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Staycation Massachusetts 2014: Frugal Fun Boston & Beyond

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Staycation Massachusetts 2014: Boston & Beyond

Memorial Day approaches, HIGH gas prices remain and we are all looking for frugal summer fun.  More and more people will again be sticking close to home for STAYCATIONS, but this does not mean you need to settle for anything less than a spectacular.

When is the last time you just took a look around you?  Do you know how many people TRAVEL near where YOU LIVE for vacation each year?  There are so many resources and fun things to do that we overlook daily.

Staycation – UNPLUG, RELAX, it is a REAL VACATION

A staycation does not need to be a “what we did because we could not afford to go away”.  It can be an adventure and you should plan it with as much excitement and vigor as you do a vacation.  Whether you are taking a full week off or using your days as a series of long weekends, it is important that you “pretend” you are actually away and on vacation.

  • UNPLUG – though this is tough with today’s technology, if you were on a cruise in the Bahamas, would you be checking email and texting all day?  I say NO, so do not when on your staycation.  The purpose of a vacation is to regroup, re-energize and spend quality time with the ones you love.
  • PLAN ACTIVITIES – Once you pick your staycation dates, plan the week with activities as you would a real vacation.  Even if you choose to have a down day and just relax, do not fill it with chores – you are on vacation.  READ a BOOK.
  • BE CREATIVE – Think outside the box.  Camping in the backyard could be just as fun as going away.  Vacation is a mind-set and if you set your mind into having a fun, fulfilling week, you will.  Take pictures just as you would on a traditional vacation.  Eat ice cream, sleep in, stay up late and any other things you typically do on vacation.

Year of the Staycation 2014: Exploring Boston and Massachusetts

If you are looking for other cities in the US check out Staycation on a Budget 2104 – over 60 cities included.

I am lucky enough to live in Massachusetts where over 12 million tourist pay lots of money each year to visit.  So why is it that we feel we have to travel for vacation?  There is so much to do in this state in addition to all of the obvious Boston and historical attractions.  It is really easy to forget what is around you when you live here.  As you begin to plan, be sure to check out BostonCentral as well as some great daily deals on local attractions through Groupon, Eversave, LivingSocial, PlumDistrict and Amazon Local so keep an eye out for those as well.

Below are some fun activities and resources in Boston and Massachusetts to help you plan a wonderful staycation:

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FUN Crafts for Kids | Guest Post

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The following is a guest post by my 5 and 3/4 year old mini-maven Delia.

As we were watching Nick Jr – yes I know we watch way too much TV.  Well, Delia saw that they were going to be telling us about a craft after the commercial.  She ran and got the remote so she could pause it and take a picture.

I asked her why and she said she wanted to put it on my blog… so here it is.

Head over to Nick Jr to find all kinds of craft ideas.  She especially thought it would be a great idea to make these Moose & Zee snuggly pillows.

I am guessing we will be headed to the craft store very soon.  We hope you find something fun for you to do with your kids.

…and don’t forget a coupon, she says!

Lowe’s Build & Grow | Coin Bank

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Lowe’s Build & Grow clinic TOMORROW 1/9/10 from 10am – 11am! Build a coin bank – I love it and my daughter and hubby will be doing this one. Make sure you register first because only the 1st 50 to register and show up will receive a FREE kit, aprons and goggles.

LOOK AHEAD TO 1/23/10 project – TIC TAC TOE game!!

Family Fun 11/9 – 11/15

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Boston Central again has a fab list of what is going on this week!!!
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North Suburbs

  • ICS Polar Express Ride – Tickets on Sale November 9th – NewburyportThe Annual ICS Polar Express will leave Newburyport Train Station for the North Pole on Dec 5th this year ……Enjoy a wonderful evening train ride, a sea of elves, and of course, Santa himself! This adventure is our rendition of the children’s book, The Polar Express.Saturday, Dec 5, 2009
  • Thanksgiving with the Colonists – WenhamDiscover how people of early New England celebrated the first harvest by cooking an authentic Colonial dish and touring the Claflin-Richards House with the Wenham Museum pre-school educator that will talk to the children about the then and now concept of history.Friday, Nov 13, 2009
  • 19th Annual Toy Fair – TopsfieldHigh quality, gently used toys are sold at bargain prices. Some toys are even brand new! We get many dollhouses, workshops, ride-on toys, and other ‘big Ticket’ iitems for rock bottom prices. All proceeds benefit Community Giving Tree.Saturday, Nov 14, 2009
  • The Revolving Museum Presents: Melting Pot Folktales – LowellCome enjoy cultural folktales told by Professional Story Teller Laura Packer. Families will have the opportunity to learn about other cultures while listening to a great storytelling performance.Saturday, Nov 14, 2009
  • Veteran’s Day Adventure: Deus Ex Machina – BurlingtonGuard Up hosts a stand-alone adventure that lasts all day. Parents can drop-off as early as 8am and pick-up as late as 6pm.Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009
  • Weekend Festival: The Art of Fire: Glass beads – SalemJoin PEM for a weekend of fun for the whole family. Learn about making glass beads while enjoying hands-on activities and live music.Sat, Sun from Nov 14, 2009 – Nov 15, 2009
  • Winter Birding – RockportMeet Peter Van Demark in the parking lot for this approximately 2 mile stroll along Halibut Point Park´s rocky coastline. Learn how to identify some shore, migratory and feeder birds by sight and sound. Bring your binoculars.Sunday, Nov 15, 2009

