Friday, April 30, 2010

Fun for Sat., May 1 and Sun., May 2!

Hi Families,
It's going to be a beautiful weekend in Massachusetts! As you take a break from yard work and your kids' games, check out what's going on around Massachusetts. We have cut and pasted some late-breaking family event listings that have come in so make sure you scroll down as there is so much going on! Feel free to click comment if you have an idea of something fun happening this weekend.
Have FUN!
Carrie Wattu editor

Saturday 1 : It's baystateparent's 14th Birthday today!!!!!
FETCH! Lab Opening at the Discovery Museums. 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Opening of the FETCH! Lab Cart at 2 p.m.. Meet Ruff Ruffman, the canine host of the popular PBS TV reality game show, FETCH! between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Build a Canine House of Cards and try other exciting FETCH! challenges and activities throughout the day. Take home FETCH! stickers, posters, and resources. Free with admission. A & C $10.50, Sr.$9.50. 978-264-4200,

FOR MOMS Zumba Gold and Fitness. 1870 Town Hall, 12 Woodward Ave., Berlin. Tuesdays, 9 - 10 a.m. Zumba Gold (older active adults and beginners); 10-11 a.m. Zumba Fitness (combines fun Latin and International music with easy-to-follow moves to produce a great calorie-burning, low-impact workout in disguise. First class free, then $8 drop-in fee.

Celebrate Asian American Heritage. Boston Children’s Museum.  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Explore Asian and Pacific Islander cultures. Also May 29. A $12, C (1-15) $9, under one, free. Fridays 5 – 9 p.m., all visitors $1. 617-426-6500,

FREE Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation will be performing our live musical safety educational stage show at the Emerson School in Bolton MA on Saturday May 1st at 11:00am for the Bolton Police Department.603-930-4642

Ocean Detectives – Whales: Ages 5 – 7. New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston. 2 – 3:30 p.m. Children will work with parents and peers to unlock the secrets of the deep while developing their math, science and literacy skills. C $30 (includes adult).

FREE Event with Isis and Brigham & Women's Stork Fund. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Isis Parenting, Lululemon, Au Bon Pain. The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street, Boston. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Attend a “Jam Session” at the Prudential outside Isis in the Belvidere arcade! Experience Isis Parent/Baby Yoga Class and the new Isis Jelly Jam music and movement program. Bring your little ones for engaging infant and toddler activities and learn about Brigham and Women's newest addition. The Stork Fund will work to raise money for healthy mom and babies. 781-429-1500,

FREE Celebrate May Day Stories and Craft. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 11 a.m.

The First Annual Aerospacefest 2010 will be held at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, NH. The event ends on May 2. Aerospacefest will celebrate the space sciences and aeronautics with numerous activities, demonstrations, speakers and exhibitors from all over the country. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet officials from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), including Astronaut Barbara Morgan and NASA’s Alan Ladwig, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the New Hampshire Aviation & Space Education Council (NHASEC), the New Hampshire Astronomical Society, and other scientists and engineers from the fields developing new technologies for future space missions. Activities and demonstrations include rocket launching, helicopter rides, a Regional Airport Flying Poker Run, Mad Science, Aexeous the Robot, a virtual scavenger hunt, and the premiere of an all new planetarium show, Impact Earth.The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a variety of science, technology, engineering and math programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups, and lifelong learners. For more information, visit

FREE Spring Fair. Sunrise Montessori School,
31 Hayward St., Franklin. Noon – 2 p.m. For families. Silent auction items, gift baskets, raffles and games & prizes for the kids. Held rain or shine. 508-541-8010,

Drop Spindle Spinning. The Fiber Loft, 9 Massachusetts Ave., (Rte. 111), Harvard. 1 - 4 p.m. Learn to spin on a drop spindle, a nice workshop for teenagers as well as adults. Drop spindles (approx. $18) and wool roving available for purchase. $35 PP. 978-456-8669,

FREE May Day Fairy House Tour. The Trustees of Reservations, 464 Abbott Ave., Leominster. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain date May 2. Build a fairy house creation made of natural materials to place along the wooded paths of the Doyle Reservation or bring one to display in the lobby of the Doyle Conservation Center. Enjoy a maypole dance, a performance by the Irish American stepdancers, and “fairy cakes.” 978-840-4446 X 1900,

GREAT VALUE! Skating Gala. New England Sports Center, Marlborough. 7 – 9:30 p.m. Figure skating show followed by audience skating to benefit the Hole in the Wall Camp. Show features Olympian and Harvard student, Emily Hughes, along with a cast of international, national, and regional figure skaters from the Skating Club of Boston. Be sure to bring your skates! Limited skate rentals available for a charge. $5 pp at the door. 508-229-2700,

Frogs, Pollywogs & Fairies. Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St (Rte. 16), Natick. 1 - 2:30 p.m. From frogs and tadpoles to fairy shrimp, explore what hides under the water and lives around this seasonal, vernal pool. Pre-registration required. A $12, C $8. 508-655-2296.

Young Engineers. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St. Noon – 2 p.m. Meet civil engineers and try challenges to learn how they plan roads, buildings and bridges.  Ages 5 – 11. $7.50 PP, under 1, FREE. 401-273-KIDS,

FREE Summer Camp Fair. Burbank YMCA in Reading,
36 Arthur B. Lord Dr. 10:30a.m. – Noon.
Learn more about Burbank YMCA summer camps.

Teddy Bear Tea. Chandler's Tavern at Yankee Candle, South Deerfield. 11 a.m. Also on May 15 & 29, June 12 & 26. Bring your favorite Teddy Bear and have tea & lunch. Read the book The Brown Paper Teddy Bear. 413-665-1277.

FREE Open Studio Weekend. Somerville comes together to participate in its 12th annual open studios, 12 - 6 p.m. Each year Somerville Open Studios offers a unique an opportunity for the public to visit artists in the work spaces where they create their art. This exposure both educates the community and raises awareness of the diverse artistic experience available in Somerville. This free citywide event showcases both the established and emerging artists working across a broad spectrum of fine art styles and craft– painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, jewelry, clay, glass and furniture will be on exhibit for the art-loving public. Does Somerville have more artists per square mile than any other city? That may be debatable but the allure will be worth experiencing first hand.

47th Annual New England Gem and Mineral Show. Topsfield Fairgrounds, 2nd entrance, Coolidge Hall and Trade Bldg., Rte. 1 North, Topsfield. 9 a.m. -5 p.m. (Also May 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Exhibits, hourly door prizes, mineral and fossil identification, gem cutting and lapidary demos, gold panning, geode cutting, goodie bags, treasure sifting for the kids. . $5 PP, under 12 Free. Free parking. or

Professional Bull Riding. Hang on tight, Massachusetts! The Professional Bull Riders are riding back to the DCU Center on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday May 2. Get ready to witness 40 of the world’s top athletes, followed by the men who dare to ride them! The PBR Worcester Invitational is part of the PBR’s new Touring Pro Series. Money earned by the riders at PBR Worcester Invitational counts toward the PBR qualifier standings that determine which cowboys will compete at the 2010 Professional Bull Riders Tour Finals in Las Vegas NV.Tickets are ON SALE NOW at the Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at Children (ages 2-12): $65.75, $40.75 & $15.75; Note: All ticket prices increase by $2.00 on the day of the show.

Sunday 2

FETCH! Lab Opening at The Discovery Museums.
177 Main St., Acton. See May 1 listing for details.

Special Sundays: Printmakers in Person. The Eric Carle Museum Picture Book Art, Amherst. 1 – 4 p.m. An opportunity to see two visiting artists at work as they demonstrate their process and work on their newest print project. The perfect opportunity to ask questions and learn more about printmaking. A $9 C (1 – 18) $6, Family $22.50 Family, under 1, free. 413-658-1100,

Lever 2000 Kids Day at the Staples Champions Cup provides kids 18 and under the opportunity to gain invaluable tennis tips from some of the most accomplished players in the history of the sport. New England’s youth are invited to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity to hit tennis balls and have fun with legends of the game. Participants will also receive a ticket to the afternoon match later in the day. Boston University’s Agganis Arena. Tickets are available at or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Celebrate Arbor Day. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Arbor Day Weekend offers a great opportunity to get into the spirit of the holiday and learn the latest techniques for planting trees to ensure they thrive. Activities will include tree plantings, pruning demonstrations and walking tours. The first 25 first-time visitors each day will receive a free sapling to plant at home.!

Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger. The 20-mile route weaving through Boston, Brookline, Newton, and Cambridge will include entertainment and free snacks along the way., 617-723-5000.

