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June 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 Tears Foundation is a non-profit organization that compassionately assists families during their time of crisis, the loss of a child. At this event, community members will walk in honor of a...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
Algonquin Regional High School
79 Bartlett St
Northborough, MA  01532
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Sponsor: The Tears Foundation
Telephone: 978-944-0214
Contact Name: Kelly Trefry
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Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal is the quintessential summertime story.  Explore the magic of cool summertime colors like blue, purple and green with this surprise...

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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“You can never have too many friends!” Hello Kitty is coming to Edaville USA to see all of her fans!  She will be available for meet and greets and photo opportunities throughout the park....

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
Contact Name: Edaville USA
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Help us celebrate our big, green dinosaur’s birthday with a weekend full of fun activities including a bubbly birthday bath, cardboard cake decorating, dinosaur egg hunt, and more. Check our...

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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Dig, scoop, build and mess around with mud and natural materials and mold marvelous mud pies in celebration of International Mud Day.

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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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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Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal is the quintessential summertime story.  Explore the magic of cool summertime colors like blue, purple and green with this surprise...

Cost: free with 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 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

Join Pat Fleming for a special reading of The Frightened Frog, donated by the Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club. Following the story there will be games, hands-on habitat exploration and a craft. Free...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
S. Hamilton, MA  01982
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Sponsor: Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club
Telephone: 978-468-5577
Contact Name: Lorraine Der
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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 »

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Blow, float, fly, and pop! Make some zany bubbles by testing and creating a variety of unusual bubble makers made from all kinds of everyday materials. We’ll even reveal some of The Discovery...

Cost: 12.50

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

Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal is the quintessential summertime story.  Explore the magic of cool summertime colors like blue, purple and green with this surprise...

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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Kids use the power of air to blast a rocket high in the sky in the Museum’s Children's Garden. 

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
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

Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal is the quintessential summertime story.  Explore the magic of cool summertime colors like blue, purple and green with this surprise...

Cost: free with admission

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

More information

Stock up for the summer: join us for a one-day only booksale dedicated to infant board books through to teen novels.  Items are sorted by genre and format. Credit cards will be accepted as well as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
14 Union St.
S. Hamilton, MA  01982
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Sponsor: Friends of the HW Library
Telephone: 978-468-5577
Contact Name: Lorraine Der
Website »

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Scoop, sculpt, and squish as we celebrate International Mud Day! Whip up some mud pies, create a mud painting, and sink your toes into a bubbling mud pit. Prepare to get dirty as we discover the...

Cost: 12.50

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


Telephone: 978-264-4200
Website »

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Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal is the quintessential summertime story.  Explore the magic of cool summertime colors like blue, purple and green with this surprise...

Cost: free with 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

Wear your “messy paint clothes;” we’re painting like artist Jackson Pollock this morning! Investigate some of his famous artworks and learn the art of splatter painting. This program is...

Cost: 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

Kick off the Fourth of July weekend with a salute to our Nation!  Watch as the giant (90′ x 45′) Mt. Rushmore American Flag is unfurled in celebration of the USS Constitution Museum’s 40th...

Cost: Admission by Donation

Where:
USS Constitution Museum
Building 22
Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, MA  02129
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“Happy 4th of July!” Edaville USA invites you and your family to our park for a full weekend of traditional patriotic family fun! Make sure to wear red, white and blue attire as we Celebrate...

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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A great way to enjoy time outdoors with your little one, our nature-themed playgroup will be held outside, no matter the weather! Our outing may include games, songs, special art projects, and...

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

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

Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal is the quintessential summertime story.  Explore the magic of cool summertime colors like blue, purple and green with this surprise...

Cost: free with admission

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

More information

Join us with free admission and explore the museums at night every Friday throughout the summer!  We will gratefully accept food donations for local food pantries. Sponsored by MathWorks and...

Cost: FREE after 4:30 PM

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


Telephone: 978-264-4200
Website »

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Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal is the quintessential summertime story.  Explore the magic of cool summertime colors like blue, purple and green with this surprise...

