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Plan Your Weekend :: June 22–24

Friday, June 22

Boston Moms Blog Park Clean Up and Celebration!

June 22 :: 10-2:30 :: Mill Street Playground, Foxboro

We’re working with Safety 1st to promote their new (green & made of recycled materials) travel system and will be joining them for a park cleanup and celebration in Foxboro on 6/22! The event runs from 10-2:30, with the celebration from 12:30-2:30. Join us!!!

Butterfly Hollow Opening at Franklin Park Zoo

June 16 – September 3

Don’t miss Butterfly Hollow at Franklin Park Zoo! The popular, seasonal exhibit will open June 16 (weather-permitting). At Butterfly Hollow, guests have the opportunity to stroll through this tranquil environment filled with butterflies. This tented, outdoor exhibit also features several garden beds, a pond, soothing surround-sound music, and new fairy houses to discover throughout the space. Butterfly Hollow will be open through Labor Day, September 3.

Curious George Storytime

June 22 :: 10:30 am – 11:00 am :: FREE

Join us from 10:30 – 11 AM for our weekly storytime.

PJ Library Shabbat Pizza Party in the Park

June 22 :: 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm :: FREE

No need to worry about planning Friday night dinner, just head to John J. Lane Park (165 Speen Street) in Natick on Friday, June 22 from 5:45-7:30pm. We’ll have pizza, games, activities, and fun for everyone as we celebrate Shabbat and connect with other Metrowest families. No charge. For families with children ages 0-8 years. RSVP at bostonjcc.org/pizzainthepark. For more information, contact [email protected] In case of inclement weather, please check the JCC Metrowest Facebook page for updates.

Saturday, June 23

Kids in The KITCHEN

June 23 :: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us in The KITCHEN for a series of cooking classes for kids ages 6-12 to learn about local food and the journey it makes from the farm to the table. In these hands-on classes, kids explore and taste the seasonal bounty of the region through the local vendors of the Boston Public Market.

These classes are held in collaboration with vendors in the Boston Public Market and are taught by market vendor cooks or farmers who tell first-hand stories about where the ingredients are sourced and how they are grown/made.
Classes will be held on the following Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

Parents: You are welcome to stay and watch the activity during the class. If you would like to leave your kids in the KITCHEN without you, please do not leave the Boston Public Market, and please plan to pick them up promptly after the 1-hour class has concluded.

Classes are deliberately small (max 12 kids) so please register in advance to guarantee your spot.

IF YOUR CHILD HAS A FOOD ALLERGY, please email [email protected] and provide details of what foods to avoid.

Tickets: $9 for Trustees members and $15 for General Tickets (non-members). Join The Trustees and receive 20%-50% off all classes, workshops, and events at The KITCHEN and all Trustees properties. Scholarships available. Please email [email protected] to inquire about scholarships.

Gymboree National Day of Play

June 23 :: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm :: Free

Gymboree Play & Music 101 Falls Boulevard, Quincy

Bring your little one (under 5 years) in for an hour of fun. Children will enjoy free exploration of our playscapes along with teacher-led activities, crafts and – of course – our signature Parachute Time featuring our world-famous Bubble Ooodles! Activities will be offered every hour, so pick your favorite time of the day and join in on the fun!

Celebrate World Giraffe Day at Franklin Park Zoo

June 23 :: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm :: For ticket information, please visit www.franklinparkzoo.org

Visit Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, June 23, to celebrate the fifth annual World Giraffe Day! Over the past 30 years, giraffe numbers have steadily declined by 40% in the wild with an estimated 100,000 giraffes remaining in Africa. This worldwide event is meant to raise support, create awareness and provide a deeper understanding of the challenges that these animals face in the wild.

There will also be activites and zookeeper encounters throughout the day, which are perfect opportunities to ask questions and learn more about the giraffes that call Franklin Park Zoo home.

Zoo New England is deeply committed to the conservation of these majestic animals and is an active participant in the Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP) – a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). SSPs are designed to maintain genetically diverse and demographically stable captive populations of species. Giraffes are also an AZA SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) species, a program that protects threatened animals through education, scientific research, field work, public awareness, and action. Zoo New England has been proud to support a variety of projects dedicated to giraffe conservation in the wild.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston Celebrates the LEGO® Minifigure’s 40th Birthday with FREE Character Parade and Build Activities

June 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | FREE

The LEGO® Minifigure turns 40 this year and to celebrate, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston will be hosting a FREE LEGO® Minifigure character parade and build activities on Saturday, June 23rd from 10 am-3 pm at Assembly Row in Somerville.

The parade will begin at 10:00 am and feature costume Minifigure characters including the Police Man, the first LEGO® Minifigure ever created! Additional characters include Emmett from The LEGO Movie, Kai from LEGO® NINJAGO, Bertie, LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s mascot and the Jester. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston’s Master Model Builder Megan Amaral and the 2017-2018 Creative Crew will also be participating.