FREE 27th Annual Mayfair. The Harvard Square Business Association, 6 blocks in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Noon – 6 p.m. Six stages of live entertainment, over 30 restaurant vendors, hundreds of street vendors selling artwork, jewelry, vintage clothing, neighborhood sidewalk sales, and Chalk on the Walk! Rain date – May 16. 617-491-3434,,

FREE Spring Fest. North Central Charter Essential School, One Oak Hill Rd., Fitchburg. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Games, crafts, flea market, car wash, book fair, live entertainment, community resource fair. School tours for interested students and families. Learn more about the Think Care Act mission and the school's personalized approach to academics. Event supports the PTO Scholarship Fund. Activities range from $.25 to $10. 978-345-2701,

Hiawatha Day. Garden in the Woods, Framingham. This program is offered with Longfellow's Wayside Inn and includes Native American flute music on the Woodland Stage with readings from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s "Song of Hiawatha"; guided tours for adults, focusing on plants useful to Native Americans for food and medicines;
scavenger hunts for children; birch bark crafts. Call for times and fees: 508-877-7630,

Free Book Signing & Demonstration with children's book illustrator, Giles Laroche
Sunday, May 2nd, Danforth Art Museum, Framingham. 1:30pm. Meet illustrator and "paper engineer", Giles Laroche this Sunday. See an exhibition of his amazing cut paper collages that celebrate architecture from around the world. The multi-cultural subject matter and the unusual technique will appeal to all ages. In addition to signing books, Laroche will talk about his work and give a demonstration of his cut paper technique.Admission is free and open to the public.
Drop Into ArtFree Drop Into Art is also from 2pm - 4pm. Families are invited to visit the Museum and create works of art together. Exciting art projects will be inspired by current exhibitions. Perfect for children ages 5-10, accompanied by parents, grandparents, or guardians.

Julie’s Birthday Celebration. Natick Collection. 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Julie’s birthday in seventies style! Join the party and learn about Julie’s life, enjoy a special meal, and take home a keepsake book with activities and journaling pages to help you commemorate this special day. For girl 8 and up. $26 PP. Reservations required. 877-247-5223,
FREE Julie’s Paper Butterfly Craft. Natick Collection. 2 - 4 p.m. Butterflies were big in Julie’s generation—join the fun with this easy craft activity that teaches girls how to make and decorate butterflies from paper. For girl 8 and up. 877-247-5223,

FREE Under the Petticoats. Northborough Historical Society, 50 Main St., Northborough. 2 p.m. Explore the day-to-day customs of the colonial ancestors with costumes, props and lively conversation. Cover such topics as chamber pots, the number of petticoats to be worn, bathing - or not, and manners. Were the good old days really that good? Come and find out. The Museum will be open following the program from 3- 5 p.m. New this year are sixteen fashions through the decades, 1810 - 1940, men's accessories, paintings by Sheldon Berlyn, and additions to the high school and professional sports display. Refreshments will be served and donations are always welcomed. 508-393-6298,

Stories Alive. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St. 1 and 2 p.m. Kids participate in folktale performances and create their own stories by making puppets.  Ages 5 – 11. $7.50 PP, under 1, FREE. 401-273-KIDS,

World Rhythms Community Day.  Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. 12 to 4 p.m. Norman Rockwell’s 1960 painting “Golden Rule” provides the inspiration for an afternoon of family fun with an international flavor, featuring multicultural music from A Beautiful Future; traditional kamishibai Japanese storytelling with Diane Clouet; ethnic displays from BRIDGE of Great Barrington, the Literacy Network, and the Stockbridge Mission House; art-making workshops; a display of classic 1960's cars by the Piston Poppers; and more. Enjoy this celebration marking the reopening of Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio. Free with regular Museum admission. 413-298-4140,  

Farm Machinery Weekend and FREE for Grandparents. Davis' Farmland and Davis' Megamaze, 145 Redstone Hill, Sterling. Explore
real farm machines and meet the farmers who operate them, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. For admission costs, visit

47th Annual New England Gem and Mineral Show. Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. See May 1 listing for details.

FREE Introduction to Yoga. Central Mass Yoga and Wellness, Inc.
45 Sterling Street #28, West Boylston. 11 a.m. Yoga can make your life happier, healthier and more productive.  This is an opportunity to better understand what yoga is and a chance to meet one or more of the instructors. 508-835-1176,

FREE Lag B’Omer celebration. Westborough Area JCC 45 Oak Street marching to Lake Chauncy (off Lyman St., Westborough. Noon. Chabad of Westboro will be hosting a grand Jewish community BBQ and bonfire, complete with moonbounce for kids, cotton candy, great food and drink, roasting marshmallows, Jewish music, family activities and lots of fun. Back by popular demand, a Drum Circle instructor will join us with an interactive drum circle demo at the bon fire. The highlight of the event will be a special pro Israel parade where kids from Westboro and the surrounding towns will march proudly with flags and signs from the Westboro Area JCC (45 Oak Street, Westboro) to Lake Chauncy with drums and instruments. The parade will start at 12:00 pm at the Westboro JCC and will continue on to Lake Chauncy. Lag B’Omer, as the holiday is known in Hebrew, marks the day of passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a 2nd Century Talmudic sage and Kabbalist, who instructed his followers to celebrate the anniversary of his death as a culmination of his earthly accomplishments and the beginning of a higher,
spiritual life. The day also marks the end of a tragic epidemic that claimed
the lives of thousands of Jewish scholars at the same time period. Although
largely unobserved by many American Jews, Lag B’Omer is celebrated widely in
Israel, with bonfires, music, outings, and celebrations. There will be a charge for food.508-366-0499.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wanted Local Young Performers for N orth Shore Theatre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, please… Press Contact: Mike Ceceri

April 19, 2010 (978) 232-7200 x 7222

I get so excited when baystateparent gets press releases for auditions. I always wanted to do more theatre when I was a child, and I think it's so great when I see opportunities for young performers. Check out these May 15th auditions.
Carrie Wattu, editor





~ Also seeking a small dog and lamb for GYPSY! ~

Beverly, MA-- The award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) is auditioning young performers between the ages of 5 & 15 for various speaking and non-speaking roles for its upcoming productions of GYPSY starring Vicki Lewis (“News Radio”) and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT staring Anthony Fedorov (“American Idol”).

Auditions will be held for both GYPSY and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT on Saturday May 15 from 10 am – 2 pm. Dancing callbacks for GYPSY will follow at 3 pm. Everyone auditioning MUST be available for all rehearsal and performance dates. No exceptions will be made.


Rehearsals: June 23 – July 5, 2010.

Performances: July 6–25, 2010.

Exact schedule will be available at the audition


BABY JUNE: Must look 5-7 years old. No taller than 55 inches. Dynamite performer. Excellent dancer, tap dancer, singer and actress. Must be able to twirl batons, and do a cartwheel and spilt. Pointe-work also a plus. Effervescent, personable and shrewd.

BABY LOUISE: Must look 7-9 years old. No taller than 57 inches. Must dance and sing. Quiet, shy, confused and extremely naive.

NEWSBOYS: Must look no older than 10 years. No taller than 57 inches. Must sing and dance EXTREMELY well. Each boy must have a “specialty” such as exceptional tap dancing or gymnastics or tumbling. Lots of personality and charm a plus.

BALLOON GIRL: Must look no older than 12 years. No taller than 57 inches. Extremely pretty, demure and cunning. No singing or dancing experience necessary.

UNCLE JOCKO CONTESTANTS: Seeking boys and girls who play instruments or have novelty talents. Must look no older than 14 years and no taller than 5 feet. EACH MUST HAVE a special vaudeville style talent such as playing the accordion, clarinet, toe dancing, juggling etc. No singing necessary.


A DOG TO PLAY CHOWSIE: Extremely small breed dogs only. No larger than 10lbs. Each candidate must be able to be picked up and carried with ease. Must be docile, cute and people/child friendly.

A LAMB: The smaller the better. A runt of the litter would be perfect. Lamb will be carried (or walked) on-stage as well as being handed off to various actors throughout the show. Must be docile, cute and people friendly.

Pet owners can bring their dogs and lambs to the auditions anytime between 10 am and 2pm on Saturday May 15, 2010.



Rehearsals: July 20 – August 2, 2010.

Performances : August 3–22, 2010.

Exact schedule will be available at the audition.


‘JOSEPH’ KIDS CHORUS: Seeking 15 - 20 super talented kids ages 7 – 12 who are under 4'6" tall. Those auditioning must sing well and have exceptional stage presence. No dancing is required, but must move well and be able to take directions. All ethnicities are highly encouraged to audition.

All those auditioning for singing roles in GYPSY and JOSPEH should bring a non-returnable recent photo. Also, please prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song of their choice (please bring sheet music), or be prepared to sing a simple song such as “Happy Birthday.” A pianist will be provided. All those auditioning for GYPSY should also bring appropriate dancewear and footwear.

