOOtiful Pet Contest!

Get creative and enter your pet in a Halloween costume contest! Upload your favorite pet’s photo by October 15th! Have friends and family vote for your favorite dressed up lovable pet by midnight on Halloween!

Enter to win set from Ball

Prize includes Canning Beginners Kit and the just-released The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving, packed with more than 200 brand-new recipes.

Enter to win Little Scholar Mini

7-inch children's tablet comes preloaded with 70+ apps, books, games, videos, and songs
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Archive »Camp

Camp Lightbulb Offer Shining Summer Experience for LGBT Youth

LGBT camp celebrates youth, summer camp, in Provincetown

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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Archive »Health & Wellness

Why Families Should Say “Goodnight” to Evening Gadget Use

Experts say LED backlight technology emits strong artificial blue-light waves, which interrupts sleep paterns

Ripe Bites: October Food News & Products

Treats with 'no funky stuff,' experts on food recalls, food tastings apps for kids, new lunch ideas and gadgets, new life for Halloween candy, how to clean the garbage disposal, and 5 ways to save money at dinner

How To Help Kids Manage Asthma, Food Allergies, and School

Institute in Asthma Action Plan, practice reading labels
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Archive »Profiles

Study: Mother-Daughter Talks Help Ease Difficult Experiences

Daughters’ stories about negative experiences changed based on the quality of their mother-daughter conversations, study shows

Cambridge Native, Broadway Star Nabs Most Coveted Role: Mom

Cambridge native Anika Larsen on family, motherhood, and Julie Andrews

Take Eight with Giada De Laurentiis

Culinary superstar Giada De Laurentiis on her latest book, Recipe for Adventure: Philadelphia!
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Archive »Education

What to do about Question 2

Pros and cons of charter school ballot question

At-Risk Students Find Motivation in Massachusetts

Mentoring program for unmotivated middle schoolers improves their performance, gives high schoolers leadership skills

How To Help Kids Manage Asthma, Food Allergies, and School

Institute in Asthma Action Plan, practice reading labels
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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

Six Flags New England Fright Fest: Family-Friendly or Family Freakout?

Want to hit Six Flags, but wondering if Fright Fest is too much for your kids? Here's an inside look at what to expect.

Big Papi Corn Maze a Hit

Everyone's favorite DH opened the corn maze dedicated to him at Davis Farmland in Sterling

Movie Review: The Light Between Oceans

Romantic drama based on M.L. Stedman’s best-selling novel stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander

Family Fun on 91 and The Berkshires

Places to go and things to do in The Pioneer Valley and beyond
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Archive »Advice

Why Families Should Say “Goodnight” to Evening Gadget Use

Experts say LED backlight technology emits strong artificial blue-light waves, which interrupts sleep paterns

Keep kids safe online by learning together, talking

Despite instruction, report finds 40% of kids surveyed connected with or chatted online with a stranger

Co-Parenting Children With Special Needs

Tips to make life after divorce easier on your special needs child

Co-parenting and extracurricular activities

Why Co-Parents Should Emphasize Arts and Extracurricular Activities
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Archive »Special Needs

How to Approach Puberty Education for Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities

Resources, literature available to help with the transition to adulthood

Teaming Up for Autism Awareness

The Leominster Autism Project aims to make businesses 'autism-friendly'

The Discovery Museums Expand Offerings, Commitment to Accessibility

'Especially for Me' programs break down barriers to visitation

How Every Child Can Benefit From Special Olympics Participation

All youth are welcome to participate in Special Olympics and 'Change the World through Sports'

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

Knowing how The ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act will work in Massachusetts helps families with disabled children to think about planning for the future.

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
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Archive »Adoption

Mass Bank Reducing Barriers to Adoption With New Loan Program

Citizens Bank says loan program will humanize what can be a difficult, emotional process
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Archive »Newsmakers

Halloween by the Numbers

Fun facts, stats, and percentages

The Best Back-to-School Reading Picks

Check out these new releases from Penguin Young Readers, Candlewick Press, and Bloomsbury Children’s

Don’t Overlook the Incredible Benefits of Reading To Your Tween or Teen

Studies show reading aloud to your child can and should continue into the teen years

Judy Moody Marches On

Author Megan McDonald on the series’ 13th book and her character’s lasting appeal
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