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Sunday, May 1, 2016
EVENT ADDITIONS: Parden the resend - we've added a few events for Saturday (e.g. Free Ferry Day and the Watch City Steampunk Festival) to this week's newsletter.

Happy Mothers Day! As May delivers warmer weather and more flowering blooms, there are also lots more outdoor activities to enjoy. This week, the Swans will officially return to the Public Garden, and the Annual Ducklings Day Parade delightfully marches through the Public Garden; and of course Lilac Sunday at the Arboretum allows for the rarest of picnics for the occasion (and there will be food trucks!).

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Family Fun for the Week of 5/4 - 5/10

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Russian School of Math Summer Programs - Greater Boston
Enrich your child's math skills this summer at the Russian School of Mathematics. Enroll now to get ahead of the school year, learn abstract concepts or dive into Olympiad style problems!
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Boston Duckling Day Parade 2016 - Boston
Duckling Day is the most adorable Mother's Day celebration in Boston Celebrate the famous children's book Make Way for Ducklings with your family, while enjoying springtime in our parks
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum - Jamaica Plain
This beloved Boston tradition celebrates the lilacs as well as many other special collections at their peak at ` lovely time of year. Come celebrate spring at the Arnold Arboretum.
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Brookline Music School Summer Programs - Brookline
Children love our popular Music & More Summer Arts Program and often add a beginning instrument or dance class to fill the day; Meet the Instruments introduces students to several instruments; Vocal Discovery engages young singers in a fun, group setting; Musical Storytelling w/iMovie offers students a chance to construct their own multimedia music video; & discover the fun of playing with a group of musicians in a Chamber Music Workshop.
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ArtWeek 2016 Continues... - Boston
ArtWeek is an award-winning unique creative festival with over 100+ hands-on or creative experiences celebrating the area’s arts, cultural, and creative communities that is held in the Spring and Fall.
Now thru - Sunday, May 8, 2016

Fr-ee Ferry Day - Boston Harbor Islands
Celebrate opening day with a FREE trip to Georges or Spectacle Islands! Have a picnic, take a guided tour of historic Fort Warren, play games in the parade ground, explore the beach or simply enjoy a refreshing ferry ride through scenic Boston Harbor.
Saturday, May 7 2016

Total Trivia! A Night at Common Ground - Arlington
Join JCC Interfaith Connections for an evening of dinner, drinks and trivia at Common Ground. How many times have you said "Someday I'll need to know this useless information?" Your day has arrived! Come enjoy a casual dinner and drinks and the legendary Kathy Pomer as she presents her own brand of trivia, music, humor and entertainment. Includes buffet dinner. Cash bar. Geared for adults. Cost is $10/person. Register by May 24.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 7-9pm

FINAL WEEK! Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour - Boston
Step right up as the Big Apple Circus returns to town with the Boston premiere of The Grand Tour, the company´s 38th season production. The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles.
Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 - Sunday, May 8, 2016

Swan Lake - Boston
When Mikko Nissinen's version of this ballet debuted in 2014 it was hailed as 'luminous' by The Wall Street Journal. Don't miss this limited engagement as Swan Lake won't return to the stage for several years.
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from Apr 29, 2016 - May 26, 2016

Mother's Day Walk for Peace - Dorchester
The Mother's Day Walk for Peace began in 1996 for families who had lost their children to violence. On a day that we celebrate mothers and children, the Walk became a place for families and friends to feel support and love with thousands of others who pledge their commitment to peace. Through the years, it has become a way for thousands of people to financially support the work of the Peace Institute.
Sunday, May 8, 2016

A Year With Frog & Toad - Boston
Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that weathers all seasons.
Friday, Apr 15, 2016 - Sunday, May 15, 2016

Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra - Cambridge
Brahms´s Double Concerto demands the greatest maturity from its performers. Mahler's First Symphony tells the story of its hero´s absorption with nature, his youthful adventures, trials, and final triumph.
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Boston University FitRec Open House - Brookline
Boston University´s Fitness and Recreation Center is having an Open House on May 4. From 12-2pm and 4-8:30pm, enjoy fr-ee classes and activities
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Boston Theater Marathon XVIII - South End
The Boston Theater Marathon features 50 ten-minute plays, by 50 New England playwrights, produced by 50 New England theatres in 10 hours. All-day pass allows patrons to come and go as they please.
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Wake Up the Earth Festival & Parade - Jamaica Plain
Enjoy a great event for families, with lots of activities and performances for kids of all ages.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

North Suburbs

Synchro Saturdays - Haverhill
Come join Optima Synchro, a nationally recognized synchronized swim team for a fr-ee synchronized swim demonstration and introductory lesson. We are a synchronized swim team of swimmers between the ages of 6 and 18.
Every Saturday from Feb 20, 2016 - May 14, 2016

Boxford Homes Tour - Boxford
Usher in Spring and bring Mom on a Mother´s Day Homes Tour in Boxford on Saturday, May 7, 2016 hosted by the Boxford Elementary Schools Trust (BEST).
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sword Adventure Night: May Day May Day - Burlington
Join us for Sword Adventure Games where you solve mysteries, fight monsters, and win treasure. Guard Up in Burlington MA has monthly sword adventure games.
Friday, May 6, 2016