There are no fees involved to be in either production. All auditions will be held in NSMT’s Theatre Arts and Education Building behind the theatre at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA. For specific directions, please visit our website: For more information email or call (978) 232-7200.


Since 1955, NSMT is one of the most attended theatres in New England, with approximately 250,000 patrons annually. NSMT has a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement. NSMT has received numerous industry awards including Elliot Norton Awards, IRNE Awards, the Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors’ Equity, and the Moss Hart Award. Under new ownership in 2010, NSMT continues to annually produce a musical subscription series and an annual production of A Christmas Carol along with celebrity concerts and children’s programming.

Dress for a Cause this Monday, May 4th

baystateparent is excited about this event coming up on Monday! We used Sara Campbell's accessories in our March maternity fashion shoot. They are amazing (and so is Kenzie Kids!). We'll be there passing out our May issue and supporting St. Jude's Hospital.
If you are looking for something girlie to do because your Mother's Day weekend is booked, this looks like fun. It's priced so that you help a good cause in the process.

Carrie Wattu, editor



to benefit

An Inspirational Evening of Fun and Fashion

Masters of Ceremonies

Bianca de la Garza

Susan Wornick

Dress for a Cause

Monday, May 3
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wellesley Country Club
Wellesley, Massachusetts

Join Sara Campbell and Kenzie Kids for Dress for a Cause, an evening of fun and fashion to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Strut your stuff at the Wellesley Country Club on Monday, May 3 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. to help the kids of St. Jude.

Fashion Show - Cocktails and Hors d' Oeuvres - Silent Auction - A sampling of Glenlivet

For tickets and more information also visit

On Monday, May 3rd, Boston-based designer Sara Campbell and children’s boutique Kenzie Kids present “Dress for a Cause”, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Taking place at the Wellesley Country Club, the evening will be emceed by WCVB-TV’s Bianca de la Garza and Susan Wornick, and features a fashion show from both boutiques, cocktails and a silent auction. A special Scotch-tasting will be highlighted as well.

A life-long supporter of St. Jude, Sara Campbell will present styles from her Summer Collection, along side top children’s fashions provided by Kenzie Kids of Wellesley. The evening promises to be an inspirational one that will carry elements of fun and fashion but most importantly, the message of hope and strength will thrive.

“We opened up in Wellesley just a year ago,” said Campbell, who also has a store in Boston’s South End and soon to open, Beacon Hill, “and were immediately embraced by the community. Hosting Dress for a Cause here is a wonderful way to continue our local involvement, as well as educating people on the amazing work that is done every day at St. Jude.”

Tickets for the event begin at $150 for an individual and $250 for a couple. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, calling (617) 965-5262 or stopping by Sara Campbell boutiques or Kenzie Kids in Linden Square.

About St. Jude

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and catastrophic childhood diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay.

About Sara Campbell

Designer Sara Campbell creates and sells her signature line, Sara Campbell to better-specialty retailers nationwide. The Sara Campbell collection features sophisticated pieces consisting of dresses, suits, and sportswear for the more playful contemporary flare. Her chic shops are located in Boston’s South End, Wellesley’s Linden Square, and Charles Street in Beacon Hill opening mid-May. The stores feature a variety within each collection, along with accessories and gifts that reflect her youthful spirit and more feminine approach to everyday items. For more information, visit or call 617-482-7272 (Boston), 781-235-1321 (Wellesley).

About Kenzie Kids

Boston's specialty childrens retailer for over 24 years, Kenzie kids is known for its beautiful selection of European and American designer clothing, outerwear, and shoes. In 2008, Kenzie Kids opened a separate store, Kgirl, offering a large selection of hip, distinctive clothing, gifts and accessories for the 7 to 16 "tween" girl. Visit or call 781-237-3666 (Wellesley).

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Winner of iParty Decorations

The Roberts Family of Central Mass won iParty Cinco de Mayo Decorations: $50 worth of decorations for their upcoming Mexican party! Some of the decorations are featured in bsp's iParty ad in our April issue.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Virtual Yard Sale: Post your Item for Sale, Town, Price, and Email

If you have a quality family item to sell (stroller, swingset, table/chair set, etc.), please POST A COMMENT here:

your item
email/phone (if you want).

Good luck! Let's reuse and recycle!

Our Yard Sale: Worth the Effort?

posted by Carrie Wattu, editor
a baystateparent of three girls (twins, age 6, and a 3rd grader, age 9)

My family had a yard sale yesterday. I would post pictures but I wouldn't want to scare you. We had a huge garbage bag filled with nude Barbies with matted hair (sad in so many felt very poetic). Also, I was so busy from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. that I did not have a second to snap any photos.

Have you found that the monetary profits really are not worth the long hours and labor of lifting, dragging, sorting, tagging etc.? Plus, the day before our sale I was running around making and posting signs around town until 10 p.m. I am literally sore in every muscle of my body today.

For me, the best part of our yard sale was the endorphins that were released from getting clutter out of the house. That was the high (certainly not wads of cash)!

Here's what else I found out about having a family yard sale:

1. It only sounds fun in theory...early-morning coffee and donuts with neighbors and friends, the kids making some extra money and setting up their tables, people you haven't seen a long time stopping by etc. You get over it quickly.I think I had a "fantasy" about hanging out with my friend, making change for all of our customers, as the kids set up little "stores" and sold their wares.

2. The work continues long after the sale is over. You have to lug everything to the street and make "FREE" signs for everything that does not sell as well as bag everything to donate to recycling centers and road-side donation boxes. I took many trips last night getting rid of all the stuff.

3. If you don't sell the items in the morning, you really lose steam. The last thing you want is for anything to re-enter your house (it's very amusing to me that an item tagged to sell for $10 at 9 a.m. suddenly becomes FREE and "Just take it" after a few hours).

4. The kids were fine with parting with their toys because each game, doll, etc...represented a dollar sign in their eyes. (This was surprising -- their willingness to part with everything -- makes me kind of happy that they don't really value "stuff" in a way. Stuff comes and goes. They are not entirely unsentimental though as their stuffed animals would never make it into the sale).

5. One of the best-sellers was bottled water! Many times we made $3 a customer selling water , more than we got for mint toys valued at over $50!

I felt kind of dirty though looking at all our stuff laying on blankets and makeshift clotheslines in the yard. It's all very personal. When we put the FREE sign out, we peeked out of our windows watching the cars pull over and fill their trunks with our discarded Christmases, birthdays and more. The kids would yell, "Someone's taking our Barbie house!" It felt strange.

When all was said and done, there's only one thing I don't feel good about: throwing away two mid-sized plastic toys (I just couldn't take searching for the tiny pieces and parts to make the toy complete, even though I knew that I had them somewhere). Everything else that we had dragged into our yard ended up getting reused and recycled.

So after a very busy day, I didn't even bother to count the profits (it was that insignificant, and we had good crowds too), but I realized that I will no longer feel guilty about not making extra money for our family by selling our stuff. Sure, I've ebayed and Craig's-listed it for big ticket items...that seems to work for us. But as far as getting .50 here and .50 there for a random toy or article of clothing, I'll pass (pass it on, that is).

What have yard sales been like for your family?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Winners of the inspirational book, "Become Aware," by bsp's Jan. 2009 mom who rocks

The winners of a complimentary copy of Dawn Garabedian-Weber's inspirational book, "Become Aware: A New Life Has Begun" are:

Rayna Terrell, Townsend
Kim Caldwell, Winchendon
Bonnie Mousseua, Auburn
Sorcha O'Sullivan Murphy, Auburn
Janice Poretsky, Boylston
Lisa King, North Brookfield
Jodie Hollister, Feeding Hills
Laura Richards, Framingham
Raina Aiello, Gardner
Melissa Kurtz, Holden

Aislinn Weaver, Milford
Dawn is a Rutland, Mass mom of five as well as baystateparent's first mom to be featured in our award-winning "mom rocks" series. Congratulations on your new book Dawn! You inspired us and thousands of moms in our magazine. Hope it continues!

Monday, April 19, 2010

One-Day Event for Working Moms: Get $25 OFF with baystateparent Discount

Looks like a great day for moms...right before Mother's Day weekend...Hope to see you there!

Make plans to go to Detours&OnRamps, a one-day event focused on work/life balance, restarting a career, or making a career work for your family, on May 4, 2010 in Waltham, MA from 8:30am-3:30pm. With outstanding speakers, practical breakout sessions, and great opportunities for networking, it's a day you won't want to miss. Mention Baystate Parent to save $25 off the day's $125 registration fee (which covers sessions, meals, and a great "Goody Bag" of books, magazines, discounts, and more); simply enter "Baystate Parent" on the registration page where it asks "Where did you hear about us?" and you'll get a $25 credit within a day of registration. For a complete agenda, additional cities/dates, and for registration information, visit

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Auditions for Adults and Kids May 2 and 4th

Like to sing? We just received this announcement for their Christmas show! Have fun! Carrie, editor


Adults and Children All!

