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Contents

September 2019

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Volume 35 • Number 1

Boston Parent’s Family Calendar

Events and Activities to Enjoy with Your Family

W H AT ’ S I N S I D E

4 Family F.Y.I.

• Adventures in Cooking • Teens and Text • Bullying Signs and Tips

8 Helping Children with Homework 10 Bookshelf: Graphic Novels 14 Fall for Corn Mazes TM

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Museums 12 The Eric Carle Museum 13 Stone Zoo of Picture Book Art

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Adventures in Cooking

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or awhile now I have been trying to get my 10-year-old daughter, Katie, interested in cooking. Hallelujah! With this geographically-based, introduction to cooking, subscription box service, Eat2Explore, your family will enjoy a wonderful adventure into culinary and geographic exploration. Katie loves everything Japan, so we picked this country as our first exploration. In addition to the unique ingredients which come in the box, it comes with a shopping list of fresh items that my daughter and I purchased together. Then, with little supervision, she was able to prepare a tasty salmon teriyaki meal

which the whole family loved. My kids are picky eaters so this was a big deal for me. She has now prepared this meal a few more times (easily replicating the included base ingredients) and it is always a hit. Katie found the experience, “Fun, delicious and educational.” I loved how confident, and into the whole experience, she was. Eat2Explore currently has 20 different “country” experiences and is continuing to expand their offerings. Some gluten free options are also available. Boxes are available as a one-time buy or by subscription. Cost is $24.95 per box plus $5.00 for shipping. For more information, Eat2Explore.com

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Family F.Y.I. Bullying Signs and Tips

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ere’s a random holiday that we can all celebrate – September 16 marks WORKING PARENTS DAY. Considering all parents (whether they’re rushing to business meetings, clocking in with an actual time card or keeping their household in check) work their butts off, let’s take a moment to give ourselves a pat on the back on this momentous occasion.

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t’s not easy to pry your teen’s cell phone out of their hot little hands, but you may want to implement a no texting after dark rule. A study published in the Journal of Child Neurology showed that teens who continued to text after their presumed bedtime when lights were out slept fewer hours, making school more of a struggle the next day (no surprise there). Interestingly, students who turned off their phones or stopped texting within 30 minutes after the lights went out performed “significantly better in school” than others who did not.

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here are many warning signs that indicate when someone is being bullied. It is important to notice these signs because the bullied may be dealing with other underlying issues and may not always ask for help. Some common signs that someone is being bullied can include: unexplainable injuries, valuable items are suddenly broken or have disappeared, frequent illness on school days, change in eating habits (children may skip lunch at school to avoid their bully), avoidance of social situations, feeling self-conscious, difficulty sleeping accompanied by nightmares, decline in school interest, and poor school performance. Bullying can make someone feel helpless; more often than not, the victim remains silent out of fear, as they are worried about backlash from telling someone. If you or someone you know is being bullied here are some helpful hints on how to handle the bully: • If you feel safe, confront the person who is bullying you. If you do not feel safe confronting your bully then avoid them; do not avoid them to the point of misses your classes, but try to take a different route to class avoiding any confrontation. • Grab a friend; walking with a friend is less nerve racking than walking by yourself, and the bully may be intimidated if there is more than one of you. • Be a friend yourself; if you have a friend who is also being bullied offer to walk with them to class. Remember, do not be silent: 45% of those bullied never report their experience, so make sure to let someone like a teacher, parent, or supervisor know about what is going on because they will be better equipped to handle the situation. If the bullying has surpassed the point of intervention and has led to physical or sexual attacks, racist or homophobic slurs, or sharing private information online, then you must report these incidents to the police, as these are criminal acts that should not go unnoticed. Most importantly, take care of yourself. Being bullied is difficult to deal with and might make one want to isolate themselves from others. Don’t let this happen; surround yourself with support and do activities that can reduce your stress like eating healthy, exercising, and meditating.

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How to Help Children How Much is Too Much? with Their Homework W By Jan Pierce

hether you love it or hate it, homework is a component of your children’s education. It is a given. In our busy lives with schedules full of sports, dance, music lessons and the like, families may find it difficult to set the children’s educational responsibilities as a high priority. Although parents everywhere want their children to succeed in school, according to Sharon P. Robinson of the U.S. Dept. of Education, many parents err more on the side of slighting the importance of nightly homework than in giving too much help. There are those parents who make the mistake of doing the work themselves for a variety of reasons, but they are in the minority, and teachers will always spot such activity. So what are the proper ways to deal with nightly homework assignments for our children? First of all be sure that you understand the purpose of homework. It serves a number of purposes, but foremost are: • Review and practice of new material • Practice in independent research and study • Developing good habits and attitudes toward learning • Going further in a subject than can be done in limited class time • Preparing for the next step in learning which will be presented the upcoming class session 

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Once adults see the purpose of homework, it is easier to properly support it. The amount of nightly homework should vary according to age. Most experts agree that for grades 1-3 there should be about 20-30 minutes of homework per night. For grades 4-6 it should increase to about 40 minutes to an hour, and from grade 7 and upward it may reach two hours or more. Clearly, by age 11 or 12 children need to be able to do independent work and quite a lot of it. This is where parents can play a huge role in starting from the early years to support good homework habits. The entire family should be on board with support of nightly homework routines. Here are some tips for setting expectations in place from the beginning of a school career: • Set regular study times. You may need to be flexible, but never skip it. • Provide a place to study with proper lighting, materials and resources. • Remove distractions. Some can study with soft music, but T.V., loud music, or other children playing will distract from quality work. • Be a good example by reading and modeling a lifelong learning attitude. • Monitor assignments, know what your child is doing, and check over completed assignments. • Keep lines of communication open with teachers and schools.

