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April Vacation Events in Massachusetts


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 November!

Can you believe it’s already November?  Time flies when you’re having fun, and it will go by even faster with these events to look forward too!  Before the Christmas rush begins, take some time to relax and enjoy these events this month, there’s something for everyone whether you want to go out with friends, family, or out for date night, we’ve got you covered!

Fall Wine Fest – Sounds good already doesn’t it?  Get your tickets before they sell out!  This wine tasting event is this Saturday, November 3rd at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts in Boston and there are three tasting sessions to choose from.  The matinee tasting is from noon-2:30 PM, followed by the afternoon tasting from 3PM-6PM (recently sold out), and final tasting is from 7PM-10PM.  Prices vary depending on which tasting you want to attend, but you can get more information here.  Guests will get their “passport” to guide them through the event and the different regions of wine.  There will also be music from DJ Karl and food samples to enjoy with your wine.  This event is limited to members or guests of members, but membership is free and you can subscribe here.  This event is 21+ and we want all attendees to enjoy responsibly and designate a driver!

Royal Tea At The MFA – Beginning this Sunday, November 4th the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is hosting an afternoon tea session to compliment the exhibition “Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits“.  It will run each Sunday from November 4th until December 16th from 3PM-4:30 PM and is $28.00 per person.  There will be a wide assortment of finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones whipped up by their pastry chef and guests can also add in a glass of wine, sherry, or brandy for an additional fee. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Open Table or by calling (617) 369-3474.  This event sounds like a great way to relax on a Sunday afternoon with friends or family.  Who doesn’t love a warm cup of tea and some pastries on a fall afternoon?

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving – Plymouth Rock put Massachusetts on the map when the pilgrims landed and celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the Native Americans.  Take a drive to Plymouth from November 16th-18th and prepare for Thanksgiving at a celebration aimed at preserving the history of the holiday as well as remembering those that have fought and sacrificed to protect the American dream.  There will be a parade, military reenactments, a food festival, entertainment, and much more.  This is a great event for the whole family this fall as it celebrates the holiday while also remembering the important history behind it.  There will also be crafts, a Harvest festival, and a Wampanoag pavillion set up to teach visitors what the first Thanksgiving between the Natives and Pilgrims was really like.  Take a drive down to Plymouth this weekend, check out the Mayflower, and enjoy the holiday season while also keeping in mind the origins of Thanksgiving!

Blink! Launch Event – Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Pops for the first annual Blink! Launch Event!  This exciting tradition features the music of the Boston Pops and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Faneuil Hall!  This is the perfect event to kick of the holiday season and will definitely get you in the spirit!  Stop by with the family and enjoy this festive event that begins at 5:30 PM on Saturday, November 17th.  There will be food vendors, plenty of shops to check out, and entertainment before the main performance begins!  The Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting is a Christmas tradition and Blink! is a new spin on this classic outing that is perfect for family and friends of all ages.  Be sure to arrive early so you can get a good spot!

Head out to one of these events this month before the Christmas madness begins!  Whether you’re looking for the perfect girls night, family event,  or for a taste of some culture there is an event for you this month!  There’s plenty of time to enjoy the holiday season before the pressure’s on, so head out with family and friends this month, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Free Events in Boston This Month!

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Now that February is coming to a close and March is about to begin, spring is in the air and it’s that time when everyone is ready to get out and about after a chilly winter.  Although Boston is an expensive city, there are plenty of opportunities to go out on the town without breaking your budget.  We’ve compiled a list of free events going on in March and there is definitely something for everyone!

Who doesn’t love to travel?  On Saturday March 3, 2012 the Kendall Square Community Ice Skating Rink is partnering with Icelandair for their second annual Last Bostonian Skating.  It takes place from 11AM-8PM and during the hours of 12PM-3PM guests will have the chance to win a trip to Iceland!  There will be additional prizes available and the event is to benefit Icelandair’s own Special Children Travel Fund and The Children’s Hospital Boston so donations are encouraged!

Many people have heard of the intriguing art of acupuncture but how much do we really know about it?  It is a holistic healing method typically used to fight chronic pain such as arthritis and has been found to be an alternative to traditional pain medication.  Want to learn more?  Pathways to Wellness is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide affordable access to holistic healing and they are hosting a free “Arthritis and Acupuncture” workshop that will explore acupuncture as a viable treatment for arthritis.  Even if you don’t have arthritis or know anyone who is suffering from it, this is a great opportunity to learn about something new from another culture, you may also want to inquire about their yoga programs!

Jazz fans should definitely stop by Lesley University on March 6 and see talented young musician Grace Kelly perform live.  At age 19 Grace has already played in over 500 concerts worldwide and graduated from Berklee College of Music.  She is a rising star in the jazz world and is a talented singer, songwriter and saxophonist who has played with legends such as Wynton Marsalis. The concert goes from 4PM-6:30 PM and is open to the public.

Everyone knows that St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in Boston, that’s why we have the nation’s second biggest parade taking place Sunday March 18, 2012 in Boston’s historically Irish South Boston!  This parade has been known to attract crowds of 600,000 and is also broadcast over live TV.  The parade features multiple Irish bands playing the bagpipes of course, as well as politicians, military units, clowns, and cartoon characters for the kids.  You don’t want to miss one of Boston’s biggest events especially since it’s free!

New York City may be famous for their bagels but Boston is dishing out some competition.  Finagle a Bagel is a popular local chain and their factory is in Newton which is just a short ride from Boston.  Every Monday through Thursday from 10AM-3PM guests are welcome to enjoy a self guided tour of their factory and learn the history of the bagel as well as Finagle a Bagel.  This is a great activity for kids who will enjoy seeing the bagel dough being mixed, baked, and come out on a conveyor belt.

Boston has no shortage of museums and one of our most popular is the Museum of Fine Arts, conveniently located right next to the T.  Typically their admission is $22 but on Wednesdays after 4PM admission is free although a donation is suggested.  This is a great deal to be taken advantage of since the MFA has multiple exhibits from across the globe that are educational, interesting, and beautiful. This is a great event for families, couples, or groups of friends and the best part is that it takes place every week!

There is always something to do in Boston and luckily for those of us on a budget there are free events taking place every month as well!  If you’re on a budget it’s also the perfect excuse to try something new that you typically wouldn’t give a chance!

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