Be a part of a very special “Christmas Revels” as we celebrate the solstice – and our 40th anniversary - with 16 performances at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre this December. (Performance Dates: December 17-19, 21-23 & 26-29)

Chorus Audition Schedule for Sunday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Location: St. John's Church, 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA

7:00 - 9:30 pm BOTH NIGHTS (May 2 & May 4)

Adult auditions will follow a different format than in years past. We will schedule small groups of adults in 20-minute blocks, unlike the one-at-a-time format we have used for years, to hear how auditioners sing with one another. To schedule your appointment, contact Lynda Johnson at
NOTE: Holding adult Christmas Revels auditions in the spring is also a change for us. Please help us spread the word!

CHILDREN 6-12 Years of Age:
Sunday, May 2; 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 4; 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Children's auditions are on a first-come, first-served basis, no appointment necessary. This year we are asking children to sing one of the following songs, unaccompanied: "Happy Birthday," "America the Beautiful" or "Silent Night." These need not be sung from memory, and we will have word sheets on hand, but memorization is encouraged!

About this year’s show: Set in Haddon Hall, an ancient Manor and the original setting of the very first Christmas Revels presented in 1971, the 2010 Christmas Revels will feature music, dance and folk plays from three separate periods in English history: medieval, Renaissance and Victorian.

Find out more about auditions and view the 2010 rehearsal and performance schedule at

(or) Details at

Thank you!

Alan Casso

Marketing & Public Relations

Tea for Moms on Sunday, April 25

FYI Moms: baystateparent received this release today. Hope it can help someone out there! Best, Carrie, editor

Brain Aneurysm Foundation Hosts Afternoon Tea Fundraiser

Special Guest Gail Huff of WCVB-TV to Speak to Guests over Tea

Boston, MA – April 8, 2010 – The Brain Aneurysm Foundation will host an Afternoon Tea on Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Omni Parker House in downtown Boston. The fundraising event will celebrate the lives of brain aneurysm survivors while honoring the memory of those lost to brain aneurysms by supporting the mission of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation of increasing education, awareness and research that helps save lives by reducing the number of ruptured brain aneurysms.

WCVB-TV reporter Gail Huff will be a special guest of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation at the Afternoon Tea. Huff, a supporter of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, was affected by cerebrovascular disease when her sister suffered a stroke as a young adult.

The Afternoon Tea will also feature a silent art auction, with pieces donated by a host of local artists who support the mission of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Among the artists donating pieces for the auction are Sara Demrow-Dent, an award-winning contemporary painter who works in acrylics, Dale Partiss Green, an award-winning landscape artist working in oils, Heather Proll Karp, a national-selling oil painter who is also a brain aneurysm survivor, Beverly Mitchell, an award-winning watercolor artist and many others.

Tickets to the event are $60. For tickets or more information, visit:

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support, and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures. An estimated 3–6 million people in the U.S. have an unruptured brain aneurysm, a weak bulging on the wall of a brain artery, which can occur at any age. Annually, approximately 25,000 people in the U.S. suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm and of those that survive, only a third will not be impacted by disabilities.

In 2009, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation awarded over $145,000 in grants to institutions throughout the United States to support research that focuses on ways to improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms, including early detection advances, improved treatment and enhanced technology. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation also funds awareness information and education for emergency responders, hospital and clinic staff and the general population, and provides support to those affected by brain aneurysms and their families.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation relies on fundraising support from individuals and organizations to continue to fund education and research on reducing the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures, which ultimately saves lives.

About the Brain Aneurysm Foundation

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston, MA on August 19, 1994 as a public charity. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

baystateparent's First-Ever "Mom Who Rocks" Gives Away Free Copies of her New Book

Dawn Garabedian-Weber of Rutland, baystateparent's January 2009 mom who rocks

Dawn was baystateparent's original "mom who rocks. " Her story inspired so many of us to stop dwelling on what was wrong in our lives and start working towards happiness (you can search her story in the archives at

Since appearing in our magazine, Dawn has written a book about her experience in finding true happiness in her own life called, "Become Aware: A New Life Has Begun."

This book explains the moment when Dawn realized that she had had enough fear and worry in her life. She was exhausted from overthinking, judging others, and living in the past. She realized that if she could create chaos in her life, then she could also stop it.

Many of us could relate to feeling anxious and burdened even about the most minute things in our lives.

If you could use some inspiration right now, meet this warm and sincere mother of five at Tatnuck Bookseller on April 24th. She has a lot of positive advice to share with us all. Check out the event at

And if you 'd like a complimentary copy of Dawn's book, email me, Carrie Wattu editor, at and I will send you a copy just in time for Mother's Day.(Thank you Dawn for your big heart in wanting to share this book with other moms).

Lastly, I wish that all the moms who feel unsettled, anxious, and depressed to do something for yourself that will lead you to happiness. And please try to speak up as others are probably feeling the same way (or they know someone who has conquered the challenge of not leading her best life too).

If you'd like to get in touch with Dawn, email her at

See you at Tatnuck on the 24th!
Carrie Wattu

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April School Vacation Fun Finder

It's the home stretch for the school year, and baystateparent has rounded up some fun for April school vacation. What is in your plans? Feel free to post what your family will be doing as it's the best way for us all to get some fresh ideas.
School vacation week is always press week at the baystateparent office so we'll be working on our May issue while the kids spend some quality time with grandparents and cousins. It's always a juggle but since there is no school, the kids can stay up later to spend some quality time with mom.
Have fun...Carrie, editor

baystateparent's April School Vacation Fun Finder

Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 25

Saturday 17

Nature-Inspired Suncatchers. Children’s Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. Drop-in 10 a.m. – Noon. (Also April 18). Collect an assortment of natural materials from the children’s museum grounds to create a dazzling collage to hang in a window at your home. Admission to both museums $10.50 PP, under 12 months, free. 978-264-4200,

Sundial. Science Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. Drop-in 1 – 3 p.m. (Also April 18). Make your own sundial and track the path of the sun through the spring. Admission to both museums $10.50 PP, under 12 months, free. 978-264-4200,

Meet Will Moses and 
Jay OCallahan. 
Eric Carle Picture Book Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1 p.m. 
Join folk artist Will Moses and internationally-renowned storyteller Jay O’Callahan as they share words and pictures from their most recent book, Raspberries. Free with admission.

Critter Day: Animal World Experience. Boston Children's Museum. 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. & 1:15 p.m. A $12, C $9, under 1 free. 617-426-6500,

The Diary of Anne Frank. Boston Children's Theatre. 
 For ages 12+
 at the Boston Center for the Arts.
 Ends April 18.

FREE Storytime and Craft. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Washington Ave., Cambridge. 11 a.m. A visit from Peter Rabbit (costumed character), rabbit stories and craft.

FREE 3rd Annual Bookish Ball. The Harvard Coop, Cambridge. Join the day-long celebration in Harvard Square with events for all ages throughout the store. Enter to win fabulous prizes at the HSBA kiosk. Fun, food and music. Open to all. 617-499-2000,

Green Fest. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A day of family-friendly programs exploring sustainable agriculture, wildlife and habitat protection, and energy conservation, including visits with the spring farm animal babies! Activities free with paid admission to the farm. 781-259-2206,

Lanie’s Nature Activity Day. American Girl. Natick Collection. 3 – 5 p.m. Celebrate the wonders of nature and the fun of gardening with Lanie, the 2010 Girl of the Year! Your girl can get started by sprouting her very own “mini garden” in a seed-starter cup. She can also make a cute seed label for her mini garden and enjoy a garden-themed scavenger hunt, plus other fun activities. For girls ages 8 and up.

Live Family-friendly Music and Children's Crafts. Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. Plus meet baby animals from 10 a.m. To 4 p.m. daily. A$17, Y (13- 17) $8, Free for children ages 12 and under. 800-817-1137 or

Float My Boat. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St. Noon – 3 p.m. (Also April 18). Kids design tinfoil boats that can float dozens - maybe hundreds! - of pennies in the FETCH!™ Lab, an interactive science station. Ages 5 – 11. $7.50 PP. 401-273-KIDS,

Slow Art Day. Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), Salem. 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The PEM joins 46 organizations worldwide in inviting visitors to take their time and take a closer look at art. Championed by Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic at the New York Times, Slow Art Day is part of a global grassroots movement that aims to enhance visual awareness and critical thinking through the act of careful looking. In celebration of the opening of PEM’s newest exhibition, The Kennedys| Portrait of a Family: Photographs by Richard Avedon, Slow Art Day participants will view a selection of artworks that explore themes of power. A casual lunch and discussion follows in the Museum’s Atrium Café. A$15, Sr., $13, St., $11, Y (16 and under) free. 866‐745‐1876 or

Welcome Back Weekend. Davis Farmland, Sterling. Meet the newest arrivals and have some fun with all your old Farmland friends. Be a star in Moo Moo’s parade and ride along for Moo-Moo’s first Outback Safari Hayride of 2010. A sweet way to end your day: decorate and enjoy your own cupcake! Call for admission: 978-422-MOOO.

