Thursday, April 12, 2007

WEEKEND PICKS: 6 Ideas for the 3-day Weekend

Tomorrow starts the long weekend and for many families, the beginning of the spring school vacation week. Below are 6 picks for the long weekend. As bad weather is predicted for some of the weekend, please call ahead.

1. Sat. April 14 - Sat. April 21: It's Patriots' Day in Historic Concord. Experience what life was like as you witness British and Colonial re-enactors bring the Revolutionary War to life in Concord and surrounding towns. Tours, parades, battles, memorials, and more provide living history lessons as well as a memorable outing. We've listed scores of events in this month's calendar listings, but you will also find information at the Concord Museum (978-369-9763, and the Old Manse (978-369-3909). Also visit, and

2. Friday, April 13: Kick off your school vacation week with a Family Fun Night at the Discovery Museums in Acton. Enjoy a special after-hours opening from 5:30 - 8 p.m. with Earth Day activities. Admission is $5 per person with a $20 family maximum. For more information, contact 978-264-4200 or visit

3. Saturday, April 14: 14th Annual Teddy Bear Clinic. This very popular FREE event sponsored by UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center takes place at the Greendale Mall, 7 Neponset St. in Worcester from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Center's doctors, nurses, and staff volunteer their time and expertise to promote health and safety. Learn about health, safety, visiting the doctor, having surgery and injury prevention. Bring a teddy bear or toy for the doctor to examine. For more information, call 508-856-1650.

4. Saturday, April 14: Soccer Revolution. The New England Revolution's home opener is a double header with the United States Women's National Team taking the field against Mexico at 5 p.m. and the Revolution taking on Major League Soccer (MLS) newcomer Toronto at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32, $42, & $50. For more information visit

5. Sunday, April 15: Take in a concert by Manguito: Rumba, Bomba, Plena, Merengue, presented by Music Worcester and sponsored by Bay State Parent magazine at Bancroft School in Worcester at 3 p.m. Specifically for elementary-age children, the concert features five internationally-known Latin American musicians, who will take families on a musical tour of the Caribbean as they play the rhythms of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. For additional information visit

6. Monday, April 16: There's no school today, so gather along the route of the 111th Boston Marathon. Starting at Hopkinton Center and ending 26.2 miles away on Boylston Street in Boston, more than a half million spectators are expected to watch 20,000 runners, including some of the best in the world, compete in the oldest marathon. In terms of media coverage, the Boston Marathon is the second biggest single-day sporting event in the U.S., just behind the Super Bowl. For spectator tips, visit

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