Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring is Coming: Here are the Events to Prove It!

Spring has sprung!
Whether you shop till you drop for bargains at a local yard sale, check out farm animals and reptiles, or simply stop to smell the flowers, there’s plenty in April to draw you outdoors!
By Leslie Castillo

APRIL 1: Frog Moon Night Hike. New England Wild Flower Society,
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Near the night of the "Beaver Moon" venture out into the dark forest to enjoy the nighttime sights, smells, and sounds. Who is still awake? What stars or planets can you spot? What tricks can you use to find your way? After the walk, enjoy hot cocoa and make a booklet of full-moon activities for months of full moons to come. Family Program: Children with Adult Companion. $10 PP. Preregistration necessary. 508-877-7630, ext. 3303, newenglandwild.org/learn

APRIL 7: Little Bo Peep. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Has lost her sheep, but you know where to find them! Visit with the new lambs and watch them frolic and play. Card some of the wool from their spring shearing. All ages. $14 PP. 781-259-2206, massaudubon.org/drumlin

APRIL 10: Kids Tag Sale: Gently Used Clothes, Toys & Gear.
Chelmsford Mothers' Club, Greater Visions Childcare Ctr., 180 Old Westford Rd., Chelmsford. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Need a stroller? Children's clothes (size 0-10)? Books & movies? High chair? Pack and play? Children's furniture? Toys? Games? Nursery items? Sports equipment? You can't afford to miss the Chelmsford Mothers' Club's Spring Kids Tag Sale! THOUSANDS of items! Admission is $1 or a nonperishable food item per adult. Cash or MC/Visa (with a $20 minimum purchase). Please note that, due to space, only umbrella strollers will be allowed on the sale floor. chelmsfordmothersclub.org

APRIL 10: West Suburban MA Mother of Twins' Spring Tag Sale.
1154 Great Plain Ave., Needham. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Over 20,000 gently used items for sale at super low prices, including children’s clothing, strollers, baby equipment, cribs, furniture, toys, books, DVDs & more! Cash only. $1. Under 14, free. 508-309-3324, wscmmota.org.

APRIL 11: Wild about Reptiles. Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 1 - 2:30 p.m. Come visit with some of the species of reptiles found around Broadmoor. Can turtles really leave their shells like they do in the cartoons? Are snakes really slimy? Find out for yourself as you meet baby turtles and other reptiles up close! Learn more about our wonderful scaly friends and take a short walk to see more reptiles in the wild. Pre-registration recommended. Member rates available. A $15, C $8. 508-655-2296, massaudubon.org/broadmoor

APRIL 17: Spring Sale. Central Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St., Chelmsford. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Gently Used Children's Equipment, Toys, Clothes, Books and More!   $1.00 Admission, under 14 free.  Cash Only.  Sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Mothers of Multiples, a non-profit organization. 978- 376-2939, nashobavalleymom.org

APRIL 21: Spring Sale. Central Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St., Chelmsford. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Gently Used Children's Equipment, Toys, Clothes, Books and More!   $1.00 Admission, under 14 free.  Cash Only.  Sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Mothers of Multiples, a non-profit organization. 978- 376-2939, nashobavalleymom.org

APRIL 22: African Violets for Young Growers. Bay State African Violet Society and Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 1 – 2:30 p.m. It’s never too early to start learning to grow and love American’s favorite house plant, the African Violet. If you have one or more of these blooming plants at home or have wished you had one to brighten your home, come join us to learn about them! We’ll learn some basics about violet care and how to mix your own soil. Pot up a young plant to take home and learn to “put down” a leaf to propagate new plants. Designed for young growers, aged 9-14. Younger children may attend with an adult companion. $5 PP. 508-869-6111, towerhillbg.org

APRIL 24: Art in Bloom Family Day at MFA. Museum of Fine Arts,
465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Art in Bloom, the MFA's annual festival of flowers and art, includes a Family Day, featuring nature-oriented activities for children, as well as special programs and tours. A $20, C 17 and under, free. 617-369-3169, mfa.org

APRIL 24: Free Drop-in Family Activity--Cherry Blossoms!
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Drop by the Visitor Center for special family activities on the last Saturday of each month, April through October. Activities may include scavenger hunts, science investigations, craft activities, stories, guided walks, and more—discover something new each month! 617-384-5209, arboretum.harvard.edu

APRIL 29: FREE Flower Give Away. Friends of Fort Point Channel,
300 Congress St., Boston. 11:30 a.m. Brighten your day with the Friends of Fort Point Channel during their Annual Flower Power Give Away, where they will be handing out complimentary potted daisies and the 2010 Fort Point Channel Guide which lists all of the happenings in the area - all to celebrate springtime!
617-451-9239, friendsoffortpointchannel.org/Flower%20Power%2010.html

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