Events

Free Museum Entry for Military Families – 5/26/14 – 9/8/14

Date & time of event: All summer log!! - times vary by venue
Location: Participating Museums across America
Cost:  FREE for military personnel & their families
Contact Information: Click here for participating parks nationwide
 
Blue Star Museums offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 26, through Labor Day, September 8, 2014.
 

Free Museum Admission – deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum

Date & time of event: First Wednesday of every month -  10:00 Am – 5:00 PM
Location:   51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA
Cost: FREE 
Contact information:  Click here
 
Established in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing 35 acres. 
 
Family Play Day is June 9th. Visit deCordova as a family to explore how contemporary artists incorporate play into their artwork and processes. Find and experiment with new materials, create a collaborative structure with new friends, and discover new exhibitions by Gary Webb and Jedediah Caesar in the Museum and Sculpture Park.

Free Family Concert with Karen K & the Jitterbugs

Date & time of event:  Saturday,  3/22/2014 – 4:00 pm
Location:  Parker Middle School, 45 Temple Street, Reading MA
Cost: Free for ALL!!
Contact Information:  ccorso@childcarecircuit.org or click here!
 
BUG OUT!  With Parents Choice Award-Winning Karen K & the Jitterbugs, playing rock and pop music the whole family loves!  Join Karen K in her Bug Out, the imaginary fort in her back yard where she finds adventures and makes music with her friends, the Jitterbugs: Bumble (guitar), Stink Bug (drums), Hop (bass) and side-kick and best friend, Lightning Bug (everything else).  Featured on CBS and called “The Kiddie Queen” by the Brooklyn Paper, the blend of imagination, music, humor and fun makes Karen K & the Jitterbugs a favorite among kids and adults.

Vintage Baseball Games

Date & time of event: 8/4, 8/10, 8/25, 9/8, 9/14, 9/15 & 9/22 - time 12:00 PM unless noted. October 5th Essex Base Ball Association Championship
Location:  Spencer-Peirce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, MA
Other games at different locations:
August 11-Live Oaks vs. Clamdiggers @ Georges Island
August 17th- Lowell Nine vs. Rockinghams @ Leary Field 12pm
August 24th Essex vs. Presumpscot BBC @ Wainwright Farm Sports Complex South Portland Maine
Cost: Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers
Contact Information:  Call 978-462-2634 for more information.
 
 Watch the Essex Base Ball Club play against other regional clubs, using 1861 rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Snacks, beer, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call.

Open Barnyard at Weir Farm

Date & time of event:  Saturday,  7/27/13 – 10/26/13 – 10 AM -2:00 pm
Location:  Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham, MA
Cost: Free for members; $3 non-members
Contact Information:  weirriverfarm@ttor.org or click here!
 
Meet our animals or just watch the hustle and bustle of a working farm. Bring a picnic and enjoy a hike on the trails that surround the farm.
Weir River is a working farm, and we need to ensure that our animals get out to graze and enjoy access to the grass. But, we also want to give you the chance to experience Hingham’s last working farm up close.
 

International Festival & Kids Day

Date & time of event:  Saturday – September 8th - 11:00 AM-4:00 pm
Location:  Peabody Common, Peabody, MA
Cost: FREE
Contact Information: Kid’s Day Flyer
 
Moon Bounce, Face Painting, Balloon Twister, Arts & Crafts, Child ID Program & a DJ playing music all day. Rain date 9-22-13.

Agricultural Fairs Across Massachusetts 

Date & time of event: Throughout August, September & October
Location:  Across MA
Cost: Varies
Contact Information:  Click here for more information and full listing.
 
Over the typical fair weekend there are many family oriented activities: from jousting for children; free pie eating contests, chicken chuckin’, oxen pulling, horse pulling & truck pulling events and more! Many have historical museum exhibits,  petting zoos and/or craft demonstrations. Great food, music and fun. Many have concerts and fireworks in the evenings.
  

17th Century Saturdays – Free Admission

 Date & time of event   Aug. 3rd & Sept. 7th  - 10 a.m. – 4 p.m 
Location:  Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road, Haverhill,  MA
Cost: FREE
Contact Information:  Click here
 
Whittier Birthplace is participating in 17th Century Saturdays and offering free admission on selected dates. Essex County is home to an extraordinary collection of homes, buildings and artifacts from America’s First Period (1625–1725) of European settlement. Explore architectural treasures and discover what it was like to live in Essex County during America’s first century.

Marstons Mills Village Day

Date & time of event:    Sept. 8th - Noon – 4 p.m 
Location:  Main Street, Marstons Mills,  MA
Cost: FREE
Main Street, Marstons Mills is closed to vehicular traffic to allow for many vendor tables, face painting, balloons, a juggler, pony rides, activity tables, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, lemonade, and many more exciting things to do and see.
 

Family & Children’s Service  6th Annual Family Literacy & Fun Day

Date & time of event:   September 12 th - 2:00  – 6 p.m 
Location:  Lynn Commons, Lynn,  MA
Cost: FREE
Contact Information:  Lucy Encarnacion – 781-598-5517 ext. 231 or via email at lencarnacion@fcslynn.org
 
 Educational fun, age-appropriate recreational and field activities for young children, as well as resource information for parents. Local service agencies as UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program, WIC, Early Literacy Matters, Got Books, as well as the police and fire department prevention program will be represented. All welcome!

Celebrate National Parks National Public Lands Day with Free Admission!! 

Date & time of event:  September 28, 2013 – times vary by venue
Location: National Parks across America
Cost:  FREE
Contact Information: Click here for participating parks nationwide!!
 
In honor of National Park National Public Lands Day, more than 100 of the country’s national parks will offer free admission Saturday, September 29, 2012. 
 
The free admission covers entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees. Some parks will also offer discounts on lodging, food and souvenirs.

No Bully Zone Kids Carnival

Date & time of event: October 19, 2013 – 11 am – 6pm
Location:  Bluntt Park, 2460 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield, MA.
Cost: FREE
Contact Information: www.riveraandriveraactagainstforeclosure.com/Events.html
 
A fun filled day with kids carnival games to promote anti-bullying…sponsored by Sponsored By Rivera & Rivera Act Against Foreclosure Inc.
 

Boston Children’s Museum $1 Family Nights

Date & time of event: Fridays – 6:00- 8:30 PM
Location:  Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA
Cost: $1
Contact information: Boston Children’s Museum
 

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