An Afternoon of Spring Concerts - North Reading
The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras presents their Afternoon of Spring Concerts. There will be two performances; a concert at 2:30 pm and a second concert at 5:00 pm. The concert is fr-ee to the general public.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Day Spring Alpen Celebration - Ipswich
A fresh idea for Mother´s Day Spend the morning at Appleton Farms ushering in the season of spring, the fresh flavors of the farm, and the dairy herd´s return to pasture.
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Wakefield High School 5th Annual A Cappella Night - Wakefield
A cappella concert featuring the NU Nor'easters and area high school groups, including Voices of Steel and She Major from Wakefield HS, Northern Lights from Plymouth North HS, and Voices ReChoired from Marlborough HS.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

South Suburbs

Family Autism Night - Easton
The Children´s Museum in Easton will be open exclusively for families with children 10 and under on the Autism Spectrum to explore hands-on exhibits in a less overwhelming atmosphere.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Act It Out - Easton
Bring your favorite stories to life at the Children's Museum in Easton in our Act It Out program. Become your favorite characters and create props for lively renditions of classic stories
Every Thursday from Mar 31, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016

Cape Cod Restaurant Week - Hyannis
From May 9th- May 15th, Cape Cod restaurants will offer 3-course prix fixe meals at wallet-friendly prices as a part of Cape Cod Restaurant Week
Monday, May 9, 2016 - Sunday, May 15, 2016

Incredible Blue Hills Photo Contest - Milton
Help celebrate the Incredible Blue Hills Reservation by submitting up to four of your favorite photos to this year's contest. Prizes include two $250 gift certificates.
Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 - Friday, Sep 16, 2016

Mother's Day Bead Making at Providence Children's Museum - Providence
Create a variety of beads and bead jewelry in celebration of Mother's Day. Mold, sculpt and roll beads from paper, clay and other materials and use them to make necklaces, keychains and more
Sat, Sun from May 7, 2016 - May 8, 2016

West Suburbs

Lexington Fife & Drum Muster - Lexington
Experience the sights and sounds of American history in one of our finest national parks. The William Diamond Jr Fife & Drum Corps hosts 30 uniformed musical groups in a fr-ee outdoor concert.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Watch City Steampunk Festival - Waltham
A festival to celebrate all things Steampunk! Steampunk is a movement melding elements of Victorian-era history and fashion with retro-futuristic technology and fantastical fiction. There will be vendors, music, food, activities for kids, and more.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Needham Family Fishing Derby - Needham
On the shores of Needham Reservoir, cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Kids FunFEST - Newton
A Fun Fair with activities for kids. SOn Saturday, there are performances from dance studios. On Sunday there is an ethnic heritage festival, with performers from all over the world. There are free activities such as painting an Indian folk art mural, Indian arts & crafts.
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - Sunday, May 8, 2016

Westborough Rotary Club Spring Festival - Westborough
Family fun for everyone Saturday events include a fishing challenge, vendor fair, music & more. Sunday: food trucks, tethered hot air balloon, dog events, 5K/kids dash.
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - Sunday, May 8, 2016

CNS Yellow Balloon Fair - Lexington
Community Nursery School´s Yellow Balloon Fair is May 7th Enjoy a fun-filled day of games, activities, and crafts. Highlights include farm animals, DPW trucks, a bouncy house, a life-size Candyland game, and face painting.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Spring Herb Sale - Waltham
Shop thousands of culinary and medicinal herbs, as well as flower selections, pottery and garden accessories at Lyman Estate Greenhouses in Waltham.
Friday, May 6, 2016 - Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ethnic Heritage Festival - Newton
Enjoy exciting performances by multiple ethnic groups, including Indian, Chinese, Ugandan, Vietnamese, Italian, Jewish, and even some Flamenco dance Also: craft booths and fr-ee activities for kids.
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Westborough Family Fishing Festival - Westborough
This is a fr-ee, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided
Saturday, May 7, 2016

“Elstree 1976” The Making of Star Wars—Boston Premiere Scree - Arlington
Documentary takes a look back at what it was like to work on the set of the original Star Wars 40 years ago.
Friday, May 6, 2016 - Monday, May 9, 2016

First Friday Nights Fr-ee at Discovery Museums - Acton
Join us with fr-ee admission and explore the museums at night on the first Friday of every month We will gratefully accept food donations for local food pantries.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Newton's Festival of Dance - Newton
Fr-ee for all at Newton City Hall Get up off your feet and feel the beat of the music along with all the dance groups performing at Newton's Festival of Dance.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Central Mass

Coe's Pond Kids Fishing Derby - Worcester
This annual event co-sponsored with the Worcester Fish and Game Association will be held from 8am - 11pm. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited quantity of fishing equipment and bait will be available.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Fr-ee First Saturdays: Worcester Art Museum - Worcester
The Worcester Art Museum offers fr-ee admission on the first Saturday morning of each month.
Saturday, Jan 2, 2016 - Saturday, Dec 3, 2016

Mother's Day Weekend at Southwick's Zoo - Mendon
We´re thanking moms for all their hard work Mothers pay half price for their general admission at Southwick's Zoo on Mother's Day weekend, May 7 & 8.
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - Sunday, May 8, 2016

Plant Sale - Princeton
A sale of locally grown perennials to raise money for scholarships for Wachusett area students. Some annuals & a bake & craft sale will also be held.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
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