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April Vacation Mega-Roundup!

Happy Marathon Monday, Happy Patriots' Day, and welcome to April vacation (for those of you on break this week)...I hope you had a fantastic weekend! It seems like lots of people are staying put for the break week and if you're in town and looking for something to do with your kids, I present you with this monster April vacation mega-roundup, including ideas today through the weekend. It's so great that it's finally feeling like spring -- enjoy, enjoy!

April 18: Cheer on participants in the Boston Marathon (Boston)

April 18: Speak to real scientists at this Meet The Scientists! event (Acton)

April 18: Take part in mud painting, inspired by Malian artists (Boston)

April 18: Celebrate Patriot’s Day Weekend at the Old Manse (Concord)

April 18: Commemoration of the North Bridge Fight and the Concord Parade (Concord)

April 18: Map making and treasure hunting at the Ames Estate (Easton)

April 18: A Stop, Look & Listen Tour on the Cedar Point Loop, ending with a bonfire and hot chocolate (Ipswich)

April 18: Lexington Battle Reenactment on the town green (Lexington)

April 18: Lexington’s town Patriot’s Day parade starts in the afternoon (Lexington)

April 18: A Children's Tour of the Stevens-Coolidge House (North Andover)

April 18: Map making and treasure hunting in Francis William Bird Park (Walpole)

April 18: Celebrate Patriot's Day at Old Sturbridge Village with special programs and activities (Sturbridge)

April 18 + 22: Create mason jar terrariums (Ipswich)

April 18 + 22: Discover felting by carding raw wool and then making felt balls for necklaces (Ipswich)

April 18-21: During Growing Our Community, the Trustees and Boston Children's Museum join forces to educate about soil, water, seeds, and sun, culminating in an Earth Day Celebration (Boston)

April 18-22: Discovery Adventures gives kids a more in-depth Village experience (Sturbridge)

April 18-22: April vacation week at the Franklin Park Zoo features the opening of the Aussie Aviary and the Party for the Planet (Boston)

April 18-22: Theater, author talks, scavenger hunt and more at the Old State House (Boston)

April 18-22: Vacation week crafts are offered at the Concord Museum (Concord)

April 18-22: Family Discovery Days at Rocky Woods (Medfield)

April 18-22: Learn about the animals at the Stone Zoo during the break (Stoneham)

April 18-24: Cambridge Science Festival gets participants excited about science with tons of events (Cambridge)

April 18-24: Family Farm Fest at Old Sturbridge Village, with baby animals and hands-on activities (Sturbridge)

April 18-24: Mini-Maker Week at the Children’s Museum in Easton with balloon fairies, robots, and more (Easton)

April 18-May 15: Wheelock Family Theatre presents A Year With Frog and Toad (Boston)

April 19: Handle live tidepool animals in this traveling exhibit (Boston)

April 19: Rock out with Johnny Fireseed and the Junkyard Dogs, and learn to make your own instruments (Boston)

April 19: Make your own comic explaining the Stamp Act during this free family program (Boston)

April 19: Kids in the kitchen learn how to make dinner for mom and dad (Dover)

April 19: Spend an afternoon at the Ames Estate discovering soil and creepy crawlies (Easton)

April 19: Fish Printing for Kids starts with a beach walk and ends with artful creation (Ipswich)

April 19: It's Lawn Games Day at the Stevens-Coolidge Place (North Andover)

April 19: Sing your heart out at this Annie Sing-A-Long (Norwell)

April 19: Spend a morning at the park discovering soil and creepy crawlies (Walpole)

April 19 + 21: Looking at Patterns, in poetry and art (Salem)

April 19-21: The Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff is showing at the Puppet Showplace Theatre (Brookline)

April 19-21: Family Vacation Week at the Old Manse lets kids explore gardens, boathouse, and life in early America (Concord)

April 19-22: The Ecotarium has an Energy for You and Me theme to its vacation week activities (Worcester)

April 19-22: Boston By Little Feet explains the Freedom Trail's architecture and history from a child's-eye view (Boston)

April 19-22: Explore art making and more during vacation week adventures at the MFA (Boston)

April 19-22: It’s Earth Week at the Mapparium (Boston)

April 19-23: Design and build a Tinytropolis out of cardboard over the course of five days (Acton)

April 19-May 7: The MassArt MFA Thesis Exhibition features work from selected graduate students (Boston)

April 20: Decorate a kite and then take a walk to the playing fields to try them out (Acton)

April 20: Take part in a Harry Potter Cooking School (Boston)

April 20: All Isabellas are summoned to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum today, where there are fun activities await (Boston)

