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Massachusetts Events This April

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Now that spring is finally here it’s time to get out and about to celebrate!  There are many events going on this month, and the weather is starting to warm up so there’s no better time than the present.  Whether you’re looking for something to do on a day out with the family, or want an idea for a fun time with friends, we’ve got you covered.

Boston Beer Summit – Love craft beer?  Then you won’t want to miss the Boston Beer Summit, taking place from April 4-5 at the Park Plaza Castle.  This giant beer tasting will feature over 60 brewers and have more than 200 different beers to sample.  The best local, regional, national, and international brewers will all be there including Angry Orchard, Atwater, Backlash, Berkshire, Blue Hills, Blue Moon, Harpoon, Narragansett, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and many more.  Tickets are $50 and include entrance, entertainment, tasting mug, and beer samples.  Get your tickets while they last!

Patriots Day Celebrations – Head to Minute Man National Park in Lexington and Concord the weekend of April 19-21 for some historical fun.  Remember our nation’s journey to freedom at the very starting point of the Revolutionary War. These towns are extremely proud of their heritage, and in honor of Patriots Day weekend they will be celebrating with parades, re-enactments of Revolutionary battles, commemorative ceremonies, socials, a pancake breakfast, and much more! This event is perfect for families, history buffs, and anyone that wants to learn more about our country’s history.

Party For The Planet – Do you carpool, recycle, bring reusable bags to the store, or take other steps to go green?  Then you won’t want to miss out on celebrating Earth Day! Head to the Franklin Park Zoo with friends, family, and of course some furry friends for their Earth Day celebration, “Party For The Planet”!  This family friendly event takes place on Sunday, April 27th from 10AM – 3 PM and will raise awareness for the planet with fun events including animal enrichment activities, a chance to meet the zookeepers, entertainment, eco-friendly exhibitors and more.  What better way to celebrate planet Earth than  by getting up close and personal with some of it’s creatures?  Learn more about our planet and what you can do to make a difference every day at this exciting event.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival – The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding their Daffodil Festival from April 25-27.  This annual event celebrates the beginning of spring on the island of Nantucket with an antique car parade, community picnic, art shows, tours, exhibitions, contests, lectures, a Daffodil Flower Show, 5K, and much more.  All are welcome at this exciting event, even your furry friends!  What more could you ask for at a family event?  Many festival-goers dress up for this event, so break out your brightest yellow and enjoy this day of fun in the sun!

The start of spring is always exciting, the weather warms up, flowers are in bloom, and it becomes enjoyable to be outside again!  These events are a great way to kick off the start of the season, so grab your friends, family, flip flops, and enjoy!

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Animal Adventures In Massachusetts

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Everyone loves animals, whether you’re young or old how can you resist those adorable faces?  We’re very lucky here in Massachusetts because there are a bunch of different places we can visit to see some exotic creatures!  We have an aquarium, zoos, and even a butterfly place that are all reasonably priced and family friendly attractions.  Whatever your favorite animal is, there’s a good chance you can see it here in Massachusetts, so head to some of these fun attractions with the whole family!

New England Aquarium – Located in Boston, the New England Aquarium is a popular destination for field trips and family fun.  There are tons of fish to see, and the main exhibit is a giant tank in the center of the aquarium which is home not only to fish, but also giant sea turtles, sharks, sting rays, and many more sea creatures.  Guests can even get a chance to interact with the animals!  There is a tide pool tank where visitors can touch tide pool animals including sea stars, sea urchins, hermit crabs, and more.  Guests can also visit the Shark and Ray Touch Tank where they can touch small sharks and sting rays!  Another cool way to interact with the animals?  Check out the marine mammal shows that take place throughout the day!  There is even an exhibit outside of the aquarium before you enter that features seven Northern fur seals and is free of charge!  In addition to their main building, there is also a Simon’s IMAX theater and Whale Watch tours until November so be sure to visit and take full advantage of all the aquarium has to offer!

Zoo New England – Zoo New England refers to two zoo’s here in Massachusetts, the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham.  Both have unique, exotic animals from all over the world and fun exhibits for guests to participate in.  The Franklin Park Zoo is home to giraffes, lions, tigers, zebra, warthogs, ostrich, and much more!  There’s a petting zoo where children can get up close and personal with farm animals at the zoo as well!  Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors (62+), $11 for children (ages 2-12) and children under 2 are free!  The Stone Zoo is home to black bears, a snow leopard, gibbons, otters, reindeer, wolves, a bald eagle, flamingos, and much more.  Admission to the Stone Zoo is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+), $10 for children (ages 2-12), and children under 2 are free.  Check out one or visit both, either way you are guaranteed to have a day full of family fun!