Success in training children to become independent learners begins at an early age with parental interest and support. The difference between supporting and doing too much for children is really quite easy to determine. It is appropriate to review information with children by asking them questions and listening to their answers. It is helpful to step in when children are “stumped” and discover together where they need help. It is helpful to train them to break large assignments into smaller chunks. It is fine to allow them to take a break when the going is tough and then try again. But it is never fine to do their assignments for them. If homework is a problem for any reason it is a good idea to talk with teachers quickly before the problem grows. Perhaps together you can work out the problems of too much work, assignments that don’t seem to challenge, or any other problem which may arise. Teachers have a purpose for their homework assignments and teacher-parent cooperation helps children realize you think it’s important too. Setting sound homework practices in place will pay dividends for years to come.  Jan Pierce, M.Ed., is a retired teacher, reading specialist and is a freelance writer. She is the author of Homegrown Readers and Homegrown Family Fun. Find Jan at www.janpierce.net. 


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raphic novels capture kids’ imaginations, drawing them in with their combination of words and images, and many readers love how this creates a movie in their head. They can keep kids reading, providing complex stories on many levels. Check out these favorites, from exciting fantasies to relatable coming-of-age stories.

“Hilo” series, by Judd Winick (Random House; ages 7-10). With its series opener “The Boy Who Crashed to Earth,” D.J. Lim’s life turns from ordinary to exciting when he discovers Hilo, an extraterrestrial boy wearing nothing but silver underpants. This story is full of action and humor, as Hilo and D.J. battle robots and giant insects intent on destroying Hilo’s home planet.

“Amulet” series, by Kazu Kibuishi (Graphix / Scholastic; ages 9-12). With its series opener “The Stonekeeper,” Emily and her younger brother search for their mother, captured in an alternate universe. I especially appreciate how this series combines a compelling mystery, exciting adventures and imaginative new worlds.

“Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me,” by Mariko Tamaki; illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second; ages 14-18; $17.99; 304 pp.). High schooler Frederica “Freddy” Riley tries desperately to keep her relationship with the impossibly cool Laura Dean, in this compelling queer coming of age story. Will she continue to define herself as Laura Dean’s girlfriend, even as she realizes the impact it has on her friendships? Tamaki grapples with issues around identity, relationships and friendship in a complex, nuanced, compelling way.

“Dog Man” series, by Dav Pilkey (Graphix / Scholastic; ages 6-10). With the head of a smart dog sewn onto a police officer’s body, our hero Dog Man must fight bad guys like his nemesis Petey the cat and save the day. Kids love the goofy humor and nonstop action in this bestselling favorite series. “Guts,” by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix / Scholastic; ages 8-12; $12.99; 224 pp.). Raina Telgemeier’s memoirs “Smile” and “Sisters” are absolute favorites, and kids are already excited about this newest book (out September 17th). She draws readers in with her relatable situations and humor, creating a real bond as she reflects on the pressures tweens face at school and at home.

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“Maker Comics: Fix a Car,” by Chris Schweizer (First Second; ages 12-18; $12.99; 128 pp.). In this engaging comic book, five teens join Car Club with Ms. Gritt so they can learn how to keep their rides going smoothly. As Ms. Gritt says, “ Get to know your car’s guts!” Covering everything from how to change the oil to fixing the drive belt alignment, this comic book shows amateur mechanics how to do routine maintenance and repairs.

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“New Kid,” by Jerry Craft (HarperCollins; ages 10-14; $12.99; 256 pp.). As Jordan Banks starts 7th grade at a new private school, he faces many uncomfortable, awkward experiences as one of the few African-American students. Jordan navigates new friends, school bullies and classes, but Craft also gives readers compelling middle-grade story that directly talks about race, class, microaggressions within a quest for self-identity. “Princeless #1: Save Yourself,” by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by M. Goodwin (Action Lab; ages 9-12; $11.99; 128 pp.). When Princess Adrienne’s parents lock her away in a castle guarded by a dragon to await rescue by a prince, she decides to take matters into her own hands. I love this feisty heroine--we have so few stories with characters of color, where race isn’t an issue, and this princess story upends so many stereotypes and tropes. “Queen of the Sea,” by Dylan Meconis (Walker / Candlewick; ages 10-14; $24.99; 400 pp.). This rich historical reimagining (inspired by the Tudors) will draw in readers with its story of young Margaret, an orphan raised on an isolated island by nuns, and the way her life is changed when the exiled queen arrives. The intriguing plot and complex characters kept me reading, and I especially appreciated the way Margaret’s character develops, as she discovers her heritage and voice.

“Stargazing,” by Jen Wang (First Second; ages 8-12; $12.99; 224 pp.). Although Christine and Moon are both Chinese-American, the two couldn’t be more different, but they become fast friends as they practice a K-pop dance routine for the school talent show. Their friendship is tested as they struggle with jealousy, school drama and family expectations. I especially appreciate the multifaceted Asian American community in this heartfilled friendship story. Mary Ann Scheuer is a high school librarian. Find more books she recommends sharing with your children at her blog, Great Kid Books, http://greatkidbooks.blogspot.com.


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PHOTOS COURTESY OF PLIMOTH PLANTATION

Why Kids  It Children delight at the rare glimpse into someone else’s life at this authentically portrayed 17th – Century English Village re-creation where costumed role players engage visitors on all aspects of a Pilgrim’s life. Peek into kitchens to see what’s cooking, explore the nooks and crannies of families’ bedrooms, and walk through homes and gardens all while pondering what life would have been like in this bustling Village.

Why Parents  It We enjoy the great outdoors and a living history museum that makes learning fun and exciting. We love the excitement of being immersed in this chapter of America’s history and imagining what life would have been like for a family in the 1600s. Enjoying a picnic overlooking the vista of the Eel River and Cape Cod Bay and sample a 17th-century menu item from the café makes a great memory.