Robin Hood Day. Higgins Armory Museum, 100 Barber Ave., Worcester. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Robin Hood and his "Merry Men of Sherwood Forest" are the subject of this fun-filled day of demonstrations, performances, and crafts. Adventurous visitors can learn how to use a quarterstaff, once used against the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham, during one hour workshops throughout the day. A $10, C (age 4-16) $7, 3 and under, free.508-853-6015,

Sunday 18

Franklin Park Zoo's Party for the Planet. One Franklin Park Zoo, Boston. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Celebrate Earth Day with crafts, activities, animal encounters, and environmentally-friendly exhibitors. Did you know Zoo New England supports conservation efforts both locally and abroad? A $14, C (2-12), $8, under 2, free. 617-541-5466,

The Diary of Anne Frank. Boston Children's Theatre. 
 Last chance for ages 12+
 to see this play at the Boston Center for the Arts.

FREE Felicity’s Ball-and-Cup Game Craft. American Girl. Natick Collection. 2 – 4 p.m. Make Felicity’s world come to life! Your girl can try a game Felicity might have played in colonial Williamsburg. She’ll design her own Ball and Cup Game, then learn how to play. For girls 8 and up.

Felicity’s Birthday Celebration. American Girl. Natick collection. 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Felicity’s birthday in colonial style! Join the celebration and learn about Felicity’s life, enjoy a special meal, and take home a keepsake booklet with activities and journaling pages to help you commemorate this special day. For girls 8 and up. $26 PP, sales tax included. (gratuity not included). Reservations required. 877-247-5223,

Kids Teaching Kids at Wenham Museum. 132 Main St., Wenham. 1 – 3 p.m. Have fun making origami, quilling and pop-up cards with junior artists of New England. A $7, C $ 5. 978-468-2377,

Monday 19

Marathon Monday, Patriot's Day, and First-Official Day of School Vacation!

Dinosaur Dig. Children’s Discovery, 177 Main St., Acton. All Day. Conduct your own paleontology dig in a giant outdoor sandbox. Bring a dinosaur and join in the fun! Sand, tools, and fossils provided. Admission to both museums $10.50 PP, under 12 months, free. 978-264-4200,

Go Sustainable. Science Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. Drop-in 1 - 4 p.m. Become a Patriot on this special day and learn about sustainability with Olin College engineers! Explore wind and solar renewable energy, make your own bio-plastic, and participate in design challenges led by the Olin College Engineering Discovery team. Admission to both museums $10.50 PP, under 12 months, free. 978-264-4200,

Vacation-week Adventures Camps. Animal Adventures,336 Sugar Rd., Bolton. 9 a.m. – Noon. (Through April 23). Animal Adventures junior zookeeper and dinosaur adventure camp. Hands-on, educational fun for animal lovers and dinosaur enthusiasts!! $40/day. 978-779-8988,

Boston Marathon. Find a place along the route to cheer on marathon runners with your family! For spectator tips, visit

Boston Marathon Celebration. Boston Children’s Museum. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrate the Boston Marathon with trivia, signs, and more! A $12, C $9, under 1 free. 617-426-6500,

Jabberwocky. John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point, Boston. 10:30 a.m.E xplore the world of Lewis Carroll in this adventure tale featuring stunning puppets and scenery performed by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre. Free with library admission; reservations required. 617-514-1600;

FREE Theater Games Workshop. Atlantis Playmakers, 380 Cambridge St., Burlington. 4 and 6 p.m. A theater games workshop suitable for all ages. Register:

A Week of Self Discovery for Girls. Self Discovery Enterprises, Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, Chelmsford. (Through April 23).9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A team of area experts have designed u, ur friendz, ur lyfe =) A Week of Self Discovery, a unique program to address the challenges facing girls entering grades 7 – 9. Includes healthy snacks, hands-on demonstrations and more. Call for weekly tuition. 978-256-9391,

Concord Museum Patriots' Day Activities. Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore the Why Concord? galleries and the treasures from April 1775 including the famous “one, if by land…” Revere lantern; enjoy a spirited discussion between a British Redcoat and a colonial Militiaman; listen to foot-tapping music by The Jolly Rogues; go on a museum history hunt; visit the new exhibition, Into Your Hands. All free with Museum admission, ongoing throughout the day. A $10, 
C (6-17) $5
, Ch under 6, free. 978-369-9763,

Patriot's Day in Concord and Lexington. For a list of battle re-enactments, memorials, parades, programs, and more, visit Since events can and do change, be sure to confirm all events before attending!

Selena Gomez Dance Clinic. Gigueres Dance, Giguere Gymnastics, 148 Main St., Leicester. 4:30 – 6 p.m. For ages 5 – 7 (Also April 22 for ages 8+). Come dance to Selena's music and learn some new moves. Watch her dance in music videos, practice some steps and even learn her routine from "Another Cinderella Story." $15 PP. 508-892-3797,

Braids & Bows. American Girl. Natick Collection. 4:30 p.m. A Doll Hair Salon stylist will share secrets for pulling off a variety of super styles for long or short hair, from fancy braids to ribbon twists. Each girl will also receive a special goody bag with doll hair accessories and styling instructions. $24 PP. Reservations required. 877-247-5223,

Sparky’s Puppets. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St. 1 and 2 p.m. Sparky’s Puppets dramatize favorite children’s stories with plenty of humor and audience participation. Watch Brer Rabbit sneak into the vegetable garden. Laugh at the antics of “The Grasshopper and the Ant.” And find out what happens when a pesky goblin tries to outsmart a hard-working farmer. Ages 3 – 11. $7.50 PP. 401-273-KIDS,

Camouflage! Massachusetts Audubon Society's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 State Highway, Route 6, South Wellfleet. 2 - 3:30 p.m. With a naturalist by your side you will look high and low for the ways different animals use camouflage for survival: from birds to turtles to coyotes. At the end, pretend to be the animals and play a big game of Camouflage! A $8, C $6. 508-349-2615,

April Vacation Adventures. Massachusetts Audubon Society's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 State Highway, Route 6, South Wellfleet. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Through April 23). This is a kids-only program for children in Grades 2-4. Ranges from $22 to $45 per day. 508-349-2615,

Mass Audubon Camp. Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook Wiildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Through April 23). Every day will feature a new theme with new discoveries and new friends as well. For ages 6 to 11. $45 per day. Register: 508-753-6087,

Higgins Armory Fun During School Vacation. Higgins Armory Museum,100 Barber Ave., Worcester. Daily activities from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Through April 23). Shield Workshops: Children learn about heraldry and create their own unique heraldic shield. Daily CastleKids Story times:Children learn tales of adventure, from damsels in distress to mighty dragons, through well-known fairy tales. Stories are read to children in the Medieval Great Hall and include The Paper Bag Princess, George and the Little Knight, The Princess Knight, and more.Hands-on History: A personal look at arms and armor. Children try on a gauntlet, handle some mail armor, or pick up a helmet and experience what the “knights and warriors of old” experienced. Live Arms and Armor Show Why armor? Who wore it, who made it, and why are there so many different types? In this interactive program, discover the history of armor, from its evolution from mail to plate armor to its disappearance (and modern reappearance on the battlefield). Volunteers from the audience will have opportunities to help with the demonstration. A $10, C (age 4-16) $7, 3 and under, free. 508-853-6015,

Tuesday 20

Bubble Bonanza. Children’s Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. All day. Admission to both museums $10.50 PP, under 12 months, free. 978-264-4200,

Engineers' Exchange. Science Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. Drop-in 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meet a FIRST Tech Challenge robot and its designers from the Acton-Boxborough Robotics Team. Watch the robot maneuver and learn about the design process and competition. Try a simple engineering challenge to experience the design process. Admission to both museums $10.50 PP, under 12 months, free. 978-264-4200,

Dance Week. Boston Children’s Museum. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Through April 23). Come learn different styles of dance from all over the world. A $12, C $9, under 1 free. 617-426-6500,

Museum of Fine Arts School Vacation Fun. Museum of Fine Arts,465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Daily from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. through April 23. Explore the ancient world and its mysteries this school vacation week with a wide range of fun, hands-on activities. Take a guided tour through a tomb, participate in an interactive performance, listen to stories, and create your own art inspired by ancient objects throughout the Museum. Vacation week activities are FREE with Museum admission. No registration required. All ages and abilities welcome. Children should always be accompanied by an adult. ASL Interpretation provided Wednesday, April 21. General admission $20, Children free. 617-267-9300,

Earth Day Crafts. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day while making a fun craft out of re-usable and natural materials. Your imagination is the limit – piggy banks, nature journals, vases, gift boxes and more! No reservations necessary, program & materials are included with regular admission. A $10, C $5, under 6, free. 508-869-6111,

Recycle Mania (For ages 6-8). Fitchburg Art Museum, 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg.10 a.m. – Noon. Make totems, toys, and more from recycled materials. $18 pp. Discount for multiple bookings. 978-345-4207, Also Painting Without a Brush (for ages 6 – 8 and 9 – 11) and Recycled Reinventions (ages 9-11). Call for times.

