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Arnold Arboretum Self-Guided Walking ToursJamaica Plain, Free
Sat, April 13, 2024  -  Tue, November 26, 2024   
From flowers and fragrance to fruits and textures to the bare bones of winter’s deciduous plants, the Arnold Arboretum is a dynamic landscape throughout the year! Families can also take the self-guided tour with a plant treasure map.
Spring Garden Buds (Ages 3-5)Boylston, $
Wed, May 1, 2024  -  Wed, May 29, 2024   
This program practices classroom readiness skills such as taking turns, raising hands, sharing, and expressing ideas. Each week explores a different seasonally appropriate theme through stories, songs, dramatic play, and guided outdoor exploration.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Sponsors Free Bluebikes Credits SundaysBoston, Free
Sun, May 12, 2024  -  Sun, May 26, 2024   
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Sponsors Free Bluebikes Credits Sundays in May in Honor of Women’s Health Awareness Month and National Bike Month
Ferry Service to Spectacle IslandBoston, $$
Sat, May 18, 2024  -  Mon, October 7, 2024   
Looking to head out and explore the outdoors this weekend? You can take a ferry to Spectacle Island to spend some time on the beach, hike the North Drumlin, and enjoy panoramic views of Boston on your trip.
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Ferry Service to Boston Harbor IslandsBoston, $
Sat, May 18, 2024  -  Tue, September 3, 2024   
Cool down at the Boston Harbor Islands! Enjoy the exhilarating ferry ride and then swim, kayak, hike and picnic on the islands. Spectacle Island is an easy ferry ride from Long Wharf in downtown Boston.
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Community Boating Kayak, Stand-Up Paddleboard RentalsBoston, $$
Wed, May 22, 2024  -  Sun, September 22, 2024   
Community Boating also offers a variety watercraft rentals from kayaks to paddleboards to enjoy a view the great city of Boston from an angle rarely seen.
Sensory-Friendly Full Flower Moon Hike at Powisset FarmDover
Today  -  Sat, May 25, 2024   
This program offers a low-key guided hike with a reduced number of guests and a quieter, sensory-friendly environment. Families that would benefit from a limited capacity visit are welcome.
Little Seedlings (Ages 1-3)Boylston, $
Tue, May 28, 2024  -  Tue, May 28, 2024   
Little Seedlings introduces budding scientists to the wonderful world outside our windows. Featuring different activity stations focused on sorting, counting, colors, sounds, letters, and sensory activities.
Plant ID: Spring Flowering Ornamental ShrubsBoylston, $$
Sat, June 1, 2024  -  Sat, June 1, 2024   
Walk through the garden to improve your identification skills of spring flowering shrubs. We will use our horticultural knowledge of leaves, flowers, and other parts to properly identify species.
Kids Garden Club (Ages 7-10)Boylston, $
Sat, June 1, 2024  -  Sat, June 1, 2024   
Kids Garden Club will run on the first Saturday of each month from June – October, children are welcome to come to one, some, or all the classes.
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Massachusetts Free Fishing Weekend (Freshwater)Other Boston Area
Sat, June 1, 2024  -  Sun, June 2, 2024   
Take a friend or family member fishing -- you won't need a fishing license in freshwater for these two days! All other fishing regulations apply.
Seacoast Science Center: World Ocean Day 2024New Hampshire, $
Sun, June 2, 2024  -  Sun, June 2, 2024   
The Seacoast Science Center will celebrate World Ocean Day (WOD) on Sunday, June 2, 2024 from 10am-2pm. World Ocean Day is a global celebration of the one shared ocean that connects us all.
Strawberry Picking at Tougas FarmNorthborough, $
Sun, June 2, 2024  -  Tue, June 25, 2024   
Pick-Your-Own strawberries, strawberries desserts at the farm kitchen, playground and petting zoo make for a great family day at Tougas Family Farm
35th Annual Garden TourConcord, $$
Fri, June 7, 2024  -  Sat, June 8, 2024   
Taking inspiration from gardening traditions from around the world, take self-guided tour of seven spectacular gardens and one ribbon garden on the Concord Museum's 35th Annual Garden Tour.
Medicinal (and Edible) Plant WalkBoylston, $$
Sun, June 9, 2024  -  Sun, June 9, 2024   
Join local herbalist and arborist Alex Klein for a walk around New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill to discover the bounty of medicinal plants, both grown in the garden and sprouting on their own.
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29th Annual South End Garden TourBoston, $
Sat, June 15, 2024  -  Sat, June 15, 2024   
This year's South End Garden Tour will feature a mix of public and private spaces including private back yards, front gardens, roof deck gardens, community gardens, and neighborhood 'pocket parks.'
Family Firefly Walk (Ages 3-14)Boylston, $
Thu, June 20, 2024  -  Thu, June 27, 2024   
Embark on a guided nighttime adventure through our gardens and along the trails to search for fireflies by moonlight. Learn about the unique adaptations of these nocturnal insects.
Wildflower Walk (Ages 7-12)Boylston, $
Sat, June 22, 2024  -  Sat, June 22, 2024   
Embark on an enchanting wildflower walk as we adventure through the meadows and garden trails. We will learn how to identify different types of wildflowers that are native to the area using field guides.
Dirtopia! at Discovery MuseumActon
Wed, June 26, 2024  -  Sun, June 30, 2024   
Scoop, sculpt, squish! Dig, climb, burrow! Mud pies, mud paintings, mud this, and mud that. Mud everything! Bring your boots and prepare to get very messy. Join us as we discover the infinite potential of dirt.
Sunset Critter HikeWestwood, $
Thu, June 27, 2024  -  Thu, June 27, 2024   
Enjoy a few s'mores before heading out on a short, family-friendly hike. We'll look for Hale's crepuscular critters, the animals that come out at dawn and dusk, including deer, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, and foxes.
Plant ID: Evergreen & Deciduous TreesBoylston, $$
Sat, June 29, 2024  -  Sat, June 29, 2024   
Walk through the garden to improve your identification skills of Evergreen and Deciduous Trees. We will use our horticultural knowledge of leaves/needles, flowers/cones and other parts to properly identify species.
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Colby Sunflower Farm (No Sunflowers for 2023)Newbury, $
Wed, September 4, 2024  -  Tue, October 1, 2024   
Come experience a sea of sunflowers at Colby Farm in Newbury! Sunflower field is open. The farm will be allowing a limited number of people at a time in the field. Masks are required at all times and 6' social...
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