Museum Info ADDRESS: 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, 02360 WEBSITE: plimoth.org HOURS: March 16th – December 1st: Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (including holidays). Plimoth Cinema showing first run, foreign, & independent films: open year round. ADMISSION: Plimoth Plantation Single Site: Adult: $30.00; Child (ages 5-12): $18.00; Children 4 and under: Free; Senior: $28.00; Heritage Pass Combination and Single Site tickets available for all three site exhibits: Plimoth Plantation, Plimoth Grist Mill, and Waterfront Exhibit: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?; Mayflower returns to Plymouth May 2020! Public library passes available for discounted admission. CAFÉ: The Plentiful Café located in the Visitor Center offers an abundant selection of hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, snacks, and even 17th century fare from Colonial and Native inspired traditions. Indoor & outdoor seating; Pushcart located outside of the Craft Center sells snacks and drinks in the summer. SPECIAL GROUP PROGRAMS: One of the most popular field trip destinations in New England! School field trips pre-K-12 offer programs taught by Native and Colonial teachers; Interactive, enhancement workshop add-ons; Colonial Winter Workshop (DecemberFebruary); Overnight Programs; Traveling Classroom Workshops featuring 17th century entertainment; Scout Visits; Homeschool Days & Visits; Group pricing available for 15 or more. SPECIAL EVENTS FOR FAMILIES/KIDS: Daily Programming at the Wampanoag Homesite, 17thCentury English Village, and Craft Center; Family Overnights inside a Pilgrim Home; School vacation week programs; Online Parents’ guide & activities for kids; New England Harvest Feast & Thanksgiving Dining events.

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Have you ever been invited inside a wetu? Take a seat in a Wampanoag home and learn all about Native heritage in this outdoor living history exhibit staffed by Native People. Don’t forget to learn what the word “Wampanoag” means.

Step back in time and learn about historic, preindustrial crafts and technologies through live demonstrations by staff. Have you ever seen a porcupine headdress being made? One of the last Native artisans in the country showcases this technique along with others baking, weaving, and candle dipping.

Visit the pastures at Nye Barn to see the Plantation’s rare breed cows and goats, and learn what “heritage” breeds of livestock are. Can you guess what animals the Pilgrims brought on the Mayflower in 1620? Check the daily listings in the Visitor Center for interactive Nye Barn programs.

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THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART

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Children delight in discovering and pointing out their favorite and familiar picture book illustrations from bedtime come to life in this joyful, creative space! Free reign in the Art Studio, a theatre schedule featuring short, animated films and improv comedy, and a reading library they’ll cozy right up to with thousands of books to explore promise a special adventure for the whole family anytime of year.

ADDRESS: 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002

Why Parents  It What better way for book-loving parents to inspire a love of art and reading in their kids by way of an open, richly colorful space? Interactive galleries and workshops devoted to all ages, a museum shop known as “the very best bookstore for children’s literature and picture books in the world”, and plenty of inspiring classroom material for educators make this a top destination!

WEBSITE: carlemuseum.org HOURS: School Year Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday, Noon-5:00 pm; Summer Hours: Open daily July & August; Open Mondays during MA February and April school vacation weeks. Check calendar for holiday closures. ADMISSION: Adult: $9; Youth (1-18), Student, Teacher and Senior: $6; Family (2 adults & 2 youth): $22.50; Ways to Save: EBT Card free admission up to four people; MA teachers free admission; AAA discount; Military discounts; Fallon Health Discount; GSCVB WOW! One adult, get one youth free coupon; Iconic Illustrator’s Trail Combined Ticket: Eric Carle, Norman Rockwell, Dr. Seuss; carlemuseum.org/content/iconic-illustrators-trail-release. CAFÉ: Spacious eating area for enjoying packed lunches, or to picnic outside; Berkshire Naturals healthy snack vending machine, complimentary coffee; Atkins Farms Country Market offers salads, soups, and sandwiches ¼ mile from the museum. SPECIAL GROUP PROGRAMS: School field trips designed to support core curriculum for art education guided by a museum educator for ages 3-18! Minimum 10 students; MA schools refer to the Big Yellow Bus Grant for help with transportation costs. Guided group programs for adults; Professional development programs for educators interested in cultivating visual arts and “the art of the book” SPECIAL EVENTS FOR FAMILIES/KIDS: The Every Day Art Program opens The Art Studio to guests of all ages with a daily schedule for art making and appreciation with changing activities and materials; Storytime programs; Amazing daily film schedule! Check website for special school vacation week events. All programs free with admission.

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INCLUSIVITY INFO: The entire one level campus, including the outdoor pathway to Bobbie’s Meadow is wheelchair accessible and features power assist doors; Wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers available on a FCFS basis free of charge in the coat room; Service dogs welcome; Accessible seating available for auditorium events by reservation: 413-559-6301.

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Choose from the Eric Carle gallery or museum-wide focused worksheets and start sleuthing! Explore the museum that celebrates picture books, artists, and the surprising stories they tell. Did you find the smiling sun? The duck taking a snack break in the café? Turn in your completed paper for a temporary tattoo before you leave!

Delightfully located in the museum’s 100-year-old apple orchard is the outdoor extension of the Carle. Kids can let loose among native wildflowers, look for live critters, enjoy a story and a picnic, and play musical instruments. Not surprisingly, there’s even a small, outdoor library. Visiting during harvest season? Bring a little tote for gathering some apples to take home! PHOTO BY JIM GIPE

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Ever tried your hand at making a Collagimal? How about painting in 3-D or jumping into a collaborative large-scale mural? Materials and projects change every few weeks and thoughtfully link to current gallery exhibits.

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Why Kids  It Can you say Barnyard Petting Zoo? Now can you say Pygmy Zebu? Make new acquaintances and visit your old barnyard favorites at this friendly exhibit! Next, head to the Animal Discovery Center for the mystery encounter of the day to get up close with your favorite shelled and scaly friends.

Why Parents  It Parents love being able to visit a zoo with children of all ages without being left exhausted. An easy couple of hours that offers a short drive from Boston, plenty of parking, and fascinating animals makes for a perfect family outing. Take your youngest for a ride on the children’s train before waving goodbye, be sure and check out the ZooLights celebration during the holiday season, and remember to ask about the Zoodopt program if you’re an animal loving family!

