The warmer spring weather has finally arrived – beyond family BBQ plans, have you made family plans for the long weekend? Here are some fun (and cheap) events for the long weekend – perfect if you have some free time in your family’s schedule! – By Jodi Grundig


(Credit: Davis Farmland)

Davis’ Farmland Construction Expo

Davis’ Farmland, Sterling, MA
May 28, 29, 30, 2011
145 Redstone Hill, Sterling, MA

Do you, like me, have a little one who loves construction toys and trucks? My little guy is absolutely obsessed. Davis’ Farmland, one of the most popular family-friendly attractions in the Great Boston area, has their construction expo going on this weekend, and it’s the perfect place for your kids to get some hands-on play with construction!

(Credit: Arnold Arboretum)

Family Drop-in Activity

The Arnold Arboretum
May 28, 2011
125 Arborway, Boston, MA

The Arnold Arboretum hosts this family drop-in activity once a month, and it can include scavenger hunts, crafts, investigations, guided walks and more. It’s a great way to get the kids’ energy out, especially if the weather is nice!

(Credit: Buttonwood Park Zoo)

Toy Jam Puppet Band

The Buttonwood Park Zoo
May 30, 2011
10:30 and 12:30
425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA
Zoo admission plus $5 per family

Most appropriate for little ones, these two concerts will have your kids dancing and singing. Combine it with a visit to one of my kids’ favorite zoos, and you’ll have a full family day!

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Asparagus Festival

Verrill Farm
May 28, 2011
11 Wheeler Road, Concord, MA

Want to learn more about farming? While this event may not be the most appropriate for preschoolers, it is great for anyone wanting to know more about the food we eat. It starts with a trip to the asparagus fields, ends with a lunch, and also includes asparagus prep and cooking tips.

(Credit: Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary)

Nature Tales – Family Nature Adventures with Literature: Baltimore Orioles

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
May 28, 2011
10:00 am – 11:30 am
87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA
Adults $7.00m/ $9.00nm, Children $6.00m/ $7.00nm

Does your preschooler love birds and other animals? This event, which is for kids aged 3-6, starts with a story – Baltimore Orioles by Barbara Brenner. Then, you’ll all head out on a hike to search for them. It’s a great way to spend the morning!


(Credit: Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary)

Play Date: What’s Inside? What’s Outside?

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
May 28, 2011
100 Northern Avenue,Boston, MA
Free for families

Both of my kids love art, but I’ve been really apprehensive to take them to an art museum, because I’m not sure they are mature enough yet to enjoy it. That’s why I think the ICA playdates, are the perfect low-risk solution for families with art-loving kids. Each month, the ICA offers a free-for-families playdate for kids, with music (outdoors – weather permitting), art projects (tickets free, but required), and a theater presentation. Did I mention that it’s free for the whole family?

(Credit: The MFA Boston)

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

May 30, 2011
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
Free all day

I’ve been really looking forward to visiting the new Chihuly exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, and seeing it for free sounds perfect. On Memorial Day only, the MFA Boston is offering free admission to the museum, as well as to its special exhibits. The parking garage does fill up, so consider taking the T if possible.
Jodi Grundig is editor and publisher of Family-Friendly Boston and Mom’s Favorite Stuff.


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