The 2013 Free Fun Fridays schedule is out, and it’s time to start planning your family’s summer adventures! Every summer, the Highland Street Foundation gives us the opportunity to visit cultural attractions in Massachusetts for free each Friday, from the end of June through August.
The Free Fun Fridays are truly a gift and offer the chance to visit varied attractions, from art museums to historical villages. This year, the fifth anniversary of the program, there are six options each Friday – some venues are right here in Boston, while others are as far away as Western Mass. With so many wonderful choices, it can be difficult to decide which ones to visit.
I have chosen five to highlight, taking into consideration whether other significant discounts (such as library museum passes) are available at another time, how much money is saved, proximity to Boston, and whether the place is good for children.
Visiting museums in the city of Boston can get pricey, especially when you bring the whole family. But there are times and ways to get free admission to our city’s world class, family-friendly museums. A huge bonus: On days when these museums offer free admission, they often have special programs and activities for families, like art-making workshops or live performances. Read on to find out how to give your kids the world for a dollar or less per person.
Whether you’re looking for traditional music, a spectacular show, a big Chinese New Year festival complete with a Lion Dance, or simply a fun craft to celebrate the Lunar New Year, Boston has it all. Read on for a roundup of ways to share many different Asian cultures with your kids while ushering in the Year of the Snake. You’ll also find links for cooking and dining, children's books about the New Year, and visiting Boston’s Chinatown.
Each year, two of our favorite local theaters - the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline and the Regent Theatre in Arlington - host special Saturday and Sunday morning shows just for families. The series, geared primarily to kids ages three to 10, run most weekends from October through April.
Many of the offerings are concerts, but there are also films, children's entertainers and dance performances. While there are a lot of well-known, local names on the rosters this season, there’s enough variety to keep families entertained throughout the season. Both theaters recommend purchasing tickets in advance, although you can try your luck at the door. Read on for details.
Puppets aren’t really our thing. Well, at least I thought they weren’t. For a long time, we had heard about the delightfulness of the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, but we never understood the appeal. However, we’re up for almost any adventure this summer, so when a friend invited us to see Pinocchio last Friday, we said “Sure, sounds good”. The kids were actually excited from the start, but I wasn’t sold until I heard that the theater is air-conditioned. Little did I know, we were going to have the most fun we've had in ages.
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