West Suburbs

  • SteveSongs Concert presented by Magic Ark – NewtonThe Magic Ark Children’s Series presents the popular children’s entertainer Steve Roslonek along with this band for a concert at the the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center.Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009
  • Sarah Wheeler & Little Groove Concert – ArlingtonSara Wheeler and her band Little Groove will be performing grooving music for children. Come to this event ready to dance, sing, move and groove to the sounds of percussion, bass, guitar and trumpet.Saturday, Nov 14, 2009
  • Veteran’s Day Family Concert with Flooky & the Beans – WaylandFlooky & the Beans is a popular children’s music group ready to entertain you with fun, spirited songs and lots of audience interaction.Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009
  • Mike Lupica’s Million Dollar Throw Contest – ActonIn conjunction with the launch of Million Dollar Throw, a new book written by New York Times best selling author and NY Daily News sports columnist, Mike Lupica will offer Boston children the chance to compete in a football-throwing contest.Monday, Nov 9, 2009
  • Join Natick Collection For a PJ Party With Santa – NatickCelebrate Santa´s return with a pajama party filled with fun holiday songs & activities. Each child will receive a copy of The Night Before Christmas and will be treated to Santa’s favorite snack, cookies and milk.Friday, Nov 13, 2009
  • A Visit from Helen Keller – WestonA professional actress from Historical Perspectives for Children will impersonate Helen Keller and tell about her childhood, her learing from teacher Anne Sullivan and her life as an adult.Saturday, Nov 14, 2009

South Suburbs

Rhode Island

  • Math Wizard of Oz at Providence Children’s Museum – Rhode IslandJoin Dorothy and friends on a magical math journey that adds up to a ton of fun: solve candy number puzzles with the Munchkins, design costumes for Emerald City residents, help free Dorothy from the Witch´s Castle and discover the secret identity of the Math Wizard of Oz.Saturday, Nov 14, 2009

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Family Fun 11/2 – 11/8

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Boston Central again has a fab list of what is going on this week!!!

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  • Christmas Craft Festival & Gingerbread House Competition – BostonThe 23rd Annual Christmas Festival will feature the work of more than 350 American master craftsmen, and will highlight the Gingerbread House Competition. Gingerbread House sales will benefit Rosie´s Place.Fri, Sat, Sun from Nov 6, 2009 – Nov 8, 2009
  • Boston Lyric Opera Open House for All Ages – BostonBLO is offering a free behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of an opera theater. From backstage to the balcony and everything in between, Boston Lyric Opera is giving you an all-access pass to experience opera.Saturday, Nov 7, 2009
  • Boston Children’s Chorus Fall Concert, ‘A la Carte’ – BostonAll nine choirs of the Boston Children´s Chorus take part in this season opener that will include something for everyone. More than 300 voices will fill Converse Hall with a musical smorgasbord ranging from Renaissance to Ragtime.Saturday, Nov 7, 2009
  • Beauty and the Beast – BrooklineArtbarn Community Theater presents the Broadway classic Beauty and the Beast. With an Academy Award winning score and a troupe of thirty 4th-6th grader this ‘tale as old as time’ is sure to be a hit for audiences of all ages.Sat, Sun from Nov 7, 2009 – Nov 8, 2009
  • The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship – CambridgePresented by Prometheus Dance; choreographed by Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett; danced by the company with music composed by John Kusiak and played by the Solar Winds Quintet.Sat, Sun from Nov 7, 2009 – Nov 8, 2009

North Suburbs

  • Jack and the Beanstalk by Kaleidoscope Theatre – SaugusWhen Jack sells Matilda the Cow for invisible magic beans, his mother is upset. But Jack climbs the Beanstalk to seek his fortune. He’ll need your help to defeat the Giant, and to help his mother believe in dreams again…Sunday, Nov 8, 2009
  • The Mother Connection’s 12th Annual Preschool Fair – AndoverOne time – One place. Save time and narrow your preschool search by meeting with representatives from the area´s premier preschools. Collect information, ask questions and take the Preschool Fair Booklet home to review at your leisure.SAVE THE DATE – Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009
  • Village of Church Fairs: Amesbury – AmesburyThe annual Village of Church Fairs will be celebrated in Amesbury. Enjoy seven church fairs on the same day, all within walking distance of one another.Saturday, Nov 7, 2009
  • Artisan Craft Fair – WakefieldA benefit for Hallmark Health Hospice Programs, will feature artisan’s handmade jewelry, pottery, furniture, paper journals, glass-blown pieces, photographs, paintings, and so much more. All funds go directly to patient services.Saturday, Nov 7, 2009
  • Neverland Theatre presents Salute to American Girl – SaugusPrince Pizzeria presents Neverland Theatre childrens’ shows every Saturday. This week salutes American Girl. Lots of audience participation. Children will be invited to sing, dance and tell jokes. Ages 3-10. Saturday Nov 7, 2009
  • Story Time: Ears, Tails, and Paws – SalemStory time is for children ages 3 to 6 with accompanying adult. Join us on an imaginary safari through the museum. Discover artists’ representations of animals in Trash Menagerie and other exhibitions on a story tour. Then create your own animal using colorful scrap paper.Sunday, Nov 8, 2009