The Butterfly Place – Located in Westford, this tropical habitat is home to New England butterflies and tropical species from all over the world.  There are also koi fish, quail birds, and caterpillars on site as well as a “show and tell bench” where there is always a staff member on site to answer any questions you may have.  There is also an educational video that plays throughout the day and explains the butterfly life cycle.  You can even take home a butterfly hatching kit so you can hatch and release your own butterfly or moth!  The butterfly place is kept at about 80-85 degrees, which is perfect for the butterflies although other areas do have air conditioning.  Parking is free, and admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), $8 for children (ages 3-12) and free for children 2 and under.

Whether you’re a fan of lions, tigers, bear, seals, penguins, or butterflies, you can see them all and more here in Massachusetts!  All of these destinations are family friendly and fun for all, be sure to visit them all!

Events This August!

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We know what you’re thinking, it’s the last month of summer and you need to get out and have as many fun times as possible before the chill returns to the air.  Not to worry because we’ve got you covered, there’s still plenty of time to have some fun in the sun and plenty of events to go to!

Edgartown Sand Sculpture Contest – Need a nice relaxing beach day with the family?  Play hooky tomorrow, August 7th and take the family to South Beach in Edgartown for their annual Sand Sculpture Contest!  This family oriented event is perfect for children of all ages, so grab your pails, shovels, sunscreen, and head to the beach for a day of fun!  Registration for the contest begins at 9 AM and the contest goes from 10 AM – 2 PM and the awards will be announced at about 3 PM.

Tie-Dye Drop In Day – The Children’s Museum in Easton is hosting this fun event on Friday, August 9th from 10 AM – 3 PM.  Feel free to bring your own clothing to tie-dye or purchase a white t-shirt from the museum for $5.  This event is free with admission and admission costs $7.50 per person.  If you’re hungry or craving something sweet don’t miss the Mix 104.1 crew handing out free ice cream from 12 PM – 2 PM!   This event will be held in the museum’s outdoor facility, “The Wild Place” and gives children the opportunity to play, learn about nature, and explore the gardens at the museum while they get creative and have some fun.  No registration is needed for this event, you can feel free to drop by the museum at any time from 10 AM – 3 PM on the day of the event.  Be sure to check out the other fun activities that they have going on for future “Drop In Days”!

Boston GreenFest – Organized by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. this event is the nation’s largest multicultural environmental music festival.  Celebrate the many ways you can “go green” and improve your local community and environment as a whole, you might even learn something new! The celebration begins on Thursday, August 15th with a kick-off concert at Boston’s City Hall Plaza from 5:30 PM – 9 PM and continues on Friday, August 16th from noon til 9:30 PM and again on Saturday, August 17th from 11 AM – 10 PM.  Learn about the green products, services, networks, and jobs, enjoy the three stages of live entertainment, or take part in an interactive exhibit!  There is something for everyone at this event, even the kids will enjoy the many different games, activities, presentations, and there is even a Boston GreenFest Film Festival just for kids!  Don’t miss you chance to check out some eco-fashion in the EcoPageant International!  Don’t forget to pick up your Boston GreenFest discount button at local Tedeschi Food Shops in Boston, this button only costs $5 but will open the doors to major savings.  Not only can you use it during the event for special discounts from food and craft vendors, but you can also use it for discounts at local businesses around Boston and is valid at certain businesses before, during, and after the festival! 

Brew at the Zoo – Head over to the Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, August 17th for their fourth annual Brew at the Zoo!  This beer tasting event features stations from over 30 different local breweries and food from over a dozen local restaurants!  Try as many samples as you like, enjoy the live entertainment, and take some time to visit with the many different animals on site!  This 21 + event costs $50 per ticket and proceeds benefit the Franklin Park Zoo’s operations, education programs, and continued conservation efforts.  The party starts at 5 PM and goes until 9 PM, and the zoo will be providing free transportation from the Forest Hills T Station to the zoo from 5 PM – 7 PM and from the zoo back to the train station from 7 PM – 9 PM.

Which of these events do you plan on attending?  Know of a fun event that we forgot?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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April Vacation Events in Massachusetts

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Looking for some family-friendly event ideas for April vacation week?  We’ve got you covered!  School vacation week is coming up fast, it’s April 15-19 !  There are so many events going on for April vacation,  we promise you won’t hear anyone in your family saying “I’m bored” if you bring your kiddos to some of these fun-filled events.