ADDRESS: 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA, 02180 WEBSITE: stonezoo.org HOURS: Open year-round! Summer: (April 1- September 30) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm weekdays; 10:00 am - 6:00 pm weekends & holidays; Winter: (October1-March 31) Daily, 10:00 am - 4:00pm. ADMISSION: $19.95; Child (ages 2-12) $12.95; Children under 2: Free; Senior: $17.95; Ways to Save: $4 EBT/WIC cardholders, Teacher and Military discounts, Public Library Pass Program, Buy online and save up to 15% or more! CAFÉ: The Safari Grill serves full grill, sandwich, and kid-friendly menu items. Closed November-February; Remains open during ZooLights. The year-round Trading Post Gift Shop sells snacks and beverages. Plenty of picnic areas to unpack and enjoy your own food from home! SPECIAL GROUP PROGRAMS: Roarin’ Sleepovers & “After Dark” Programs, Jungle Safari Birthday Party Packages, On-Site & Outreach hands-on Zoo New England educational programs, Community-oriented nonprofit organization passes. SPECIAL EVENTS FOR FAMILIES/KIDS: Free school field trips grades K-12, Homeschool classes educational programming ages 7-12, On and Off-Site Scout Badge Programs, Snorin’. Groups of 10 or more receive 20% discount. SUMMER ZOOCAMP: For ages 3-13! Zoo educators lead campers through an exciting week of animal adventures, education with hands-on activities and animal-related games and crafts. Weeklong sessions include daily themes like Animalympics and Eat or Be Eaten! For kids ages 11-13: Junior Zookeeping Program, learn what’s it like to be a zookeeper!

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INCLUSIVITY INFO: Handicap Accessible, FCFS Stroller & Wheelchair; Service dogs welcome.pathways and steep grades effect accessibility. Mayflower II is not wheelchair accessible.

Caribbean Coast

Yukon Creek

Snow Leopards

Kids will love being greeted by this feathered flock and getting up close to the colorful, pink flamingoes in the walk-through aviary, Flamingo Flats. Keep the party going as you rock and roll on down the coast to the Calypso Trail where you can try out some Caribbean percussion instruments.

Who exactly are Smoky and Bubba? Head to the wild, Canadian woods to find out and for a visit you’ll never forget with these black bear brothers. Can you follow the path of footprints and tracks to the recreated abandoned logger’s cabin? What wildlife do you think they encountered? Finally, can you guess what animal famous for pulling Santa’s sleigh lives here also? PHOTO BY BILL MARQUARDT

Head to the Himalayan Highlands for a rare chance to see these two beautiful and powerful predators that live high atop wintry mountains. Do you know if they are endangered? Can you discover the reasons they have such long, thick, furry, and flexible tails?

Can you find these treasures?

PHOTOS COURTESY ZOO NEW ENGLAND

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Fall For Corn Mazes: Classic Outdoor Family Fun By Alyson Gregory

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othing screams daytrip in New England like falling temperatures and some bright early red leaves cemented to the ground at your child’s bus stop. This is the season of getting sidetracked on a scenic back road drive to no place in

particular—and there is no better place to get lost in the great outdoors with your family than inside a corn maze! With today’s GPS technology and drones driving design, many of today’s maize creations are themed and full of unexpected twists and turns making

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them a surefire hit and family favorite activity. Take your pick from these local maze owners and support local agriculture at the same time. Did you know some corn mazes supply one-third of a farm’s income? Great reason to buy an extra bag of apple cider doughnuts!

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Marini Farm

If you haven’t already guessed, there’s nothing typical about The Marini Farm Maze Park and Corn Maze. You’ll find a family friendly interactive maze with 18 stations strategically placed throughout the 7-acre labyrinth with answers to a game sheet you are given at the start of your journey. “It’s essentially a life-sized scavenger hunt,” says Mike of Marini. A finished game sheet equals a finished maze! Plan on 1.5 hours to complete, or visit the single acre 20-minute ‘mini maze’. Visit the Apple Cannon on weekends and the Rope Maze if you’re looking for another puzzle. Check the website for popular events and mark your calendar for Trick or Treat Hayrides in October

Ipswich, www.marinifarm.com

Connors Farm

This year, Connors Farm is celebrating Fun on the Farm, and it is aMAZEing, as well as hosting an after-dark flashlight maze. The farm’s attraction list is a mile long, complete with live entertainment and Hillbilly pig races (could be the live entertainment!). Call the maze hotline at 978-777-1245, and check out

the website for an historical look at some monumental past mazes. Don’t forget to take a ride on the train!

Danvers, www.connorsfarm.com

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

If you’re in the mood for something a little more refined, but just as entrapping, head to Honey Pot’s hedge mazes where you can choose between three labyrinths Alice in Wonderland style. No less confusing to complete than a corn maze is the Big Green Monster Maze—leave an hour for the six bridge crossings (and recrossings). The Mini Monster Maze is an exact replica of England’s famous ‘Hampton Court’ maze, and a Tunnel Maze for kids ages 4-9 delivers something for everyone. This third and fourth generation family farm offers classic hayrides through the apple orchard and fresh-pressed cider guzzler to gallon-sized to take on the road.

Stow, www.honeypothill.com

C&C Reading Farm

Teamwork makes the dream work inside this adventurous 3½ acre Quest corn maze that guarantees getting lost. This labyrinth

features educational clues, picture rubbings, and games all designed to be solved by rising to the challenge of working together. Prepare for some serious quality time! Hop on the Grain Train for more Fall fun, and check out the newest Cow Train Ride known as the ‘Redneck roller coaster for all ages. Brush up on Corn Hole and knock some pins down at Hay Bale Alley before you go. Check the schedule for special Flashlight Nights if you dare.