West Suburbs

  • Belmont KidSpace Open House – BelmontBelmont KidSpace opens for the season with an Open House. Enjoy 10,000 sq ft gym and play areas, including indoor active zones with pre-school sized climbing structures, tricycles, cozy coupes, and other high energy activities.Saturday, Nov 7, 2009
  • Watertown Family Network’s Fall Family Festival – WatertownEnjoy music, arts and crafts, refreshments, baked goods and a silent auction… Fun for the whole family. Special Musical performance by Ben Rudnick and Friends at 10:30am.Saturday, Nov 7, 2009
  • Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys Band – ArlingtonVanessa Trien has been filling the aisles with jumping, dancing, singing kids and their enthusiastic parents. Come see what the buzz is all about and enjoy some movin’, groovin’ original kids’ music that will get ya dancing and singing along.Saturday, Nov 7, 2009
  • Green Apple Kids Concert – FraminghamThe Green Apple Kids Band writes songs that inspire celebration and caring for our Earth. Set in the imaginary world of the Green Apple Orchard and featuring special puppet guests, Ty the Woodsman and Willa the Worm.Saturday, Nov 7, 2009
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – ConcordJoseph is an irresistible and humorous retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph and his eleven jealous brothers. Entertaining and delightful, Joseph is a family friendly show for all ages.Fri, Sat, Sun from Nov 6, 2009 – Nov 15, 2009
  • Sudbury Cooperative Preschool 60th Anniversary Homecoming – SudburyWe are seeking all alumni (and current members) of the Sudbury Cooperative Preschol. Come celebrate the 60th Anniversary of The Sudbury Coop. There will be Carnival Games (with prizes), Crafts, Bounce Houses, Cotton Candy, Music (by an alumni band), a Chili Cook-off, Tailgating by year and more.Sunday, Nov 8, 2009

South Suburbs

  • A Walk in the Wild Place – EastonStop by the Children’s Museum in Easton and take A Walk in the Wild Place. Each Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:15 beginning September 30, kids can explore our gardens and participate in fun and exciting crafts and activities.Every Wednesday from Sep 30, 2009 – Nov 18, 2009
  • Fall Into Art Exhibit & Sale – FranklinJudged exhibition of the Franklin Art Association´s members’ works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, mixed media & more.Sat, Sun from Nov 7, 2009 – Nov 8, 2009
  • PJ Library Storytime Brunch – BrocktonPJ Library and the Jewish community centers of Greater Boston present our favorite storybooks in this enchanting storytelling event. After the story have fun making a book bag and enjoy a light brunch with us.Sunday, Nov 8, 2009
  • Trucks on Tuesdays – EastonEach week we will have a special visit from a different truck. Kids will be able to learn all about the truck of the week, and maybe even get a chance to sit in the driver’s seat and pretend to be the driver.Tuesday Nov 3, 2009

Rhode Island

  • 8th Annual Kidstuff Sale – Rhode IslandHuge sale of gently used kids’ items: clothing, gear, furniture, toys, books, etc. to benefit the early childhood program at the JCC or Rhode Island.Sunday, Nov 1, 2009 – Monday, Nov 2, 2009

Lots of activities… make sure you come back and let us know what you went to and how much fun it was!!

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Family Fun 10/26 – 11/1

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Boston Central again has a fab list of what is going on this week!!!ul>
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  • Halloween Trick or Treat: Cambridgeside Galleria – CambridgeVisit CambridgeSide Galleria for a ghostly good time on October 30, for the mallwide Halloween Trick or Treat extravaganza. 4-6pm.Friday, Oct 30, 2009
  • Boo Bash at the Strand Theatre – DorchesterCelebrate Halloween with a Haunted House, Trick or Treating, a Costume Parade, a Scareoke Sing Along, a Freaky Fun Flick and Spooky Crafts. At the Strand Theatre, Dorchester.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Fort Point Channel Pumpkin Pageant – BostonYou´re invited to join people from across the city for an afternoon of pumpkin carving and fall fun. Enjoy cider and treats and take your own pumpkin home. Individuals and groups welcome.Thursday, Oct 29, 2009
  • A Tale of Two Cities – BostonAdapted by Dwayne Hartford, the classic Dickens tale of love, intrigue, and mistaken identity set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.Fri, Sat, Sun from Oct 30, 2009 – Nov 29, 2009
  • Brattle Trick or Treat – CambridgeThe Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square hosts a Halloween treat for kids of all ages and their parents. There will be special sweets plus a screening of spooky cartoons and It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Greenway Pumpkin Party at the Boston Public Market – BostonCelebrate Halloween with the Greenway and the Boston Public Market with free pumpkin decorating, cider samples, and a complimentary Greenway tote bag to store all of your Halloween treats (or tricks).Thursday, Oct 29, 2009
  • Witches’ Brew by Blue Moon Puppets – BrooklineIt´s the annual contest for the best witches brew. Three witches, all sisters, try to create the best recipe. Who will win the magic broomstick in the cooking contest? Flavored w/bat wings, a dash of spider webs, & a pinch of magic.Wed, Thu from Oct 28, 2009 – Oct 29, 2009