Once the parade ends at 11:00 am, fans are invited to commemorate the 40th birthday at a Minifigure trading station (bring a Minifigure and trade with the Master Model Builder and other staff members) and Pop-Up Build Stations outside at Assembly Row. The costume characters will also be making meet & greet appearances throughout the afternoon for photos. These events are free and open to the public.

For guests that would like to continue their build adventure inside the Discovery Center, advance tickets are suggested to guarantee admission and can be purchased online at www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/boston.

World Cup Open Kick – Marblehead

June 23 :: 12:00 pm :: FREE

In celebration of the 21st FIFA World Cup, Super Soccer Stars, in partnership with Marblehead Recreation, is hosting a free, open kick-around event for fans of soccer young and old!

Our coaches will be hosting fun soccer games and activities for kids of all ages! There will be special World Cup activity books, a face painter, and food & beverages available for purchase from a local food truck.

This event is open to the public, so mark your calendar & come kick it with us!

A Wild Affair Returns to Stone Zoo

June 23 ::  5:30 pm – 9:00 pm :: $55 – $100.

Get those taste buds ready for a wild night at the 14th annual fundraiser A Wild Affair at Stone Zoo! This 21+ “tasting” event will feature stations hosted by Greater Boston’s best restaurants and caterers as well as live entertainment, a silent and live auction, and an opportunity to stroll among the animals.

Participating food and drink vendors include Atria Longmeadow Place, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Bedford Cupcakes, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burton’s Grill of Burlington, Costco, Del Sur LLC, Edible Arrangements, Fuddruckers, Harrows Chicken Pies, Joe’s American Bar & Grill of Woburn, Karl’s Sausage, Kings Dining & Entertainment, Legal Sea Foods, Not Your Average Joe’s of Arlington, Nubar, Red Heat Tavern, Seasons 52, Sweet Spot Bakery, Wegmans Food Markets, and many others.

Advance tickets cost $55 each. Tickets purchased the day of the event are $65 each. VIP tickets are available for $100.

Proceeds from A Wild Affair will support the operation and continued growth of Stone Zoo, its education programs and conservation initiatives.

Please note: This event is 21+.

Sunday, June 24

PJ Library Road Trips: Ames Street Playground

June 24 :: 9:30 am – 11:00 am :: Free

Join PJ Library Road Trips as we explore and discover local attractions and activities with other South Area families. Venture with us to Ames Street Playground (85 Ames Street) in Sharon on Sunday, June 24 from 9:30-11am. Ames Street Playground (Walter Ames) is a recently updated, shady playground for kids of all ages. No charge. In case of inclement weather, check JCC South Area Family Connection on Facebook or call 781-795-0510 by 9am for program updates. For more information visit bostonjcc.org/pjroadtrips.

Butterfly Hollow Opening at Franklin Park Zoo

June 16 – September 3

Don’t miss Butterfly Hollow at Franklin Park Zoo! The popular, seasonal exhibit will open June 16 (weather-permitting). At Butterfly Hollow, guests have the opportunity to stroll through this tranquil environment filled with butterflies. This tented, outdoor exhibit also features several garden beds, a pond, soothing surround-sound music, and new fairy houses to discover throughout the space. Butterfly Hollow will be open through Labor Day, September 3.

Make Your Own Beach Bag!

June 24 :: 12-6 :: Artbeat, 212 A Massachusetts Ave, Arlington :: $15

Beach time is upon us! We’ll be kicking off summer in the studio with a special Beach Bag project! Come have some fun decorating a canvas tote to carry all of your beach treasures in!

Projects are designed for ages 8 and older; many are suitable for younger children (ages 4 and up) with a participating adult.

http://www.ARTBEATonline.com Contact: Jan Whitted, 781-646-2200
Email: [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/artbeatstore

Mirror Maze : Numbers in Nature

Through June 30 :: Museum of Science :: Adult $25, Child $20, Senior (60+) $21

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, the Museum’s newest temporary exhibition, reveals the mathematical patterns that surround us every day in the natural world — from the nested spirals of a sunflower’s seeds to the ridges of a majestic mountain range to the layout of the universe.

At the center of it all: a 1,700-square-foot elaborate mirror maze where visitors can lose themselves in a seemingly infinite repeating pattern of mirrors. This arrangement of symmetry and tessellation is the ultimate introduction to patterns and how math is an integral part of our lives.

Dead ends are scattered throughout, and a small secret room is hidden within, rewarding you with bonus puzzles and artifacts.

Step inside an immersive theater and watch stunning footage of nature, the human body, and even art and architecture. And by participating in hands-on activities, you can check out more math — fractal branching, spirals, Voronoi patterns, the golden ratio, and more.

From measuring your own wingspan to viewing your own eyes’ blood vessels, creating computer-generated landscapes to playing a multistring harp, you’ll manipulate and create your own mathematical patterns. Throughout this interactive experience, you’ll come to appreciate the beauty of our world through numbers!

Exhibit Design and Development: Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Have a Great Weekend!

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