West Bridgewater, ccreadingfarm.com

Sauchuk Farm

This year’s theme is Celebrating 50 Years of Sesame Street. Sauchuk is a member of the Maize Family, and works with the world’s largest cornfield maze company to bring worldclass designs to their cornfield. In fact, they grew the first large-scale corn maze in Eastern Mass! Don’t worry about getting lost in the maze—the uniformed corn cops will escort you out if the need arises. A kiddie corn maze and activities like Rat Rollers, Tug of War, and Face Painting make this a great choice for younger kids.

Plympton, www.sauchukfarm.com

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Fun family events you don’t want to miss! Plus pick your own pumpkins! SAT., SEPT. 7, 11AM-3PM

SAT., OCT. 5, 11AM-3PM

Farm Day

Annual Harvest Festival & • Farm tours Benefit for Emerson Hospital • Live music by Boston Road Bluegrass • Face Painting • Games & Prizes • Pony & hay rides • Pick-your-own pumpkins • Petting zoo • Entertainment • Food • Raffle • 4 H animals • Pony, hay rides & Petting zoo • Apple Pie Contest 11am-1pm • Live music by Sandy Ridge Boys

978-369-4494 • 11 Wheeler Rd., Concord

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Let’s Go Apple Picking!

Apples & Pumpkins www.tougasfamilyfarm.com • 508-393-6406

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Family First — No more “are we there yets,” Never another “how much longer?” Everything you need for a perfect family vacation is right here. The Woodstock Inn & Resort is New England’s most luxurious family destination.

• Wagon Rides on Weekends • Children’s Play Area & Barnyard Animals

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Calendar

Riverfest Saturday, September 14 300 Grand Union Blvd. Somerville • Assembly Row Noon to 9pm • FREE 617-684-1511; assemblyrow.com

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1 SUNDAY Gloucester Schooner Festival Varying times, Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester. Through Sept. 2. Artisans, entertainment, food and more await at this major maritime and sailing event. Sunday morning’s Parade of Sail is a highlight. FREE. gloucesterschoonerfestival.net

King Richard’s Faire 10:30am – 6pm, King Richard’s Fairgrounds, 235 Main St., Carver. Entertainment, exciting rides and skilled games abound at New England’s largest Renaissance Festival. Adults, $34; youth, $17. Weekends and Monday holidays through Oct. 20. 508-866-5391; kingrichardsfaire.net

Spencer County Fair See website for daily schedule, Spencer Fairgrounds, 48 Smithville Road, Spencer. A traditional country fair with horse and tractor pulls, farm exhibits, farm animals (cattle, chickens, rabbits), giant pumpkins, a carnival midway, live music, and a demolition derby at Spencer Fairgrounds. Adult $12, Child 7-12 $9, under 7 free. Through 9/2. 508-885-5814; spencerfair.org

Open House Events More Events Online at www.BostonParentsPaper.com

BELMONT Belmont Day School Open House October 19, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm 55 Day School Ln www. belmontday.org

BOSTON Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center Open House October 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 477 Longwood Ave fjecc.org/ Spruce Street Nursery School Admissions Open House October 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 5 Avery Pl www.sprucestreet.org/

BROOKLINE Open House at St. Mary’s Brookline October 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am 67 Harvard St stmarys-brookline.org/

Campfire Music Festival

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See website for daily schedule, Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge. The campfire festival is as much about the community as it is about the music. “In the round” performances with songwriters swapping tunes are as common as solo and band sets throughout the course of each day of the festival. $10 per day. Through 9/2. 617-492-7679; passim.org

Cambridge-Ellis School Open House November 2, 2019 80 Trowbridge St www.cambridge-ellis.org/ Fayerweather Street School Fall Open House November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 765 Concord Ave www.fayerweather.org/

2 MONDAY, LABOR DAY

The International School of Boston All School Open House November 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 45 Matignon Rd www.isbos.org/

Bread & Roses Heritage Festival 11:30am – 6pm, Campagnone Common, Lawrence. A multicultural labor and social justice arts and music festival. Family events include trolley tours, pony rides, face painting and more. FREE. 978-309-9740; breadandrosesheritage.org

MFA Playdates 10:15am, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making. Free with admission. 617-267-9300; mfa.org

Family Leaf Hike at Fruitlands 2-3:30pm, Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. A guided hike exploring the form and function of leaves. Explore the trails, take some leaf etchings, and get a closer look through magnifiers to take in the natural world. This family program is recommended for ages 7 and up. Family, $20. 978456-3924; fruitlands.org

WATERTOWN Riverbend School Admissions Open House November 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 33 Eliot St www.riverbendschool.org

WELLESLEY Dana Hall Middle School Open House October 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dana Hall Upper School Open House October 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 45 Dana Rd www.danahall.org/

WORCESTER Bancroft School Fall Open House October 20, 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm 110 Shore Dr www.bancroftschool.org/

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with a hayride around the farm, followed by campfire stories, s’mores and a special night-time visitor. For families with children ages 0-14. $20. 781-259-2200; massaudubon.org

3 TUESDAY Peek a Blue Hike

11am, Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside St., Milton. Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for their bi-weekly baby and Trouble Afloat! toddler hiking series. Snacks and drinks provided. FREE. 9am - 6pm, USS Constitution, Charlestown Navy 781-828-1805; friendsofthebluehills.org/peekablue Yard, Building 22, Charlestown. Learn the ropes of a sailor’s life in the USS Constitution Museum and on board USS Constitution to see if you are sea5 THURSDAY worthy enough to save the Ship from this threat! Your The Wiggles group will need sharp eyes and about 60 minutes to 6:45pm, Wang Theater, Citi Performing Arts Center, finish this app-based scavenger hunt. Repeats Daily 270 Tremont St., Boston. The stage show is hugely in September. Free with admission. 617-426-1812; popular and is the perfect outing for the whole family. ussconstitutionmuseum.org Toddlers and children can watch the antics and Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights sing along with the songs, ensuring a smile on their 7pm, Frog Pond, Boston Common. Catch an outdoor faces for days to come. $45 and up. 800-982-2787; viewing of Avengers: Endgame. FREE. 617-635-4505; bochcenter.org boston.gov/parks

6 FRIDAY Friday Evening Hayride and Campfire 4pm and 6pm, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 S Great Road, Lincoln. Welcome the beginning of fall

7 SATURDAY Halloween on the Farm See website for daily times, Connors Farm, 30 Valley

All events are subject to change or cancellation. We recommend calling first to confirm and purchasing tickets in advance whenever possible.