North Suburbs

  • Salem’s Haunted Happenings – SalemYou’re invited to the final week of America´s favorite Halloween Festival — three weeks of fun in the bewitching seaport of Salem. Halloween is the main event.thru Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • A Night at the Wenham Museum – WenhamCharacters from the Museum´s collections come to life in a magical evening of mystery and surprise. Take a moon-lit tour of the Claflin-Richard´s House, set off on a treasure hunt and enjoy spooky treats.Friday, Oct 30, 2009
  • Trick or Treat in Downtown Newburyport – NewburyportDress up the kids and head on down…Downtown Newburyport & Tannery businesses are taking part in this fun way to Trick or Treat in Newburyport.Friday, Oct 30, 2009
  • Ben Rudnick and Friends Halloween Show in Winchester – WinchesterBen Rudnick and Friends play the hippest family music around. Join the band in Winchester for a Halloween celebration.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Halloween Day: Connors Farm – DanversWear your costumes to Connors Farm on Halloween Day for the Kids Trick or Treat Party. Admission Includes the corn maize, bounce castle and trick or treat candy given out by costumed characters.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Central Scare Haunted House – LynnThe Annual Central Scare Haunted House and Costume Contest are back better than ever. Check out tricks and treats for the whole family as we transform LynnArts into a haunt for all the neighborhood ghosts, goblins and witches.Thursday, Oct 29, 2009
South Suburbs
  • Head of The Weir River Race – HullThe Hull Lifesaving Museum’s 20th Annual Head of the Weir River Race is a celebration of the estuary at the height of its fall beauty and the fabulous array of the region’s open water rowers.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Family Jam-Making: Green Briar Nature Center – SandwichHere is an opportunity for an adult and child to make jam together with Education Director Mary Beers. Take home four to six (8 oz.) jars of finished product. Children must be at least 6 years old to be in the kitchen.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Centre School Fall Fair – MiltonThe Centre School is holding its annual fall fair, rain or shine, featuring a costume parade led by Elmo, Halloween games and crafts, a Spooky room, bouncy tent, pony rides, baked goods, a concession stand and more.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Beechwood Knoll Fall Festival – QuincyAnnual fall festival featuring kids games and activities, arts and crafts, food, cake walk, bake sale, silent auction and more.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Spooky Funny Cutie Halloween Costume Photo Contest – DedhamHalloween Costume Photo contest. Get your hair and makeup done at Armando’s, then get your photo taken at The Studio at 565 High St. Dedham Square (enter through Cafe Video Paradiso). Open to all ages…at no charge.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Children’s Magic Show – WalpoleThe Junior Woman’s Club of Walpole proudly presents the 5th Annual Children’s Magic Show featuring the award winning magic of Joe Arsenault.Friday, Oct 30, 2009

Rhode Island

  • Boo Bash – Rhode IslandCome in costume and have a blast at the Boo Bash – the biggest Halloween bash around. A tiny bit spooky, a whole lot of fun. Play bewitching games galore, have hands-on fun with imaginative arts and witch crafts, explore an eerie environment, mix it up in the mad scientist’s laboratory, and much more.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009

West Suburbs

  • Halloween Trick or Treat: Solomon Pond Mall – MarlboroughVisit the Solomon Pond Mall for Mall Wide Halloween Trick-or-Treating in a safe, well-lit environment.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Tales of the Night: Drumlin Farm – LincolnA frightfully fun evening for the whole family. Prowl the farm with curious creatures of the night on candlelit paths. Visit the ghoulish graveyard for witch’s brew and spooky snacks. Enjoy a haunted hayride in the frightening fields or visit the creepy critter mansion.Thursday, Oct 29, 2009 – Friday, Oct 30, 2009
  • Trick or Treat: Atrium Mall, Chestnut Hill – NewtonVisit the Atrium Mall in Chestnut Hill for their annual mall-wide Trick-or-Treating event from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. A safe, climate controlled environment that’s fun for the whole family.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Halloween Family Day: Spellman Postal Museum – WestonThe Spellman Postal Museum at Regis College in Weston celebrates National Stamp Collecting Month with its annual Halloween Family Day. Children will enjoy games and refreshments and arts and crafts actiivities, including making trick or treat bags using postage stamps.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Spooktacular Halloween Party – ActonMark for your calendars for AFN´s fiendishly fun Halloween Party at the RJ Grey Junior High School gymnasium in Acton. There will be a variety of activities for your little goblins, including music, crafts, and of course, trick-or-treating.Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Harvest Home Festival – GraftonJoin your friends and neighbors on Sunday November 1st from noon to 4pm for the 4th annual Harvest Home festival to benefit Community Harvest Project. The event features seasonal refreshments, live music, kids activities, and the annual Scarecrow Contest.Sunday, Nov 1, 2009
  • The Phantom of the Opera by Watertown Children’s Theatre – WatertownThis Halloween weekend, join the cast of Watertown Children’s Theatre’s The Phantom of the Opera, as they recreate the hauntings of the Paris Opera House.Friday, Oct 30, 2009 – Sunday, Nov 1, 2009
  • Solomon Pond Mall Spooktacular – BostonSolomon Pond Mall will bea great place for customed kids looking for Halloween entertainment and amusement in a fun, safe community environmentSaturday, Oct 31, 2009
WOW – lots of Halloween activities!! What are you going to do??