FREE Family Hike. Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain. 1 - 2:30 p.m (Also April 23). Ages 6 – 12 w/A. Bring water and a snack (and binoculars, if you have them); wear sneakers or hiking boots, and a hat. Meet at the Hunnewell Visitor Center. In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209,

April Vacation Art Camp. ArtSpan at the Munroe Center for the Arts, 1403 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. 8:45 a.m.- 3:15 p.m., extended day available. (Through April 23). Spend school vacation creating art with ArtSpan! April's theme is "Street Art", with an interdisciplinary and integrated arts curriculum for ages 5-11. Focus on graphic art and/or murals, improvisation, Hip Hop, and ceramics. Youth attend four art classes a day, have snack, lunch, recess, and a great time! Call for fees. 781-862-6040,

April Vacation Outdoor Adventures. Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries, 2000 Main St., Marshfield. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Also April 21, 22, and 23). Explore nature through programs such as Creatures of the Garden, Arcaehological Adventures, and more. Kids, plan to dress for the weather! $50 PP whole day or $30 for half day. 781-837-9400,

FREE Family Fun Day. Natick Collection, 1245 Worcester St., Natick. 10 a.m. Enjoy some magic with Mike Bent's Abrakidabra show.

April School Vacation Program. Longfellow Sports Club,203 Oak St., Natick. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with extended day available. (Through April 23). Swimming, gym-time, arts and crafts, tennis, team games and more!$75 per day. 508 653 4633,

Plimoth Plantation for School Vacation.137 Warren Ave. All Day. (Through April 23). During the week: enjoy Native singing; Colonial singing and dancing; take classes to learn how to better care for Mother Earth; celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday; learn traditional Native and Colonial games; get hands on across the museum sites or participate in a historic-inspired family overnight program. Family memories worth revisiting again and again begin at Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II! A $24. C $18. 508-746-1622,

State Ballet of Rhode Island. Providence Children's Museum, 100 South St. 1 & 2 p.m. Enjoy a series of short ballet pieces where classic storybook characters come to life. Dancers will invite children to join them onstage for parts of the performance. Ages 3 – 11. Program free with Museum admission of $7.50 PP. 401-273-5437,

Wednesday 21

Butterflies. Children’s Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. Drop-in 10 a.m. - Noon. Beautiful butterflies made by you! Admission to both museums $10.50 PP, under 12 months, free. 978-264-4200,

FREE Lucky Bob Juggling. Beth El Temple Center, 2 Concord Ave., Belmont. 10 – 11 a.m. Register: for free tickets. More info: 781-642-5907 or email

Dinosaur Adventures. Animal Adventures, 336 Sugar Rd.,Bolton. 9 a.m. – Noon. Dinosaur Adventure Camp for Future Paleontologists. Exciting exploration featuring fossils, dinosaur artifacts, and exciting hands-on learning with live "modern day dinosaurs" such as alligators, monitor lizards, birds, scorpions and snapping turtles! Ages 6-12. $40 PP. 978-779-8988,

Fun for Families Day. Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem, 280 The Fenway, Boston. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Storytelling, gallery activities, music, and art-making. Call for admission fees:

Fun for Families Day. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Gardner celebrates April School Vacation Week with a week of fun for all ages--and, midweek, a full day of storytelling, gallery activities, music, and art-making. Admission applies:

The Meeting House and the Siege of Boston. Old South Meeting House, a Museum and National Historic Landmark on Boston's Freedom Trail, 310 Washington St., in Downtown Crossing, Boston. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Learn about what life in Boston and at Old South was like during the Siege of Boston! Most activities are drop

in. 617-482-6439,

Spring Banners (For ages 9-11). Fitchburg Art Museum,25 Merriam Parkway. 10 a.m. – Noon. Paint and stamp a vertical cloth banner. $18. 978-345-4207, Also Abstract Paper Reliefs (For ages 9-11) and Spring Banners (For ages 6-8). 978-345-4207,

Zentangle Workshop. Grafton Public Library, 1 - 3 p.m. For adults and children 8+. Check out this enjoyable and uplifting art form 
for all ages: Reservations: 508-839-3089. $5 kit fee applies.

Earth Day Adventures for Kids: NRWA April School Vacation Program. Nashua River Watershed Association, Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row, Groton. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.Learn about the incredible natural world around us and what we can do to help protect it. Two adventure days, Wednesday for 4 to 6 year olds and Thursday for 7 to 12 year olds. $35/day.

Registration is required; space is limited. 978-448-0299, or
email Also Thurs., April 22.

Story Through Dance Two-Day Art Workshop. First Parish Unitarian Church on the Common in Hubbardston, 2 Main St., Hubbardston. 10 a.m. - Noon. Children ages 6 to 14 are invited to attend an April vacation workshop combining music, dance and creative writing. Creative writing instructor Rhonda Hamer will work with the children to write the story their way. The workshop will use familiar stories such as "The Three Little Pigs" as stepping off points for the children to re-tell stories their way through group writing. Dance instructor/choreographer Renée Carleen will lead the children in creative movement and dance using music of various styles, some written expressly for the stories, as a basis for learning creative movement and dance and re-telling stories using more than words. The two will work together with the children to present an original story, told through dance and music, at the end of the two-day workshop. Parents and community members are welcome to observe the end-of-workshop stories. $12 per student and continues on April 22. To register, contact Rhonda Hamer at 978-928-1314. For additional information, visit

FREE Julie’s Earth Day Idea Catcher. American Girl. Natick Collection. 4 – 6 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day the ’70s way! At this special event, girls can learn how to create an “idea catcher” filled with questions and conversation starters about the earth, animals, and the environment. For girls ages 8 and up.

Julie’s Yarn Diamond Craft. American Girl. Natick Collection. 4 – 6 p.m. Weave a pretty yarn diamond, like the ones Julie might have made with her best friend, Ivy, in the 1970s. For girls ages 8 and up.

Maria Sangiolo. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St. Wed., April 21, 1 and 2 p.m. Children delight in this award-winning folk singer’s whimsical melodies, witty lyrics and eclectic mix of musical genres. Ages 3 – 11. $7.50 PP. 401-273-KIDS,

FREE On the Edge with Coolhead Luke. Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., Shrewsbury. 11 a.m. Jen and Colin White, the mother and son duo behind the Coolhead Luke children's book series, talk about the process of publishing a book and read from their newest release.

FREE April Prince Jones Children's Author Event. Sutton Public Library. 10 a.m. Hear Jones' book, “What do Wheels Do all Day?” and “21 Elephants.” 508-865-8752.

Seashore Ramble. Massachusetts Audubon Society's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 State Highway, Route 6, South Wellfleet. 9:30 a.m. – Noon.Explore the area where land meets the sea, searching for animals and plants of the tidal flats or salt marsh (depending on the tide). Using nets, small fish traps, and buckets, you will discover the world of crabs, shrimp, and clams. A $9, C $7. 508-349-2615,

Frog and Salamander Meander. Massachusetts Audubon Society's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 State Highway, Route 6, South Wellfleet. 2 – 3:30 p.m. Meander along the pond’s edge looking and listening for green frogs, bullfrogs, and other wildlife. Afterwards, head to the swamp and search under logs for red-backed salamanders, spring peepers, or other critters stirring about. A $8, C $6.508-349-2615,

Me and My Pal Spa Day.  Girl Scouts of Central and Western Mass, 81 Gold Star Blvd.,
1 – 3 p.m. Make homemade facials, play games, have a healthy snack,
make a craft and try your hand at some beginning yoga. This event is for girls in
grades 2-5 who are not currently registered Girl Scouts.
$15 per couple. Contact Lynn at to receive an
electronic version of the
registration form. 800-462-9100 x3604,

Thursday 22

Nature Walk. Children’s Discovery, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m. Admission to both museums $10.50 PP, under 12 months, free. 978-264-4200,

Boston Children’s Museum. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with activities, performances, and workshops throughout the day. A $12, C $9, under 1 free. 617-426-6500,

African Violets for Young Growers. Bay State African Violet Society and Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr.,Boylston. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Ages 9 – 14. Pot up a young plant to take home and learn

to “put down” a leaf to propagate new plants. Younger children

may attend with an adult companion. $5pp.