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Joyous early learning for children ages 2-5

Spruce Street Nursery School Please join us for our Admissions Open House Saturday, October 26th 9am - 12 noon Parents and Children welcome Meet teachers and tour the school Application deadline for the 2020/21 school year is January 15, 2020 18

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Road (Rte. 35) Danvers. A ticket to Connors Farm Corn Maze also includes hayrides, pedal carts, and activities in Danvers. The flashlight maze and haunted farm are only open Friday and Saturday nights. Through 11/3. $14.95. 978-777-1245; connorsfarm.com

Preschool - Grade 8

Fall Open Houses

JP Music Festival Noon – 7pm, Pinebank Baseball Field on the N.E. corner of Jamaica Pond. Jamaica Plain. With over 20 acts, eight food trucks, and activities for kids, thousands of people attended over the course of the afternoon to listen to music of great JP musicians to the neighborhood. FREE. jpmusicfestival@gmail.com; jpmusicfestival.com

Celebrate the Apple: Family Open House at Concord Museum 10am-4pm, Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. Participate in hands-on programming pressing cider and baking pie from a variety of locallygrown apples. With the Museum’s colonial hearth,

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All School Sunday, November 3 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Middle School

Outstanding academics. Critical thinkers. Global citizens.

Wednesday, November 13 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Accepting applications for 2020. Financial aid is available.

Join us at one of our upcoming open houses! Tricia Moran, Director of Admission 781.641.1346 tmoran@lesleyellis.org 34 Winter St. | Arlington, MA 02474 | lesleyellis.org

Little People’s Playhouse

Educating and caring for your child like their own!

15 mos. to 6 yrs. • Pre K • Kindergarten Before & After School Ages 6-12 • 7am - 6pm Part-time Preschool • 7am - 1pm ♦ Literacy based academic program focusing on the whole child ♦ Tutoring available ♦ Catered hot meals included

Daycare & Nursery School - Belmont

Christ Lutheran Childcare and Nursery School

2, 3 or 5-days per week

• Full time or part time • Agest 1 month - 5 years • Seasoned staff - well educated • Nurturing & Developmentally Appropriate

ONGOING ENROLLMENT

www.peopleplayhouse.net 32 South Fairview Street ♦ W. Roxbury/Roslindale Line ♦ 617-323-2566 4019 Washington Street ♦ Roslindale/Jamaica Plain ♦ 617-323-6144

Our mission is to create an early childhood program that fulfills the cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs of what is known to be the most significant period of human development.

597 Belmont Street • Belmont, MA 02478 • 617-489-3071 clintod@verizon.net • www.clcbelmont.org

OPEN HOUSE

SUN. NOV 3 • 11 am -1 pm Experts in Elementary Education since 1860. • • • •

Beginner (age 3) through Grade 6 Flexible Extended Day and Enrichment Programs Family-focused next school placement process Transportation and Financial aid available

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE • DIVERSITY • COMMUNITY

428 Hammond Street • Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-566-4394 • www.tchs.org

Friends Childcare offers an exciting, creative curriculum, as well as fun and stimulating learning activities for all age groups. Tailor-made schedule 7AM-6PM, 5 days a week. Regular in-house enrichment programs such as nature exploration, music, gross motor program, and baby massage are included in the tuition.

• Infants

(Birth to 15 Months)

• Toddlers

(15 Months to 33 Months)

• Preschool/ Pre-Kindergarten (33 Months to 5 Years)

Brookline • 617-731-1008 • 617-739-0854

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there is no better way to taste history. FREE. 978-3699763; concordmuseum.org

Farm Day and Dessert Contest 11am – 3pm, Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord. Chow on some BBQ as you listen to bluegrass, then take a hayride or enter the apple pie contest. FREE. 978-3694494; verrillfarm.com

Codman Estate Fine Arts and Crafts Festival 10am-4pm, Codman Estate, 34 Codman Rd, Lincoln. This annual event features the work of more than 100 local artisans. Work includes painting, woodworking, food products, jewelry, photography, glass, clothing, metalwork, and more. Enjoy live entertainment, food vendors, and first-floor open house of the Codman House museum. Adults, $5; 12 and under free. 617994-5914; historicnewengland.org

Family Day at the Bird Banding Station 9:30-11:30am, Joppa Flats, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Watch scientists capture, examine and release migrant songbirds at a real field station. Ages 6 and up. Adults, $10; youth, $6. 978-462-9998; massaudubon.org

Vintage Base Ball And Ipswich Ale Fest 11am – 3pm, Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury. Take in some fun, historically accurate baseball, nineteenth century style. Grass field seating. Adults $5. 978-462-2634; historicnewengland.org

Helping Wildlife: Monarch Butterflies 1-3pm, Wachusett Meadow, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. Join an afternoon of tagging monarchs on their annual migration and learning about butterfly conservation. Adults, $13; youth, $8. 978-464-2712; massaudubon.org

8 SUNDAY Reading Fall Street Faire Noon- 5pm, Washington Park,100 Washington St., Reading. A community festival with a children’s area, performances and classic car show. FREE. readingmarotary.org

Kids Fall Into Pasta 11am - 1pm, Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset St.,Dover. Kids love pasta to eat but making it is even better! In this class children will make handmade pasta and sauce. Children 5 and up. Space is limited. Child $60. 508-785-0339; ttor.org