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Boston Book Festival

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I love to read and do not do enough of it! If you are looking for something to do this Saturday, head on over to the FIRST EVER Boston Book Festival. It is being held from 10am – 6pm, spread across the Boston Public Library, Old South Church, Trinity Church, and Copley Square.

The event is FREE and will feature 90 authors and presenters, exhibitors, live entertainment, and special programming for kids & teens. Check out the schedule of events! Alicia Silverstone actually wrote a book and will be at the Boston Public Library at 11:30am.

I have not checked out all the authors yet, but who is your favorite??

(thanks BostonMamas!)

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Family Fun 10/19 – 10/25

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Thanks to Boston Central for this awesome list!! There is no shortage of things to do this week!

Boston Medical Center Halloween Town – Halloween Town is returning to the Seaport World Trade Center to benefit of The Kids Fund at Boston Medical Center, entertainment will once again include People magazine´s Crown Prince of contemporary kids´ music, the Grammy-winning Dan Zanes & Friends. ENTER MY GIVEAWAY FOR FREE TICKETS!!

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  • Pru Boo – Trick Or Treat For Charity – BostonJoin the fun at the Annual PRU BOO Trick-or-Treat With a $4.00 donation to benefit a local charity, kids will receive a Halloween bag and be invited to trick-or-treat at stores and restaurants throughout the Prudential Center.Sunday, Oct 25, 2009
  • Boston Book Festival – Back BayBoston Book Festival will take place on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Copley Square. More than 75 top authors and presenters will be on hand for this inaugural event. It’s a great excursion for book groups, families, and anyone who loves to read.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
  • Disney Store Halloween Dress Rehearsal PartiesArea Disney Stores will celebrate the Halloween season with a Halloween Dress Rehearsal Parties. Join in the fun starting at 3:30 p.m. with games, prizes and a costume parade. Kids ages three and up who show up wearing their favorite costume will receive a free gift (while supplies last).Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009
  • Oktoberfest: German International School Boston – AllstonEnjoy a traditional Oktoberfest at the German International School Boston. Delicious food (sausages, beer, German pastries). music, and fun activities for the whole family.Friday, Oct 23, 2009
  • Weather Festival: Clay Center Observatory – BrooklineThe Clay Center will hold Weather Festival events in collaboration with the Blue Hill Weather Observatory and the National Weather Service in Taunton. Many activities have been planned for families and children.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
  • Kidstock presents Jingle the Jester – Back BayJingle the Jester tells tales of Pumpkins & Princesses a delightful Halloween story for children ages 4-10. Everyone in the audience can ‘get in on the act’ with these creative storytelling events.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009 – Sunday, Oct 25, 2009
  • Porto Seguro World Music- BostonA magical musical journey for the entire family. Mixing modern pop songs with traditional African sounds and rhythms, Porto Seguro will take you on a magical journey through music from all over the world.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
  • Ben Rudnick and Friends at Coolidge Corner Theater – BrooklineBen Rudnick & Friends play the hippest family-friendly music around. Sing, dance and tap along – these guys can really play & fun is guaranteed for all ages.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
  • Adventures of Harold & the Purple Crayon: Colonial Theatre – BostonEnchantment Theatre Company will take the audience on a wild ride as Harold jets to outer space (Martians, space ships), joins a circus (he tames a lion) and meets a princess in an enchanted garden. The show also boasts a delightful jazz inspired score.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009

Central Mass

  • Things That Go Bump In the Night – SturbridgeFor Halloween fun families are invited to Old Sturbridge Village to enjoy Trick or Treating in the Haunted Historic Village, Halloween Games, hundreds of carved Jack O’Lanterns and more….Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
  • Great Pumpkin Fest: Ecotarium – WorcesterEnjoy creative displays of hundreds of carved, lit pumpkins, a free hayride and train ride, a free digital planetarium show, games, animal encounters, kids’ costume parades, crafts, pumpkin-carving demonstrations, face painting and much more festival fun.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009

North Suburbs

South Suburbs

  • Halloween Prowl: Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary – SharonMoose Hill’s very popular Halloween Prowl enables your family to enjoy this autumn holiday in a fun, creative, non-scary, safe, and educational manner. Pre-registration is required.Friday, Oct 23, 2009 – Sunday, Oct 25, 2009
  • Milton Monster Dash – MiltonFestive Halloween-themed Children’s Fun Run and 5k Run/Walk through scenic Milton. Costumes are encouraged. Trophies to top finishers in all categories. Splits, water stations, DJ, and refreshments provided.Sunday, Oct 25, 2009
  • Halloween Romp – EastonLove our New Year’s Eve party? Then you will love what we have ‘brewed’ up for Halloween. Fall under our spell and into your costume at our wicked fun bash which promises a frightfully fun time for all ages.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
  • The CapeCodKidz.com Expo – HyannisLots of fun will be had by all. With children’s entertainment, bounce houses, food, toys and more- what a great way to spend the day.Sunday, Oct 25, 2009
  • Dedham Climate Day – DedhamA Rally for the Planet featuring Live Music and Entertainment, Raffle, Games, Pumpkin Decorating, Healthy Snacks, Family Fun.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009