Watercolor Woodlands (For ages 6-8). Fitchburg Art Museum, 25 Merriam Parkway. 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Paint a scene of forest plants and animals. $18 PP.978-345-4207,

Clay Creature Pots (For ages 9-11). Fitchburg Art Museum, 25 Merriam Parkway. 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Sculpt and decorate a clay pot in the form of a creature. $18 PP. 978-345-4207,

Toddler Thursdays. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 10 – 11 a.m. (Also April 29). Every Thursday explore art, nature & history with your toddler/preschooler. Programs may include stories, art projects, gallery visits and outdoor exploration. Each week is a new adventure! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register ahead or drop in. For toddler/preschooler with adult: $4. 978-456-3924,

Selena Gomez Dance Clinic. Gigueres Dance, Giguere Gymnastics, 148 Main St., Leicester. 4:30 – 6 p.m. For ages 8+. Come dance to Selena's music and learn some new moves. Watch her dance in music videos, practice some steps and even learn her routine from "Another Cinderella Story." $15 PP. 508-892-3797,

The Sun, the Moon, and Father Time: Learn More About Clocks. National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. 2 – 4 p.m. Clocks have personality! Join museum staff for exciting gallery activities that explore “George McFadden’s Enchanted Clocks,” followed by craft projects. For children ages 6 and up with accompanying adult. No pre-registration required. $5/family. 781-861-6559,

Children's Tea at the Asa Waters Mansion. Friends of the  Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm St., Millbury.
2 – 4 p.m. Celebrate Patriot's Day during school vacation week.
John, Paul, George & Ben, written by
Lane Smith, is a storybook treasured by lads and lassies alike. Learn about some of our Founding
Fathers (John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, and Ben Franklin) who would grow up to start a
Revolution. This delightful book, read by a guest reader, weaves historical facts into an amusing story for
children of all ages. Tea Punch, delicious goodies, and some special surprises, top off the afternoon!
A $15,C $12. 508-865-0855 or

Bitty Bear’s Story Time.
American Girl. Natick Collection.
10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and their parents can hear a reading of
Bitty Bear’s Story Time, then enjoy an art activity and tasty
treats. $10 PP. For girls 3 and up. Reservations required.

FREE Bitty Twins Animal Safari. American Girl. Natick Collection. Noon – 2 p.m. Your little girl can join the Bitty Twins for an imaginary animal adventure! At this fun event, preschoolers can punch-out and color paper animals to take home. For girls ages 3 and up.

Earth Day. Hancock Shaker Farm, Pittsfield. 2 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature a tour of Hancock Shaker Village’s historic-to-modern green and environmentally-friendly features. Included will be information on sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, architectural design and construction, smart growth town planning, and more. There will be a demonstration of the 1858 water power turbine in Laundry and Machine Shop and up-close investigation of the historic passive solar features of Shaker buildings, compared with Hancock Shaker Village’s new solar photovoltaic array, which generates 89.9 kilowatts, supplies 66% of the Village’s electrical energy needs today, and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 3.7 million pounds over the life span of the system. Free with general admission. Also visit baby animals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 866‐745‐1876 or

No Time to Waste. Providence Children's Museum,100 South St. 1 & 2 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day with a hilarious family comedy about trash and recycling. Four 20-minute shows. Ages 5 – 11. Free with Museum admission. $7.50 PP; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437,

Create a Dragon Claw Fossil. Higgins Armory Museum,100 Barber Ave., Worcester. Call for time. Sculptor Hilary Scott helps visitors create a dragon claw fossil to take home. Just as fun as discovering a fossil of your own! A $10, C (4-16) $7, 3 and under, free. 508-853-6015,

A Grand Old Tree Earth Day Celebration. Wenham Museum,132 Main St. 1 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day with renowned children’s author and collage artist Mary Newall DePalma as she reads her book "A Grand Old Tree" and leads a children’s collage craft in conjunction with the Paper Capers exhibition. Visit special exhibition Paper Capers: Adventures in Paper Art.Come fold origami, cut a paper silhouette, and create a paper doll chain as you discover the rich history of paper in family life.Book signing to follow. Reserve your book in advance by calling the museum. A$7. C $5. Group rates available with pre-registration. 978-468-2377,

FREE Poetry Read-Out. Frances Perkins Branch of the Worcester Public Library, 470 West Boylston St., Worcester. 7 p.m. Read poetry to one another. Bring your own poems or see what the library has. It's a family event for children and their adults. No registration, just drop in. Refreshments. 508-799-1687,

Friday 23

Cambridge Science Festival Overnight. Museum of Science, Science Park, Boston.4:30 p.m. – 11 a.m. Thru April 24. Be among the first to experience the Cambridge Science Festival at the Museum by sleeping over on the night before it starts! Students in grades 1 - 7 and their adult chaperones are invited to see what happens at the Museum at night. Discover science in an entertaining, educational, and interactive way through experiments, a Theater of Electricity Lightning! show, an Omni film, and much more. Plus, where else do you have a chance to sleep under a dinosaur or a giant grasshopper? Register early to ensure your spot: $45 PP. 617-723-2500,

FREE Meet Corduroy. Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington. 6:30 p.m. Meet your favorite storybook bear. 781-273-3871.

Silhouette Artists at the Concord Museum.Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd. 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Also on April 24, 9:30 a.m. - Noon. Silhouette artists Jean and Marcella Comerford use their skill with a scissor to cut delightful heirloom-quality portraits that make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift or keepsake. The artists have a monthly column, "Cut-Ups," in Yankee magazine and visit the Concord Museum twice each year. Each sitting is approximately ten minutes. Children ages six months and up and adults of all ages are welcome. $29/profile; $10 additional copies; frames and mats available for sale on day of sitting. By reservation only. 978-369-9763,

Dazzle Your Doll. American Girl. Natick Collection. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Also April 29). Your girl will learn fancy salon secrets and five-minute doll ’dos, then decorate a tropical doll outfit that’s perfect for the beach. Plus, every girl will enjoy a meal and take home a doll-sized travel booklet—perfect for dolls on the go! For girls ages 8 and up. $50pp. servations required. 877-247-5223,

The Tempest In A Teapot High Tea. Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Ave. 3 – 4 p.m. This family-friendly high tea experience, features scenes from Shakespeare’s MacBeth, performed by the young players from Plimoth Plantation’s weeklong Shakespearean Camp for Kids, as entertainment. $15.95 pp, plus museum admission.

Domino Madness. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St.Noon - 3 p.m. Kids work together to construct amazing domino chains that spiral, zigzag and snake. Ages 5 – 11. Free with Museum admission. $7.50 PP; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437,

Tea Party for American Girls. The Clayground, 65 James St., Worcester. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Bring your favorite doll to paint a tea cup and saucer. Refreshments provided. $21 per person. Reservations required. 508-755-7776,

Saturday 24

Bessie Suncatchers. Children’s Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. Drop-in 10 a.m. – Noon. (Also April 25). Hang it in a window at your home and let the sunlight dazzle your dinosaur creation. Admission to both museums $10.50 PP, under 12 months, free. 978-264-4200,

Beany Baby Necklace. Science Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. Drop-in 1 – 3 p.m. Make your own special living necklace and watch your baby mung or pinto bean sprout and grow! . Admission to both museums $10.50 PP, under 12 months, free. 978-264-4200,

Kelsey Flynn is Mother Goose. The Eric Carle Picture Book Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. Sat., April 24, 1 p.m. Join her and her merry minstrels and sing, rhyme, and even dance your way through beloved tales, songs, and poems. Arrive early, paint a picture and see it used in the production. Lots of audience participation! For prices and details:

North Shore Mothers of Multiples Children's Sale. North Shore Mothers of Multiples,  Second
Congregational Church of Beverly
35 Conant St., Beverly. 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Toys, gear, clothing and more! $1 admission, age 14 and under free. Members of a mothers
of twins club can shop at 9 a.m. Cash only sale!

Art in Bloom Family Day at MFA. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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, $18 Sr./St., FREE
(17 and under. 617-369-3169,

Junior Ranger Day at Boston Harbor Islands.
depart from Quincy Shipyard and Boston’s Long Wharf. Visit the
stations of Fort Warren on Georges Island. Climb the stairs of
this historic Civil War Fort.Earn your Junior Ranger badge and
picnic. Activities are for children and families.Ferry Fare –
A $14, C $8. 617-223-8666 or

Curious George Flies a Kite. Boston Children’s Museum. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learn all about the wind, and kites from around the world. . A $12, C $9, under 1 free. 617-426-6500,

Conservation Clues! Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. Choice of two 45-minute sessions: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Why can’t we touch the artifacts in the museum? Why can’t we eat and drink in the museum? Why are some of the galleries so dark? Explore artifact conservation science and the behind-the-scenes role of conservators. Handle and learn about conservation tools. Then join an educator and hunt throughout the museum to find evidence of conservation at work. A$9, C$6. Free with regular admission; advance registration required and space is limited, call 617-495-2916. Recommended for children ages 7-12 with an accompanying adult.

