Friday, May 30, 2008

WEEKEND PICKS: Ideas for Family Fun on Sunday, June 1

Okay, the weather forecast is for rain on the final day of May,
but Sunday, June 1 looks to be a nice day outside.
Below are 7 ideas for family fun on Sunday.
(Please call ahead, as some require advanced reservations.)

*Aids Walk Boston. Begins and ends at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, Boston. 11 a.m. Family-friendly event filled with education and entertainment.

*Family Music Festival. New School of Music, 25 Lowell St., Cambridge. 12 – 3 p.m. Outdoor games, crafts, face painting, and a musical instrument "petting zoo." Indoor performances include African dance and drumming at noon by Jerry and Lisa Leake, the nationally-celebrated Latin music ensemble Sol y Canto at 1 p.m. (Tickets required, advanced purchase recommended (C$5 /A$10 ), and popular children's performer Vanessa Trien at 2 p.m. Free. 617-492-8105 or e-mail

* Garden Tea-Sunday. Visual Arts Center, 963 Washington St., Canton. 2 –3 p.m. Tea is held on the estate house terrace. Also, view Ocean Wild: Underwater Photography by Brian Skerry in the gallery. $16NM. 781-281-8853. E-mail

*Framazing Festival. Downtown Framingham Festival. Local drama groups and dance performances. Free. For information visit

*Leukemia Ride/Family Walk & BBQ. Eagles Club and Field, Litchfield St., Leominster. Walk starts at 10 a.m. All you can eat BBQ, Noon. An 85 mile motorcycle ride, a 5K walk (3.6 miles) on the soccer field at the Eagles, bone marrow drive, exotic animal show, live bands, moonwalk, kids games, raffles, magic show, face painting, snow cones, cotton candy, and more. Rain or shine. Indoors/outdoors. $20 prepaid; $25 at the door. 508-380-1791.

* Hiking for the Kids. Moore State Park, Sawmill Rd., Paxton. 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Hike or walk on easy to moderate trails in this beautiful park. Meet Worcester Shark and Mascot, Finz, and Twister of the Worcester Tornadoes. All proceeds raised will benefit the Why Me organization serving local families of children with cancer. Minimum pledge: $25 (beverage and snack provided). Raffle prizes. 508-757-7734

* 11th Annual Audubon Nature Festival. Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Perkins Row, Topsfield. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Live owl presentations, nature walks and exhibit, birdfeeder building, “beaver lodge” exploring, insect zoo, butterfly tent, children’s crafts, face painting, henna, and demonstrations by craftspeople,. food, baked goods, plant sale, Irish Celtic music; exhibits and activities on solar power, sustainability, and going green. $12 per car. Rain or shine. 978-887-9264.

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