West Suburbs

  • Monster Bash 2009 – ActonMonster Bash is a fun Halloween party for kids at NARA Park. With the huge hit it was last year, we look forward to another fun family evening where kids dress in all sorts of costumes for a safe fun evening.Friday, Oct 23, 2009
  • Halloween Touch a Truck & Evening Pumpkin Walk – MedwayKids of all ages are welcome to explore every type of truck imaginable during the day and enjoy a family-friendly evening pumpkin walk.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
  • Dragon King Puppet Show by Arlington Family Connection – ArlingtonThe Arlington Family Connection is sponsoring a performance of The Dragon King by The Tanglewood Marionettes on October 24, 2009 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
  • Happy Toe Jam Halloween Spooktacular – WestfordLowell General Hospital is sponsoring a 1-hour ‘Halloween-themed’ performance by the Toe Jam Puppet Band as part of the Annual Fall Family Fun Fest in WestfordSaturday, Oct 24, 2009
  • NCSC Halloween Fair – NewtonThis is an annual, fun-filled Halloween celebration geared toward the younger set (ages 0 – 10) and sponsored by Newton Community Service Center (NCSC). Kids can wear their Halloween costumes and decorate pumpkins, apples, cookies and try face painting, mask making, goodie bag decorating, and nail painting.Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
  • Arlington Children’s Theatre Presents The Skin of Our Teeth – ArlingtonThis upcoming production from Arlington Children’s Theatre explores the sometimes funny and sometimes tragic nature of family life by tracing the ups and downs of one family from the Ice Age to the end of time.Fri, Sat, Sun from Oct 23, 2009 – Oct 25, 2009
  • Ghosts, Goblins and Goodies – NatickChildren and families are invited to head to Natick Collection in costume to get into the Halloween spirit with a spooky sing-a-long, costume parade, tasty treats and more!Sunday, Oct 25, 2009
  • An Arabian Adventure by Tanglewood Marionettes – NewtonvilleTanglewood Marionettes to perform ‘An Arabian Adventure. This delightful story tells of a Persian prince thrown into a dungeon because of his love for a beautiful princess. The courageous prince must battle his way out of the underground prison to save his princess from a tragic fate.Sunday, Oct 25, 2009

I will be checking out Halloween Town on Sunday – hope to see you there!!

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Family Fun 10/12 – 10/18

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Thanks again to BostonCentral for this great list!!

Harold and the Purple Crayon – Enchantment Theatre Company takes the audience on a wild ride as Harold jets to outer space (Martians, space ships), joins a circus (he tames a lion) and meets a princess in an enchanted garden (of course there´s a dragon). The show also boasts a delightful jazz inspired score.

Boston Metro

  • Columbus Day Open House: Museum of Fine Arts – BostonEnjoy a day filled with performances, art-making activities, and tours as the MFA takes part in the Fenway Alliance´s Opening Our Doors Day.Monday, Oct 12, 2009
  • Boston Medical Center Halloween Town – Halloween Town is returning to the Seaport World Trade Center to benefit of The Kids Fund at Boston Medical Center, entertainment will once again include People magazine´s Crown Prince of contemporary kids´ music, the Grammy-winning Dan Zanes & Friends.
  • Head of The Charles Regatta – CambridgeWatch rowing teams compete from all over the country and take the sights of autumn along the banks of the Charles River.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009 – Sunday, Oct 18, 2009
  • John Winthrop School Annual Family Street Fair – Back BayAn old fashioned street fair with activities for the entire family, including pony and train rides, moonbounces, live music, face painting, games and prizes, plus baked goods, popcorn, balloons, and more fun fall fare available for purchase.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
  • 3rd Annual AIA-MoS Archaeology Fair – BostonThe 3rd Annual Archaeology Fair at the Museum of Science is a great educational activity for all ages. Bring your family to learn about archaeology from real archaeologists, local experts, and museum specialists.Fri, Sat from Oct 16, 2009 – Oct 17, 2009
  • Magic Monday at Wheelock Family Theatre – BostonEnjoy a free Magic Show at Wheelock Family Theatre at 11am. The Amazing Richard is sure to delight in this fun, interactive, family-friendly magic show.Monday, Oct 12, 2009
  • Shady Hill Country Fair – CambridgeFeaturing rides, games, prizes, clothing for sale, pie eating contest, Fun House, international foods. A great day for the whole family.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
  • Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Present OVER THE TOP – BostonA whimsical circus spectacular where the Ringmaster and clown compete for control of a magical top hat that brings to life their imaginations.Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009 – Sunday, Oct 18, 2009

