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Friday, April 17, 2015
Welcome to School Vacation Week!   The next few weeks are full of all sorts of activities to keep you & your entire troupe amused. You'll definitely find something for everyone...  Be sure to check out our handy April School Vacation Events Guide to start planning your week.  

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Family Fun for the Week of 4/20 - 4/28

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Charles River Creative Arts Summer Camps - Dover
Charles River Creative Arts, the summer program of the Charles River School in Dover, MA, has been a pioneer in multi-arts education since 1970. Here, young people take risks and learn new skills in an exciting, nurturing, and diverse community of experienced artists and educators.

Boston Metro

The Boston Marathon - Boston
The Boston Marathon is one of the city's biggest events of the year - featuring 25,000 elite runners from around the world competing in a route made difficult by rolling terrain and features such as 'Heartbreak Hill.'
Monday, Apr 20, 2015

9th Annual Cambridge Science Festival - Cambridge
Be Curious Join scientists, engineers and more at the Cambridge Science Festival, a 10 day celebration showcasing fun and interactive science, technology, engineering and math for everyone
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

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Let It Grow: April Vacation Activities at Peabody Essex Museum
Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring at our Earth Day festivities. Enjoy storytimes, collaberative and drop-in art making, & demos.
Monday - Friday, April 20-24, 2015

Annual Boston College Arts Festival - Chestnut Hill
Come explore exhibitions and demonstrations in photography, ceramics, painting and drawing. Enjoy performances in Shakespeare to contemporary theater as well as ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, Irish dance, swing dance and much more.
Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 - Saturday, Apr 25, 2015

Calling All Isabellas to the Gardner Museum - Boston
Each April, the Gardner Museum opens its doors to Isabellas of all ages, along with friends and families, for a fr-ee day of fun and festivities in celebration of our founder Isabella Stewart Gardner.
Thursday, Apr 23, 2015

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Russian School of Math Summer Programs
Summer school is a great opportunity for all students seeking to master their knowledge and get ahead on new material. Our math enrichment summer program is an intensive six week course that builds, develops and reinforces the work done over the year and gets the student ready for the year ahead.
Enrolling for Summer Classes Now

Celebrate with Tanglewood Marionettes - The Dragon King - Dorchester
Journey beneath the sea in this story of fantasy, courage and wonder from Chinese folklore. Explore the ocean bottom with fantastic sea creatures and a fearless grandmother who seeks the Dragon King.
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015

Independent Film Festival of Boston - Boston
The annual Independent Film Festival of Boston is set to be the biggest and best festival yet.
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015

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Get ARTventurous! ½ price tickets and Giveaways - Boston
Now through April 26th, explore a world of kid-friendly arts adventures without leaving Greater Boston. Featuring 1/2 price tickets to over 50 performances for great shows including Blue Man Group, Big Apple Circus and Wheelock Family Theatre's Shrek The Musical.

Art in Bloom at the MFA - Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will welcome the spring season with its annual festival of flowers, Art in Bloom, hosted by the MFA Associates
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 - Monday, Apr 27, 2015

Run of the Charles Canoe & Kayak Race - Boston
Canoe and kayak enthusiasts, professional, amateur & recreational, from throughout the US and Canada, ages 12+ compete in a variety of races, including the $5,000 Professional Flatwater Canoe Marathon, the 24Mile Relay Race, and 19, 9, and 6-mile amateur races.
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

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Take a Closer Look at Fay School - Southborough
Curious about the difference an independent school can make in your child’s life? Located in Southborough, Fay is an outstanding Pre-K-9, coed day school, with 5 and 7-day boarding available in grades 7-9. Attend our Admission Visit Day to learn more! Questions? Contact Kerin Riley at 508-490-8201 for more info.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Children's Fairy Home Building Workshops @ Franklin Park - Boston
Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be co-hosting their second annual Fairy Home Building Workshop with the Franklin Park Coalition at Schoolmaster Hill in Franklin Park.
Thursday, Apr 23, 2015

The Diary Of Anne Frank - Boston
One of the most poignant plays of our generation, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK tells the honest story of a young Jewish girl in Amsterdam hiding from the Nazi´s during World War II.
Sat, Sun from Apr 25, 2015 - May 2, 2015

28th Sheepshearing Festival, Gore Place - Waltham
Enjoy demonstrations, large crafts fair, music, food vendors, wagon rides, games, and activities for the entire family! Free parking. No pets please. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, April 25, from 10am to 5pm

April Vacation Week at Mary Baker Eddy Library - Back Bay
Learn how you can make a meaningful difference in someone else´s life—and have fun, too During April school vacation week, The Mary Baker Eddy Library will open its doors with a fr-ee program to the exhibits for visitors under 17.
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 - Friday, Apr 24, 2015

Big Apple Circus: METAMORPHOSIS - Boston
Hurry, hurry — Fly away to the magical ring, to the circus — to the Big Apple Circus — where an All-New Show — METAMORPHOSIS — with astonishing acts and startling transformations will transport you to a realm of enchantment under the Big Top.
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 - Sunday, May 10, 2015

