Monday, April 16, 2007


Okay, it appears it just won't stop raining this week. So if you have the kids home from school, consider heading to Boston and spending time at the Museum of Fine Arts's Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures. The museum has several special activities planned daily plus ongoing activities throughout the week.
On Tuesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Calderwood Courtyard (but most likely indoors at the Lower Rotunda) children can create a nature collage. First families are encouraged to explore the African and Oceanic galleries to see how artists have used natural materials in their artwork; and then learn techniques of collage and then use materials from nature to design a work of art of your own.
Other daily events scheduled:
* Art InterACTions with the Underground Railway Theater: Join the Underground Railway Theater for an interactive performance exploring nature in art. Audience participation is encouraged! The event takes place at the 17th century Dutch Gallery on the second floor at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

* Children’s Story Hour with Laura Ziman Enjoy a variety of children's stories about nature in the African Arts Gallery on the first floor at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

*Clare Walker Leslie Drawing Workshop. Join renowned nature artist Clare Walker Leslie for a drop-in drawing activity sketching objects from nature. Visit for more info.

If the museum is not your child's idea of fun & adventure, try these 3 ideas for Tuesday:

1) What's the Buzz? Bee & Butterfly Gardens at the Children's Discovery Museums in Acton at 10 a.m. Find out why bees and butterflies like certain kinds of flowers, and plant your own bee and butterfly starter-garden to take home. Admission is $8 per person. Call 978-264-4200 or visit for more info

2) Cooking with Kevin at Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road in Concord starting at 3 p.m. Chef Kevin Carey teaches a hands-on cooking class featuring a Tex-Mex menu for children in grades one-three. Pre-registration is required. $15 per child. Call 978-369-4494 or visit to register. Chef Kevin will offer a cooking class for students in grades 4-6 on Thursday, April 19.

3) Game Day at the National Heritage Museum at 33 Marrett Road in Lexington from noon to 4 p.m. Challenge family and friends to a board game and see other toys and games throughout the Museum. This event is free. For more information visit

Check back tomorrow (Tuesday) for picks for Wednesday fun!

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