North Suburbs

  • Pumpkin Festival: Cogswell’s Grant – EssexChildren and adults can enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, a pumpkin pie contest, crafts and games, and picking pumpkins at Cogswell Grant.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
  • Boo at the Stone Zoo – StonehamThrills, chills, & animals lurk around every corner on the trick-or-treat trail. Creepy crafts, spooky storytelling, creature encounters, costume contests & more.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009 – Sunday, Oct 18, 2009
  • Maudslay Is Haunted – NewburyportTheater in the Open celebrates Halloween each year by haunting beautiful Maudslay State Park. The haunted trail has something for everyone, although not all skits are suitable for the very young.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009 – Sunday, Oct 18, 2009
  • Rockport Harvest Festival – RockportEnjoy pumpkin decorating, a community-wide scarecrow creation contest open to local businesses, and individuals, live music and street entertainment.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009 – Sunday, Oct 18, 2009
  • Green Meadows Farm Harvest Festival – HamiltonEnjoy great music from Back Eddy Bluegrass plus excellent food, fresh baked goods and of course, organic produce. Hayrides, pony rides and the Farm’s animals will entertain the kids, along with children’s activities.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
  • 18th Annual Halloween Festival – BillericaA fun filled day of activities costing 25 cents to $1 for children 1-10. Pick a duck, whac a witch, pin the nose on the pumpkin, games of chance & skill. Eat a donut on a string, decorate a cookie or a pumpkin, get your face painted & more.Oct 17, 2009
  • Martin’s Pond Haunted Children’s Playground – North ReadingTake a tour, win a prize, enter a costume contest, eat hot food or see a magic show all in one place.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009

New Hampshire

  • Keene Pumpkin Festival – New HampshireThe sight of over 25,000 twinkling jack-o-lanterns is priceless. The Keene Pumpkin festival is most famous for setting that world record. Musicians and other performers are also featured.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009

Massachusetts & New England

  • New England Fall Foliage Hotlines & WebsitesFind the latest foliage reports for New England this fall. View our round-up of toll-free numbers to call for up-to-date fall foliage information for New England.
  • Apple Picking Guide: MassachusettsMassachusetts has nearly 50 apple orchards that encourage you to share in the joy of picking your own apples. Consult this online list to find one near you.

West Suburbs

  • Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival – WestonPrepare to be washed away in a sea of orange when the 2009 Weston Pumpkin Festival goes all-out to light the night with jack-o-lanterns in support of Camp Sunshine.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
  • Pumpkin Carving Madness: Wilson Farm – LexingtonBe amazed at intricate pumpkin sculptures and gourd creations. Watch carving masters as they turn many a prize pumpkin into a 3D work of art. Kids can try their hand at pumpkin decorating too and get tips from the experts.Sunday, Oct 18, 2009
  • Pies on the Common Fair – FraminghamHundreds of delicious homemade pies for sale by the slice or by the whole pie! Plus, arts & crafts, children’s fun area, handmade quilt raffle, home-cooked refreshments, music, handmade candy, and more.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
  • PALS Pumpernickel Puppets – NewtonPALS (Preschool And Little Siblings) invites preschoolers to enjoy the Pumpernickel Puppets at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, 60 Stein Circle, Newton.Sunday, Oct 18, 2009
  • Bates School Pumpkin Fair – WellesleyFamilies across Wellesley will again gather to choose beautiful pumpkins, enjoy great food, music, and games and take a walk through the haunted house at the annual Bates School Pumpkin Fair, which takes place at 116 Elmwood Road in Wellesley.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
  • Touch-a-Truck Newton – NewtonNewton Touch-a-Truck is an opportunity for children to explore dozens of trucks of all shapes and sizes. Free child fingerprinting and free snacks too!Sunday, Oct 18, 2009
  • Charles River School Fair – DoverThis traditional outdoor country fair is in its 58th year. There’s something for all ages, games, rides, arts and crafts, a moonwalk, pony rides, delicious baked goods, the always popular grill and a gigantic yard sale.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
  • Concord Youth Theatre’s Snoopy. – ConcordDelightful musical for the whole family. Come see the quirky and well-loved characters from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip brought to life.Fri, Sat, Sun from Oct 16, 2009 – Oct 25, 2009
  • Fall Family Festival at Garden in the Woods – FraminghamEnjoy Garden in the Woods and thousands of native plant species all decked out for fall. Look for squirrels, chipmunks, turtles, and frogs. Take a scavenger hunt and find surprise creatures in the garden.Sunday, Oct 18, 2009
  • First Annual Homestead Hayfest – NewtonTravel back in time and experience New England as its residents would have 200 years ago when the Jackson Homestead was built.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009

Central Mass

  • Fitchburg Forge-In Blacksmith Festival – FitchburgAnnual blacksmith and pumpkin carving competition with artists, crafters, children’s activities, live music and seasonal foods.Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
  • Annual AppleFest: Wachusett MountainThe Annual AppleFest is Wachusett Mountain’s popular fall festival celebration including over 60 craft exhibitors each weekend, farmers’ market, and special family fun side shows both weekends with traditional New England flair.Sat, Sun from Oct 17, 2009 – Oct 18, 2009

