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Free Family Concert: The Sounds of Song and Dance

31 May

Saturday, Jun 1 2:00p to 4:00p

After Saturday’s “The Sounds of Song and Dance” concert, kids become musicians at the instrument petting zoo in the outdoor Children’s Garden. The program inspired by international songs and dances features Hans Spencer’s “Urban Pastorale” evoking sounds of homes in and around Boston. – June Wulff, Globe Staff

Mother’s Day events in Boston area

10 May

Posted by Jen Clark Estes

Boston.com

Mother’s Day is on May 12th. here are some Boston-area activities to help you prepare celebrate.

“National Public Gardens Day,” New England Wildflower Society, Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. Fri., May 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults, $10; 65+, $7; 3-17, $5; under 3 and members free. www.newfs.org

“Pop-Up for Mom,” Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Fri., May 10, 10 a.m. – noon. Adults, $8; ages 1-18, $6; under one and members, free. www.wenhammuseum.org

“Mother’s Day Storytime and Activity,” The Curious George Store, 1 JFK St., Cambridge. Fri., May 10, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Free. RSVP required. www.thecuriousgeorgestore.com

“Made for Mom,” Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Fri., May 10, drop-in 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Adults, $11; ages 60+, $10; children, $11; under one and members, free. www.thecuriousgeorgestore.com

“Duckling Day,” Boston Common and the Public Garden, Boston. Sun., May 12. Registration and entertainment on the Common begin at 10:30 am at the Parkman Bandstand, and the parade begins at noon. $35 per family in advance. www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org

“Mother’s Day Art Exhibit,” Paragon Carousel, 205 Nantasket Ave., Nantasket. Sun., May 12, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. All ages. Free.www.paragoncarousel.com

“Mother’s Day Yoga Workshop,” Down Under Yoga, 306 Walnut St., Newtonville. Sun., May 12, 1-3 p.m. $35. www.downunderyoga.com

“The One Family Music Festival,” Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Ave., Boston. Sun., May 12, noon – 5 p.m. Free, but donations encouraged to benefit The One Fund Boston. www.onefamilymusicfestival.com

Free Admission for Moms, New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. Sun., May 12, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. www.neaq.com

Free Admission for Moms, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover, NH. Sun., May 12, noon – 5 p.m. www.childrens-museum.org

Free Admission for Moms, Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd., Boston. Sun., May 12, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.www.zoonewengland.org

Free Admission for Moms, Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Sun., May 12, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. www.zoonewengland.org

The ” Sugar Free” Weekend in Vermont

6 May

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff

Based on some of the images from this trip report, quite a few folks showed up for Sunday River’s final day of the season last month, when the Maine resort offered free skiing and riding. So, the odds are you might expect a similar crowd this weekend when Sugarbush is slated to re-open with free lift service both Saturday and Sunday.

Weather permitting, Sugarbush plans to run the lifts beginning Saturday for one final weekend this season, celebrating the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo while they’re at it. Simply show up at the ticket window, and you’re on your way. No strings attached, unless you want to donate a few bucks to the Vermont Land Trust to help preserve the iconic Bragg Farm in Fayston.

Online Bargain Hunting

3 May

By Cindy Waxer • Bankrate.com

By following a few simple steps, you can take advantage of the best deals online. Here are nine secrets to finding online bargains.

One of the most convenient way is to sign up the newsletters.

Visit coupon code sites. Make sure to read a coupon’s fine point before banking on a discount.

You may also give Google a try.

Shop around different websites.

Clean up your cookies.

Check out secondary sources.

Get a little help from your friends.

Consider your route.

Read the fine point.

Where families can have fun for free around Boston

1 May

by Jen Clark Estes. Boston.com

Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Free, or by voluntary donation, every Wednesday, 4 – 9:45 p.m. The museum also has several free open house days each year. www.mfa.org

Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. Free for all from 5 – 9 p.m. every Thursday for ICA Free Thursday Nights. Free for families (up to 2 adults accompanied by children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of each month with the exception of December. www.icaboston.org

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. Free to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning, year-round, from 9 a.m. – noon, and on Wednesdays, Sept. – May, from 3-5 p.m. Proof of residency required.www.hmnh.harvard.edu

MIT Museum, Building N51, 265 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Free admission 5 – 8 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, and on Sundays from 10 a.m. – noon, excluding April 14 & 21, 2013. www.web.mit.edu/museum/

Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Free admission on the first Friday of each month 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. www.discoverymuseums.org

Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. Free admission 10 a.m. – noon on the first Saturday of each month. Under 17 free daily. www.worcesterart.org

Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence, RI. Free admission on select “MetLife Family Fridays” from 5-8 p.m. Check calendar for dates.www.childrenmuseum.org

USS Constitution, Charlestown Navy Yard. Take a free tour of this legendary vessel every 30 minutes, Tues. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5:50 p.m. Last tour starts at 4:30pm. For security, ages 17 and over must present a valid photo ID. www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution

Massachusetts State House, Beacon St. at Park St., Boston. Take a free 30-45 min. tour of the State House any weekday between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on weekends and holidays. Reservations required. www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail

Free things to do in Boston in April

10 Apr

From Boston.com

Winter seems gone, let us get out and do something after being cooped up inside for months. Here are some free things we can do in Boston this month.

The Frog Pond has been an ice skating rink for the last few months, but it will be open as a reflection pool by April 13. Check bostonfrogpond.com for free events and activities like puppet shows or drop-in Yoga classes as the season warms up. And what better way is there to see spring in bloom than taking a walk around Boston Common and the Public Garden?

We can also watch the Boston Marathon, on Monday, April 15, is Patriots Day/Marathon Monday. Head out to cheer on this year’s runners somewhere along the 26.2-mile route between Hopkinton and Copley Square.

There is also the author event. Visit Trident Booksellers on Newbury Street on Tuesday, April 16, for a free cooking demo and discussion with Yvette van Bowen, author of “Home Made Summer.” Check out other author events at Trident, or at The Harvard Bookstore – some are ticketed, but many are free.

Sure, you could walk the Freedom Trail by yourself, but park rangers will be giving free, 60-minute tours beginning in April. Tours will begin at the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center in Faneuil Hall and are limited to 30 people. Visit www.nps.gov for more information and tour times.

Celebrate all things science at the Cambridge Science Festival, running from April 12-21. Take part in the annual science carnival, or check out the robot zoo. For a complete list of events and happenings, visit cambridgesciencefestival.org.

Visit Newbury Fine Arts for their spring exhibition, featuring the work of New England-based artists Liz Gribin (pictured) and Michele Dangelo. The exhibition runs April 1-26, with an opening reception April 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit newburyfinearts.com to preview the exhibition.

Free Sweet Treats

3 Apr

Stop by the new Pinkberry location in Chestnut Hill for some free frozen yogurt. The evening before the store officially opens for business, you can get a creamy treat, groove to tunes spun by a DJ, and try your luck at winning a year’s supply of free Pinkberry and other goodies. April 4, 6-9 p.m., free swirls. Opening day April 5. Store hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri-Sat. Pinkberry at The Street, 49 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill. – See more at: http://www.boston.com/thingstodo/gotoit/2013/04/free_pinkberry.html#sthash.MBrcA7RE.dpuf