April 20: Make a seed ball to plant wherever you like (Boston)

April 20: Work in the fields or in the greenhouse, helping farmers get ready for spring (Dover)

April 20: Build forts, fairy houses, shacks, and more in the woods (Easton)

April 20: Create a spring yarn wreath and decorate it with felt flowers, lavender, and moss (Ipswich)

April 20: Kid’s reenactment of the Battle of Lexington (Lexington)

April 20: Children's Baking Class covering Pizza and Pastry Decorating (Lexington)

April 20-22: Explore deCordova with Art for April Vacation (Lincoln)

April 20: Discover the homes of the flower fairies and make your own fairy houses (North Andover)

April 20: Build forts, fairy houses, shacks, and more in the woods (Walpole)

April 20: An incredible morning exploring the time of Miss Rumphius (Wenham)

April 20-23: Fresh Expressions is the theme of the vacation week activities at Isabella Stewart Gardner (Boston)

April 20-24: Many great spring break activities at Boston Public Market (Boston)

April 21: Cooking with the Force creates a Star Wars-inspired cooking class for kids (Boston)

April 21: Enjoy a live animal presentation at the Children's Museum (Boston)

April 21: Explore the ponds at the Ames Estate (Easton)

April 21: Children's Cooking Class, with spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, and strawberry shortcake (Lexington)

April 21: Welcome to the Garden is the theme of this story hour (North Andover)

April 21: Explore the ponds at the Francis William Bird Park (Walpole)

April 22: SuperCooks, a superhero-inspired cooking class (Boston)

April 22: Earth Day comes to the Children's Museum, and so do the newborn goats (Boston)

April 22: Come see a rainforest reptile show (Boston)

April 22: The Emerson Green Gala is an event and competition with the goal of making the planet a greener place (Boston)

April 22: Artist David Ortega will be in attendance at the ICA (Boston)

April 22: An Earth Day Extravaganza, with lots of family activities (Easton)

April 22: An afternoon of field day activities (Easton)

April 22: Make Your Own Stamp-Quest Fest, a clue based treasure hunt (Gloucester)

April 22: A Garden Scavenger Hunt Challenge (North Andover)

April 22: Field Day Competitions with an obstacle course, water balloon toss, and more (Walpole)

April 22: A Full Moon Tour of Gore Place (Waltham)
April 22-24: Everybody Loves Pirates is showing at the Puppet Showplace Theatre (Brookline)

April 22 - May 1: Boston Jazz Week (Boston)

April 23: Greenway Spring Food Truck Festival  (Boston)

April 23: ACERA 2016 Spring Innovator Symposium features hands-on robotics, hieroglyphs, and much more (Cambridge)

April 23: Celebrate Sense of Smell Day (Boston)

April 23: A reading and paper flower activity on Rose's Garden with author Peter H. Reynolds (Boston)

April 23: Harvard Square Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration (Cambridge)

April 23: Earth Day Celebration with the Caterpillar Lab (Canton)

April 23: Touch-a-Truck at Nobles Day Camp, with lots of entertainment and music (Dedham)

April 23: Go birding at Fruitlands and look for warblers, sparrows and bluebirds (Harvard)

April 23: The whole family will enjoy The Awesome Obstacles Race, ending with lemonade and cookies (Ipswich)

April 23: A sheep shearing open house (Princeton)

April 23: Help get the fields, trails and farm ready for the season, and enjoy a picnic potluck (Southborough)

April 23: Princess Day at the Stone Zoo, with arts, crafts, and princess encounters (Stoneham)

April 23: On the spot silhouette portrait creation at the Wenham Museum (Wenham)

April 23-24: East Boston Open Studios (Boston)

April 24: Enjoy some backyard birding and discover the birds migrating back to Massachusetts (Acton)

April 24: Japan Festival Boston (Boston)

April 24: A Terrarium Building workshop (Boston)

April 24: Harbinger of Spring: A Concert Inspired by Nature and Gardens (Cambridge)

April 24: Creature Creations class gets kids close with their favorite animal while creating great art (New Bedford)

April 24: Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with readings and costumes (Salem)

April 24: Read a book about butterflies, meet live caterpillars and butterflies, and create your own butterfly house (Salem)

April 24: Whose Scat Is That encourages children to search for signs of wildlife and learn about animal habitats (Shirley)

April 24: Legoland hosts a sensory-friendly event in honor of autism awareness month (Somerville)
April 24 + 30: Frogs, Pollywogs & Fairies...Exploring the Vernal Pool at Broadmoor (Natick)

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