South Suburbs

  • Sauchuk Farm Corn Maze – Middleboro8 acre Corn Maze, with additional hayrides, cow train rides, corn box, pumpkin patch, face painting, and goat walk. 10 stations in maze lead you along the right path.Sat, Sun from Sep 12, 2009 – Nov 1, 2009
  • Trucks on Tuesdays – EastonEach week we will have a special visit from a different truck. Kids will be able to learn all about the truck of the week, and maybe even get a chance to sit in the driver’s seat and pretend to be the driver.Every Tuesday from Sep 29, 2009 – Nov 17, 2009
  • Haunted House at Orpheum Theater – FoxboroEnjoy some scary fun at the Orpheum Theater. Weekends in October, the Orpheum transforms into a haunted theater. Scary shows on Friday & Saturday nights – and Kid friendly shows on Sunday afternoons.Fri, Sat, Sun from Oct 2, 2009 – Oct 25, 2009
  • Kids Fest at Harvest of Horrors – FalmouthPumpkin picking, tractor rides, face painting, and a a very special non-scary (lights-on) tour of the newly expanded Harvest of Horrors Haunted House.Sat. & Sun thru Oct 31, 2009
  • Touch-A-Truck – WeymouthTouch-A-Truck fundraiser for Friends of Foster Care. Get up close and personal with featured vehicles such as a police car, firetruck, school bus, tractor, jeep, coast guard boat, car transpoarter and many more.Sunday, Oct 18, 2009
  • Maple Leaf Festival – CantonA fun-filled family day with hayrides, family pumpkin carving, face painting and much more. Pumpkin painting will be available for younger children.Sunday, Oct 18, 2009
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North Suburbs

  • Newburyport Fall Festival – NewburyportEnjoy the beauty of Fall in Newburyport. The festival features live music, juried crafts, fine arts, mouthwatering foods, scarecrow contests, hayrides and the bounty of the autumn harvest…from pumpkins and gourds to handmade home accessories.Sunday, Oct 11, 2009 – Monday, Oct 12, 2009
  • The Three Pigs…A Musical – SaugusThe three pigs are trying to make it onto America’s Barnyard Idol, but, that big, bad Elvis loving wolf has stolen their ticket to the big audition. Can they get their ticket back in time?Sunday, Oct 11, 2009
  • National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – StonehamCome join the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation at the Middlesex Fells. Enjoy group rides at an easy pace from 10am-12pm every half hour. Enjoy burgers & dogs for lunch, a raffle for a bike, as well as lots of creative actvities.Saturday, Oct 10, 2009
  • Salem’s Haunted Happenings – SalemYou’re invited to America’s Halloween Festival — three weeks of fun in the bewitching seaport of Salem.Thursday, Oct 1, 2009 – Saturday, Oct 31, 2009
  • Fall Festival at Breakheart Reservation – SaugusBreakheart Reservation’s annual Fall Festival has seasonal fun and games for the whole family.Saturday, Oct 10, 2009

New Hampshire

  • Warner, NH Fall Foliage Festival – New HampshireShare the natural splendors of NH’s vibrant autumn colors while enjoying food, entertainment, carnival rides, and fine crafts along the main streets of Warner.Friday, Oct 9, 2009 – Sunday, Oct 11, 2009

South Suburbs

  • Edaville USA National Cranberry Festival – CarverEnjoy the colorful fall foliage and annual cranberry harvest during the National Cranberry Festival at Edaville USA.Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 – Monday, Oct 12, 2009
  • Halloween Kid’s Fest at Harvest of Horrors – FalmouthEnjoy fun family-friendly activities including pumpkin picking and hayrides over Tony Andrews’ Farm 111-acre farm, refreshments galore, and a very special non-scary (lights on) tour of the newly expanded Harvest of Horrors Haunted House.Sat, Sun from Oct 9, 2009 – Oct 31, 2009
  • Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration – WarehamEnjoy the Annual cranberry harvest celebration with the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association’s Massachusetts Harvest Festival.Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 – Sunday, Oct 11, 2009
  • Haunted House at Orpheum Theater – FoxboroEnjoy some scary fun at the Orpheum Theater. Weekends in October, the Orpheum transforms into a haunted theater. Scary shows on Friday & Saturday nights – and Kid friendly shows on Sunday afternoons. Boo!Fri, Sat, Sun from Oct 2, 2009 – Oct 25, 2009

West Suburbs

  • SteveSongs CD Pre-Release Concert – Regent Theatre – ArlingtonJoin Steve for two energetic & interactive concerts at the Regent Theater in Arlington. The shows will be full band shows celebrating the pre-release of his new CD: Music Time with SteveSongs: a collection of season 1 songs from PBS Kids.Saturday, Oct 10, 2009
  • Fall Arts & Humanities Festival at the Old Manse – ConcordThree days of music, art, food, literature, poetry and of course history at the Old Manse. Featuring local vendors, artists and a special guest, Megan Marshall, author of ‘The Peabody Sisters.’Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 – Monday, Oct 12, 2009
  • Verrill Farm Harvest Festival & Fundraiser – ConcordFor the third time, Verrill Farm’s Harvest Festival is a benefit for the Pediatric Care Unit at Emerson Hospital in Concord. Enjoy family activities in the beautiful setting of Verrill Farm while supporting this important cause.Saturday, Oct 10, 2009
  • Grand Opening of the SMILE Sudbury Playground – SudburyCome by for some fun at the Grand Opening of the new handicap accessible playground at Haskell Field in Sudbury. There will be live music, face painting, a juggling clown and a ribbon ceremony for all to enjoy.Friday, Oct 9, 2009
  • Be an Archaeologist at Science Discovery – ActonUncover various artifacts and food remains including historic pottery, bottles, animal bones and seeds during a mock dig at Science Discovery, led by archaeologist Marty Dudek. Midden digs, the remains of old trash heaps, are important archeological sites.Thursday, Oct 8, 2009

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