Vacation Week Show with Mike The Bubble Man - Dedham
Mike the Bubble Man brings the magic of science to Rashi with music, choreography, and comedy. Find out how the world looks from the inside of a bubble! You and your child will be enthralled as you discover the shapes, color, and chemistry of bubbles.
Friday, April 24 from 10:00 am-11:30 am

The Legend of Banana Kid' by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers - Brookline
APRIL VACATION WEEK SHOW Puppet Showplace Theatre is proud to present 'The Legend of Banana Kid' by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers Part of our 40th Anniversary 'Tiny Heroes' Series.
Tue, Wed, Thu from Apr 21, 2015 - Apr 23, 2015

All Girls Sports Festival - Roxbury
Boston girls ages 11 - 14 are invited to enjoy a variety of fun ways to exercise mind, body, and spirit and try out a variety of sports with expert instructors including basketball, tennis, Double Dutch, step dancing, track, swimming, bicycling, rugby, soccer, and an intro to rock climbing.
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 - Friday, Apr 24, 2015

Spring Time Swizzle 'N Sizzle Shabbat at Elephant Walk - Cambridge
Recharge and reconnect after a long winter by enjoying Shabbat with JCC Interfaith Connections on at The Elephant Walk in Cambridge. Wake up your senses with the tantalizing flavors of Cambodian and French cuisine and stimulating conversation with friends old and new. Geared for interfaith couples and parents. Pre-registration required by April 17.
Friday, April 24, 2015 from 7-9pm

The Science of Handbells: Presented by Back Bay Ringers - Cambridge
What really happens when you hear a bell ringing? The Back Bay Ringers are holding two fr-ee educational handbell presentations to introduce scientific concepts in handbell ringing.
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015

West Suburbs

Concord Patriot's Day Parade - Concord
Listen to fife and drum corps from all over the nation as they march down Main Street. Following the parade discover more history by taking a tour of the Old Manse, or by visiting the Concord Museum.
Monday, Apr 20, 2015

Nobles Day Camp presents the 4th Annual Touch a Truck Event - Dedham
A fun interactive event that allows children to see and explore their favorite trucks and vehicles. Enjoy the trackless train, face painting, petting zoo, Live DJ and lots of fun.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11am - 1:00pm

Battle of Lexington: Patriot's Day Reenactment 2015 - Lexington
Watch as history unfolds the story of our nation's fight for fr-eedom in Lexington Be part of the story through the reenactment of Paul Revere's ride, followed by day-long events.
Monday, Apr 20, 2015

Earth Day Celebration 2014 - Concord
A community Celebration of the Earth: A morning ceremony along the Concord River, a parade of giant puppets, and a festival of food, music and art activities.
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015

PJ Library’s Letterboxing Adventure for Lag B’Omer - Natick
Celebrate Lag B’Omer with PJ Library® and Jewish Family Network at Natick Community Organic Farm. Lag B’Omer, a spring holiday, is often marked by outdoor activities, hikes and bonfires. Join other families for this mystical Jewish festival to connect with nature and learn about letterboxing, a live treasure hunt. A set of clues guide families to a hidden box, where kids will leave their mark for others.
Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10-11:30am

Get to Know Our Flag Family Program - Lexington
April is a great month for flags This family program explores the origins, history, legends and myths of the American flag with the Museum´s historic treasure, the 15-star flag as a backdrop.
Thursday, Apr 23, 2015

Vernal Pools are Cool - Framingham
Join us as we explore vernal pools, these mysterious springtime pools often come and go with much notice. Come learn why vernal pools are so special and why some animals' lives depend on them.
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

Huge Children's Tag Sale - Marlborough
The West Suburban Chapter of the Mass. Mothers of Twins Association's semi-annual Tag Sale. 20,000+ items for sale at super low prices, including gently used children´s clothing, strollers, baby equipment, cribs, toys, books, DVDs & more
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015

April Vacation Family Fun Week at Alcott House - Concord
Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times; play a 19th-century game and sing period songs in the Parlor; participate in a treasure hunt -- all while learning about this extraordinary New England family
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 - Friday, Apr 24, 2015

Hansel & Gretel - Newton
Hansel & Gretel will be presented by The Children´s Cooperative Nursery School and The New England Conservatory Touring Opera on Saturday, April 25th, at 3pm at the historical First Baptist Church of Newton.
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015

April Vacation Crafts at Concord Museum - Concord
April Vacation crafts: Try your hand at both Colonial and Baseball themed crafts all week (Monday through Friday) from 11 am – 3 pm at the Concord Museum. Fr-ee with Concord Museum admission
Monday, Apr 20, 2015 - Friday, Apr 24, 2015

Art for April Vacation at deCordova - Lincoln
Spring has sprung Explore deCordova's Sculpture Park after the long winter by looking for signs of spring, discovering sights and sounds of the Park, and creating from/about nature.
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 - Saturday, Apr 25, 2015