April School Vacation Week at the Franklin Park Zoo – Who doesn’t love going to the zoo?  There are beautiful, exotic animals which are always exciting to see no matter how old you are!  There are also some new animals to keep an eye out for during your visit, including a baby bongo calf and a Grant’s zebra foal.  There is also a (relatively) new 10,000-square-foot playground for your little ones to enjoy that was built last summer.  What’s the best part of school vacation week at the zoo, you ask?  The Aussie Aviary!  It will be opening for the season during school vacation week, and guests can explore the tropical environment while colorful birds fly right by you.  You can even purchase a seed stick to feed the birds, one of them may even land right on you!  During April Vacation week the Aussie Aviary will be open from 10 AM – 4 PM, weather permitting.  The zoo itself is open from 10 AM – 5 PM on weekdays, and from 10 AM – 6 PM on weekends.  Tickets are $17.00 for adults, $14.00 for seniors (age 62+),  $11.00 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under 2.

School Vacation Week At The Peabody Essex Museum – Want your kids to keep their minds engaged over break?  This is the perfect activity to boost their creativity and keep their brains active.  The Peabody Essex Museum is hosting a 3 day event in honor of April vacation week, called “Sounding Off: Explore Art and Movement Through the Work of Nick Cave”.  There will be many drop in activities to participate in, including creating kaleidoscopic wallpaper, using a MaKey MaKey which is a cool invention that can turn everyday items, such as a banana, into a musical instrument, interactive performances, tours, dance, and so much more!  These events will be taking place from Tuesday, April 16th- Thursday, April 18th.  All activities are included in the price of museum admission.  Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for students, and free for children 16 and under or residents of Salem.

School Vacation Week At The Ecotarium – This is another great workshop that will keep your kids’ minds busy over vacation.  This year, April vacation week is combined with Earth Week at the Ecotarium in Worcester, which will be going on from Tuesday, April 16th – Friday, April 19th.  The theme of this year’s Earth Week is “Blast Off!” which examines how humans explore the universe, whether it be with satellites, robots, or rocket ships.  There will be many different activities to celebrate, including launching stomp rockets, games, maneuvering remote-controlled robots, exploring the science behind firing space probes, and making a model Earth orbiter.  Most of these activities are free with admission!  There will also be a celebration specifically for Earth Day on Friday, April 19th.  There will be half priced admission for everyone, indoor and outdoor Earth day events, animal programs, music, planetarium shows, and the opportunity to explore the Ecotarium’s trails and woods just as spring is arriving!

April School Vacation Week at the Museum of Fine Arts – Is there a budding artist in your family?  If so, they will love these April vacation programs at the MFA!  All activities and admission is free for kids during this week!  There will be tours of the museum, a story hour, visiting artists, a film festival, and many art making activities for your little (or big) artist.  The theme is “Artists to Warriors: Celebrating Japanese Art” and the programs will be on Tuesday, April 16th – Friday April 19th from 10 AM – 4 PM (til 8PM on Wednesday).  Focuses of the workshops will include subjects such a origami, Japanese Spring traditions, painting Cherry Blossom Scrolls, and even creating your own Samurai helmet!  Don’t let your kids miss out on this amazing experience, the best part is that it’s free!

There are plenty of events that will keep your kids occupied during their vacation!  These events are not only fun and interesting, but will keep your children’s minds engaged over their break.  Tell them to put the video games or iPad down and get them in gear!  All of the above events are approriate for children of all ages, kids of any age are sure to find an event they will enjoy!

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Events This April!

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Looking for something new and exciting to do this month?  These local events are fun, exciting, opportunities to get out of the house and try something new!  Celebrate the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately by getting out and about, try your luck at trivia, celebrate Earth Day, stop by Comic Con, or enjoy a craft beer, as always, there is an event for everyone!

True Lies and False Facts: A Questionable Tour of Boston – How much do you know about Boston’s history?  Boston By Foot organized this trivia tour where you will hear wild and outlandish tales, some of them are true while some of them are false.  Use your knowledge of Boston’s history to discover the truth, after the tour participants will gather at the 6B Lounge where the answers will be revealed and those with the most correct will win prizes.  This historic tour takes place on Sunday, April 7th at 2 PM and costs $10 for members of the organization and $20 for non-members.  Participants will gather outside the Charles/MGH T station on the Red Line before the tour begins.  Celebrate April Fool’s day a little late this year and see if you can be fooled!  Reservations are recommended although walk-ups will be accepted if space allows, only cash will be accepted for payment on the tour day.

Spring Beer Fest – Celebrate the beginning of Spring with a crisp, refreshing craft beer!  The Spring Beer Fest will be taking place on Friday, April 19th at Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts.  There will be beers available to taste from across the globe, guests will recieve a passport (event guide) that will enable them to travel from country to country sampling brews.  There will also be music and all guests will be entered to win great items valued at $1,000.00!  Guests can either purchase tickets for the Rush Hour tasting from 5 PM – 7:30 PM which cost $49 until 4/12/13 and then costs $69 until they sell out, or can purchase tickets for the Friday night Tasting Party from 8 PM – 11 PM which costs $59 until 4/12/13 and then costs $69 until they sell out.  There will also be a sushi rolling and saki class taking place for those that are interested!  There will be two sessions, one at 5:15 PM and one at 8:15 PM, tickets are $59 until 4/12/13 and then will be $69 until they sell out.  The class is one hour long and you will learn how to make sushi rolls and then enjoy complimentary pre-rolled items!  Get your tickets for this event before they sell out!

