Friday, April 25, 2008

Things to Do on Saturday: April 26

Daffodil Days. Long Hill, Beverly. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Experience Sedgwick Gardens in early spring bloom. Walk among carpets of spring bulbs and more. Bring home a daffodil. Great for families. A$5, C free NM. Pre-register. 978-921-1944 x 8815.

Family Day: Art in Bloom. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Nearly 60 New England garden clubs create vibrant floral interpretations of works from the Museum's collection, from Asian sculptures to world-renowned European paintings. Lively programs include demonstrations, illustrated lectures, guided tours, and master classes. Also kid-friendly tours at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., performances, and nature/flower-related activities for children. Artful yoga, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Kids can also design stained glass flowers, have sidewalk chalk fun, and take a family nature walk. A$17, St. (7-17) $6.50, ages 6 and under free. 617-369-3169. Also April 27, 28, and 29.

Robots. Boston Children's Museum. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join the champion Quincy FIRST Robotics Team and learn how to build or drive a robot. A$10, C (2-15) $8, C (1) $2, Under 1 free. 617-426-8855.

Play Dates at the ICA:Good Theater Cheap. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Held on the last Sat. of each month. Make your own theater props and join the Rough and Tumble theater group on stage and throughout the building. Performance by Rough and Tumble Theater at 12 p.m. (tickets are free but first-come, first-served in the main lobby). Guerrilla performances throughout the day. Free to families the last Sat. of each month. Contact ICA for details. 617-478-3100 or

The National Day of Puppetry. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Performance of Snow White and Other Tales, 1 & 3 p.m. $10pp for the show. The Boston Area Guild of Puppetry and the Puppet Showplace Theatre will present workshops and demonstrations free of charge. 617-731-6400.

2nd Annual Cambridge Science Festival. MIT Museum, Corner of Amherst & Ames Streets, Cambridge. Runs through May 4th. All morning thru evening throughout the city. A celebration of science and technology, the first science festival of its kind in the United States. There's something for everyone including creative exhibits, plays, animals, robots, concerts, lectures, debates, demonstrations, a 50ft inflatable whale, a 2-mile genome trail, and more.Most events are free. 617-258-9109. For a complete schedule of events, visit

10th Annual Boston College Arts Festival. Boston College, Chestnut Hill. Children's activities today.

"Welcome to Our Home" A Living History Tour. Orchard House, Home of Louisa May Alcott, Concord. 4:45- 5:45 p.m. Take a trip to the past on this interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. A$12, C (6-17) $8, C (2- 6) $4. Family Rate (2A/2C) $30. Reservations: 978-369-4118 x106.

Free Earth Day Festival. Garden in the Woods, New England Wildflower Society, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Animal shows and festivities. 508-877-7630.

Records and Burpee traveling Children's Zoo. Pinefield Plaza, 1 Nicolas Rd., Framingham. .

Celebration of Spring. Weir River Farm, Hingham.10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Welcome the new growing season and watch as sheep are sheared. $3NM. 781-740-7233.

Weather Wonders. Providence Children's Museum, Providence, RI. 1 - 4 p.m. Ages 5 - 11. Families track the "April showers" and learn about wild weather with Channel 12 meteorologist Tony Petrarca and the Pinpoint Weather Mobile. $6.50pp. 401-273-KIDS or

Origami Now! Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 11:30 - 5 p.m. Artist demonstration, drop-in art activities and workshops. Reservations req. for some activities. Visit for details. A$15, Sr. $13, St., $11, (C 16 and under) free. 866-745-1876.

Charles River Cleanup. Cedariver, Millis; Moody Street Bridge, Waltham. Times TBA. Pre-register: 508-785-0339

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