Backyard Builders: From Forts to Fairy Houses - Acton
From forts to fairyhouses, gnome homes to hide-a-aways - what will you build in the museums´ backyard?
Thursday, Apr 23, 2015

Squirrel Stole My Underpants Puppet Show - Weston
Puppets, music, dance, and human theater merge in a show about the strength and magic within ourselves. 'Squirrel Stole My Underpants' presented by Bonnie Duncan will also include an interactive demo and Q&A session.
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day with Stamps - Weston
Recycle your old bottles, cans, plates, boxes and other objects by decorating with postage stamps. Lear to make envelopes from old maps and wrapping paper and send Earth Day greetings to friends - fr-ee postage.
Thursday, Apr 23, 2015

North Suburbs

Newburyport Literary Festival - Newburyport
Enjoy readings by almost 50 authors and poets, including popular novelists and crime fiction writers, children's authors and activities to be enjoyed by all ages.
Friday, Apr 24, 2015 - Saturday, Apr 25, 2015

Melrose Arts Festival - Melrose
The Melrose Arts and Cultural Association (MACA) once again hosts its annual Arts Festival at Memorial Hall. The Festival, a juried exhibition with all work available for sale, will showcase the work of over 40 regional fine artists
Friday, Apr 24, 2015 - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

2015 Aleppo Shriners Circus - Wilmington
Aleppo Shriners Circus presented by Royal Hanneford Circus - Affordable family friendly fun. Join us a fun and exciting show that has something for everyone. Join us a fun and exciting show that has something for everyone. All tickets are only $10 and fr-ee parking.
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

School Vacation Week Program – Music Reader Presto - Winchester
Music Reader Presto is a morning program, 9-12 daily, for young piano and string players, ages 6-12. Fun and engaging games and activities help students get over the tough hurdle of learning to read music
Monday, Apr 20, 2015 - Friday, Apr 24, 2015

Neverland Theatre's Beauty and the Beast - Beverly
Neverland has gathered a talented group of kids, teens and adults to present this delightful, non-musical version of the fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast over April Vacation
Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun from Apr 22, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015

Spend a WILD April school vacation week at Stone Zoo - Stoneham
Visit Stone Zoo during April school vacation week and learn more about all of the incredible animals that call the zoo home, from snow leopards to jaguars and many more.
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri from Apr 20, 2015 - Apr 24, 2015

Fr-ee Earth Day Vacation Fun at Cohen Hillel - Marblehead
Fr-ee Earth Day Vacation Fun at Cohen Hillel Fr-ee for ages 3-10 accompanied by adults Music and Movement (including Wiggles and Giggles for 3-5 y.o.) Earth Day crafts & refreshments.
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015

Lego Duplo Open House - Woburn
Come join us for our Open House at The Little Gym of Woburn as we celebrate The Little Gym´s exclusive partnership with Lego Duplo. Raffles, refreshments, sample classes, and more
Friday, Apr 24, 2015

South Suburbs

New England Folk Festival - Mansfield
The New England Folk Festival is a fabulous blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from many lands. Come enjoy the annual festival at Mansfield High & Middle Schools.
Friday, Apr 24, 2015 - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

Nantucket Annual Daffodil Festival - Nantucket
Millions of blooming daffodils will transform Nantucket during the Annual Daffodil Festival. Lots of fun activities amidst the beautiful spring landscape.
Friday, Apr 24, 2015 - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

[SENSE]ation Day: Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton
Come to Fuller Craft Museum for a day filled with hands-on activities, craft demos, new exhibitions, and fun Fr-ee admission from 1-4pm Bring the family
Thursday, Apr 23, 2015

Paragon Carousel - Hull
One of fewer than 100 'Grand' carousels remaining in the U.S. today, the Paragon Carousel touches the hearts, sparks the imaginations and ignites the creative spirits of all who visit it.
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 - Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015

Exploring Pond Life at Mass Audubon Blue Hills - Milton
Come and explore the Trailside Museum pond Discover who lives under and on top of the pond, and get a close up look at tadpoles, dragonflies and other native animals.
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015

Family Fun Paint Day - Walpole
Bring your family to The Parched Painter to enjoy a fun afternoon of painting together You will receive step by step instructions to create a masterpiece on canvas
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015

Make Music and Art with the Children´s Museum in Easton - Easton
This April vacation, come join the Children's Museum in Easton for a great day filled with art, music and fun We can't wait to see you here
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015

Wednesday of April Vacation Week - Easton
Join The Children´s Museum in Easton on Wednesday, April 22nd for a fun filled day of creativity by drawing with light and making jewelry
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015

Rhode Island

Party For the Planet - Rhode Island
This weeklong extravaganza will celebrate the different regions featured in the Zoo. Join us to learn about the animals here at the Zoo that are from those regions and about their exciting and vibrant cultures.
Monday, Apr 20, 2015 - Friday, Apr 24, 2015

Mad Science at Providence Children's Museum - Rhode Island
Witness mesmerizing experiments exploring the laws of motion in this mind-bending interactive show. Discover the science of gravity and balance Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 4 and up.
Monday, Apr 20, 2015
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