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April Vacation 2014


GREATER BOSTON NORTH OF BOSTON SOUTH OF BOSTON CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

 April Vacation week is April 21-25

STATEWIDE

Mass Audubon

GREATER BOSTON

117th Boston Marathon

April 21
 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 at TD Garden

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.

Fenway Park

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

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

Normandy Farms

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NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY

Verrill Farm

School Vacation Cooking Classes with Chef Kevin
 Grades 1-5. 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.

Garden in the Woods

Earth Day Celebration
 April 22, 2014, 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.

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Plumfield Fun Week
 399 Lexington Road 
Concord, Massachusetts 
April 21-25, 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

Jamfest! Cheer and Dance

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!


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SOUTH OF BOSTON

Plimoth Plantation

Specially scheduled hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Liberty Week at Battleship Cove

Monday-Friday, April 21-25
 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

Plymouth Center for the Arts

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 19.
11 North Street, Plymouth

South Shore Art Center

Tuesday-Friday, April 21-25, 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

The Art Complex Museum

Wed. through Sun., 1-4 pm, April 21 – 23
 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


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CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Zooquarium, Yarmouth

Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame

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).

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CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

Ecotarium

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.

Mass Audubon: Brook Meadow Sanctuary

Spring Vacation Week Program – Exploring the Sanctuary 
April 21-25: Monday –Friday (9-3pm) Explore the Sanctuary with Instructor for children ages 6-11 years

Old Sturbridge Village

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.

Southwick’s Zoo

Open for the Season – April 12th (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.


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WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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

Pass
 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

The Volleyball Hall of Fame

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.

Animagic – Museum of Animation Special Effects/Art

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.

Hancock Shaker Village

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.

Springfield Museums

Historic Deerfield

Yankee Candle Flagship Store

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.

MASS MoCA

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