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

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

You bring your imagination and we will supply the LEGOs. Drop-in all day to try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique vision. Add your creation to our community display...

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

“Happy 4th of July!” Edaville USA invites you and your family to our park for a full weekend of traditional patriotic family fun! Make sure to wear red, white and blue attire as we Celebrate...

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: 1-508-866-8190
Website »

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Archive »Contests & Giveaways

Enter to win a beach mesh tote

Whitmor tote carries beach gear sans the sand

Win a rug from Lorena Canals

Stylish, all-natural, hypo-allergenic, and machine washable rug is free of toxic compounds found in most rugs

Enter to win Wraps Wristband Headphones

Keep headphones close by and tangle-free
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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

ASK THE EXPERT

Key Children’s Vitamin Precautions For Parents

One Bite at a Time: Mass. Natives Take Bagel Industry By Storm

Mass. Natives create Bagel Stuffins, and the company, Bantam Bagels, which offers ball-sized bagels stuffed with various cream-cheese flavors

Ripe Bites: July food news and products

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Archive »Profiles

Take Eight with Mrs. Florence Waters

Stay-at-home mom's journey to ConDUCKtor on the Boston Duck Tours

Take Eight with Jeff Kinney

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' author on Poptropica, graphic novels, book stores and walking

Tears Foundation Helps Parents Heal

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

Free Program Teaches Heimlich Maneuver to Children

Heimlich Heroes seeks to teach the Heimlich Maneuver to as many children across the nation as possible

Fight Brain Drain: 75 fun new ways to learn

Keep kids learning all summer with fun, interesting, new things to do

Simple Ways to Avoid the ‘Summer Slide’

Tips to keep kids from losing school-year knowledge over the summer
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Archive »Guides

The Perfect Books For Summer Camp Fun

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

Guides

baystateparent's Extraordinary Extracurricular Guide

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

Fall Fairs & Festivals

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

Your Family Guide to North End Feasts

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

baystateparent's "Summer of Fun" Guide 2015

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

baystateparent's Ultimate Camp Guide

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

Scream Your Way Through Summer

Inside the best amusement parks and roller coasters on the East Coast

Brain-Drain-Busting Family Games

These fun family games may start a game night tradition at your house this summer

What Kids Need for a Mentally Healthy Summer

Tips and tricks for parents, caregivers

National Park Service Centennial Offers Special Events, Family Fun

Every Kid in a Park program gives free admission to 4th graders
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Archive »Advice

ASK THE EXPERT

Key Children’s Vitamin Precautions For Parents

‘In a minute’ — Understanding Procrastination

How parents can help children change their tendency to procrastinate

Co-Parenting Babies and Toddlers

Top 3 tips to keep toddlers and co-parents happy

What Kids Need for a Mentally Healthy Summer

Tips and tricks for parents, caregivers
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Archive »Special Needs

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

The Arc of Massachusetts Looks Ahead

Grassroots advocacy group turns 60

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

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

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

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

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

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

Co-Parenting A Child With Special Needs

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


Conversations to keep you healthy & well

Help! I Can’t Find My Keys

How’s your memory? There are several things you can do to invigorate your mind’s inner workings

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Archive »Adoption

Adoptive Families Together: A Support Network for Parents

Group provides support to families at every point in adoption
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Archive »Newsmakers

One Bite at a Time: Mass. Natives Take Bagel Industry By Storm

Mass. Natives create Bagel Stuffins, and the company, Bantam Bagels, which offers ball-sized bagels stuffed with various cream-cheese flavors

Free Program Teaches Heimlich Maneuver to Children

Heimlich Heroes seeks to teach the Heimlich Maneuver to as many children across the nation as possible

20 Years of Pride

The Evolution of LGBT Rights

Birthday Wishes Brings Birthday Celebrations, Joy To Children Living In Homeless Shelters

Organization serves more than 200 shelters Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Long Island, New York
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