Party For The Planet! – Celebrate Earth Day with the Franklin Park Zoo this year on Sunday, April 21st at their Party for the Planet!  The Franklin Park Zoo has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and the Cambridge Science Festival for this event to raise awareness for our planet!  Take your little ones to the zoo for this event where they can learn how to contribute to and maintain planet Earth in a fun, engaging environment.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet the zookeepers, participate in a scavenger hunt, enjoy the live entertainment on site, and of course meet the many animals that live at the zoo!  There will also be animal enrichment activities and Magic 106.7 will be on hand from 11 AM – 1 PM with music, games, and prizes!

Boston Comic Con – This event takes place across the country and on April 20-21st it will be here in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center!  Comic book fans, get your tickets while they last, single day admission costs $25.00 but if you buy a ticket for admission on both days it will run you up $40.00 and tickets can be purchased in advance online, or at the door the day of the event.  Fans of the hit series “The Walking Dead” will love the fact that favorites Lauren Cohan AKA Maggie Greene and Jon Bernthal AKA Shane Walsh will be on hand for autographs, photo ops, and some Q&A.  There will also be a comic art auction, costume contest, film festival, and stars and artists from many other famous comic books at the event.  Show hours are from 10 AM – 7 PM on Saturday, and from 10 AM – 5 PM on Sunday.

Which one of these events are you most excited about this month?  There is something going on to entertain every member of your family this April, so head into Boston and celebrate the warm weather at one of these events!

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Haunted Happenings Across Massachusetts!

October is all about Halloween!  How will you be celebrating this month?  If you’re looking to get creeped out, we’ve found some of the scariest events taking place, plus a few that aren’t as frightening for all you scaredy cats!

Zoo Howl at the Franklin Park Zoo – The kids will love this event being put on by the Franklin Park Zoo.  It takes place the weekend before Halloween, October 27-28 from 11 AM – 3 PM each day and guests are invited to visit their favorite animals while celebrating the season.  There will be creature encounters, creepy crafts, ghoulish games, and even a haunted maze!  Children can follow the trick-or-treat trail while they check out the animals and then head over to the Haunted Maze!  There will be entertainment as well, Radio Disney will be on the main stage and on Saturday the 27th The Puppet Showplace Theatre and Catching Joy will be on hand to help create puppets and crafts.  So stop by with the family and enjoy some pre-Halloween trick-or-treating and crafts while seeing some of your favorite creatures!  This event in included in the price of admission.

BeWicked Halloween Pub Crawl – This definitely sounds like one of the best Halloween Pub Crawls in Boston.  Hosted by the Boston Ski and Sports Club, it begins on Saturday, October 27th at 12:45 PM.  Participants will be meeting at King’s on Dalton Street in their best Halloween getup since there will be contests for best costume at every bar!  There will be prizes for the winners and Magner’s Cider swag and giveaways for all.  It gets better, free appetizers at every bar, palm readings, drink specials, games, and goodie bags will be available as well!  The group will make 45 minute stops at the best bars on Boylston St and will end at Lir.  Tickets are $25 unless you’re a member of Boston Ski and Sports Club, in which case they are $20.  A discounted 5-pack of tickets is also available for those of you going with a group and each stop is a cash bar.

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” Halloween Party – Anyone who has seen this movie knows how terrifying it is, and the party is sure to be equally as scary!  The Liberty Hotel is hosting their annual costume party, Saturday October 27th at 8 PM and it is sure to be a scream!  There will be specialty cocktails, live aerial performances, and three levels of entertainment featuring sounds from DJ Michael Savant, DJ7L, and DJ Hectic.  The party will be happening all through the night and ends at 2 AM.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here, this event is 21+ only.

Beacon Hill With A BOO! – This haunted tour is hosted by Boston By Foot, a nonprofit educational corporation.  They host tours and lectures but this is by far their most popular event.  Tickets are $20 and the tour only takes place once a year, it begins at 5:30 PM on Halloween Night, Wednesday October 31st.  The group will gather on the steps in front of the State House on Beacon St and tickets are available here.  The tour is 90 minutes during which your guide will lead you through the streets of one of the nations oldest neighborhoods.  Listen as your guide tells tales of murders, mayhem, and ghosts that are still rumored to haunt the streets today.

Whether you want to be scared, entertained, or learn about some of the history behind the holiday, these events have got you covered!  Enjoy some of these spooky events going on this month, it’s always fun to dress up and get into the spirit, the season for haunted happenings won’t last long!

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