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st rd 4:00 PM 2123 , 2019 Stop by between 1:00 and 4:00 PM on Saturday, Saturday,September September , 2017 Boston Teachers Union & Carson Beach 180 Mt. Vernon St., Boston, MA 02125 (Entrance is off of Day Boulevard, before Carson Beach)

FEATURING: PARENT RESOURCES FROM COMMUNITY PARTNERS EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS, INCLUDING FREE BOOKS! MUSIC • ACTIVITIES FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

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National Day of Service

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLSTON VILLAGE STREET FAIR

1-3pm, Habitat Education and Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Road, Belmont. Help with trail maintenance, weeding, and getting the goats ready for the next season. Children 9th grade and below must be accompanied by an adult. Tools and gloves provided. Registration required. FREE. 617-489-5050; massaudubon.org

Cambridge Carnival International Noon to 6pm, various locations, Cambridge. A colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions with a costume parade, international foods, crafts, kids’ activities and more. FREE. 617-863-0476; cambridgecarnival.org

Melrose Victorian Fair 11am – 4pm, Main Street, Melrose. A hometown festival with vendors, performances, games, food and more. FREE. melrosechamber.org

10 TUESDAY

MusicFest Open House

Looking Closely: A Caterpillar Was Here!

2-4pm, Winchester Community Music School, 407 Highland Avenue, Winchester. This musical open house features a school-wide instrument petting zoo, demo classes, and live performances. FREE. 781-721-2950; www.winchestermusic.org

Sept. 29, Allston Village Street Fair — Allston

10am, Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Rte 27) Acton. Caterpillars leave behind all kinds of interesting specimens like skins, cocoons, and even frass (poop!). Using magnifying glasses and other tools you will take a close look at some of

SCHOOLS AND PRESCHOOLS

Tobin Children’s sChool & The Tobin sChool TM

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Ages 2 months 6 years

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• Provides hands-on, minds on learning experiences in a welcoming, nurturing and stimulating environment that supports the social, physical, emotional and intellectual development of each child

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TOBIN CHILDREN’S SCHOOL

offers NAEYC Accredited full day, full year care for infants through PreK. THE TOBIN SCHOOL

offers NAEYC Accredited Morning Preschool and PreK programs, our innovative Junior Kindergarten option, and full day, private Kindergarten. Contact us today to learn more! Tobin Children’s sChool: 508-653-6300 • www.TobinChildrenssChool.org The Tobin sChool: 508-655-5006 • www.TheTobinsChool.org

• Enrichment programming includes: Spanish classes, Music Around the World, Yoga, Gymnastics, Swimming, Hip-Hop Dance, Lil Ninjas Fitness, Mindfulness, Art Exploration at Decordova Museum, Nature Explorations, and enhanced curriculum with regular visits from the Children’s Librarians, and Community Helpers from the Police & Fire Departments • Our Educators have an average of 15+ years of experience teaching in the Field Of Early Childhood Education • Walking field trips for all classrooms Infants through Pre-K, additional bus trips for Pre-K classes

Open Year-Round! 8 am - 3 pm (extended day available 7:30 am - 6:00 pm)

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the fascinating features of caterpillars. Free with admission. 978-264-4200; discoveryacton.org

but activities are designed for 2-6 year olds. Free with admission. 978-264-4200; discoveryacton.org

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Fall Harvest Day

8am – 10pm, Eastern States Exposition, 875 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. The largest fair in the Northeast returns with top-name entertainment, rides, animals and amazing cream puffs. Through Sept. 29. Adults, $15; youth, $10. thebige.com/fair

10am – 4pm, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 S Great Road, Lincoln. It’s harvest time! Enjoy cooking demonstrations, tastings, a tour of the fields, garden activities and up-close encounters with some of the animals that love to visit the garden. For all ages. Free with admission. 781-259-2200; massaudubon.org

Friday Evening Hayride and Campfire 4pm and 6pm, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 S Great Road, Lincoln. Welcome the beginning of fall with a hayride around the farm, followed by campfire stories, s’mores and a special night-time visitor. For families with children ages 0-14. $20. 781-259-2200; massaudubon.org

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays 10am, Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Rte 27) Acton. A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, our Forest Friday program will be held outside, no matter the weather. All ages are welcome

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WestWood Children’s sChool & tobin sChool WestWood

Plum Island COASTSWEEP 2019 9am, Joppa Flats, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. The COASTSWEEP project will involve removing trash and debris from the beaches of Plum Island, including Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Sandy Point State Reservation, and the north end of the island. FREE. 978462-9998; massaudubon.org

Hey Day 11am – 5pm, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. At this special event, children can enjoy a mini-maze, hayrides, farm animals and pumpkin painting, as well as cider, produce and baked goods from the Princeton Farmers Market. For all ages. $10 per person or $30 per carload. 978-464-2712; massaudubon.org

Endless Summer Waterfront Festival Noon to 5pm, Hull Waterfront, Hull. Enjoy food, music, eating contests, bounce houses, an art show, kid’s art creation area, touch a truck and more. FREE. hullchamber.com/endless-summer

South Boston Street Festival

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11am to 4pm, East Broadway, between I and L Streets, Boston. Live entertainment on 2 stages, over 100 local merchants, artists, and organizations, great food, dance performances, children’s activities, pooch friendly. FREE. southbostonstreetfestival.com

WESTWOOD CHILDREN’S SCHOOL

TOBIN SCHOOL WESTWOOD

offers NAEYC Accredited full day PreK and our innovative Junior Kindergarten option. TM

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Contact us today to learn more!

WestWood Children’s sChool: 781-329-7766 • WWW.WestWoodChildrenssChool.org tobin sChool WestWood: 781-329-7775 • WWW.tobinsChoolWestWood.org

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Sept. 14, Endless Summer Waterfront Festival — Hull

PHOTO COURTESY OF HULL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

offers NAEYC Accredited full day, full year care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.