The ImprovBoston Family Show. Central Square, Cambridge. Every Saturday, 6 p.m. This unscripted show includes improvised singing, dancing, and comedic scenes that are guaranteed to have the whole family laughing out loud. Children can participate! or 617-576-1253.

FREE Cambridge Science Festival. MIT, in collaboration with Harvard, the City of Cambridge, WGBH, and the Museum of Science, Boston. See website for times and locations. April 24 – May 2. The nine-day Cambridge Science Festival features hundreds of events, almost all of them free, taking place throughout Cambridge. The festival promises to make science accessible and engaging through its hands-on workshops, demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours, talks, performances, film screenings, and more. This year's highlights include: FREE Science Carnival: Saturday, April 24 Noon – 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library and Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School Field House, 449 Broadway St., Cambridge. Be “wow”ed by a unique laser show made especially for the festival,then enjoy more than 50 booths of hands-on science demonstrations and activities for children of all ages -- from grade school to teens.

FREE Storytime & Craft at the Coop. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 11 a.m. Celebrate earth day with stories and a green craft. the

Drumming Show. The Tony Fonseca Drumming School, Atrium Mall PlaySpace, 300 Boylston St., 4th Level PlaySpace, Chestnut Hill. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 617-527-1475, email

Earth Day Celebration. Hands On 4 Kidz, 44 Main St.,Gardner. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Re-art in the Creation Station! Learn how to reduce,re-use,recycle in unique ways!Each creation is $4. Bring a canned good and save another 10%. 978-632-2815,

FREE 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, andmore—discover something new each month! 617-384-5209,

Earth Day Celebration. Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, 55 Coogan Blvd.,
Mystic, CT. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Activities include an aquarium-wide scavenger
hunt and pledge station where guests can make a magnet containing an
Earth-friendly pledge. Guests can also build their own toy boats out
of recycled materials and race them, or play games at various
exhibits that test their recycling and conservation knowledge. All
activities are free with aquarium admission. A $26, C (3-17) $19, 2
and under, free.

Sara Wheeler and Little Groove. The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN), 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Groovy and educational music delights both parents and children, with ladybug and fairy costumes and puppets that create a fun vibe. A $9, C under 12, $6. 508-647-0097,

Balls and Tracks. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St. Noon - 3 p.m. (Also April 25). Create your own designs. Ages 5 – 11. . $7.50 PP; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437,

Animal Makeover Weekend. Davis Farmland, Sterling. Events run 11 a.m. - 3 p .m.Be a stylist for a day! Four different events: start out by brushing a bunny, add some scrunchies and Voila! Next, try painting Jenny the donkey's hooves or even makeover your favorite Farmland goats. Showcase your talent in a parade afterward so everyone can see your wonderful styling! Admission fees:

23rd Annual Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place. 52 Gore St., Waltham. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Activities include: demonstrations of sheep-shearing, herding dogs, spinning, weaving, kilt-making and more. Large crafts fair, live entertainment, wagon rides, historic demonstrators, games and farm animals. Food vendors on site. Free parking. No dogs allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A $10, C 12 and under, free. 781-894-2798,

Sunday 25

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival. Boston Children’s Museum. 11 a.m – 3 p.m. Activities to welcome spring flowers. A $12, C $9, under 1 free. 617-426-6500,

Blue Discoveries Family Day: Earth Day Celebration. New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston.10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn more about the blue planet through art, science, and storytelling. Programs highlight Aquarium favorites as well as hidden treasures.All activities are included in Aquarium admission. 617-973-5200,

FREE Molly’s Star Whirler Craft. American Girl. Natick Collection. 2 – 4 p.m. Say “Hurray for the USA!” just like Molly did in her day—learn to make a patriotic star whirler. For girls ages 8 and up.

Molly’s Birthday Celebration.
American Girl. Natick Collection. 4:30 p.m. Happy birthday, Molly! Join the celebration and learn about Molly’s life, enjoy a special meal, and take home a keepsake booklet with activities and journaling pages to help you commemorate this special day. $26 PP. For girls 8 and up. Reservations required. 877-247-5223,

FREE People and Spaces Family Day.
The Clark, 225 South St., Williamstown, It's a campus wide family adventure, 12 - 4 pm. This free day will explore how people fit into different spaces, places, and settings. Try to keep your bearings in a maze, create detailed clothespin people,
build a miniature museum, climb a wall, and visit the Giovanni Boldini
in Impressionist Paris exhibition.



The Little Mermaid. Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, Boston. Friday 7:30 p.m; Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. April 16 – May 16. Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this adaptation teems with tumultuous characters, dramatic undercurrents, deep emotions, rippling humor, and a titanic battle between good and evil. $25, $20, or $15 On Friday nights children in their pajamas are only $12.



April Vacation Workshops. Fitchburg Art Museum, 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg. April 20 – 22. New! Two-hour workshops. Enroll by the day, morning, and/or afternoon. Children ages 6 – 8 and ages 9 – 11. $18 each child; supervised lunch hour $3 each child per day. Sessions run from 10 a.m. - Noon and 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Topics include Recycling Mania, Painting without a Brush, Clay Creature Pots, Watercolor Woodlands, Spring Banners, and more. 978-345-4207,


April School Vacation-Apprentice's Week: Spotlight on Stencil Art. Historic Deerfield. April 17 – 25, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Learn about the work of stencil artists who traveled from town to town taking commissions to decorate building interiors. Explore the art of stenciling and make a beautiful and unique stenciled artwork to take home. Visit historic houses throughout the village. At the Apprentice's Workshop at Dwight House, visitors can weave on a loom; use tools used to decorate early ceramics; and try using hand tools in the woodworking area. Special themes: Gallery Sleuths from Mon. - Fri., 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 7+. Explore the galleries during daily art workshops and interactive activities; Multi-Cultural Bridges: A Bilingual Literary Arts and Tolerance Program from Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m; Moving Pictures: Creating Animation on Sat., April 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ages 13+. Admission fees apply.


FREE Jim Henson’s Fantastic World. National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. April 3 – June 27. Offers a rare peek into the imagination and creative genius of this multi-talented innovator and creator of Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, and other beloved characters. This intriguing exhibition features 100 original artworks, including drawings, cartoons and storyboards that illustrate Henson’s talent as a storyteller and visionary. Among the variety of exhibition objects are puppets, and television and movie props, photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work and original video productions, including excerpts from Henson’s early career and experimental films. 781-861-6559,


Adventures in Paper Art. Wenham Museum,132 Main St. Through May 9. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Come fold origami, cut a paper silhouette, and create a paper doll chain as you discover the rich history of paper in family life. Enjoy intricate paper art made by children's book illustrators Giles Laroche and Mary Newell DePalma as well as historic works of art. A $7, C $5. 978-468-2377,


Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes Workshop. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. April 17 – 25. Families, youth groups, and members of the community can create their own fairy houses and gnome homes to display on the Clark grounds April 17- 25, during the April school vacation week. To introduce participants to the magic of these tiny dwellings, two workshops will be offered at the Clark on April 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. Admission to the workshops is free. The workshops, taught by local artist Ann Kremers, will include a lively, informal presentation and artful examples of fairy houses. Natural materials including moss and twigs will be provided to participants who will create a “miniature” object, such as a piece of furniture or decoration, appropriate for a fairy house. Attendance at the workshop is not necessary to participate in the community installation. During the week-long community art event, the public is invited to build a miniature home for tiny, mythical creatures on the Clark grounds using found, natural materials. A campus map and site assignments will be provided at the information desk. The tiny dwellings will be featured at the Clark’s family day on April 25, when visitors can stroll the grounds to view the houses. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. 413 -458-2303 or


Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. Displays the visual expression of rock & roll music with more than 100 photographs of famous rock stars in Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present. On display are their captured private and public moments, which will be on view through May 30, 2010.


Earth Week at the EcoTarium. 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. April 20 – Sun.,April 25). Lots of exhibits and recycling activities all week plus an Earth Day Festival on Fri., April 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with half-price museum admission. Dance to the beat of the band Chuck and Mud, be entertained by costumed characters, get tattooed (yes they are temporary!), eat fun food and enjoy many more fabulous and festive activities. A$12, C $8. (half price on Earth Day April 23) 508 -929 -2700,


Assumption College presents Oliver!  The Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts, 
. April 23 – 25. Based on the Dickens novel, Oliver Twist. Outstanding musical and dance numbers,
“Food, Glorious Food,: “I'd Do Anything,” “Where is Love?,” “Consider Yourself...” etc. Tickets: