April 16 The oldest marathon in America and the largest single-day event in New England. Cheer the runners along the 26.2 mile course from Hopkinton to Boston’s Back Bay.
The Sports Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution that has served Boston and New England for more than 30 years. Located on Levels 5 and 6 of the TD Garden, The Sports Museum preserves and showcases the distinctly rich sports heritage of New England through an unparalleled collection of artifacts, multi-media, works of art, and interactive exhibits – and uses all of that to help build character and teach the values of leadership, respect, and cooperation to our youth.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $10 Children (10-18) and Seniors (60+): $5 Children under 10: Free Library Members: Free . Visitors may purchase admission tickets at the TD Garden Box Office, located on the west side of the North Station platform, next to the Boston Bruins Pro-shop. If the Garden Box Office is closed, you can purchase tickets in the Pro-shop. The Museum’s entrance is located at The Premium Club’s private entrance also located on the west side.
Special Offers: Any students, accompanied by an adult, who are wearing a shirt with their school name or logo, can enter for free. PLEASE BE ADVISED, the Sports Museum’s schedule can change due to special events. Please check the website before you come.
Visit the park where the Babe pitched, The Kid hit, Yaz dazzled and today’s stars still thrill Red Sox Nation. Fenway Park Tours provide a 50 minute historic walking tour of the ballpark, guided by an official Fenway Park Tour Guide. Fenway Park Tour tickets are sold at the Red Sox Ticket Office on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. Fenway Park Tour tickets are sold at the Team Store on Yawkey Way when the Ticket Office is closed. Please allow adequate time to purchase tour tickets as sales conclude 15 minutes prior to tour time. All tours and areas are subject to availability and tours are handicap accessible.
Hours: NON-GAME DAYS: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily; tours run every hour on the hour until 4 p.m. GAME DAYS: 9 a.m. – three and a half hours prior to game time; tours run every hour on the hour until three and a half hours prior to game time Batting Practice Tour: Begins three and a half hours prior to game time; an extended tour
Admission: Adults: $12 Seniors: $11 Children (3-15): $10 Group tours are available (minimum of 40 people). Please contact the tour office at 617-226-6666 for more information.
The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is an exciting, innovative and interactive, modern museum experience for all ages. The Kraft family long considered the best way to honor the greatest Patriots of all time while simultaneously preserving Patriots history. They scored a touchdown when they opened The Hall in September of 2008. From a 45-foot wide panoramic projection screen that plays a signature film produced to emotionally connect the fans and the region to the Patriots, to a geodesic dome housing a Snow Bowl exhibit, to massive ceiling projection screens in the Patriots United Grand Hall presented by Waters Corp., to touch screens that take you into the most memorable moments in team history, The Hall experience is one you don’t want to miss. Your Hall experience is sure to be one you’ll tell your friends about. The Hall also offers a relevant education program for school groups at an amazingly low admission fee and there are reduced rates for non-school groups of 15 or more that book in advance. So make your trip to Patriot Place complete by being our guest at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission: Adult: $10.00 Seniors/Active Military: $7.00 Children (5-12): $5.00 Under 5: FREE!
Special Events Tom Brady’s MVP Trophies will be on display out of their case and available for photo opportunities on Patriots Day!
Spend April Vacation at the Franklin Park Zoo
Spend April Vacation at Stone Zoo
NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY
School Vacation Cooking Classes with Chef Kevin Grades 1-3, April 17, 3:00 PM Grades 4&5, April 19, 3:00 PM Baking for kids Grades 3-5, April 18, 3:00 PM Chef Kevin Carey dons his teacher’s toque for classes which include instruction and participation. Novices and aspiring chefs leave with skills and tips for preparing meals at home. Food prepared in class is packaged ‘to go’ at the end of class. $25 per child. Registration and prepayment are required. To sign up, call 978.369.4494.
Earth Day Celebration April 22, 2011, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Earth Day at Garden in the Woods: free admission, free parking, guided walking tours on the half-hour. There will be special storytelling with tree themes by well-known area storytellers. There should also be a visit by a costumed tree character. The Society plans to give a limited number of saplings to families in celebration of Arbor Day. Special tree-themed scavenger hunt. Information on sustainable gardening, butterfly gardens, rain gardens, idea gardens, water gardens, and more.
Plumfield Fun Week 399 Lexington Road Concord, Massachusetts April 17-20, 9:00 am daily. Join us for a week of fun during April school vacation! Try your hand at activities popular with Louisa May Alcott and her sisters. Our trained staff will help you act, write, make a craft, and draw just like the Alcott girls — the real-life models for “Meg,” “Jo,” “Beth,” and “Amy”! Cost: $100 for the week or $30 per day. Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested. Phone: 978.369.4118 x106
Tsongas Arena 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Lowell, MA 01852 April 15, 10:00 am The best cheer and dance teams in the nation participate in JamFest nationwide and they are bringing their “JAMfest National Series” to the Tsongas Center. This event will be a U.S.Finals Qualifer!
– Hosted by the Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord. The Concord Minute Men and The Concord Independent Battery observe the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War in a 21 gun musket and cannon salute to America’s past.
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SOUTH OF BOSTON
Specially scheduled hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy!
Monday-Friday, April 16-20 Enjoy fun-filled educational workshops for the entire family and special guest appearances and entertainment. Also, the Fall River Carousel will be open to the public from 11am-3pm, Monday-Friday. All activities and workshops are free with paid, discounted admission. $12 adults, $7 children 6-12, & free to children under six. Five Water Street, Fall River, 508-678-1100
Monday-Friday, April 16-20 Spring Vacation Art Camp . For artists ages 6-18 years. Call or check website for class information. Registration closes Friday, April 6. 11 North Street, Plymouth
Tuesday-Friday, April 17-20, 9:30-12:30 April Adventures in Art Enjoy creative art-making featuring projects in printmaking, clay, watercolor, and multi-media. Come join the fun! 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset
Wed. through Sun., 1-4 pm, April 18 – 22 Alphabet Treasure Hunt . This year, a special treasure hunt has been created to accompany the Duxbury Art Association Annual Winter Juried Show at The Art Complex Museum through April 29. This hunt has proven very popular with visitors over the years. Children and often their parents have enjoyed the thrill of trying to identify the various parts of the puzzle. The current challenge requires finding all of the letters of the alphabet hidden in the paintings. A prize is available at the museum’s front desk for participants skilled enough to find them all. 189 Alden St., Duxbury
the Hobo Express will depart the State Pier at 9:45 am for an hour-long scenic excursion along the Taunton River. Experience the thrill as the whistle blows, smell the ocean air breeze through your window, and relax while our “hobos” provide live entertainment for the kids. When you’re done, cross the street to Battleship Cove to enjoy discounted admission to the park featuring the amazing Pearl Harbor Experience and the popular annual “Hunt the Rats” scavenger hunt for kids. Rides on the Fall River Carousel are also included in your Battleship Cove admission Monday, April 16 – Thursday April 19.
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CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS
The Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame has recently opened and expanded their display of game worn major league uniforms of current MLB managers! Each of the 7 jerseys on display are from former Cape Cod Baseball League players including the very first Red Sox jersey worn by new Manager Bobby Valentine, (Hyannis, 1967) Joe Girardi Yankees jersey (Cotuit, 1978 ) and John Farrell Toronto Blue Jays jersey (Hyannis, 1981). Also, the 2012 Cape Cod Baseball League All Star game played at Fenway Park is on constant video loop at the Hall.
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Earth Day Festival April 20, 10am-4pm The EcoTarium’s annual Earth Day celebration includes activities and programs, family entertainment, and many vendors of environmentally-friendly foods, products and services, as well as all of the regular museum attractions: the indoor and outdoor exhibits, Explorer Express Train, and digital planetarium shows. Admission is half price for everyone. Regular train and planetarium fees apply.
Bows to Broadswords! The Arms of Robin Hood April 21, 9am-3pm – Explore how the Merry Outlaws of Sherwood used longbows, quarterstaffs, and broadswords against the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham – and try your hand at the skills of the quarterstaff!
Spring Vacation Week Program – Exploring the Sanctuary April 16-20: Monday –Friday (9-3pm) Explore the Sanctuary with Instructor for children ages 6-11 years
School Vacation Week Activities at OSV: Enjoy expanded hands-on and interactive activities throughout the Village, along with family-friendly performances and entertainment. Meet the new arrivals at the farm (every day) and on Monday (Patriots Day), take part in martial activities.
Open for the Season – April 14th (10-5pm) Home to hundreds of animals including Earth Discovery Center, animal rides, deer forest, and the Purple Peacock Gift Shop and new Giraffe habitat for 2011.
Welcome Back Weekend – Starting April 14th
½ Price admission after 2 pm with Earth Day on the 22nd and Easter weekend from 23-24th
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Today, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to nearly three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Located on the picturesque banks of the Connecticut River, the new museum is a fitting shrine to the game Dr. Naismith invented more than a century ago. The landmark structure is one of the world’s most distinctive monuments punctuating the Springfield skyline and stirring the spirits of basketball fans everywhere. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests. And of course there is enough basketball history to impress the world’s most avid sports fans! After decades of growth, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2009. It has evolved from its humble origins to become Hoops Heaven…the earthly home of the game’s immortals.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults – $16.99 Seniors (Ages 65 & Above) – $13.99 Youth (Ages 5 to 15) – $11.99 Children (4 & Under) – Free
Special Discounts Show your AAA Card or your Big Y Express Savings Club Card and save on Admission. (Discounts cannot be combined. For more information, please call 413-781-6500). 3-Day
Hall of Fame Three Day Passes
Pay For Two Days, Get the third day FREE
Adult 3-Day Pass – $31.98 (save $15.99)
Youth 3-Day Pass – $21.98 (save $10.99)
Call 1-877-4HOOPLA for more details
Special Programs – Monday, April 16, 2012 — 1 pm . David Hall aka Magic Dave Boston Magician Magic Dave’s award winning performances are full of high-energy, witty comedy, and mind-blowing miracles. Magic Dave has a special guest during his shows, Hocus the Live Bunny! This magic show is truly fun for guests ALL ages! Don’t miss out! Book your group visit today. Tuesday, April 17, 2012 — 1pm David Vasquenza . Using music, interactive skits, basketball drills, games and competitions youth of ALL ages will enjoy this Basketball Clinic. During this high energy basketball event youth will learn more than just basketball skills, they will also walk away with valuable life skills. Don’t miss out on Values of Life & Athletics—Youth Basketball Clinic. Thursday, April 19, 2012 — 1pm Ilze Luneau. Seen on Ellen, Jay Leno and ESPN. You will be amazed with never before seen basketball ball handling tricks with three, four, five, and six basketballs. The Luneaus basketball family dribbles, juggles and spins basketballs while on a balance board, and uses other props such as music and dance.
In 1971, the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce established an ad hoc committee for the purpose of promoting Holyoke, Massachusetts, birthplace of volleyball, as the future home of the Volleyball Hall of Fame (VBHF). In 1978, the committee incorporated as Holyoke Volleyball Hall of Fame, Inc., a nonprofit corporation established for the purpose of planning, promoting, establishing and maintaining a living memorial to the sport of volleyball. William G. Morgan, inventor of volleyball at the Holyoke YMCA in 1895, was honored posthumously as first inductee of Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1985. Douglas Beal, coach of 1984 U.S. Men’s Gold Medal Olympic Volleyball Team, served as keynote speaker for induction ceremony. The Volleyball Hall of Fame, opened to the public on June 6, 1987. A two-day volleyball tournament was hosted by the Volleyball Hall of Fame to celebrate the grand opening.
Hours: Open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. or by special pre-arranged appointments.
View technologies from the movies like The Matrix, X-Men, Predator & Chicken Run. See a real Academy Award. Make your animation movie. Call for appointment.
Kids Free Everyday
Bisque, Beads & Beyond!
141 North Street, Pittsfield (413) 442-9300 The ultimate bead experience. Come make your own jewelry. Exquisite bead selection. Friendly full service bead store. Bead classes & parties.
April 7-29 Baby Animals on the Farm. Visit the new lambs, piglets, calves and chicks filling the famous Round Stone Barn. You’ll see the heirloom gardens come alive, and experience the wonders of Spring with our heritage breed animals. Lend a hand with farm chores, explore the historic buildings, and romp around with some new fuzzy friends! Open Daily 10am – 4pm.
April 16 – 20, 2012 Hold that Pose! Portraiture for Children . What’s in a face? This workshop dynamic series held from 1pm – 4pm daily, will draw inspiration from the art of the masters, including illustrator Norman Rockwell and portraitist Everett Raymond Kinstler, whose works are on view. A variety of media and techniques will be explored! For students 7 and up. Take one or take them all!
April 16 – 20, 2012 Get Unplugged A collaborative event created by the Berkshire Co-op Market and Berkshire South Regional Community Center offering a series of fun, educational and free programs to children during their April Vacation. April vacation falls on a week dedicated to “National Turn Your T.V. Off Week” in addition to Earth Day.
April 17, 2012 The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! Experience the most entertaining magic and illusion show on the market today! This is a Las Vegas style, family-show full of grand scale magic, illusion and unmatched audience interaction. Performance begins at 2:00PM and is recommended for ages 5 and up.
Spring is in the air and that means the Easter Bunny will be hopping down the Bunny trail and over to Yankee Candle Flagship. Bring your Best Spring Bonnet and stop by to say Hi.
April 15 – May 28 Kidspace: Under the Sea Visitors to Kidspace at MASS MoCA will find themselves surrounded by artistic renderings of sea creatures, plant-life, and other natural elements when Under the Sea features six internationally-acclaimed artists who explore the ocean as habitat, myth, and a necessary element of life on earth. Through various themes and innovative materials, the artists examine the mystery and power of the ocean as well as the catastrophic consequences of our abuse of this natural resource. 11am – 5pm daily.