Riverfest

PHOTO COURTESY OF HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND

Sept. 28, American Music and Harvest Festival — Newbury

the Friends of the Blue Hills for their bi-weekly baby and toddler hiking series. Snacks and drinks provided. FREE. 781-828-1805; friendsofthebluehills.org/ peekablue

20 FRIDAY Greek Fest Noon-11pm, Cathedral Center, 162 Goddard Avenue, Brookline. Come and sample delectable Gyro, Lamb Shank & Roasted Leg of Lamb roasted to

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Noon to 9pm, Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville. A culmination of a summer of activity, with live music, art, a sidewalk sale, food, children’s activities and a fireworks show. FREE. 617-684-1511; assemblyrow.com

15 SUNDAY Boston Local Food Festival 11am – 5pm, The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. Learn about sustainable and local food as you snack your way around the festival. Music, chef demos and a family fun zone round out the event. FREE. bostonlocalfoodfestival.com

F O R M E R LY N E W T O N M O N T E S S O R I S C H O O L

Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing 2-5 pm, USS Constitution, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown. Listen, learn, and lift your voices! Participate in your Maritime Heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. Free with admission. 617-4261812; ussconstitutionmuseum.org

17 TUESDAY Peek a Blue Hike 11am, Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside St., Milton. Join

New Name. Same Excellence. Toddler – Grade 8 Newton Centre

Info Session Friday October 25 8:30 AM

RSVP: wellan.org

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Wild About Turtles

perfection with the Cathedral chefs’ famous herbs and spiced tomato sauce. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of pastries. Enjoy music and dancing. For the children, face painting, balloon animals, and bouncy houses! Through 9/22. 617-731-6633; bostoncathedral.org

1 – 2:30pm, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot Street, Natick. Visit “up close and personal” with some of the turtles found around Broadmoor. For ages 4-16. Adults, $15; youth, $9. 508-655-2296; massaudubon.org

Fluff Festival

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3-7pm, Union Square, Somerville. This annual celebration of Somerville’s homegrown marshmallow spread includes performances, shenanigans, midway games, a Fluff cooking contest and more. FREE. flufffestival.com

Revels RiverSing 5-7:30pm, Herter Park Amphitheater, Allston. A magical night of music, song and celebration as you bid farewell to summer. Join the puppet-filled parade to the Charles River, followed by communal singing and more. FREE. 617-972-8300; revels.org

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International Red Panda Day at Franklin Park Zoo 10am, Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. Guests to the Zoo can learn more about Attributes of athey Successful red pandas when stop by anStudent education station can be diffi cult to accurately and objectively assess or It partake in zookeeper encounters at 11:00 a.m. how students. Selwyn and your 1:30children p.m. at are thedeveloping red pandaasexhibit within the Children’s Zoo. Free with 617-541-5466; points to benchmark skills to admission. be aware of that kids need zoonewengland.org to acquire from the earliest grades, such as knowing how to organize binders, writing down homework The Craft Festival at Fruitlands assignments and checking book bags and planners, to 10amsure – 4pm, Fruitlands Museum, 102She Prospect make they have everything they need. also saysHill Road, Harvard. A juried craft show with food and it’s a good sign when kids have the impetus to ask a friend music, plus a chance to explore the museum. Adults, or go to the teacher if they aren’t sure or have a question. $10; youth, free. 978-456-3924; fruitlands.org Often during the school year your children might spend time with their class than they do with you, Freemore Museum Day so it’s essential they learn to be proactive. “I think one Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating mistake parents make, especially in the younger grades, museums and cultural institutions across the country is assuming child is eitherpresenting too young or not able provide freetheir entry to anyone a Museum to advocate for themselves,” says Dean. She sees a lotone of Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download emails fromemail parents trying to smooth problems ticket per address. The ticketout provides freetheir kids are having in class. a teacher, Dean would general admission on As Saturday, September 21,rather 2019, parents her students to worktoout the problem for two encourage people. Tickets are available download at for themselves by using available resources or speaking smithsonianmag.com/museumday to her to get the information they require. Says Dean, “A lot of times when I look at my 26 THURSDAY classrooms, the kids that are successful are more well equipped at school, the class, their Tractors,navigating Trucksthe and Tools friends – problem-solving through thingsSanctuary, so they don’t208 10-11:30am, Drumlin Farm Wildlife take awayRoad, from doing theirSearch work.” for essential farm S Great Lincoln. In additionand to self-advocating and having strongdo. We’ll equipment learn the important jobsa they organizational system, Selwyn saysdriver the bettas er we students meet our farmers and hayride board the tend to enjoyand reading. e more they put theirlook hands hay wagon get a“Th behind-the-scenes at these on books, the betterRegistration off they are. But that’s notFor theages 0-8. mega machines! required. whole picture,” she adds. “Th e good student would be $17.50. 781-259-2200; massaudubon.org the well-rounded student. They like to do other kinds of things so it gives the child the opportunity to develop 27 to FRIDAY and see what they really like.”

Star Gazing Nights Celebrating Success 8-10pm, Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose

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Valentine fees Card are Making Party, 10am, Eric Carle Entrance waived today at The National Parks, Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. Pop in to make Forests and Wildlife Refuges nationwide in honor of special valentines for your family, friends or classmates. Registration recommended. $12 FREE. per pairnps.gov/findapark/ or trio. National Public Lands Day. 413-658-1100; carlemuseum.org.

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The Enchanted Forest, 10:30am, Corner 10am to 5pm, Riverfront Park,Coolidge Fitchburg. Celebration Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Artbarn, a youth of the art of blacksmithing with competitions, community theater company, presents the tale of a family vacation gone wrong.art Adults, $13; youth, $10.arts and demonstrations, family activities, music, 617-734-2501; coolidge.org. crafts, and food vendors at Riverfront Park in Fitchburg. NORTHforge-in@achla.com; fitchburgforgein.com FREE.

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